Why the switch to Pinterest boards? It’s more efficient than endless clothing posts – and it frees me up to write other things. In between Pinterest pins, I’ve also been doing some back-end cleanup. Along with the new layout, I’ve cleaned out dead links on the Catalog Project and I’m in the process of adding some new listings and a few other useful tools for shoppers. The Fat Chic Clothing Search. search in the sidebar isn’t working right now (I don’t know) but it’s still usable on in-post listings.
Click to see the Fat Chic fashion picks for December 2014. There’s a little something for everyone! The board has over 200 favorite choices, all available in plus sizes.
Have your own ideas in mind? Then be sure to look for this year’s plus size clearance sales on Fat Chic Clothing Search..
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Take a look through this Pinterest board for my favorite plus size fall fashion picks – you can arrange your own favorites into your personal Pinterest board.
Some of my favorite plus size designs on Etsy; for featuring on my blog, Fat Chic.
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For those of you that love steampunk, check out this Kickstarter to make a calendar that features plus size steampunk models. This is one you fund not just for visibility – but for costumey goodness!
As a size 11M, I still have to struggle to find decent shoes but I can find them. For women that wear Wide Widths, it’s a much more difficult situation – so anything helps!
There are not a lot of plus size fictional characters. Â No matter what character I am dressing up as Â I always strive to make versions of the costume that flatter my figure, often sacrificing accuracy in the process. Â But in making this Princess Fiona costume (from the 4th Shrek film, go rent it) I had the delightful experience of making a costume based on a character with a strikingly similar body type to my own. Plus I got to make and carry an axe- always a good time.
- Shrek Costume Guide(birthdayinabox.com)
- Because It’s Cheating To Trick-Or-Treat As Yourself: Disney Princesses Dressed Up As Other Characters For Halloween(geekologie.com)
- Northview students rehearse ‘Shrek’(toledoblade.com)
Why would someone my age uses the cheapest cosmetic brands on the market?
Answer: because most of the time, they WORK.
As a kid, Wet & Wild seemed like a godsend right up until I tried my first lipstick from them. 99 cent lipsticks? Yes thank you. Then, after buying one at a Scott’s drugs, I faced my first real cosmetic letdown. It was horrifying – pure rough wax across my skin. My lips felt sticky and tasted like I’d chewed on a candle. A day later I had my first ever blackheads, all around my lips. I walked away believing the adage “you get what you pay for.”
Even so, the brand has endured – and improved. Their lipsticks now go on smoothly. I don’t experience dermal consequences after. The liquid liners tend to stay on. The waterproof mascara, while not as lash-enhancing as I’d like, does not run, ever. I’m only a little embarrassed to admit the cheap stuff is now part of my routine beauty arsenal.
As an added bonus, this US based company supports the nonprofit Dress for Success – and affordable beauty care is an important part of that, since many employers tend to be suspicious of women that eschew makeup.
Product from Wet and Wild I love:
These days I absolutely love their lipsticks.
Back in the day, Wet & Wild was it for truly low-cost cosmetics.
In recent years, E.L.F. entered the US market. That’s “Eyes, Lips, Face” for those unfamiliar with the acronym. Over the years, I’ve become the granola crunchers of makeup snobs. I prefer the natural. I even (shhh) make my own. But sometimes, as much fun as that is, I still consider the first time I open a new tube of lipstick or open an eye shadow compact thrilling. Perhaps it’s because my family had strict rules about makeup use. Perhaps it’s just that cosmetics are an externally applied alterative substance. That’s expensive. It takes money to get that high.
E.L.F. is cheap.
Unfortunately, E.L.F. is also made in China – and I discovered the brand right after the whole “lead in children’s toys” Target scandal and the “lead in almost every lipstick” scandal right before that. Even though my vanity is full of the stuff, I fear I’m painting myself in lead and about to go down like a lady of ancient Rome.
Even with that fear – hopefully irrational – E.L.F has a lot of my favorite go-to products.
I decided to risk it anyway when one of their multicolored eye palettes came up for sale over Christmas last year. It was just â€¦ gratifyingâ€¦ to buy one. I had always hoped to get more of that sort of thing in my stocking as a kid but really that only happened once or twice. So I indulged – because it was cheap, and easy. I still have a palette from 2011; the one this year is just so beautiful I have to restrain myself whenever I walk past it:
Buying the E.L.F. kit satisfied a childhood craving to have all the colors and thereby to have full access of all the knowledge about what the colors can do.
But the product I love from E.L.F?
The Mist and Set:
Of course, it doesn’t negate my paranoia about what all is in it… but it works really well. My makeup holds up all the way through water aerobics. (Only a concern when I have somewhere to be immediately after.)
But makeup trends changed – plus, I’m always nervous about the long-term effects of what I put on my face. After a visit to Ulta - a place I only discovered about two years ago – I found yet another cheap cosmetic source: Nyx Cosmetics. They are another US and LA based company, like Wet & Wild; they offer cruelty free cosmetics. They also apparently buck the cheap-seats trend in some ways because department store Nordstrom is among their distributors.
My first contact with Nyx involved two products: their lipstick and their cream eyeshadow.
I love the cream eyeshadow. The lipstick, however… it brought me right back to my first experience with Wet & Wild lipstick. I just avoid their lip products altogether.
However, the cream eyeshadow is one of my favorite makeup go-tos and I have, piece by piece, been buying up their full range of colors. It has strong pigment but it does dilute a bit as it spreads. I’ve been using Maybelline eye tattoo eye shadow as a base and then adding the Nyx over top; it works beautifully, fixing the color so it pops.
You may ask why the next tier up is not grouped in with these. Most, because to me they’re still a chunk. As a kid I always bought Maybelline – it was the best I could afford. I still love Maybelline, but I’ve also found L’Oreal, Sonia Kashuk and No 7 to all have great things – that are often beyond my limited budget. Seriously, the cost for cream blush is generally horrifying – thus E.L.F. stepping in is a relief (yes, I have tried and also like the Maybelline powder/gel blush, but it’s usually sold out!)
- Nyx Cosmetics for Those on a Budget(robbinstony11.wordpress.com)
- Current Beauty Obsessions: MAC & NYX Cosmetics…(chicavenuedaily.com)
- Review on Nyx Cosmetics(thegirlispoison.com)
- The Dirty Cosmetic Indusrty(christapepper.wordpress.com)
- My First E.L.F. Haul(loulou15081978.wordpress.com)
- Beauty Review: E.l.f(fashionbeautyandstyle.wordpress.com)
- Drugstore vs. High End(makeupbygigi.wordpress.com)