Monday, June 29th, 2015
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Do you ever have those weekends that feel just as busy as your week? You are running here and there and have appointments and gatherings, but you just can’t stop to take a breath! My cure for those kinds of weekends is winding down on Sunday with some simple pampering, and that is exactly what I did yesterday. Usually a face mask is a quick, easy way to give yourself a little treat, but what happens when you don’t have the extra 10-15 minutes to sit around home with the mask on?
I’ve found my safe haven in mask form (at Target, so I’m sure you will have no problem finding it either!) So while you’re in Target for hours, sipping on your treat from Starbucks and retreating from the real world, be sure to head to the beauty section to search for this awesome mask.
The Bioré® Self Heating One Minute Mask is amazing! Not only does it have natural charcoal in it to draw out and trap impurities, but it purifies pores 2.5x better than a basic cleanser. It does this all in 1 minute!
When it’s on your face it heats up, and I was surprised at how warm my face actually got. The warming really did just open up my pores and let the natural charcoal remove the dirt and oil in my skin. Yuck! Overall, I love this mask! And did I mention that they come in single use packets? You know how much I love traveling, so it will be great to pop a packet into my travel bag and go!
Be sure to check out more more ways to pamper yourself from Bioré® at Target here. I’d love to hear your favorite!
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
It’s been a loooong time since I have done a plus size haul, which is strange, because I feel like I am shopping just about all the time. It takes a lot for a person to set all of their new things aside and not use them in order to sit down and film a video first! I’ve decided that I am going to try my darndest to do hauls more often for a few reasons.
The first reason is because they will be less overwhelming. Shorter to film, easier to edit, and then link products back to in my blogs. It’s really not too hard to do unless you wait months and shop too much…then you end up leaving things out because you’ve been wearing them, and then they aren’t available anymore…it’s just messy.
The second reason is because hauls are my favorite, and I know you guys love them too! I love watching them, so it makes sense to film them. So guys, I promise to do better! If you see me posting about shopping or see an Instagram haul…ask me where the video haul is! Keep me in line. ;)
Get some popcorn, sit back, and relax during this long one! All the information I could find about any of these pieces will be below. <3
Full Coverage Bras
Sweaters & Dress from Outlet
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Monday, June 22nd, 2015
I’ve been wearing Colville Mews by Nails Inc for a few weeks now! It’s really great in a professional setting, and it looks very fresh and clean. Like all the other Nails Inc colors I’ve tried, the application was nothing but pleasant and long-lasting. I hope you all have some lovely Mani Mondays!
Friday, June 19th, 2015
As you can see in my video, I loved my Ipsy and my Birchbox this month! They were both really good, and I am very pleased with my samples! If you want to know more about my Ipsy Vs. Birchbox for June 2015, check out my estimated values, along with benefits and drawbacks of each service below!
Ipsy- Swim Into Beauty
Brow Power® Universal Eyebrow Pencil by It! Cosmetics- $12.00
Photo Finish Foundation Primer by Smashbox- $9.00
Cucumber Facial Mask by BeFine- $6.25
Mini Shadow Crayon in Kona Coffee by tre’StiQue- $10.67
Formula X Nail Polish-$3.41
Ipsy Total Value: $41.33
Benefits: Ipsy tends to do things that are a little less high end. (Think Ulta vs. Sephora.) The value in the bag is usually much higher than that of Birchbox. I attribute that to them being a bit more generous with their sample sizes.
Drawbacks: Some products are by brands you can only get on their own online stores. The accumulation of bags can be overwhelming. Their rewards program needs some serious re-vamping. They don’t seem to really listen to feedback in products you would like- many people get the same products no matter their skin tone of preference.
If you don’t have an Ipsy or want to know more about it, check it out and sign up here. It’s only $10/month and you get a lovely bag of goodies to your door every month!
Birchbox- Say Yes to Adventure
Coola SPF 50 Sport Mango- $3.20
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream-$4.80
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel- $4.80
Pura Vida Lace Headband Set- $2.25
Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter- $1.16
Klorane Conditioning Balm with Mango Butter- $.95
Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner- $4.50
Birchbox Total Value: $21.66
Benefits: Their rewards program is top-notch! You basically get $10 back for every 2 boxes you receive, which is just awesome. Their store is great, which is something they definitely have a leg-up on over Ipsy. You can buy anything you receive in your box on their website directly. (Genius.) The products seem a bit more “Sephora” if you will, while Ipsy is “Ulta.” (I hope you get the reference here!) Another good thing is that they actually seem to listen to your feedback on product types you don’t prefer and lately my skin colored products have actually matched!
