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Preparing Your Skin for Fall and Winter

Summer is almost over, and the days of lounging around under the sun will soon come to an end. Fall will be the start of the cold months which takes a lot of toll on our skin. Here are some tips to help prepare your skin for the new season.

Do Not Forget The Sunblock: Just because the sun isn’t out that much, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t damaging our skin. Due to this notion, people actually tend to damage the skin more during this season. An added bonus of wearing sunblock would be the extra moisture it gives your skin. You can even wear cream-based sunblock which you couldn’t do during the summer.

Block Up!

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Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask Mint & Lemon

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask Mint and Lemon

Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask Mint & Lemon has been a mighty, mighty lifesaver for me this summer. I used to have combination skin. Then I went to college and my combination, basically pimple free skin, became a war zone of oil and acne. While I still battle with the acne from time to time, my face produces less oil. I know it has to be this mask that I use 3 times a week. The Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask Mint & Lemon dries up my oily skin and leaves my face feeling soft and brand new.

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The UK Bans Ads from Lancome and Mabelline

According to the Daily Mail, the Advertising Standards Authority in England has banned certain beauty ads in the country for being too airbrushed. This isn’t the first time England has done this either. They claim that the ads are misleading and MP Jo Swinson says they create a false impression of beauty. Swinson and Lynne Featherstone, the equalities minister, have set up a Campaign for Body Confidence.

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Clipless Curling Iron

If you’re not a hair guru like me, it gets frustrating when you just can’t let your hair fall the way you want to. Beachy waves are perfect for the summer but sometimes getting it perfect takes too much time and effort. I’ve been using a regular curling iron all my life and I never ever did my hair. I always asked someone else because I always got burnt. When I stumbled upon this video, I was amazed at how easy it looked and how great the curls looked like in the end. Clipless Curling Irons, like regular curling irons, comes in different sizes depending on how big you want your curls. Get an iron that’s coated in ceramic to protect your hair and leave it shiny.

*Jai Tip: I have a clipless curling iron. When buying one, make sure that it either comes with a heat protectant glove or you can get one from Sally’s for less than $5. Try the Conair CD117 Infiniti You Curl Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron, color may vary for tighter curls or the Cortex Curling Iron, Black, 1″ for bigger curls.
Clipless curling irons are available online and in most beauty stores. I know I want one right now.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

I have always wondered about the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation because I had heard some great things about this product for African-American skin. Here is a great review from Rose Anne Tang on how to apply the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation , how to make it look smooth and less cakey, and the pros/cons of the product. I hope you found this tutorial as helpful as I did. I may be trying this out soon.

* Don’t forget to enter in the Sproos Shop Hair Accessories Contest!

DIY Trench Coat and NYX Eye Pencil and Milani Glitzy Gloss Review

Today I am bringing you a video where I talk about how I made a sleeveless trench coat, which is very chic right now, and I review some beauty products I bought. I  recently bought the 3D Glitzy Glosses from Milani Cosmetics and the Jumbo Eye Pencils from NYX Cosmetics. Check out the video to see how I liked or disliked them.

For the Trench Coat- You can take a trench coat from anywhere. I just happened to buy mine off of Ebay. You can either cut the sleeves off or use a seam ripper like I did. Seam rippers are cheap. Also make sure you buy some fray check from Walmart or any craft/fabric store. This will help you keep the frays in check.

 

Products I’m Loving Right Now

I just couldn’t help but share the products i am using right now. Some of these products I have been using for awhile now and others just a few weeks. I love them and think you should use these products too. Below the video is a list of my favorite products that I am totally loving right now! I bought these products myself. I am not getting paid to review these.

 

Products I’m Loving Right Now!!!!

