PLUS SIZE BODY CONFIDENCE – Why wouldn’t we have it?

Why hello there!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged, over a year to be exact. Not sure how life got in the way but a new job and commuting seems to take up most of the time now days. Regardless, I know I need to get back into blogging as it de-clutters my mind and is truly a relaxing mechanism for me. Which means, I was finally able to make some time and write about something that I’ve been thinking about lately:

PLUS SIZE BODY CONFIDENCE – Why wouldn’t we have it?

Now plus size fashion ain’t easy. We have it all, from frumpy jersey material tops to jeans that have thick material and are super uncomfortable to wear. When I shop for my body size, I spend a lot of time and effort to find items that can be sustainable (long term), are trendy, fashionable and of course, comfortable. Then, whenever I have a chance I take some “ootd’s” and post them on Instagram.

A lot of the comments I find on my feed are from acquaintances or followers who I do not know personally, who say things like: “That’s one thing I love about you, your confidence”, OR “you radiate so much confidence”. Now don’t get it twisted, I personally don’t mind this comment. However if I were to think deeper into it, I wonder:  Can a plus size/curvy/bigger girl not be confident in her own skin? Just because I am bigger, does that mean I can’t be happy in my own body or wear trendy clothes just like the average girl?

Now, believe me when I say, I know that the intent behind this statement is probably good. I don’t think anyone would say that to be mean… or maybe they would Lol. Of course this comment can even derive from the person self-reflecting and wishing confidence upon themselves when they make statements like this but really, who knows.

Regardless, to everyone who thinks big girls can’t be confident, please know this:

Not every plus size girl is uncomfortable in their own skin – in fact for me, I have grown to love who I’ve become. I wasn’t always a bigger girl but my weight has fluctuated in the past few years due to many factors such as Thyroid issues, Cancer and of course that I am a foodie at heart. Regardless, I have learned to love and accept myself and therefore, I radiate confidence in how I present myself, walk, talk and speak to others.

I absolutely LOVE the challenge of dressing trendy using the limited resources I have. Of course I have my days of “I wish my chest was smaller” or “I wish I had a more structured jaw line” but doesn’t everyone? Regardless, why wouldn’t a bigger person be comfortable in their own skin? You don’t have to be the stereotypical norm to be feel good about yourself. If you think that case, girl you are highly mistaken – live a little.

Anyone can be confident in their own skin, you just have to learn to love and accept yourself.

Just some food for thought.

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Eid Inspired Makeup Tutorial | Featuring Dalphies

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Hi loves!

Recently, I’ve partnered up with the owner of http://www.dalphies.com to present to you guys, this Eid inspired makeup look. Who is Dalphies might you ask? Well, they are an e-commerce website that specializes in unique and trendy collections consisting of south asian attire and jewellery! The owner of Dalphies was nice enough to send me some beautiful pieces to use in my looks, from matha pathi’s to tikka’s – so pretty, unique and perfect for those glammed out looks I love to do. Another great factor about the jewellery was that they were light and not pulling down on my ears (like other heavy south asian pieces -__- lol).

Now don’t get me wrong, this look doesn’t just have to be worn on Eid, you can definitely use it in your summer bollywood weddings or typical summer late night dawats. If you think the lashes are too much, feel free to use a different pair or just wear your own natural lashes with a touch of mascara. Thanks to tape, this look ended up being so neat and clean – definitley give it a try!

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All of the products used are listed below!

1. Mac – Utterly Becoming Paint Pot
2. Mac – Cranberry
3. Morphe – ES20
4. Inglot Gel Eyeliner
5. Mac – Mascara
6. Nars – Radiant Concealer in Vanilla
7. Loreal – True Match Illuminator
8. Maybelline – Fit me Foundation stick in 355
9. Shade Light Palette
10. Becca – Opal Highlighter
11. Milani –  Berry Amore Blush
12. Chanel – Lipstick #34
13. Loreal pencil eye liner

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Dalphies Social Media:

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Hope you guys enjoyed this look! Thanks so much for reading my blog posts and watching my videos – it keeps me going!
xoxo,
Anisa

Jaclyn Hill Favorites | Morphe Brushes

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Amongst the very few YouTubers I follow religiously, Jaclyn Hill has come out with an eyeshadow palette of her own collaborating with Morphe Cosmetics. Now if this isn’t motivating, I don’t know what is. The colors on her palette are not only colors that she uses in her looks but are completely wearable warm colors that anyone can incorporate into their makeup routine on a daily basis.

Like seriously, I use those brown tones every single day on my crease. Now each of these eyeshadows individually sell for $2.29 on www.morphebrushes.com. However, if you were able to snatch a JH palette before it got sold out (literally within 24 hours) you are one of the lucky ones to own all of her favorite shades.

I don’t think that this palette will be re sold but if it does one day, you need to get your hands on it! I’ve uploaded a picture below with the titles of each color. Specifically, these are some of my daily favorites.. Can you tell I like warm colors?!

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All in all, the palette is pretty awesome. The colors are great, the packaging is chic and Jaclyn Hill is amazing so I expect nothing less. Also, her latest product, Champagne Pop | A highlighter (and also a collaboration with Becca) is already online but will be in Sephora stores July 16th. I’M SO EXCITED!

To check out my makeup tutorial using the palette, see here: 

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xoxo

Anisa

Strobing is the new contouring?

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Is it though?

Isn’t strobing just a technique we all use when we’re lazy in the mornings?

