Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Best in Beauty

Like so many others have already expressed, 2012 has been a big year for me; I graduated from college, started a graduate program, moved across the country by myself, became a mom to a wonderful little kitten, got a new job, met wonderful new people... and so much more that I can't even begin to list!!

One of the biggest changes in my life though has been creating this blog and my YouTube channel. I have met and gotten to know so many lovely people who share the same obsession and love for all things beauty and thrifting.
I've been loving reading posts about people's favorite products of 2012 so, to jump on the bandwagon before it passes me by, I wanted to share my holy grail products from the past year; it'll give me time to reminisce, babble, and hopefully inspire you all to go out and nab some goodies in 2013!! :)

Let's take one last jump together in 2012... hup!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

NOTD: Revlon Whimsical

Like I said in my last post, I'm a bit under the weather at the moment... bugger!!
That being said, I still wanted to do a quick post for you all today on my current nail polish; I've been getting boatloads of compliments on it so I hope you like it too :)

Take the usual jump below for details!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Video Up On YouTube!!

Check it out if you haven't already!!

I've wanted to address the horizontal stripe controversy ("I'm way too fat, too curvy, too constantly pregnant with food babies, too etc.") for a long time now so I'm happy to present to you this video! 
I'm also happy since it's fashion related; they're my least favorite videos to film but I think I like them the best (oh drama diva self... keep eating your emotions and deal with it).

Let me know what you think!

I'm also happy I already filmed and edited my Best & Worst of December video (I'll put it up either tomorrow or Monday!) because I think I'm coming down with something!! :( 
My throat is quite sore, I've got a headache, the slight sniffles... great way to bring in the New Year, huh? I haven't been sick since I had The Swine a few years ago, ughhhhh!

xoxo - Cassie

Thursday, December 27, 2012

NYX Eye Shadow Base: Swatches + Review!

I feel like I've been on vacation from blogging for months now (reality check: it's been two days) so I'm excited to get back into it with this post!!

I had made a special trip to ULTA the other week (special in the sense that I avoid cosmetic stores at all costs because I'm an addict and know I can't control my needy hands... it would be the same as putting me in a chocolate factory. Which has happened [I'll put a photo at the end of this post]) because not only did I have a coupon for 20% off my whole purchase but there was also a BOGO deal on NYX products (which is one of my favorite drugstore brands); it was the same ULTA trip in which I purchased the festive polish I just reviewed.

I've had enough time now to test out this Eye Shadow Base so take the jump below to find out what I thought about it!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Holiday Wishes

I just wanted to do a really quick post to say happy holidays to all of my lovely readers.
Having you here truly warms my heart and I appreciate all of your kind feedback and support; my little plot of real estate in the world wide web wouldn't be half of what it is now without YOU!! :)

Mushy sentiment aside, I put together a really quick get ready with me video for you all to (hopefully) enjoy so give it a watch if you'd like!

What have you been doing to celebrate the holiday season?
Any big plans for New Years?
Do tell!

xoxo - Cassie

Sunday, December 23, 2012

NOTD: china glaze Pure Joy

Try and tell me that this isn't the most gorgeous holiday nail polish you've ever seen.

I popped into Ulta the other day to bank in on BOGO NYX products as well as a 20% off of my total purchase coupon that I had. However, I am almost convinced that Ulta knew I was coming, read my emotions, and knew I was a nail polish hoarder (or should I say: WHOREder?); so they strategically placed the nail polish near the check out isle (I couldn't ignore it in that long holiday shopping line wait) and made sure that there was only one of these polishes left to make it feel like fate for me. 
You got me... 

Take the jump (like I did) to see more dazzling photos and verbal expressions of pure joy (see what I did there?)!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Old Habits Die Hard...

... I'm such a flake; I forgot to upload my last YouTube video here on Blogger =__=;
But oh well, here it is if you haven't seen it and, in addition, here is a brand new one that just got done uploading!!

The first is a really simple yet pretty hair tutorial and the second video is the Winterlicious tag!! 
Usually I get SO sick and tired of seeing the same tag over and over again but for some reason this one hasn't bothered me at all; I've actually really enjoyed seeing everybody's different versions. I suppose it's due to the merry mood the holidays put me in :)

And by the way, upon request of one of my lovely readers, I'm now on Bloglovin'! So if that's an easy way for you to keep updated with my posts then feel free to click the button on my sidebar (right above my GFC followers).

