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I’ve been wearing the same strapless bra for three years- here’s why I’ll never stop

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I really hated bras.

Ever since I received my first bra when I was 10, I have been tormented by them. I spent all of my teenage years wearing bras that were too small. Many times it was because I was afraid of sizing up.  I also used it as motivation to lose weight. Spoiler alert – it didn’t work.

Wearing bras that were too small and ripped into my skin have left me with scars that remind me of how much I hated bras. After being measured by a professional years ago I have been wearing bras that finally fit me. No more scars, burned skin and welts. Just perky boobs.

As I entered the fashion blogger world I discovered various brands and I have experimented with many bras. But the bra that I found about 3 years ago changed my life forever.

I went shopping at Lane Bryant and visited their intimate section, Cacique. As I stacked a bunch of bras on my arm to try-on I came across a strapless bra. I wasn’t too sure about it but I tried it on anyways.

Like many plus-size women, strapless bras don’t really give me the physical or emotional support I need. 

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Light Weight Multi-way Strapless bra ($46.50, Lane Bryant)

Once I put the bra on I heard angels playing the harp and cute little leprechauns dancing and singing around me. It fit me so well that I bought two that same day.

Let me tell you why this bra is so good.

The back band is so thick it keeps my back fat in check when I wear tight tops or dresses.

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I always wear it if I’m wearing something that hugs my curves.

The bra comes with straps for multiple uses but the cups and side panels hold my breast in place that I don’t even bother adding them.

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This is how the bra looks from behind with the Light Weight Multi-way Strapless bra.

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My back fat is smoothed out and a smoother silhouette is created.

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I’ve tried other strapless bra but none have ever matched how comfortable I feel with a strapless bra.

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Wheather I’m wearing an off-the-shoulder top or not I rock this bra on a daily basis. The bra has been a staple in my wardrobe and after 8 months to a year, I buy a new one.

What bra makes you feel like a queen? Click here to try-out the bra.

Photos by Monica Krystel Rose

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I tried the drugstore version of Kat Von D’s matte lipsticks

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The biggest downfall of being a makeup lover is how expensive it can be. Most items in my makeup bag do come from a drugstore but there are certain things I don’t mind splurging for, and one of those things for me is – matte lipstick.

Ever since I discovered matte lipsticks I have never gone back to any other formula. Many of them can be drying and feel like the moisture from your lips is being drained. The first matte liquid lipstick I ever tried, and the one that got me hooked on matte lipsticks, was Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($15.) As I experimented with more I found Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid lipsticks, and even though they go for $20, I have been hooked ever since.

I recently came upon Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipstick and decided to give them a try. Little did I know I would find a less expensive alternative for a liquid lipstick I was faithfully bound to.

Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipstick comes in 20 different shades and retail for $7 a piece.

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I had a hard time selecting the colors but I ended up buying Fighter, Pioneer, Driver, and Huntress.

The first color I decided to give a try was Fighter.

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Once I opened the lipstick the first thing I noticed was the sweet vanilla smell. I tried it on and it wore similar to Kat Von D’s formula. I had it on for a full working day and even after lunch it didn’t budge, I was physically SHOOK. I was officially excited to try the other colors.

Red lipstick is a staple in my makeup bag so I had to try their only true red option, Pioneer.Facetune_01-02-2018-16-40-44

I really wasn’t a fan of this tone of red. I prefer my reds to be would be brighter and with a little less dark undertone in it.

There is no better way to test lipstick than by making out or eating.

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Since ya girl is single AF we had to test it with some lunch. The red lipstick slightly faded in the inner part of the mouth and most importantly it didn’t stain my chin.

The second to last lipstick I tried I was Driver their palest ‘nude.’

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I usually would never wear nudes this pale but I was happy I tried it. This shade dried much faster than the other colors I tried without drying my lips.

I gave this lipstick the lunch test as well.

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The fade of the lipstick was much more noticeable than the other lipsticks but it was nothing I couldn’t fix with a quick retouch. I can’t forget to mention that it would be great to have more nude options for WOC that are much darker than I am.

The last and final color kept it real with me.

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I tried Huntress on the last day and I was so surprised at how pretty and unique the color was.

I gave this color the lunch test as well and clearly, it failed.

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My lipstick didn’t stand a chance.  Under my lips and my chin also suffered the consequences. The truth is the lipstick held up better than I thought. It goes for $7 and held up just as well if not better than Kat Von D’s matte lip stains.

