EMPTIES | December '15

EMPTIES | December '15 - Rimmel, Moreish, Holistic Hair, Benefit, Maybelline - CassandraMyee


It's almost the end of December (and the end of 2015 for that matter), so it's time for the monthly round up of products I used up during the past month. As always there's a lot of skincare, and only a few makeup items - I think in the New Year I need to make a conscious effort to use up more of my makeup, before buying new things - who's with me on that?! But for now let's crack into some reviews...

MOST LOVED | December '15

MOST LOVED | December '15 - Urban Decay, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Burt's Bees, Essie +  Hourglass - CassandraMyee


Firstly I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas with their family and friends! Mine was really great, nice and quiet just with my parents and sister with a lot of over indulging of course! As December is just about over it's time to share the products I loved during the past month - there's not a huge amount but definitely some stand outs.

CM WISHES YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

CM WISHES YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS - CassandraMyee

Believe it or not, it's Christmas today! How mighty quick this month slash the whole year has gone! It's just a quick post from me today to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

M.A.C | Dark Desires + Fluidity Collection - Review + Swatches


M.A.C | Dark Desires + Fluidity Collection - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyeeM.A.C aren't one to stop with the new releases over the Christmas period, instead they have been coming out thick and fast this past month, with more coming out in January (but more on them next month!) December sees the release of the Dark Desires and Fluidity Collection, which I have a few items from them both to share with you today.

LAQA&CO. | Fat Lip Pencil, Cheeky Lip + Lip Lubes - Review + Swatches

LAQA&CO. | Fat Lip Pencil, Cheeky Lip + Lip Lubes - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

I'm going to take a guess and say that not many of you would have heard of the brand LAQA&Co. I was totally unaware of it until I received one of the Lip Lube Pencils in a Violet Box (sadly no longer operating) way back in July last year. I hadn't delved more into the brand because there were no NZ stockists, but I was contacted by Cosmic who have just started to stock the brand and they sent me a bunch of their products to try out.

HOURGLASS | Ambient Lighting Edit - Review + Swatches

HOURGLASS | Ambient Lighting Edit - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

If there's one palette that people are talking about this Christmas, it's the gorgeous limited edition release from Hourglass - the Ambient Lighting Edit. The hype truly was real with this one, with Hourglass hinting at it and posting sneak peeks of the palette way back in the middle of the year.  It's caused a lot of beauty lovers to go a little mad over it, in both senses of the word - some are really disappointed with the size compared to the cost value, while others are all 'heart-eyed emoji' over it. I'm totally in the latter.

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box November '15 - Unboxing + Initial Thoughts

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box November '15 - Unboxing + Initial Thoughts - CassandraMyee

I realise it hasn't even been a whole month since the last Lust Have It arrived (see it here), but I've already had the November Women's Beauty Box* arrive and wanted to share the contents ASAP because it's a pretty good one this month! If you're a new reader, or curious about LHI, it is a monthly beauty subscription service that ships to Australia and NZ, where you are sent at least 5 sample products (although a lot are full sized) for AUD $19.95 plus $2.95 for shipping. This month's bag came with 5 products, plus two bonus items, three of which are full sized.

TOO FACED | Christmas 2015 Le Grand Château - Review + Swatches

TOO FACED | Christmas 2015 Le Grand Chateau - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

No one does Christmas sets quite like Too Faced do. Last year's La Belle Carousel was all kinds of gorgeous and it still sits pride of place on my dresser. The 2015 Christmas sets are just as amazing, and the new Le Grand Château takes cute packaging to a whole other level.

URBAN DECAY | Naked Smoky Palette - Review + Swatches

URBAN DECAY | Naked Smoky Palette - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

Urban Decay palettes are likely some of the most covetable in the beauty world. When I really first started getting into makeup a few years back, all I heard about was these Naked palettes and I instantly knew I needed one - the day I finally got one was very, very exciting! Now I own the Naked2, Naked3, as well as the smaller Naked Basics and Naked Basics2 - without fail I will use one of these palettes everyday as they are my all time faves. So when I heard they were bringing out a new Naked addition in the form of the Naked Smoky Palette, it went straight on to my wishlist.

NAIL JUICE | Indie Nail Polishes - Review + Swatches

NAIL JUICE | Indie Nail Polishes - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

You would all know by now that I am a nail polish fiend, my collection is out of control! However, the majority of polishes I have are from the bigger brands such as O.P.I. and Essie, and I've never dabbled in the 'indie' nail polish world. There are a lot of people out there creating some amazing polishes with unique colours, glitters and finishes, and NZ based brand, Nail Juice is one of them.

