Monday, November 30, 2009

How to get a Flawless Face!

I really think "flawless skin" is an anomoly in most cases but the idea that people can show others "how to get a flawless face!" is a bit of a misnomer.  The only way, short of genetics, to get a "flawless face" is via photoshop.  Sure, there are a plethora of ways to improve your skin's appearance, but makeup is just a bandage.  There are tons of theories and studies about the impact of: water, greasy foods, birth control, chocolate, et al. which has some great arguments both pro and con.  I would like to offer some solutions for anyone looking to improve their skin's appearance before tweaking everyday imperfections such as under eye bags, spots, and skin discoloration.
  1. See a dermatologist!  A medical practitioner can help you detect and direct you to what will best suit your skin's individual needs.
  2. Discuss medications which may help or are hurting your skins ability to clear itself with a medical advisor.  Over the counter remedies are good, but there are some products (Accutane, birth control, retinoids, etc.) which may help improve your skin's appearance.
  3. Don't stress!  Everyone has times where there skin get angry.  I've stated repeatedly how nothing works to slow the production of oil my glands produce.  I've accepted it and keep a napkin or some form of blotting tissue with me all day and follow a regimen.
  4. Once you establish a regimen that works document your skin's progress.  You want to know if there is any improvement or reaction as a result.  You should not have skin that is itching unless your medical practioner indicated there may be a side effect, in which case, contact them and let them know.  Don't wait six weeks, when a simple call or follow up may determine this method is not working and your skin is having an allergic reaction.
  5. Don't compare your face to anyone else's!  We are not all created equally the same.  Some people put in   a bit of work before you see the final product.  You will learn to do the same.
  6. Research!  Get out there and start researching any and every skin care board you can.  Before you spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on products which may or may not work, do research.  People will sell you snake oil with a promise of it being the fountain of youth.  Claims that any cream is better than Botox can't be so effective if people are still having the procedure done.  Creams are topical, they moisturize, protect and soften your skin, but that's just a small portion.  Go to MUA's skin board and interact with the people there, they have a plethora of knowledge and are willing to share.
  7. Give your skin time to heal.  I've heard that human skin does not "breathe" per se; however, it does help to ease up on the amount of product we put on it if for no other reason than the plethora of ingredients in each item (primer, concealer, foundation, powder, contour, blush, highlight, etc.) Each of those are composed of various ingredients.  If you do wear all of this, WASH YOUR FACE!!
  8. Accept yourself, flaws and all!  We all have them, some may not be on our face, some have the cellulite, others have cankles, but what you look like is not who you are.  Stop comparing yourself and focus on things you are good at and as if by some magic you will realize you spend less time obsessing about what you look like.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

No more Bad Hair Days!

There is no one method for taming one's mane. What I have learned is that you have to really, I mean really know your hair. You have to know your hair like you know your skin.
Hair is made up of proteins (keratin) and it needs protein in conjunction with moisture in order to keep a balance of strength and elasticity. For me, I don't think my hair can ever have too much protein, but I know it doesn't get enough moisture. Unfortunately, I color the heck out of my hair. I don't do all the other rubbish, like heat, back combing etc, but when people ask me how I keep my hair looking so healthy or shiny, I have
to confess that if it were in it's natural color, it would look like a tumble weed. It's so bloomin dry! My niece, poor baby has the same problem. I tell her it's her father, my brother's, fault as her mother has thick, ridiculously long albeit straight hair. I love her mum's hair, but feel my niece's pain. Her hair is disgustingly thick, she has a lot of it, and it's so curly. She likes to wear it pulled back in a pony tail; however, it makes our hair draw up and turns into a "puff" if we don't plait it. It's quite curious since my boss has the same situation and what's more, we resemble each other when we both wear our hair down as we did today.
So, what I recommend is to experiment with your hair's texture and if you don't know what it is, ask! Alternate products and see how your hair responds. Conduct a test with your hair following the same regimen (wash, condition, style) but alternate products by ingredients. For instance, notice the difference in your hair when you use protein (usually reconstructors, or may indicate protein on the bottle), moisture, and so on. Be aware of your hair's growth to shed factor. Sometimes hair tends to grow faster in the summer due to warm climate, how you eat plays a vital role, as does your stress or any medications. Am I saying to change anything? No, I'm merely giving hints on what things may contribute to the dissatisfaction with your hair's current state.
Remember, whether you are natural, relaxed, texlaxed, extensions, color treated, etc. you must take care of your hair. There isn't an alternative other than going bald. You will have good days and bad days, but ultimately, your hair is a reflection of your genes and how you treat it.


