Sunday, May 11, 2014

Curvy Girl Fashion - Scuba Knit Teal Dress

Here's a rainy Sunday fashion blog post for you! I saw this dress on Forever 21+ and fell in love with the colours that were available. I had a really hard time trying to decide which colour to get - turquoise or pink. I didn't have anything turquoise in my closet at the moment so I decided to go for that one. If you are interested in this dress, it's still up on the website in both colours here! I'm trying to be good with my shopping but I really want it in pink too...and its only $18.80!!!

As I said in previous blog posts, we are still having snow and really cold weather here in Newfoundland and Spring doesn't seem to want to arrive this year. So the day I chose to wear this dress, I ended up having to put tights on with it because it was really cold out! I actually like the tights with it because it gives it kind of an edgy look (the dress on it's own seems more on the dressier side...like something you could wear to a summer wedding or something). I paired it with some black booties from Madden Girl to complete the edgy look, a black cardigan to cover my shoulders for work as there are medium straps like a tank top, and a long chain from Reitmans.



Once the weather gets nicer I'll be wearing this a lot with sandals so you will probably see this pop up in a future blog post, and I will show you how versatile it is. I absolutely love this dress and definitely recommend picking it up while it's still online!

Thanks for reading! I hope you like the outfit :)

Much Love,
April
xo

Easy Snowball Recipe (No Boiling)



Easy Snowball Recipe! (No Boiling!)
Recipe from my beautiful cousin, Patti Tucker :)

1 pk of chocolate cake mix
1 cup of melted butter
1 3/4 cup of fresh milk
4 cups of rolled oats
4 cups of coconut (for inside snowballs)
2 1/2 cups of coconut (for outside snowballs)
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar

Melt butter and add rest of ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well and refrigerate for 2 hours. Roll into balls, then roll into coconut. This recipe makes a huge batch depending on how big you make the balls. 

These can easily be stored in a tupperwear container in the freezer for 1-2 months! Store in fridge until they are ready to be served (they are the best when cold).

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Review & How-to: Avon Nail Sprinkles

I got a nail product review & how-to blog post for you today! :)

My grandmother gave me a product Avon just put out on the market - Avon Nail Sprinkles. I was so excited to try it out!! She gave me an Avon lilac nail polish, and the "Purple Confetti" sprinkles to match.
The sprinkles have 3 different colours in them: navy, purple and silver - which are very complimentary to the lilac nail polish. I figured that having the sprinkles on every nail was a bit too much so I decided to do the lilac polish on my pinkie, middle and pointer finger, and the sprinkles on my ring finger and thumb as accent nails. I really like how it turned out!



They were so easy to apply - I just painted my nail with the lilac nail polish, then dipped my finger into the sprinkles (nail down) while the nail polish was still wet and let it dry. I figured I would flatten it out with a top coat as the sprinkles are textured and 3D so I put Seche Vite Top Coat on top and it just didn't look right so I had to redo my ring finger. I do not recommend a top coat on the sprinkles but I did use it on my other nails. The two nails with the sprinkles did dry pretty quickly on its own so skipping the top coat isn't a huge deal. I think it is very important to use the coloured nail polish under the sprinkles (instead of a clear or top coat) because it acts as a background and pulls the look together.

I am definitely hard on my nails as I handle a lot of paper and filing at my day job. I did this manicure the night before, and by lunch time the next day the sprinkles were already coming off especially at the tips (I actually had to redo the tips that evening so I could take a picture for my blog post). Honestly, I don't think the sprinkles are meant to last a long time and they are more for fun - such as a girls night out, or even a photoshoot that your hands will visible. I got a lot of compliments on them and I really like how they look despite their short lasting power!

The removal process is a little on the difficult side. You could remove them using the foil, acetone and cotton method used to remove glitter nail polish (just google it if you are not sure what I'm talking about...its very popular)! Or if you have the Nail Soakers & 100% acetone, that would work great as well. I bought the nail soakers on eBay and they are the best things ever - I highly recommend those if you own any glitter nail polishes! Just make sure you moisturize your hands and oil up those cuticles after using 100% acetone because it can be very drying and damaging.