COLLECTIVE BEAUTY HAUL

COLLECTIVE BEAUTY HAUL - Beauty Bliss, TheBalm, Chi Chi, Essence, Blistex, L.A. Girl, Too Faced, Karen Murrell - CassandraMyee

It's been far too long since I did a good ol' classic beauty haul, the main reason being that I just haven't been buying that much makeup lately (shocking I know, but my bank account is rejoicing). So here are a few new things on my radar that I either bought over the past month or so, or are products I was kindly sent by PR that I want to share with you lot. Let's crack into some makeup goodness... 

REMINGTON | Trim & Shape Ultimate Body & Bikini Kit Review

REMINGTON | Trim & Shape Ultimate Body & Bikini Kit Review - CassandraMyee

With Summer very much here, I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you all this easy to use Trim & Shape Body + Bikini Kit* from Remington that will have you beach and Summer ready in no time at all.

EMPTIES | November '15

EMPTIES | November '15 - Batiste, Nude By Nature, Seche Vite, Anastasia Beverly Hills, The Body Shop, Reed, Australis, Maybelline, Moreish - CassandraMyee
Happy December my lovely CM readers! Today I'm going to be taking you through my rubbish for the month of November -  how glamorous right?! As it always goes, I ended up finishing a fair few products this month; a couple makeup items, but as per, a whole load of skincare things.

MOST LOVED | NOVEMBER '15

MOST LOVED | NOVEMBER '15 - L'Oreal Professionnel Paris, The Body Shop, The Balm, Too Faced, Chi Chi - CassandraMyee

Can you really believe that it's the last day of November right now? I definitely can't, and that means there is only one month until the end of the year - Christmas is on its way guys So it's time for my second to last Most Loved of 2015, and this month I had some hair products I couldn't get enough of and of course, some very loved makeup bits too.

COSME-DE.COM | Haul + Review - Guerlain + Benefit

COSME-DE.COM | Haul - Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in 02 + Benefit Coralista Blush - CassandraMyee

I was recently contact by online beauty retailer COSME-DE.com to see if I wanted to try out their site and pick a few products to try out; naturally I said yes, because I love online shopping and I love makeup. They have so many brands on there (over 500!) and they stock men's and women's products from skincare, to hair, to beauty and fragrances too, plus they offer free shipping worldwide (a major tick in my books!)

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box October '15 - Unboxing + Initial Thoughts

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box October '15 - Unboxing + Initial Thoughts - CassandraMyee


It's time for another Lust Have It Women's Beauty Box* unboxing for October! This one arrived last week, and it's nice that they are finally back on track with the shipping. October's bag comes with seven items in it, including four full sized products and three sample sizes and there's an interesting mix of makeup, skincare, hair and even a nail polish! 

BOURJOIS PARIS | New Releases + Thoughts

BOURJOIS PARIS | Upcoming Releases + First Impressions - CassandraMyee

About a month or so ago I was invited to celebrate the NZ launch of makeup brand Bourjois. I'm sure most of you would have heard of the brand before, particularly from those in the UK who are always raving about their products. I used to buy it off ASOS, as it was the only way to get it to NZ, but now Farmers stores across the country have Bourjois stands, with all of the iconic products available. I was extremely fortunate to get a large goodie bag of things to try out, so here are my thoughts on a few things from their lineup of current products and some new releases for Summer.

L'OREAL PARIS | New Releases October/November '15 - Review + Swatches

L'OREAL PARIS | New Releases October/November '15 - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

L'Oreal is definitely one of my favourite makeup brands, and lately they have been bringing out some amazing new releases. Adding to their extensive line up are some new eye and brow related products that I've been testing out for the past few weeks, so get ready for some reviewin'.

ULTA3 | Nail Polishes for Spring/Summer - Review + Swatches

ULTA3 | Nail Polishes for Spring/Summer - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

Spring and Summer are always the best months to pull out the bright and pastel nail polishes you had tucked away over Winter. The very affordable brand, ulta3 have recently bought out a whole swag of new shades, in candy pastels and brights perfect for the warmer months.

M.A.C | Magic Of The Night Holiday 2015 Collection - Review + Swatches

M.A.C | Magic Of The Night Holiday 2015 Collection - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

You know when M.A.C release their holiday collections that they are going to be good and this year is no exception! Last year's Heirloom Mix Collection was a total knock out (see it here), and the 2015 offering is equally as good, and the metallic jewel toned packaging is eye catching and totally festive appropriate.

