Thursday, January 31, 2013

NYX Glam Shadow Stick 'Pink Ruby': Swatches + Review!!

I mentioned this as one of my top beauty products of January so I figured I should probably do a proper blog post about it as well!!

Take the jump below if you want all of the dreamy (dirty? You wish) details :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Video Up On YouTube!!

Hello again!!

Feels strange to post twice in one day (like I used to do last summer when I first got into blogging and couldn't control myself) but alas it cannot be helped for I have a new video up on YouTube!

So really, in all honesty, this doesn't even feel like a post to me... it's just a little nudge in your side to shimmy on over into YouTube-land if you're interested in my Best & Worst of Beauty videos; I feel like I say it every month but I really can't believe January is basically over (though I'm sure glad it is)!

xoxo - Cassie

NOTD: Revlon Colorstay 'French Roast'

I feel really bad posting this right after my not-so-great (though apparently hilarious [y'all flatter me]) Revlon Colorstay Foundation review but... well, it is what it is, such is life, etcetera etcetera, so on and so forth.
And, to be honest, this isn't a BAD review of this polish; it just wasn't what I was expecting so it's not going to be as enthusiastic as my typical polish posts!

French Roast had me at "oh hey" (when do I ever say 'hello'?).
The Revlon Colorstay line of polishes is one of my favorite drugstore formulations and the little multicolored (think funfetti) sparkles were the hug turned heart squeezer (lil' tease) for me (and my credit card).

And while the polish itself is as wonderful as its Colorstay polish brethren in formula, the polish itself really was, as I said above, a tease. Even the macro shot above is a teaser since, in real life, you can't see the beautiful sparkles at ALL on the nails.
Aside from that, this is a beautiful brown polish very reminiscent of a Hershey's chocolate bar.
I was just sad since I already own a Hershey brown polish so now I've basically got two of the same color lying around on my nail polish shelf; I wish the glittery goodness showed up on my nails to justify this purchase!!

Have you tried Revlon's 'French Roast'?
Were you as disappointed as I was with the tease-tastic glitter (or did I just get a dud)?
What's your favorite color in the Revlon Colorstay polish line?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Normal/Dry Skin: Swatches + Review!

The perfect analogy just came to me: this foundation is like Twilight... the Twilight movies, more specifically (though it's really all the same to me). 
You hear so many good things about it and so, though you don't let it show (too much) on the outside, you're secretly really excited to try it out and see what all the fuss is about. Then you find out Edward sparkles, Jacob takes his shirt off more than the Situation in an episode of Jersey Shore, and Bella is... well, Bella is Kristen Stewart ('nuff said).

Why (or more so: how?) did this analogy come to me, you ask? 
Well, there's nothing on TV (first world problems, I know) so I've got some marathon of the Twilight movies playing on FX and I can't stop busting out laughing; I think I bought into the Twilight hype in high school because I wanted to be able to talk to people about it (since that was all anyone talked about at the moment) and because it was/is SO. FUNNY.

Take the jump for my full review!!
(If you can't tell already, expect something other than the die-hard hype you typically hear about this foundation.)

Friday, January 25, 2013

the Balm "HOT MAMA!" Blush: Swatches + Review!!

I got this little sample of the Balm's HOT MAMA! in my December Birchbox and, to my now self-loathing, wrote it off pretty quickly as something that "I just [wasn't] sure [if] it'[d] work out on my skin coloring" (ahhh, don't you just love quoting yourself/your own idiocy?).

I was an absolute idiot for putting off this blush for so long. 

This blush is everything. EVERYTHING. 
Take the jump below to see why!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Fashion Video Up!!

It feels like absolutely ages since I've posted a weekly outfits video (and, to be fair, it's probably been a little over a month) so I'm really happy (contrary to what my face says in the last photo of the collage above... sorry about that) to have just uploaded the first of this semester!!

I've got the video embedded (as usual) below so you can either watch it here or hop on over to YouTube to see it in better quality if you're interested.

I hope you're all well and know you can expect a makeup review in the next day or two! :)

xoxo - Cassie

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

FOTD: 1/23/13

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller - Sheer Tint
Revlon Colorstay (Normal/Dry Skin) - 150 Buff
MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer - Vanilla 5 
Physician's Formula Palette Multi-Colored Pressed Powder - Buff

e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder - Light Beige

Motives Essentials Brow Kit
MUA Heaven & Earth Eyeshadow Palette - Shade 12 (outer half of lower lash line)
NYX Glam Shadow Stick - Rose Gold (inner corner and inner third of lower lash line)
Maybelline The Falsies FLARED Waterproof - 295 Very Black

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick - Bit of Berry

Something a little different for you all today!!
It was just one of those mornings where I knew I was supposed to be in class but makeup seemed WAY more important; all was well though since I was only an hour late (and I'm fairly positive my prof neither noticed nor cared).

The eye look is wayyyyy more than I ever usually do (I usually stop after one or two shadows) but I'm happy with how it turned out!

Do you ever just wake up one morning and say I need to put on ALL of the makeup?
What's been your go-to look as of late?
Do share!

xoxo - Cassie

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

NOTD: O.P.I. Mojave Mystic Mauve

Another quick 'Nail of the Day' post for you all today; I'm in the process of trying out a couple new products so look forward to something a little more exciting in the near future (I want to be able to give an honest review, you know? None of that biased over-hyped crap that makes me buy half of the cosmetic industry [yes, the whole industry] for my dear readers; use me as your personal try-before-you-buy!!)!

