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This week we are featuring new Vintie and French blogger and body positivity advocate, Manon Edwards, of Chic With Curves fame. Manon is originally from Marseille, a small city in the South of France - two years ago, she decided to embark on a fabulous American adventure and has been living in LA ever since.

 
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Tell us about your journey to becoming a blogger/influencer.

At the beginning it was just a hobby, since I was passionate by writing and blogging. I always had been concerned about the struggles of loving fashion and being plus sized, since I’m a size 16, so I decided to write especially about body acceptance. Even if my focus isn’t specifically fashion, I want to show that loving yourself AND loving fashion is totally possible, no matter your size! Once I started writing about this, a lot of brands contacted me, loving my energy and my fight against the negative image of plus size and fashion, so I began my social media accounts and become a freelance blogger influencer.

You have a strong message of body positivity - how did you come to be so confident and comfortable in your skin?

It’s been a long journey. It started after I broke up with my first love, because he wanted me to fit in with HIS standards of beauty, not mine. I told him enough, that I’ve cried too many times, that I’ve tried to change myself for somebody else too many times, and that I want to be happy with who I really am! It was still not easy to really come to loving myself after this, but I decided to keep a positive outlook on life and my body.

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Blogger roll call, from left to right: curvygirlchic, chicwithcurves, gabifresh & curveella 

How would you describe your style?

I do not have a specific style - that’s another part of my identity. I really encourage women to wear absolutely whatever they want, no matter their size. If you’re happy and feeling beautiful, that’s the best way to find your “fashion style.” So my own style actually  depends on my current mood! Sometimes I’m more preppy chic, sometimes more rock and casual, but I admit I’m in love with mixing different styles in one look - for example, a sexy chic dress and camo shirt with casual sneakers!

What is the biggest difference between French fashion and LA fashion?

The biggest difference is the choice! In LA (and the US, as a whole) even if you are plus size, if you want to go on the mall, you can also find some trendy stores with fashionable plus size clothes, like Lovesick, Torrid, Forever21 plus etc. In France, unfortunately, it’s still tough to find places that carry plus sizes in store. Some stores, like H&M, offer a maternity section but who said that being plus size means you want to wear maternity clothing? As well, if a store specializes in plus size in France, it usually is not trendy clothing aimed at older women. While styles and trends are international, for the most part, the selection and availability of plus size options is the key difference between the US and France.

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Name three of your top brands for finding amazing clothes

Lovesick

Wetseal

Torrid

What are you most looking forward to for fall fashion?

I’m loving jeans that are super destroyed on the knees or with destroyed fringes at the bottom, which I saw on the runways last year! I also am looking forward to over-the-knee boots and the classic lace up dress or top.

You recently joined Vinted and even came to our Vinted Goes Vintage event! What do you love about being a member of Vinted?

I’m in love with the fact that it’s really fast and easy to post your clothes for sale - every option is already set up, you just have to chose yours, upload a photo and that’s it! But what I prefer the most is that you can really find some great deals, and it’s specifically for clothes, shoes, accessories and fashion!

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Your words of wisdom for the Vinted community? 

Girls do not forget, be happy with YOURSELF for YOURSELF, be #HAPPYwithcurves no matter your size!

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Check out Manon's Vinted closet, featuring sizes 16 and up! 

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esthermk

We discovered makeup artist Anne Sophie Costa on Instagram, because of course we did. We started following her for the i-D and Jalouse shoots, but we also love the mermaid vibes she throws here and there. Let her signature dewy looks guide you through the hot and sticky bit of summer.

Can you explain what you do and how you got into it?

I am a fashion makeup artist in London. I started about 8 years ago, when I was approached by a makeup artist at a event, who asked me to be her assistant. I took a course, and I haven't stopped ever since.  

 

Why and when did you decide to move to London?

I remember that even aged 12 I wanted to leave Portugal. I had always thought it wasn't for me. In 2009 I spent my holidays in London, and I instantly I fell in love with the city.

