VIOLET BOX | May '14 Unboxing + Initial Thoughts

VIOLET BOX // May '14 Unboxing + Initial Thoughts - cassandramyee

I got very excited when this little box arrived on my doorstep, the April Violet Box (unboxing here + end of month review here) was extremely impressive and had a total value of about $146! VB is a new subscription box service that has finally hit the shores of NZ, after being successful in Australia. Each month the box costs $29.95 and that is including postage; there seems to be a great mix of full sized products as well as sample sized products. I am a huge fan of these subscription style boxes as I love a bit of mystery and excitement each month and it is a great way to discover and try from brands you may not necessarily buy.

VIOLET BOX // May '14 Unboxing + Initial Thoughts - cassandramyee

NOTD | Ciaté Sugar Plum + OPI Let's Do Anything We Want!


For today's nails I decided to go for something light and girly, so opted for a gorgeous lavender shade and just had to add a bit of glitter to the mix and I love this combo together.

VIOLET BOX | April '14 End of Month Review


Yesterday I just received the new Violet Box for May in the mail (that post will be coming in the next day or so), so it is the perfect time to wrap up last month's April box and give you my review and thoughts on each product now that I have had a chance to use them all over the past four weeks. If you missed it, here  is the post about the April box including initial thoughts and swatches for the products; it was a really great first box and had a value of around $146, when all I paid was $29.95 (including postage).

REVLON | The New Colorburst Lacquer + Matte Balms - Review + Swatches


When I heard Revlon were releasing these brand new matte and lacquer balms, I got pretty darn excited! The lip crayon type hybrid products are some of my favourite ways to dispense and apply lipsticks, so when I hit up the Revlon counter in Farmers, it's safe to say I went slightly overboard. Revlon have kicked it up a notch with the colour selection and there wasn't a shade I didn't like, so it made narrowing it down a very difficult task...

TRAVEL | Auckland - A Few Snaps

TRAVEL // Auckland - A Few Snaps - cassandramyee
On Wednesday, my family and I ventured up to Auckland to see Michael Bublé in concert at the Vector Arena. My sister flew from Wellington to meet us in Auck as well; the tickets were our Christmas presents and excitement levels were pretty high. I hadn't been up in Auckland for a wee while, we have family up there that we visit loads and I love going up - especially for the great shopping (CHCH really is lacking in the shopping department ATM). This is a mix of phone pictures and ones from my SLR; unfortunately one of the days I walked out of the hotel to have a venture around Britomart, SLR in tow, to find I had left my memory card in my computer #camerafail, so Instagram and phone pics had to suffice.

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #004

Another week has flown by, in which I spent the majority of it up in Auckland where I saw Michael Buble in concert (it was amazing!) It was also a full week of posts, so if you haven't seen them all, links are below, so do a bit of Sunday night reading and do the catch up!

CHEAP EBAY FINDS | Yachiyo Brush [NARS #27 Dupe]


I've discovered some pretty great cheap eBay finds before, including this 217 brush (that looks very similar to its original...), and it was Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup who was using the very strange, but beautiful looking NARS Yachiyo Brush, which retails for USD $55 via. Sephora or NARS, or NZD $108 via. Mecca Cosmetica here in NZ. I did a quick eBay search to see what was around, only to find this very cheap dupe (well, knock off) that looks particularly similar to the NARS one. But this one only set me back NZD $8, with free shipping.

BEAUTY JOINT | Haul #003 via. eBay [feat. NYX, e.l.f., Jordana, Wet N Wild + L.A. Girl]


Now if you a regular reader of CM, then you will know I love me a bit of Beauty Joint. I've featured a number of hauls from the site (just do a quick search to see them all) and it was recently brought to my attention that you could actually buy from Beauty Joint via. their eBay store. They have all the exact same products and you order through your eBay account and can use PayPal, plus the shipping actually works out a lot cheaper than buying directly from the site itself. The products obviously ship from Beauty Joint, the exact same way they would if you were to buy from the site and it arrived in a week exactly, pretty darn impressive!

OPI | Muppets Most Wanted Collection - The Glitters


I always get so excited when a new OPI collection/collaboration comes out. Generally, I end up with at least one bottle from the lot, or a set of minis if I really love the polishes on offer. The latest collection is another collaboration with the Muppets for the new Muppets Most Wanted movie. In 2011, OPI had their first Muppets collection and it was packed with some amazing shades, especially glitters. This one is no different, I wanted to walk away with the all 8 of the bottles, but just settled on two glitter polishes that are totally gorgeous!

