Monday, June 29, 2015

Empties #14!

Just trying to keep good on my word here and update the ol'blog; a new video just went live over on my YouTube channel! It's extra long (read: grab a snack and beverage of your choice) but hopefully you all enjoy it anyways. "Empties" videos were something I never thought I'd get into but honestly they're some of my favorites now!! 

Happy Monday friends :)

xoxo - Cassie

benefit "Roller Lash" Mascara: Swatches + Review!

Ah~ back to blogging... it's always a little bittersweet; especially when you're using photos that you've had stockpiled in your iPhoto library for the past 1+ years. 
Thankfully the product isn't too too oldin fact I did a "YouTube Made Me Buy It!" video for it back in Marchand, more importantly, this mascara is just overall fantastic so I'll probably be talking about (and wearing, once I get through the 8,000 other tubes of mascara I have waiting in my vanity drawer to be tested/used) it for a long time to come! Oops, did I just ruin any and all anticipation I could have built up in the coming paragraphs of this post?

I told you: I'm a bit rusty at this whole blogging thing. I'll get the hang of it again in due time but, until then, just suppress the spoiled suspense and relish in the beauty that is benefit's "Roller Lash".

Upon initial impressions of this mascara I was a bit trepidatious; the curved wand had me all sorts of giddy because of my love for the wand of CoverGirl's "Clump Crusher" Mascara but, and this is a 'but' as big as my own behind, I was still traumatized (pardon my dramatics) by my previous poor experience with benefit's oh-so-popular "they're Real!" mascara
Was the "Roller Lash" going to be a repeat of its predecessor? Or was the "Hook'n'Roll" wand going to make all the difference like it did with CoverGirl's otherwise mediocre mascara formula?

Welp, I'm happy to say that this wand really does make all of the difference; this thing is downright splendid

The curve of the wand, along with all curved mascara wands, is so helpful in hugging the contour of an eyelidI'm actually pretty surprised more companies haven't ditched straight wands and adopted this same shape. Because it's able to get right down to the base of your lashes, it's then able to effortlessly coat each lash with an even amount of mascara. With the addition of tiny comb-like bristles on one side of the wand... well, benefit's Roller Lash is pretty unstoppable. 
It separates, lifts, and lengthens the lashes like nobody's business and makes your lashes look like falsies with just two coats.

I mean, look at my lashes...

Oh man I'm tearing up at these beautiful memories which, even if I was wearing this mascara at the moment (I'm not; it ran out awhile ago), would be absolutely a-okay! 
It's not a waterproof mascara so I'd say you have to avoid weeping with it on but if you shed the occasional twinkling maiden tear it shouldn't smudge or run. I've mentioned before than I have extremely watery eyes/my tear ducts are too small for my eyeballs/not even multiple surgeries have helped my eyes from constantly spilling over with tears, so I feel pretty confident in saying that if I didn't have problems with this mascara smudging or running then you won't either. Don't throw rocks at me if I'm wrong but I don't think you'll be disappointed with benefit's "Roller Lash".

If you want to hear me gush about this mascara more then feel free to watch the "Best & Worst of Beauty" video that it was featured in around the 13:03 mark!

Have you tried benefit's "Roller Lash" mascara?
Love it? Hate it?
What's your current favorite mascara?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

Sunday, June 28, 2015

*tap tap tap* ...Is This Thing On?

So I know I said I was going to try to keep up with my blog now that I've graduated...
...but then I was working a stupid amount at my retail job;
...and then my internet modem broke for a week;
...and then I had to pack up my apartment;
...and then I moved back across the country to my homeland of Minnesota;
...and then I had to unpack;
...and then here we are, a month has passed, and I haven't updated my blog.


Hopefully, if you're at all interested in my product reviews, you've subscribed to me over on my YouTube channel so it's been hardly noticeable that I've been gone/busy but, if not, here are the videos that I've uploaded since last updating you all at the end of May! Product reviews/first impressions, a "Get Ready With Me", and a "Best & Worst of Beauty" for your viewing pleasure; if you missed any of them I hope you enjoy!
And of course I just hope you all have had a lovely summer so far (despite the mind-numbing heat). I've got loads more videos for you all in the near future and am also cracking my knuckles in preparation of writing lots of new blog posts. Time will tell if I can stick to it here on my blog but my fingers, as always, are crossed!

xoxo - Cassie

Saturday, May 30, 2015

NYX Matte Lipsticks: First Impression + Review!

Welp, this is exactly why I never make promises in regards to posting more/again here on blogger. Because even though I really want to, something always seems to come up that impedes on my ability to do so. 
Case in point: last Thursday, after hosting a particularly long Google Hangout (it was four hours and fabulous), I noticed my throat was feeling a little sore but chalked that up to having spent a large portion of my day chatting with you all; no big deal; I'd feel fine in the morning. WRONG. Turns out that was the beginning of this nearly 2 week stint of a respiratory & sinus infection combination (with a heaping helping of laryngitis on top) only able to be concocted by Satan himself.

