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Review: Skindura’s SecretShield

All right, let’s just get it out in the open. I’m going to come out and admit that my thighs do get chafed during the summer months. Whew! I feel a lot better now. And I know that most of you have issues with chafing (a.k.a. chub rub) as well. It’s normal, there’s no need to be embarrassed. Instead, why not find a solution, right?

We’ve all tried the products on the market. Raise your hand if you’ve used deodorant, powder, Vaseline, biker shorts, and even the stuff runners use to stop the chafing. It’s kind of like this endless cycle isn’t it. One thing doesn’t work and we just move on to the next.

I have good news for you, your search may have just ended. I was recently sent Skindura’s SecretShield to review. And instead of throwing on some shorts under my dress, I grabbed this instead.

Now, I will be honest and tell you that I was hesitant at first. It claims it’s “100% veggie derived formula creates a breathable barrier on skin.  Waterproof and sweatproof yet it allows your skin to perspire.  Stands up to hot, dry, humid, and cold conditions.  Won’t evaporate, like products made from  mineral oil, lanolin, water, or alcohol.  Fragrance free, no artificial colors, and non staining.  Silky formula glides on and stays put.

I was going to an outdoor event where I would be doing a lot of walking. I put this on the inner part of my thighs and headed out. It was correct when it say’s it allows your skin to perspire, because I did. I was so worried I would sweat it off.

After 4 hours of wearing it there was no chafing. None at all. Yay!! It didn’t leave behind any stains or residue either. And I’m so happy it didn’t irritate my skin. It is fragrance free, which I really appreciate. The price is very reasonable. For only $10, you get a 1oz. balm, which seems like it would last a few months.  Check out their Etsy page for more products and especially for their awesome SecretShield.

I’m definitely looking forward to my chafe-free summer. Are you?

*Disclaimer: I was NOT compensated for this review. Although the item was gifted, the above is my true and honest opinion.

What I Wore: City Chic’s Passion Flower Maxi

What do you wear on a sunny day in Los Angeles? A maxi dress! Not just any dress, but the Passion Flower Maxi (on sale $30) by City Chic. The Australian fashion retailer is really impressing me with the fit and quality of their designs. My hubby picked this dress and I’m so happy he did. It’s the perfect length for my 5’6 height. I really liked the slight draping in the front and the ruched band on the bust. My favorite part of the dress is the fact that it actually fit me in the chest area without falling down and being uncomfortable. I actually didn’t want to take the dress off, that’s how comfortable it is. Oh and I must point out that the shipping from City Chic is FREE and it got here in a few days. That makes me a happy shopper.

I accessorized this dress with my favorite pair of Nine West gladiator sandals, a coral ring from H&M, bracelets from Avenue, and a brass key necklace from Mindfulnest. I told you ladies I’m going to be a maxi dress wearing fool this spring and summer (LOL).

What do you ladies think? Would your wear this maxi dress?

Disclaimer: The dress was gifted by City Chic. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

FFFWeek Update…On a boat!

Full Figured Fashion Week is 7 weeks away! I’m sitting here trying to figure out what I’m more excited for during my week in New York City. I think “Curves at Sea” has taken the lead. It’s a “white on white” sunset cruise on the Hudson River. All to celebrate the opening of FFFWeek. They say there will be 3 floors of music, networking, and dancing. Hmmm…I don’t have my white outfit yet, but don’t you worry. I’m already envisioning the dress. Tickets are only $35! Get them at www.FFFWeek.com, along with the other fabulous events.

Will I see you at “Curves at Sea?”

Torrid’s Maxi Dress Giveaway!

Who wants to win this chic maxi dress from Torrid?

Silly fashionistas, you know I couldn’t let April end without giving you a chance to win something.

Torrid wants to give one of my readers this Blue Coral Floral Maxi Dress with a Braided Belt (retail value $68). It’s a new arrival, isn’t it cute?  I chose this dress especially for one of you. I want your spring to be as fashionable as possible. OK, I secretly want it for myself (hee hee).

Entering to win this maxi dress is really easy. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what accessory from Torrid you would pair with this dress. Make sure you leave a valid email address or your entry will not count.

There is only one entry per person, unless you complete any of the extra entries below. This gives you a possibility of four entries! Also, make sure you leave the extra entries separately, or it will not count. 

Extra Entries:
-“Like” Torrid on Facebook
-Follow Torrid on Twitter
-Tweet the following ” @TorridFashion & @CurvesandChaos want me to look “Spring Chic” with the maxi dress giveaway http://bit.ly/gkWJCD

Disclaimer: Must be 18 years or older to enter, US residents only, Giveaway ends 4/30/11. Winner will be chosen using Random.Org. This is item is courtesy of Torrid.

Giveaway is Closed

City Chic’s Easter Sale

The word SALE is like music to my ears. And I’ve been very impressed with City Chic’s clothes lately. I even have a few reviews coming soon.

But, for now, go to CityChicOnline.com! Everything is 30% OFF (excluding already on sale items). Hmmm….so what do I want. Easter decisions are soooo hard to make.

*Sale ends at midnight on April 26.

Honor Earth Day with Recycled Jewelery

Maganda Recycled and Revamped Jewelery

Today is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and bring awareness to the Earth’s environment (although we should be doing that every day). Did you know there are so many things you can do to honor our planet?

