MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas everyone! Just a quick note from me to say I hope you all have an absolutely amazing day with family and friends and that you get to relax!

I will be taking a few weeks off over the Christmas period to really allow myself to relax and enjoy the company of my loved ones so I will be…

LINDEN LEAVES | Crystal Crush Christmas Collection

LINDEN LEAVES | Crystal Crush Christmas Collection - CassandraMyee

It is now only a few more days until Christmas and for my last beauty related post of the year, it was only apt to share the gorgeous Crystal Crush Collection* from NZ owned Linden Leaves. I know there will be people out there rushing to get their presents sorted out, and I think this collection is perfect for last-minute gifts that will surely make the recipient super happy.

RIMMEL LONDON | New Magnif'eyes Eye Contouring Palettes, Wonder Wing Eyeliner + Wonder-Fully Real Mascara

RIMMEL LONDON | New Magnif'eyes Eye Contouring Palettes, Wonder Wing Eyeliner + Wonder-Fully Real Mascara - CassandraMyee


If you are a long time reader you will know my slight obsession with eyeshadow palettes. I literally can't resist them and I love trying out new ones that come out. Rimmel London who has been launching new products left right and centre (most of them are awesome!), has bought out larger palette in their Magnif'eyes Eye Contouring Palette range, as well as a new eyeliner and mascara. Let me tell you, these palettes are pretty damn impressive...

AUSTRALIS | KPOP Collection - Review + Swatches

AUSTRALIS | KPOP New Collection - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

There is no denying that Korean beauty is a huge 'trend' at the moment, especially with Western beauty brands. K-beauty products, formulas, packaging and ideals have all trickled down into more mainstream brands, and now Australian owned Australis Cosmetics has released their own adaption of some of the most loved K-beauty trends in their KPOP Collection*.

NUDE BY NATURE | Summer Luxe 10 Piece Brush Set

NUDE BY NATURE | Summer Luxe 10 Piece Brush Set - CassandraMyee


Carrying on from what has been an extended gift guide of sorts on my blog this past couple of weeks, it was about time I shared this set from Nude By Nature - the Summer Luxe 10 Piece Brush Set*. You can't go wrong with gifting a gorgeous set of brushes to any beauty lover, and you can never have enough!

MECCA MAX | Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette - Review + Swatches

MECCA MAX | Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette - Review + Swatches


Christmas time means holiday sets packed to the brim with good deals and exclusive launches. This year I have managed to resist many of these sets (bar these two here) but when I saw the MECCA MAX Christmas launches, I knew the Eyes To The Max Mega Party Palette just had to be mine. And so it was...

M.A.C | Haul - Holiday 2017 + Limited Edition Lipsticks

M.A.C | Haul - Holiday 2017 + Limited Edition Lipsticks - CassandraMyee

Every year, M.A.C brings out a gorgeous holiday collection, and the 2017 Snowball Collection is above and beyond what they have released in previous years. I could not resist not getting a couple of the products via. their US website (using YouShop) as soon as it launched as I knew it would be a sell out there and in NZ. I also got a couple of other limited edition lipsticks which I had to share!

THE BODY SHOP | The New Seasonal Range is Here!

THE BODY SHOP | The New Seasonal Range is Here! - CassandraMyee


Christmas just isn't Christmas without getting a few products from The Body Shop seasonal range and this year they have brought back two old favourites and introduced a brand new scent into their holiday range. As well as the usual body and skincare treats and gorgeous sets, they have some new makeup items perfect for this season. Last month I got to preview the new range at their Queen St before right before it was launching nationwide and let me tell you, there are some amazing products!

MECCA MAXIMA | Holiday Gifts - Stila + Ciaté

MECCA MAXIMA | Holiday Gifts - Stila + Ciaté - CassandraMyee

There is no denying that Mecca just continues to up their game when it comes to the brands they have available, with the holiday range this year being enormous and incredible. Not only are there a whole load of Christmas sets and minis, the 2017 Holiday packaging is beautiful which was created in collaboration with Claudia Moodoonuthi and the National Gallery of Victoria. As someone who is an art lover and works at a gallery, I just love that they collaborate with artists to bring something unique and gorgeous to the branding.