Around that time I met a makeup artist I assisted in London, on a few shows and some magazine editorials. He and his team pushed for me to stay and to move to London, and a few months later that’s what I did.

I feel more like myself here, I’m freer. It's a city that lets you be yourself without judgment. The opposite in fact, people here encourage you to be original. It's amazing!

 

When you work on a shoot what's your process to decide on the makeup?

It depends on the shoot, but usually we have a chat about the mood of the shoot, the clothes the models are wearing and how it's going to feel.

I then suggest some options, products, shapes or ideas and we discuss them until we reach a final decision.

 

What are your top 5 beauty/makeup items and why?

1. Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Palette

It's a 2 in 1, which you can take everywhere and you’re ready for any event. Day or night!

2. Eight Hour Cream from Elizabeth Arden

I love it for a casual dinner or drinks, I use it on my lips and to give my eyelids some glow!

3. They’re Real! By Benefit

Love that Benefit mascara, it really has a push-up effect on every single one of your lashes!

4. False Lashes Waterproof by MAC

Waterproof, for summer. Never leave the house without mascara! Even one coat is enough, but don't forget to start by curling your lashes with an eyelash curler!!

5. The Orange Flower Facial Oil by Neal’s Yard

Last but not least, especially in the summer, mix you everyday cream with a bit of natural oil from Neal's Yard, like the orange flower one, to help your skin recover at night. That way your skin is always moisturised and you don't peel from sun damage!

cjhubley

Beauty CentralSometimes, it seriously feels as though I am buying a new beauty/health product everyday. According to my bank statements, it may be true! I do love trying new things out, whether just passing it in the store, or reading/seeing it on a blog/vlog.

Within the past month, I have fallen in love with some really nice products under $15. Check them out!

 

           Suave

 

I'm the first to say I rock the “Snow White” pale; however, during the summer I do like to be tanner. With me working seven days a week, I am not going to get much suntime. I have been loving Suave Professionals Visible Glow self-tanning lotion because of that. The application is easy and basic. The formula is nice and has great moisture, especially if applied right after a shower.

The downside, like with any self-tanning lotion, is if you forget to wash your hands, the area between your fingers turns a funky color. Also, if you do not apply evenly, or if you apply over any kind of body hair, you will end up with darker spots. Definitely avoid elbows and knees as well!          

Insert my completely shameless Colourpop plug. Sorry not sorry, I love this brand. I'm one of the people who finds a brand they love and sticks with it.

I have been in need of a good red brown eyeshadow for a while, and I was beyond happy when this was released. The formula is great, and it isn't too shimmery or too matte. That makes it work well for both my lid, and my crease and lower lid as well. I find it best applied with a flat brush and then blended in

         

Sephora Brow Thickener has to be my favorite product I have been using lately. I have an annoying brow color that is between a blonde and brown, and it is a pain in the butt to get them looking thicker and natural at the same time.

This really isn't a product I would use if I had very thin brows. I have noticed I like this more when my brows are starting to grow in. The tip gives it an easy application, but because it is a loose powder I make sure to use before applying anything else. I also top it off with a brow gel just to keep it in place.         

I know I have posted this product in my previous entry-- I just love tarte’s Maracuja;s Oil that much. I'm a klutz and knocked this over one day and spilled about half my bottle, but even still I have a ton of product left.

This isn't a product I would say you really need the full size of, because a little bit goes a long way. I'm very dry in my t-zone and this keeps me hydrated. I like to use it more at night, but I do mix it in with my HD foundation. It hasn't made me break out, which is great considering it is an oil.

Warning: the bottle can get slippery.

         

Wet ‘n Wild’s Megaglo Illuminating Poweder has to be my second favorite product I've been using. It's technically a contour palette; however, I use it for highlighting and blush instead. The darkest shade is too dark for my skin tone but mixing the first three gives me a beautiful glow.

There is one major downside to this, and it is the shape. I actually don't like large round products like this because it is more of a pain for me to store, and it is a lot more annoying to hold. However, for the price, it is an amazing size!