Monday's Frugal Fashion

Of course I know it's Tuesday, but this outfit was a steal and I keeping a blog of your clothing is a great way to reference what you want versus what you need when shopping for essentials.  Remember, trends come and go but style is personal and it should reflect you and not what's "in" or "out."  This little number was found at dd's and it cost $9.99!  What is dd's?  I don't know the history of the store, but imagine you take TJ/TJ Maxx and Marshall's, merge them into one and then take their overstock and that is what dd's resembles. It felt like a thrift store, in that you have to look around and some of the items look like they were on the floor and put back on a hanger and marked down.  That's not a bad thing if you are good at removing stains and the price is reflective.  However, don't buy something you have to tweak too much unless you simply cannot live without it.  Because it's been so cold I paired it with a black blazer (summer dress to winter style) and also had a pea coat from Old Navy with a scarf and a smart pair of shoes also at discount (details to come) and it works to make a proper outfit for work. 
Notice the face :(  I truly don't like Mondays, especially when we have a short work week.  Hope this will inspire others to realize YOU wear the clothes, the clothes don't wear you, whatever your shape, budget, or brand, you ultimately put it together to make the total look.  Work it!!!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Coastal Scents Under Cover High Definition Foundation

I know the YouTube market has been inundated with products with promises to do everything but
take you to work every morning. Alas, I open my inbox and there it is.  For a mere $16.95 plus shipping and handling you get an ounce of this High Definition foundation.  I think it's a great deal if it works.  However, if it's something wholesale, simply repackaged then I can't say I'd stop using my current foundation.  My quest for the holy grail of foundations. 
In my opinion, this stuff is not quite up to par for my idea of high definition due to the ingredients.  There are a lot of "cones" and it has titanium dioxide, which means it will have a grey cast in flash photography.  So, if you are interested, please go to Coastal Scents and read more.  I believe they will answer questions and offer a forum for those interested in learning more.  Good luck, and report back if you happen to make a purchase.  Something tells me I will be seeing reviews and videos about this soon.

Here are the ingredients for your viewing pleasure:

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Mica, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Lauroyl Lysine, Sodium Chloride, Fagus Sylvatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Proplyparaben. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides. Made in P. R. C.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Black Friday Sales Info for 2009

I truly don't like this time of year.  Total pity party.  My bloke's in Iraq, mum is terminal, dad is devastated and I'm just pretending to get by day by day. 
I always wanted to be the girls on the left.  You know, the group of friends you share things with, your ups and downs in life and support each other regardless of what's up in life?  I wanted that well before Sex and the City.  Having a family who traveled so much and no sisters sort of made for Billy No Mates growing up.  Well, I'm going to dedicate this post for those who have friends out there.  Spend time together and support each other as the holidays bring out the good, the bad, the joys and sorrows in life.  We all know Black Friday is a week away.  So, have a plan.  If you don't have one, start getting it sorted.  Here is a list of sales in most major stores such as Target, Walmart, etc.  I found that in search of another camera.  Wear something comfortable.  There's nothing worse than running about with jeans too snug, or feet that hurt.  Bring the right equipment.  If you have to have your: mobile, food, water, camera, etc., be prepared so you don't get on your friends' wick.  This will prevent any heartburn or row from happening.  Decide what to do if you get lost or a time and place to meet up if you plan to go separate ways.  Communicate your plans before you even think about getting in the car.  This brings me to...opt for public transportation or designate someone who will pick you up, meet to get the bags (excess weight) and will drop you off at the next location in order to save your sanity in the car parks.  There will be no parking unless you are camping out the night before.  Also, make sure you close all the zippers, clasps, or anything with an opening on your purse, messenger bag or what have you.  Don't scream, "Steal from me!" and ruin your holiday because someone stole your belongings.  Finally, be safe and have fun!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion

As I try to curb my enthusiasm for the plethora of discounts saturating the beauty industry right now, I'm doing what a lot of beauty junkies do.  I'm shopping my stash.  This means, rather than splurge on the 30% Urban Decay is having, I'm using the products from their line I have but have not used.  Not quite a project 10 pan, but in the direction of rehab per se. 
I put this cream on after my moisturiser and it was like magic.  I didn't know if that's how primers are supposed to work, since I'm so incredibly oily, I keep things quite minimal on my face.  There's nothing worse than oil on top of foundation.  It makes a beautiful canvas look like cake batter with even the best of foundations.  Never mind.  I haven't had to blot as much today, just once at half ten.  It's half noon and I'm good.  Here's information from their website here.  I don't know all the rules about blogging and I know something's going down so I'm not trying to have the FTC looking for my behind for plagiarism. It makes your skin really feel soft.  I kept touching my face and looking at it.  I plucked a few chin hairs, that's how intense I was looking!  The only thing that Urban Decay ever does to upset me is....wait for it...PACKAGING!  Maybe there was directions on the box which I always through out, but I could not figure out how this thing opened.  It's so simple it's painful to admit.  See the silver bullet?  Simply twist it to open and again to close.  I know I didn't pay full price for this, but it retails for $30.00 USD.  I always make purchases during friends and family times since I won't finish this until the next.  Overall this product gets five stars, and I will repurchase (Unless the original English Ideas returns) as well as recommend this to my friends.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Beauty on A Budget

It feels so good to be back on track with my little blog.  I never knew how good it felt to get things from one's head  to the cosmos.  I don't know why I didn't keep up with this when I first started a year back.  I noticed when I do keep up with posting, I become more creative.  This particular outfit was inspired by my a video I had watched from Juicy Tuesday.  I  don't know why I keep getting sucked in to YouTube.  I have a love/hate/love/hate relationship.  It's a huge way to waste my time.  I learn some tricks, but I think it's me just being nosey.  Regardless, I seem to feel something whenever I watch them albeit anger at myself, the "guru", or the comments.  At times just the idea of watching people so absorbed with themselves leaves me feeling filthy.  I mean, I'm watching someone get ready to go out, I swear I'm not a peeping Tom.  Maybe a Billy NoMates, but I am blown away by how much time and effort it takes to make videos.  Shane Dawson is really epic.  I am guaranteed to get the laugh when his character Shanaynay makes an appearance.  I digress.  I was watching Juicy Tuesday and she had mentioned people had slagged her weight for posting her outfit of the days.  I love those tutorials the best!  I think I've sorted out how to (insert icon, celebrity, cat eye, smokey eye, red lips, flawless face) looks for several lifetimes.  But, my wardrobe could use a bit of help and I am not short on clothes, but short on ideas, so these how to nails, hair, shoes, purse, videos are really the business for me.  Teresa *aka Juicy Tuesday* has a womanly figure.  She has that hourglass and whilst I'm no where near as lovely or gifted, I quite like having curves and seeing other women who have arses as well. 
I got this skirt from F21 for $14.80 USD!  It was on clearance and I initially thought it was a blouse.  I liked the corset in the front and thought it would look great with a pair of jeans to go to a sporting event that has still yet to happen :/  Well, I was looking for something one day and this was in a pile with the tag on it so, I was curious to see if it would fit or go with the "recycle" stack.  I noticed the tag read skirt and got quite nervous.  I know my hips have grown, but ah well...I put it on with the corset design in the front and it had a tag (medium) so, I turned it and fell in love.  Sort of...the corset is the cutest detailing; however, it does scream "look at me" in the lower region.  The place where I carry my weight most.  So this was the look

I paired it with my trusty Mary Janes, black opaque ribbed tights, and a shirt I bought at the Crossroads.  It's less than $20, total, but I neglected to accessorize appropriately.  Odds are my jewels are in my coat but I was too lazy to put them on. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nails, Clothes, Shoes Oh My!

I never thought the color red would work for me.  I believe 90% of my clothes are black, and I'm challenging myself to incorporate color.  Color is something that gets you noticed, it says, "I'm here!  Look at me!"  Although the demure black is quite sophisticated, I'm tired of the remarks if I'm honest.  So, here is day one and rather than sport the black camisole with a blazer, I scored a $12.00 long sleeved blouse with french cuffs (my fave for my long arms) at Ross to go with a pencil skirt I got at F21 last season.  I did wear black opaque tights with my Mary Janes (also Ross) because it's cold in the morning when I'm catching the train to work. 