If you are looking for something fun to try, I definitely recommend these! They are very easy to apply, look really awesome and are fun for ladies of all ages. I hope you enjoyed my review and how-to on the Avon Nail Sprinkles! Stay tuned tomorrow for another curvy girl outfit :)

Much Love,
April
xo

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Curvy Girl Fashion - Chervon Maxi Dress

Happy Wednesday! :)

This is an outfit from about 2 weeks ago when we actually had spring-like temperature here in Newfoundland. Mother Nature doesn't seem want to let Winter go as we just had snow two nights this week (I had to clear snow my car off this morning and yesterday). IN MAY!!!! :(

So this gorgeous black and white chevron dress is from Forever 21+. I intended to do this blog while the dress was still online but just as I suspected - it sold out fast! So unfortunately, I am not able to link this dress for purchase (I will update the blog if it comes back in stock!). I looked at this on the website for a week before I ordered it because I wasn't sure about the strapless feature. My friend Catherine ordered it and recommended it, so I figured I would give it a shot (we don't mind having the same dress, just in case you were wondering). I'm so glad I got it before it sold out because it is now one of my favorite maxi dresses in my closet! It is a little long for me but I make it work by pulling it up a little under the bust. It has sort of an empire waste so it flows from the chest area and is very flattering. 

In the first outfit, I paired it with a denim vest from Reitmans, some tan booties and of course, a sock bun. In the second picture with my long time friend Crystal, I paired it with a coral v-neck cardigan from Forever 21+ (which is also one of my favorite items in my closet right now. I'm OBSESSED with coral...just ask my husband haha). So the dress is very versitile and can be worn a lot of different ways. There's a very good chance this dress will pop in up in another outfit during the Summer and even in the Fall!!





So as you can probably tell from that last picture, I got bangs the last time I got my hair cut (Thanks Maria)!! I wanted a little change and have been contemplating bangs for a long time. They make me look younger, but I've gotten so many compliments on them and I really love them! I took this picture just after I left the salon :)



So I just celebrated my 32nd birthday and my husband gave me a Nikon point and shoot! It takes really amazing pictures and I plan to revamp my blog with better photos of outfits, makeup, nails, etc. I hope to find some time to give my blog a makeover as well - change it around a little bit, update the background, colours and all that fun stuff. Life is crazy with my new day time job, social gatherings, and everything else, but I hope to have it all done soon!

Stay tuned! Thanks for reading :)

Much Love,
April
xo

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Curvy Girl Fashion - I'm back (plus 3 outfits)

Soo...I know - I've been super slack with the blog posts.  I've honestly haven't put much effort into any outfits over the winter so I haven't been really putting together that is blog worthy. Our winter here in Newfoundland was absolutely brutal - it started in early December and is still not technically over (we are suppose to get another snow storm this weekend...seriously)! Winter 2013-2014 has been snow storm after snow storm, hundreds of centimeters of snow, recording breaking freezing temperatures, and a huge province wide power outage. So needless to say, we are all pretty tired of the bad weather and longing for the spring and summer months. Getting dressed every morning was a struggle so the blog suffered from that big time. I basically wore dresses with tights and Blundstones all winter long!

But I got my inspiration back, bought a few new spring/summer items, and I'm hoping to be back on track again with the fashion blogs. A lot of new people are following me in Instagram and Twitter (and I keep getting added to Twitter lists as a fashion blogger) so there are still people coming to my blog and connecting with me. I have over 30,000 views on my blog now!!!

So I have some plans for my blog - I'm going to change the design around when I get some free time, and I'm going to bring the photos up a notch by taking pictures of my outfits with a point and shoot instead of my iPhone (I asked for a new camera for my upcoming birthday) so the pics will be much better quality coming very soon! I'm also going to try to include links to where I got my clothing items if they are still online (this will mostly be for the things I get from Forever 21+). I'm also going to put more makeup posts in between to keep everything flowing such as reviews, product comparisons, products I love, photos, etc.

