Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Street Style: Ipsy September 2014

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

sept ipsy bag

It’s a rare occurrence when I actually blog about an Ipsy bag within a day or two of receiving it. I mean, you guys should be impressed! I think it’s way more relevant to disclose earlier than later for comparison purposes or so you can creep on other people’s bags to see what you might be getting. I just get too lazy most of the time to upload in a timely fashion! I will try better guys! (No promises!)

Let’s just focus on the now. I like this bag! I actually like the actual bag and the contents. I am not a huge eyeliner person, so the eyeliner I could do without…but I am glad it’s brown at least! I am looking forward to trying out all the products.

Below is a list of all the things I got. I will let you know the VALUE of what was in my bag this time as well vs. the cost I paid for it. I feel like that would be a great determining factor for people trying to decide if they want to sign up for Ipsy. (The costs are all for the sample sizes.)

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September Ipsy Bag Content:

Alterna Haircare CAVIAR CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction ($8.50)
Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush ($6.99)
Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet ($13.00)
Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil in Fringe ($2.86)
Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser ($2.33)

Total Value: $33.68

I feel like this is a pretty darn good bag. I like that we got a few full sizes and all the samples were a good size as well. For this costing just $10, I am telling you all….You NEED an Ipsy.

You can sign up for one here.


4 HUGE Reasons to Stop Shopping at Urban Outfitters

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Urban Outfitters Anthropologie Free People Logo

Urban Outfitters has done some really questionable things as far as the items they decide to sell and where they get the ideas to do so. I can’t say I am OUTRAGED or anything like some people, because I do have a sense of humor and I know the kind of store that it is, but I do think that they have crossed the line far too many times. But something you might NOT know is that Urban Outfitters also owns Free People and Anthropologie. (Nooooo! Not Anthro!!!)

Am I calling for a boycott of these stores? Not really. I am just calling you to read up on the situations and the things they sell. You may find that you do not want to align yourself with a store with such questionable morals. Then again, you might think it’s no big deal and continue to shop there. Ultimately, it’s your choice.

But Brittney, will YOU be boycotting? There is not a simple way way to say “NO” without sounding like a complete hypocrite. I can’t tell you I will never buy another candle from Anthropologie or that I will NEVER buy something strange from Urban Outfitter’s clearance rack again. I can tell you that I will be conscious about my shopping habits! If I can find the same thing  or very similar somewhere else, I will definitely give them my business first.

Below are the 4 huge reasons I’ve found to stop shopping at Urban Outfitters.

Urban Outfitters Kent State University Shirt

  1. Questionable Items for Sale- I’m sure you’ve seen them in the press. Most recently, they placed a “vintage” Kent State sweatshirt that looked as though it was covered and splattered with blood. In light of the Kent State shootings in 1970, this sweatshirt has become VERY controversial. This isn’t the first time their pieces have created controversy though! They’ve had a t-shirt that says “Depression” all over it and another that simply said “Eat less.” With their main demographic being 18-24 year old girls, these are two issues that need NOT be glamorized.

    They have also gotten flak from many religious groups. Christianity has had numerous run-ins with them for things that brands (like Obey) bring to their stores. They have featured shirts that say “Jesus, I’m drunk” that picture Jesus holding a beer, among other things. They also had a duvet, socks, sweatshirts, and more with the Hindu god Lord Ganesh that is also considered to be greatly offensive. This is on top of racial and sexist products being pushed as well!Another thing they have done before is steal artist’s ideas. Some of the time it’s subtle, but other times it’s blatant! I could go on and on and on, but the company seems to go out of their way to decorate their customers in the most offensive things humanly possible.

  1. No Plus Sizes- This is the number one and the main thing that just gets my goat because it’s most personal to me. There are PLENTY of plus size retailers to choose from and many of them are independently run and just waiting for a retail line to pick them up. In this day and age, if a company isn’t at least dabbling in selling extended sizes, they are missing out.

    With the Plus Size movement booming, they are missing out on a HUGE amount of money and a dedicated demographic of shoppers. I mean, the plus size fashion industry raked in $17.6 billion dollars last year alone. I don’t know about you, but that number surely means that the demographic should NOT be ignored. We want trendy, hip clothes too!

