Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NOTD: Forever21 "Pink Cupcake"


Oh boy… that's probably not a very promising way to start out this post but it just felt right. And sometimes when something feels so undeniably good you just kind of have to go with it and hope for the best, amiright? For now I'm going to go with yusssss because yesterday marked my last day of summer school and I can't even begin to describe how freaking fantastic that feels. I can take a nap guilt free! I can read a book for pleasure! I can shower!!! Well, okay, that last one is something I should have been doing more frequently anyways but unfortunately for me (and I suppose others) bathing is pretty low on the priority ladder when stacks of papers need to be read/written and dry shampoo exists.

Anyways. Let's talk nail polish, shall we?

I've said it before (beforebefore… is there an echo in here?)and I'll say it again: I love Forever21 nail polishes, especially their milky glitter creations. They're creamy, easy to work with, don't crack/are extremely chip-resistant, and are stupid cheap ta'boot. I'm always scouring their website to see if they've added any new confetti-esque polishes and have a hard time resisting placing an order for some new clothes just so I can add the polishes to my cart as well (don't worry mom, I've been a good girl and not placed an order since January). 
The one 'complaint' I have about Forever21's nail polishes is that the name on the website never matches what they put on the bottle; online it's called "Pink Cupcake" (it's still available on their site [don't worry, that's not an affiliate link of any kind] if you want to nab it for yourself!) yet the label on the bottle is just "PINK/RED/SILVER". Kind of strange, don't you think? Regardless, I suppose I'm just happy that the one 'downside' of these polishes is something silly like name inconsistencies rather than anything problematic with the formula.

This particular set of photos was from July (you can see me wearing the polish in this video) but I remember loving having "Pink Cupcake" on my nails. It's just quirky enough without being too in-yo-FACE and, like I said above, I just like these polishes from Forever21. Not to mention I think it's fun having something reminiscent of cupcake sprinkles on my nails… I am a foodie at heart (and stomach) after all. 

Have you tried any nail polishes from Forever21?
Love 'em? Hate 'em?
What's your favorite milky glitter polish?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

Monday, August 11, 2014

YouTube Made Me Buy It!: SEPHORA Cream Lip Stain

Nothing special or new here folks… just another drop in on the ol' blog to update you on my YouTube channel; so sorry for running such a failure of a blog as of late. I promise that once summer school is over I'll pump out at least a few product reviews on here before the school year starts up again (my two weeks of summer vacation will be glorious once they finally arrive)!! Until then, if you haven't seen it yet and are interested, I've got my newest YouTube video linked above so feel free to watch and see how the SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain performs! As always, I hope you're all well~

xoxo - Cassie

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

YouTube Made Me Buy It!: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Ughhhhh you guys I'm SO sorry my blog has been all sorts of… blah (to put it kindly) as of late; with summer classes finally winding down though I'm hoping that in the next couple of weeks I'll be able to pump out some 'real' content to make up for my semi-absence. Until then I hope you can still enjoy the stuff I'm putting up on my YouTube channel! As of a couple (few?) days ago I posted a video on the infamous NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer so, if you haven't seen it and are interested in seeing my first impression, feel free to head on over and have a watch. 
I hope you're all doing well and not melting too much in the sweltering summer heat~

xoxo - Cassie

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Best & Worst of Beauty: July '14!

Happy end of July folks!! I'm personally still in denial about the whole thing but hopefully you all are coping with it just fine (not that it's really anything that needs emotional handling… leave me alone). In any case, I uploaded my version of monthly favorites over on my YouTube channel the other day so feel free to check it out if you haven't already! I hope you're all doing well and are ready for August ୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨

xoxo - Cassie

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Born Pretty Full Nail Water Decals: Swatches + Review!

*Just to get this out of the way: I am in no way, shape, or form being paid to write this post. I was sent these water decals for review but, as always, I am giving my 100% honest opinion on the product(s). None of the links below are affiliate links and I get nothing in return for clicks or views. You're safe with me!!

After my last post on water decals from the Born Pretty store, I was delighted when I received another email from them to try out more of their nail products. I truly did enjoy the last sets I picked out (and wanted to cry when I used them up) but this time I wanted to try something a little different… 
full nail decals *dun dun dunnn*
It was scary for me, okay? Never have I ever used nail stickers meant to cover the entire nail because I've always been worried about the hassle of getting them to fit just right, cutting them too big/too small, wasting product because of said blunders, etc. Well, considering how easy the small water decals from Born Pretty were to apply I figured their large sheet decals would be just as simple to do.
Were they? Methinks the answer lies in the photos below (it does):

Like I alluded in the paragraph above, I was really happy about the format that Born Pretty uses when printing out their full nail decals. They're semi-sized (you can see in the very small 'steps' at the top of each strip) but are overall in one large block pattern so you can cut to whatever size you may need; no one's nails are shaped exactly alike so the pre-sized strips really do worry me in that sense. This assures you that you can cover your nails at your own discretion and not have to worry about wasting a ton of the decals by trimming down individually sized 'nail' shapes (which are usually too round or oval for my nails).
Not to mention the print is absolutely stunning. Truly, the amount of detail that they were able to print into these little sheets is pretty incredible and they retain the intricacy when applied to the nail. Unfortunately one of my strips arrived a bit damaged… I would hope that this was just an individual error in this batch or that maybe it happened during shipping (though that seems unlikely because these come in a nicely bubble wrapped envelope); I wouldn't want any of you to receive the same problem upon ordering (and doubt you would/will) but figured I would point it out anyways because it did effect the performance of the decal. That particular little section applied just fine but when I swiped the top coat over it the whole thing shredded (you can see it on my pinky nail in the very first photo).

Regardless, like I said before, this particular set of floral nail decals ended up being beautiful once applied to the nail and was just as easy to do as the small patterns I tried out last time. 

 You can see on that first pinky nail I did with the daisies that I didn't think to cut the decals a little smaller and thus ended up wasting all of that excess print. Definitely estimate the size of your nail before applying to avoid waste like that!! At least that's what I did for the rest of the nails and it worked out great. 
Really, I am so blown away by the quality and ease of these water decals. Being the nail polish/nail art fanatic that I am, I'm kicking myself a bit for not having tried them out sooner. They're extremely affordable (I was able to get multiple manicures out of each set) and even more so if you go ahead and use the code RIFW10 at checkout… it'll get you 10% off!! Always happy to save you lovely people some of your hard earned money :)

Have you tried water decals before?
Love 'em as much as I do?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

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
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