I hope you're all well!
Have you done your own version of the Winterlicious tag?
Love it? Hate it?
Do share!

xoxo - Cassie

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MUA Haul Part 3... "Heaven and Earth" Eyeshadow Palette: Swatches + Review!!

Here you have it: the final installment of my MUA haul!! 
If you missed out on Part 1 or Part 2, don't fret!! I embedded the links for your convenience (ahhh, internet magic).

Galileo is at the vet right now getting neutered so I'm hoping that writing this post will take my mind off of things (I watched the procedure on YouTube last night [because yes, I'm that kid])... I know that the procedure is done all the time but you know how moms are when it comes to their babies.

Anyways, on with it!!
Jump with me people!

Monday, December 17, 2012

NOTD: O.P.I. Black Cherry Chutney

Over the past couple of weeks I have painted my nails this color three times. 
That may or may not be all the reason you need to go out and get your hands on this polish so that your hands can then put this polish onto your nails so that your nails can then rejoice to the heavens.

Or, you know, you could just take the jump below instead so you can salivate and weep simultaneously; (in the sing-song voice that Kitty uses in that one episode of That 70's Show) pick your baaaattlessssss...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

ALMAY intense i-color liquid shadow + color primer: Swatches + Review!

Hi everyone!! 
I've got a quick minute here between real life obligations (my eyes are only just starting to de-dilate from the opthamologist this morning, I somehow managed to cook lasagna while half blind and Galileo trying to eat the delicacy that he thinks my toes are, and then I have to pop over to work this evening) so I thought I would share with you a little gem I recently picked up at Target!

It's not perfect but if you're on the lookout for a good eyelid primer you may want to give this one a go.
Take a jump for the usual details! :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

December '12 Birchbox!

I didn't have the greatest day (I won't go into it, but let's just say tears were shed and emotions were eaten) but thankfully I had my December Birchbox waiting for me in my P.O. when I got home!!

And since this was the holiday box, I had big expectations for this one...
What was inside?
What was the verdict?
Judge Galileo will tell you after the jump!!

Doesn't it look like a gavel belongs in one of his paws? "ORDER ON MY COUCH MEOW!!!"

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MUA Haul Part 2... "Undressed" Eyeshadow Palette: Swatches + Review!!

When companies name their products things like NAKED (Urban Decay) and UNDRESSED, I feel like they're just begging for one liner headers that say "let's get NAKED" or "I just love getting UNDRESSED in the morning"!!
So there you go MUA; I'll do it for you since I'm pretty much in love with you right now (how easy do I sound?)... you know, since you've put out (heh) some incredibly beautiful neutral palettes for me to get all hot and bothered over (you see what all of this innuendo does to me? It never ends).

How about you all?
Are you ready to get undressed?
(I promise I'll stop this verbal abuse nonsense after the jump)

Monday, December 10, 2012

NOTD: A Unicorn Puked On My Nails...

...and I don't care one bit!!
I know I've been saying that last week was my last week of classes, but technically today is my last day; I'm just not counting it since we're going to nap (secretly), eat pizza (publicly), and critique everyone's work in my program (shamefully) all day. 

So I decided to whip out one of my favorite grey shades of polish plus two newly acquired sparkle polishes for my nails in celebration!
Take the jump for the usual details and some bonus pictures of Galileo at the end ;) 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

MUA Haul Part 1... "Innocence" Trio Eyeshadow: Swatches + Review!!

Ever since I started getting into the world of beauty on both Blogger and YouTube, I have envied those who live in the UK because of the access they have to certain drugstore makeup brands. And while I realize I could always order things online at the brand's website or eBay, I just COULD NOT handle the prices I would have to pay for overseas shipping and stingy seller inflations!!
Thankfully though, MUA must have been listening to my inner woes and weeping sessions because a few weeks ago they had a massive sale going on as well as FREE SHIPPING TO THE U.S.!!!!!!!!!

So you KNOW I picked up a few things for myself; I mean come on!! These three palettes only cost me a total of $11!!!!!!!!!!! It's okay, you can glare at me and show off those jealous eyes... I would too if I missed out on the deal of the year.

To break things up, I've decided to do separate posts reviewing each of these palettes individually so that we can all take the time to really ooo and ahhh over their beauty.
Today's palette?
The smallest of them all: MUA's Trio Eyeshadow in "Innocence"!

Now jump with me people! You're in for a treat :)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

New Video Up on YouTube!

Just got done uploading this week's outfit video... 
not much else to say other than I just got home from one of the busiest weekends at work this season and I couldn't be happier; nothing better than kicking your feet up, munching some Crunch Berries (dinner of champs, I'm tellin' ya'), and D.I.Y.-ing (I'm sure I'll post a picture when I'm done) with a purring Galileo by your side.

