Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ruby Kisses Matte Lipsticks

If you are a matte lippie lover like me and looking for a budget buy. Please get your hooks in these $2.99 lipsticks from your local beauty supply store or look for them online here. I can truly attest that this is an amazing buy and is  of great quality when in comparison to my MAC lipsticks that I own. I love matte lip colors because they tend not to have a ton of movement on the lips and are quite long lasting if you are not consuming any greasy food products. 


LtoR: Dark Plum Scene(RMLS13), Fuchsia Fierce(RMLS17), Blackism(RMLS14), Plum Wine(RMLS12), Vampire Red(RMLS08), Graylite(RMLS24), Purple Affair(RMLS18), Brown Sugar(RMLS03)

Out of all the shades that I own, I am in love with Purple Affair because it is a true purple on my skin tone and I don't look crazy. Here is a pic of me rocking my favorite shade below.
Don't mind my chapped/dry lips, please do exfoliate and moisturize really well.


These lipsticks are dead on pigmented and affordable. The lasting power can stand against any higher end matte lippie products I own in my collection. So, please go get you some of these awesome lipsticks. 

Be on the lookout for my upcoming Colourpop review/product swatch of my mini collection that is soon to bloom. 

Will you be venturing out to try a less expensive matte lip color? 


Friday, February 27, 2015

CS Beauty Review: Complete Cover 2-in-1 Concealer and Foundation


Here we go again... I guess you probably have heard already. If not, here is my view on these new beauty NOT must have. I was so stoked when I saw these floating around Instagram by some of my favorite top beauty bloggers. I just knew this product was the bomb.com. 

It is the Jordana Complete Cover 2-in-1 Concealer and Foundation. It is very affordable, I purchased mine online from Jordana Cosmetics. This product is created to conceal and cover. I can say it does cover but conceal, I beg to differ. It blends beautifully into the skin but after a few hours of wear it becomes oily. It leaves the skin with that glowing oily look but I am not a fan being that my skin is already a slick mess without any product on the skin. I have used these for probably 2wks at the most. I was not too impressed with the coverage. I work in an office lab setting and I am on the phone very little and that is where I noticed the transfer of my foundation all over the phone. Every time I touched my face, the product would transfer everywhere. By the end of my work day, my  jaws were completely rubbed off. Mind you, I did prep, prime, moisturize, and etc, before applying the foundation to the skin. That stuff transferred like the devil! 


Swatches L to R: Toffee, Mahogany, Golden Toffee, Golden Caramel
I will continue to use the product for highlighting because the darkest shade is Mahogany and that is  what I use as my foundation shade. I will continue to work with this product to see if I can get it to suite my liking. 


Don't mind my highlighter, that is a norm. Love it though...lol! Look at my chin, above top lip, nose and jaw area.


At this particular time, I will not repurchase this product. On a scale of 1-10, I give this product a 4 because it is only fitting to use on top of my better concealers. 

I advise you to purchase with caution because if you are looking for complete matte full coverage, this is not the foundation for you. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

CS Beauty Review: Loreal Paris True Match


Finally, I have time to tell you about this new beauty product that I have fallen in love with and its available at your local drug store, Walmart, and Target. Honestly, it is an old product but new to some. This is the Loreal Paris True Match foundation. I have been interested in this foundation for quite sometime now and I must say that it is my new favorite. I have literally tossed out the Cover Girl Queen collection because the coverage here lately did not suite my fancy. 

As stated on the packaging, it is an oil free and an all day wear foundation. This foundation's price ranges from about $8.99 to $10.99, which is not bad, but here lately these drugstore prices have began to peak a little higher than some of us wish to pay.  In my hunt for my correct shade, I found it best to be wider ranged at Walgreens, Walmart, and Target. By the way, Walgreens will  almost always run the Loreal Paris Brand at BOGO 50% off.  I purchased my colors from Walgreens and I purchased the colors N8 and N9. The 'N' means neutral/warm under tone for Loreal Paris True Match collection. Click here to read all about the Loreal Paris True Match line.



As I stated, I did purchase two shades to get my perfect match. The colors each, alone, will work fine, but I wanted that perfect shade to suite my neck color and chest color. These foundations do tend to have an orange undertone to me, which I actually like. Because I am so used to being matched with red undertone foundations and I see that I don't like that very much. So if you are a MAC NW46-NW48, this color range should work fine for you. 