  2. Even Miley Cyrus hates them. I feel this is noteworthy because she already has pretty questionable morals and a strong anti-following. Her reasoning stems mainly from the fact that although they sell items that may seem like they are supportive, the company’s leaders donate to people or organizations that oppose LGBTQ. Whether you agree with Miley usually or not, she has a point here.
  3. They’re Expensive! Sure, they sell everything from home décor to clothing to beauty items, but plenty of stores that do that these days. You can always get the “hobo chic” look at Goodwill or your local thrift shops. You can find the trendy items at Forever 21 or other trendy, inexpensive stores. Take your time when shopping, look at prices, and don’t be afraid to hunt down a deal. Urban Outfitters is NOT a good place to shop for those trying to live on a budget. You can find a lot of their products cheaper or on sale elsewhere.

What do you think? Will you be boycotting? Do you think they are fine and have the right to offend others in their merchandising? I’d love to hear what you think! Tweet me your opinions @lifeviabrittney!


Mani Monday: Bewitched by Rimmel London

Monday, September 15th, 2014


It’s cool in Indiana and that gives me full permission to slap on some dark colors. Goodbye days of wearing nudes because I don’t like hot colors this summer! Hellooooo pretty wines, grays, blacks and forest greens.

Bewitched by Rimmel London is part of their Salon Pro line and is also part of their Kate Moss collection. I picked this one up whilst I was on my honeymoon in London. We don’t have this Rimmel line in the US which really bummed me out until I actually tried this polish.

By now, you guys know how much I love the Rimmel 60 Seconds polishes, especially their brush. The Salon Pro brushes are even more wide and the handle is short and chubby, so it’s hard to hold on to and balance when painting the nails. I think I will stick to the 60 Seconds polishes! (Not like I have a choice…I’m not going back to London anytime soon to pick up more.)

The brush aside, the formula is nice. It went on really smoothly and even. The color is GREAT too. I spent too much time last year trying to find an awesome dark green polish that wasn’t too green green or too black. This one seems juuuust right.

Have you busted out the fall polish colors or are you still hanging on to the last threads of summer?


Thank You, Mell!

Monday, September 15th, 2014

If you have been with The Pretty Plus since the beginning (October 2011, as pictured above,) you will know many things have changed over the years. From our styles, to our writing voices, to our web design and our blogging frequency, you know that TPP has come a long way. We have kept you up to date about our lives and we haven’t kept you in the dark about why or when anything is happening here on TPP. With that being said, I do want to make sure you all know of a huge change that has recently occurred here at The Pretty Plus.

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Mell has decided to withdraw herself as a blogger for TPP. I’m sure you all will miss her blogs, but I can guarantee, no one will miss her here as much as I do. I would not have been able to even think of beginning this blog without her! She’s usually the voice behind all the things that I do telling me to stop playing it so safe and take a risk. We took a risk with putting ourselves and our lives out into cyberspace for this blog, and I couldn’t be happier with what TPP has evolved into thus far.

If you didn’t know, blogging is VERY time-consuming and sometimes all-consuming. Ultimately, mommyhood is Mell’s greatest dedication. She’s leaving the blog soley in my hands and spending her extra time with her family. This makes me wish every day had an extra hour so we could keep her, but that’s selfish of me, isn’t it?! After all, who can fault someone for being a good mom and partner!?

I’m sure you won’t be seeing the last of her on The Pretty Plus. As my best friend, and fellow plus size babe, she is bound to be featured, talked about, mentioned, consulted, videoed, and just about anything else I can rope her into collaborating with me on.

In the mean time, you can catch Mell on Instagram! Follow her to see her kids, her love, and her pretty face. I know she will love to see you guys and keep in touch.

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Mell, I personally want to thank you for being more than a best friend, but for being my sister, my partner in crime, and the only person who can pull me out of my Cappy shell with your crazy Pisces love. You’re my sounding board, my quirky fashion idol, and one thrifty biotch. Guest blogs are always welcome, and when you’re looking extra hot, snap some photos and I will OOTD the crap out of you. The Pretty Plus would have never been what it is today without you. All my love, my Al Mighty.


Plus Size OOTD: Perfect, Flowy, Dressy Goodness

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Plus Size Eshakti Outfit of the Day

I can honestly tell you that the moment I put this dress on I was just SO EXCITED. I love it a whole ton. You know those dresses or shirts you have that are SO cute and comfy that you want to (or do) wear them all the time, but they just aren’t the most flattering? That’s this dress. The extra fabric/empire waist combo isn’t the best look on me, but I love this dress and got many a compliment on it as well. Also, it has pockets…and if you saw my Wedding OOTD, you know pockets on a dress are like, the selling point for me!

