FAB REVIEWS: FORM Beauty

Last month, the team at FORM Beauty selected me to become a product ambassador. I was so excited to try these products because I’ve only heard amazing reviews. At the same time, I was hesitant because the Form Beauty system is kinda expensive – and that’s been the biggest complaint. However, the following review will help you understand why Form Beauty is a good deal. Yes, it’s a great deal! Let go!

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When I was asked to be an ambassador, the first thing the team wanted me to do was take a survey to assess which Form products would work best with my hair type AND my hair routine. Many of you know I run the natural hair blog, Natural in Nashville (currently on hiatus), so I’m used to trying products that make big promises with no return. I love my natural hair but I hate that it gets SO dry, tangles easily, and shrinks as soon as I hit a piece of humidity. For those concerns, I tend to keep my hair in braids and protective crochet styles.

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After I took the 10 minute survey, I was presented with a list of Form Beauty products specialized for my hair type and situation.  Even though I love my cute curls, I’m a braid girl all day. Give me some bundles or some crochet and I’m ready! The key to being someone who wears weave and braids often is to make sure your hair is healthy UNDERNEATH your installation. If you get scared to take out your weave because your hair looks like ‘who did it and what for’ then you are doing natural hair ALL WRONG.

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My first package from the Form Beauty team included the TWIST Styling Cream ($29) and the Multitask Leave-In Lotion ($32). I was immediately attracted to the Leave-In lotion. It’s a lotion in a specialized spray bottle. The product comes out in a fine mist so it distributes amazingly well. When I used it on my hair I was instantly in love. The smell of the Form Beauty products is amazing. The found the perfect balance … not floral but not heavy. If your guy has longer hair, he could use it too and not smell like a florist shop.

The next week I was ready to take the plunge. I washed, conditioned and then I blow dried my hair. I used the Twist Styling Creme to do a two-strand twist. Y’all! It came out so bomb! But the real test is if I could get SECOND DAY hair!

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Second Day Hair! Yup! It passed the second day hair test! My hair was super moisturized, not greasy, kept its shape and felt so soft. I used a couple pumps of the leave in, to separate yesterday’s coils and wah-la! My hair was ready to rock. I’m totally in love with this styling system and I can’t wait to try the cleansers and conditioners.

So, are the Form Beauty products worth the cost? Albeit, they are expensive, it’s a QUALITY product. Also, my hair is about shoulder length now, but it’s thick. So, I didn’t have to use as much product to get the best results. Also, they have a subscription service and the product is available in Sephora. So, you don’t have to worry about running out in the middle of wash day. Oh yeah, and it’s a BLACK OWNED company! Yes! That’s the most exciting part. A black owned company working hard to help women with textured hair! I’m excited to support.

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So, would you try FORM Beauty? Have you tried it? What’s your thoughts? Let’s discuss in the comments.

Oh yeah, I got a video coming soon on how I achieved my up-do! You know I go you!

Hello October! Back to Blog Basics

Um, Hello October! How’d you sneak up on me? I’m happy to report that it was actually CHILLY last night. Oh yes! Fall weather is on the way to Tennessee. With the return of cool weather, that means less time out in the streets and fashion events start to die down as the holiday season gears up. This change allows me more time to focus on quality content.

It’s back to blog basics over here! I’m proud that I was able to put out FOUR videos on the VLOG this month, with MORE to come. I’ve posted three times a week on the website. And, I’ve successfully given y’all weekly newsletters! Listen, don’t even discount my posts on INSTAGRAM; I’ve been giving you LOOKS! So, expect more quality coming from FabGlance! I’ve finally found my grove and I’m not turning back.

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So, what can you expect this month>

  • HBCU Homecoming Events – So, it’s my school’s Homecoming month and the start of college homecoming events across the US. You know I got a homecoming lookbook coming for you! Check out last year’s looks!
  • COLLABORATIONS – I have a collaboration coming up with FORM Beauty, Private Label Extensions, and some secret ones I can’t tell you about yet! Just make sure to read the blog to see what’s popping! Wanna partner with me? Check out my PARTNER PAGE then send me an email! I’d love to share your product/event with my readers.
  • 100 Days of Fitness – Yeah, I talked about it last month. Even made it to 14 days. Then, I had oral surgery, a bit of financial distress, and just overall stress, so I stopped. BUT you can always dust yourself off and try again! Let’s do it!
  • #ONEMILLIONFOLLOWERS – Yeah, I’m still on that! I’m on a quest to get One Million Followers across all social media platforms (combined)! Will you be my friend on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube?
    • I’m just shy of 10K across all platforms – lets get me 1000 more this month!

