Ring in the New Years with these festive tutorials!

Theres still a couple hours left to get ready for tonight and luckily your favorite youtube beauty bloggers have put together some gorgeous and easy looks just for you!

@BeautyCrush: Gold and vampy

@MissGlamorazzi: Four different looks thanks to COVERGIRL’s new Colorlicious Lipstick line!

@AndreasChoice: Sparkly eyes and red lips

@DulceCandy: Dark and Smoky

@FreePeople: Gorgeous up do for long hair

@MichellePhan: Golden Hour


10 Tasty Spiked Coffee Drinks Guaranteed To Help You Survive Winter


So I was cruelly awakened by my parents at the butt crack of dawn this morning (meaning about 8:30) and drug off on the only kind of acceptable a.m. adventure: a trip to a coffee roasting factory.

As a truly avid coffee lover, I think my awe, gratification and overall bliss is implied.

A father in the wild observes the native's impressive selection of coffee beans.
A father in the wild observes the native’s impressive selection of coffee beans.
Definitely bought this.
Definitely bought this.

Suffice it to say that I am too caffeinated to ever sleep again. But seriously, worth it. Nothing beats a hot cup of coffee on a blustery morning, more of which we in the Midwest are bound to endure.

Because winter lasts from December to March here. Welcome to frostbitten hell.

So to keep you EXTRA toasty, do please enjoy the following java+alcohol concoctions sure to make the cold weather deliciously bearable (click the photos for recipes!). Pairs well with snow, but I highly suggest forgoing all activities involving shovels, sleds, or ice skates.

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Irish coffee
The Irish like a little sass in their morning joe.

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grand marnier
Fruit and coffee=a balanced breakfast.

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hot buttered rum
This will never not sound amazing. Or a little dirty.

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An old favorite, with good reason.

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black forest coffe
Willing to bet it goes well with cake?

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amaretto coffee
For the coffee nut. *snort*

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Because Starbucks doesn’t add vodka.

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Hot chocolate
Creamy, pepperminty perfection.

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Butterscotch-Fireball Coffee
Burns so good.

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Cafe Royale-p33
A stroke of Italian genius with a splash of brandy.

***The Curly Girls must implore you to caffeinate responsibly***

50 Perfect New Year’s Eve Dresses For Under $50

Five days, 4 hours, 26 minutes and 20 seconds until 2015.

Until 2014 and everything it contains goes *poof* and we magically have this urgent desire to spend six hours a day in the gym.

Until Mean Girls replaces The Breakfast Club on Netflix.

Until the apocalypse, maybe.

The point here being that we should probably look fabulous, because, well, you never know what’s going to happen during those last crazy hours of 2014. So, in honor of the Curly Girls’ perpetual, college-related poverty and our insatiable enthusiasm for yet another holiday party, we’ve compiled a selection of affordable frocks to help you ring in the New Year. Introducing….



$49.99, Kohls
$44.99, JCPenney
$29.90, Winsdor
$49.90, Windsor
$39.58, GoJane
$29.18, GoJane
$44.78, GoJane
$32.67, Romwe (also seen on NastyGal for $40.95)
$18.33, Romwe
$49.99, Modcloth
Charlotte Russe2
$26.99, Charlotte Russe
$29.90, Forever21
Forever21 2
$39.90, Forever21
Forever21 8
$32.90, Forever21
Simply Dresses
$49.00, Simply Dresses
Simply Dresses 2
$49.00, Simply Dresses
$48.99, Ruche
$44.75, Macys
$49.99, Sears
$49.99, Sears

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$46.99, Kohls
$36.90, Windsor
$49.99, Modcloth
$49.99, Modcloth
$49.99, Modcloth
Charlotte Russe4
$34.99, Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe6
$29.99, Charlotte Russe
Forever21 5
$27.80, Forever21
Victorias Secret
$34.99, Victoria’s Secret
$39.98, Francescas
$20.99, Macys


$34.90, Windsor
$39.90, Windsor
$29.90, Windsor
$14.67, Romwe
$11.67, Romwe
$13.33, Romwe
Charlotte Russe5
$28.99, Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe7
$32.99, Charlotte Russe
Forever21 7
$27.90, Forever21
Simply Dresses 3
$49.00, Simply Dresses


$47.36, Asos
$47.36, Asos
$34.90, Windsor
$25.98, GoJane
$17.67, Romwe
Charlotte Russe3
$36.99, Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe8
$34.99, Charlotte Russe
Forever21 6
$29.80, Forever21
$26.99, Sears

We looked through hundreds of dresses at over twenty different stores for these beauts, so you can rest assured there’s no weak link in the chain.