Final review:

 

The color options were beautiful and the quality of the $7 formula held up like a $20 lipstick did. Even though the color Huntress faded much more dramatically than the others it was just like I was wearing Kat Von D’s dark matte lipsticks.

This is definitely a collection worth trying.

CHECK OUT HOW I PREP MY LIPS FOR MATTE LIPSTICKS
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The Power Rangers have a peel-off face mask and I tried it

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If you have been following me on Revelist or at any of my social media pages you might have noticed that I am a bit of a beauty enthusiast. I love to try new products and see if they are worth the hype.

I was walking down the isles of Sephora in search of the next product I would test out. I came across this bright green and gold face mask. 

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GravityMud Firming Treatment Power Rangers by Glamglow, $34.

 

I later realized it was a Power Rangers Glamglow collection.

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I didn’t think twice before buying both. I was a huge fan of the Power Rangers and it made me happy to be able to include it into my beauty routine.

The peel-off face mask was inspired by Rita Rupulsa and Goldar.

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I pulled a flat bristle brush out and squirted a generous amount.gif 2.gifWhen I opened the bottle it released an amazing sweet smell.

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The instructions recommend waiting 20-30 minutes before peeling off once it was dry.final look.gifIt’s Morphin Time!

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I had never tried Glamglow’s peel-off face mask and was worried it was a bad idea for my rosacea.

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If the Power Rangers taught me anything it was to face my problems face-on. peel off.gifI channeled my inner Power Ranger and peeled it off at once.

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I softly picked off the leftover residue and applied some moisturizer.endThe peel-off didn’t irritate my skin and even reduced the redness. What the what?!

Final thoughts: I’m your typical millennial and love anything that reminds me of my childhood so this Power Rangers Glamglow Gravitymud face mask was right up my alley.

The face mask smelled so sweet but I was worried it would irritate my skin. To my surprise, it actually brought down the redness. However, it didn’t give me the firm feel it claimed to do. The mask was soft enough for my skin so I would totally recommend this to any sensitive person like me.

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11 makeup products that will make you shine bright like a diamond

 

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Ever since L.A. Splash cosmetics sent me over their crystallized glitter I have been walking around looking like a disco ball. And quite honestly I have never felt more like myself.

I have been looking for everything and anything that will help me keep my new found glitter obsession up and going. So far these are the items I have in my shopping cart.

Metallic liquid eyeliner by Maybelline, $7.99

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PHOTO: Instagram.com/maybelline

 

Chunky glitter by Karizma,  $8.90 

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Unicorn lipstick by Too Faced 

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PHOTO: Instagram/ChloeMorello

 

Crystallized glitter by L.A. Splash Cosmetics, $14

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Unicorn essence by Farsali Care, $49.90

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PHOTO: Instagram/FarsaliCare

Body glitter gel by Unicorn Snot, $10

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Photo: Instagram.com/UnicornSnot

 

Diamond shape brush by Lospu HY set $10,

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Pressed glitter by Beauty Glaze, $5.88

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PHOTO: Instagram.com/Beauty Glazed

Glitter mascara, by Sugar Cosmetics, $4

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Holo press-on nail, by Ejiubas, $8.99

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Razor metallic eyeliner by Urban Decay, $25.94

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The sexiest plus-size dress I have ever worn

 

I’ve never been someone who has felt comfortable flirting and being sexy. I was always the cute or funny friend but never the hot or sexy friend.

Every now and then I will find a dress that will make me feel like the sexiest person ever and this Fashion to Figure dress is definitely one of them.

I loved the high slits on the side of the dress and love the drama it caused as I walked.

Do you have any items of clothing that make you feel like the hottest bihhh ever?

 

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: Fashion To Figure

Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

 

 

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I wore the most unflattering outfit for my body type

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Dressing plus-size women has never been about fashion but on how to hide our bodies. We were told to wear clothes that were flattering, not fashionable. But with the growth of fat style bloggers what is flattering has changed.

I always thought I shouldn’t wear anything that made my most unflattering features seem bigger than they were. That included my thick jiggly arms and my round belly.

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Even now, that I consider myself confident I think twice before wearing certain clothes because it wouldn’t help me fake an hourglass shape. But why? Why do we have to resemble hourglass bodies to be fashionable? My goal is to be as stylish not flattering.

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I recently went shopping at Times Square’s Forever21 and found this top. It was everything I shouldn’t be wearing. It would make me look wider and would emphasize my arms.