So, that’s what’s happening on Fabglance.com! What are your goals for the month of October? Let’s talk about it in the comments section!

MOTIVATION: I know why I’m NOT successful

I’m not successful and I know why! And you’re not successful either, so let’s talk about it. I’ve been a blogger for NINE years, NINE! You’d think, within two years, I should be riding high on that sweet delicious blog money! I should have all the high-dollar collabs, photos popping, getting sent out to amazing destinations, and not giving the sad face to my skeptical bank account. But, in my new quest to get ONE MILLION FOLLOWERS I realized my behaviors have definitely stopped me from being farther in the game than I should be. And, because I want to help you do better in your endeavors, I thought I’d bring you along for the ride. Here’s the FIVE reasons why I’m not successful:

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SHOP: FabGlance Closet Sale

It’s time to shop . . . my closet! When you are a lifestyle and fashion blogger, you start to gain LOTS of clothes and accessories. Some items, I fall in love with IMMEDIATELY and I keep them forever. But some items, although cute, never make it to another wear. Happens to the best of us. So, it’s time to clean out my closet.

CLICK HERE to join my FB Closet Sale

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MY STYLE: Pre-Fall CHIC with Simply Be

We are in that wacky time between summer and fall. In fashion, we call this pre-fall. In my closet, we call this WAR! Living in Tennessee, but being from Massachusetts, I’m always at war with my fall sensibilities. I’m the person who is happy that Pumpkin Spice is back, ready to wear all the layers, and waiting for the first bonfire invite. But, even I know that we won’t get those TRUE fall temperatures until late October, maybe even November. Sigh.

That’s why, when I was contacted by Simply Be to review some of their plus-size looks, I was excited. Simply Be has an EXPANSIVE collection of items. Like, dude, theirs 100’s of looks! Their range of sizes are from 8-28, which is AWESOME! Also, their comment section, under each item, is very informative. The shoppers do a good job of sharing if an item worked for them, it’s quality, and value.

Below, I share the three pieces I received from Simply Be. This is a sponsored post, but I’m gonna keep it ALL the way real with you. I hate to waste money, and I’d hate you to waste money too. Lets get it:

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MY STYLE: One last white dress for the season

I’ve been blogging for like 17 million years, so I have about 49,000 posts about Wearing White After Labor Day. So, when I realized I hadn’t worn this CUTE dress from Ashley Stewart, it inspired me to write about the topic again. So, are we or are we NOT wearing white after Labor Day? Let’s discuss.

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Hello September! Fall is on the way!

Dude! Month NINE! September already! Wow! The older we get, the faster it goes. I went HARD this summer with #ShowYourArms and #NashvilleCurves, so it’s time for me to go underground; we got some projects for the holidays!

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Y’all already know that I am READY to rock-steady with fall 2017, I already started my Pinterest board. So, what’s happening on FabGlance this month? Well, it’s gonna be a chill month, no lie. I have to appear at some events coming up – so you’ll get lots of VLOGS! Better be following me on YouTube. Of course, there’s a couple brand collabs coming this month because I love telling you guys about new stuff.

Anyway, check out what’s poppin’ this month:

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My FALL 2017 Pinterest Board

Who else is updating their #FALL style board on Pinterest! Check out my vibe! What are you trying to look like this fall?

I have to admit, I looked cute this summer, but with changing jobs, I didn’t live my BEST style life. My funds were kinda low, real talk. But, you know I’m coming with the amazingness this Fall! Also, Fall is when I flourish. I’m from the northeast, we crush fall fashion! We love layers! We delight in artisanal autumn awesomeness! And, we will not deny our love for pumpkin spiced anything! 

So check out my mood board for fall. My Pinterest is where I go to create seasonal vibes! Let me know what your feeling for Fall 2017!

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#NashvilleCurves presents, Melissa, the creator of Nashville Curves!

