INSTAGRAM ROUND UP | December '14

INSTAGRAM ROUND UP // December '14 - CassandraMyee

It's the end of December, and the end of 2015, so what better time to do my round up of Instagram posts from the past month.

MOST LOVED | December '14

MOST LOVED // December '14 - CassandraMyee

December has definitely flown by; Christmas is now over, I spent a bit too much on online Boxing Day sales and now it's back to normal real life. I was using a lot of new products during December because of all the beauty shopping I did in America at the end of November (see the hauls here), and there were a lot of good products to choose from but I've nailed it down to the best of the best.

EMPTIES | December '14

EMPTIES // December '14 - CassandraMyee
I think you should all know how this works by now; basically I show you my empty products and give you quick reviews on each, whether I liked them or not and if I'd be buying them again. The majority of it is skincare and there are a few products that always crop up in these empties posts (that just shows how much I love them!)

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #035

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #035 - CassandraMyee




Another busy week has passed, with a rush of a lot of drinking and eating and celebrating Christmas. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas time spent with family and friends, I sure did! Posts on CM did not stop though, so here is the low down of the past week.

SAN FRANCISCO + SEATTLE PHOTO DIARY

SAN FRANCISCO + SEATTLE PHOTO DIARY - CassandraMyee
Seeing as I shared an entire week of hauls from my week long trip to America (see them here), I thought it would also be fitting to share some of my touristy snaps that I took along the way. This is very photo heavy, so if you have any questions on where or what some of the photos are, just ask me in the comments. The first lot of pictures were taken in San Francisco, where we spent a short two days, and the last lot are from Seattle (which I loved) and we spent about four or so days there exploring, shopping and seeing the sights.

BOSSY COSMETICS | Essential Makeup Brush Collection - Review

BOSSY COSMETICS // Essential Makeup Brush Collection | Review - CassandraMyee

When it comes to makeup application, two things are crucial to get right; your skincare regime, and also the tools in which you use to get all that beautiful makeup onto your face. I've now realised how much good brushes can make to the difference of how your makeup applies and blends onto the face, but good brushes don't always have to be outlandishly expensive. The Essential Makeup Brush Collection* from NZ owned brand, Bossy Cosmetics have got high quality brushes at a low price pretty much sorted!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

This is just a quick little post to say a big ol' MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all! I hope you all have an absolutely amazing day with family and friends; eat, drink and be merry! Make sure you bring out the red lips and lots of glitter to celebrate the festive season.
Thanks to all my amazing suppo…

YSL | Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Shade 1 Nude Beige

YSL // Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Shade 1 Nude Beige | Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

Lipsticks don't come more luxe then YSL ones. I mean just seriously look at that beautiful tube! I thought owning a YSL lipstick would be well out of my reach, purely due to the price here in NZ that I could not justify for one lipstick, but when I luckily won a Smith & Caughey's voucher it was the perfect time to make the splurge, and as they say on Parks & Rec 'Treat Yo Self!'

RIMMEL | Brit Kit - Review + Swatches

RIMMEL // Brit Kit | Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

As is always the way, I went into Farmers to buy one thing (albeit a boring skincare thing), to then come out with this 'Brit Kit' from Rimmel that was only $25! I did justify it because I had a $20 Farmers voucher which made it all the more cheaper at basically $5! I think this would make such a perfect Christmas gift for a makeup lover that you might know, so I'll break down the contents and give you the low down on the Kit.

NOTD | Festive Edition - Faby + Urban Outfitters

NOTD // Festive Edition - Faby + Urban Outfitters - CassandraMyee

Seeing as we are only a couple of days away from Christmas, I thought I would share a very appropriate festive manicure, perfect for the holiday season!

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #034

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #034 - CassandraMyee

This week has just whizzed by in a blur of working, blogging and Christmas shopping! My Ulta3 advent calendar* has only three more doors to open, which makes my quite excited that Christmas is so close! The past week on CM was a lot of shopping talk and I shared the things I got while I was on holiday in the US last month. Each was split into categories with a break down of products and pricing including swatches where I could.

USA HAUL #006 | Skincare, Perfume + Misc.

USA HAUL #006 // Skincare, Perfume + Misc. - CassandraMyee

To finish up my week of hauls from my USA trip, I thought I would include a few extra beauty bits and some non-beauty related items as well. I also bought a few clothing items, which was mostly winter scarves, oh and a nice kimono from Forever 21, but haven't included them in this lot.