The jacket was a great deal at Buffalo Exchange, it's by BeBe and is a petite so the french cuffs make a good detailing for it. I think it was 1/2 price on $15.00 so for $8.00 it has been a great piece I can wear with jeans or pair with skirts for work!

The last bit are these cool fake nails I bought at Walgreens on sale!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday's Madness

I have always thought of myself to be one of the most patient tolerant people.  I accept everyone regardless of race, religion, sexuality, carnivore, vegan, atheist, et al.  I have learnt I don't.  I temper my views and opinions and have chosen to remove any person, place or thing which causes me anything other than positive experience, or a negative but learning experience.  Well...I guess the more I eliminate and detox from the more critical I am.  I don't enjoy this about myself; however, I do feel the need to explain.
I have spent a LARGE part of my time learning new skills, techniques, terminology, styles etc when it comes to all things beauty, fashion and hair.  If there is a forum, I've either joined or perused it at one time or another.  I've always been open to learning.  But, lately I have no tolerance for these social outlets.  I find there to be a lot more b.s. than previously.  If not, I must have been oblivious.  I have gotten to the point where I don't log on to YouTube (which babysat me when I moved to California), most forums unless it's for pictures, sale info. or product reviews, and now I'm not interested in many of blogs.  I don't subscribe to thousands, but I do love to learn from others and think it's a great way to (again) challenge myself and my learning curve. 
I don't know what to do...I don't condone some of the rubbish (hater vs. non hater vs. criticism, gurus who are full of crap, themselves or both and the racist, homphobic, and ignorant comments many gurus deal with.  Seriously, I read Pixiwoo's disclaimer re: black skin and thought, "Can we not say black, white, anymore?"  Not that I have an account, but it's not fun anymore.  Not to mention the shilling, competitiveness and backbiting gurus do to each other.
I ran to forums and most topics were slagging and dissing other peoples style, makeup, technique, shape, etc. and it all got too much for me.  I guess the internet is something I may have to rethink.  I'm truly blessed to have learnt so much from people I have never met in my life who spend a lot of their time doing things to my benefit, but seriously calling a man a "f*gg*t" for educating people on makeup application, telling a black woman she's an "ugly n*gg*er" or a forum post just to gossip about someone else who we don't know seems so pointless.
Speaking of pointless, so was this post, but I need to vent every now and again.  I cannot change the world, but I can acknowledge things I wish to change.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Hard Candy Intensif Eye Review and Swatches FTW!!

Yay, I am still a work in progress in my skills with camera and photography, so if anyone reading this needs better swatches, please leave a comment.  I purchased some of those daylight blue tinged bulbs, and I'm going to get a book on picture taking...On with what matters.  I didn't label them so I will give the names from left to right:  Glimmer (Metallic), Pop (Radiant), Pixie (Radiant),Whimsy (Radiant), Spirited (Metallic), Moody, (Radiant), Star (Radiant), Soiree (Metallic), Love (Radiant), Glimpse (Metallic), and Celestine (Metallic).  To be quite honest, these were not what I expected.  I love eyeshadow bases.  I knew these weren't going to be crease proof, so I wouldn't be disappointed for any sort of creasing which may or may not occur.  That said, the tube reminded me more of a lipstick than an eyeshadow cream.  So, when I opened the tube (see below) I was a bit put off.  I like applying either from a pot or stick, but usually the sticks have a pencil shape so I can get to the tear duct area of my eye.  This bit I can sort, but ...I thought, "It would annoy and take more product to use a brush, but I cannot just swipe it from the tube...or can I?" In addition, there is a very creamy consistency to the finish, therefore, if you have really oily lids, I would not recommend this product unless you don't mind the extra work of layering both under and over this creme. 
They aren't very pigmented, so it takes a few swipes against my complexion (dark) so be advised of that.  Overall, I would not recommend this with the exception that Glimpse is a dupe for Sharksin Shadestick by MAC.  I have high and low end creme eyeshadows, and the Maybelline ones at the Dollar Store are better quality than these for those who are budgeting.  If you love Hard Candy and want to have these in your collection, go for it, but you may not reach for them often.  I do love the variety of colors and the creme vs. shimmer finishes, but in terms of practicality, I'd prefer better packaging.  I will say if you lay these with any of the shadows from the 88 palette, you will love the result, but again, don't expect to go a whole work day without creasing.  I hope this is helpful.  Love yourself and remember you are the most beautiful person you have seen today, and your attidude will surprise you and those around you!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Red Eyeshadow Brown Skin

