Category Archives: Health & Beauty

Nailgating: 20 Manicures with Team Spirit

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We are well into the National Football League postseason and yard-by-yard getting closer to the Super Bowl. Four teams remain — the Seahawks, Patriots, Packers and Colts. To gear up for the last few games, we want something more than a jersey or tee shirt. Something that shows our creative side… hello, nail art!

We’ve found manicure ideas that’ll take you from now until Super Bowl Sunday, no matter which team’s name you’ll be chanting! Continue reading Nailgating: 20 Manicures with Team Spirit

7 Tricks to Hide Your Beauty Hangover

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Pop. Fizz. Clink. It’s time for New Year’s Eve bashes! You have the sparkly dress and glitzy accessories. You’re planning your glowing makeup and shiny hairstyle. But what about the morning after? January 1 can be a rough day for beauty.

Use these 7 tricks to camouflage the lingering effects of champagne and dancing all night! Continue reading 7 Tricks to Hide Your Beauty Hangover

3 BOO-tiful Halloween Makeup Ideas and 3 Ways to Win

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The Halloween season has crept up on us once again! Which means it’s officially time to get BOO-tiful and down to business — that’s right, it’s time to decide who you want to be on October 31st.

We’ve found the best Halloween looks that are all about the makeup. And to help recreate these looks, we’re giving away makeup palettes to our Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook followers. Continue reading 3 BOO-tiful Halloween Makeup Ideas and 3 Ways to Win

6 Fabulous Celebrities That are Bigger Than a Size 2

It’s no secret that the majority of Hollywood stars are in great shape (and size!). Their roles, their managers, and even their fans often demand that they be the slimmest, trimmest, fittest version of themselves. Often this means a size 4 or lower.  However, the average size for women in the US is about 165 lbs, which for average height translates into a size 10 to 14.  In the past couple of years there has been greater acceptance of stars that don’t necessarily fit the mold of what a celeb “should” look like, and we’ve rounded up just a few of our favorites.

**Disclaimer: There’s nothing wrong with being a size 2! Just like there’s nothing wrong with being a size 12! Health is what matters most, so if you’re in doubt or want to make some changes, talk to your doc about what healthy should look like for your body.

**Also, we’re not encouraging the judging of others based on their body size, but we think it is important to know that size doesn’t determine your beauty, your sexiness, or your success, and these women are definitely proof of that.

1. Kate Upton

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This sassy young supermodel is the epitome of sexy, with an ample bosom and perfect hair. However, for a model she is considered large at around 140 lbs. Her official dress size is an 8, which is far above the expected model size of 0-2, but we think she looks amazing!

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Adele is simply a vocal powerhouse. There is absolutely no denying her talent, and at a size 14 with no intention to change, that’s exactly what she wants. She doesn’t want to be known for skimpy outfits or a tiny frame, but for her amazing voice and musical aptitude. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

3. Tyra BanksTyra-Banks-Chinas-Top-Mpodel-Premiere-Lovebscott-4

Also a size 8, Ms. Banks has received a lot of criticism for her weight gain since ending her official model career. However, she’s replaced that supermodel body with a series of America’s Next Top Model seasons, as well as her talk show and films. We think she’s doing ok, even if she isn’t a size 2 anymore. And she’s still just as sexy as ever with her trademark “smize.”

4. Mindy Kalingletterman celebs 180912

Funny girl Mindy Kaling has apparently received a lot of flack also for her figure, being told that she’d get more work if she lost some weight. She’s a size 8, but stands at only 5 feet 2 inches, which may make her appear a bit larger. But you know what, we don’t care. She has some great style and some great talent, so we say keep rockin’ it, Mindy!

5. Gemma Artertongemma-arterton-is-body-confident

It may surprise you to learn that a Bond Girl doesn’t have the “ideal” Hollywood figure. But lo and behond–this lovely lady is a size 8-10, and while she may struggle getting dresses from designers to borrow for events, we think she’s the perfect girl for Mr. Bond.

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In 2010 she was voted the Best Looking woman in America by Esquire magazine, and then was voted “sexiest woman in the world” by fellow women in a poll taken by the same magazine. There’s simply no denying that this beautiful woman has an amazing and desirable shape. Her size? It ranges between 10 and 14–exactly average for an American woman.

Who did we miss on this list? Is there a celebrity of average size you’d love to see here? Let us know in the comments!

Having a hard time finding amazing dresses in your size? Check out our wedding and special occasion dresses with customized sizing options!