USA HAUL #005 | Nails - Essie, OPI, Urban Outfitters + Formula X


USA HAUL #005 // Nails - Essie, OPI, Urban Outfitters + Formula X - CassandraMyee


It's day five of the USA Hauls (catch up here; Drugstores, MAC, Nordstrom Rack, Sephora + Macy's), and today it is all about the nails. This is more of a collective of purchases I made at Walgreens, Sephora, Urban Outfitters and even at Bed, Bath + Beyond. I'm sure that all of these will be cropping up in NOTDs very soon, but I have included swatches of each shade on my nail wheels for your reference!

USA HAUL #004 | Sephora + Macy's

USA HAUL #004 // Sephora + Macy's - CassandraMyee

If there's one haul post you don't wanna miss this week, it's this one. Ah, Sephora... you have my heart, my soul (and all my money), but gosh, you are a makeup lovers dream! I've been into Sephora a few times, years ago in LA (before I was heavily into makeup + blogging) and not so long ago in Rome, but this time around I did some serious damage (and took at least four trips in there!) As well as lots of Sephora goodies, I've also included items I got from the Macy's beauty department, because I managed to get some of the items I desperately wanted from there that I couldn't find at Sephora. 

USA HAUL #003 | Nordstrom Rack | Too Faced + LORAC Sets [+ Swatches]


USA HAUL #003 // Nordstrom Rack | Too Faced + LORAC Sets [+ Swatches] - CassandraMyee

It's day three of the US hauls here on CM, and today's one is packed with bargains galore. If you've missed Monday's or Tuesday's post , basically I went to the States for a week and bought a lot of beauty related thing, so naturally I had to share them all! Today I focus on one shop in particular, Nordstrom Rack, where all of the Nordstrom designer clothes, shoes, bags, homeware, and beauty bits, end up in one huge, sale filled shop. Everything is hugely discounted, and boy, was I happy to see the sales in the beauty department...

USA HAUL #002 | MAC - Heirloom Mix Collection + More

USA HAUL #002 // MAC - Heirloom Mix Collection + More- CassandraMyee

I don't think you could take a trip to the US without a stop off (or two) at MAC. As per yesterday's post, this week is haul week, sharing with you all some of the purchase I made while on a week's holiday to San Fran and Seattle. Now I definitely made a couple of trips to the MAC stores and also the counters they had in Nordstrom, Macy's and other department stores. I had a little list of things I for sure wanted to buy, but of course, was tempted by a few extra products too!

USA HAUL #001 | The Drugstores - Target, Walgreens + More

USA HAUL #001 // The Drugstores | Target + Walgreens - CassandraMyee

Finally they are here... the USA hauls! I've been hinting at these since I got back at the end of November that I had done a lot of shopping damage while on a family trip to San Francisco and Seattle, and today kicks off with #001. I did a shit load heck of a load of shopping in the space of a week because, a) #treatyoself, b) #feelingspendy, and c) the prices over there are so much better than they are in NZ, hence why I took full advantage of this.

Every single day this week will be a new haul post, I know... that is six days of hauls! It will include the drugstores, Nordstrom Rack, Macy's, some miscellaneous things, and of course, Sephora (a.k.a. the mothership), among others. I'll also be including product information, pricing, swatches and first impressions where I can (as I always try to do), so it's not simply "look at all the things I got". To kick off the week, I'm starting with the cheaper end of the scale; the drugstores, in particular Target and Walgreens.

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #033

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #033 - CassandraMyee



It's Sunday and that means the WPC, and that we are a week closer to Christmas; boy is that creeping up fast! The blog this week was packed with products and lots of new releases and Summer/Christmas related things, so here is your chance to catch up on the last six posts on CM.

AUSTRALIS | Limited Edition AC/ME Metallic Collection - Review + Swatches

AUSTRALIS COSMETICS // Limited Edition Metallics Collection | Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

Australis is totally nailing it with the new releases lately (see a few in this post here), and the latest release of the AC/ME Metallic Collection* is no different. The collection is rock inspired with lots of darker hues and a heck load of shimmer; in eyeshadow, lip and nail form. 

FABY | Nail Lacquers - Review + Swatches

FABY // Nail Lacquers | Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

You'll probably know by now that I love nail polishes, any brands, any colours, I just love experimenting and playing around with different colours and textures when it comes to my nails. When an email popped up in my inbox that was introducing this brand new to NZ nail polish line from FABY*, I was very keen to try some of them out!

