Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thrift With Me + Haul!!!

I know it's been a hot minute since I last did a thrift video for you all so, upon bountiful request, here's a big one!! Wander around Goodwill with me, have a chitchat with Galileo and I, and enjoy having a rummage through the goodies I brought home! Happy thrifting~

xoxo - Cassie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

M.A.C. "See Sheer": Swatches + Review!

This post has been a long time comingconsidering I hauled this lipstick months agoand the main reason I've been putting it off is because this is one of those products where I feel words (especially the ones that come fumbling from my gob) will never do it justice. However, I think I've been able to come to a fairly accurate description in the past couple of months for this beautiful little lipstick. And by description I mean comparison. Analogy? Though I suppose it's all one in the same, especially if you own and appreciate the beaut I'm about to compare it to.

"See Sheer" is to summer as "Plumful" is to fall.
Boooooooooooom (that's the sound of your mind being blown).

If you don't own "Plumful" and can't comprehend the overwhelming need my above statement should have instilled in your makeup loving soul, then don't fret. I've got you covered hereand herehere toothere was also this timeand that timethis time toooh yeah and also right here. Seriously, I talk about "Plumful" a lot but not without good reason; it really is a beauty and I can't imagine not having it in my lipstick collection. See what it does to me? Once "Plumful" is on my mind I just can't shut up about it.

Well I'm happy to say that there's a new lipstick in town (read: in my purse) and she goes by the name of "See Sheer". True to all of the M.A.C. Lustre finish lipsticks I've tried, "See Sheer" is lusciously smooth, provides a more-than-sheer-but-less-than-opaque wash of color, and lasts a pretty solid four hours on me. I honestly can't find fault in Lustres from M.A.C. and it's the reason I keep going back for more colors. If I could own them I all I sure as heck would but, hey, that would be a bit excessive (and wonderful, and delightful, and euphoric, and…).

Semi-spoiler alert to anyone with even the slightest deductive abilities as well as watches my YouTube videos and realizes it's almost the end of July: I've been wearing this a stupid amount this past month and can't really see myself abstaining from doing so anytime soon. "See Sheer" is that perfect mix of pink and orange, not at all fussy in terms of look or wear, and a fun pop of color on the lips during these super sweaty summer months (you can see the steam on my glasses in the photo above from my cheeks touching the glass #howembarrassing). I imagine this lipstick would look gorgeous on such a large range of people and I really can't sing its praises enough.
"See Sheer" is, as I said before, the summer to "Plumful"'s fall; the warm to its cool; the love to my life (okay, I think I've gone a little too far there but I think you get my point).

Have you tried M.A.C.'s "See Sheer"?
Love it as much as I do?
What has been your go-to lipstick this summer?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain: First Impression + Review!

Just in case you missed it, I uploaded a new video over on my YouTube channel on a lip product I haven't heard much on in the beauty community! Hopefully it's helpful and OH YEAH I USED MY NEW CAMERA TO FILM IT. Hrrrrrnggggg all of the feels. Truly. The quality is spectacular and I am so beyond touched/grateful that you all helped me get it 

xoxo - Cassie

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lip Product Addict TAG!

For those of you who haven't seen it yet: here's my newest video over on my YouTube channel! Since you all have been waiting very patiently for me to put together my lipstick collection video, I figured this would be a nice little tag to do to tide you over for now. I'm hoping to have the aforementioned video up sometime in the next couple of weeks though so hang tight!! 
Thanks for waiting and sticking with me and, as always, I hope you enjoy~

xoxo - Cassie

Monday, July 14, 2014

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer: Swatches + Review!

Beauty blogger basics #1: Photograph products before you use/taint them.
Beauty blogger basics #2: Review products that are new, exciting, and relevant.
Beauty blogger basics #3: If you break rules 1 & 2, make sure your post on the product is all sorts of excellent and unlike anything the beauty community has read before.

Welp, sorry to say folks but I'm about to break those three basic rules and probably then some. If you think you can handle that though then feel free to stick around and enjoy the complete and utter mess (both literally and figuratively) this post is bound to be.

I'm far (far far) from being a prime time beauty blogger but one thing I pride myself on is being able to hold out on using a product until I take pictures of it pretty from the package. Well, somehow the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer (I can't with these long names, I'm tellin' ya) slipped past my perfectionist radar on that front. This concealer has long since been used and abusedconsidering I did a first impression/review video on this over five freaking months agoand unfortunately I really don't have anything super jazzy to say about it. 

I think that the gimmick behind this concealer is… well, the gimmick itself. The actual product is extremely average in terms of drugstore concealers (can cake and accentuate dryness but overall is creamy and lightweight) but the premise of being able to "erase" your dark circles is pretty darn exciting. And with the squishy sponge applicator, the artist inside of me finds the whole thing undeniably adorable. 

(click above to enlarge the photos for a better view!)

Overall I'm just fairly 'meh' about the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer (though I'm undoubtably in hate with the name of the darn thing). Like said, it's not the best but it's not the worst; I've been able to put up with using it for the past nearly-half-a-year and it hasn't caused me any sort of problems. Then again it hasn't caused me any sorts of great happiness either. It creases upon first application but once you put powder on top and blend it out a few times then it seems to set fairly nicely. There is a tendency for the concealer to cake and dry a little around the outer edges of my eyes as well but at least it doesn't feel heavy.
Essentially, what I'm trying to say is: I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone. However, if someone were to say that they wanted to try it out I wouldn't discourage them from doing so. Does that make sense? I always feel like I'm talking in indiscernible circles haha. Either way I do know that I feel this doesn't deserve the extreme hype it receives on YouTube (that's just my opinion though, take it or leave it).

Have you tried the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer?
Love it? Hate it?
What's your favorite under eye concealer from the drugstore?
Do share!

xoxo - Cassie

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

YouTube Made Me Buy It!: L'Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

If I'm being completely honest with you all: I wanted nothing to do with this mascara when I first saw/heard of it. I have a very long and deep relationship with manga (and anime for that matter) so to hear of a cosmetic product using my beloved as a marketing ploy? Dreadful. And on top of that they pronounce "manga" aka the name of their product incorrectly? Disgusting. 
That being said, this mascara was (is) actually getting a ton of hype on YouTube andtruth be toldit looks pretty freaking fantastic on people's lashes. So, as per usual, YouTube struck again, filled my soul with all of the makeup needs/feelz, and had me bringing this to the register the next time I was at Target getting cat litter and veggie chips. 

How did it do? Well now, you're just going to have to watch the video now aren't'cha?? (the Minnesotan gushed from my fingertips with that last sentence… I'm just going to go with it; forgive me?)

xoxo - Cassie

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush "adored": Swatches + Review!

I feel a bit guilty doing a post about this particular blush because, like I said when I hauled it, it's been discontinued… at least from the Sephora website. Not sure why they booted "adored" out of their tarte collection but I suppose I'm not complaining because it meant I could nab this for cheap ($14)!
Honestly, to say I "flipped my sh*t" when I saw the chunky round packaging in the Sephora sale section is to simultaneously undermine and underestimate the power of my makeup feelingsespecially when I've gushed my feelz about tarte's Amazonian clay blushes plenty of times in the past (hereand here, here tooplease don't forget about here). I didn't care in the slightest what shade it was, I knew I was going to make it mine

Thankfully (for me and my wallet) "adored" turned out to be beautiful in every way a giddy girl's heart desires: super pink, super glittery, and super cheap compared to what these blushes usually go for ($26). It's your typical cool-toned/blue-based pink but the intense amount of sparkle packed in allows "adored" to stand out from the hundreds of other blushes on the market. Believe it or not, the glitter in "adored" is even more prevalent than NARS' "Super Orgasm" (which is pretty notorious in the beauty community to be the blush to get if you love glitter).

"adored" is just as pigmented as all of the other Amazonian clay blushes tarte creates so you can either pack it on the cheeks or sheer out the color to a light wash. I personally opt for the latter option but hey, whatever floats your boat and makes you happy! And, since the glitter isn't just an overspray (one of my biggest pet peeves with makeup products; why trick people into thinking they're getting pounds of glitter when they're only getting an ounce?), it means you're going to get a healthy dose regardless of how much or how little you tap your brush in the compact. 

As much as I love sparkle, I am so happy that the glitter in "adored" is subtle. From far away you can't see it at all, feigning the look of youthful glowing skin. Up close though it's clear that you've got a little fairy dust on your cheeks but it's charming rather than garish. Love! Or should I say: adore? Sorry, I just couldn't help myself on that one (can you blame me?).

Have you tried tarte's "adored"?
You can still get it on tarte's website!!
What's your favorite blush from the Amazonian clay blush line?
Do share!

xoxo - Cassie
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