  1. Egyptian Magic
  2. Kiss Colors Cover and Care Foundation and Concealer sold at Ebonyline
  3. Inglot Freedom Palette and Lip Pots
  4. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula SPF 15
  5. Mac Cosmetics Blot Powder and Quite Cute Nail Polish in Mischievous Mint
  6. Black Opal Oil Blocking Powder

Of Note…Pat McGrath

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After looking at last Thursday’s Prada show, I think we can all say that Pat McGrath is THE Mistress of Make-up, which is why she is the first in a new series I like to call “Of Note.” The look was natural with pinched pink lips, pink cheeks, and light,natural brown eyes. Whenever you see an editorial or runway show with spectacular faces, it is usually her creation. The self-taught beauty queen from England was inspired by her Jamaican mother’s love of fashion, make-up, and old movies. Those influences taught her more about make-up artistry than the few art foundation courses she took at Northampton Art College ever did.

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How To Get the Perfect Fall Cheeks

This guest post is from Vivalaqbee03. Check out all of her Cheek Week Beauty posts here!

We all know that once the seasons change, so does our make up. Continuing to wear the same foundation, concealer, blush and various other products as you did in the summer doesn’t work. I love eye make up, but having the right type of blush brings life to anyone’s face. This week is going to be dedicated to cheeks so make sure you visit everyday to get the 411 on how to make your cheeks fabulous. This post is going to give you the key to having the perfect fall cheeks.

Perfect Fall Cheek Examples

Kim Kardashian

Gabrielle Union

Zoe Saldana

Hayden Panettiere

FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT: Drink water. In the winter the cold air can cause the skin to dry out and flake easily. The trick to having the perfect blush look in the winter is having a certain glow to your skin. If the skin is not properly taken care of, then there is not way to bring out the natural glow in your skin so drink up 🙂

— You want the skin to look glowing and warm. The following tips will help you achieve this look. Let me know which works for you.

Helpful Blush TIP :): Always tap excess off before you apply it to your face.

1. Bronze Up To It: One way to achieve this look is to apply a sheer shimmery bronzer to contour the cheeks (use shimmery bronzer with a very light hand). Use a kabuki brush or the brush that you use to apply your blush. Once you have the bronzer in place, slightly drag it up to the apples of the cheeks. You do not need to reapply bronzer for this step, just simply drag the bronzer to the apples of the cheeks. Next go into a warm color blush and apply it to the apples of the check. This will help you achieve Hayden’s look  in the picture above.

Example of a Warm Blush: Benefit’s Coralista

2. Round It Out: Another flattering way to bring color to your face in the fall is to focus on the bottoms of the apples of the cheeks. This look can be seen on Km Kardashian and Gabrielle Union above. Apply your blush lightly in apply letter U swipe. Apply a highlight the upper half of the apples of the cheek. This look is simple as 1 2 3.

Example of a highlighter: Urban Decay’s Urbanglow

3. Livin’ the High Life: The last technique I am going to talk about is bringing attention to the cheekbones. This technique is great for those with high cheekbones. You can see an example of this in Zoe Saldana’s picture above.Start by applying the blush to the apples of the cheeks and then sweep the color back towards the temples. Next place your choice of highlighter on the tip of your index finger and trace your cheekbone upward. This will give your face an instant lift.

.:LiveLove&Flutter:.

CHEEK WEEK

Head to Vivalaqbee03 to read my other posts about cheeks this week! Make sure you comment and subscribe!

Monday: How to Get the Perfect Fall Cheeks

Tuesday: What the Cheek ?!?

Wednesday: Bring in the Cheek geek Squad !!!

Thursday: You’re s So Cheeky

Fashion Week: Max Azria Beauty/ Get The Look

So for fashion week this year I will be covering makeup trends and how to do them as well as the top models who walked this season. The first makeup tutorial I would like to spotlight is for Max Azria’s Spring RTW line. It’s a very natural look with a little tint of color in the lips. Natural makeup is one of my favorite types because it looks effortless but also let’s people know you care enough to enhance your already lovely features.

