Lifestyle, self love

Quarantine Quality Time: How To Do Gel Nails From Home

With all of us being stuck inside and unable to pamper ourselves the ways we normally would, I decided to treat myself in a unique way… I taught myself a new skill: salon worthy gel nails! Now I’m going to share what I learned with you all so if you decide you need a nail salon day you can throw one together in the comfort of your own home.

First off your gonna need supplies: UV light, cuticle pusher, nail clippers, buff nail file and 80-100 nail file (coarse ones that quickly help you shape a nail), cuticle oil and cuticle remover, brush to swipe away the left over dust, acetone to remove any polish, cotton pads, rubbing alcohol, a top coat and base coat as well as your color choices. And if you decide to add tips like I’ve done you’ll need nail tips and nail glue as well. Here’s a link for the basic set up kit I found online: ” target=”_blank”>Beetles Gel Kit

First off Apply you’ll want to apply the cuticle remover onto your cuticles and rub it on. Then use the steel cuticle remover and the scraper to push down cuticles and scrape them off your nail. Use the cuticle clipper to cut off any remains. The use your nail file to make sure you’d nail bed is clean and clear.

Second step: Clip your nails to the length you want, use the nail file to shape them and then use the buffer to take a little bit off the top layer of the nail. This will help the gel polish to adhere to your nail better. This is also the step where you’d want to adhere your nail tip to the nail bed.

Step three: wash your hands with water to get rid of the excess dust – no soap. Now your ready to start the polish process!

Step four: apply a light layer of the base coat, make sure it covers entire nail surface evenly and then let sit under UV light for 120 seconds.

Step Five: apply one coat of gel polish – now I want to add this layer should be as thin as possible! It is super easy with gel to make a mess, so not like regular polish, apply lightly and evenly and set for 120 seconds under the light. If you get polish on your skin use the acetone to swipe away before putting hand under the light. The key is to avoid getting polish on your cuticles because it causes the nail polish to lift quicker! Let the polish sit under the lamp for 120 seconds, then do another layer and sit for another 120 seconds. Some lighter polish needs a 3rd layer, and if so, do a 3rd layer of polish then sit for 120 seconds

Step Six is to apply the top coat and to let it sit for 120 seconds under the lamp.

Step Seven is where you’ll use the nail file to finish shaping your nail, you’ll then need to soak a cotton pad in rubbing alcohol and rub each nail well. You’re done! Your nails will be completely dry and you can touch anything. Just love gel nails!!

Two reminders before you go:

  • You are not going to get perfect nails right away! Practice makes perfect. Be patient and let yourself learn by doing it multiple times.
  • Your nails will probably peel quickly the first few times, you are not going to be perfect at this right from the start. With practice you will be an at home gel nail pro in no time.

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO

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Plus Size Fashion, Plus Size Lingerie, Reviews

Valentines Day Lingerie Round Up: Plus Size Lingerie for Sizes 20+


Oh Loves! I’ve been working on this gem for a hot minute and I’m so excited to share with you all some of my favorite lingerie brands! Ready to dive in?

First up we have one of my all time favorite plus positive brands that make custom gorgeous pieces: Bawdy Love Clothing!! These babes are body positive and LGBTQ positive and boy do they support the communities! They are great at being diverse and inclusive and I’ve loved every piece from them! I also love that each garment is made to custom fit you so sizing won’t ever be a problem with this wonderful brand!

Here I’m pictured in the amazing custom piece from Bawdy Love for NYFW
The harness fit great, the thong fit phenomenally and I loved the thicker band on the front so it fit my lower belly perfectly!

Looking to shop a little Bawdy Love: Click Here

Second on our list is Eloquii – one of the things I love about Eloquii’s garments are how well made they are and the quality of fabric they use. Now I’ve only worn their outerwear pieces but have to say I can’t wait to try out their lingerie!

Shop this look here: Eloquii

Click here to shop this look: Eloquii

Next up we have Uye SURANA , now this wonderful brand just expanded to plus and carry up to a size 2/3XL (about a size 20/22) I’m wearing the 2/3XL and am a size 20. I love, love, love, the delicate and feminine pieces from this brand! I always feel sexy and delicate, with a side of sex kitten. Looking for a larger size from this brand? Leave a comment below and I’ll pass it along! I want you Loves to know this is a safe place to discuss plus fashion ❤️

Here I’m pictured in their recent Valentines Day Collection, it’s so romantic and gorgeous, I felt like a goddess wearing this set.

In the above photo sets I’m wearing the three piece Sheerly Nightwear Set.

