Creator of SMB, Mother of Kittens, Make-up Magician and all round Goddess.
Creator of SMB, Mother of Kittens, Make-up Magician and all round Goddess.
When body image activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photograph in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. In her forceful debut, Brumfitt continues her crusade exploring the global issue of body loathing. She travels the world to interview an impressive range of women about their attitudes to their bodies, including: Mia Freedman, the youngest ever editor of the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan; Adelaide researcher Professor Marika Tiggemann; UK talk show host/photographer Amanda de Cadenet; body image blogger Jes Baker (a.k.a. The Militant Baker); and motivational speaker Turia Pitt.
Sophie, but some may recognise me online as Busy Little Fee
Where do you live?
Milton Keynes, but I come from the very north of Scotland
What do you do for a living?
I’m a receptionist for the NHS and I’m a regional editor for a national parenting website.
What’s your favourite post on your blog?
That is such a hard question! Probably this post because it’s an outfit that really challenged me as I find blue so hard to wear. It was one of the first time I felt like I had really pushed myself out of my comfort zone and wore something I’d always wanted to wear, but had been too scared to.
We talk about plus size fashion all the time here on She Might Be, but now it’s time to talk about our lip wardrobes. The colder months call for darker, deeper colours in my eyes, but then again I wear dark colours all year round! Just in case you’re a deep lip fan like myself, I’ve added the darks and bolds, with some lighter, nuder, and brighter choices too. I like to think there’s no rules when it comes to makeup or fashion.
Lola Makeup by Perse impressed me a couple years ago and after trying out some new lipsticks, I still love them. It all started with a dark purple lipstick called Vamp (which is sadly no longer available) but I think I’ve found a new favourite. Featured here I have the Long Lasting Mattes, they’re not the mattest lipsticks I’ve ever tried but they are seriously beautiful.
Pictured below: Sultry, Pink Lady, Dominatrix, Poppy, Very Berry, and Pop Princess.
I am a huge fan of Very Berry and Dominatrix, I think they’re such beautiful colours for a day or night look. They’re definitely getting a prime spot in my makeup bag! Orange and pinks will never be for me but I really love how pigmented they are. There’s no shying away from colour at Lola! I also got to try out their lip primer which at first feels super soft and moisturising, which is great but not before matte lipstick, however, a little stabbing and soon it feels like a great primed texture, ready to hold that lipstick and make it look fabulous.
Before you can wear such bold and bright colours, it’s always best to prep your lips and I’m doing that with Burt’s Bees. I’ve been using a selection of their lip balms around the house on makeup free days, prepping my lips for the colder weather. Their Lip Balms have vitamins A, C, D, and E as well as omega oils making them super creamy. There’s little to no pigment in them, instead they just have different scents. If you do want colour with the care, check out their lip glosses or Lip Crayons, they’re super creamy and have a really natural and buildable pigment.
Take care of your lips and they’ll look incredible this Autumn/Winter!
Plus Size Disney Villains
I really love Disney, I’ve seen all the films, I know all the songs and for the past 3 years I’ve been recreating my favourite Villains for Halloween. Even though some of these may look ridiculously over the top, they’ve never really taken more than my usual makeup bag and some white foundation! Obviously the costumes are a plus, but at the moment, I can’t find a decent plus size halloween retailer ANYWHERE. It’s as if they’ve all disappeared! So, no costumes this year but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been able to put something together myself.
Mixing eyeshadows and foundation together, I created the base for Ursula. From there she’s just shading and redrawing your brows on a look angrier and higher. I didn’t block out my brows on here, I simply just made them the darker part of her eyeshadow and blended them into the look. When you break it down, she’s super easy to recreate. I’ve even made a Youtube tutorial and this year for our Halloween party I’m thinking of going as Ursula in the Ursula Nightie from ASOS, but that’s a top secret idea!
I loved Maleficent way before Angelina played her in the incredible live-action remake, but obviously her playing Maleficent does make you love it even more. Maleficent took a tiny bit more effort in the form of extremely tightly fitting horns from Amazon. I actually had to cut into them so the fat in my head could be released ha! This year I’ve been doing my same trick of mixing eyeshadows with foundation for facepaints, but adding a face oil in there as well. can you see the healthy glow Maleficent has compared to last year’s Ursula? That’s why. I didn’t want to look so caked up and have more of a natural finish, well, as natural of a finish you can get with green skin. The eyes are Urban Decay Moondust and pretty much everything else is Makeup Revolution.
My first Halloween look of this year! After being inspired by the wig from Hot Hair, I thought why not make a rather chic but sick Cruella? And here she is. Cruella got a little bored of waiting around and decided to skin the puppies herself. I blame Dexter for this (the series) but it was fun to do. With a Dalmatian print eye made from white eyeshadow and eyeliner, I added a red glossy lip, also Makeup Revolution, but on my Scantilly bra, silk robe, and just added fake blood to drip down my arms. Easy! The blood down the hands probably won’t work if you want to wear this out, but the Dalmatian eyes are awesome, if I do say so myself!
I don’t even like Yzma that much to be honest but I thought she would be a challenge to recreate and she was. This took a bit more time on the blocking of the brows (which didn’t go too well so they’re edited out) and ageing the skin. I kept on drawing the lines with a thin brush and eyeshadows and then blending them completely out so I could build up some depth. For the head scarf I simply used an old dress and then put on a Yours Clothing Shrug for a bit of glam.
One of my favourite looks to date is my female version of Hades. I could honestly wear this look all day, everyday. Using mostly Makeup Revolution as it was a collaboration with them and it is a Youtube tutorial too for ease. You’ll see on there that it’s really just a lot of blending, making yourself look evil and an ombre lip to finish it off.
