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.

CHI CHI | Glamorous Eye Shadow Collection NUDES - Review + Swatches

CHI CHI // Glamorous Eye Shadow Collection NUDES | Review + Swatches

Yesterday I featured the Elegant palette from the Chi Chi Glamorous Eye Shadow Collection range, and today I've got the Nudes coming attacha. This is easily my favourite from the two and was the one I knew I definitely want to get first, because I had heard it is almost a perfect dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palette (but more on that later).

CHI CHI | Glamorous Eye Shadow Collection ELEGANT - Review + Swatches

CHI CHI // Glamorous Eye Shadow Palette ELEGANT | Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

After going back and forth about whether or not I should try some of the Chi Chi Australia palettes, I was finally persuaded when Farmers had a buy one, get one half price sale (damn Farmers and their great sales!) so I decided on two, the Nudes (coming tomorrow) and the Elegant palette from their Glamorous Eye Shadow Collection range.

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #028

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #028 - CassandraMyee


Sunday only means one thing, the Weekly Post Collective! This week was spent working, writing and sorting out blog post for the rest of November (I'm very proud of my organisation) and just generally relaxing and catching up on my YouTube 'watch later' list. You might notice a few tweaks to my blog design as I finally got around to adding a navigation bar, with a new About page, Disclaimer and drop down menu with posts organised into categories to make it a bit easier to navigate around. It took almost half a day to get it all sorted (HTML and all), so I'm pretty pleased with my efforts! As for the posts, things were as per, with some reviews, some nail love and a haul.

OPALESCENCE GO | Whitening Kit Review - Before + After

OPALESCENCE GO // Whitening Kit Review | Before + After - CassandraMyee

I am definitely one of those people who will always gravitate to dental products that have 'whitening' written on them, or will improve the colour of my teeth. I've got the mouth wash, the toothbrush, the pen, all in the hopes of getting whiter teeth. Although these things do work over time they don't give amazing results, so when I was contacted and asked if I would like to try out a new teeth whitening system now available in NZ called Opalescence Go* from Ultradent I jumped at the chance. I mean, who doesn't want to have whiter teeth, right?

REAL TECHNIQUES | Nic's Picks Brush Set - Review

REAL TECHNIQUES // Nic's Picks Brush Set | Review - CassandraMyee

As soon as it was released that Real Techniques would be following up from last Christmas's Sam's Picks Brush Set (review here), I knew I would be buying it as soon as it came out online. This set is everything I had hoped and more; the packaging, the shiny silver handles, the new exclusive brushes - this set has it all!

THE NUDE NAIL ROUND UP

THE NUDE NAIL ROUND UP - CassandraMyee

I love bright polishes and bold glitters, don't get me wrong, but there is something timeless and classic about a good nude nail polish. I love bold white too (like Essie Blanc), but for something that is a little more subtle and natural, these are the few I always reach for.

KIO KIO | Hand & Body Lotion - Antipodean Lavender + Rimu

KIO KIO NZ SKINCARE // Hand & Body Lotion | Antipodean Lavender + Rimu - CassandraMyee

When I was contacted by New Zealand brand Kio Kio to sample one of their Hand & Body Lotion* I jumped at the chance. Kio Kio is a brand I've not heard much about, but all of their products are NZ made and manufactured, focusing on natural, organic and premium ingredients in all of their range.

CHERRY CULTURE | Haul - First Impressions + Swatches

CHERRY CULTURE // Haul | First Impressions + Swatches - CassandraMyee
If you're a long time reader of CM, you'll know I love a good sale and just can't resist them. So when Cherry Culture had there annual 40% off everything sale, I went a little bit gaga for all the makeup! My cart ended up being very packed, but I managed to cut it down, whilst still picking up some items I've had on my 'to buy' list for a while from NYX and China Glaze.

NOTD | Kleancolor Grape Burst + Factorie Moulin Rouge Glitz

NOTD // Kleancolor Grape Burst + Factorie Moulin Rouge Glitz - CassandraMyee

Today's NOTD could not be any more girly, with pink on pink with lots of added glitter to the mix!

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #027

THE WEEKLY POST COLLECTIVE #027 - CassandraMyee

Sunday can only mean one thing, the Weekly Post Collective. I had a pretty amazing week; I finished my last ever uni exam yesterday, so I now have two degrees up my sleeve, and then my parents surprised my sister and I with a trip to San Francisco and Seattle in a few weeks time (keep an eye out for some Sephora haulin' coming your way!) Really things can't get much better than that! The blog this week was packed with the usual October round up posts, as well as some reviews thrown in there too.

MOST LOVED | October '14

MOST LOVED // October '14 - CassandraMyee
November the first has rolled around quicker then you can say potato (just go with it...) and with the end of the month, that means it's time to share my monthly Most Loved. There wasn't a heck of a lot of faves in October, but these few items were definitely things I was reaching for on the daily.
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