I'm pretty sure I have used this product every day for the past three weeks, that is how much in love I am with it.


 

I'm always looking to try new products, so finding a bunch that I love (out of maybe the ten new things I have tried recently) is very exciting for me. These are all products I use basically everyday, and I know won't go to waste.

Have any beauty products to recommend? Let me know in the comments.

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rogers.lee

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I don't know about where you live but where I'm from it's getting pretty warm pretty quickly... It's supposed to be 99 degrees this week! No, thanks. But I've come up with a pretty good sweat-proof, easy makeup look that beats the heat! 

For my base I like to use Rimmel BB cream. I like it because it provides good coverage and it has SPF, especially important for the summer. I use a Real Techniques beauty blender to apply, which I find gives it the most natural looking glow. I then like to use Rimmel Stay Matte Powder because I find this helps makes my base stay on longer. To add a little bit of glow back, I have recently been loving Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach lights. It works perfectly as a blush/highlighter duo! These highlighters also come in a few different shades to work for most skin tones. 

 

For my eyes I keep it pretty simple. I don't like using a lot of powder in the summer so I've been loving Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink. I also have a bronze shade, which looks beautiful all over the lid! The colors last all day and are so affordable. For mascara I use Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara. It lasts through the heat and makes my lashes look incredible! 

For lips I usually throw on a tinted lip balm or chapstick. And then to make sure everything stays in place I spritz a little bit of Wet n Wild Setting Spray

 

This look seriously only takes me five or so minutes and is perfect for the hot weather! What products do you love during this time of year? 

 

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cjhubley

I absolutely adore makeup. I love being able to play with how I look, as much as I love painting on a canvas. I think so many here can relate to this. They can also probably relate to the fact that we wear a much and getting it off of our skin is just as important as getting it on.

My nightly routine takes just as long as my daily routine because I try to take care of every aspect of my skin. From the combination skin to the dirt and grime, to the makeup.

I always start off with a cleansing wipe to remove all my makeup. Depending on if I had contoured that day or not will depend on how much I need to use to remove everything.

The next thing I go to is my acne face wash. I don't actually break out too badly, but I do like that is has silicic acid in it. I don't use an expensive one, I use one I purchased at Dollar Tree. It works just as well for over half the cost.

I then jump to my butter bowl. No, that isn't butter in it, it is actually a homemade face wash (antibacterial soap, sea salt, and oils). I actually get a really great lather from this and my face always feels fresh and clean after.

This DIY soap is super easy to make and is incredibly cheap as well.

After I have a good washing on my face I use my charcoal face mask (about once a week). The charcoal is great to pull out dirt deep down in pores. I leave this on for about ten minutes. During the summer months when my skin tends to be more oily, I use this three times a week rather than one.

This is when I jump into my exfoliator. Exfoliating your skin is really important! To have smoother and more repaired skin, a daily exfoliation is a must. It can also help your complexion be much brighter!

I finish everything off with my creams and oil. The first cream I apply is an eye cream. I get really bad under eye circles and this helps reduce that.

Then I use a dab of wrinkle cream next to my eyes and mouth. It really never is too early to start using this, especially if you're someone like me who smiles a lot at work, and squints a lot outside (or because they decide not to wear their glasses).

After blending those into my skin, I use a drop of Maracuja Oil by Tarte. It helps give my skin a better bounce to it, and makes my dry spots feel amazing. I also put this in my foundation when applying it if I am having a very dry skin day.

I finish everything off with another handmade product. It's a moisturizing lotion that my mother (and her grandmother before her) have been making. You can use any facial moisturizer but I do prefer this one because there is frankincense in it. I use this sparingly on my forehead, nose, and cheeks.

And that's that! After my nightly unready routine, my skin feels soft, clean, and amazing. I'm ready to go to bed with confidence that tomorrow will be another bright day, with amazing skin.

