Sunday, November 10, 2013

All About the Curls

Top, necklace (similar): c/o Our World Boutique; Skirt: c/o Lulu*s; Sweater: c/o Aeropostale; Flats: Nine West via Marshalls

I'm a low maintenance beauty type of girl. Same make-up routine since I was sixteen (eyeliner on the lower lid, mascara on the upper lashes, oil-free liquid foundation on the face, smudge of blush, and sometimes a lip gloss or lipstick). Same hair routine and set of hairstyles since I was sixteen (wash in the morning, blow-dry, and done. Pony-tail for the rough hair days, bun for when my hair gets long). I have never really been a hair-curler or straightener, a new make-up tester, a successful brow-plucker. Never experimented with a lip-color other than a really benign mauve-pink. Never experienced a well done cat eye and can't pull off a smokey eye (ever! How do you do it?).

I have consequently always been envious of the make-up geniuses out there. Those people that can pull off a perfect milk-braid or retro up-do. Those people that can do a different look for night and not look like a skanky clown going out on the town (my look when I try to do a smokey eye)

But every once in a while when I fish out my (really nice) curling iron and do my hair, I am wow-ed at how different your make-up and hairstyle can make you look and feel. It doesn't hurt that I'm two episodes in to What Not to Wear right now - but I do think that experimenting with new looks that can enhance your natural beauty is really important. And can certainly provide a boost to the ego.

I'm thinking about all of this today because of the curls I'm sporting in the photos above. There's nothing like a soft wave, on the rare occasions I can pull it off, that makes me feel ultra-feminine and beautiful. Though it's rare that I have the time to get out my make-up bag and just hang out in front of the mirror for a while, I think that I need to do it more often. What do you do to make yourself feel unique and gorgeous?


  1. Those are super nice curls! Don't worry I'm not a makeup whiz either ... I really like your outfit btw :)

    Kayla @ Style Vancity

  2. You have gorgeous hair - curled or not.

    xo, Nina

  3. I wish I could pull of "soft curls" for certain looks but my curls are just not flexible!

  4. Can I have your hair for just one day? Please?

  5. Your hair looks amazing and those loafers are adorable!

    xo Amy

  6. the curled hair looks great on you. natural and not overdone looking - love it!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  7. I love your hair that way! And the outfit is too cute. :)
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  8. You are beautiful! I love the styling of this look!

  9. natural beauty :)


  10. i have been curling my hair A LOT lately too!! i love it!! i love the waves you've got! what size curling iron do you use for these curls??

    Sandy a la Mode

  11. Yes, it's amazing what a little more effort can do to our overall perception... One of my favorite ways on learning new hair/makeup tricks is YouTube... I've learned so much from video tutorials! You look beautiful by the way and honestly... the best beauty trick is loving who we are... :) However a little eyeliner never hurt anyone! :) Stay awesome... P.S I've never figured out the smokey eye either!

  12. The soft waves look beautiful on you. And I know exactly what you mean about feeling clueless when it comes to hair and makeup. I don't wear any makeup except for some tinted lip balm and on a holiday my sister in law did my makeup and I looked so different. It was a nice change.


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