DESIGNER BRANDS | New Palettes + Retractable Eyeliners - Review + Swatches

DESIGNER BRANDS | New Palettes + Retractable Eyeliners - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

I have always loved affordable makeup, of course, I love luxury products but my bank account doesn't, so I tend to always go for the 'drugstore' brands. In all honesty, I think some of these brands have some stand out products, and they definitely shouldn't be overlooked. Designer Brands is what I would classify as a 'drugstore' brand that is sold in pharmacies here in New Zealand and Australia. It's an Australian brand and has been around for ages! Their range is vegan and cruelty-free and basically, all of the products are under $30, if not under $20. They recently released some new eyeshadow palettes* and liners* that are well worth checking out.



In October last year, I wrote a post simply titled 'Losing My Blogging Mojo'. I don't think I planned to publish it nor did I have the guts too, but it was more of a cathartic brain dump for me. Now it's 3 months later and I found the post in my drafts and reading it just made me feel a little sad for myself.  At the time of writing I wasn't feeling my blog at all, but now it's 2019 - I've redesigned my site and I feel SO much more motivated to get back into this and really give it my all (or as much as I can while still keeping a good balance). I am so glad I feel as those I have a bit of my mojo back.

BELLABOX NZ | January '19 - Unboxing

BELLABOX NZ | January '19 - Unboxing - CassandraMyee

One of my favourite little boxes to receive each month is my monthly bellabox* subscription box. This Australian operated service delivers a little blue box of around 5 beauty products within Australia and New Zealand and they always include a wide range of different brands, some you may be familiar with, but also some that you may never have heard of. Each month is a surprise, although they do give you sneak peeks and sometimes you get to chose a particular shade of a certain product.

MARIE KONDO YOUR MAKEUP | My Decluttering + Organisation Tips from a Makeup Hoarder

MARIE KONDO YOUR MAKEUP | My Decluttering + Organisation Tips from a Makeup Hoarder - CassandraMyee

I am sure by now you would have either read it, heard of, seen it, or binge watched Marie Kondo's Tidying Up on Netflix (based on her best selling books Spark Joy (2012) and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2012)). It is truly a phenomenon and came perfectly timed at the beginning of a new year. My boyfriend actually read the book a couple of years back and he went through the methods at the time which I definitely benefitted from. We now fold our clothes using the KonMari method and utilise a lot of her ideas around parting with things and trying to maintain a relatively clutter-free home. It is without a doubt a daunting process but like many, the end result is worth it and going forward you start to get a much better grasp on what truly 'sparks joy' for you.

RECENT EMPTIES | October + November '18 - Reviews

RECENT EMPTIES | October + November '18 - Reviews - CassandraMyee

I am getting a little behind on my Empties reviews so this is a bit of a catch-up and you can expect another Empties post in a week or so. I enjoy sharing these because sometimes I don't talk about a product the entire time I'm using it and I always find it interesting to see what people are actually finishing and if it worked for them or not.
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