I'll have up a makeup review posted tomorrow for you all :)

xoxo - Cassie

PS: If you haven't already, be sure to enter my giveaway (here!) worth $500... it ends a week from today so hurry if you want a chance to win!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Maybelline the Falsies FLARED Mascara: Swatches + Review!!

Long time no blog, people!!
But now that my week of finals (aka week of h*** and sadomasochism [us college students are paying for this torture, after all]) is FINALly (heh) over I've got blog posts planned for this weekend and videos I'm hoping to make in the near future so I'll be around more often :)

So, to start things off I've got a review on the recently famous and hyped Maybelline the Falsies FLARED mascara. How did I feel about it?
Take the jump below, as usual, to find out!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Latest YouTube Videos... One Fashion & One Beauty!!

Happy Sunday evening everyone... OR IS IT!?!?!?
Tomorrow marks the first day of the last week of my first semester at my first year of art school (what a sentence, huh?)!! I can't believe how much the time has flown by, how much I have learned, and how much I still have left to do! One of my best qualities is probably my utter denial of reality... which makes me the perfect student ;)

So, true my denial-centric persona, I took the time to film, edit, and upload a makeup tutorial for you all!! 
And, since I was posting that here on my blog I figured I should probably include my latest weekly outfit video as well since I just plum forgot when I uploaded it last week.
I may be in denial, but at least I'm honest!!

The makeup tutorial was based on the look I did in my review of the e.l.f. single eyeshadows (you can see it here if you haven't already), with the addition of my stila all over shimmer liquid luminizer (review and swatches here if you haven't read/seen that post) aka my new love, since so many of you commented on how much you loved it!!

So I hope you enjoy!
Let me know if there are any other YouTube videos you might want me to make in the future; I'm always up for ideas/inspiration :)

xoxo - Cassie

Here's a funny picture of Galileo shnoozin' in my arms while I was editing the makeup tutorial for your viewing pleasure/to get you through finals... hehe :3

Saturday, December 1, 2012

NOTD: Contrasting Triangles + A Sleepy Galileo

I've got some more nail art for you guys today!! Because:
1.) It's FINALLY the weekend (this is how I celebrate), and
2.) Next week is the last week of classes aka h*** (this is how I relax and ease the heat of Satan's flames).

And speaking of relaxation, I've got some photos of a pretty cute and sleepy kitty waiting below, so take the jump if you want to see :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

stila all over shimmer liquid luminizer: Swatches + Review!

I know, I know, I'm recycling photos again (you can see my first offense here).
But darn it, they're my photos (from my November Birchbox blog post) and they're perfectly good ones so I hope you all don't mind; I wasn't completely lazy anyways and included some new ones at the end for your viewing pleasure :)

So take the usual jump below to see my full review on this (SPOILER ALERT) gorgeous product!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Giveaway... 20 WINNERS!! (CLOSED)

I am SO excited to present this giveaway to you all today. 
Not only is it a wonderful opportunity for 20 of my lovely readers to win a prize (I'm not kidding: there will be TWENTY winners!), but I also get to celebrate something really special to me...

I reached 100 followers!!

To many people this may not seem like a lot but to me this is more than I could have ever dreamed for my little corner of the internet; I started ThriftThick at the beginning of this past summer, a mere five months ago, in order to inspire and inform anyone interested in the same things I am: thrifting, beauty, D.I.Y.'s... and Galileo, of course (#proudmammamoment).

So, as my way of saying thank you, I decided to host this amazing giveaway by Firmoo.
After working with them not too long ago (you can see my review of their glasses/service here) I was so happy when they contacted me again since it would be the perfect way of thanking my readers!!

As a girl who wears glasses everyday I think it's important for everyone to have access to glasses that are not only chic but AFFORDABLE!! Firmoo does just that (frames WITH LENSES start at $8, which is how much my pair [pictured above] from them cost!!) so I really want to spread the word of such a wonderful company to anyone in need of such a service :) 
And, like said, they sell sunglasses as well so all of you 20/20 readers out there can get your kicks as well if you win ;)

This contest is running until December 15th so that I can announce the winner before Christmas day (whether you celebrate Christmas or not doesn't matter, it'll just be a nice treat this holiday season!)!!
Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to get yourself entered; the only requirement is that you're a follower of mine and then voila! You've got yourself a chance at winning 1 of 20 gift vouchers worth $25 to use on  

Good luck!!

xoxo - Cassie

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NOTD: Vintage Floral Nails

Well, my blog is turning into a nail polish/nail art blog again... you all know what that means, don't you?
I'm stressed.
Up the wazoo.