Before we get this profile started, I must say “Thank You!” to everyone who viewed, shared, and commented on the #NashvilleCurves campaign! Each woman shared an amazing part of themselves. Besides putting on a bathing suit, they shared parts of their struggle and parts of their hearts. I truly appreciate their transparency! Make sure to read about Kimmy, Nora, Kearsten, and DD; leave some comments on their posts.

So, I’m gonna answer some of the questions I asked the other ladies in their profiles. And, I’m gonna answer some questions I’ve received about the #NashvilleCurves campaign and our upcoming Plus-Size Meet-Up! Let’s go!

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I keep my eyes on certain women who are just doing it! Each class has 5-6 women, representing different shapes & sizes seen in plus-size community.

Name, age: Melissa, aka FabGlance, 39

What do you do, why do you do it?

I’m a lifestyle blogger and social media manager. I made a decision to leave my corporate job, after 10 years, because it was no longer fulfilling. Check out my YouTube video, “I Quit My Job to be a Full-Time Blogger“, I talk ALL about it. Blogging appeals to me because I love to write. I’ve been a writer since I knew what words meant. I write all the time, and I’m even working on a book of fiction (Jack and Ahlia) due out late fall. As a lifestyle blogger, I get to share my LIFE and my STYLE with my wonderful audience. Being plus-sized still presents a challenge for so many women. I like to show women how to dress well and be comfortable because I know what it feels like NOT to be comfortable in your own skin.

What made you embrace your curves? When did you say, “I’m ok with me?”

I can’t pinpoint the time I decided to embrace my curves. I can say as I got out of my twenties, I started to be OK with the body I have. Whether I’m on my fitness kick or I’m just chilling, I need to appreciate my body. I’ve had times when I was sick, going to hospital visits, having surgery, and I regretted not loving my body. The older I get, the more I love my body. Body confidence is truly a journey and some start earlier than others. I hope my blog can help people get on the path to body acceptance.

Have you had to deal with mean or backhanded comments from family, friends, and/or strangers? What did you do?

YES! I’ve dealt with a variety of horrible comments from strangers, WHOLE discussions from well-meaning family members, and shady comments from ‘friends’. We tend to think we know what’s best for other people, because we are on the outside looking in to their lives. So, when you go to comment on someone’s lifestyle choice, you really need to chill. You don’t know how far they’ve come.

Dealing with judgmental and mean comments is HARD! Like, if I really concentrate on ALL the mean comments I’ve received in my 39 years, I would be in a DEEP depression (I’ve been there!). What do I do? If I see a mean comment about me on the internet, I immediately delete it. I usually don’t know that person, so there’s no value in their comments. Now, dealing with family and friends is another story. Because I’m non-confrontational and an introvert, I usually distance myself from that person. After I gather my thoughts, maybe cry a bit, I usually confront them. It’s hard. I’ve lost some relationships because of nasty comments and underhanded discussions. But, I must do what’s right for my mental well-being.

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#NashvilleCurves – Class of 2017

I am so happy to introduce the wonderful women of #NashvilleCurves, Class of 2017! Kim, Nora, Derika, and Kearsten were selected for their awesome beauty, great style, online presence, and curvy confidence.  Kim, Nora, Derika, and Kearsten are bloggers, teachers, coders, and motivators – all using their skills to bring feminine flair to our city. You might not know them now, but after this week, you’ll be giving them a follow.

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(l to r) Kim, Nora, Fabglance, Derika, and Kearsten

Visit Fabglance this week to meet and learn more about each lady from the Class of 2017! Seriously, I love these ladies and their dedication to spreading confidence in our curvy community.  It’s amazing, because, there are plenty of plus-size women in the city, but their voices are barely heard. I’ve decided to take on the cause. Curvy women deserve to be heard and we deserve options to make us feel beautiful.

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Each year, I keep my eye on plus-size women who are making waves. Presenting plus size women, in bathing suits, in NASHVILLE has proven to open a door of opportunity for our curvy community. That’s why I’ve created the #NashvilleCurves Plus-Size Meet-Up! In celebration of the success of the #NashvilleCurves photo series, we want to to create a space for plus size women to listen to inspiring speakers, shop at plus-size vendors, and meet amazing curvy ladies like yourself!

So, come back EVERY DAY this week to get to know our Class of 2017!