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Stylish profs & faculty

Posted by Jessica Chong on April 2, 2014 @ 06:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: prof style

From computing to English, I’ve rounded up a list of stylish Queen’s professors from across different faculties. While compiling this list, I found that style can be pretty varied and subjective, denoting everything from your typical tailored suit to your handmade sweaters. Bold animal prints and colourful dresses also topped my list of more daring fashion choices.

Susan Mumm, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science
How would you describe your style?
Well that’s pretty easy actually because there’s two influences that really affect what I wear. One is steampunk.

I don’t dress literally steampunk because that wouldn’t be appropriate for a dean, but there’s a steampunk edge to quite a lot of the things I choose … What you get in steampunk is a lot of quaint 19th-century references – like the big furry collars, the tight waists, the long full skirts – but sort ... Read more...

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Review: Standout lipsticks

Posted by Megan Scarth on March 26, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: beauty review, Chanel, Clinique, lipstick, M.A.C, Revlon

So you’ve decided you need a new lipstick. Maybe you have an event coming up, or perhaps you’re just looking for another shade for everyday use. Whatever the case, you head to your local makeup store, but you’re confronted with a seemingly endless wall of products.

With so many products on the market, it can be difficult to sort out that perfect lipstick from all the other less-than-stellar options. And when you’re on a student budget, trying out more than a couple brands often isn’t a feasible option. Here are several lipsticks in my collection that stand out to me so that you know which to buy and which ones to avoid.

Best for Everyday Wear: MAC Lipstick in “Shhh”
$19 CDN - Available at MAC stores

Lipstick review - MAC shhh

For an all-around ...

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Cruelty-free beauty product picks

Posted by Anisa Rawhani on March 19, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: beauty, cruelty-free beauty products, makeup

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When you first start looking for cruelty-free products, it can be a little overwhelming. Not only do you start to realize just how many products you use - hair and facial care, makeup, etc. - but also how many companies may not be completely transparent about whether they test on animals. They do so either by hiding their parent companies, or selling their products in countries, such as China, where animal testing is required by law.

It can be frustrating trying to find cruelty-free options, but it can also be very rewarding. You don’t need to switch to a cruelty-free lifestyle overnight; you can start by substituting products gradually, doing your research and finding things that work for you.

Here is a list of some products and brands to start your cruelty-free journey.

Burt’s Bees ...

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Mascara dupes

Posted by Katherine Meagher on March 12, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: beauty products, beauty review, Mascara

A few mascaras have a following of devoted consumers who claim that these products are far superior to any other brand. These mascaras, however, are often expensive or hard to find, which limits the number of people who can access them. With a little research and experimentation, it’s possible to find a very similar product at your local drugstore, often for a fraction of the price.

With that in mind, I went to the Shoppers at Princess and Division Streets and hunted down three mascaras that are almost perfect duplicates of more expensive cult favourites.

If you love LUSH’s “Eyes Right”, try Physician’s Formula’s “Organic Wear”

LUSH is known for creating natural products, and their mascara combines natural ingredients and “safe synthetics”. Sounds great, but LUSH can be inconvenient to track down and not every location carries cosmetics. A great alternative is the Physician’s Formula ... Read more...

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All-natural hair masks and solutions

Posted by Jessica Chong on February 26, 2014 @ 06:00 p.m. EST
Tags: DIY beauty, hair masks

Your hair-cleaning regime is about to get a whole lot simpler. You can go au naturel – without the high price of beauty aisle products. Commercial products are also often laden with chemicals. Try out a few of our easy solutions for hydrated, moisturized locks:

Coconut banana hair mask
¼ cup of coconut milk
2 bananas
1 teaspoon of honey
2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Combine ingredients in food processor or by hand. Coat scalp and hair evenly with mixture. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

DIY hair masks - banana coconut

Yogurt hair mask
One egg white
5-6 tablespoons of yogurt

Combine egg and yogurt until an even consistency is achieved. Leave mixture on hair for 20 minutes ... Read more...