Basically, long explanations (read: excuses) aside, finals are coming up so I've been crushed for time between school, work, taking care of Galileo, etc. So, to ease this stress, I followed a nail tutorial on YouTube (by the lovely BubzBeauty) and created these cute and girly nails!!

From L-R:  L'Oreal "i will!", Revlon "BUTTERCUP", Sally Hansen "Sorbet", NYC "Greenwich Village", Revlon "Jaded", Revlon "Posh"

I think what I love most about these nails is the addition of the two polkadot nails and all the different background colors. It's just something a little unique and special that Bubz came up with that I absolutely adore!!

And another thing I adore?
This guy:

It's been awhile since you've all seen Galileo (aside from his cameos in my YouTube videos), hasn't it? This was just from the other day when he was having a shnooze on the couch behind me... 
he also just had a vet checkup/shots and he's almost 8 pounds!! He's only six months old and already weighs this much so I can only imagine how much he's going to weigh in the future (I'd be lying if I said I didn't want him to be a 20 pound Siberian like some of them get to be... a girl like me needs a MANLY man-cat to protect her and her home, after all!).

How has everyone been?
Have you ever rocked floral nails with a bit of a quirky design?
Do you prefer big pets (Great Danes, Siberians, etc.) or little pets (Toy Poodles, Singapuras, etc.)?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

Monday, November 26, 2012

November Favorites Up On YouTube!!

It's a long one, but I've got some products that I'm really thrilled with this month so, as per usual, here's my monthly installment of "Best & Worst of Beauty"!

I hope you enjoy(ed) and please let me know what your favorite (and not so favorite) products of the month were; I'd love to hear from you! :)

xoxo - Cassie

Saturday, November 24, 2012

NOTD: O.P.I. Schnapps Out Of It!

I hope you all are alright with a quickie because after working an insane Black Friday weekend of retail  h*** it's about all I've got the patience and energy for. 
So muster up the rest of your strength to take the jump below! On three:

...THREE (oofta)!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Model Co. FIBRE LASHXTEND Mascara: Swatches + Review!

Am I allowed to recycle photos when blogging?
Too late!!

But seriously, I hope you don't mind... it's only a few photos from when I opened my November Birchbox and, since they were perfectly good pictures of this mascara I'm about to review, I figured it was acceptable to use them again instead of just taking, essentially, the same Glamour Shots part deux.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

e.l.f. Single Eyeshadows: Swatches + Review!

Geeeeeeez, I feel like I haven't posted in forever (though it's only been a few days)!!
So here's a post on the eyeshadows I've been wearing recently and really loving... I thought it'd be nice to share some cheap thrills with you all :)

Take the usual jump below for all the details!

Monday, November 19, 2012

NOTD: e.l.f. Fair Pink

I've got a fairly short post for you all today... heck, it's not even long enough for a page jump to be inserted!! 

Happy? Sad? YOLO!!
(I don't even know if that's an appropriate usage of 'YOLO'... makes me feel old that I don't completely understand the hip tween lingo #headhangofshame)

I feel like e.l.f. gets a bad rap (chicka-what?? ...that was a rap noise and my attempt at humor #sorry).
And while I can understand the hate e.l.f. receives (some of their products are a little less than stellar) I really don't understand the hate as a whole; their products are dirt cheap so you should pretty much know going into your purchase that you're not paying for quality comparable to tarte or NARS. 
Heck, I even got this nail polish for free in one of my online orders almost a year ago!!

So, here's my two cents: 
Considering this polish is a year old (even some O.P.I. polishes get gloopy after being shelved for that long), cost me absolutely nothing (and even if it did, e.l.f. polishes retail for only $2), and has lasted four days on my nails with VERY minimal wear-and-tear, I'd say e.l.f. has another winning product in my book.

Fair Pink is a creamy baby pink that is neither cool nor warm toned; it's right in the middle of the tonal spectrum so I think it would suit pretty much any skin color. It goes on a little streaky and requires three coats for nearly full opacity but adding a good top coat while the polish is still a little wet takes away streaks and I find that the amount of opacity is perfect for creating a really minimally clean and sophisticated looking nail.

How do you feel about e.l.f. nail polishes?
How about e.l.f. in general?
Any other colors from e.l.f. that I need to check out?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Late, As Usual...