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rogers.lee

I love Spring and I've been really enjoying switching up my makeup routine for the new season!  My new look for spring?  Creating a dewy base with some light pink shadows.

You can just use any of your normal base products. Recently, I've been loving the  Rimmel Radiance BB cream and the  Maybelline Master Conceal concealer . I love that the BB cream has SPF so if my moisturizer doesn't have it - it's not that big of a deal! On top of that, I like to use the cult product - the  Rimmel Stay Matter Powder . It leaves my skin matte (as the name suggests) and leave my makeup in place all day. 

For blush I used my Elf blush palette as well as a little bit of clinique highlighter. I love using a highlighter on my cheeks as it gives them such a nice glow!  My eyeshadow is definitely my favorite part of the look. I used the Maybelline color tattoo in 'Inked in Pink' and one shade from the  Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette. I started off with the color tattoo all over the lid. I then took a darker rose color in the crease to give it a bit of dimension. I then used my Revealed 2 palette and used the matte pink/maroon color (the one under the gold shade in the palette. they don't have names?) in the outer corner. 

I then used my  L'oreal liquid eyeliner to add the smallest line possible. As always, I used my trust Clinique high impact mascara. For lips, I don't normally wear lipstick but for these different posts I like to experiment so I went for the Kate Moss shade in 17. It's the perfect dusty rose color and stays on for so long.   

What products will you be using this spring?

   

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resalequeens

Don't you hate when you wake up with a huge, painful pimple coming in? Me too. Unfortunately that's a part of being a woman - and partly the reason I said my face washing routine was only 95% effective. The other 5% is set aside for times when my skin just does NOT want to cooperate. 

That being said, I've had my bouts of heavy skin discoloration and breakouts. I have the scarring between my eyebrows and on my chin to prove it. Now that I'm 22, I've come to find that the best products that other people use may not be the best tools for YOU to use. I've gotten to the place where I know which products work for me by trial and error. My go-to brand is mostly Neutrogena or SIMPLE. SIMPLE works for a LOT of girls. 

Here's my face washing routine for you to follow and keep your clean nice and fresh. 

   

1) Never go to sleep with makeup on

This is like going to a shootout in the old west and asking not to get shot. You're bound to get something popping up under your skin from the clogged pores. Always make sure that your makeup is OFF at night. 

 

    

2) Use your favorite acne-clearing or pretty much just anything cleanser

Using a cleanser will help get rid of the makeup that you missed on the first go-around with just water. I use Neutrogena Green Tea and Vitamin E, and I love the small beads and it smells great. I'd recommend it if you have clear skin already and just want a brightening face cleanser. 

   

   

3) Apply a toner on a cotton ball to get rid of dirt in hard to reach places

Lucky me, I started experimenting with my mom's products at a young age. I used her Clinique Cleansing Toner and if I have a pimple coming in, I swipe over it with the toner on a cotton ball and the next day it's either ready to pop, or it's drying up. Toners ALWAYS work. 

   

4) Apply an overnight cream, or a wrinkle prevention lotion

Like I said, I started at a young age. I wanted my skin to never get wrinkled, and I have yet to see even one wrinkle. (I'm on 22 though, so let's wait a few more years.) 

   

I hope my face washing routine works for some of you and your pursuits of clearer brighter skin!

   

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resalequeens

I'll never forget the day I was watching my mom get ready for work and watched her put her makeup on. I knew I was going to be able to wear makeup someday, and that someday had come. My mom taught me all about the appropriate amounts to put on and what colors look best. I spent the evening with her in Walmart picking out the colors I liked the best. Since I've grown up, and now over 10 years later - I've switched to an organic/natural lifestyle. That being said, I know everyone has different preferences. These colors are for everyone, and the brands can be adjusted to fit your lifestyle and budget. 