No runt in the litter.

No fly in the glass of bargain Moscato.

Basically, they all rock.

Also, keep in mind that many of these dresses were on sale for the holidays, so it’d be best to snap at ’em while you can, before they’re sold out or the sales end.

As for shipping and handling, the prices listed do not include it. However, most online clothing stores offer free shipping on purchases of $50 or more, so if you really love the dress you can see what the site has to offer in the way of shoes and accessories. Might as well make an outfit out of it and get free shipping at the same time.

Anyhow, here’s to you, fair readers: may you look smashing in your New Year’s Eve outfits, may your midnight smooch buddy be incredibly hot, and may your drunk dancing skills miraculously emulate Beyoncé.

Get it.
Get it.

The jams that inspired my 2014


As far as my itunes library is concerned, this year produced a bountiful harvest in terms of new music. The following is a list chronicling my Columbus esq. “discoveries” of new/lost to me artists from the year, brought to my attention during late night dives to the depths of the inter webs or introduced to me by mutual friends.

January  Snowmine- Let Me In

They’ve nailed the “If my life was an indie movie this would play while I’m driving or walking or looking out a window or existing or something” echoey vibe… Ja feel?

February Years and Years- Real

Let me tell you that this is my absolute favorite band. I’m begging you, please, please, PLEASE go check out their other stuff.  I can’t get enough of them, the moment I stumbled upon this video I was instantly entranced and I hope you will be too.

March Gregory Alan Iskaov- Big Black Car

Finals are fast approaching yet, still so far off and you know you’re not going to swear off Netflix and get your life together. Grab a blanket, find a comfy spot on the futon and let Isakov lull you in to the great beyond… or to sleep.

April Jungle- Platoon

All the Funk. All the Dance. Tiny Track Suit.

May St. Lucia- Wait For Love

Live minstrel procession through down town LA. P-much all I could ask for from a band

June Cro- Traum

Yes, this is entirely in German but bear with me, this guy is a gem and he has a panda mask.

July The Griswolds- Beware The Dog

“Beware the ghost who lives on Salamander Road” I don’t know, I dig it. How can you stop your self from dancing?

August Grouplove- Colours

This band has been a favorite of mine for several years. Maddy and I were able to see them live and it was a technicolour eruption of electric sweaty bliss.

September Miniature Tigers- Last Night’s Fake Blood

They came to Iowa City, Alyse and I went to see them, it was really cool and I covet Rick the Keyboardist’s wind breaker. Also their music is hecka rad. They have an album called Cruel Runnings that they wrote in Jamaica. Like I said, hecka rad.

October Sam Smith- Leave Your Lover

If you have not released your self in to the somber, soulful tides of the ocean that is Sam Smith’s voice you are doing your self a disservice. Listen to any of his songs off of In the Lonely Hour, I’m begging you.

November Walk the Moon- Shut Up and Dance

Do it.

December Karina Mia- Christmas Sweaters

Cutest freaking christmas song ever. Why does this only have 150 views on youtube?


Merry Christmas From The Curly Girls!

Merry Christmas all!


It’s a little late to be posting this, as most of you have probably reached this stage in your Christmas celebrations:

Santa wants me to have this wine.
Santa wants me to have this wine.

But here it is anyway…

Three full hours of quite possibly the best holiday playlist ever.

Yes, we know you’re excited.

By “best” we mean there is no Mariah Carey (although JBeibs made the list, don’t ask us how).

There is, however, a delightful medley of classic, indie, jazzy, pop and humorous Christmas, Curly Girl approved songs. Also two Hanukkah songs because, well. They were really cute.

So get your jingle on for the remaining hour or so of Christmas 2014.

We got you.

The tunes are on us.


50 Cats Who Want You To Take Your Christmas Cheer And Shove It


Cats tend to get a bad rap for supposedly hating Christmas, which I don’t 100% agree with.


Really, I don’t think they hate Christmas.