Unlike last year where I went a little HAM with the Holiday ranges, this year I have only bought a few things that I could not resist and I thought I would share them with you all as they would make the perfect Christmas gifts for any beauty lover (or as a treat for yourself, of course!)

EMPTIES | November '17

EMPTIES | November '17 - CassandraMyee


We have finally made it - the last month of 2017, how friggin weird is that?! For now, though it is time to look back on the products I finished up throughout November. Also just a little note, I won't have a Most Loved post up for November, which will probably be the first month ever since I started my blog that I haven't posted it but there just wasn't anything that stood out to me. Instead, I will do a double whammy in December.

BELLABOX | Launches in NZ - Unboxing + Thoughts

BELLA BOX | Launches in NZ - Unboxing + Thoughts -  CassandraMyee


Everyone drop what you are doing and check this out - Australian based beauty subscription service BellaBox* is launching here in New Zealand! After a bit of drought of beauty based subscription services here in NZ, we are finally getting a new one that gets rave reviews over in Australia.

VESTIGE VERDANT | Luxury Organic Skincare

VESTIGE VERDANT | Luxury Organic Skincare - CassandraMyee


Let me introduce you to the luxury skincare brand you've probably never heard of. Vestige Verdant Organic Skincare* is super popular in Europe and has been featured in big-name magazines such as Vogue, Gala and Cosmopolitan. As well as the editorial features, their Organic Mask (which I will talk more about below) has won a few awards and is one of their favoured products. So what does this luxury line of products from Estonia have to offer?

THEBALM | Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick Set Volume 1

THEBALM | Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick Set - CassandraMyee

I am an absolute sucker for liquid lipsticks, they are definitely my preferred lip product of choice. You know what's also amazing, anything in mini form, so theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick Set* is everything I could ever want! If you are stuck for a Christmas gift for a beauty lover, might be worth checking these sets out.

WET N WILD | Limited Edition Unicorn Glow Collection - Swatches

WET N WILD | Limited Edition Unicorn Glow Collection - Swatches - CassandraMyee

Unicorn and rainbow lovers unite because wet n wild has just dropped their brand new Unicorn Glow Collection* and you don't wanna miss it. This limited edition collection won't be in stores for long and if you want to look like a sparkling, glittery unicorn over summer, check out some of these products.

COLOURPOP | Haul - Fall Eyeshadows, Palettes + My Little Pony Collection

COLOURPOP | Haul - New Fall Eyeshadows, Palettes + My Little Pony Collection - CassandraMyee
You know I just can't go a month or few weeks without ordering more products from Colourpop. It doesn't help that they are constantly bringing out so many pretty looking things... The My Little Pony collection launched a few weeks back and I along with many others lost their shit over it. To be perfectly honest I was never into them as a kid, nor do I have much interest in them now, but I was seriously sucked in by this cute, throwback packaging - I mean, just look at it.

EMPTIES | October '17

EMPTIES | October '17 - CassandraMyee


Nothing like being 11 days into November to get my Empties for October up, but neither the less, here they are! As always I just seem to get through products at an alarming rate, obviously, these weren't used up in just 4 weeks and have been products I have been using for a couple of months at least!

YOUR SUMMER MUST HAVE PRODUCTS WITH SALLY HANSEN

SALLY HANSEN | Airbrush Legs - CassandraMyee

With it finally feeling a little bit like summer weather here in NZ, it's time to get those legs out. After the winter months, I know my legs are looking a bit worse for wear and certainly are lacking in colour, but that is where Sally Hansen comes in. Their Airbrush Legs* is one of their cult products and with good reason. It's going to become your new go-to to get your limbs looking amazing for Summer.

