Am I Petite?

I know I am petite, I’ve always known it. I remember thinking when I was a kid that there must be something wrong with me. Why wasn’t I growing as much as the others? And then I thought, well I’ll catch up to them by the time I am an adult….and that didn’t happen.

For those of you who might be unsure, here is a super short & informative video by The Petite Shop that explains what being petite means.

This is the perfect time to tell you about a new series I am working on for Bonjour Chica!™  The new series is Petite Fashionistas à La Mode which will spotlight petite fashionistas who want to inspire and encourage other petite women. Make sure to check it out and most importantly please consider participating. I should have my first Petite Fashionista à la Mode sometime next week, so please keep an eye out for it.

If you are interested in learning more about Petite Fashionistas à la Mode please send me an e-mail at: bonjourchica@ymail.com

Also, I am open to hear your ideas on other series you would like to see on the blog.

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A Pageant Dedicated to Raising Cancer Awareness {Dallas}

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I’ll be honest, I am not a huge fan of beauty pageants. Although, I did enjoy Miss Congeniality. That being said, I recently found out about a pageant in the Dallas area with a worthy cause. And that… I am all for!

Miss Latina Del Universo™  pageant was founded by two young cancer survivors, Heather Rodriguez (ovarian cancer) and Maria Rodriguez (breast & cervical cancer). This year they will hold their 1st annual Miss Latina Del Universo™ pageant with  a strict focus on cancer awareness. A portion of the proceeds will be going to Cancer Has Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising cancer awareness. Besides education, Cancer Has Cancer also provides emotional & financial support, connects people with needed resources, and raises funds for Molecular Cancer Research. Having worked in the health awareness field myself in the past, I know how barriers and lack of education can play a significant role in cancer outcome disparities. It is nice to know there is place where people in Dallas can turn to when faced with such a scary word as cancer.

Interested in being 2014’s Miss Latina Del Universo? The deadline for entries is March 15th. To register for the pageant please visit MissLatinaDelUniverso.org

Miss Latina Del Universo™ 2014

Sunday, April 6th 2014
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Salon de Eventos La Finca
{7908 Lake June Rd., Dallas}
Free for children 12 and under/$10 at the door

Sponsors:
Juan Hernandez Law P.C./Radio La Finca/Avasiàre Skincare & Cosmetics

“Beauty for a cause…”-Miss Latina Del Universo™

10 Favorite Quotes for the New Year

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As part of Endlessly Beloved’s link up, here are 10 of my favorite fashion & beauty quotes for the new year.

To inspire & make you smile throughout 2014.

Source: Pinterest & Riches for Rags

How to Wear Heels Pain-Free!! {Comfy Tape}

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What shoes do you usually wear to parties? If you are like most women, you probably go for a stunning (but uncomfortable) pair of high heels. After all, pain is beauty, right? What if I told you, you can wear stylish shoes this holiday season without any of the pain?! You can, with Comfy Tape.

Comfy Tape is a silicone gel strip that you place over the area where the discomfort is felt. It’s placed directly onto the skin, not inside your shoe. Unlike other pain relief products, Comfy Tape is super comfortable. You can’t even feel it all!

I have a pair of wedge booties that fit perfectly on one foot, but on the other they are quite uncomfortable. Usually by the end of the day (or more like mid-day) that foot would be in so much pain from the rubbing of the boot up against it. However, with the use of Comfy Tape, I can now wear them all day pain-free! I couldn’t even feel the Comfy Tape! I am so happy I found this product 🙂

Of course Comfy Tape is not just for women or just for high heels. It’s for anyone, for any type of shoe. You can buy Comfy Tape online, or from one of their retail partners ($10 for pack of 8). It looks like they currently are not sold at major stores but hopefully they do soon.

Here is a video that demonstrates how to use Comfy Tape:

Gifts For Him

Gift Ideas For Him

If you have yet to buy the “man” or men in your life a gift, don’t worry I think I found some pretty cool gifts. Besides ties, pajamas, socks, and tools…here are other gift ideas you might want to check out.

You know men are really just big kids, so why not get them a cool toy. I can’t quite understand it, but I guess it’s like women with shoes. Here are a few pretty cool ones that I am sure they will love…

Traxxas R/C Slash 4×4 ($200): This R/C car goes 60+mph…so you know men love speed. You’ll be surprised how giddy they become when playing with these…I’ve seen it and it’s pretty entertaining.

