Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Back to School

Back to School

Back to School by curlsandmindy 

Let's face it, while we all want to maintain a notable sense of style on campus, comfort always wins in the end! For me, it doesn't get any more comfortable than this. Please note: the degree of spiffiness tends to demonstrate a volatile trend  if not more accurately a decline during exam period.

Happy back-to-school shopping!!

xx mindy

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Fall Monochromatics

Fall Monochromatics

Ok, so my current polyvore obsession may be getting a bit excessive...along with my obsession for black.  I honestly have nothing to say in my defense, but I will say that black is as timeless as it is easy.

Midi skirts are oh so appropriate for the cooler months ahead, and when paired with a matching turtleneck not only do you have protection from the cold but also a sleek silhouette. Wearing chelsea boots with a pair of black socks give off a cozy, casual vibe.

What is nice about this ensemble is that it can be easily dressed up. You can substitute the boots for a classy pair of pumps and add a chain-linked gold necklace along with a clutch. All in all there are a lot of ways to wear this outfit.

I'm hoping to pick up a similar midi skirt, if not the exact one that is pictured above, in the near future. It is one item that is surely on trend this fall, and I want need it.

xx mindy

Thrifty Finds

There’s something oh so satisfying about finding that unique item that you know no one else will have. Another great thing about true vintage items is the cut. It’s more modest than most styles these days, plus the tailoring and quality of the materials are much better quality.  Here are a few lucky finds that I picked up over the past few months!

I came across these floral high-waisted shorts with orange and green pastel hues. I ended up really liking them, and had a few items already in my own closet that I could pair the shorts with.  I like to pair them with a pastel-green chiffon blouse, or some orange-toned tanks and tees. 

I found this dress at Salvation Army for $7.  I love this dress because of the modest cut; no obvious cleavage, hits right above the knee, and covers the shoulders.  This makes it very versatile; perfect for the office, church, or fun summer afternoon. The colourful print allows me to wear the dress with multiple lip and cheek combos!

I snatched these shorts from Value Village for $4.  They’re a stoned-washed khaki colour and I flipped up the cuffs to make them a bit more flattering. 

The last item is a pair of black suede pumps for $14, although I don’t consider these vintage because they’re only a few years old.  I picked these up at a consignment store that will take your old clothing (styles from the past 2-3 years) and give you cash. They mark them up and sell them, but if you’d rather get a few bucks for your goods than give them away for free, this might be a good option for you (see university student). 

Happy thrifting!!

xoxo curls

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Fall Beauty Essentials

Fall Beauty Essentials

My favourite season is fall, without a doubt. I'm personally not very keen on humid/hot weather; I just can't cope with the excessive  perspiration and my natural curly hair being less tame. I just like feeling clean and for this reason I find the cooler weather more agreeable. 
My makeup tends to follow a similar trend-- lazy simple and low-maintenance. 
I've been eyeing Stella by Stella McCartney for ages. I find the crisp, cooler autumn air really cuts the harshness that certain floral scents exude, so I won't be surprised if this baby makes it's way into my sad modest perfume collection.
Deborah Lippmann's Fashion is an essential for two reasons. One, it will elongate my fingers. And two, I was cursed with brittle, flat and rounded fingernails, so a nude polish would hopefully make them less noticeable. Thanks mom.
they're Real! by Benefit made it onto the list because I've heard a lot of positive buzz and my current mascara is nearly dried out. Wasn't a fan of badgal lash because it didn't hold the curl, so hopefully this would do the trick.
I've been oogling over the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams because I like the idea of a matte lipgloss. You've got to admit-- that sounds pretty cool. I've been into taupe-y/brown's and I'm not a fan of lipgloss, so I'll be purchasing this in the colour London next time I need some retail therapy.
Elaborating on the taupe-y/brown business, Sleek's Blush by 3 trio's have a couple of alluring sets. I've been leaning towards a more boring mature style of makeup, and I think the deep browns and reds in the lace palette, particularly, are delivering. 
As for the falsies, I just want some more drama with less effort. I've never tried falsies before, since my lashes are fairly easy to manipulate, but I guess I just need a little more excitement in my life.

xx mindy

Monday, 13 August 2012

Trending: Cross Jewelry

I've been noticing a lot of cross jewelry circulating the internet, and I'm obviously a big fan (a bit late hopping on the bandwagon, but whatever)! I was never really into jewelry until recently, but that was because I never thought that jewelry really suited me (tomboy problems). That being said, I tend to gravitate towards very simple jewelry.