MOST LOVED | October '17 - Colourpop, Nip + Fab + L.A. Girl

MOST LOVED | October '17 - Colourpop, Nip + Fab + L.A. Girl - CassandraMyee

It only feels like yesterday that I wrote up my Most Loved for September, but here we are into November and I am rounding up my Most Loved for October. I am quite excited that it is almost Christmas, I may already have the majority of my gifts sorted and am contemplating putting up the decorations already... But enough of the Christmas chat, let me tell you why I loved these particular products.

GO-TO SKINCARE | First Impressions

GO-TO SKINCARE | First Impressions - CassandraMyee


Have you heard of the brand Go-To Skincare yet?! Well if not, let this be your introduction because I think you will be hearing about this brand a whole lot more! Go-To was founded by Australian beauty editor and author Zoe Foster Blake (married to Hamish Blake from the hilarious duo Hamish & Andy) and she set out to design a skincare line which is cruelty-free and natural with pure and powerful ingredients. 

MEDIA KIT BASICS | From one blogger to another

MEDIA KIT BASICS | From one blogger to another - CassandraMyee


I posted on my Instagram stories a couple of weeks ago about my revamped Media Kit that I had been meaning to update for ages and I also asked the question of 'Do you have a media kit?' The majority of the response was 'no, but I need one' and I have received a bunch of private messages and emails asking for advice on how to make one, what should be included and also the fundamental question 'what even is a media kit!?' So I thought I would write a post and share my tips for making a media kit, including an example of what I have currently. I am by no means an expert blogger when it comes to media kits and I am learning along the way too, but these are all things I have learnt or picked up along the way.

WET N WILD | Limited Edition Midnight Mermaid Collection - Swatches

WET N WILD | Midnight Mermaid Collection - Swatches - CassandraMyee

I have been a bit of a slack blogger and haven't been getting my posts up as quick as I would like. When I saw on the Wet N Wild New Zealand Instagram page that the limited edition Midnight Mermaid collection was going to be leaving shelves next week I felt so bad that I hadn't got this post up, so nothing like a last minute write up! It is such an amazing collection though and I definitely wanted to share it with you all. For those who get into Halloween, or like bold and unique shades, the Midnight Mermaid Collection might just be for you.

THEBALM | In The Balm of Your Hand - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Palette - Review + Swatches

THEBALM | In The Balm of Your Hand - Greatest Hits Palette - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee

Word on the street is that TheBalm will be launching In The Balm Of Your Hand Greatest Hits Volume 2 in the coming weeks in NZ, so what better time to share with you all Volume 1. TheBalm is well known for their quirky and unique packaging, and they always have fun with the names of the products. I have tried quite a few things from TheBalm (their blushes are amazing, and Mary-Lou Manizer is one of the best highlighters), and this palette is a fantastic way to try a wide range of products from the brand, all in one handy palette.

GOODNESS PRODUCTS | On-The-Go Skincare Kit

GOODNESS PRODUCTS | On-The-Go Skincare Kit - CassandraMyee

As beauty bloggers and makeup lovers, there is always something that we love about mini products. What is about things in miniature that make us go 'aww, so cute!' I am certainly guilty of that and love anything in mini, for the cuteness factor and also for practical reasons too! Goodness Products launched a mini kit a couple of years back (see my review of it here) and now have released the new On-The-Go Skincare Kit* with 5 products in their range in the perfect travel-friendly sized bottles.

LANCÔME | La Vie Est Belle L'Éclat Perfume

LANCÔME | La Vie Est Belle L'Éclat Perfume - CassandraMyee

With the countdown to Christmas well and truly on, I think we should all start thinking of those special gifts that we may want to give (or receive in the case of this gorgeous new perfume!) Lancome has just released their new addition from the La Vie Est Belle range - the La Vie Est Belle L'Éclat* - a perfume that I am sure will go to the top of your wishlist, especially with the exclusive engraving they will be offering.