SEPHORA FAVORITES | Meet Your Match Minis - Review + Swatches



When my Dad took a trip to the States a month or so ago, a Sephora shopping list went a long with him. This Sephora Favourties Meet Your Match kit was at the top of the list. I am a big fan of mini products and they give a great opportunity to try out different products and also try some brands I've been wanting to use for ages such as Hourglass and Deborah Lippmann.

REAL TECHNIQUES | Limited Edition Night Owl Makeup Kit - Review + Swatches


Yesterday I blogged all about the new (and limited edition) release of the Real Techniques Makeup Kits, specifically sharing the Modern Natural kit. So today I have the second one; the darker, more night appropriate, Night Owl kit. I posted a little more background about Real Techniques and the kits in general, so have a quick read of yesterday's post if you missed it and then come back to this one to see all the swatches for this kit.

REAL TECHNIQUES | Limited Edition Modern Natural Makeup Kit - Review + Swatches







At the end of April, Real Techniques posted a photo on their Instagram with the very exciting announcement that they had just released two limited edition makeup kits, and it's safe to say I got a tad excited. It is no secret that I absolutely love the Real Techniques brushes (I think I have about 3/4 of the range available), when I saw that photo I was straight onto the site and I ordered both of them right then and there. If you aren't familiar with Real Techniques, it was started by makeup artists Sam and Nic Chapman, who are the faces behind Pixiwoo on Youtube - and they sure know their makeup, so these makeup kits had a lot of pressure to impress.

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #003


The weeks are surely flying by, so here is the Weekly Collective of posts for your reading/viewing pleasure. I finally shared my beloved MAC palette (which had been hinting at for the past few weeks), as well as some fashion type posts, and of course, a haul thrown in the mix also.

AUSTRALIS | Haul From NZ Sale, First Impressions + Swatches


Way back in mid-Feb NZ Sale had a super cheap sale on a whole bunch of Australis Cosmetics, everything bar the mousse foundation (which was $8) was only $2 each, so naturally, I could not resist grabbing a few items! I think Australis do some great products, but also some duds (like any brand) but for such cheap prices, I grabbed some things I have been wanting to try out for a while.

M.A.C. | The 15 Pan Custom Palette [Part 002] + The Swatches


If you missed yesterday's post (here) I gave the run down on how I built this palette and shared some insight into how I used YouShop to get this palette to me from the MAC US online shop. And as promised here is the eye shadow palette break down, including the colours I picked and swatches of them all - I can say right off the bat; I adore this palette.

M.A.C. | The 15 Pan Custom Eye Shadow Palette [Part 001] + My YouShop Experience


So I think I have been teasing about this palette for too long of a time, so here is is; my beautiful and most prized possession - the MAC 15 Pan palette, custom picked by me. It was an amazing present from my lovely Mum + Dad for my birthday in April, which I got off the MAC Cosmetics US site and used YouShop (a mail forwarding service) to get it to NZ. Now it was my first time using YouShop, so the whole process was a little nerve racking but everything went well and I'll be sharing a few insights of my experience later on in the post. Buying from the US store meant the prices were so much cheaper than if I was to have brought it here in NZ, and it basically was about half the price, so I'd really recommend giving YouShop a go.

CHEAP EBAY FINDS | Gold + Silver Midi/Above Knuckle Rings


So who'd of thought rings above your knuckles would be a thing!? It definitely took me a while to get into the trend but I really love the way they look and the best part is you can stack 'em up as many as you want (or as many as your fingers will hold!) You can buy midi rings all over the show, but I went onto the good old eBay and found some for a ludicrously cheap price in both silver and gold - so cheap in fact, you may as well buy both them in both colours.

THE TRANSPARENT CLUTCH [via. Etsy]

There are just those times when a trend comes around that you instantly fall in love with  - the translucent/transparent/clear (whatever you wanna call it) clutch was one of them for me. Way, way back into the early archives of CM on the 6th of September, I posted about my lusting over these amazing bags (see post here) and it has taken me this long to find one that I really liked, that didn't look too cheap, but was actually really cheap! I searched and searched online, there are some on ASOS from the brand Klear Klutch that are extortionately over priced, and then on eBay they just looked a little to cheapy, but I finally hoped onto Etsy found this, and it's perfect in every way. Best part was, it was only NZD $11.90, plus about $9 for postage.