Well, a lady version of Scar as I added eyelashes, eyeliner and made it more female. This look is one that I’ve seen on the Internet a couple times and I’ve really wanted to try myself but I wish I would have made her look a little more furry. I guess it wouldn’t look right with the huge wig from Annabelle’s Wigs but still. Again this was pretty much all cheap and affordable products, apart from the contouring as I have the new Urban Decay Matte palette and I wanted to test that out. The different colour contacts on this was completely accidental as I couldn’t get the other one to sit in my eye properly, but I love the finished look. For the scar I just used makeup remover on a cotton bud, super simple and my stone of skin makes it look scar like too.
What’s your favourite look for Halloween?
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m ly, 36 from Glasgow. I’m a freelance writer and blogger. I have been dealing with PTSD, self harm & depression for most of my adult life. Unfortunately I also have some chronic physical illnesses too (fibro, ibd , pernicious anaemia) which can make life tricky. I’m a strident feminist, vegan & general left wing bleeding heart hippie.
What does body positivity mean to you?
I suppose it means freedom to enjoy my body. I spent a lot of time hating myself and my body. I yo-yo dieted often in dangerous ways and very rarely felt really pretty/sexy/attractive. I did the classic hiding from life. I was never in photographs (a thing I really regret as I have no record of some special times), I stuck to a few styles of clothing that I thought hid my fat, I missed lots of events because I couldn’t bear to go looking as I did and I put things off until I had lost weight. Since discovering the body positive community my life has changed. I have gradually learnt to embrace my body as it is. I’m fat and I’m sexy and funny and smart and a million other things. I’m finally able to see that all of those things are ok.
Do you think being body positivity is becoming more popular? Why?
I think it is definitely more talked about and is breaking into the mainstream. There is obviously still a very long way to go. A lot of what we see in mainstream media is just lip service, but it is exciting to see some of the real progress. I think the rise of plus size blogger is great and I believe they have played a huge part in the increasing popularity of body positivity.
Are there any body positive people you look up to?
There are so many. One of the first people who made an impact on me is Meghan Tonjes, her booty revolution is wonderful. I love Scottish blogger Amanda Apparel, Perelandra Beedles is also a blogging favourite. Australian fat activist Jen Pitch is so inspiring. She designs her own plus size clothes line, Seraphim, which is awesome.
Why did you start oPeration BoPo?
Body positivity has changed my life. I have become a happier more confident person. I really wanted to spread that. After searching and failing to find a suitable project locally, I decided to bite the bullet and start my own.
Tell us some more about your event?
The first event is a photographic exhibit. We had professional photo shoot with volunteer models of all body types. Those images will be used to create the exhibit. The aim was to start a self love revolution, I want people to be able to love the body they are in. Watching people find confidence they didn’t know they had was inspirational. The feedback from participants was amazing, they all found it a really empowering experience. I myself posed in just my pants and far from being the terrifying experience I thought it would be, I felt a new power and contentedness. With the event I hope that both viewers and participants will find beauty in the images and perhaps reassess their perceptions of what is a ‘good body’.
What’s next for you?
I hope to continue with oPeration BoPo. I would love to continue creating events that inspire and empower. I am particularly interested in working with groups who would really benefit from body positivity, for instance, survivors of domestic abuse.
For more information: www.operationbopo.wordpress.com
The team at She Might Be absolutely lust over Navabi and when I asked everyone for their favourite items out right now, they all already knew what they were picking! Navabi is the premium of plus size. The best of the best really. If you want quality pieces from designer brands across the globe then Navabi really is the only place to go. I’m not even investing in a new coat this Winter as my Navabi coats from last season still look incredible, as you might be able to tell, I’m a huge fan.
Navabi actually make their own collection, which is their super premium range, as well as Manon Baptiste. When I found this out I was SO happy because it makes total sense as to why Manon is such good quality and utterly fabulous. There’s a lot of love for Manon Baptiste in this post, which wasn’t intentional it’s just natural for us to be drawn to pretty things. I received this glorious off the shoulder velvet dress from MB just last week and Kitty happened to pick it as her favourite. Isn’t it beyond beautiful?
What’s your favourite piece on the Navabi website right now?
If you haven’t seen or heard of Scantilly by now then you are seriously missing out. Launched by Curvy Kate last year, Scantilly oozes sexy but at the same time they provide great support for your boobs. As plus ladies we’ve probably all tried to buy sexy lingerie whether it be for long term partners, or someone we’ve met on an adult dating site, and laughed at the sizes available. Although Scantilly’s biggest size is a 38HH, Curvy Kate goes up to a 44G in band size and a 40k in cup size so it’s definitely a possibility that they will extend in the future.
If you can fit into Scantilly, or if you are handy with back extender and know your sister sizing, then you really need to get something/everything from the Scantilly AW16 Collection. Scantilly actually surprised me by sending me the set that I was lusting over and oh my, it is love at first sight.
The Scantilly Unleash Black Half Cup Bra is probably one of the sexiest bras I’ve ever owned. A faux leather, half cup bra that allows you to feel edgier, feminine and have an incredible cleavage at the same time. The fitting of this bra is just so incredibly spot on and beyond comfortable too, which I actually wasn’t expecting. In my experience most sexier bras I’ve ever owned have always been uncomfy, but not Scantilly. I’ve also got a few from the SS16 collection and they’re all amazing.
It’s quite an expensive range with prices starting at around £18 up to £70 and the average bra costing £50, but from my experience they’re all very high quality. Unfortunately the pants aren’t fat friendly at all with the biggest size being an XL, which fits around an 18.