Philosophy Skin Care Review

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When you open that door, you have entered the world of endless options. There on each shelf of every aisle, lies hundreds of products that promise to be the answer to your dry, oily, or combination skin. Well, really there isn’t any product that is capable of making us unicorns with glowing magical skin. But, one that has satisfied me for the past few months, yes I had it for a few months, is Philosophy’s Purity cleanser and renewed Hope in a jar moisturizer.

I have tried so many drug store brand cleansers, probably all of them, to where I got to a point where I just did not want to use anything else from the drug store. I figured I would pay the extra dollars, more than just a few extra dollars, and try something from Sephora. I love Mary Kay products as well, but this time I just wanted something different. I find myself looking for new products in everything these days. It’s great to try new things!

Anyways…I have enjoyed using Philosophy’s Purity cleanser and renewed Hope in a jar moisturizer.

The cleanser is great for two reasons. One, it removes makeup extremely well, this includes eye makeup. Two, it leaves my skin feeling very clean, brighter, and moist. I am very pleased with this cleanser. I saw results right away, and my face has been clear of breakouts while I have been using the product.

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Renewed Hope in a jar is just as great! The texture is light and creamy, not heavy. It leaves my face feeling moisturized. Plus, the moisture last all day!

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I use both products twice a day. You only need a dab of moisturizer for the entire face. Just a dime size amount of the cleanser. Because you only need a little bit of product to get a clean and moisturized face, this is why these products lasted for a few months.

I purchased it in the spring of this year, and both products ran out at the same time last week. So that is about seven months of use. I bought the cleanser and the moisturizer along with Philosophy’s microdelivery peel for $70.

I have found this product to be so great that I have bought more. And because I think it is so awesome I bought it for someone as a Christmas gift. So if you are in need of a new cleanser and moisturizer, Philosophy’s Purity and renewed Hope in a jar is a must try!

Glasses up, to beautiful skin Jewels!

Wear You: Thought of the Day

For about a year or more, full figured women have been taking over the fashion industry. There are more plus size clothing stores now than ever. These stores are nothing like the old school plus size stores that just sell big plain tops, that fall off your shoulders, and dresses that don’t fit right in any place. These stores carry trendy clothes that any diva would want in her closet.

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Consequently, there is a lot of negativity that comes with plus size girls wearing trendy clothing. People suggesting that plus size ladies should not be promoting positivity in their size because it’s not healthy, and the list goes on. Well, the thought for today is it doesn’t matter what size you are, as long as you’re wearing YOU(which means it doesn’t matter if you’re big, skinny, stout, short, tall, linky, apple, pear, square shaped).

No one is to judge how someone dresses. We shouldn’t judge anyone, period. Every shape is different. Which means every shape has it’s own special needs to look the most flattering. I believe everyone can be fabulous. You just have to dress accordingly for your size.

For instance, I personally find bodycon dresses most appealing on some pear shape and hour-glass plus size ladies rather than a size 2. That’s just my opinion. I find it adorable to see petite ladies wearing short flared out dresses. I think it’s so cute, especially with super flashy shoes.

At the end of the day, you have to be comfortable in your own skin. Confidence is the biggest thing. Women that wear confidence look thee MOST appealing. Never be afraid to try new things no matter what size you are.

Be you, be confident, bring out your inner sexy Jewels! 😉

Importance of Having a Skin Care Regimen

Let’s talk skin.

I would like to believe that most people want nice skin. Some may even question if it is possible to have skin you absolutely love. The answer is most definitely. Minimal pore, blemish less, acne, white/black head, pimple free skin is possible. Perfect skin is not, but you can get mighty close.

Personally, I have not always been a skin fanatic. Of course, I always freak out over pimples. But, I have recently, like this year, become obsessed with skin care. In the past, I would buy drug store products like Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Noxzema, Olay, and others. Unfortunately, by the time I reached the bottom of the bottle none of the promises of the product were fulfilled, and the amount of money spent on the products could have been better served on something else. Now, this is not to say that these products do not work, but they certainly were not effective on me.

The other negative was I would take care of my skin only when I felt like it. I knew the value in sticking to a face regimen but I never would keep it up. I have always had issues with the pores on my chin and nose and whiteheads near my brows. I also have issues with dark pigmented areas on my face near the outer areas of my nose. Thankfully, pimples would only occur during “that time of the month”.

This is without makeup.
This is without makeup.

Recently, since January, I have been using Mary Kay’s skin care products. I love these products so much! I have seen tremendous changes in my face. My problem areas that I mentioned (monthly pimples, whiteheads, and big pores) have drastically died down. I literally have no more pimple, ever! The whiteheads have disappeared. The huge pores on my nose and chin have drastically become smaller. The dark areas are getting lighter and even with my complexion. My skin is also much firmer and the texture has remarkably changed. Overall, my face is a lot different.

I value skin care now more than ever, so much that I offer complimentary facials using Mary Kay products. I am a MK Beauty Consultant. I love everything about beauty and helping a woman feel beautiful inside and out.

Here I am with makeup on,no filter. Texture is blemish free.
Here I am with makeup on,no filter. Texture is blemish free.

There is a major difference even in my makeup since I have started this skin care regimen. The texture is absolutely flawless; this is as close to “poreless” as it is going to get. It is possible to achieve skin you can wear bare. 😉

Ladies, it is so important to take care of your skin. If you are doing what I use to do, which is take care of it sometimes, you have to start and stick to a regimen soon. More blog post to come on my skin care regimen and the products I use.

Do your research ladies and try things out. I hope you find the perfect skin care regimen that works for you. For immediate notification of the future blogs to come on skin care please submit your email address in the link, to follow this blog, bellow; or if you are a blogger just follow. 🙂

If you have any questions about skin care/ beauty please ask, I’ll be glad to help! You can do so by submitting a comment below or via email at thecurvychateau@yahoo.com. I’d love to hear from you all!

