Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Talk Curvy To Me

"My body is not a democracy. My body is an empire and I am it's dictator. You do not get a vote. There will be no coup d'etat. Rebel forces will not overthrow me. I am in charge of it forever." - X

Growing up in a thin family, it was always demonstrated that being overweight was something to keep hush, or to laugh at. My dad would make comments about women's bodies in front of me as if it was his place to pass judgement. My mum dieted strenuously to lose her baby weight and all the magazines had diet after diet before a long article on Charlotte Church's body 'ballooning' from a size 8 to 16.

I've hated my body from the moment I was fully aware of it as a teen. I have dieted for six years with little success. I've finally reached my limit and I figure if I can't change my body I shall change my view on it. My boyfriend said to me recently that size didn't matter to him, he only encouraged my dieting so that I'd be happy. This was news to me! I realised after some soul searching, that I was dieting to change other people's opinions of me, not for myself. With the help of some amazing body confidence blogs like Gabi Fresh, Girl With Curves and Nicolette Mason, I've realised (only took me 22 years) that I deserve to be confident and happy.

I've decided I'm going to stop waiting until I'm thin to let myself be content, because that day may never happen. I'm slowly learning to accept my figure and work with it, which means not being ashamed to say my size in the shop dressing rooms, or picking myself apart in front of friends. I basically need to quit that shit, it's not fair to me or other women who share my size, or my future daughter who will watch me hide my body like it's a secret.

I am more than my body. And I promise not to spend one more moment of my time on this earth disliking it. Life is too damn short.

"For the perfect bikini body, just put a bikini on your body."

"Fuck hiding 'problem areas' on your body. Your body is not a problem."

"I don't believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it."

"I am NOT fat. I have fat. Weight does not define me and neither should yours."

Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday Fancies

I love this gorgeous tote.
Can I have this in an XXL? Lol!

This gorgeous purple make up look is courtesy of the Stila 'In The Garden' palette.

No truer words have been said.

This eye shadow is perfection.

I love theses gorgeous Julianne Hough designed flats.

Hope you have a good weekend!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Soap And Glory Solar Powder Bronzer

After reviewing my pathetic collection of bronzers (I own one 17 compact from 2009) I decided it was time to shop around for a new one. I chose the Soap And Glory Solar Powder which is a one shade fits all two tone pressed bronzer. It has a scary looking lustre when you first open it, but this comes off after one use and doesn't transfer on the skin. On lazy days, I'll swirl both colours together and brush across cheek bones and temples and on less time pressed days, I contour with the darker shade and use the lighter side as a highlighter.

I don't use the word sexy for a lot of beauty products, because I don't see how a pot of something can be sexy, but this does give the face a really sexy glow. I'll stop saying sexy now.  It retails for £11 but you can usually find it as part of a 3 for 2 deal.

What are your favourite matte bronzers?

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Summer Holiday Beauty Packing

Keeping the 30 degree weather in mind, I kept make up fairly minimal because I remember my last Spain holiday was entirely make up free due to the heat. What I did pack was products that don't need a lot of brushes to apply, like my MeMeMe Cherub's Blush lip and cheek stain which lasts up to six hours on my skin and just two small eye shadow palettes, my small Clinique one for day and the bronze shimmer MUA Undressed Me Too for evening. I also included a Clinique Chubby Stick in Curviest Caramel which doesn't need a mirror to apply and two waterproof mascaras.

Keeping tools to the bare minimum, I included my Mac 217 which is amazing for blending and I usually use one side for a colour, then the other for another. I also brought my trusty Real Techniques Buffing Brush which I can use for foundation, bb creams and powder in a pinch. Lastly, I packed my Mac eyelash curlers and a few Fearne Cotton eye shadow brushes.

I've been hoarding empty mini bottles for future holidays including the handy stacking pots for all the creams that you won't use much of in a week. From top to bottom it is filled with body lotion, bb cream, moisturiser, body butter and cleansing balm.The other two pots have self tanner and shaving cream. In the top left of the photo is my Soap And Glory Supershield which is sold in a handy little bottle and has a whopping spf 50.

A holiday is the perfect excuse to get out all of your little perfume samples, which give you a nice choice of fragrance and saves having to lug around that one big perfume bottle.

On a holiday where you'll be in and out of the pool all day, salt spray and hair ties are a godsend. I love my Umberto Giannini Tousled Salt Spray as I can just spray it all over wet hair, scrunch and have it dry naturally into some sort of style with zero effort or heat. The hairspray is to help hold the wave and the hair ties are the kind that don't leave a kink in your hair, so perfect to get it all out of your face when you're hot. 

I hope my suggestions help you when it comes to packing for your late Summer hols!

Thanks for reading.

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