The compliments ranged from “Oh my GOD! I want that dress!” to “That dress just flows when you walk!” Needless to say, I will be wearing this dress as much as I can without looking like a dirtball.

plus size dress review

Plus Size Outfit of the Day / #PSOOTD:
Dress- (They have size 0-36W and the best part is that they do customization for just a small fee more! This dress was originally floor length and sleeveless, and I customized it to ankle length and 3/4 length sleeves. I highly recommend!!)
Purse- Primark (London)
Shoes- Lower East Side (Payless)
Watch- Michael Kors

glowy plus size motd

My makeup lately has been all about lips and complexion. Pretty easy and low maintenance, but glowy highlighter is where it’s at for me right now! I know, I know…I’m a creature of habit. This MOTD is almost identical to the last one.

Makeup of the Day / MOTD:
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair
MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle
Makeup Academy (MUA) Blush in Bon Bon
Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara
Milani Lipstick in Fruit Punch

Hope you lovely ladies have a marvelous weekend!



August Favorites 2014

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

August Faves 1

This may be a little late, but better late than never! I really wanted to share my favorites with you from last month because there are some goodies in here. Let me know if you want to see an in-depth review on any of these as well.

August Faves 2

  • MAC Lipstick in Patisserie
  • MAC Pro-Longwear Eyeshadow in Carefree (as a cheek highlight)
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil*
  • MUA Cream Blush in Scrummy
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash
  • Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium
  • Caudalie Lip Conditioner
  • Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Almond
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair

*The real stand-out to me has been the Tea Tree Oil by The Body Shop. I’ve had some pretty impossible bumps on my face and this has drastically improved those spots. I wish I had documented the progress better so I can share! I promise, a full review will be coming on this product sometime soon!

What products did you love in August?


Mani Monday: PCOS Awareness

Monday, September 8th, 2014

PCOS Awareness Mani

Since I suffer from PCOS, this month’s focus is near and dear to my heart. I gladly wear teal for PCOS Awareness…however, teal isn’t really a favorite color of mine. It’s not in the top half of my favorites even. This time, I paired it with a pretty navy blue that has a bit of a brightness to it. I love the combination and have gotten many, many compliments in the short amount of time I have worn it as well.

The teal is Slapper by butter LONDON. I like that on their website, they definite the name as “Brit speak for SLUT.” HA, such a nice thing to be wearing on my nails! The navy, or “Cobalt” which explains the color perfectly when I couldn’t (see above,) is Blagger by butter LONDON. Coincidentally, blagger basically means someone who talks crap. So I’ve got quite the combo on my nails this week. They both went on like a dream and were really opaque. I love BL polishes like, a ton.

On my left hand, I painted my accent finger Slapper and the others Blagger. I did the reverse on my right.

How have you worn teal to support PCOS Awareness this month?



Friday, September 5th, 2014

Yanks OOTD

Did you guys think I would be like, dressed to play tennis or something? NOPE! Not happening. I just didn’t have another way to let you guys know I’ve styled my favorite Yankees shirt another way. (See previous OOTD featuring this shirt.)

I love pairing something super casual with something normally intended to be dressed up. A t-shirt with a flowy skirt or some super nice jewelry with jeans and a t-shirt are my types of fashionable!

yankees ootd details

Plus Size Outfit of the Day / #PSOOTD
Skirt- Old Navy
Shirt- Old Navy
Shoes- Gap
Watch- Coach
Bag- Michael Kors
Rings- Pandora on Right, Wedding Ring & Band on Left

Yanks MOTD


I think the real winner of this ensemble is my face. I’ve loving my makeup today! It’s a super simple 6 product look! It’s glowy and not overdone! It’s all about the cheeks with nothing on the eyes except mascara.

Makeup of the Day / #MOTD
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium
MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle
Makeup Academy (MUA) Blush in Cupcake
Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara
Laura Mercier Lip Glase in Baby Doll

Have a lovely weekend, and thanks for reading!


August Lust List

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

August Lust List
August Lust List by theprettyplus

So much lust! Sorry this one is a little late, but we are definitely still lusting hard after all these goodies! If you are interested, you can see who chose what in the detailed lists below.


  • Kate Spade Cat iPhone Case
  • Phyto Huile Soyeuse (Lightweight Hair Treatment Oil)
  • Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful 6-in-1 Super Serum
  • Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon- Really, any of the Charlotte Tilbury products will do. I completely lust after them! The packaging is gorgeous and people rave about them constantly! Plus, they are sold in the US now, so I will be getting one of these soon.


  • Dino My Gosh Dress by ModCloth
  • NYX Blush in Taupe
  • Soaper Heroes Travel Set by Soap & Glory
  • Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Set- I am a HUGE fan of Ghostbusters. I even just got to see it in the theaters last weekend (which was a dream come true.) I would die for this box set! Anyone feeling generous? ;)

What is on your lust list?


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