Why did this post just turn into an infomercial for my blog? 
Oy vey...

Onto the actual polish up for show today:
O.P.I.'s Mojave Mystic Mauve is one of my favorite polishes to forget about. 
(Don't worry, I don't get it either.)

It's just one of those polishes that gets buried behind the rest of my brighter, bolder, and sparklier polishes for no reason other than my idiocy.
Mojave Mystic Mauve is such a little stunner; it's a muted grape taupe with silver micro-shimmer laced throughout. Against my skin it's a lovely subtle nude that's got that 'je ne sais quoi' which allows it to stand out compared to all of the pink and beige nudes out there. 

What do you think of Mojave Mystic Mauve?
Love it? Hate it?
What's your favorite non-pink/beige nude polish?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Best Video I've Ever Made?

I mean, anytime you let your friend get drunk and then do your makeup blindfolded is a pretty good time in my book.

Get ready for lots of chins, unflattering angles, and plenty of drunken merriment!!

xoxo - Cassie

Saturday, January 19, 2013

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss: "Beige" + "Sugar Pie" Swatches & Review

I can't believe a month has already flown by since I picked these up in a BOGO sale at ULTA (the same time I nabbed their super disappointing Eye Shadow Base) but I'm finally getting around to doing a proper review of these glosses!
These, especially the shade "Beige", tend to get a LOT of hype in the blogosphere and on YouTube; do they live up to high expectations or were these as much of a let down as NYX's Eye Shadow Base?

Take the jump to find out!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Video Up!!

It's a little different from what I (or anyone? Haha...) usually do but I hope you like this little update video of mine!! I actually had a lot of fun editing this one together :)

xoxo - Cassie

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NOTD: Color Club "BLUE-MING"

Really really quick post today (WHO AM I???) on my current nail color (ahhh, that sounds more like me)!!

I had gotten BLUE-MING wayyyyy back in my July Birchbox but only just got around to trying it out!! 
I'm not sure if it's just because it's such an intimidating color (it's very bright in person) or if it's merely because I own enough nail polish to last a lifetime (it's probably the latter), but either way I really like the way it looks on my nails!

Like I've experienced with other Color Club polishes, BLUE-MING is incredibly opaque, goes on smoothly, and is extremely resistant to chipping (I can usually get away with 5-7 days of wear before chips start to show up).

So there you have it!! 
If you're into bright nail polishes then this vivid robin's egg green (yes 'green', not blue) would make a perfect addition to your collection. And if not, check out Color Club polishes in general because they really are of fantastic quality :)

Have you tried Color Club nail polishes?
Love 'em? Hate 'em?
Do you like wearing bright colors on your nails or do you prefer more muted shades?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

My Wet n Wild Lipstick Collection: Swatches + Review!

I don't know if it's because my bank account is emptier now-a-days or because I genuinely love these lipsticks (truth be told, it's probably a combination of both) but I seem to gravitating towards my Wet n Wild lipsticks more than others as of late.
Either way it spawned the making of this blog post so let's get into it, shall we?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

NOTD: Revlon "Cloud"

Just a quick little 'nothing' sort of post for you all today. 
You know: another day another polish.

Monday, January 7, 2013

NARS Orgasm VS. Super Orgasm: Swatches + Comparison + Review!!

Get ready for a picture heavy post; these two little beauts deserved the full on Glamour Shots treatment (please tell me you remember the days... apparently the first time my mom took me in to get a photo taken [with my already one-time-veteran brother] I spit up all over my Christmas dress when the shoot began hahahah #sorrymom)!!

As I mentioned in my "What I Got For Christmas" video, I was generously gifted (by my lovely and sparkly friend Torey) my first full-sized NARS product: the blush Super Orgasm!
I also received a few mini NARS products/samples with my 500 VIB rewards points at Sephora a couple months ago when they released the NARS perk (which I'm SO happy I nabbed on the first day because by the second day it was gone!!); one of the included minis was the infamous Orgasm blush.

So I figured it would be great to review both of these products as well as do a little comparison; do you need both or will one suffice? More importantly, do NARS blushes live up the the hype?
Take the jump to find out!!

Sunday, January 6, 2013


Well, mostly anyways (I'll blow the last of this virus into a Kleenex one of these days...).
Quick little update sharing my two latest (because I'm a flake, as we all know) videos on YouTube!!

I hope you enjoy, and definitely expect a makeup review in the next couple of days!
Stay well until then :)

xoxo - Cassie

Thursday, January 3, 2013

NOTD: Nude Glitter

I'm such a freaking fraud; this isn't even the nail polish I have on my nails right now.
But alas, life has been extremely stressful lately (work, school, applications, finances... this that and flurp flop floopty doo) and I haven't been able to get the final shots I need to do a review (SPOILER ALERT: NARS) because I'm still sick and my face shows it (eye bags and hormonal zits galore).

So here you go!!
A little bit of nail polish to brighten your/mine/our spirits from about a month ago; I think the only reason I didn't post it immediately was because I had already done a few nail posts in a row and didn't want to make anyone angry from blog post repetition (oh the horror!).

Take the jump below with me to see more... it's the first post of 2013 so let's try it with some vigor (or, if you're in the same state I'm in, you can just wrap yourself up in a blanket and roll on over; I understand)!
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