Looking to shop Uye Surana: Click Here

TORRID is another tried and true distributor of inclusive lingerie. Now I wish they carried their larger sizes in store, but for those of you trying them out for the first time just know the fit is usually spot on and the quality is good. I like the choices and have worn everything from their briefs and thongs to bras and bodysuits and I do enjoy their consistency with their sizing. Below are a few of my favorite pieces from the past and a few new ones!

Shop this look: Click here

Shop this bralette: Click here

Click Here to shop this baby doll!

I have to tell you Loves, I have been secretly in love with all things Rihanna for some time so when I was able to get my hands on a couple Savage Fenty items I was over the moon ecstatic that they fit so well and seemed to be made with plus bodies in mind during their construction phase. The garments fit great! The thong had a large enough band to cover my lower second belly, the crop top was comfortable and didn’t squeeze or cut off circulation on my bigger arms and hell – I climbed a freakin tree in them lol so I’m gonna say yup, this is one of my favorite lingerie sets!

Looking to shop Savage Fenty: Click Here

Playful Promises is another brand I’ve truly enjoyed testing out. The fit is great, I love the collaborations they’ve done with plus influencers like Gabi Greg and Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. The garments are quality made and for phenomal and I also love the designs. Fun and playful to flirty and romantic, straight down to a little kinky: they’ve got just about everyone covered.

Curvy Couture Intimates is another great brand I’ve had the honor of working with! I enjoyed the fit and patterns, the fabric choices are just gorgeous and I loved the attention to detail this brand pays. Below I’m featured wearing their crochet bra, push up strapless bra, garter belt, and thong. Each item fit me to perfection and was also comfortable to wear. The support my Dd’s got from the strapless bra was nothing short of a miracle! I truly love and enjoy the garments this brand produces.

Leading Lady Bras is a brand that has been been dedicated for over 78 years to providing quality undergarments that are thoughtfully designed for fit, comfort, and support! The quality of each garment I’ve tried has been above and beyond wonderful. Below I’m featured wearing the front closure and underwire free racerback bra, purple underwire bra and the matching white brief and bra set.

Shop this front closure underwire free bra here: Leading Lady

Shop this fabulous here: Leading Lady Bra

Shop the brief and white bra set here: Leading Lady Bras

TomBoyX is one of the most size and gender inclusive brand I’ve ever come across and have had the pleasure of working with. They carry up to a size 4X (waist 46-48” and hips 55-56) and are very human agenda. They embrace and uplift all walks of life while showing incredible inclusivity in their campaigns. Below I’m featured wearing several of their undergarments as well as their outerwear and jammy pieces.

Shop the latest TomBoyX: Click here

Solstice Intimates is another brand that is starting to include plus sizes and I couldn’t be mode excited! Their innovative designs and embroidery details are to die for! Just check out a couple of their pieces below!

As always Loves, thank you for taking the time and spending part of your day with me. I hope you Loves enjoyed this roundup, sound off in the comments below if you’d more content like this from.

Until next time,

Kat XO

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Solstice Body Suit Video shot by Kippnahvoice

Plus Size Fashion

Fat Positive Sacramento: Galore Studios

Hey Loves! I’ve decided to add a new feature to my blog and we’re calling it: Fat Positive Sacramento! In these features I’ll introduce you Loves to businesses that are not only accepting of fat bodies but don’t shame them in anyway shape or form. I’ll discuss accessibility, how I was treated, what service I bought or was provided for so on. This is my way of letting plus bodies know that these businesses respect your body and that’s where you should be spending those fat dollars 😉

So in this first feature of Fat Postive Sacramento I wanted to introduce you all the amazing woman owned salon that is Galore Studios !!

Now first off I discovered Galore Studios in a casting call looking for promo models to shoot for media advertising – I LOVE that when I reached out and asked if they wanted to work with a plus model the immediate answer was a huge resounding YES! After shooting with this business I went back to try out a full set of gel nails and have kept coming back!

Accessibility: open parking lot, no stairs, open floor plan so you won’t feel cramped or stuffed in anywhere. The waxing services take place in their own room separate from the main display room. I’m a size 20 and the chairs all fit me comfortably.

I have uberly sensitive nail beds, acrylic tends to rip them up and leave behind only layers of nail so when Marie (the amazing owner) told me she only deals in full gel… Well, I was in heaven. And as we got to chatting we began to talk about her business and how she wants to be apart of the body positive community and truly offer services that most salons scoff at when a fat body is asking for them.

I’m talking they offer:

Waxing

Facials

Manis/Pedis

Full Gel Sets

Piercings

Spa Party

Lashes

Hair

Makeup application

Makeup selection shopping

Want to shop with friends – they’ve got you by offering a makeup service party!