Thankfully I had filmed a whole cornucopia full of videos last month before my thesis show in order to compensate for a lack of time to film this month; while this video was filmed over a month ago (you can see the date on my phone during one of my check-ins) it's still a perfectly good and fine review on a product that has been on the market for quite some time now. So, if you haven't had the chance to watch this video of mine yet, feel free to check it out either through the embedded video on this page or over on my YouTube channel! As always I hope you enjoy it!!

xoxo - Cassie

P.S. - Big thanks to Bree who sent these lipsticks to my P.O. Box to test out... it was so kind of you to send that package to me and your generosity is beyond heartfelt!
P.P.S. - My apologies in advance if any (or all) of this post is unintelligible. The constant fever that I've been dealing with has fried my brain to the point where I'm having to look up definitions of words like "concocted" to make sure I'm using them correctly... orz

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Weekly Outfits #47

How good am Itwo blog posts in less than 24 hours?? 
Can we ignore the fact that I'm just dumping yet another video in your lap and focus more on the fact that I'm keeping my word to start blogging again? It's the small victories you guys... the very small victories 

If you haven't seen my most recent OOTW video then feel free to watch through the embedded video above (or just hop on over to my YouTube channel and watch it there); as always I hope you enjoy it and that you're all doing well!

xoxo - Cassie

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Biggest Dump I'll Ever Take On This Blog (... I Hope)

I suppose that's what happens when you don't blog for over a month and a half (47 days to be exact). 
On the bright side, that means that if you haven't been keeping up with my videos then you've got a whole heck of a lot you can binge watch right now! At least I know I like a good channel/series binge from time to timeoh who am I kidding, I always love to do that. Viva la addictive personality and forever weeping due to self-induced sleep deprivation!! 

With my graduate degree (yes, I got my MFA this past weekend!) under my belt I'm hoping to finally get back into the swing of blogging. Granted, I can't make any promises because I know I rarely keep them when it comes to my hobbies but, knowing me, I'll be craving something to keep myself busy during these not-yet-big-girl-job-employed times. Considering the mass amounts of albums on backlog in my iPhoto I've got a feeling I'll be reviewing products via typing and photography very soon!

I hope you all are well and congratulations to any other 2015 graduates out there! We did it!!

xoxo - Cassie

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NOTD: deborah lippmann "GOOD GIRL GONE BAD"

I think every nail polish enthusiast can nod their head in (vigorous) agreement that we often times fall into 'ruts' with our nails. Sometimes it's a recurring color or topcoat, sometimes it's nothing but workplace-appropriate nude, and sometimes you just feel like every color you attempt to put on your nails just doesn't look right. As a girl who feels about as naked without polish on her nails as she would going out in public without a bra on, the 'closet full of clothes but nothing to wear' (in this case it's 'racks full of polish') feeling is tremendous; heck, it's borderline torture.

Well in walks in deborah lippann's "GOOD GIRL GONE BAD". Out walks my heart. Me-ow.

One of my lovely viewers on YouTube passed this polish on to me (along with 10 pounds of Canadian snacks, sweets, and other makeup goodiesI wish words could express my gratitude for the thought, care, kindness, and selflessness in that box but, alas, 'thank you' is all we have at the moment) through my P. O. Box and I'd be lying if I said I didn't squeal like a schoolgirl when I saw this polish. I've always coveted deborah lippmann polishes and admired their beauty from afar; that weighty glass cube bottle, the gorgeous assortments of shimmer and glitter… and a pretty-penny price tag to go along with it. 

I've heard that the cremes deborah lippmann makes are all sorts of amazing but, truth be told, I only care about her glitter concoctions. Cremes are a dime a dozen at the drugstore (not to mention I truly do love polishes from Revlon and O.P.I.) so spending absurd amounts of money on one is too ridiculous, even for a polish addict like me. However, when glitter and obvious shimmer are involved… well, call me Pavlov's dog in a Christmas store (you know, because of all of the bells? On the ornaments and stuff? Alright, I'll just go laugh at my own joke in the corner).

I don't normally include this many shots of my nails in a "NOTD" post but darn it this polish warrants and deserves the few extra glamour shots. "Good Girl Gone Bad" is just one of those polishes that looks a bit different from every angle, shifting in the light or lack thereof, and shimmers up the wazzoo. It's not 90's glitter though (don't get me wrong, there's always a time and place for that too), it's much more of a refined and elegant shimmer; not so in-your-face that you're left stunned and blinded but noticeable enough to gain all of the giddy ooo's & ahhh's that reside in our never-too-old-for-Lip-Smackers hearts.
And these kinds of black plum colors? Don't get me started; they go with anything and, because of the mass amount of prominent silver and raspberry shimmer, can be worn all year round without fear of looking out of place.

How do you feel about deborah lippmann polishes (glitters, creams, & whatever else she makes)?
Are they worth the high price tag to you?
What have you been loving on your nails lately?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie
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