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season and the passing of Halloween, I was thinking about how pretty some of the looks were in an effort to celebrate ghouls and gobblins.  So many vampires, so little time. A friend was enquiring about there not being any eyeshadows that would look smart on brown skin.  Well...not so fast!  I found three in a manner of seconds which can all be seen and are quite pigmented.  From left to right I swatched the red from the 88 shimmer palette, bright fuschia (MAC) pigment, brash and bold/bold and brash? (MAC) pigment, and basic red (MAC) pigment and each of them show up against my dark skin, so let not your heart be troubled brown girls, there is enough color in the world for all of us :)  I know, I know, MAC!! But, the 88 shimmer palette is EVERYWHERE ('scuse the shouting), and it's quite inexpensive.  Other brands I've seen with red include: Ben Nye, Bloody Mary, and Kryolan.  I believe all of the mineral makeup vendors: TKB Trading, Fyrinnae, MAD, et al, will also carry samples with the color red.  Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Katie Price (Jordan) on Fire?

I truly may be a fool, but I am so tired of people slagging Jordan, but this group has really got brass ones.  Katie has had a horrible year, in my opinion, and whatever people may think about her she doesn't deserve to be made a fool for other's gain.  An estimate of 10,000 people are going to watch an effigy of her nearly 30 feet tall burn at Edenbridge Bonfire Society tomorrow.  In their defence, this has happened to others, but would you want to be categorized with  people like Saddam Hussein, John McCririck, John Prescott, and Diana, Princess of Wales' former partner, James Hewitt?  Those, all men, are the others who have endured such humility in the name of "publicity" by the organizer Charles Laver.  I think this story is old, but I just got hold of it here and felt really bad about this.  Sometimes people can go to far in the spirit of "well celebrities get a lot of money and they put themselves in the public, etc..." and sure Katie *aka Jordan* isn't an angel, but she doesn't pretend to be.  Whatever, happened in her marriage is her and her former husband Peter Andre's business.  There are children and family members involved.  H*ll, I'm no saint and I'd be pig sick if I saw people cheering an effigy of me in any fashion.  People have gotten to "okay" with bringing other people down or doing things to get ratings, publicity, money, etc. and there has to be a point where people feel they've gone too far.  I truly think she's having a setback from her depression and all this is going to push her over the edge.  I hope there aren't people out there who really think this sort of thing is acceptable.  Then again, if there weren't there would not be Klu Klux Klan members and their followers still in existence?  Sorry for the rant, I will adjust my attitude in time to watch the World Series :)

DivaDivora on YouTube

I am so excited about this post!  I LOVE this woman's energy, beauty, attitude, smile, eyes, etc.  I stumbled upon this lass in the blogosphere and immediately subscribed, she and Vex make me miss Blighty...but one of the lot has come back to the "Tube."
*disclaimer starts here*
Unsub, hate, leave mean comments, but I had all but sworn off YouTube.  Some of the most amazing people don't seem to get featured.  I don't know why it is, but the people I really like, who inspire me, and seem to not have let their online "celebrity" affect them (i.e. remain humble) seem to not get a lot of hits or well deserved recognition.  Dvora is amazingly kind, humble and her mega watt smile is gorgeous.  I am not judging anyone, but the drama on YouTube depressed me to the point of feeling more down and insecure when I used to enjoy it, maybe after all these years, I'm "over it."  I am so excited for this channel and all the positivity I know she will bring.  I  know there are loads of good people in the world, but some people (me) have resorted to living vicariously through others as a way of coping with some of life's tragedies.  I don't propose to put others on pedestals, but I cannot not acknowledge the people who make me smile.  I hope she decides to stay awhile, if not, she's still blogging :)