RIMMEL LONDON | Brow This Way Range

RIMMEL LONDON | Brow This Way Range - CassandraMyee

I am all about the brows, and if someone asked one of my top makeup products to have it would definitely be something to fill in the brows. Naturally, mine are quite light and thin and not very full at all so when I discovered the magic a brow pencil could do, I didn't look back. To be honest, I feel quite naked without something through the brows, so I always have a few different products on the go. Lately, I have been trying out the new Brow The Way* range from Rimmel which has some intriguing products and something that will work for most people.

MAYBELLINE | Latest Releases - Review + Swatches

MAYBELLINE | New Mid-Year Releases - First Impressions + Swatches - CassandraMyee

Every 6 months, Maybelline drop a whole bunch of new products into the market that are always of the time and very on trend. As I do with the new products I get, they go into a mega post which outlines what I think of these new products with swatches etc so you can decide for yourself what might be worth checking out and adding into your current makeup routine. There are some AMAZING products in this new line-up, so keep on reading to learn a whole lot more.

EMPTIES | September '17

EMPTIES | September '17 - CassandraMyee

You know what time it is - Empties time! Yes, every single month I dump out a bag filled with empty beauty things and talk through each product and how I found it. A bit of a disclaimer, I don't get through this in just 4 weeks, many of these products I have been using for months. It just so happens that a lot finish around the same time!

MOST LOVED | September '17 - Marc Jacobs, Dermalogica, Estée Lauder, Go-To Skincare, Colourpop + Lancôme

MOST LOVED | September '17 - Marc Jacobs, Dermalogica, Estée Lauder, Go-To Skincare, Colourpop + Lancôme - CassandraMyee


October is now upon us (cue all the Halloween and Pumpkin Spiced Latte posts) and with that means it is time to reflect on the month just gone with my Most Loved September.

COLOURPOP | Haul - 5 Million Followers Freebies + More

COLOURPOP | Haul - 5 Million Followers Freebies + More - CassandraMyee

You might know by now that I am Colourpop obsessed... it takes one new launch for me to be on that website, adding things to my cart and patiently waiting for it to arrive. I had my eyes on a few new things last month and when they announced they would be giving away limited edition products to celebrate CP hitting 5 million followers on Instagram I had to do an order. I ended up receiving 4 out of 5 of the limited edition, special packaging products which I will share at the end of this post.

AUSTRALIS | Velourlips Matte Lip Creams - My Collection + Swatches

AUSTRALIS | Velourlips Matte Lip Creams - My Collection + Swatches - CassandraMyee

My very first venture into matte liquid lips were these ones from Australis. These were almost ahead of the trend, which has subsequently blown up and now I own so many liquid lipsticks! Australis initially bought out a very small shade selection of their Velourlips Matte Lip Creams, but keep expanding the range with more and more shades, so I thought I should bring mine all together and do a swatch post. I only have 14 of the 24 permanent available shades and haven't managed to get my hands on some of the newer shades yet.

EARLY PICKER | Huge Korean Beauty Haul - First Impressions + Swatches

EARLY PICKER | Huge Korean Beauty Haul - First Impressions + Swatches - CassandraMyee

I follow a few lovely ladies on Instagram who use a lot of Korean Beauty and I have been so intrigued by some of the brands and products. They always seem to be so innovative, quirky, fun and the packaging is always unique. Early Picker is an online stockist of many top Korean beauty brands and I had the opportunity to pick out some products to try out. I went for a wide selection of products, from makeup to skincare (which the Korean's do so well).

CASSANDRAMYEE HAD A REDESIGN

CASSANDRAMYEE HAD A REDESIGN - CassandraMyee



You must have noticed by now (especially if you are reading this on my blog), but if you haven't - I've had a redesign! I started my blog 4 years ago and it has been through plenty of changes; my last theme I had was really great and functioned well but I'd had it for a while so it was about time for a change.

FRANK BODY | Product Overview + Reviews

FRANK BODY | Product Overview + Reviews - Coffee Scrub, Body Cream, Lip Balm, Lip Scrub - CassandraMyee

Ultra cool brand Frank Body burst onto the scene a few years back and started the whole coffee scrub phenomena. I am pretty sure they were one of the first to bring out a coffee scrub and since then their range has expanded with other beauty products in the line. 