 

e.l.f Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette

Elf is vegan and cruelty-free. They're cheap and perfect for beginners. I personally like to get pallets, so that I have options - and don't have to go back to the drug store if I need a different color. As a beginner, it's best to stick with matte, neutral tones that fit your skin color. I recommend this pallet from ELF:

 

 

The Nude Wear Palette- Maybelline

This is one of those brands that I would use as BEGINNER and as someone who doesn't want to spend too much money. This is great for practicing new styles and blends. //source.

  

NYX Bohemian Chic Nude Palette

This brand is, again, great for practicing. These colors are a little brighter which could be fun if you're going out with your friends or on a date. I recommend starting with subtle bright colors. We don't want to look like we walked out of an 80's movie, now do we?! (ok, maybe...) //source

   

  

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rogers.lee

I don't know about you but I am beyond ready for spring. It's finally started to get a little bit warmer and I've been longing for beautiful pastels, floral prints, and bare legs. 

So, today I'm going to talk about some of my favorite Spring Nail Polish colors/brands! 

 

  

So, today I'm going to talk about some of my favorite Spring Nail Polish colors/brands! 

   

  

My first pick is a beautiful periwinkle/sky blue color by Sally Hansen - 424 Set Sail. I love lighter colors for this time of year. The Sally Hansen insta-dry polishes are a really great brand for the money too. They last for a really long time and are super pigmented! 

  

   

My next favorite is another Sally Hansen color - Mauve Over. It's a darker shade so it's a nice spring shade if you're not feeling the pastels. I actually think this is a really nice transitional shade for fall and spring. It's the perfect balance between dark and light colors.

   

    

Another pastel option is this beautiful mint shade from Urban Outfitters. I actually picked this up a few years ago but I saw a shade really similar in stores a few weeks ago. Urban outfitters can be expensive but they often have deals on their nail polishes so look out for that. 

  

   

And my last shade is maybe a bit of a surprise but I love a good silver polish in spring! It gives you nail a little bit of a shimmer while not being too overwhelming. This particular polish is actually from the dollar store! But I've found it to be the best, most long lasting silver polish surprisingly. I also like to put a thin coat of this over another color to give my nails a little something extra! 

What nail polishes are you going to be rocking this Spring? 

    

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resalequeens

Whether you're out in nature (like me) or feeling a bit sexy, taking a selfie is a perfect way to express yourself. Don't listen to people who make fun of you for taking selfies. I started taking self-portraits when I was 15 years old. I will never forget the first day that I took the camera and tried to imitate some of the beautiful women I saw on the internet. It took me a few years but I think I've finally mastered the art of selfie lighting and positioning. I've finally found and learned my own photography styles. Here are some of my tips to create the PERFECT selfie! 

 

Lighting

Always face an open window with natural light. I'm sure this is second nature to most selfie-takers by now and probably just a general rule - but this is probably one of the most important things when trying to achieve awesome selfie. 

When the camera is pointed at you with your face in the light, the light illuminates your face while blacking out the background.  That's exactly what I did in this photo. Yes, it's supposed to be crooked. Remember that 'personal style' thing? Yeah, that's what that is. :) 

 

Outdoors Selfies

This selfie was taken with my Nikon D700 but the same rules apply to cell phone selfies as they do in this type of photo. Outdoor selfies almost always need some post-editing. I used VSCO or Adobe Lightroom. During the daytime, light shines on the top of your head and doesn't really light up the world as much as you'd want it to portray in photos. Always make sure you're getting your best angle because unfortunately that sun can add some weight to your features as well (darn shadows!). Make sure you're getting the background in this photo. You want people to know you're outdoors. 

 

Post-editing apps

As mentioned above, I do like using post-editing apps.  I like the ease of the color tone correctors but I don't overdo it by any means.  People really frown upon post-editing apps for some reason.  If I ever figure out why I'll let you know ;).

VSCO has filters that allow you to choose how much of the actual filter you want to show in the photo. They also have lighting editors to make your photo brighter or less bright. Here's a photo of mine after using VSCO. 

Remember - selfies are as much for you as they are anyone else. They can make you feel empowered and beautiful. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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