Of course, I don’t expect those of you who have never owned cats to fully appreciate and understand  the hellbound spiral their already sporadic moods take this time of year. They honest to goodness have a legitimate reason to be so grouchy.

And the reason isn’t that they’re all furry little Grinches.

Cats don’t mind the tree and the stockings and the presents, not a bit. Quite the contrary in fact, as all of these things make for some wonderful, destructive entertainment.

See? Kitty heaven.
See? Kitty heaven.
Like, pure bliss.
Like, pure bliss.
Pusheen agrees with me.
Pusheen agrees with me.

No, my friend, it is not these festive trimmings or even the celebration itself that cats can’t stand.

It’s the humans.

There’s big ones, little ones, tall ones, short ones, loud ones, quiet ones, fat ones, bony ones and they all want to embrace the merriment by either

A. Petting/holding/playing with the cat

B. Taking festive photos of the cat


C. Dressing the cat up in humiliating Christmas themed attire

All of which the cats are decidedly averse to, and therefore act especially peevish. But let me be perfectly clear. IT IS NOT CHRISTMAS.

It’s us.

But more specifically you.

Especially if you have dogs or children.

And the cats have just about had it.


This is why they insist on being so contrary, ripping up those presents all wrapped with care, eating the Christmas tree and so on.


Also cats are little assholes.


But that’s part of the appeal right? So, here as a cautionary tale AND for your viewing pleasure arrrrrre…..

50 Cats Who Want You To Take Your Christmas Cheer And Shove It

1-3. These Reluctant Reindeer Cats That Want To Trample You AND Grandma

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4-7. Some Of Santa’s Helpers Who Will Happily Rip Out Your Spleen

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8-20. These Santa Cats Who Would Burn Down Your House With The Coal They Gave You For Christmas

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21-25. A Clowder of Cats In Sweaters That Wish You Were Dead

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26. This Cat Who Hopes All 8 Days Of Your Hanukkah Suck


27-33. Some Unfortunate Kitties That Got Too Involved In The Decorating Process

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34-40. Cats Whose Feline Fury Rains Down Upon You And Your Christmas Tree

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40-45. These Cats With Unidentified Seasonal Accessories

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46-48. Three Cats Subjected To Cruel And Unusual Portraiture

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49. A Kitty Who Doesn’t Appreciate His Present


And Finally…

50. This Fluffy Cat Whose Total Lack Of Enthusiasm For Christmas Is Inspiring


Allow me to offer a word for the wise this Christmas: go eat your cookies and don your ugly sweaters elsewhere, and leave the cat in peace. You may just live to see the New Year.

Until next year…



Grumpy Christmas Wreath

Well said, Grumpy Cat. Well Said.


Christmas Cookies So Cute You’ll Gag Before You Eat A Single One


Christmas equals the season of endless temptations for me, temptations that I’m pretty shoddy at resisting.


Real shoddy.

Nom nom nom
Nom nom nom

Like I’ve stopped trying at this point.

Every year I tell myself I shouldn’t hand out gifties two weeks before Christmas (but I do), I can’t buy any more presents for the cat (yeeeaaaaah, I do) and I won’t eat a 32nd peppermint truffle Hershey kiss (I totally freaking do).

So, as you can imagine, Christmas goodies are kind of a huge weak spot for me. Needless to say, you’d imagine 100% correctly: this month alone the Curly Girl crew has baked and decorated 200 (at least) cut out sugar cookies, distributing some and devouring most. I have the cavities and the back fat to prove it.

Anyways, in the spirit of the season of overindulgence and gluttony, here are 25 of the most disgustingly adorable Christmas goodies we could find on the internet in the past hour.

1. These Gorgeous, Tiffany’s Approved Sugar Cookies

These cookies are more attractive than I am :(
These cookies are more attractive than I am 😦

2. These Over-The-Top Christmas Bell Cookies

Feeling insufficient yet, Grandma?
Feeling insufficient yet, Grandma?

3. These Floral-looking Mint Meringue Cookies

Meringues are low fat...so I can eat twenty, right?
Meringues are low fat…so I can eat twenty, right?

4. These Penguin Macarons That Are Cuter Than a Kitten in Mittens


5. These Cookies That Tell Frosty’s Story

He died, kids.
He died, kids.