If you have been on social media for the past 2 weeks, you’ll know that strobing is all the rage right now. Strobing (aka highlighting) focuses exclusively on just highlighter and illuminators as oppose to contouring that helps you define and structure your face using darker shades. Strobing focuses exactly on where the light would hit your face – in this case, it can be the highest points of your cheekbones, your nose, your temples, your cupid’s bow and even your collar bones. Although this look makes one look more angelic, radiating and glowy, I still do prefer contouring (even with the summer heat, when I have time of course).

Regardless, I had to make a video to show my subscribers what strobing is and how you can achieve it. Please see above for the video and below for a product list of what I have used.

Product List: 

– True Match Concealer and Illuminator
– Nars, Copacabana Illuminator
– NYX, Illuminator in Gleam
– Becca Highlighter in Opal
– Bobbi Brown, Illuminating Treatment Foundation
– Mac, Mineralize Skin Finish

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How to: Contour, Highlight & Conceal | Kat Von D: Shade Light Palette

Hey hey heeyyy,

Since about last year, the hype of contouring has gone up a few million notches! Although the concept has been used for many years by professional makeup artists, many cosmetic brands have been making contour kits as apart of their branding technique. We started with Anastasia, then we had Makeup Forever (and many others in between) and now we have Kat Von D’s, Shade Light Palette.

Each contour kit has about 6 shades, some have 2-4. There are lighter shades to emphasis the highlighted areas and carve out your contour and there are darker shades to create the illusion of a slimmer face, cheekbones, and even creating abs or cleavage.

In today’s video, I’ve used the Shade Light Palette by Kat Von D to emphasize and carve out my features. For a list of the products, see below:

1. Bobbi Brown – Illuminating Treatment Foundation

2. Nars – Radiant Concealer in Vanilla

3. Kat Von D – The Shade Light Palette

4. Nars – Translucent Powder

5. Banana Powder

6. Nars – Albatross Highlighter

Remember to use a sponge or a beauty blender to blend everything together, if you do not have either, try a stippling brush and very lightly blend everything together in circular motions.

I hope this helped everyone who needs help with contouring!
Thanks for stopping by and please subscribe to my channel if you like what you see.

xoxo
Anisa

Makeup Tutorial: Spring Look

Hey girl heeeeey,

GAWD, it feels like forever since I’ve last blogged – not even going to come up with any excuses, it’s basically because I suck. Moving on, last weekend I created this fresh spring time make up tutorial which was an inspiration from the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately (hoping for no sudden snow falls). This look is something that I would wear on an everyday basis (besides the falsies) and I think that anyone can rock it! This tutorial will leave you feeling light, fresh and super bright and it may just have some heads turning around! Also, I wanted to give a big huge shout out to my girl Muffy for sending me over so much Dior goodies – I love it all!  Follow her on Instagram: mafruha_mua – Now without further a do, let’s list those products!

Products (in order of the video)

Primer – Benefit Porefessional
Eye Primer – Mac’s Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Transition Shade – Mac’s Always Sunny
Eyeshadow – Dior, Mirror 621
Falsies – Forever21
Foundation – Dior Foundation Spray
Concealer – Nars, Vanilla
Powder – Nars, Translucent powder
Contour Kit – Anastasia (Havana and Vanilla)
Brows – Anastasia
Blush – Benefit’s Coralista
Highlight – Nars Albatross
Lips – Inglot Lip Liner #77, Dior Lipstick #628, Nyx Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz
Eyeliner – Nars, Nude eyeliner

Stay tuned for an updated contour look coming soon! xoxo

5 Reasons Why You Should Dress Up Every Single Day

When the weather outside is gloomy and you’re feeling down, the best way to get your mood back up into gear is by throwing on your favorite outfit and walking out of that door with all the confidence in the world.

Dressing up every day is very good for you because of many reasons. For starters, you feel beyond amazing, you are more approachable, you perform better, you are positive, and you become more confident! You never know who you may bump into that day at the office, whether it’s a CEO or a higher level executive, you could even run into an old enemy and I’m sure you want to look your BEST for that one, and lastly who knows? What if you meet a dashing tall dark and handsome stranger on the street car? You truly never know who you will meet or bump into and that’s why first impressions are always super important.

People even treat you differently when you are well dressed up as opposed to wearing old raggedy worn out clothes, they think differently of you. In an office setting, you can be seen as someone who is intelligent and ready for the day as opposed to someone who looks like they don’t care about their job or the company.

In conclusion, dressing up every day not only boosts your self-confidence and self-esteem but it also allows for great first impressions and a positive outlook for the day. Below you will find 5 reasons why you should dress up every day:

  1. It puts on your A Game – By dressing up daily, you feel confident and ready to conquer the world! You are more positive, happy and confident!
  2. It’s Fun – Who doesn’t love to dress up? Heck, we used to play dress up as kids! Why play dress up now when you actually CAN dress up. Find your style, match up items you never would before and get out of your comfort zone. Planning your weekly outfits is always fun! (well at least for me it is)
  3. First Impressions – “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” – I am sure you have heard this quote before. Remember that you never know who you will meet that day, always dress to impress!
  4. Self-Expression – Fashion is a method of self-expression. People understand who you are by how you are dressed.
  5. Routine – By Dressing up daily, you are making a routine which is always a positive factor in life. The night before, you are laying out your clothes and ready to take on the next day. A routine is a wonderful way to get your day started; you will feel energized and awake and prepared for what’s ahead in your day.

I hope this blog post was a boost of confidence for the rest of the week! I know that sometimes we aren’t in the mood, especially with this gloomy weather in Toronto but that 5 minutes it takes to dress up switches around your whole day!

Always dress like you are going to see your worst enemy – Kimora Lee Simmons

Xoxo,

Anisa