Will I EVER remember to post my YouTube videos to my blog right after I upload them?
Will I?

No need for the suspense I suppose, I clearly won't (#realist).

So here you go; if you haven't seen them already, do watch my two latest OOTW videos if you've been missing the fashion aspect of my blog :)
I hope you enjoy!!

xoxo - Cassie

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!

I'm going to go about this blog post all wrong. 
I know I know I know I know I know... please don't kill me. Rules are meant to be broken, am I right (at least that's the motto... but if it's the rule that rules are meant to be broken then I guess rules AREN'T meant to be broken and so on and so forth)?


I was awarded by one of my lovely readers (Emma of Read Bake Stitch) for the Liebster and, if my memory isn't failing me, I was tagged to do this a LONG time ago as well by someone... but they weren't a follower of mine? Haha I found it a little strange so I didn't indulge my answers to them (I'm such a tease, I know).

Essentially, from what I gather, this is an award given out TO bloggers BY bloggers; the requirements?  
1.) Your blog must have below 200 followers, and
2.) You must be tagged (or 'awarded') by another blogger.

Then you are supposed to follow some fancy rules (all in quantities of 11... which I don't understand the importance of, haha):
1.) You must post 11 things about yourself,
2.) You must answer the 11 questions your tagger has asked you (ooo, saucy!!),
3.) You must create 11 new questions to ask other bloggers (wait for it...),
4.) You must tag 11 other bloggers who have under 200 followers (but no tag backs [doesn't saying that just bring out the five year old in us all?]).

Phewfta!! Now that all of that is out of the way, here's where I'm going to be a 'rebel' and break the rules: I'm not tagging anyone. I know, I'm a horrible person; you can throw (soft) things at me. I will, however, mention some (I'm not sure I have 11) lovely bloggers with under 200 followers that I actually THOROUGHLY enjoy so that I can spread the word of their blog to my readers.
So, I'm not asking them any questions either (if they really want me to, they can send me a message and I'll generate some good ones!!), just merely spreading the love :)

So take the jump below if you want to learn a little more about me and see who I would have tagged if I were doing this post properly!!

Maybelline Color Tattoo "Rich Mahogany": Swatches + Review

Like a festive nut mix (I could be referring to the snack or the gathering of family... you decide), this post is going to be a bag of mixed feelings.  
SOOOOO many feelings.

Can you handle it? Take the jump below!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November '12 Birchbox!

I don't know why, but it feels like forever since I last did a Birchbox post!!
So let's not prolong things any further and jump right in, shall we?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Holy Grail Hair Routine: Dove + Lee Stafford

It started at birth; I was never the girl with the long, luscious hair that made men weak in the knees and other girls green with envy (or red with rage, depending on their own personal anger management skills).
Heck, my dad even used to call me "his little cue ball" (he was, and still is, an avid pool player) until I finally grew more than a few strands around the age of two... okay, so I'm exaggerating but my dad DID call me that and I WAS awkwardly bald for a long amount of time once outside of the womb. 

However, I finally found my hair treatment match made in heaven. It may have taken 22 years but gosh darn it I found it!! Take the jump below for all the details and more short stories :) 

Monday, November 12, 2012

NOTD: essie "chinchilly" + A Wee Bit Of Nail Art

I know, I know. You were probably sick of seeing essie's chinchilly when it seemed to explode across the blogosphere last Fall. In fact, I too was so sick of it that I didn't even bother to pick it up until recently.

Was I impressed? Was I underwhelmed?
Take the jump below to find out!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Firmoo Glasses Review

 (all of the above included with your order from Firmoo, apart from Galileo's front left paw... he's a pathological photo-bomber, I can't get him to stop!)

I have a REALLY exciting post for you all today!! 
Not only was Firmoo kind enough to contact me and offer me a new pair of prescription glasses, but now I also get to extend the same offer to my lovely readers!! You too can get yourself a pair on the house (all you'll pay is shipping) from Firmoo

Take the jump below if you want the details and if you want to see my new specs :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How Much Is My Face Worth?

When I first saw this tag getting popular around the blogosphere I was extremely curious to see what my own face was worth. However, nothing irritates me more than when a tag takes over the internet and I didn't want to add my version into the sea of endless daily makeup tallies.
Now that the popularity of this tag has died down though I decided to dive right into it!! I included ALL of my makeup, including tools, that I use on a daily basis to create my school/no-makeup-makeup face. 

So, babble and explanations aside, let's get into it!