The Things You’ll Need for This Look:

A Light Moisturizer– I chose DDF Ultra Light Dew Moisturizer
A Primer– I chose Smashbox Photo Finish
A Brightener– It’s actually made for under the eye but I use it on my upper cheek bone to add a little light.
A Liquid Concealer– I chose Smashbox High Definition Healthy Foundation
A Powder Foundation– I chose Bare Minerals in Medium including the Mineral Veil to reflect light and give a more even poreless finish.
A Skin Toned Blush– I chose to use the warmth from My Bare Minerals set because it isn’t pink but still adds definition to the cheekbone
Light Gold Eyeshadow & A Shade of Darker Brown– I chose the YSL quad with gold, brown, plum, and blue(not used).
A Mascara and Mascara Base– I chose a Lancome mascara base and used Bad Girl by Benefit Mascara.
An Eyebrow Pencil Or Filler Compact– I chose a Chanel eyebrow pencil
A Lip Tint or Stain– I chose Maybelline Color Sensational in Feelin’ Rosy.
A Plain Gloss (optional)– I chose LipFusion plumping gloss because I have small lips.
Makeup Brushes I chose a max concealer brush for problem areas, a max coverage kabuki brush for optimum coverage, a lighter kabuki brush for the mineral veil, and a feather light brush for my blush max all from Bare Minerals. I also used 2 MAC brushes for my eyeshadow. A medium flat for the lid’s base and a very small flat used to line the upper eyelid.

Step 1:
Take your moisturizer and apply lightly to the entire face.

Step 2:
Add some brightener under the eye if you have any dark circles or just want to add a luminous touch.

Step 3:
Take your primer and also apply this to the entire face. Make sure to only use small dot amounts and don’t over apply as this will make your face feel wet which will be bad for the powder based concealer.

Step 4:
Next take your liquid foundation and apply it to your problem areas or your whole face depending on how even your skin tone is. I always apply my foundation to my entire face just to ensure that my skin tone is even and it also makes the powder foundation look more even and allows it to stay on better.

Step 5:
Now take max concealing brush and apply it to your problem areas and under your eyes. Dab it lightly and even out the power around the area you’re covering.

Step 6:
Next take your larger Kabuki brush or foundation brush and cover the rest of your face. Apply in a circular motion for maximum coverage. Do this lightly as pressing hard can cause your skin to turn slightly red or irritated (especially if you have sensitive skin like me). Remember to apply a little powder under your jawline and onto your neck so it doesn’t look two-toned.

Step 7:
Take your lighter larger brush and apply a light reflecting powder like the mineral veil on your upper cheekbones, chin, nose, and forehead. This adds more dimension to your face and also reflects light to minimize the pores.

Step 8:
Now take your feather light brush or very light brush and apply some blush starting from the hairline right below the top of your cheekbone and bring it in until you reach the outer point of where your eye is. Do not bring it all the way over onto the front of the face. Keep it to the sides. Also apply it lightly because you don’t want it to be too dark but more so natural.

NOTE: If you want to highlight your brush take a little brightener and dab it onto your upper cheekbone very lightly.

Step 9:
Take your medium flat eyeshadow brush and apply some gold shadow to the base of your eyelid. Apply generously but not TOO generously. Bring the eyeshadow out from the corner of your eyes slightly but not too much. Make sure to keep your area straight and don’t stray too far up or too far down. You can also apply a lighter color eyeshadow closer to the brown to highlight the eye if you prefer. Keep it light though.

Step 10:
Take your very small flat. This brush is used more for lining and not covering. Take a nice shade of brown that isn’t to dark and line your upper lashline with it to add a little bit of darkness. If you want it to be a little darker use a darker shade of brown to line it once again. I chose to use the plum in my YSL quad because when it’s mixed with the brown you can barely tell it has a purple tint.

Step 11:
Once your finished with your shadow, take your mascara base and apply it to your upper eyelashes only. Once it’s dry apply your regular mascara lightly. Make sure it doesn’t clump and none of your lashes stick together. We want your lashes to look as natural as possible. if anything they need to look tinted dark not full of volume.

Step 12:
Once your eyes are done move to the eyebrows. I simply lined and filled mine with the Chanel eyebrow pencil but if you’re using a filling compact take a very small brush and fill them with a nice natural shade of brown. Use a lighter brown on the outer edges around the brown to make it look more shaded rather than very dark and bold.

