Sugar Skull Glam; Frighteningly Beautiful

So I know it’s still awhile away… But I just can’t help myself…

I LOVE Halloween!

Last year I decided to do a sugar skull glam look.

One, because it cost me NOTHING, and two, we were invited to a Halloween party last minute…

 

I’m not going to lie, it took a good deal of time for me to do, mainly because I had absolutely NO face paint. That’s right, I did this ENTIRE look with eyeshadow & eyeliner. Even the white.

A few things I learned from doing it that way. It lasted WAY longer than it would have if I’d used face paint AND I didn’t have to worry about cracking or peeling! Yay!!!

I wish I would have gone in with more color around the eye, but besides that I was totally in love with it.

Halfway though my make-up my lovely stepfather arrived to pick Aria up to keep her for the night so we could go out…

Poor thing, I’m pretty sure my make up freaked her out a bit.

After she left with her Papa Hue, I got to work and finished the look & added hair extensions, which I actually took out on the way to the party because I changed my mind, and took a ton of photos just in-case it got messed up on the way there and I needed to do touch ups.

No touch ups needed! I stayed perfect for a good 8 hours! I probably could have went to sleep with it on and woke up without a smudge!

 

I HATED HAVING TO WASH IT AWAY THAT NIGHT!

Not because it was hard to get off, I just didn’t want to see it go!

Since the party was a few days before actual Halloween, I decided to do something more baby friendly when we went Trick-or-Treating.

In-case you didn’t guess it from the make-up, I was Thing 1! My flash did a number on that sign! Geez!

And little miss Aria was my Thing 2 🙂

Christopher obviously went as himself that night. Oh The Horror!

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Redefining Beautiful

Plus sized models make me extremely happy, especially when I find one close my my weight, measurements, & shape.

Gorgenia Burke

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God this woman is beautiful. Size 14. I wish I could meet her in person. She’s such an inspiration!

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Daily “Photoshop”

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I NEVER understood why women get so upset over photoshoped models in magazines because 95% of woman “photoshop” their faces every morning.

Yes, that is me. This is the original photo.

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It’s AMAZING to see the difference when you only apply your make-up to half your face.

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Honestly, I don’t understand why I waist my time doing my make-up. I don’t look bad without it…

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Oh yeah, thats right, because people look down on you if you walk out your door with a bare face.

I wonder what people’s reactions would be if I walked into a store with only half my face done. Would they stare? Probably. Laugh? Most Definitely. Approach me and ask me about it? Probably not.

Body Image & Self Acceptance

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I’m apparently “Fat Over-WeightObese

This is my “SAY WHAT?!” face.

Why are people so uneducated and cruel?

I’m a curvy, full figured woman. I know this. Just because my thighs are thicker, my stomach is wider, and my face is fuller, does not mean I’m “fat”

We live in a culture that teaches young women that “skinny” is beautiful. No.

It’s all about being HEALTHY.

And before any “skinny” woman comes across this blog and thinks I’m attacking her, that’s NOT what I’m saying. I’m not using the term healthy to refer to curvy women. I’m talking about actual physical heath.

Let’s face facts. We’ve lost the war on obesity. Fighting fat hasn’t made the fat go away. And being thinner, even if we knew how to successfully accomplish it, will not necessarily make us healthier or happier. The war on obesity has taken its toll. Extensive “collateral damage” has resulted: Food and body preoccupation, self-hatred, eating disorders, discrimination, poor health… Few of us are at peace with our bodies, whether because we’re fat or because we fear becoming fat.

The above quote is from the book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, by Glenn A. Gaesser, PhD.

Self hatred, eating disorders, discrimination, and poor health… All because American culture tells us we need to be “skinny” to be beautiful and accepted. That’s a lie.

The truth. We are told if we lose weight we will live longer. Guess what… There is no scientific evidence of that.

In all honesty, it would be next to impossible to prove with the amount of cancers and diseases in our world. No-one knows how long they will live, saying you will live 5 years longer if you drop a few pounds is preposterous. I could die tomorrow, next week, next month, next year… No-one knows.

News flash, more than 65% of America is considered overweight, but out of that 65% of Americans, not all of them a actually unhealthy.

Why have people been brainwashed into thinking physical weight corresponds with your health?

I’m not perfect. I have to remind myself EVERYDAY that my weight isn’t the problem.

I’m 5’7″, I weigh 195 lbs.Yes, I am admitting my weight to the world.

According to the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute, I’m Obese and my BMI is 30.5. Do you have any idea how devastating seeing something like is to a woman? 

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According to them, I’d be normal if I weighed somewhere between 118 – 159. I guess I can understand 159, according to them if I weighed 160 then I’d be overweight, but 118? I would look ill. My ribs would be protruding from my body. My body frame and shape is NOT built to weigh 118 lbs.

I have to remind myself that this measurement is so outdated and inaccurate. All it cares about is how much you weight compared to how tall you are. It in no way takes into account your actual health!

This is me at 167 Lbs Remember, accord to NHL&B Institute I’m overweight in this photo.

Apparently that’s what overweight looks like to America. That really hurts.

And this is me now, at a whopping 195… IN A SWIMSUIT so you can see all my flaws!

 

Did I mention we have a one year old daughter? What do you expect to happen after having a baby?!

Yes, my thighs are thicker. Yes, my stomach is wider. Yes, my face is fuller… But am I REALLY going to be classified as obese?

Should I loose some weight? Yeah, probably. I’m not going to lie and say I’m not trying… Because I am… 8 months ago, I was 230lbs. I’ve lost 35 pounds. Something I’m VERY proud of… Yet, I’m still classified as being obese. Thanks for the bullet to my self-esteem!

This is me at 230

Should I really HATE my body because America has classified this as obese? No. Because hating my body leads to unhealthy decisions.

I can honestly say I’m healthier at 195 than I was when I was 167… You know why? Because I practically had to starve my body to be that “skinny”

I’ve been on the journey of self acceptance. Loving my body the way it is. Eating healthy not because I need to loose weight, but because I want to be healthy… Not only for myself, but for my family.

Yes. I still break down and cry when I look in a mirror. I can’t be strong all the time. But thankfully I have an amazing man in my life who reminds me I’m beautiful EVERY morning and EVERY night… Sometimes even sends me an “I love you beautiful” text randomly during the day.

He loved me at 167. He loved me at 230. And he loves me now at 195. He accepts me for how I am. So from now on, I’m determined to do the same.

Inner Beauty

Such an inspirational video! I was shocked the second she removed the make-up. I never would have known she had Vitiligo. She’s still stunningly beautiful inside and out.

Thank you Ignorance Is Not Bliss for posting “Is Beauty Really Only Skin Deep?