Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TCF Style Expo 2015

I hit the road to Atlanta on Saturday to attend the The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo hosted by Marie Denee. Marie's blog and popular Instagram hashtag #TCFStyle was brought to life in the form of a complete fashion experience for plus size gals. I attended the brunch where I was able to finally see the beautiful faces behind the blogs I've read over the years and enjoy good ole southern cooking. The day was full of shopping, music, panel discussions, food and drink, and tons of picture taking. I never attended an event strictly for plus size women and I was so blown away at how so many people came from all over the country to show their support and to join in on the festivities. I was excited to finally meet three of the girls from my organization, Big Girls Link Up, and many of my social media followers and blog readers! For those who missed this year don't worry, there's always next year.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Urban Skin Solutions Newbie

Skincare is such an important component of being a fatshionista. Underneath that beat face it's crucial to have flawless skin. I've always had issues with my skin - dryness, acne scars, and hyper pigmentation. I visited Urban Skin Solutions, Charlotte’s first skin and laser center specializing in the treatment and care of diverse skin tones, for a consultation in which I learned so much about my skin. The esthetician I worked with was so sweet, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. I received a custom microdermabrasion and chemical peel. This my first time ever getting a facial and after the microdermabrasion, I noticed how much brighter my skin was. Following the microdermabrasion, I received a light chemical peel. This process was a tad uncomfortable because it tingled on my cheeks, but a cool fan solved that issue. Both of these services combined will yield great results because they are getting rid of the dead layers of skin. I'll track my progress on Instagram as my skin peels over the next few days. I received some amazing Urban Skin Rx at-home products to create a daily regiment. You can purchase all of these products in office!

Here's a cool time lapse video to capture the process of getting a microdermabrasion:

So what's a microdermabrasion? It is a professional non-surgical exfoliation treatment that will reduce the signs of aging, smooth the texture of the skin, and fade discolorations. Microdermabrasion is performed with a jet of fine crystals, which are propelled and then vacuumed across the skin's surface, removing the damaged cells to reveal fresh, invigorated skin.

Chemical peels are topically applied acids that aid in the restoration and rejuvenation of the skin’s surface. They create an even and controlled shedding of several layers of skin, reducing blotchy and uneven pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, freckling, age spots, sun-damaged skin, acne and acne scars in a relatively short period of time. Chemical peels stimulate the production of new cells revealing fresh, smoother skin.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rocking a Gorgeous Matte for Summer

It is amazing how a pop of color on the lips can bring your confidence up a level. There is something so fierce about rocking a statement lip, and summer is prime time for bright, beautiful, statement lips. But what happens when the summer heat is all too happy to make your favorite lipstick look melt all over your face? Well, that is when you reach for mattes of course, and Glo Minerals has fabulous equipped all lipstick girls everywhere with the perfect summer matte, with their fabulous Suede Matte Lip Crayon!


How to Rock a Matte

So many women stray away from mattes for their reputation of being (notoriously) drying. Glo Minerals Suede Matte Lip Crayon puts this stereotype to shame with a formula that glides on feeling moisturizing (making application a cinch) and dries to a beautiful, velvet matte finish. This line has three statement shades: crush, a gorgeous red/orange, sorbet, a beautiful fuchsia/magenta that looks amazing on seriously every skin tone, and bombshell, a classic red that is appropriately named (it’s hard not to feel like a total bombshell in this lipstick).

For those who are less inclined to rock a bright lip, there are more neutral options, which deliver the same beautiful formula. 
  • Prime Your Pout – I am 100% pro-prime when it comes to rocking (any) lipstick, especially matte lippies! I will say that this particular formula is very forgiving, since it goes on moist and dries down to a comfortable finish, but your lips will definitely look cleaner and plumper if you prime beforehand. Priming can be as simple as using your toothbrush to gentle brush away dead skin, or you can use a product specifically designed for lip exfoliation. 

  • Moisturize (optional) – Moisturizing before a matte lippie is almost always crucial. This product makes it optional – I would try it both ways and see which you prefer. The formula itself is initially moisturizing, so those who do not struggle with dry lips (and even many who do) will find this product alone to be enough. If you need a balmy feel on your lips, however, I would still recommend a balm applied before this one. You can either apply a balm an hour or so before this, or apply balm, blot, and layer on your lippie. 

  • Line Your Lips First – Glo Minerals Suede Matte Lipstick offers the convenience of both a lip liner and lipstick with their jumbo pencil design. Make sure your pencil is sharpened and carefully line your lips to your preference. Once you are all lined, fill the rest of your pout and voilas, gorgeous, statement lips. 
  • Don’t Rub – The temptation to rub your lips together will be there, but with matte lipstick you want to allow it to set and enjoy. This product is not on to feather, but for that perfect matte pout look, it is best to let it be and make sure you aren’t constantly smooshing your lips together (trust me, the temptation will be there, because the formula feels very emollient when it first glides on).  

  • Go About Your Day Confidently – Statement lips are meant to be fun! And with colors this gorgeous and unique, your lips are sure to get noticed.
This post is sponsored by Glo Minerals.
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