Step 13:
Last take your lip tint or stain and apply lightly to the lips. Make sure the stain is a lighter pink and nothing too dark. Keep it within the natural bounds. Be conscious of your lip line and make sure not to go outside of it or else the stain will make it look like you have liner on. To make the stain even rub lightly with your finger for even coverage. You can either leave the stain plain and matte finished or apply a little gloss like I did to add some shine.

And there you have it. A great natural look that can be worn anyday.

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Here is the last video in the series. If you liked these videos, shoot me some suggestions in the comments section for other videos, and I will see what I can do. for Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2!

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Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer Contest

Hey everyone! It is raining here in Charleston aka The Chuck, but I am having a last. I opted to skip the interview session today so I could bring you an update on the fashion show from last night. It was CFW’s answer to Project Runway. Eb and I had a blast looking at what each designer created for the show. Sorry if the camera is a little shaky, and sorry for the one shot that was sideways. I don’t know why my camera did that. If you know how to fix that, please help me out. The panel of judges are Mychael Knight, Gordana Gehlhausen and Carol Hannah Whitfield from Project Runway, Elysa Lazar, Ashley Reid, Ayoka Lucas, designer Cynthia Rowley, and Anne Slowley who judges the last segment of the competition. I hate that I am going to miss her.

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Uriel Zamora-
His show was amazing, no TRESMAZING! He was inspired by one of my favorite artist, Roy Lichtenstein, so he created these sculptural looks that reminded me of Lady Gaga and Beyonce. I wish the judges had picked his line to move on. 🙁
Barbara Beach- One of the finalist that is moving forward in the competition
I wish I had her footage but my camera actually ate some of her footage so again I am confused at what happened. Sorry about that, but she showed cute and preppy childrenswear. The kid models look adorable.
Anna Lassiter-
Her collection was so Boho chic, but it was done very well. I could see this collection selling. In a major store.
Hannalei Taylor-
Her clothes were really cute, fun, and girly. The plaids and lace reminded me of her interior design past.
Larika Page- One of the finalist that is moving forward in the competition
Her clothes were so amazing. I am so happy for her because her collection was scultptural, elegant, wearable, and classy.
Chelsie Ravenell-
He showed a line for men and women. It was very preppy meets urban, but not in the Pharrell or Kanye way. It was a mix of downtown skate and basketball(two of the designer’s pastimes) inspired deconstructed looks. I thought it was OK, but it could have been better. I heard one of the judges, whose name I shall not say, say what was right on my mind. I thought to myself, “How do you create looks for an original collection if you are just going to destroy and spray paint Levi’s?” He didn’t make those jeans. OHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Jamie Lin Snider-One of the finalist that is moving forward in the competition
She is a Las Vegas native living near Charleston. Her bio said that she likes to create looks that bring “a city edge to Charleston’s sophisticated, Southern charm.” What I saw were not edgy, but elegant clothes inspired by the past. The only thing I didn’t like, where the cheap shoes that were too big for the models’ feet. They all stumbled, slipped, and walked slew footed down the runway. That took away from the beauty of her clothes.

Julia Faye Davison-
I am not gonna lie. I was intrigued to see what she would create, but thought I would probably not like it because she said her collection was a mix between two cultures. It was a reverse Pocahontas themed collection based on “a regal Englishwoman and a proud-spirited Native American man [who fell] in love”. Umm… yeah. Color me surprised! I actually liked it. The best thing about the men and womenswear collection were the paneled and fringed leggings.
The three finalist have to take a certain number of white button down Oxford shirts and create a garment inspired by Alexander McQueen.
The main show of the night featured contest judge and Project Runway finalist Gordana Gehlhausen. Her GOGA collection featured some incredible hand knitted dresses and lots of lace and ruffles.The whole collection reminded me of a women who was into Anna Sui when she was younger, but wants the same look just a little more subdued.