A GUIDE TO ANTIPODES SERUMS + OILS

A GUIDE TO ANTIPODES SERUMS - CassandraMyee

If you are after beautiful natural skincare, look no further than Antipodes. NZ born brand, Antipodes is now world renowned, and highly sought after especially over in the UK! I have used a number of products from the brand, and to be honest there hasn't been anything I have used that I've disliked. They have an extensive range of oils and serums so I thought I would do a breakdown of each one so you can find a good match for your skin.

DERMALOGICA | New PreCleanse Balm - Review

DERMALOGICA | New Pre Cleanse Balm - Review - CassandraMyee


I think we can call 2017 the year of Dermalogica. Well, for me at least! This year I have been lucky enough to try out a lot of their new releases, and they have just been nailing it over and over. Their latest new release and final one of the year is epic. Meet the new Precleanse Balm*, the sister to the Precleanse Oil and my new favourite way to remove my makeup.

EMPTIES | August '17

EMPTIES | August '17 - CassandraMyee


With the end of each month comes the time when I spill out my empty products and share them all with you! Although it doesn't sound so glamorous, I think empty posts are a great time for me to share what I have used up, why I like it, or if I didn't get along with it, why I don't. There's a pretty event selection of haircare, skincare, and makeup this time around.

MOST LOVED | August '17 - Dermalogica, Clinique, MECCA MAX + Mario Badescu

MOST LOVED | August '17 - Dermalogica, Clinique, MECCA MAX + Mario Badescu - CassandraMyee

Although we are a week into September (how wild!), let's take a look back at some products I have been enjoying over the past month. Surprisingly there are more skin care products than makeup, and I have been finding lately I just end up reaching for the same makeup products but I have been experimenting a lot more with my skincare routine.

SWEET SPARKLE | Sunset Dream July - Monthly Unboxing

SWEET SPARKLE | Sunset Dream July - Unboxing  - CassandraMyee


I am a little bit behind with sharing the July offering from Sweet Sparkle*, a beauty subscription service based in the US, but better late than never right. It also means no spoilers if you receive this box yourself!

MECCA MAX | Haul, Swatches + First Impressions

MECCA MAX | Haul, Swatches + First Impressions - CassandraMyee

I am a complete sucker for any new makeup line that comes to NZ and I will do my best to give it a try. Power house brand, Mecca Maxima (in Australia and New Zealand, basically our equivalent of Sephora) has just brought out an incredible new product range exclusive to them called MECCA MAX. I could not resist this one at all; it was hyped and marketed so well and as soon as it launched online I hopped on and ordered a few things to try out.

THE BRUSH BAR | A New Way To Wash + Dry Your Makeup Brushes

THE BRUSH BAR | The Brush Board + Brush Bar - CassandraMyee


I love a good beauty innovation, so when I was approached by The Brush Bar to try out their hero products I jumped on board. These products are pretty darn amazing and make the tedious but very important job of brush cleaning much easier!

ELIZABETH ARDEN | Tropical Escape Color Collection - Review + Swatches

ELIZABETH ARDEN | New Tropical Escape Color Collection - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee


I think NZ might finally be coming out of Winter and into a bit of warmer weather, so to celebrate that let me introduce you to the Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Collection. It's sure to get you in the summer mood, and perfect if you are going on a little trip to escape the cold soon!

CHEAP EBAY FINDS | Stainless Steel Mixing Palette

CHEAP EBAY FINDS | Stainless Steel Mixing Palette - CassandraMyee


It has been YONKS since I did a 'Cheap eBay Finds' post. They used to be a regular occurrence on here a couple of years back but lately, I just haven't been buying that much via eBay, until I decided to go on the hunt for a makeup mixing palette. Of course, eBay totally delivered and I found one that is great quality and it was stupidly cheap too!