Silverlit Interactive Bluetooth Remote Control Enzo Ferrari Car ($80): What man doesn’t want a Ferrari??

Combat R/C Helicopter (2 for $100): Just look at the reviews…men find these amazing and as one of them put it–it puts a smile on his face every time he takes off.

Is he suffering from Walking Dead withdrawals?

Walking Dead: Compendium One and Two ($36 each): The comic that started it all! Compendium one is a collection of the comic series #1-48 and two is #49-96. Plenty of Walking Dead to keep him entertained until the show comes back next year.

If your man enjoys a drink or two, then these gifts might be for him…

Stainless Steel Cube Drink Chillers ($25): These non-diluting cubes are perfect for whiskey, brandy, vodka, and wine. Set of 6.

The Beer Machine ($90): Brews 2.6 gallons of beer (7-10 days) and keeps it fresh for 3+months!

Here are some favorite fashion/beauty products for men…

Lab Series Luxury Gift Set ($187): A skin care gift set that will keep his skin glowing. Includes clean, shave and treat products.

BVLGARI Man ($45): I love the fresh scent! Great everyday fragrance.

Collar Stays ($40): Set of 6, in three different sizes to keep his collar in place.

Revo Sunglasses ($250): Stylish sunglasses!

For the outdoorsy man…

Jetboil Flash Cooking System ($100): Apparently this stylish looking bottle boils water. Perfect for making hot drinks and/or soup in the middle of nowhere!

And finally for those who love the tele…

Apple TV ($99): It makes your tv smart! Gives you access to tons of movies, t.v. shows, sports–Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and much more.

I hope this helps you find him the perfect gift!

How to Use Asian Face Sheet Masks

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Whenever my skin is looking dull, I reach for an Asian face sheet mask. There are so many brands & types of Asian facial sheet masks. The masks are made of cloth material which are soaked in different nutrients for the skin, depending on the purpose of the mask. For example, you can find masks for hydration, whitening, anti-aging, firming, revitalizing skin, to prevent dark circles, to restore elasticity & so on. They are cut out to fit your face, although I always find them to be a little large for my face.

Recently, I was at a local Asian market and found myself in the cosmetics section. I love trying out international products so naturally I had to check out what they had. The majority of the masks included the “whitening” component. They were all so interesting: cactus mask, bird’s nest mask, early grey tea mask, broccoli mask & many more! You’ll be surprised by the selection of sheet masks.

Now that I am in my 30’s, I am all about taking care of my skin, so Love More’s Black Caviar face mask caught my eye. The purpose of this mask is to prevent wrinkles and to keep your skin firm. This one did not mention “whitening.” I’ve tried the mask out a few times and to be honest it’s hard to tell if it’s preventing wrinkles. I guess you have to use it long-term to be able to tell. However, I do notice a glow that lasts a couple of days after I use it. So that’s always nice.

Even though the mask is called Black Caviar, it had a pleasant smell to it. You can’t even tell it has caviar extract. The packaging is adorable, it looks like a postcard from France. You can use it 2-3x a week, but I have only been using it about once a week. My box only had 7 masks so it can get a bit expensive if you were to use them 3x a week. I think I remember paying about $10 for the box of 7. They also carry single packets, which were a little over $1. If you don’t want to commit to an entire box, you always have the option of just purchasing a single sheet mask.

Besides Love More in Black Caviar, I have also used My Beauty Diary in Pearl Powder. So far, I’ve had a positive experience with both brands. I just have to warn my husband before I put one on since you can look quite scary! And although your face might feel weird with the leftover serum, just make sure to pat it into your skin. You can even rub the excess onto your neck and hands. It will absorb into your skin pretty quickly.

If you have a local Asian market where you live, check out their cosmetics section for these face sheets mask. If not, there are several websites where you can find Love More, My Beauty Diary & other Asian brands.

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The Burgundy Lip Experiment

Not only is burgundy a fashion trend this fall, but it’s also a beauty trend. Just take a look at December’s cover of InStyle (2013). It’s the girl on fire herself, Jennifer Lawrence wearing a shade of ….yes burgundy!

Can everyone rock this color? Well, that’s what a couple of my friends and I wanted to find out. So we went on a hunt for burgundy lip colors.