THE BODY SHOP | Limited Edition Time To Shine Christmas Collection '15

THE BODY SHOP | Limited Edition Christmas Collection '15 - Swinging Silver + Grooving Gold - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

After the release of The Body Shop Christmas body collections (see the delicious smelling Frosted Plum range here), I didn't think things could get much better, but they have! Along with their usual body products, they've also released a limited edition makeup range packed with lots of metallic golds and silvers, so appropriate for the festive season.

THEBALM | Balm Voyage! Eyeshadow, Lip + Cheek Stain Palette - Review + Swatches

THEBALM | Balm Voyage! Eyeshadow, Lip + Cheek Stain Palette - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

It's not often that a bargain like this one comes along. As it always happens, an NZ Sale email popped up in my inbox and instantly my eyes lit up - they had theBalm on sale... for only $9! I honestly could not believe it when I saw that, so naturally, I was straight on there adding things to my cart, which included this palette, the Balm Voyage! Palette, and The Balmsai Eyeshadow + Brow Palette (which I'll be reviewing on here very soon). The sale was like a makeup lovers dream!

ON KEEPING THINGS NEUTRAL

ON KEEPING THINGS NEUTRAL - CassandraMyee

I'm a neutral lover at heart; you'll find me reaching for brown hues for eyeshadow rather than something bright, a nude lip over a bright pink one, and a natural blush tone. Although of course, I like to introduce a bit of colour and life into my beauty routine every now and then, I'll always feel safe with a more neutral palette, and not only is that in my makeup choices, but also in my style and jewellery options too.

ULTA3 | Lipstick Collection - Review + Swatches

ULTA3 | Lipstick Collection - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee


Last month I was super lucky to attend a Bourjois launch party, and I came home with a very generous goodie bag packed with Bourjois products as well as some products from brands that the PR company look after. Inside were a few lipsticks from the very affordable brand, ulta3*. I already own one shade in my stash, so I thought I would do a little swatch and review and share the four other shades I got.

THE BODY SHOP | Frosted Plum Christmas Collection

THE BODY SHOP | Frosted Plum Christmas Collection - CassandraMyee

New Christmas collections are coming out thick and fast now, and The Body Shop is dropping their usual deliciously scented lot of body treats. They're bringing back favourite scents from previous years - Glazed Apple and Frosted Cranberry, and have added a new one to the bunch, the gorgeous Frosted Plum range*.

EMPTIES | October '15

EMPTIES | October '15 - The Body Shop, Manuka Doctor, elf, Australis, Daiso, Maybelline, Schwarzkopf - CassandraMyee


The end of October is nigh, so of course I have to share what products I finished over the past month. Again, there were a lot of products I got through and I'm always amazed at how many I do go through over a four week period. There's lot of skincare (as usual), as well as some of my favourite makeup items that came to a sad end.

MOST LOVED | October '15

MOST LOVED | October '15 - Max Factor, Moreish Skincare, Antipodes, Essie, Bourjois - CassandraMyee


I really can not believe how quickly the months are flying by - in fact it is really freaking me out! So it's nearly the end of October, so I thought I would round out this week with the usual round-up of Most Loved and Empties (coming on Friday). This month I was trying out a lot of new products, but there were only a few that really stood out as clear favourites for me.

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box September '15 Unboxing + Thoughts

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box September Unboxing + Thoughts - CassandraMyee
It's that time again for another unboxing of this month's Lust Have It Women's Beauty Box for September*. This month is definitely not as good as the last one (see it here), but there are some products inside that I do look forward to using, with the whole bag having the theme 'On The Go'.

THE BODY SHOP | New Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist + Highlighting Domes Review

THE BODY SHOP | New Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist + Highlighting Domes - CassandraMyee

You're probably all aware by now that I am a big lover of The Body Shop; you can pretty much guarantee everyday I use something from their range, whether it's their skincare, or makeup. One of my favourite makeup products from them is the Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder (pictured to the right), so I was so excited to see that they have extended the Honey Bronze range with some more great products.

FABY | Music Mini Set Spring/Summer 2015 Nail Lacquer Collection

FABY | Music Spring/Summer 2015 Nail Lacquer Collection - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

When the warmer months roll around, it is always appropriate to go bright on the nails. Although I feel like bright, in-your-face nails are good for any time of the year, you can always get away with louder colours during the Spring and Summer. Faby have just released a brand new collection of 12 new shades dubbed their Music Collection, and have brought out a Music Mini Set* of four polishes from this new drop with shades that are perfect for Summer.  