6. Noshable Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies


7. Or Ugly Hanukkah Sweater Cookies!


8. Gingerbread House Cookies Literally Too Cute To Eat

Dear Lord someone make tiny gingerbread people to match.
Dear Lord someone make tiny gingerbread people to match.

9. Cookies That Are Cute As A….You Can Guess

The pun was too easy, couldn't do it.
The pun was too easy, couldn’t do it.

10. Sleepy Santa/Gnome/Hobo Cookies

Frost won't be the only thing nipping at those wee noses :D
Frost won’t be the only thing nipping at those wee noses 😀

11. Cookies For The Canine Fanatic 

Maybe don't eat these in front of Fido?
Maybe don’t eat these in front of Fido?

12. Disney’s Over-the-top Gingerbread House That I Want To Live In

Bet it comes complete with a matching, cannibalistic witch.
Knowing Disney, it probably comes complete with a matching, cannibalistic witch.

13. Cookies Worth Melting For

If you don't love Frozen we can't be friends.
If you don’t love Frozen we can’t be friends.

14. These Crunchy Chocolate Pinecone Cookies

Fun game: mix in real pinecones with these and see how many get eaten.
Thought they were real for like ten full minutes.

15. Mouse Christmas Cookies That Look Like Cat Toys

Creepy AND cute.
Creepy AND cute.

16. Christmas Tree Brownies, Because Variety/Spice/Yadayada 

Brownies are timeless: remember this.
Brownies are timeless: remember this.

17. Reindeer Cookies Involving Neither Pretzels Nor Oreos

No Nutter Butters either.
No Nutter Butters either.

18. Cookies To Pair With Hot Cocoa

Could use mini marshmallows instead of “whipped cream”, no?

19. These Lovely Stained Glass Christmas Cookies

With fancy marbling!
With fancy marbling!

20. Or These Ones…

Look shatter proof to me...
Almost don’t look edible.

21. Or These

They're just really pretty, okay???
They’re just really pretty, okay???

22. The Pizzelle, Aka A Snowflake You Can Bite

For a touch of Italy in your Christmas.

23. Mistletoe Cookies (Kisses Included)

Now if only they came with a man...
Now if only they came with a man…

24. Harry Potter Christmas Cookies (AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!)

Because we all secretly want to spend the holidays at Hogwarts.
Because we all secretly want to spend the holidays at Hogwarts.

25. Killer “Joel The Lump Of Coal” Cookies, A Curly Girl Original!

Shine bright like a diamond little guys.

So that’s it folks, enough cutesy goodies to rot your gums and give you a raging case of type two diabetes. We wish you all a Happy Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice etc. etc. etc. Have a very merry politically correct holiday season!


Joel the Lump of Coal aka Your New Favorite Christmas Song


For those of you who have borne witness to The Killers’ glorious new Christmas song, Joel the Lump of Coal, you’re neato, totally rad, super cool, a real pal. Pat yourself on the back.

As for the rest of you…

Prepare for enlightenment. Every year since 2006, The Killers have written and produced an entirely original Christmas song, the proceeds from which they donate to a charity called RED, which supports those with and the fight against AIDS (you can buy the song and support RED here).

Aaaaaanyways, traditionally there is some sort of collab effort going on, and this year The Killers co-wrote their song with Jimmy Kimmel.

So, naturally, the song is ridiculous.

Joel and fellow lumps.
Joel and fellow lumps.

And adorable.

And perfect.




You loved it right? Right.

Because how can you not?!?!?! Squadpod (a formal name referring to the household of all three Curly Girls) has had it playing on repeat since it came out. Also may have called each other a “stupid lump” and/or a “poopy prize” about a bazillion times.

So, digressing yet agaaaaaain, cookies.

Joel the Lump of Coal cookies.

They were Michaela’s idea, and they turned out cuter than anticipated. Take a looksie!



Cute, eh?


Yeah, super cute. The recipe was adapted from this one for plain coal cookies, and we just coated them with black sugar/sprinkles and added candy eyeballs. The cut-out sugar cookie recipe is here, and the royal icing recipe is here. They’re pretty amazeballs, as amazeballs as sugar cookies can possibly be that is.

We ate ’em all either way.

Also, you do not need to buy a diamond shaped cookie cutter, just cutting the shapes out yourself with a decently not-dull-or-rusty kitchen knife is perfectly fine. So get baking comrades, and may you ALL be naughty enough to get a diamond in your stocking!