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #002

Another week has passed and it was jam packed with posts. There was a lot of Urban Decay love happening with my Naked series, featuring the amazing Naked Palettes.

URBAN DECAY | Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches


It is now the final instalment in the Naked Trilogy (do the catch-up; The Introduction, Naked Basics + Naked 2) with the famed Naked 3 palette. At the end of last year, Instagram's were flying around with this palette in it, many thought it was simply a hoax but out of the blue in December the Naked 3 palette was launched by Urban Decay in all of its pink-toned glory and it certainly has not disappointed.

URBAN DECAY | Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches


The Naked Trilogy continues on, skipping the Naked 1 (as discussed in The Introduction) and going straight into the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, which is perhaps my favourite out of the three. If you'd like to check out yesterday's post featuring the Naked Basics - find it right here.

URBAN DECAY | Naked Basics Palette Review + Swatches


Urban Decay just can't do any wrong when it comes to shadows, specifically with their palettes. So to kick off the UD trilogy [see The Introduction post here] I have the very compact, very versatile, Naked Basics Palette.

URBAN DECAY | The Naked Palettes - An Introduction


Over the next three days I will be talking all things Naked - now, don't go getting the wrong idea, obviously I am talking about the much coveted Urban Decay Naked range of eye shadow palettes. Being in little old NZ, I had not heard of Urban Decay - it's not available anywhere to buy here and it wasn't until a couple of years ago, that I got into watching so much Youtube and reading blogs from across the globe that the world had opened up to me and revealed the beauty that is Urban Decay.

NEW ADDITIONS #005 | Gemstones + Minerals


Let's take a wee break from beauty for the day and chat other beautiful things, like gemstones! If you're new to CM I have a wee series called New Additions and for the past 5 posts they have all been showing a variety of different gemstones and minerals. Over the summer I worked in a gemstone and jewellery shop, so was surrounded by them all the time and I am absolutely fascinated by them all. I have quite the collection, stored in big jars on my desk - not only are the super interesting geologically, they look lovely as well!

My Travel Makeup Bag #003


This post has been waiting a wee while in the background of Cassandra Myee, and a few of the products mentioned I have actually used up now (to be fair they were coming to the end of their life), which you may have seen in previous empties posts. But dismiss that, because nearly all the other products I still have a lot of love for and are staples in my travel makeup bag. My bag of choice is this clear top zip up case I got from Kathmandu; it's great because you can see the majority of the contents and it is pretty slim so easy to pack in any bag (I'm actually surprised by how much I can fit in there!) If you want to catch up on previous Travel Makeup Bags - here is #001 and #002 for you to enjoy.


Can we all just take a moment and bask in all this makeup?!

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #001


I read a lot of blogs and many of them do little round up style posts, whether it be weekly or monthly, just lumping things together in one handy post [I've taken a bit of inspiration from Lily Pebbles here]. I've decided to do the same, in what I am calling The Weekly Post Collective. On a Sunday I will do a short recap of the past weeks posts, with quick links so you can make sure you haven't missed anything on CM!

INNOXA | Summer Matte Lipstick in Strawberry - Review + Swatch


Reading blogs and watching endless amount of YouTube means you become pretty familiar with makeup brands over time, I couldn't even count how I many I know or have heard of now! Innoxa was a brand I had heard or seen very little about until watching Shaaanxo (NZ gal) and Sharon Farrell (an Australian blogger/vlogger) mention Innoxa a few times. Shannon raves about their lipsticks so when I saw that NZ Sale had them, I jumped right onto that bandwagon. They had the lippies for only $5 each, I did only end up buying the one so I could try it out, but now I wish I had nabbed a couple more.

TARTE COSMETICS | New Cheek Stain in Fearless Review + Swatches


When one of best friends traveled back from the States, I just couldn't resist getting her to pick up a few things from Sephora (the other items she makeup-trafficked for me I have already featured on CM; including the Tarte Be Mattenificent Palette + the Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings Set). The last item she got for me was one of the new Tarte Cheek Stains, this one in the shade Fearless.

EMPTIES | April '14 + Reviews

I am always so surprised by the end of the month to find how many products I actually use up! There are the usual suspects from my skincare routine (The Body Shop Tea Tree) and a couple makeup items, as well a few older makeup items that definitely needed a throw out even though they aren't empty yet. It's a long one, so I am just going to crack on with it.

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