L'OREAL PARIS | New Infallible Eye Paints - Review + Swatches

L'OREAL PARIS | New Eye Paints - Review + Swatches - CassandraMyee


I love it when my favourite affordable brands come out with new products, and recently L'Oreal have added a few new things to their lineup. The new Eye Paints* are a different product for L'Oreal that promises bold colour and the ability to blend them seamlessly, but have they lived up to this? 

DESIGNER BRANDS | Rose Gold Brush Set + Brilliant Skin Duos

DESIGNER BRANDS | Rose Gold Brush Set + Brilliant Skin Palettes - CassandraMyee


I am sure you are well aware now of how much I love affordable makeup. If you didn't know that, well hi, my name is Cass and I love cheap makeup! Better yet, I love finding cheap makeup that is actually amazing! Let me introduce to you some new products from Designer Brands that you might wanna check out.

M.A.C. COSMETICS | Haul - Fruity Juicy, Steve J + Yoni P + MAC Select

M.A.C. COSMETICS | Haul - Fruity Juicy, Steve J + Yoni P + MAC Select - CassandraMyee


As an absolute beauty lover, M.A.C limited edition collections are some of my favourite things to purchase. I see them as collector's items and just obsess over the collabs and various packaging they do with each new collection. They have recently launched two collections, the Fruity Juicy range (no longer available, sadly) and the Steve J + Yoni P collaboration. I quickly jumped onto the M.A.C US site and made a pretty decent order using YouShop to get it to me in NZ (a lot cheaper doing it this way!)

JEFFREE STAR | Limited Edition Chrome Collection

JEFFREE STAR | Limited Edition Chrome Collection - CassandraMyee

I am sure if you are in the beauty loving world, you would have heard of Jeffree Star. Built from MySpace fame, he is controversial, outrageous, and love stirring the pot. While I really don't agree with some of the shady things he has done, I can't deny that his brand he developed (obviously with a big team) Jeffree Star Cosmetics, has brought out some pretty damn good makeup. 

EMPTIES | July '17 - Mecca Cosmetica, Kiehl's, Colourpop, The Body Shop + Heaps More!

EMPTIES | July '17 - CassandraMyee


I am pretty sure I called it in my Empties for June, that July's was going to be a lot larger... and well, I wasn't wrong! I managed to get finish up quite a few different products, and also at the end I show the casualties of my huge makeup declutter I did.

MOST LOVED | July '17

MOST LOVED | July '17 - CassandraMyee

As we move closer and closer to the end of July (yes, end of blimin' July!) it is the perfect time to share the products that I have been really enjoying this past month with a mix of makeup, skincare and a gorgeous nail polish in the mix as well.

MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY | HUGE GIVEAWAY!

MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY | HUGE GIVEAWAY! - CassandraMyee

It is hard to believe that my blog is 4 years old today and this will be my 892nd blog post (WTF!) My little blog baby is growing up, and wow the time has gone quickly. When I started this I had no idea what it would become, obviously I had big dreams and ideas of what the Cassandra Myee space would be but it has definitely morphed and evolved as my love for beauty has also grown. It's hard to imagine life without my blog, I will admit there are moments (they are few and far between though) when I think can I really keep on doing this, especially with a full time job and other life commitments but then I think just how far this space has come and how much love I have for CM. It makes me immensely proud, and so to celebrate I have got a big old giveaway to share with one of my readers!

Get Red Carpet/Ball Ready with ghd

Get Red Carpet/Ball Ready with ghd - CassandraMyee

With ball/formal season underway in New Zealand, it can always be a stressful time for us ladies trying to decide what to wear, how do we want our hair, do we go for a dark lip or nude... and it goes on! I remember my school formals and dances were always such fun nights and while a few had their hair and makeup professionally done, I always went for the DIY approach. Getting ready with your best friends at home always makes the experience that much better. Although you can go all out, I think sometimes it's good to save a few dollars and put that towards an amazing dress, or some new shoes. ghd offers the perfect hair tools to make getting ready at home, that little bit easier.
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