ANTIPODES | Cleanser, Serum + Day Cream Skincare Review

ANTIPODES | Skincare Review Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser, Chia & Kiwi Seed Superfood Serum + Vanilla Pod Day Cream - CassandraMyee

Antipodes is a brand I always hear amazing things about from people all over the world, but surprisingly I've never used any of their products before! Obviously, this had to be rectified, and I was over the moon to receive a few products from the range to try out. Over the past couple of months, I've been using these in my normal skincare regime and I've gotta say, they have not disappointed! 

KAREN MURRELL | Christmas Lipstick + Charm Bracelet Gift Set

KAREN MURRELL | Christmas Lipstick + Charm Bracelet Gift Set - CassandraMyee


You might think it's a little bit too early to be talking about Christmas, but over the past few weeks I've received some amazing gift sets and products that will be released over the festive season, so why not get a head start on some Christmas shopping?! This set from Karen Murrell* will please any lipstick lover, and I'm sure it will make an appearance on many Christmas wishlists.

ESSIE | Gel Setter Top Coat + 'Double Breasted Jacket' - Review + Swatches

ESSIE | gel setter Top Coat + 'Double Breasted Jacket' - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

I feel like its been well established that I love Essie nail polish. I'm pretty sure my collection has almost doubled since I did this particular post here - the obsession is real! New to the Essie line up is the Gel Setter Top Coat*, designed to give that gel like manicure look to the nails without all the fuss, and naturally I was curious to see what it was all about.

JOBAZ | Max Strength Hair Colour Remover - Review, Before + After

JOBAZ | Max Strength Hair Colour Remover - Review, Before + After - CassandraMyee

I'll be the first to admit that I am a serial hair dyer; I've been so many different colours and shades. There's been blonde, there's been bright red, I've had ombre, and pink and blue, so much so that I have no idea what my natural hair colour is underneath all of that colouring! I've been various shades of brunette for a while now, and will go through stages of having an ombre, then putting through a totally dark brown once I get sick of it. 

I have been curious though about hair colour removal and spied this JoBaz Hair Colour Remover* at the supermarket and thought about giving it go, a few weeks later I was contacted by the company to see if I wanted to try it out, so naturally I said why not?! I have been toying with the idea of going back slightly lighter for summer and thought using this could kick start the process. It was an interesting experience, and this might be a long post, but if you are curious about this product or at-home hair colour removal, keep on reading....

LIFE | A QUICK PSA...

This is just a very quick little announcement to say that I will be taking this week off from posting, but I'll be back next Monday (12th October) and the normal schedule will resume. To be honest I've been in a bit of rut with my blog and lacking in motivation for writing posts. I have a …

GOODNESS PRODUCTS | Grab & Go Goodness Try-It Kit

GOODNESS PRODUCTS | Grab & Go Goodness Try-It Kit Skincare Review - CassandraMyee

If you're anything like me (or any other beauty lover to be honest), I'm sure you're a sucker for cute little miniature products. I love mini products as they are perfect for travelling with, and they also let you try out a product from a brand before committing to the full size. Goodness Products have answered all of our wishes and have come out with the perfect Grab & Go Try-It Kit*, which contains the five products from the line in mini form.

MOST LOVED | September '15

MOST LOVED | September '15 - Tarte, L'Oreal, Maybelline, Beauty Blender - CassandraMyee

I don't know if you can believe it because I certainly can't - it's the end of September today, which means there's only 3 more months left of 2015 *insert shocked blue faced emoji*. That scary prospect aside, here are the products I was really loving during the past month.

EMPTIES | September '15

EMPTIES | September '15 - CassandraMyee
I think that the months just really need to put the breaks on; it only feels like it was last week that I was sharing my Empties from August! But here we are at the end of September, and surprisingly I got through a lot of products this month, with a good mix of things across the beauty board.

M.A.C | Vamplify Collection - Review + Swatches

M.A.C | Vamplify Collection - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

New M.A.C collections have been coming out thick and fast this year and it's almost hard to keep up with them all! Their latest release is the Vamplify range (Fall release for the US), with 17 high intensity lip glosses, and 12 Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, all in some gorgeous shades. I was sent two shades from the Vamplify selection, so check out my thoughts and some swatches after the jump.

L'OREAL PARIS | Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Nudes Lipsticks - Review + Swatches

L'OREAL PARIS | Collection Exclusive Nudes Lipstick Collection - Review + Swatches

New lipstick launches always get me so excited, but let's be honest here I really don't need any more lipsticks in my life - but do I want them? Hell yes! There's a new collection on the market from L'Oreal Paris, the Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Nudes*, made in collaboration with some iconic, and gorgeous women, that is going to please any lipstick lover.

