Archive | October, 2014

Beauty Trend Alert – Contouring, Is It Worth the Hype?

25 Oct

Contouring is the hottest trend to make it to our bathroom counters this fall! Long a secret of professional makeup artists, cosmetic companies are now marketing contouring products to the average woman. We, too, can have the cheekbones and full pout of curvy Kim Kardashian with a clever application of the right shades in the right spots and plenty of blending, blending, blending. Did I mention blending?

So how does contouring work? It’s really quite simple. Using a neutral pallet a couple of shades lighter than your natural skin tone, you highlight the areas of your face you want to bring out while using darker shades to contour specific areas (think cheekbones and eye lids) you want to appear more defined.Curious what all the fuss was about in my local beauty store, I scoured the internet for how-to videos featuring the hottest selling kits. Be prepared for some serious face painting, but if you have the time to invest (about an hour when you’re just learning the technique) it’s totally doable from your home. The before and after images will make you a believer, or at the very least you will understand how celebrities get that other-worldly red carpet glow. It’s about 30% genetics and 70% contouring! No lie.Next time you’re ready to spice up a romantic night or try a little sexy afternoon delight, I suggest budgeting time for an extra special contouring session before slipping into your favorite plus size lingerie. It’s guaranteed to make you look like a movie star in the bedroom! We’re talking femme fatale in a corset or dewy ingénue screen goddess in a babydoll. Love or hate Kim K, she’s shown the world that you can have the curvy booty and the defined cheekbones, too.

Joanne Borgella

25 Oct Plus Size Model

Joanne Borgella has lost her battle with cancer and will be laid to rest today, October 25th.

Joanne was not only a plus size model but she was a singer who was on American Idol, fashion designer and songwriter.

Last year she shared a video with her Facebook fans to say that she was diagnosed with cancer and that it had spread to her chest. She continued to share her treatment with her fans until she passed on October 18, 2014. She died of a rare form of endometrial cancer that had spread to her brain.

She had since chronicled her treatment on her Facebook page.

Motivated to Move

21 Oct

It’s a myth that plus size women are inherently inactive.

Plus size women often live active and healthy lifestyles. Walking, dance classes, swimming, yoga, and weight training are all fun ways to define and enhance the best of your feminine curves. This ensures you have energy to pursue your passions while taking care of those you love – not to mention looking smoking hot in your plus size lingerie!

So, what’s the biggest obstacles curvy girls face when it comes to hitting the gym or the great outdoors? You guessed it – wardrobe!

The right wardrobe is critical to motivation and performance. Whether it’s slipping on your favorite sexy plus size corset or babydoll for a special romantic night or rocking a red power suit on the day of the big meeting, the right work out wardrobe gets you going and builds confidence. So when it comes to health and wellness, don’t settle for sweat pants and over-sized t-shirts, and don’t let the ‘girls’ hold you back from activities you love.

First things first. Forget the uni-boob sports bra styles popular for smaller chested women. A larger chest requires a sports bra with cups and support. If you absolutely despise an underwire while working out, there are brands that cater to larger chests using a T-back support. That being said, a well-designed underwire sports bra is quite comfortable these days.

Embrace yoga pants and tennis skorts. Toss out the old college sweats and show off your killer curves in a great pair of yoga pants. I happen to think that yoga pants and skorts are universally flattering, and more athletic brands are carrying a variety of colors and styles in plus sizes.

Just say no to baggy T’s. A babydoll top or fitted cotton stretch T or moisture wick fabric will hug you in all the right places. So get moving, shaking, and shimmying and look great doing it!

To BSE or not to BSE, that is the question!

3 Oct
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Breast Self Examination

You may or may not know that October is Women’s Cancer awareness month.

How many of you have been approached by friends, family, co-workers to support their efforts in some way or another, to raise money for cancer research.  Participating in raising funds is epic to the success, that one day, a cure will be found for cancer.

One may ask, what is BSE? Breast Self Examination or BSE is something that many women don’t know about or understand. How many of us don’t even like looking at our bodies? If we had a choice, many of us would get dressed in the dark all the time! We don’t even want our spouses to look at us completely naked, but that’s another topic for another day.

On a serious note, according to Canadian Cancer Society it is important for women to “Know your breasts”.

          Know your breasts

All women should be aware of what is normal for their breasts even if they get regular screening tests. Many women find their own breast cancer by noticing changes in the look and feel of their breasts.

Women can become familiar with their breast tissue by looking at and feeling their breasts. In the past, experts suggested that this be done in a certain way each month. Research has shown that this isn’t necessary.

There really isn’t a right or wrong way for women to examine their breasts. They just need to know the whole area of their breast tissue well enough to notice changes. This includes the entire breast area up to the collarbone and under the armpits, as well as the nipples.

Tell your doctor about any unusual changes to your breasts. Most breast changes are not cancer. It may be normal for your breasts to be lumpy or tender before your period.

Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/breast/screening/?region=on#ixzz3F63ujEJH

Whether you choose to do a monthly BSE or not, it is important that as women, we are aware of our bodies, and that we pay attention to anything that may or may not look normal. Early detection is paramount. The sooner we detect something is wrong, the sooner intervention can be implemented.

Let’s hope that one day, a cure will be found so that we can beat this terrible disease. One day at a time. We can be stronger, wiser, healthier, better, and aware of the importance of knowing about cancer awareness and supporting cancer research.

To BSE or not to BSE, that is the question?

What are you going to do?

Be aware!

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