For now, I have a few outfits I'd like to share to get this blog going again!

I wore this outfit on Tuesday - a floral peplum top from Forever 21+, black ankle dress pants from Reitmans, and just some flats from Payless.


This may be one of my favorites - the striped dress is from Forever 21+, lilac cardigan is from Reitmans, and the tan wedges are from Payless. I wore this on Wednesday - the one day we had like 17 degrees here in months. This dress is extremely comfortable and very flattering - I highly recommend it!

And since we have a holiday tomorrow for Good Friday, my work treated today as "Friday" so we got to wear our casual clothes. Nothing special about this outfit but I think the pink Toms really give it some character. The boyfriend jeans & boyfriend cardigan are from Old Navy, and the grey tank is from Smart Set. I got my toms at a local store called "Twisted Sister" - they are in Youth sizes because I have small feet and fit into them (and they are cheaper!). It said "Pink" on the box as their colour but they almost have a coral colour to them when I compared it to my coral nail polish! Either way, they were a hit at work today and I got a lot of compliments on them! :)


Stay tuned for a blog makeover and lots more outfits. Thanks for sticking with me even when I am too uninspired to post outfits. Lots of exciting things coming!!

Much Love,
April
xo

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Comparison Review - High End Mascara vs Drugstore Mascara

So I have a little fun project I've been working on and I'm excited to finally blog about! There are so many mascaras on the market these days - high end and drugstore that claim to lengthen, separate, and volumize your lashes. I'm a huge mascara junkie and usually have about 3 mascaras in rotation at one time (for 3 months). Yeah, it is a bit of a waste but I like to try them out before I decide if it's great or not before I write a review or rave about it to a client (since that is the most common question for me as a makeup artist).

When I think about it, it would be super embarrassing to admit how much money I've spent on mascara in my lifetime. I wasn't blessed with gorgeous long curly lashes - instead I have straight, and somewhat short lashes that are light and never want to cooperate. So I've tried a lot of popular drugstore and some high end to try to find the perfect mascara. Honestly, I find it very difficult to shell out a huge amount of money for a product I will only use for 3 months so I usually don't splurge on high end and stick to drugstore. One day just before Christmas, a past client (and now friend) Sarah, posted a picture of her makeup. I was convinced she was wearing false lashes and had to ask if she was wearing the mascara we talked about before. She replied and said she was wearing Benefit's "They're Real" - a mascara I've been curious about for months but as I said before, didn't want to dish out $30 for a mascara. Sarah's pic changed my mind, and I went to the store the next day to purchase the mascara to try it out for myself.

So I thought it would be a fun blog post to compare a high end mascara against a drugstore mascara and share the results I got from each product! Today, I will be comparing Benefit's "They're Real" mascara with L'Oreal "Voluminous False Fiber Lashes" mascara, since they are both claim to give you a false lash effect.



The following are two pictures - one of my left eye wearing two coats of L'Oreal and one of my left eye wearing two coats of Benefit. Can you guess which one is which?


Well which one looks better? In the top photo my top lashes were curled and the mascara didn't hold the curl. What you can't tell is my lashes feel super weighed down and the mascara is wet. In the bottom photo my top lashes were curled and the mascara I used held my curl very well and separated my lashes perfectly. The mascara also dried within seconds! 

So if you guessed the one on the bottom that has more volume and curl is the high end Benefit mascara...you are wrong!!!

The top is the Benefit "They're Real" and the bottom photo is the L'Oreal "Voluminous False Fiber Lashes"! 

Let's compare prices - Benefit was $30 and L'Oreal was $10 at my local Shoppers Drug Mart. So the cheap L'Oreal mascara works way better (for me) than the expensive high end mascara. And you wonder why I only stick to drugstore mascaras? 