Kids parties!

They literally do it all!! And what’s even better is that they want to work with All Walks Of Life! LGBTQ+ , Fat Bodies, Disabled Bodies… essentially if you’ve got a body, a decent attitude, and some money to book a service then yes, they want to work with you.

This beautiful salon is located at 3811 Florin Rd #4, Sacramento, CA 95823

Stay tuned, I’ll be filming a waxing service and facial with Galore soon!!

Until next time,

Kat XO

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Lifestyle

Treat yourself on a Budget: Barefoot Scientist

So as a mostly single income family home we live pretty strictly to our budget, which usually means things like pedicures get put pretty low on the list of priorities… BUT self care is important and I love taking care of my feet. I mean, let’s face it – it’s one of the body parts that tends to get abused the most. So in an effort to keep taking care of my feet I’ve found a budget friendly treatment that feels oh so nice and helped clear away the callus build up. My feet have never felt better and the whole process was painless! Let me introduce you Loves to Barefoot Scientist !

Barefoot Scientist is a new premium foot care product designed to give those tootsies the TLC they deserve. Crafted with advanced science and the best ingredients from around the world to nourish skin, freshen your step, and ease your pain.

Now I want to show you Loves my feet before product and after product so you get a good idea on how well this stuff works!

Before: I had a lot of callus build up all over my feet because it had actually been over a year since I had a pedicure or foot treatment. And even if with regular applications of lotion you can clearly see how dried out my skin is.

Now, The steps are easy:

Soak your feet for ten minutes.

Put on the paper booties with the gel and wear for the time recommended.

Take off booties, rinse me off and the peel works over the span of about a week, and you can go about your business! That easy – now, I loved that this process wasn’t intense and was made to work gradually with time, as well as being painless. I’ve don’t chemical treatments of my foot that left my skin feeling like it was on fire!

They also suggest helping the peel along by soaking your feet and rubbing the excess skin away over the course of six to seven day.

These are updates from day three:

Gross, I know, lol BUT look how well the treatment actually lifted the dead skin away. And again it was completely painless. The only weird thing was not putting any lotion or moisturizer on my skin during the week the treatment was working.

Day Six:

Most of the shedding has already occurred, still small pieces here and there that where still working with the product. This was also the day I started using the Barefoot Scientist High Dive lotion and Oh My Goodness – this stuff feels like butter on my feet and the level of moisturizing it brings to the skin on my feet feels amazing! My skin isn’t as dry, I’ve noticed no sensitivity, and the feel of my skin is so smooth it just feels amazing!

Day Ten:

My feet feel amazing!! They look amazing! And I’m such a fan of Barefoot Scientist that I will seriously be a customer for life!

Want to try Barefoot Scientist yourself? Just head to your local CVS or click here Barefoot

Until next time my Loves,

Kat XO

Plus Size Fashion

Body Love Box Subscription Review

So excited to share with you Loves, The Body Love Box and this fabulous subscription service! First you all know that if there’s a service out there that helps cater to a positive body image then I’m for it but the fact the Body Love Box is so much more than that… this month happens to be the Fat Witch Box and I’m so delighted to share with you all what this box contains and the amazing message behind this fabulous subscription service!

Now here’s a little information about Body Love and it’s mission: The Body Love Box is a friendly, fat-positive, body-positive, intersectional and LGBTQIAP+-affirming monthly subscription box that improves body image and supports marginalized artists.

This monthly goodies and resource kit includes 5-7 items each month; so here’s what to expect around the 10th of every month:

⁃ Artwork by fat and marginalized artists

⁃ Body liberation books and zines

⁃ Self-care items

⁃ Info on resources in your area

⁃ Coloring pages

⁃ Body positive stickers, pins, buttons, collectibles and trinkets

Now here’s what was in my Fat Witch October Body Love Box:

Fat Shamers Tears patch by @Fat.Mermaids

Dance Til Were Dead print Theresa Baxter

Fairy Lights

Chunky Baphomet Sticker Curlworks

The Moon Has Acne Scars pocket mirror @anita_smack

With a full interview with Theresa Baxter

I absolutely loved being introduced to the amazing artist that is Theresa Baxter! I absolutely adored the pocket mirror by Anita Smack and the wonderful intent behind it. I’m totally looking forward to hanging the fairy lights lol and so is Lilith, because just like her Mama she enjoys anything with a little sparkle and shine. And I can’t wait to get my Fat Shamers tears patch on to my leather jacket! All in all: this box is inspiring and so needed!

To subscribe to this service click this link:

Body Love Box

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO