Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat: Swatches + Review!

If you know me even in the slightest (or have seen the complete and utter joy radiating from every orifice of my being when throwing away certain products in my "Empties" videos) then you know I'm all about using up my beauty products to the very last drop. I spend far too much on frivolous makeup purchases (leading to twenty shades of the same eyeshadows, five different foundations I 'need' to test out and try for myself, etc.) to just toss them aside, much less away, if I don't like a couple of their quirks. Heck, even if I loathe the product's every attribute (need I remind you of my experience with a certain foundation?) I'll use it up because darn it all to hell if I'm going to let something I spent an hour's worth of sweat, tears, and other leaking bodily fluids working retail for go to complete waste.
Enter the Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat; the exception, the UFO spotting, the rule when it comes to me being unable to use up a beauty product. 

I tried so hard to use up this top coat, really I did. But nearly halfway through the bottle and I just can't do it anymore… I can't handle chips and desert-esque cracks showing up in my nail polish the day after I paint them. Especially not from a brand that I typically trust in terms of all things nail polish. Truly, Revlon is probably one of my favorite brands for nail care (and probably my top favorite from the drugstore) so having such an intense hatred for one of their products comes close to killing me in more sadistic ways than one. 
However, just like my hips, the photos below just don't lie (I really hope you caught that reference…):

These pictures were after only two days, TWO DAYS, of wear, neither of which were spent doing heavy labor. I know it's all due to the top coat because the polishes I'm using under it are nothing short of spectacular (the one above being the beautiful polish from this post). I'm so gutted you guys… but I just can't keep on keepin' on with the Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat. It may live up to claims of drying super fast (truly, it's solid after a minute or two), has never caused problems with bubbling (I'm assuming because of its watery consistency), and looks great for the first 24 hours but after that… well… you can see the pictures above; it's just not pretty. Not practical. Not worth ruining plenty a pretty other polish.

In other, better, news: if you didn't already see in my blog's sidebar or hear me say it in my last video, I got an instagram account the other week! You all seemed really gung-ho about me getting one so I hope you enjoy the Galileo-centric posts to come over there. Feel free to follow if you'd like!

Anyways, have you tried the Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat?
Love it? Hate it?
What's your favorite top coat?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer: First Impression + Review!

Ohhhh yeahhhhhh, a new video is up on my channel as of about an hour ago so feel free to check it out if you're interested in the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer! Or, heck (if you'll allow me to indulge my ego for a moment), if you just plain old missed me!! 
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend so far… after working pretty much non-stop for the past 30 hours (gotta love those back-to-back-to-back work schedules where you question bringing a sleeping bag so you can sleep in the break room rather than go home and coming back the minute you wake up) I know I'm going to sleep goooooooood tonight (∪。∪)。。。zzz

xoxo - Cassie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MILANI LIQUID EYE liquid-like eye liner pencil: Swatches + Review!

It's been a stupidly long time since I've written anything other than an art history paper for my Masters program so please excuse me if this post is utterly lacking in sparkle and pizzaz (art historians [not that I am one… I just play one while I'm at school] leave that up to the beautiful pictures and paintings, not their linguistic wit and charm). I figured though, since I talked about this eye liner in my last Best & Worst of Beauty video, it was about darn time I wrote a proper blog review on it! 
So, without further ado… here you go (I told you not to expect articulation from me)!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Quick Update + OOTW!

I'm so sorry for my absence this past week everyone! Things have been truly hectic around here (general life things, end of the semester madness where you have multiple critiques/reviews/essays/presentations/registration/nonsense things due all at the same time, work, etc.) and thus I haven't had time to blog or make videos other than my latest outfit of the week. So, if you haven't seen that yet and miss my face (shucks) then it's there for you!! 
Hopefully you all are well and hanging in there… just one more month until summer! (๑꒦ິ  ̼ ꒦ິ๑)

xoxo - Cassie

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March Favorites (& Not-So-Favorites)!

For those of you who can't get enough favorites videos (heck, I've got a soft spot for them myself), here's my monthly version! I hope you all got through April Fool's Day unscathed (being the cynically skeptical/gullible fool [quite the combo, I know] I am it's probably one of my least favorite days of the year) and are looking forward to the month ahead! As always, if you watch the video, I hope you enjoy~

xoxo - Cassie

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NOTD: O.P.I. "The Thrill of Brazil" + ZOYA "Chloe"

Ahhh~ what better way to take a break from writing a paper and figuring out my schedule for next semester than by reminiscing over last week's manicure? I suppose it would be better if it were raining softly 
outsioh wait, it is. Well I guess it would be near perfect if Galileo was snoozing sweetly in my laoh my, looks like that's already a thing too. Dare I say this moment would be perfect if I had leftover Dominos pizza in the fridOH LAWD, AND I HAVE BEER.

Shucks, it looks like this afternoon just went from bad to best. Cheers!

All of the credit for my nails this past week have to go to my girl Stephanie; she didn't specifically tell me to do this manicure but a combination of this post (I can't believe it was over a month ago now… feels like I just read it yesterday!) and the inclusion of ZOYA's "Chloe" in a big box of goodies she so kindly sent to me birthed this beaut of a nail combo. 

Even though spring has technically sprung it sure doesn't feel like it outside, so I decided to take matters into my own hands (mother nature clearly has her green thumb busy elsewhere on planet Earth) and have my nails radiating their own heat. I mean, how freaking fiery does this nail polish combination look!? Each time I catch a glimpse of my nails I can't help but get visions of laying out on a dock after a dip in the lake, water droplets evaporating slowly with the musty summer heat in the lazy afternoon air… alright, I'm going to make myself cry if I keep that up. 
Back to the polishes: O.P.I.'s "The Thrill of Brazil" is that quintessential maraschino cherry red that every girl should have in their polish arsenal. It's bright, not too warm and not too cool, and oh-so-easy in terms of application and wear. The thing that takes it to a whole new level though is the addition of a coat of ZOYA's "Chloe" over top. It's a sheer coral base infused with opalescent flecks, the majority of which reflect only red/orange/yellow but there are the odd few green/blue reflectors in there as well. What a freaking spectacle in the gloom-and-doom-end-of-the-semester-madness-laced-with-a-never-ending-winter we seem to be stuck in at the moment!

I just can't with these two polishes, they're just so pretty!!! Not to mention they held up together extremely well; I've had this manicure on for the past 7 (maybe 8?) days, two of which were filled with retail work (anyone who has worked retail knows how surprisingly tough that is on the nails), and it's hardly got any signs of wear on it apart from nail growth. Winner winner chicken dinner (though I suppose I'll be having pizza tonight… mmm)!
Big thanks to Stephanie once again for the ZOYA polish (I'm glad to give it a loving new home!) as well as for being a wonderful person in general. Stop by her blog, tell her Galileo and I say 'hi', and heck you should probably follow her for nail polish goodness while you're there ;)

Have you tried either of these polishes before?
What nail colors make you crave spring/summer?
What's currently on your nails?
Do share!

xoxo - Cassie

Friday, March 28, 2014

stila cc cream: First Impression + Review!

Are you crazy busy this weekend like I am? Need to take a little breather from that 10,000 page paper due on Monday? Nothing to watch on TV? Well then I may have just the thing for you… can you guess? It's probably the video linked above… just a hint… no pressure or anything though, take your time… ꒰。•ॢ◡-ॢ。꒱ ❤⃛

Anyways, in all seriousness: I have a new video up on YouTube! So if you're curious about the stila cc cream or if you just plain want to watch me talk for multiple minutes then feel free to watch!! 
As always, I hope you enjoy~

xoxo - Cassie
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