Drawbacks: They can be a little stingy on the product sample sizes. They can sometimes tend to be a little heavy on perfume samples as well! I had stopped using Birchbox in the past for issues with samples being “junk” in my opinion, but it seems they have really turned this around.
If you don’t have a Birchbox or want to know more about it, check it out and sign up here. It’s only $10/month and you get a lovely box of goodies to your door every month!
Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Summer is the queen of weekend getaways. From road trips to beach trips, shopping trips, or weekends at the casino, Summer seems to be the host of people wanting to get out of the house (or the state.)
The most daunting thing about the weekend trip is deciding what to pack! Of course, you want to keep your bag small and easy, but you want to look great as well. I’ve put together a quick guide to the basics of packing for a weekend getaway!
Did I leave anything out you can’t live without on a weekend getaway? I would love to hear your essentials below, or start a conversation with me on Twitter!
Monday, June 15th, 2015
Thank you all a million times for your support of The Pretty Plus! As I keep reaching milestones in my blogging “career,” if you will, I am just so grateful that I have such an awesome group of ladies to support me, read my writing, flood my inbox with questions and compliments, and fill me with joy.
Okay, okay. SO SAPPY! I just wanted to do a quick little giveaway for you guys. All you have to do is give me a little commitment by following me on social media, and I will help one of you with your makeup addiction. ;)
This is open until July 6th 2015! Please get all the entries you can below!
Thursday, June 11th, 2015
As a lady with PCOS, I am always looking for great ways to remove unwanted hair. While I still loooove my Tinkle Razors to provide a quick fix, I have been looking for another fix for PCOS hair removal that lasts a bit longer. The main issues I am having is that the hair is getting more frequent, and more intense. I can’t deal with that! No lady should have to! So *cheers* to trying something new!
Have you ever tried an epilator to remove hair? Let me tell you….it HURTS! But it’s also worth it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get before and after pictures like I thought I would. They just didn’t turn out well enough for you to see a difference. Check out the video above where I talk you through the epilator and give my opinions on the usage and the results!
EpiSlim e18 c/o Emjoi
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
No, you’re not seeing double! You’re looking at the older sister of one of my recent features, Jen Morgan. Her equally adorable sister, Candi, is our fash friend this week! If you want to be featured on The Pretty Plus as a Fash Friend, please email your interest to email@example.com.
Fash Friend Questions—
Name: Candi Morgan
Location: Boston MA
Profession: Freelance Model
Inspirations: Kate Willcox really inspires me, I love her “healthy is the new skinny” movement; I think she is making positive changes in the plus modeling scene.
3 words to describe your style perfectly: Fun, Girly, Cozy
Fashion Role Model: Taylor Swift & Dita Von Teese (Love their dresses! I adore polka dots and lace.) I also really like Vanessa Hudgens boho style, so cozy.
Favorite Makeup Brand: Stila Cosmetics
Favorite Musician: I love music so this is really hard question for me to narrow it down to just one. Currently I’m really into “Becca Stevens” music (So talented!) Her album perfect animal just came out and I can’t stop listening. I love going to local shows in Boston. We have a really amazing music scene here. My 3 favorites are: The Novel Ideas, Tigerman Woah, & American-Echoes.
1 Interesting Fact About Yourself: I was a vegetarian for 6 months.
Digging Deeper— Pressing Questions
Do you feel that being plus-sized has become more accepted in society?
It depends on whom you are speaking to. No matter what the topic, there are always going to be some very closed minded people who are set in their ways and un-accepting. Society as a whole though has really grown and you will find people who are accepting. It’s about finding those people. People who accept others for who they are.
Are you offended by being called “plus sized”? If so, what would you prefer?
As a model when I first started freelancing I was told by certain designers “You’re a little too big” or “You can be my shoot assistant on this project, but not a model” at first it broke my heart to be denied certain opportunities because I have hips and a big bum. But I love my body! I am so confident in the skin that I’m in. I decided if someone doesn’t see what I see, then I really don’t need to be working with them. I need to be working with people who see what I see. And you know what? Those people are out there! And finding them, my career has flourished so much more, because I’m working with people who have the same beliefs and goals and they don’t want to change me.
Do you work out for health or weight loss benefits?