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Without thinking twice I purchased the top that would make my arms look wider and wore it with a denim skirt that would give me a very visible belly outline. It was everything that I shouldn’t be wearing.

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After putting the look on I knew I was wearing one of my favorite outfits so far this summer. To think that I would have not worn it because others think it was unflattering is frustrating. I wore it all day and no one died nor did I lose value as a person for wearing “unflattering” clothes.

Fashion over fear always!

What I’m wearing:

Top: Forever21 similar here.

Skirt: Wrangler X Modcloth similar here

Shoes: Forever21

Belt: Lane Bryant

 

 

 

 

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I chopped off my hair so I could stop hiding behind it

As a Latina and as a plus-size woman I have always been told that my hair is one of the things that made me attractive. I have been told that cutting my hair would make me look fatter. Because being fat is the worse thing that you can be.

I’ve had long hair most of my adult life. I constantly receive compliments on how beautiful it is and how cutting it would be the worse thing I could do.

My hair had become a safety blanket. On the days that I don’t feel good about myself I would hide behind it. But, I believe that to grow as a person you have to step out of your comfort zone. So, I chopped it off.

This isn’t the first time I cut my hair but it is definitely the shortest I have ever had it, at least since elementary school.


Cutting my hair is a reminder that my beauty is not set by standards society has dropped on us but by how I feel about myself and what makes me happy.

Chopping off my hair always feels like a big middle finger to society.


If you are planning on chopping it off do it. Take control over your body and self-love.

 

What I’m wearing:

Top: Rainbow similar here

Jeans: Eloquii

Backpack: Topshop

Sneakers: Payless similar here

Earrings: H&M similar here

Sunglasses: Ray ban

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Yes, you should go to prom even if you’re fat

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It’s been 9 years since prom of ’08 happened and I still regret not going. I was so afraid and embarrassed about my body that I missed out on what could have been such a fun and memorable night.

I wasn’t always comfortable with my body. Before the days of posing in bathing suits and sexy lingerie, I hated the way I looked.

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I dedicated a lot of my time to weight loss. Certain diets worked but I was never skinny enough.  I spent so much time trying to reach my “weight goal” that I was missing out on life.

When I was younger I used to dream about the day I would finally be thin. I thought my problems would be magically solved.

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I thought I would finally be brave enough to talk to cute guys and that high school would run so much smoother.

In the meantime, I made sure I was invisible. I dressed in baggy shirts and I was extremely awkward when I spoke to people. 

 

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I am such a silly and outgoing person but my friends in High School never saw that side of me.

That meant that I missed out on a lot. I didn’t go to prom because I was so afraid to have eyes on me. 

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Prom was the night all teenage girls were meant to feel like real life princesses. I would hear my friends talk about what they were going to wear and who they were going with.

I stood on the sideline wishing I would’ve allowed myself to be part of such an important night. 

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I remember my homeroom teacher insisting I go. Even the night before she offered to buy me a dress. I kindly declined even though I really wanted to go. I remember thinking that my skinny friends would look like the girls in the movies and I wouldn’t. I didn’t know that you could be fat and still look fierce.

I will never have prom night again and that is something that I will have to live with forever.

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I realized that it’s not about what you wear or what size you are. Everyone deserves to experience life. 

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We shouldn’t let our fears stop us from living. There are so many things that we won’t be able to get back. It does not matter what size you are, you are allowed to live and experience life like everyone else. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you from living and experiencing life.

Here are some dresses you should consider:

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This amazing turtleneck reminded me why I shouldn’t hate my double chin

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Fashion has been the best tool of rebellion against society and it’s beauty standards. I was constantly told to avoid wearing color, crop top or just anything that didn’t make me blend into a wall. My blog helped me overcome so many internal obstacles. I wore my first crop top, my first skirt and my first bathing suit too.

You would think that after 5 years of blogging my outfits and pushing myself out of my comfort zone that I would be the most confident person, but it is isn’t always like that.

I recently have been feeling extra self-conscious about my double chin. 

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When I was shooting this look all I could see was my double chin. I remember pulling it higher trying to hide it. 

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Then I started to use my long hair to cover it. 

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Whenever I realize that I’m being negative about my body I remind myself that my style nor my value is halted by the shape of my body.

 

STYLE HAS NO SIZE OR SHAPE!

 

What I’m wearing:

Turtleneck: Old Navy

Skirt: Forever21 similar here.

Sneakers: Puma

Backpack: Laila Rowe similar here.

Windbreaker: FOC Apparel.