I must have been living under a rock until recently because I had never heard of ASOS until a few months ago.  What I like about ASOS, apart from their free international shipping, is that their jewelry selection is very trendy and affordable. I picked up these large cross earrings for 11 dollars, and while I do really enjoy them, the backs of them are hollowed out. That was disappointing, but I guess you get what you pay for. Their size can be pretty intimidating, but while they're a bit large I feel that you can easily pull them off if you have a very simple outfit; letting the jewelry be the statement piece(s).

I was recently at The Bay and the 'Material Girl' line had some items on sale. As you could see from the first picture, this came in a pack of three with a pair of diamond studs, as well as a pair of peace-sign studs-- but in truth I only plan on wearing the cross hoop-earrings. They're very simple and they're not too big, making them very cute and a lot easier to wear compared to the ASOS cross earrings.

I first saw this sideways-cross necklace being sported by Laura of buynowbloglater. I thought it was so feminine and unique..needles to say I finally caved and got my own. The chain is thin and dainty so it gives it a nice feminine touch, and it would look really nice if you layered it with more gold-toned necklaces. 

hope you're all taking advantage of the late summer-sales!

xx mindy

ASOS Gold Cross Earrings: ASOS - $10.50
Material Girl Trio: The Bay - Sale: $5.50 (Reg. $14.00)
Sideways-Cross Necklace: Etsy - $30

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Review + MAC Comparison

I like to keep eye makeup it very minimal. I'm a big fan of the 'cat-eye'/winged eyeliner look, and I've found that gel liners tend to give me the lasting power against my oily eyelids.

My first gel liner purchase was MAC's fluidline gel eyeliner in Blacktrack  ($15 USD/ $20 CAD). I love this liner because it's matte, creamy, and it LASTS!

I have fairly oily eyelids, so an eye-primer is essential whenever I apply any type of makeup onto my eye (hard-knock life).  Saying this, MAC's fluidline stayed in place ALL day without a primer and it looked completely undisturbed 6 hours post-application. It even stayed in place after coming into contact with water when washing my face. Believe me when I say you WILL need an eye makeup remover or coconut/olive oil to remove it.

The only downfall of this product is that it dries out fairly quickly. I'm sure that if I used Blacktrack daily I would make an agreeable dent through the product, but the drier the product became, the more challenging it became to get a perfectly clean line. I eventually got fed up and cleaned out the pot for a back to MAC.

I tried to look for a cheaper alternative and tried out the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (Shoppers Drug Mart $13 CAD). I've seen this product all over youtube, went on to makeup alley for some feedback, and even worked with a girl who wore it (and it looked amazing on her). 

I bought the black and my sister bought the brown. I thought I would give the brush they provided a try. It was terrible, and I threw it out as it didn't compare to the eyeliner brushes I already have.

I wasn't a big fan of this product. Firstly, I could tell that I was going to have problems with it as the product felt very firmly packed into the pot. It wasn't creamy and my brush bowed and bent against it in resistance. It was hard for my brush to pick up any product. The application, however was quite nice and smooth and the colour dried matte. I thought I would try it with no primer just to get a feel of the product. BIG mistake on my part. By the end of the night, my eyes were a goopy mess. The fine tips of the winged points were blurred, and the product also carried to my upper eye socket, giving me a very hollow-eyed look (yeah-- wasn't going for that).

MAC 210, ByTerry BISEAU 2, MAC 266
I tried it again with a primer (urban decay primer potion fyi) on a different occasion. This time the fineness of the wings remained clean, however, the product along the inner corners of my eyes had slipped through the evening and become bare. The product also travelled to the crease of my upper eye sockets (again), leaving my eyes looking very dark and messy.

If you can't already tell by the tone of this review, I doubt I'll be purchasing this again, let alone going through the entire product. I feel that for a few dollars more I can get a significantly better product that allows me to not only skip priming, but also lasts against my oily lids. If your lids are not oily, I'm sure you will have a different experience with this product like my co-worker, however the Maybelline Eye Studio just didn't cut it for me.

hope it's sunny wherever you are!!

xx mindy