A Year In The Life Of The Fat and Skinny

On January 3rd of last year, I started The Fat and Skinny on Fashion as hobby. It was just a blog to show my life,photography, fashion news, and just plain fashion and beauty things that I loved. Since then I have completed my first year of fashion graduate school at the Academy of Art University. I switched majors from fashion merchandising to fashion journalism. I graduated from Columbia College with a degree in business administration.

I completed one internship with fashion website Stylehop.com, another one with the Columbia Urban League, and started a fashion journalism internship with the online plus size magazine Gemini Magazine. You can see one of my articles here on page 24/25. I went to my second presidential inauguration, yapped about my love life or lack of one, got tired of writing about the recession’s effect on the fashion industry, held some contests, attempted to review some fashion shows that I never went to but hope to go to some day, made 2 videos, and struggled to find my blog’s voice and design. Oh and I discussed shoes. Lots and lots of shoes! All in all I think 2009 was a pretty good year for me and my blog.

 

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2009:

The Best of Bad Bish
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2
3
4

My Review of Faith 21

One of my many attempts to show you my photography skills

Clothes I designed for school

One of My Videos

These are a couple of my attempts to open up to my readers
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2

Here are two of my advice/words of wisdom lists
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2
The epic Alexander McQueen show

Oh and the very short first post!

New York Spring Fashion Week Post 6

If you haven’t figured it out already, the majority of my posts throughout this month will be fashion week related. This is the schedule for the remaining fashion:

Upcoming Fashion Weeks

London
September 18 – September 23, 2009
Milan
September 24 – September 28, 2009
Paris
September 30 – October 8, 2009

Back to New York Fashion Week, which ends on the 17th.

Zac Posen really did a great job of editing his collection. I think his mind is overly creative and flamboyant, which makes editing and figuring out what pieces work extremely hard. This collection showcases his flamboyance but it is magical. I love the silky fabrics, and the way he mixed all the colors together. I think bright colors and painterly/graphic patterns are really going to be big trends for the spring. I am also seeing a feather boa used as a coat/vest contraption too.

Chris Benz is another designer who got the bright colors/feather boa memo, as well. His collection looks easier to wear than Posen but it is still great. I also like how he mixed textures. There are ruffles, feathers, and solids. The ruffle and the polka dot was featured heavily in his collection as well sequins. Apparently that trend isn’t going away anytime soon ladies.

I remember yesterday when everyone at the Marc Jacobs show was twittering. They kept saying the theme is Geishas. Everyone let out a collective “HMMMMM…” Well I can tell that Marc’s inspiration was definitely Asian. The garments were ruffled, silky, and some were extremely geometric. I also liked how he did the exposed undergarment thing again, except this time it seemed more put together. The colors range from very muted neutrals to a deep blue and red. I can’t see myself wearing the clothes or the shoes from this collection, but I can definitely see the beauty in it…. I guess? I don’t it. I guess I just expect more from Marc.

Photos from Style.com.

Thanks So Much Jens Fashion Plus

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Photo from Jen’s Fashion Plus

I would take a picture of me in this dress, but I just started school yesterday, and I am leaving for the beach today. Jen from Jen’s Fashion Plus sent me this cute dress that I want to wear with my yellow tights from We Love Colors. The feel of the fabric is nice too. I like when fabric doesn’t itch. I also like the fact that it comes with a belt, so I don’t have to fish around in my belt drawer. LAZY! I really like the fact that it isn’t too short. I can wear the dress to church and not feel the old church lady’s eyes on my back. LOL! Thanks Jen!

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2k9!

Abaeté had a real soft, neutral palette. Maybe the recession is to blame for the lack of color,or maybe the fact that it is a fall season collection explains the lack of color. I still liked it anyway.

Bibhu Mohapatra was a name I hadn’t heard before. I don’t even know where to start as far as pronunciation goes, but I liked his collection. The colors were rich and full, and the fabrics were amazing. Apparently this is his debut. I want to see more of his work. GOOD LUCK!

Christian Cota said his collection was based on upheavals in beauty and nature. I believe it. His collection was an explosions of sparkles, bursts of leather, and fabric shaped like it was exploding off of the models. I loved these clothes because they were fun and beautiful at the same time.