Fat Girl,

Makeup of the Day, February 7th Edition

February 8, 2019 0 Comments
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Updated Skincare Routine for Early Spring 2016

March 7, 2016 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve writ­ten any­thing about the skin­care and beau­ty aspect of my self-care rou­tines! After answer­ing a friend’s ques­tion about skin­care and lit­er­al­ly writ­ing enough for a blog post…I decid­ed to mod­i­fy it and turn it into a post, since I’ve got­ten to know my skin and what it needs a lit­tle bit bet­ter than I did the last time I talked about my rou­tine.

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Smokey Eye with tarte energy noir palette

September 19, 2015 0 Comments

For my first ever make­up tuto­r­i­al, I use tarte cos­met­ics’ ener­gy noir palette—and let me tell you, I am in love.

Every col­or in this palette is a col­or that works well with my skin tone. I’m cool-to-neu­tral, and this is def­i­nite­ly on the mauve/taupe/plum side of things, which is sim­ply per­fec­tion.

The shad­ows are so eas­i­ly blend­able and build­able. There’s not a lot of fall­out, and they don’t irri­tate my some­times sen­si­tive eyes.

A+, would buy again in a heart­beat.

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Self-Care and Why I Wear Makeup

June 15, 2015 0 Comments
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Comic book girl Halloween makeup.

November 1, 2014 0 Comments

Halloween Makeup 2014As I wrote last year, I’ve nev­er real­ly dressed up for Hal­loween before the past year or so. This year, I want­ed to do some­thing spe­cial, espe­cial­ly since we were hav­ing friends over for a low-key Hal­loween hang­out cel­e­bra­tion and I have make­up at my dis­pos­al.

Roy Licht­en­stein has been one of my favourite pop artists since I saw a cat­a­log my art teacher mom had that fea­tured him as an artist. So when I saw Emma Pick­les’ YouTube tuto­r­i­al on how to do a com­ic book girl/Roy Licht­en­stein style look, I became uncon­trol­lably excit­ed. Espe­cial­ly when I real­ized I basi­cal­ly had every­thing I need­ed!

I ulti­mate­ly decid­ed not to dye my hair or use a wig — I thought my curls and cut worked well with the look as they are. I wore a navy dress with white and tan pol­ka dots from Dress Barn and a string of faux pearls to pull every­thing togeth­er.

I’m real­ly pleased with how this turned out. Maybe next year I’ll get even more adven­tur­ous!

Read more to see what brush­es and prod­ucts I used.

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Current curl care: autumn 2014

October 27, 2014 7 Comments

I’ve been adjust­ing my curly hair care rou­tine as need­ed for the past 8 months, espe­cial­ly as fall set­tles in. Read about my process & the prod­ucts I use!

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My current skincare routine.

September 16, 2014 3 Comments

Ear­li­er this year, in the wake of seri­ous depres­sion, I start­ed watch­ing make­up tuto­ri­als as a form of self-care. Specif­i­cal­ly Sinéad Cady’s tuto­ri­als, a la The Make­up Chair. (If you stop read­ing right now and just go sit on her chan­nel for hours, I will not blame you. Maude knows I do it.) This week, Sinéad talked about her skin­care rou­tine as of late, and I thought I’d write a bit about mine as well. This will dou­ble as a mini prod­uct review for every­thing I use.

I have com­bi­na­tion skin, both dry and oily — and some­times in the same places! It’s not unusu­al for my nose and fore­head to be both oily and flaky, which is frus­trat­ing to deal with some­times. In fact, my skin is the num­ber one phys­i­cal rea­son I didn’t wear make­up for years. (There were philo­soph­i­cal rea­son as well, but I’ve writ­ten about those before.)

It’s tak­en me a while to fig­ure out what works for my skin. In fact, I’ve ded­i­cat­ed this entire year to fig­ur­ing it out! So please don’t take what I say to be gospel truth — your skin will tell you what it needs and what works for it, so be sure to exper­i­ment until you find what’s best for you. Pay real­ly close atten­tion to how your skin reacts to dif­fer­ent prod­ucts and treat­ments, and be sure to give them a cou­ple of weeks before deter­min­ing whether it’s work­ing or not. Unless some­thing you’re using is caus­ing rash­es or chem­i­cal burns, then stop imme­di­ate­ly.

My skin­care rou­tine is con­cen­trat­ed at night before bed, so I’ll be start­ing there.

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Acceptable Femininity: some rambling thoughts about gender roles, high heels, and makeup.

January 28, 2014 8 Comments
These are the products I typically use on my face when I do my makeup.

It’s been grad­ual, over the past year or so. But I’ve start­ed embrac­ing myself, my whole self, fem­i­nine aspects and all. I’ve been let­ting myself explore the things that I’ve sup­pressed for so long — “girly” things, “child­ish” things, vain and waste­ful things that I only deemed vain and waste­ful because I enjoyed them and I mis­trust­ed my tastes as a woman. I’ve been learn­ing to do what I enjoy and to love myself for the first time in my life.

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