As a fashionista there are more than enough ways to be fabulous, chic, and green. In middle school, I was taught the three R’s-Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

You can incorporate these three R’s in your every day life…fashionably of course. And if you’re like me…you should start with baby steps, like recycled jewelery. This is when items are reused or reworked into pieces of jewelery. I went on the hunt on one of my favorite sites, Etsy. They are all about handmade items. I found a few sellers below who caught my attention with beautiful and eclectic pieces of jewelery.


Which piece of recycled jewelery is your favorite?

Facebook & Fashion Collide?

Don’t you just love social media? I know I do. Say what you want about it, but it’s connecting us in ways we never thought was possible. Especially, on Facebook! Take a look at these three recent emails that landed in my inbox. All you have to do is “Like” them on Facebook.

Fashion to Figure will donate $1 for every “Like” they get on FB to help the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 

Lane Bryant will give you 30% off your entire purchase if just “Like” them on FB.

If you “Like” OneStopPlus.com, they will give you 50% off your highest priced item when you spend $75 or more.

Do deals like this make you want to shop more? 
If you know of any other retailers offering something similar above, please let us know! 

Sneak Peek: About Face

On April 9th, I had the honor of attending the opening reception of the About Face: A New Perspective on Photographic Portraiture exhibit, here in Los Angeles. As part of the Miracle Mile Art Walk, the exhibit featured the work of World Renowned Fashion Photographer Wahb Mabkhout. As one of the nine artists, Wahb decided to photograph eight plus size models. I’m not going to go into too much detail here, but I will tell you it was beautiful and inspiring. You can read the full recap in the May 2011 issue of Plus Model Magazine on May 1st. I just wanted to give you a sneak peek with a few photos I took.

If you live in the Los Angeles Area, you can visit the exhibit at TheLoftatLizs.com. 
The exhibit is open until May 10. 

Beauty Buzz: JAFRA’s Powder Blush

I’m going to make this short and sweet. If you’re looking for a natural looking blush, then you need to try JAFRA’s Powder Blush ($14.50). Seriously, I’ve tried a few blushes here and there, but this one is different.

I use the color “Perfect Glow” and I can’t help but think it’s the perfect shade for my medium skin tone. Not to sound too cliche, but it’s not too dark, not too light…It’s just right.

This Powder Blush is part of JAFRA’s revamped Color Line. There are 11 different shades and it’s jet-milled, so the blush goes on silky smooth. It’s formulated with Vitamins E and C, which they say will condition and protect your skin. And it absorbs oil, so you will get a longer wear out of it. This makes me love it even more! If you haven’t tried any of the products from the Color Line, you’re kinda missing out. They haven’t been around for over 50 years for nothing.

Have you tried any of JAFRA’s products? Which one is your favorite? 

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. Although the item was gifted, the above is my true and honest opinion.

Ideeli is “Plus Size Perfection”

Aren’t we in love with members-only (a.k.a flash) shopping sites? I know I am! And I definitely love the fact that a lot of them are finally catching on-curvy ladies love shopping too. Ideeli is one that caught on in 2010 and now they are regularly featuring special sizes. Yay!

The sales kick off every Wednesday at noon and feature designers like Adrianna Papell, Calvin Klein, Seven7, Antik, and more. They not only offer plus sizes, but they also offer petite sizes. Ideeli claims petite sizes are more underrepresented than plus! That’s crazy! The fashion industry can’t seriously believe on tall and thin women like fashion. I’m not even going to get started (LOL).

To shop Ideeli’s great amazing deals you need an invite…Of course I have one for you!! Join today, it’s FREE! Click on the link below.

Handbag Delight: Melie Bianco

Melie Bianco is a handbag line based out of Los Angeles and offers what they call “Affordable Luxury.” You won’t find anything over $100. I recently purchased one of their bags at the Sassy City Chicks event. It’s this amazing clutch that I’ve only used once and I can’t wait to use again. If you’re looking to add some color into your life with a handbag, just look up. Oh…and if you live in the Los Angeles area, you’ll be happy to know they are holding a sample sale on April 30th at their headquarters in Pico Rivera. Go here for details. I don’t think I’m going to be able to go, so instead I’m just going to sit here and drool over these.

The Shopping Diaries: Indecisive Shopper

Oh yeah that’s me posing in my awesome Curvy Divas Rock tee at the recent Kurvee event. And yeah I think I’m sexy…LOL. Ok, I was just being silly and had to take the photo opportunity. While I was at Kurvee, I realized something. I’ve become a really indecisive shopper lately. I didn’t know what to buy. I guess that’s a lot better than being an impulse shopper, right?

What really confirmed it for me was a shopping trip I took with my mom last week. She wanted to buy me something for my birthday and I could not make up my mind on what I wanted. It was kind of frustrating. I actually waited until we went to the very last store to get something. FYI, I ended up with a pair of gladiator sandals and jewelery from Avenue.

I don’t know what’s going on, but now that I think about it, it’s been a lot easier on my wallet. But, when I do buy something, I just end up returning it because I bought it last minute. Grrr…

Has this ever happened to any of you? I consider myself a shopper and I need to fix it (LOL).