*happy dancing to the train*

Fall Styles

I don't know why I have b*tch face in this pic, other than a) I'm at work, b) I'm in the loo cam whoring, c) I am hoping no one will walk in, d) bad lighting, bad hair day, or e) all of the above?    If you picked (e) ding! ding! ding! You are RIGHT! I have said I'm not a photographer, I have a new camera and I'm painfully uncomfortable taking photos of myself.  I have never thought I was soooo damn interesting that I should create anything centered around me.  It's not been my personality.  As a makeupartist, the goal was always to make others look and feel there best or create an illusion with colors, textures, props and the like.  I hated looking at myself in the mirror when I was heavy and primping my hair until recently was not fun.  I had to learn so much about me I didn't know what my best features, angles, colors, etc. were but I could do it in a New York minute (fast) for others.  So, now I have found blogging to be an outlet where I can keep a journal all about me, and maybe, share with others, whilst learning from others. Well, I was telling a co-worker she
didn't have to spend a lot of money for new fall clothes.  If one gets creative enough there are loads of options with what you already have.  The above is a summer dress, as you can see it's quite short. :)  I paired it with a blazer, tights and Mary Janes and vo├Čla! 
Blazer:  BeBe from thriftstore $ 8.00
Tights:  George @ Walmart    $ 5.00
Dress:  Ross  $11.00
Shoes:  Steve Madden @ TJ Maxx  $24.99
Always remember to add accessories for that personal touch and for a bit of character!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Alter Ego Style Wise

Okay, so I guess since I did not get to dress up for Halloween, I'm a tad bitter still.  I mean, I've been watching tutorials, looking at blogs, and seeing FOTDs for Halloween since August and did not get to use any of my attire (it was Disney) but I really love the idea of dressing up.  I reckon the next time will be "possibly" New Year's Eve, but I won't hold my breath.  When I make plans way in advance (Halloween) something inevitably happens and I wind up at home.  I don't mind, now that I have a laptop again, I can live vicariously through others.
So I watched Mr. and Mrs. Smith yesterday for the first time.  I didn't pay close attention to the plot, but I was impressed with some of the styles of the charcter Mrs. Smith.  The woman had a really nice wardrobe stylist.  I found similar boots worn in the dominatrix scene at Forever21 and have not pulled the trigger yet!  I don't plan on dressing as a dominatrix (however, you with partners should give it a go), but she did wear them with a lovely peach dress, cardigan, and fishnets quite well.  The dominatrix outifit was cute too ! But, again, I don't have Angelina's figure and would not have the ability to fill it out and do it proper!  I guess we all have an alter ego and that's what
makes Halloween and costume party's so much fun.  We can dress however we feel without fearing judgment by our peers.  It's too bad we can't get away with it more often, but that's what you do with partners to keep the "fire" burning.  Dressing like a flapper, cheerleader and other ideas are great ways to keep that spark going and to have fun with clothes and makeup, two things we love!   Embrace your alter ego loves, life is too short to sit on the sidelines :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Skinny Jeans for Curvy Girls? You Bet!

 OMG!  I didn't think the day would happen.  I know they are called "skinny" jeans for a reason, but they look good with heels, boots and I can always hide my big bum.  See, my problem isn't that I'm huge, so I don't want to be "that girl" who goes on about being fat who clearly isn't.  Granted, I could use a bit o' toning, but anything wrong with my shape is my own doing!  No health issues, genetics, babies, just greed.
So, today, I was perusing some fashions sites and came upon PZI Jeans, and I cannot wait to get a pair.  I am praying these jeans will work for me.  I am a hot mess!  I have long legs, but I am almost 63 cm tall, and have a small waist and huge bum.  I rarely ever wear pants, let alone jeans, but this fall I have told myself I deserve to have a pair that fit me well and can dress up or down. 
I loved the models on the website, here because they are so diverse.  Check out the short blond rocking the Christian Louboutins, you go girl!  Short, tall, big bones, but all curvy!  YES!  But, I'm not yet going to get too excited.  I am scared of placing an order online, since my account was hacked!  Yes! Will it ever end?  But I am going to post photos of me wearing them and do a full review. 
Remember, no one is as uniquely beautiful or talented as you, and you can do anything you put your mind to.