This foundation is super blendable and covers pretty darn good to be a lower-end foundation. The product is a bit runny, which I must say did scare me at first. Word to the wise, use a surface other than the back of your hand (like I do all the time) because this stuff can get away from you quick. I have been wearing this foundation for about 3 weeks now and I just love the color pay-off and application of it! This foundation is suitable for combination/oily skin because it does have a matte finish which I love! I use a RealTechniques Stippling brush to apply this foundation and it blends it beautifully into the skin without much effort. I do use my MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Dark Deep to set this foundation. There is minimum to no transfer of product at all when the face is prepped properly. I really tested the waters of this foundation this past weekend by wearing it for about 13hrs and it has some amazing staying power. 

Here are a few shots of me wearing the foundation: 
From this past weekend.
This is from about 3wks ago.
There are a few cons I do have about the foundation. One being that there is no pump to dispense the product. I do not know if you can purchase a pump for this particular bottle but if so, please let me know. I did experience some settling of the foundation into my smile lines on each side of my mouth but that isn't such a God awful thing to me. According to what is available in your area and/or of a darker skin tone than me, you will have to search around for your True Match in this particular foundation.

If you are on the hunt for a good everyday foundation, I advise you to give Loreal Paris True Match a try. On a scale of 1-10, I give this foundation a strong 7 because it has come to top my list of favorite foundations. Go ahead, get you some...

Enjoyed this beauty review? Please comment below letting me know if there is anything in particular you wish to see my views on. 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CS Beauty Alert: Toledo for MAC

I'm back with another blog post, another week. Yay! You know I love anything beauty related, so I had to drop this in on you, especially if you are a MAC girl and/or plus size beauty. Any who, Isabel and Ruben Toledo have collaborated with MAC to release a 45 piece collection that will be available online January 29th and February 5th in stores. I think this is one of the largest collections they have done in a while, right?

Well, to give you a brief history on Isabel and Ruben Toledo, they are a designer duo and have this amazing collection about to time warp MAC girls for sure! Isabel just launched a new Spring 2015 collection to be released with Lane Bryant. I am stoked by the MAC packaging alone but very happy to see that the beauty collabo will be brown girl friendly. From pics I've spotted across the web, I am quite intrigued to add quite a few of these pieces to my makeup collection/obsession. 


Here is a pic preview of a portion from the collection. Read about all the Toledo Magic of this collection here. Purchase from the Toledo MAC collection online Thursday, January 29 here.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Relaxed


Top: LB(LaneBryant); Skinny Jean: Forever21+ (here); Shoes: Target (here)

Check out my little JJ, he will be making more appearances than I need him too. 

I tried my best to be spiffy as I could in these pics...I ain't gonna lie, I was tired as all get out! Look at my little man up there, he will give you a run for your money! I love him so much though. My little man is now 16mths or better yet 1 yr. old. Now I see why parents say I remember you as a baby.  Huh...

This was my relaxed look for an outing with the three of us. The weather is bonkers here in Alabama, but I thank heavens I don't have to deal with the snow or ice for now. The temperatures change like the wind. Last year the ice took Birmingham off the map. LOL!  This city was looking like something off of Walking Dead with all the stranded vehicles left everywhere. I am so not hoping for that again because my baby and I were stranded at a church. It was kind of weird at first but the members of that church made you feel right at home. That was one of my great moments from 2014. Thanks for checking in...

Btw...I am in Love with the crochet hair styling these days...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Long Time No See...I've Missed You

I know its late, but HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! 

My new year resolution is to not worry because I did too much of that last year.

This is a well long overdue blog post from your editor and chief of this wonderful blog called CurvySoutherner. I have missed you all so much that it has taken sometime to sit down and write this. To simply put it, LIFE and S&*^ happens! And yes, that happened to me and for that, I needed sometime to gather myself, ideas, relax, become more motivated, interested and goal minded toward more things to progress my blog and other endeavors. I have been active on my other social media sites and if you didn't know, click on over to my Facebook Likepage   and log onto Instagram and see my profile here. I would really appreciate if you stop by show your love or like it. 