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All-natural DIY beauty masks and scrubs

Posted by Lauren Hodson on February 5, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: DIY masks, DIY scrubs

These four quick and easy homemade masks will not only improve the condition of your skin and hair – they’ll also save you money and prevent you from using products with harmful chemicals. There’s a solution to your skin and hair issues, and they’re hiding in your kitchen!

Face mask


  • 2 tbsp. of honey (Raw or manuka honey if possible, but regular honey will work as well)
  • 1 tbsp. of oats (Organic if possible - do not use oats if you’re gluten intolerant)

Optional add-ons:

  • 1/2 banana (if you have dry skin)
  • 1 egg (if you have oily skin)

I cannot rave about honey enough – it has so many beauty benefits! It’s a natural humectant, which means that it retains moisture. It’s also naturally antibacterial, so it’s perfect for acne prone skin, as well as dry skin. Honey also contains gluconic acid, which is a mild alpha hydroxy acid that brightens and evens out ... Read more...

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Style guide: How to layer

Posted by Rachel Wong on January 29, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: layering, style guide, winter fashion

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Keeping warm and staying stylish at the same time is always a difficult task, especially in the super-freezing winter weather lately! I find that layering my clothing can create a stunning outfit but also helps me stay cozy. With a few staple pieces, it is easy to bundle up and still express your style!

Here are a few key items that are must-haves for layering in your winter wardrobe:

An Oversized Scarf: Scarves are amazing accessories, but also keep you super warm! I like to wear the oversized ones because they can be used as “statement” accessories, but they’re also very practical at the same time. When shopping for one, try to look for neutral colours that will go with any outfit. Also, don’t worry if this is becomes splurge item: The right ... Read more...

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Miley by Marc

Posted by Veronica Saroli on January 22, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: Marc Jacobs, Miley Cyrus

Maybe 2014 will prove different for Miley Cyrus.

Last year, she was the centre of chatter and controversy for outrageous behaviour and wardrobe choices (including Terry Richardson-associated visuals and wrecking balls, and foam fingers and Robin Thicke escapades at the 2013 MTV EMA.)

This January the topic of conversation is how Miley is not just wearing clothes for Marc Jacobs, but advertising them. In response to this casting call, longtime Jacobs collaborator and fashion photographer Juergen Teller bowed out of shooting the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, Jacobs saying that Teller “just didn’t want to shoot her.”

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Though Teller continued to shoot other Jacobs-associated campaigns such as Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2014, David Sims shot the campaign starring Cyrus, having also shot Jacobs’ beauty campaign. Longtime collaborator Katie Grand styled the ... Read more...

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Eight beauty innovations

Posted by Jessica Chong on January 15, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: beauty, makeup

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This list combines the best of beauty practicality and innovation. While some of these are recent additions to our beauty regimen, others are staples that are indispensible for their timesaving convenience.

1. Colour-adaptive lip gloss and blush: For the uninitiated, determining the amount of blush to apply may seem daunting. Dior Glow Range, such as the Dior Addict Lip Glow and Dior Rosy Glow Health Awakening Blush, is loaded with moisturizers and pigments that alter to best flatter your skin tone.

How it works: Apply the glossy balm to your lips. Initially it will appear clear, but, on contact with your skin, it will change a pinkish hue. Similarly, the blush will first appear a bright fuchsia, but will react to the moisture on your cheeks and will change to a subtle ... Read more...

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Five timeless wardrobe pieces for women

Posted by Jessica Chong on January 8, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: blazer, timeless wardrobe, white tee, wool coat

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With the beginning of a new year, I always find it prudent to update my wardrobe and ensure I have the necessary staples. Think of it as a cleanse – a new start to another school term and an investment in pieces you can wear well into your 20s.

I’ll scrutinize my wardrobe for the seasonless, timeless and effortless pieces. It’s out with the passing trends, and in with the highly versatile wardrobe staples.

1. A fitted blazer: This piece will have you looking crisp and clean. Blazers aren’t just for formal occasions, but can be worked into casual everyday looks with boyfriend jeans or trousers. This structured garment is also great for accentuating feminine curves. Whether it’s a casual dinner out with friends or a family brunch, blazers also ... Read more...

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