Now before you comment, please keep in mind these are my results and my opinions. The Benefit mascara works well for a lot of people including Sarah who's lashes are so stunning in the photo below - I thought she was wearing falsies (and I can usually pick out a pair of those from miles away)! The point I'm trying to get across is, "They're Real" don't work for everyone. And from the reviews I read on Makeup Alley, it's not a great mascara for people with short straight lashes. Sarah has gorgeous long naturally curled lashes and it works great for her! Isn't she gorgeous?? :)



I honestly really wanted to love the Benefit mascara and I gave it so many chances but kept going back to my trusty old L'Oreal - which to me looks the best (even though my short lashes wouldn't fool anyone that I'm wearing falsies). The L'Oreal separates and keeps the curl giving a slight bit of volume at the base of my lashes which is exactly what I look for in a mascara. If I want a little length, I'll throw on a little of the L'Oreal Telescopic on top of the False Fibre (but I didn't want to do that for this test, since it would throw off my results and not be a fair comparison). So if you have lashes like mine, don't waste your money on Benefit's "They're Real" - you can get 3 tubes of the L'Oreal for the price of one Benefit tube!

And if you're wondering what my favorite mascaras are, it's safe to say that I have tried and loved EVERYTHING by L'Oreal. I use the Original "Voluminous" in Carbon Black on clients (or brown...whichever they prefer) and currently the "False Fiber Lashes" as well as the "Voluminous Million Lashes" on myself. 

I hope you enjoyed my little comparison blog post. If you'd like to see more, please let me know! Thanks for reading :)

Much Love,
April
xo

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Chambray Dress + 2014 Update!

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas. Despite being sick, I had a lovely holiday with my family and husband. I was absolutely spoiled this year with so many thoughtful and beautiful presents - I even got an iPad from Santa :). 

2014 has already been crazy busy and I'm only now getting a chance to write the first blog of the year! Two of my new years resolutions are to read more (watch less TV),  and stop procrastinating so much with putting my ideas and plans/future in place. The reading hasn't been going so well but want to know the good news? The lack of reading is because I have been spending so much time making things happen! In the 3 short weeks of 2014, here is what I've been up to:

  • I have made my makeup business, April Pink Beauty, official! I still have a few more things to take care of but I am now a business owner (oh my god)!! I've been talking about doing this for years and I finally put it all in place! I wouldn't have gotten to where I am today without all the wonderful people in my life. Thank you for all your love and support <3.
  • I have rented a booth and the upcoming Spring Devotion Wedding show for my business. I have all my booth ideas put together and I have over a month to put them all together!! Its going to be pretty great and I will definitely post some pictures for everyone to see! If you are a bride, make sure to drop by booth #24 to say hi and see my work in person (booth spoiler alert - there's models!).
  • I had my first film gig of the year with Filigree Productions and Skye Tostowaryk. We shot a music video for a local band called Uneeda and the synopsis was pretty incredible! It was a long day but really fun and I learned so much. Big thanks to Skye (key makeup) for showing me the ropes of the industry, being so patient, hanging out, and answering all my questions. Also, a big thanks goes out to Steven Gosse for asking me to be part of it of it all, our makeup assistant Jana for helping Skye and I out BIG time, all the crew (many familiar faces from previous TV/Film gigs I had in 2013), the actors/extras for being so awesome & helpful, and Stephen Lewis for supplying me locally with everything I needed for special fx makeup on such short notice! I'll post a link to the video when its done, but here's a sneak peek at the slave makeup I did on Jack:


So I'm still on somewhat of a clothing shopping ban (except for the retail therapy I did last weekend lol) but I have an outfit to share before I clue up this blog post. My mom and dad gave me this gorgeous Chambray dress for Christmas and its a perfect addition to my closet (and my love for Chambray). Here I paired it with black tights and my Steve Madden riding boots:


I received some other clothing for Christmas so I will post another outfit next week (hopefully Friday or sometime over the weekend). As always, thanks for reading and I'll see you in the next blog :)!

Much Love,
April
xo