ZA COSMETICS | True White EX Skincare Christmas Gift Sets

ZA COSMETICS // True White EX Skincare Christmas Gift Sets - CassandraMyee

There are so many amazing Christmas sets out there at the moment and this one from Za is just one of many available in NZ. This is their True White EX Skincare Set* that is only $39, with a value of $59, and is packed with three products to help brightening the skin tone and improve your complexion.

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box November '14 - Unboxing + Initial Thoughts

LUST HAVE IT // Women's Beauty Box November '14 | Unboxing + Initial Thoughts - CassandraMyee
This is going up a lot early than I had expected because lately Lust Have It have been running a bit behind on deliveries, but I am glad they have finally got it sorted out. The November Women's Beauty Box* arrived early last week, almost a whole week earlier than usual! If you missed it, yesterday I posted my end of month reviews for each item in the August, September and October boxes (see it here). The November box had five items included; four full sized products and one sample sized.

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box August, September + October '14 - End of Month Reviews


LUST HAVE IT // Women's Beauty Box August, September + October '14 | End of Month Reviews - CassandraMyee






This is a long, long time overdue, I've just been a little out of blogging sync the past month due to a lot of travelling, plus these arrived late and so did the October one, so it all threw me off a bit. But finally here are my thoughts on the items I got in the August and September Lust Have It Women's Beauty Boxes*. You can see all the products in more detail in the unboxing post here with swatches as well of the makeup items. I've also combined this with my End of Month Review of October's because the November bag arrived much earlier in the month than I would have thought!

THE SUMMER SERIES #001 | Sunblocks

SUMMER SERIES #001 // Sunblocks + SPFs - CassandraMyee

Welcome to the first installment of The Summer Series! Over the course of the next two months I will be sharing all things summer beauty related, kicking off #001 with probably the most important of them all, sunblocks and SPFs. Now I'll be the first to admit I get pretty lazy with sunblock, it's very bad I know, but I haven't been able to find one that doesn't make me feel greasy or sticky. So I've been on a sunblock trialing mission and testing out some that are recent additions to the market, and a couple that have been around for a while.

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #032

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #032 - CassandraMyee
It's time again for the weekly round up of the goings-on on CM! I was feeling very generous, it seems and actually have three giveaways currently running that all close next week, so if you haven't entered check them out!

PHYSIOGEL | Skincare Giveaway [CLOSED]

PHYSIOGEL // Skincare Giveaway - CassandraMyee

It's been a bit of a giveaway crazy week on CM, with the Living Nature Bloom Lipsticks and Maybelline Color Elixir giveaways currently going on (still time to enter them both!), and now I am throwing another one in the mix! This is for one of three Physiogel products, kindly sent to me by Physiogel to share with all my readers. I will admit, it's not the most glamorous of products, but they are probably some of the most practical ones and perfect now that Summer is pretty much here!

MAYBELLINE | The Color Elixirs - Review + GIVEAWAY! [CLOSED]

MAYBELLINE // The Elixirs | Review + GIVEAWAY! - CassandraMyee

The newest release from Maybelline has come in the form of these gloss slash liquid lipstick hybrids, dubbed The Color Elixirs*. They have been out for a wee while now but I finally got my hands on one to try and I also have a sneaky wee giveaway at the very end of this post...

ULTA3 | Christmas Gift Sets + Nail Polish Advent Calendar


ULTA3 // Christmas Gift Sets + Nail Polish Advent Calender - CassandraMyee

With Christmas getting closer and closer (this time of year goes by so quickly, don't cha think?), it's time to think about Christmas gifts, whether it be for someone else, or let's be honest, for yourself! Ulta3, an Australian based cosmetics brand that is now available in NZ too, has released an extensive line up of some amazing Christmas gifts sets to make present buying a little bit easier, especially if you have a makeup/nail polish loving friend or family member!

LIVING NATURE | Bloom Lipstick GIVEAWAY! [CLOSED]

LIVING NATURE // Bloom Lipstick GIVEAWAY! - CassandraMyee
After Living Nature read through the comments that you all left on my review of this gorgeous lipstick in the shade Bloom (see it here), they decided that it would be a great idea for me to giveaway two of these to my readers! I love this lipstick; I think the colour will be universally flattering, the creamy texture and pigmentation is top notch, plus Living Nature use all natural mineral, pigments and waxes to formulate their lipsticks and other cosmetics.