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box August '15 Unboxing + Initial Thoughts

LUST HAVE IT | Women's Beauty Box August '15 Unboxing + Initial Thoughts - CassandraMyee

The Lust Have It Women's Beauty Box* for August has arrived, and it's even better than usual because it's their birthday box! This months box includes five products, some skincare and the rest makeup, all of which are full sized. If you're unfamiliar with Lust Have It, basically they are a monthly subscription service where you get sent at least 5 products, ranging from full sized to sample sizes to try out for AUD $19.95 a month. They ship to NZ and Australia and they are a service I've been getting for over a year now.

TRILOGY | Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm Review

TRILOGY | Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm Review - CassandraMyee

Cleansing balms and cleansing oils are having a real thing in the beauty industry at the moment, and I ain't complaining about it! I absolutely adore The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil for taking off my makeup at the end of the day, but recently I've been using this brand new Trilogy offering; the Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm*.

REAL TECHNIQUES | Collector's Edition Sculpting Brush Set Review

REAL TECHNIQUES | Collector's Edition Sculpting Brush Set - CassandraMyee

You might have seen in my latest iHerb haul that I posted last week (if you haven't read it, check it out here for lots of other haulin'), that I finally got my hands on the new Collector's Edition Sculpting Brush Set from my favourite brush brand, Real Techniques. If you live under a rock (sorry about that if you do...), RT was started by vlogging sisters and makeup artists Sam and Nic Chapman from Pixiwoo. I've been using their brushes for years now and I can always rely on them to be amazing quality, but also really affordable, and this new set is no exception.

CURRENT FAVOURITE EYELINERS [LIQUID + PENCIL]

CURRENT FAVOURITE EYELINERS [LIQUID + PENCIL] - ZA, Stila, Too Faced, Benefit, Rimmel - CassandraMyee

A little bit of eyeliner (or a lot, depends on the occasion!) can really enhance an eye look. I have quite a few favourites and lately I've been loving using eyeliner on an everyday basis. Here are a few of my current favourites, with a mix of liquid and more traditional pencil liners.

AUSTRALIS | New Primers - The Original, Cya Later Pores + Blemish Buster

AUSTRALIS | New Primers - The Original, Cya Later Pores + Blemish Buster - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee


I will without a doubt use a primer every time I apply makeup - for me, it's a crucial step in my routine so I'm always looking for great primers that help prolong my foundation wear. Nowadays brands are coming out with all sorts of different primers to target certain skin concerns and Australis have jumped in the ring and recently released three new primers*, that should cover most people's primer needs.

M.A.C | Haute Dogs Limited Edition Collection

M.A.C | Haute Dogs Limited Edition Collection - CassandraMyee

M.A.C sure know how to do limited edition collections that are always heavily coveted. The new Haute Dogs Collection launched in NZ on Monday and it is packed with some gorgeous products, all in natural, dog inspired shade. 

iHERB | Haul - e.l.f., Real Techniques, Physicians Formula + More

iHERB | Haul - e.l.f., Real Techniques, Physicians Formula + More - CassandraMyee
It's been a long time since I made an iHerb haul and it was about time I spent some of my credit building up and finally get some products I've been wanting for a while. If you haven't heard of iHerb, you are truly missing out - it's got so much choice, from food to supplements and vitamins, to cosmetics and skincare - the focus being on natural products. I've made many orders from them before and they always impress me - so here's what I got this time around (I went a bit crazy for lip liners...)

CAN A MEN'S POST SHAVE BALM REALLY WORK AS A PRIMER?

CAN A MEN'S POST SHAVE BALM REALLY WORK AS A PRIMER? - Nivea Men's Post Shave Balm Review - CassandraMyee

So you might be reading this and thinking 'Has Cass gone totally crazy?', and the answer is yes, I think I have because using this Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm* as a makeup primer actually works! You might need to hear me out on this one, but believe me, next time you are in the supermarket grab a bottle and check it out for yourself (or if you have a boyfriend who uses it, sneak a bit of his to try...) 

MOST LOVED | August '15

MOST LOVED | August '15 - Soap & Glory, Manuka Dr, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Blinc, Maybelline, Jordana - CassandraMyee
August was a crazy month, but crazy in the best way possible. It was my first official month here in Auckland after moving from Christchurch and I've been so busy with all sorts of fun things (as well as being very sick for about 10 days out of the month too). I've pretty much been wearing makeup nearly everyday, but have been trying to reach for different products each time, however there were some stand outs that are making a feature today in my Most Loved.

EMPTIES | August '15

EMPTIES | August '15 - CassandraMyee

I swear this month just flew by for me - it was my first official month in Auckland and I feel like I have been so busy that the month just went by in an instant! I ended up with quite a few Empties this month though, so here are some thoughts on each product.
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