It’s your time to be the best you. You can get started by taking care of your skin, Jewels!

Dresses for the End of Spring: OOTD

Summer is almost here, but the whole April showers, May flowers still places us in Spring. While the temperature is steady warming up I have grown weary in wearing pants to work. This of course means more dresses!

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This dress is from Dress Barn. I cannot recall the exact price, but it is somewhere between $50 and $69. This is a sleeveless sheath dress. The skirt is just straight; it is not fitted. The stripes are very flattering on a plus size figure. I love that this dress is versatile. You can wear it like I did with a sweater and cork wedges, with a black blazer and pumps, or sleeveless with flat sandals or flats; there are many options.

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I got these on sale at Journeys for $20 (such a deal). Any cork wedges would pair up nicely with the colors within this dress. Most wedges would go nicely with this dress.

Enjoy the rest of Spring, Jewels!

Summer Time Fine: Time to Strut Your Stuff

While the sun is my enemy, I do love that Summer gives me a chance to show off some skin. I absolutely adore my legs. I think they’re HOT! I may be plus-size but that means absolutely nothing. I do not let my size hinder me from showing off some skin. I think my legs are one of my best attributes, and I just live to show them off.

Ladies, we all have parts of our bodies that we like to show off and make us feel extra sexy. No matter your size, strut what your momma gave ya! We all have a physical feature that brings out our inner sexy. So this Summer what is it that you’re going to strut?

It’s so vital to be confident in the skin you’re in. When you are confident in yourself, nothing else matters. The only time I may consider what someone is saying about me is if they are buying my clothes. Other than that, I can care less. Be you. Like the Isley Brothers said, “It’s your thing, do what you wanna do.”

Legs all Summer long!

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Here’s my philosophy about dresses: You cannot wear one without heels on, or super cute (and I mean top of the line) flat sandals. I just cannot do a dress with flats, looks so weird on me, unless I have on tights. Plus, heels make your legs look sexy!

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In case you’re wondering these shoes are by BCBG, hot right? 😉

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And…Summer just wouldn’t be Summer without short shorts, but these aren’t booty-short shorts lol. Got these at Forever21+. They were only $10, and they are high waisted, which is a plus for cropped tops.

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Legs, Legs, Legs! Button down chambray shirt with the black shorts from above, equals cute outfit! When I sit the shorts rise up, lol. It’s just about summer time, so show off your stuff ladies!

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Be you, be sexy, you are FINE! Bring on the heat Summer I’m ready to strut my LEGS! 😉 Jewels, please share the physical feature of yourself that you like to strut and why. I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Torrid Little Black Dress Review

Every lady needs a little black dress. The dress that can be worn for any occasion, any time of year. I was shopping at Torrid and while I only went for accessories I had to try on a few items before leaving. This dress was one of those items, and BOY am I glad I did. This dress is very snazzy. The fact that the waist is right under the bust is very complimentary to those who are heavy busted. What I love most, is that this type of cut shows off the waist, cinches in the waist, showing off that curve. Score!

This dress looks great just by itself, or you can add a belt to make it fab. I like the belt because it really makes the waist go in. Plus, belts add more attitude to any attire.

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The shoes are a bit funky! They have graffiti on them. Perfect for an all black dress. It adds a lot of color. Of course, depending on the occasion you may not want to wear such colorful shoes. However, if you’re going out with your girls or a hot date, shoes with color are a perfect match to this dress. I wore this dress to work with a short black sweater and flat gold sandals, super cute! So you can definitely dress this up in many different ways. I have also tried this on with a short turquoise sweater, and that was also adorable. There are so many alternatives to dressing up this black dress. Black dresses give you many options.

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The dress was $68.50 and the belt was $18 at Torrid, check them out online at Torrid.com. The shoes are from DSW, and they are by Steve Madden for about $69, online at dsw.com.

Have fun dressing up your little black dress, Jewels!

Perfect for Any Occasion: OOTD

People say this to me all the time, “You’re a girly girl.” Why, yes I am. So with no doubt I love dresses! Can’t get enough of them. Today I am wearing a dress I got a few weeks ago from Forever 21+. This dress was $22.90. It looks very dull on the hanger but it’s adorable, sassy, and cute on.

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The pattern on it assist with drawing the eyes away from my heavy bust, love that. It’s the perfect cut for heavy busted ladies. The attention of the waist is right at the waist line. It’s not cutting across your “natural” waist line, very figure flattering.

I also really like the feminine touches of the gathered sheer fabric that runs down the middle of the dress. It is also on top of the shoulders. Very chic! Because I’m at work, I am wearing a black cami under the dress.

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I’m only at work today, so nothing extravagant. I only added earrings and big silver bracelets. I also wore my James Avery rings to add more silver.

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This dress will work for any occasion: work, church, date, or just out in the town. Depending on how you accessorize determines how dressed up or down you’ll be. This dress would be cute with black, silver, metallic, or vibrant colored flats; pointy toe pumps, wedges, or flat sandals. Pops of color in the jewelry will also be cute.

I always wear some sort of jacket or sweater to work. I love this long blazer with the dress because it makes the dress appear even shorter, and I love showing off my legs! 😉

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The shoes in this outfit are so amazing. One, they are extremely comfortable. Two, they are so hot and high! Three, they’re by one of my favorite shoe designers, Steve Madden. I got these at Macy’s for $109. These shoes really set off this outfit.

I can’t seem to get away from black and whites, one day I will. But for now, I’m basking in them.

Share your thoughts and ideas on today’s outfit. I’d love to hear from you.

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Have a great day being FABULOUS, Jewels!