MOST LOVED | November '14

MOST LOVED // November '14 - CassandraMyee
As you would have seen in my Instagram Round Up, I've had a very busy month that was filled with lots of travelling, so not a lot changed in my beauty line up. I found myself reaching for a lot of older favourites and not really introducing many new things into my everyday routine. That being said, there is one or two new additions that became Most Loved extremely quickly!

INSTAGRAM ROUND UP | November '14

INSTAGRAM ROUND UP // November '14 - CassandraMyee
I'm going to keep this introduction brief; I took a lot of photos this month. My Insta was a hashtag busy one, purely due to the fact that I went to the States for a week and was very snap happy because it was all too exciting for me!

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #031

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #031 - CassandraMyee

It feels like so long since I actually sat down and wrote a blog post as for the past week and a bit all of the posts were scheduled as I was on a family vacay to San Fran and Seattle (which was awesome by the way, and there will be heaps of haul posts coming soon!) I'm now finally getting back into the swing of things and sorting out posts for December (there's heaps coming up, plus a few giveaways), but for now here are the posts from this past week.

EMPTIES | November '14

EMPTIES // November '14 - CassandraMyee
November was seriously a jam packed month (as you will see in my Instagram Round Up), but I still managed to get through a number of products, some makeup, but mostly skincare items; so here's my thoughts on each one.

ZA COSMETICS | Brow Liner in Natural Grey + Natural Brown - Review + Swatches

ZA COSMETICS // Brow Liners in Natural Grey + Natural Brown | Review + Swatches

I've got a major thing for brows; after finally discovering last year how amazing a filled in brow can look and transform the face, I've not been able to go 'bare-browed' at all. I've been trying out a lot of different brow products, powders, pencils, liners etc and some work great, others not so much (I can't get powders to work for me). Brow pencils and liners are my favourite sort to run through the brows and create the shape I desire and the Za Brow Liner* does that job pretty darn well.

AUSTRALIS | Base Products - Review + Swatches

AUSTRALIS // Base Products | Review - CassandraMyee

Australis Cosmetics is definitely one of my favourite brands to get at the 'drugstore' (well, what we call Farmers here in NZ). I use many of their products regularly and have loved a lot of them that I've tried. Their Mineral Lipsticks are awesome, the Brow Pencil is my go-to every single day (see it in this haul here) and the Velourlips have matte, long lasting lip colour covered. I was recently sent a very generous goodie bag packed with some products to try out and review, so here is the selection of some of their base products.

NOTD | OPI Liquid Sand in Honey Ryder

NOTD // OPI Liquid Sand in Honey Ryder - CassandraMyee

Sometimes a bit of gold is all you need on the nails and this Liquid Sand polish from OPI has an amazing finish and is a perfect one for wearing around Christmas (which is fast approaching!)

GARNIER | Perfect Blur 5 Sec Smoothing Base Perfector - Review

GARNIER // Perfect Blur 5 Sec Smoothing Base Perfector | Review - CassandraMyee

Blurring primers and products like this seem to be all over the market at the moment. They all promise to make you look younger, blur wrinkles, pores etc - you name it, they all claim it. I've only used a couple of these, but so far the Garnier Perfect Blur is one of my favourites out there (it also featured in my Most Loved September).

MAKEUP REVOLUTION | I Heart Makeup - Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blushes

MAKEUP REVOLUTION // I Heart Makeup | Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blushes - CassandraMyee

You can't not look at these and instantly think how damn cute they are! These are two of the UK brand Makeup Revolution's cheaper option (or dupes) to the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush.

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #030

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #030 - CassandraMyee


The WPC has now reached the ripe old age of the big 3-0! Can't believe that means 30 weeks has gone by since I first started doing this on Sunday's to round out the week that was! Currently I am in America (this was pre-written before leaving; I was very organised) and I imagine that I have spent a lot of time slash money in Sephora/Ulta/MAC/The Drugstores, so you can expect some exciting blog posts coming your way in December!

SLEEK MAKEUP | Pout Polish in Bare Minimum

SLEEK MAKEUP // Pout Polish in Bare Minimum - CassandraMyee

UK based Sleek MakeUp is a brand I totally love; I've tried a lot of their face products and eye shadow palettes, but never delved into their lip products. I was recently sent this Pout Polish by the lovely team at Beauty Bliss and it is fast becoming a summer staple.