I work out for the happiness that it brings me. It’s a great stress relief and social activity for me to go to Group Exercise classes such as Cardio Barre or POUND Rockout workout. I also teach Zumba and love it!! I found that working out is about finding what works best for you. Everyone is going to enjoy something different. I tried spin once and was in so much pain, but I have friends who spin and hate Zumba. So not everyone is going to like the same things.
If you could snap your fingers and be to your “perfect BMI weight” according to a doctor?
Currently I want to work on toning. I am really happy with my body and how it looks, but I would like to get into a less sporadic gym routine to keep some consistency for my health. As Kelly Clarkson once said; “I’m such a creative person that I yo-yo. Sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And then sometimes I don’t and I’m like, ‘I’d rather have wine.’”
Which stores are your favorite for shopping plus sized clothing?
It’s Online, but I love love love http://www.modcloth.com/
If I’m not shopping online, I’m shopping at my local consignment shop Raspberry Beret. I enjoy these stores more than going to a mall; the clothes in certain mall stores often frustrate me.
If ONE STORE that doesn’t carry plus sizes created an extended line, which store would you wish for it to be?
Victoria’s Secret! If they made a plus line I think so many eyes would open and so many more people would be accepting. Plus their clothes are so chic.
Dress: New York & Company
Engagement Ring: Kay Jewelers
Earrings: Joyli Gifts in Rockport MA
Shoes: A shoe store in Miami FL
All Over Lid: Ulta Sable
Inner Corner: Stila Kitten
Outer Corner: Stila Rosewood
Crease: Stila Bliss
Upper lash line Liner: Stila stay all day waterproof liquid eyeliner in Black
Lower lash line Liner: Star looks in amethyst
Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies
Mascara: Tarina Tarantino in Black
Eyebrows: Anastasia brow wiz & Anastasia clear waterproof topcoat
Lips: Nyx soft Matte lip cream Copenhagen
Nails: Essie in Sunday Funday & Accent Nail; Maybelline Color Show in Rose Gold
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
My Thoughts on The Bachelor Franchise
Some people may say it’s all a crock (and it might be.) Some people may say it’s degrading (even though these people know what they are signing up for.) But I just say it’s pure entertainment. I am never so engrossed in TV as when The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, or any spin offs are on. (Yes, even their televised weddings.) It’s a fun show, and so I just want to take the time to talk about one of my favorite things. Happy Sunday!
My Thoughts on Kaitlyn
I’m completely thrilled with Kaitlin being The Bachelorette, but would have been happy with Britt as well. I think they both bring a really different dynamic to the show. Honestly, I think Britt might have been a bit more serious and added some depth, but Kaitlyn is fun and outgoing and I dig. I think she’s made some random choices I don’t quite understand, but I loved how she stood up for herself to Kupah, and I think she’s going to prove to be an interesting Bachelorette.
Speaking of Kupah- I think it is really lame that he “played the race card” when he felt he was on the verge of going out. It really seems like they just didn’t have the chemistry, and he honestly took it a bit too far! It’s still early on in the show, but I haven’t had to say goodbye to anyone I really like. I have a feeling this season is going to go to a really weird place, so I am sure my faves will end up going home soon enough.
Let me say that while JJ is not one of my faves on the show, I do think he’s kind of funny. I think he’s getting a weird edit. (Especially with Clint, who I think is super lame.) I want to go on record by saying that I think he will make it further in the competition than most people would assume.
NOW, My Top 4 Picks for The Bachelorette 2015:
1. Ben Z
He’s just such a babe! He’s tall, dark, handsome, funny, sweet, athletic…He is like, the Josh Murray of this season. Kaitlyn would have to be CRAZY to turn him away! (But I hope she does so he can be The Bachelor!)
He hasn’t technically made his appearance yet, but knowing he is coming on the show again (from Andi’s season) is exciting to me! I think he’s really interesting, cute, and maybe kind of a d-bag…but sometimes that’s fun! I am guessing that is anyone “wins” in the end, it’s him.
He is so “Ryan Gosling” in the sense that he’s attractive and seems like he lives his life an a romantic comedy. I hope he makes it pretty far in the competition, because I want to get to know him better! I think he’s got some good Bachelor potential, actually! I think he crooked smile makes him more likable, too. (Is that a thing?)
4. Ben H
I didn’t even notice Ben until the (extremely awkward and strange) sex ed date. He surely made the most out of that whack date and let Kaitlyn see a soft, caring, smart side of himself! That’s ALWAYS a win, so I am glad he got the group date rose. I hope they do a 1 on 1 soon so we can learn more about him too!
How about you guys? Who is your pick from the season?!