Meet Diana, she wanted to find the perfect burgundy lip color for women of color.

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Diana doesn’t typically wear lipstick, she is more of a lip gloss type of girl. However, she was unable to find any lip glosses in a burgundy shade so she decided to buy a few inexpensive lipsticks to try out.

Revlon Goldpearl Plum ($6)

Diana found this lip color to be a total fail, as it was a very light color. It did not even come close to burgundy. Nice color but not what she was looking for.

NYC Sheer Red ($1-2)

This lip color was slightly better than Plum, however it had too much of a red-base to it.

Wet & Wild Dark Wine ($1)

This ended up being Diana’s favorite of the three as it was the closest to burgundy. It is lighter than what she expected, but nonetheless a burgundy shade. This would be a great color for those who only want a hint of burgundy.

Diana’s advice to women of color looking for a burgundy lipstick is “don’t be fooled by the store lighting & don’t be scared of the darker burgundy colors.”

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So did my friend Linda and I have a better experience? Linda actually went to Sephora to try out burgundy lip colors. She tried a total of 3 but one was not photographed because it was just too red. I tried two different burgundy shades myself.

Urban Decay Shame ($22)

This lip color looked burgundy but on Linda’s lips it looks a bit lighter with more of a red-base. Not what we expected from just looking at the lip color.

Marc Jacobs Saboteur ($30)

This one was better and seemed to have more of a brown-base to it. Again, just as with Shame, the lip color was way darker than it came out. It’s a lovely color for those who are looking for a brown-based burgundy.

Mary Kay Merlot ($15)

I actually love this color! It looks pretty good on my olive skin tone. As I told you in my Mary Kay creme lipsticks post, I was very surprised by this lip color. I had expected it to clash with my skin tone. Again, just like Saboteur, this lip color has a brown-base.

Rimmel London Bordeaux ($5)

This one is a burgundy with a red-base. In this case, the lip color is slightly darker than you see in the picture. I had a hard time photographing myself in this color. It looks a bit more red than it actually is.

What did we learn in our quest to find a burgundy lip color we would love?

I was really surprised by how hard it was to even find a burgundy lip color to try. A lot of them looked too red or way too purple. And as you can see from our pictures, even those that looked like a dark burgundy came out much lighter. If you are looking for a burgundy lip color, try out a few at the makeup counter. Or if you find yourself at Wal-Mart or Target, try to pick the darkest “burgundy” ones that won’t cost you more than a few dollars.

How do you feel about this beauty trend? Do you have a go-to burgundy lip color we should try out?

Lip Balm by Carmex–Oh so trendy!!

Ok, so Carmex has glammed it up! Have you seen these “oh so trendy” lip balms! I got one in the VIP gift bag from the Simply Stylist event on Sunday. And I absolutely love it! Carmex has come out with four limited edition lip balm designs: houndstooth, leopard print, swirling in color, and a modish pattern.  Now is the perfect time to pick one of these up to keep your lips from chapping this winter. And you might want to pick up a few extra to gift to your mother, daughter, sister, or best friend. Now that I think about it, they would also make a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift (all four or as an add on to your gift).

Carmex also seems to have come out with tinted lip balm, which I will tell you more about once I have tried it out.

Talkative Tuesday: Fashion, Beauty, and New Friends

This past Sunday, I spent all day at the Simply Stylist Fashion & Beauty conference in Dallas. I wanted to share with you a few pictures I took with my iPhone. I should have taken my “professional” camera with me but I just did not want to have to carry it around.

The Simply Stylist conference in Dallas was even more of an exciting experience than I had imagined. I got to meet a lot of awesome people! There were all kinds of women (and a few fashionable men) at this event. From bloggers, to those who want to start a blog, to those who just started a business in fashion/beauty, and some were just fashion & beauty enthusiast.

Catt Sadler from E! hosted the panel and I was even able to meet her. The panel was very informative and inspiring. Everyone was so friendly and approachable. Sarah Boyd, the founder of Simply Stylist, stopped by our table at brunch and chatted with us for a bit. The fashion bloggers giving the breakout sessions were just as friendly. I met Liliana Vazquez from Cheap Chica’s in the bathroom! She is actually trés petite. I tried not to stare at her every time I came across her, it’s just very rare for me to see other petite young women. Liliana was the speaker for one of the breakout sessions and she also had a table at the event selling her book The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style. Her book can be described as a financial advice book + Confessions of a Shopaholic–should be a fun read!