NOTD | OPI Do You Lilac It?

NOTD // OPI Do You Lilac It? - CassandraMyee

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this image here of the bulk lot of OPI nail polishes I managed to score from a FB buy/sell group. Well, this gorgeous lilac shade came from the lot and I think it is perfect for summer!

MAYBELLINE | Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer - Review

MAYBELLINE // Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer | Review - CassandraMyee

I've been sitting on this review for a while now as I got this Maybelline Baby Skin Primer ages ago in a Drugstore.com (see the post about it here), basically because I kinda like it, but then I kinda don't at all. Let me tell you why...

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box October '14 - Unboxing + Initial Thoughts

LUST HAVE IT // Women's Beauty Box October '14 | Unboxing + Initial Thoughts - CassandraMyee

So it seems as though Lust Have It had a bit of a problem with shipping out the boxes, because I pretty much received the August and September Women's Beauty Boxes within a few days of each other (see the unboxing for both of them here). But they seem to be back on track and the October Women's Beauty Box* has just arrived and it's a jam packed one once again! I'll have my usual End of Month Review for the August and September Boxes up in a week or so as I am still making my way through trying out all of the products!

THE NUDE LIP ROUND UP

THE EIGHT // Nude Lips - CassandraMyee

Nude lips have become absolutely massive over the past couple of month's due to a certain Kardashian-Jenner sister and the whole 90s revival thing, and I'll admit I totally jumped on this trend, big time. I've always loved a good neutral lip shade, but I always lean towards the pink toned shades, but lately the browner the better (a statement only to be said while talking about lip products).

SLEEK MAKEUP | i-Divine Mineral Based Eye Shadow Palette in Vintage Romance 141 - Review + Swatches

SLEEK MAKEUP // i-Divine Mineral Based Eye Shadow Palette in Vintage Romance 141 | Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

I recently was asked by Beauty Bliss to be included in their list of NZ beauty bloggers and vloggers, and with that came a little parcel filled with some products for me to try out and review. This beautiful Sleek i-Divine Eye Shadow Palette was included and to say I was excited about it is an understatement. I have one other Sleek palette (Snapshots palette, review + swatches here) and was very impressed with the quality, so I knew this was going to be just as good!

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #029

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #029 - CassandraMyee



So yet another week has just zipped right by at the speed of light and we are pretty much halfway through November now! This week was filled with work and blogging... lots of blogging and lots of post scheduling as next week I am off to the US! But don't be alarmed CM will be babysitting itself and posts will be going up as per each day.

NOTD | China Glaze Aquadelic

NOTD // China Glaze Aquadelic - CassandraMyee

I absolutely love blue and green tones on the nails, especially as we get into much warmer weather here in New Zealand. I recently got this shade in a Cherry Culture haul I did and I pretty much got it onto my nails as soon as I could!

LIVING NATURE | Lipstick in Bloom - Review + Swatches

LIVING NATURE // Lipstick in Bloom - CassandraMyee

I've been lucky to try out some skincare items from NZ brand Living Nature (see reviews of the Skin Steps Kit here and Manuka Honey Gel here), but I've not tried their makeup range, although I've always been curious about it. They recently released this beautiful new lipstick in the shade Bloom* in support of the Breast Cancer Network NZ, with $1 from every sale going to support BCN, and now that I've tried this lipstick I'm eyeing up a lot more from the makeup range!

MAKEUP REVOLUTION | Vivid Baked Blush + Highlighter - Review + Swatches

MAKEUP REVOLUTION // Vivid Baked Blush + Highlighter - CassandraMyee

I'd be surprised if you haven't heard about the UK brand Makeup Revolution (especially if you are an avid reader of CM!) It exploded into the beauty world with super affordable products that look very similar to its higher end counterparts. You can see my big haul post here and the review of the cream and powder blushes here, but today I am talking about a couple of products from the the 'Vivid' range.

ARTDECO | New Lip Innovators - Review

ARTDECO // New Lip Innovators | Review - CassandraMyee

ARTDECO is a brand I've been a big fan of since stands started popping up in Farmers last year, although I've only tried a few products (see reviews for their eye shadows here and Bronzing Glow Blusher here) I've really loved them. A brand new release is hitting stands this November dubbed the Lip Innovators*, three lip products designed to help enhance and transform the lips.
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