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Curvy Girl Style – January Ipsy Bag

I signed up for Ipsy – late last year, if you’ve not heard of them before here is some information. This is my second glam bag deliverey, I’m not sure if it’s something I will keep, I thought I would give it about 6 months and decide if I can’t live without the subscription. I’m actually in the process of comparing between Ipsy and Birchbox but I just got off of the Birchbox wait list and haven’t had the opportunity to do a real side by side compare. Hopefully next month.

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1. The Porefessional – By Benefit $30 I love this primer! I can’t say enough good things about it, it goes on smooth it makes my foundation look spectacular and it reduces the look of my pores where I need it to. It’s a little pricey but a full size bottle will last you almost 3 months!

2. Mojito Lip-balm – by Malin+Goetz $12 – I spoke about this last week in my Friday faves – It goes in the purse every morning and by my bed at night – I’ve been a Burt’s Bees girl for a few years now but this is the best – glossy balm I’ve found so far – it goes very nicely over a lip stain or color to give it a little more oomph without the heavy/sticky feeling a true gloss leaves behind.

3. Balm me up- by Balanced Guru $45 I haven’t really given this body balm a fair shot and after I found out the price tag I’m thinking this thing should make me look like Marilyn Monroe – I dont’ know it smells nice but I don’t think I’ll miss it when it’s gone

4. Foundation – By – Yaby – $14 – OK I’ll admit I gave this one to my daughter and didn’t bother to test it – I don’t feel bad about it either – No new foundation!

5. Absolute! Make up removing wipes by Nicka K– $5 these were ok – kinda dry and there were only five in the tester so, it’s hard to say if they were really bad or if I just got a bad batch

And of course the handy dandy make-up bag – I wasn’t really impressed with the bag this month either but I’m using it to hold my hair ties and that works just fine.

Do you have an Ipsy subscription? what do you think?

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Curvy Girl Style

I apologize in advance if you do not like the term “Curvy”, I have no such negative connotations to the word, it always brings up images of Mae West, Marilyn Monroe and the Varga girls to me. That’s how I would like to see my self – and let’s face it, when I’m thinner I still am curvy, broad shoulders and breeding hips will do that to a girl – add a little boob and butt into the action and you’ve got a curvy girl without a lot of work. Again I apologize for the term if you are offended, it’s who I am and I’m all about trying to embrace that this year.

I’ve been hesitant about writing this post, my first in a beauty/style direction. I realized that part of the issue was coming to terms with my size in photos; it’s hard to deny you’re overweight when you’re staring right at the proof. But additionally it was coming to terms with the fact that I have a say and voice in what I wear as an overweight woman and one that spends her days in the workforce. I have to dress nicely to work, I’m not talking fashion magazine nice, or even stuffy suit nice, but somewhere a step or two below that, not quite business casual but something close. It’s enough that you have to put some care and thought into your outfit choices, I own a drying rack for sweaters and bras, and I tend to hang most of my tops instead of throwing them on tumble dry. My mother bought me a Rowenta iron for christmas and it sent me over the moon with excitement from the steam function, that’s probably just me though not a requirement of curvy girl style. Needless to say, I’m not slapping on a pair of jeans and an old t-shirt to come into the office.

So what does a curvy girl wear? What do I look for when I’m trying on clothes? – do I really try them all on? And honestly does anyone really wear those giant print shirts that are popular in all the “Big Lady” clothing stores? I don’t know all of the answers but, at least here’s a start.

I love this top, it’s such a simple silhouette and it has a shell underneath that is really opaque

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The pants and top are from Dress Barn, boots from Old Navy

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I have a really long torso, so when I’m looking for tops I’m always plagued with trying to find something long enough that doesn’t make me look like I’m wearing something I shrank in the dryer. This top is just pushing the “short” boundary for me and with other pants I don’t like how it looks. With these because of the wide straight leg and the chunky boots I think the top cuts me in a good place.

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I have to say I felt a little silly going out with my friend to take the pictures today – A very BIG THANK YOU! to Eric Lundelius, a dear friend and great photographer that always makes me feel “pretty” when he’s taking my pictures. Maybe after a few of these they’ll look more relaxed, he’s promised to keep doing this for me for a little while.

Again I’m not a stylist nor do I hold any special title – I’m just a curvy girl trying to make her way though life surrounded by unflattering styles and girls that need a hamburger.

Until Tomorrow

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