Just to briefly bring you up to speed on my hiatus, I'd gotten sick early part of November and as a result, I had to have emergency Gallbladder/Gallstone removal surgery. I was suffering from the gallbladder attacks since Spring 2014. My doctor advised that after carrying my baby for those nine months, it had caused my uterus to press against my gallbladder for that period of time and brought out the arousal of my gallbladder attacks that bothered me from time to time. I must admit, it was my stubbornness that it became excruciating. 

During my two week follow-up with my surgeon, I was told that my gallbladder was full of Gallstones to the point that it could have ruptured. To think, I kept putting the gallbladder attacks off as if, it would eventually get better. Once I returned to work, my coworkers then gave me the depth of my gallbladder issue. If I had continued to procrastinate, it could have ruptured and I could have become septic. Septic is when the body becomes infected with bacteria. When the body becomes septic, that can lead to hospitalization with several rounds of strong antibiotics and/or cause death. When I think about how close I was to something this devastating, I just thank God for allowing me go to work in pain on Monday(11/3), secure and go to a doctors appointment on Tuesday(11/4), have surgery on Wednesday(11/5), and sit here and be able to tell you how blessed I am to tell you about it.  Long story short, I feel much better, but the only adjustment at this point is to learn what to eat until my body gets used to not having that organ anymore. 

The year 2014 was a year of growth for me and my family. My growth has encouraged me to start somethings new and do things I love versus just because. I have been taking complete advantage of that in more ways than you know, and I just thank God that he revealed a new woman in me. My initial focus for this year is organization. I need more organization than you know and in more ways you know! I have been researching ways to get more organized and currently I am looking at the Erin Condren planner and ways to declutter and organize my home. I want that planner so bad but for now, I will just settle for the $7 planner I purchased from my local Target. Lets see how long it last, and plus I will be keeping you in the know about my organization and so forth. Have any of you thought about planner organizing?

I have so much to catch with you all about. I look forward to our future chit chat.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Minor Hues of Blue







Skirt: Thrifted| Tank: Kmart by LYS (old) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe  (old) | Sheer Jacket: F21+ | Necklace: Rainbow


Happy Mothers Day to all my blog readers that are mothers and even those who are mothers to be. Here is a recap of my 1st official Mother's Day look that I wore to church on Sunday. I wanted to wear "Hues of Blue" for some strange reason but I didn't have a blue jacket to wear with my look, better luck next time. Monochromatic appeals to me at this very moment and it will be featured in a future post ;-)
This mother's day thing is taking some getting use to; I forgot to msg/txt friends that recently became mothers just like me and I was taking back by those who wished me a Happy Mother's Day. Believe it or not, reality still has not settled and my baby is about to be a year old. WOW! 
Finally, I introduce you all to my baby Jairus,Jr. aka "JJ", he recently turned 8 months and that year is slowly creeping on in there. My baby is growing too fast!! I want to keep him just like this but I know that is impossible.  Hope you all enjoyed this post....


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Floral Peplum + Pleated Maxi



Top: F21+/Skirt: Ashley Stewart(old)/Shoes: Payless(old)

Hey yall!!!! It has been a long time coming...IKR! LOL! But I'm gonna make this thing consistent from this moment going forward. Please Pray that Curvy Southerner continues with a mighty stride. I so love this skirt and this top is a recent purchase from F21+. I loved this combo because it gave this look structure from top to bottom. Peplum, pleats, and platforms! How you like them apples...Love and miss yall!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

ELOQUII returns...

The moment I recieved the email notification of this plus line's return I was a bit skeptical because of what their fashion lacked when they first emerged as an opposing face of plus fashion in this massive industry. I was completely doubtful that the new collection would be about anything....Boy was I wrong and man did I eat some words!!! Eloquii is back and much better than ever. They have hit some major points with this new Spring 2014 collection that I can assure you that, from this collection they have some major shoes to fill in the coming seasons. Keep it up Eloquii!!! The site is open and up for the taking, you find these pieces and many more here at Eloquii. Happy shopping and enjoy!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Skater

 
 
 
Dress/Belt: ASOS(old), Tights: Random, Shoes: JustFab, Earrings: Charlotte Russe(old), Watch: Kmart by Sofia Vergara
 
This look is what I wore to sing at a Gospel event. How did I do?  This is another outfit re-do which is when I wore it here. This dress is super comfy and I decided to make it Fall appropriate. I did opt to wear my faux black leather all time favorite jacket (not pictured) with this dress. Here is me wearing the jacket here. Hope you guys enjoy my take on looks revisited.