Finding Inspiration: 2 Instagrammers That Really Know Nail Art

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Art inspires art; creation is derived from beauty and passion. Too many people view fashion and beauty as non-essential and perhaps even a tad presumptuous. Well, we believe that fashion is art and can be used to inspire even more beautiful creations. Continue reading Finding Inspiration: 2 Instagrammers That Really Know Nail Art

A Hair Bleaching Adventure (and How-To)

1set-Salon-DIY-font-b-Hair-b-font-Color-Dye-Tools-Multifunctional-Plastic-font-b-KitI am definitely no stranger to changing things up when it comes to my hair. In high school I used semi-permanent dyes, lemon juice, even henna to alter the color. When I got bored, I’d cut my hair (yes, I’d cut my own hair). Hair to me was always temporary Continue reading A Hair Bleaching Adventure (and How-To)

Suicide Girls: Where Stereotypes Come to Die

pal“A nation wide art-sleaze phenomenon. ”

 “It’s like a punk rock Vogue…with artful nude photos of women. “

 “They’re the girls next door – but more colorful and with better record collections. “

SuicideGirls, a group of alternative pin-up girls (NSFW), is drawing quite a lot of attention of late from magazines like Spin, Wired, and the LA Times. As a movement, the main theme of the SuicideGirls is “beauty redefined”: tattoos, piercings, curves and crazy-colored hair adorn the pages of their site where embracing one’s own personal style, fashion and personality is highly encouraged.

We were lucky enough to talk to Palette Suicide (SuicideGirl since 2013) and ask her a few questions about Suicide Girls, fashion, and how to be OK with who you are.

First, tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Palette Suicide. I’m 22 years old and am originally from San Diego, CA, but I moved to New York when I was 18. I’m a creative person, so I consider myself an artist and I really enjoy painting, drawing and making things. I do have a regular day job like everyone else, but one day I would really enjoy modeling and creating art full-time.Showing off her fabulous tattoos.
How would you describe the Suicide Girls movement?
 I like the term movement for this because it encompasses not only the women who are SuicideGirls, but also everyone else involved. What started as a simple website really grew into a cultural phenomenon. It’s a group of people who understand and celebrate that there are a lot of different ways a woman can be beautiful. A person doesn’t have to look like an airbrushed centerfold, or a typical catalog  model. To perpetuate that a certain one is more beautiful than the other is silly. SuicideGirls shows women who have tattoos, piercings, dyed hair, AND women who don’t at all. Its not a site about who has the most body modifications, but rather a site that shows we can choose the way we present ourselves, no matter how much society tells us it’s “fucked up.” We are beautiful.
 How and why did you get into the Suicide Girls?adf
 Even when I was younger, I looked up to these women because I thought they were inspiring. I saw confidence. I saw gorgeous colored hair or interesting tattoos, and curves. I knew I wanted to be a SuicideGirl when I was older and it took me a few years to really gain the confidence to do so.  After joining the community, I was amazed at the amount of women who were so body positive and happy to share that same mindset.
 How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style isn’t too complicated. I love wearing dresses, usually mid thigh length, with tights or knee high socks and boots. Most of my clothes are black, grey, floral print, or acid wash. I need to be comfortable. Its sort of a casual 90s goth-y look, I suppose.pal1
What is your go-to fashion item?
Black boots. Any outfit can be worn with black boots. They’re comfortable and look good with everything.
What’s your favorite item you’ve received from LightInTheBox?
 I got this amazing pair of tights that are lacy, sheer on top and made to look like there are garters holding up the tights. They’re so sexy and subtle, but great to layer with a dress or even shorts. I would wear them every day if I could. I have so may pairs of ripped stockings and usually I’m OK with that, but I am terrified of messing these ones up because I love them so much.

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Rocking her LightInTheBox tights.
 quoRedefining beauty is a major part of SG. What advice would you give to women struggling with self-esteem or body image issues?
Everyone is different but that is not a bad thing. We see beauty in a lot of varied ways and even the most glamorous seeming people have issues with their self esteem. We were taught to reach goals that may not be healthy or attainable. Our bodies are ours, and should be loved, taken care of and no one should make you feel shameful for yours. I’ve learned this through seeing so many proud and different woman, and coming to terms with loving my own body despite what I think may be flaws.
Want to see more of Palette? Check her out on Instagram
Wanna try the SuicideGirl look? Check out these corsets, panties, and lingerie.
(All photos from Palette Suicide’s Instagram account)