As much as I learned from the panelist, I just wish it had been a bit more diverse. They all seemed to agree on everything, which didn’t make sense to me. Just because pastel looks great on all of them, does not mean it will on everyone. Not that we talked about pastels, but you know what I mean.

At the end of the day, I was even more motivated to continue with my blogging. I started this blog after all because I had a hard time finding blogs that reviewed fashion & beauty products that would be a good fit for me. And I know I am not the only one that has this problem. I met a group of women who flew in from San Antonio, who discussed how even though they just love some blogs, realistically the products in some blogs (clothing & beauty) just does not work for them. We all come in different size, shapes, colors, and ages after all……yet the fashion & beauty industry continues to lean towards only ONE size, shape, color and age.

I am feeling really motivated to share with you even more of my unique experiences with clothing & beauty products. And if any of you would like to share your own “favorites” as a guest blogger–I would love that!

Fashion & Beauty Conference in Dallas: Simply Stylist (Promo Code!)

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CALLING ALL FASHIONISTAS!

If you love fashion & beauty, you do not want to miss out on the Dallas 2013 Simply Stylist conference. It’s not too late to buy your tickets!

Sunday, November 17th

W DALLAS- VICTORY HOTEL (2440 Victory Park Ln.)

Hosted by Catt Sadler from E!, the panelist include Amber Venz (Founder of rewardStyle), Raya Ramsey (Lifestyle Editor at D Magazine), Leigh Ann (Fashion & Beauty Vlogger), Courtney Kerr (TV Personality: “Courtney Loves Dallas” & Style Blogger), and Rachel Robers (PR Manager for Neiman Marcus Willowbend).

Not only do you get to hear from these amazing panelist, but the break-out sessions look like tons of fun as well! Here is the schedule:

10:00-11:30Networking Brunch, hosted by HAUTELOOK (VIP Fashionista ticket only)

12:00-2:30Fashion & Beauty Panel (VIP Fashionista and Fashion & Beauty Lover tickets only)

2:30-3:00Meet & Greet with Panelist (VIP Fashionista ticket only)

3:00-6:00Shopping & Pampering (VIP Fashionista, Fashion & Beauty Lover and Shopaholic tickets)

3:00-4:00BREAKOUT SESSION: “Finding Your Personality”-Jeannette Chivvis from Chivvis Style (VIP Fashionista, Fashion & Beauty Lover and Shopaholic tickets)

4:00-4:30BREAKOUT SESSION: “Blog to Brand”-Liliana Vazquez from Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style (VIP Fashionista, Fashion & Beauty Lover and Shopaholic tickets)

4:30-5:00BREAKOUT SESSION: “The Style of Social Media”-Ashley Torres from RevolveClothing (VIP Fashionista, Fashion & Beauty Lover and Shopaholic tickets)

5:00-5:30BREAKOUT SESSION: Jaclyn Rice: Helpouts by Google (VIP Fashionista, Fashion & Beauty Lover and Shopaholic tickets)

5:30-6:00BREAKOUT SESSION: “Blogging 101”-Sazan Barzani from Spaz Magazine (VIP Fashionista, Fashion & Beauty Lover and Shopaholic tickets)

VIP Fashionista ticket:  Network lunch mixer, meet & greet with panelist, breakout sessions, shopping, pampering, cocktails, and a VIP complimentary gift bag. ($200).
Fashion & Beauty Lover ticket: Can attend Fashion & Beauty Panel, shopping & pampering, breakout sessions & will receive a complimentary gift bag. ($100).
Shopaholic ticket: Access to shopping & pampering and breakout sessions. ($20).

Click here to purchase your tickets.

I bought the VIP Fashionista ticket– and I am really looking forward to networking with the industry insiders!  If you really want to go but the prices are too high for you, I have a surprise for you!  I don’t want you to miss out and neither does Simply Stylist, so here is a code for you to use on one FREE Shopaholic ticket! USE PROMO CODE:  DALLASVIP  (when you click here)

See you at the 1st Simply Stylist fashion & beauty conference in Dallas!

BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS AWESOME EVENT:

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7805651915/Dallas2013/47475068371