Daily Brushes:
e.l.f. Powder Brush - $1.36
e.l.f. Complexion Brush - $1.36
e.l.f. Blush Brush - $1.36
Cover FX #170 Precision Foundation Brush - $36

(the e.l.f brushes came in a set of 11 on sale for $15; they normally retail for $3 per brush)

 Priming & Setting:
Estee Lauder Time Zone Creme - $0 (free deluxe sample)
hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 - $52
e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set - $1.50

(e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set normally retails for $3, but I got it on sale)

 Eyes & Brows:
Benefit Lemon-Aid - $20
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner "Birthday Suit" - $19
Rimmel London Glam Eye Shadow Trio "Orion" - $4.99
Cover Girl Volume Exact Waterproof Mascara "Black/Brown" (DISCONTINUED) - $6.99
Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Waterproof Mascara "Blackest Black" - $8.99
Motives Essential Brow Kit - $0
NYX Eyebrow Marker "Medium" - $9.79
D.I.Y. Brow Brush (Recycled Mascara Wand) - $0

(*I purchased the Rimmel London Eyeshadow Trio in high school and found it during my pack/move to Boston; this is the old packaging [obviously] but I think the shadows in the updated trio are the same!! **The Motives Essential Brow Kit was gifted to me by my Mom. It retails for $29.95)

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller - $10.99
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-In-Place Makeup "Intensity 2.0" - $36
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer "Light/Medium" - $22
Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Pressed Powder "Buff" - $6.75
e.l.f. Essential Clarifying Pressed Powder "Light Beige" $1
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher "Heather Silk" - $2.99

(I got the Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Pressed Powder on sale; it originally retails for $13.49)

So, how much is my face REALLY worth? Drumroll please...

Total Price: $243.07

Oofta. I'm really not too sure how I feel about that, haha. I guess I'll take pride in the fact that I included brushes as well as primers and setting spray, which are all products that many other bloggers leave out of their total. My other justification comes from the mere fact that my higher end products (aka the really expensive things I use) all last me 4+ months... granted, so do my drugstore products but I'm trying to justify here!!
I left out lip products since I change those up everyday based on what I'm wearing SOOOOO I guess we should probably just bump up my grand total to $250 (now please excuse me while I go weep in the realm of reality).

Have you done this tag yet?
What was your grand total?
Do you like to invest in your makeup or only use drugstore products (or both, like me!)?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NOTD: 'Merica

You may or not know, depending on where you live and how globally educated you keep yourself, but today is Election Day 2012 in the United States of America!!
So, to celebrate the good ol' U.S. of A. I decided to paint my nails as festive as possible for my nation.

Take the jump below if you want to see the details!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Egads!! It's Been HOW Long Since My Last Entry...?

Almost a week... yarrrrrrg!!
But character slang aside (you know, Shakespeare, pirates... I never make sense; please don't question my sanity now) I've got a new video up on YouTube that kind of explains what I've been up to since my last appearance on Blogger!

Plus, there's a haul (Goodwill, Forever21, and H&M!) so that's always exciting ;)

xoxo - Cassie

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Favorites (And Some NOT So Favorites) Up On YouTube!!

Well everyone, we've made it to the end of October!! It's slightly bittersweet with the Hurricane having hit and devastated so many people on the coast during what should be a joyous and playful time of year, but thankfully it's over and we can move on with the support of our loved ones.

As usual, here's my Best & Worst of Beauty video for this month!! I hope you enjoy and find some products to try out (and also maybe a couple to avoid)! :)

xoxo - Cassie

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caress Lipstick (Round Two!): Swatches + Review!!

Earlier this summer I posted an entry on my first two L'Oreal Colour Riche Caress Lipsticks and blathered on about my love for them. I even included one of them in my top beauty picks of October!!
Anywhew, I finally got around to picking up a couple more of these lovely lippies and wanted to share them with you today! So take the jump below for full details :)

Monday, October 29, 2012

NOTD: essie "buy me a cameo"

I picked up this polish on an absolute whim the other day at Target; I'm sure subconsciously it was a treat to myself for getting a job and working hard at it for my first week there :)
So you know the drill: take the jump below to see more pictures and get a full review on this polish!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

There's A Hurricane A-Brewin' But I'm Still Putting Out!!

Putting out videos that is... don't get too excited.

Here's my latest installment of weekly outfits for those of you missing the fashion element on my blog. 
Let me know if you like it by giving it a thumbs up and/or subscribing to my YouTube channel!! :)

And to all of you on the East coast in the states getting ready for Hurricane Sandy to hit, my thoughts go out to you. Hopefully everyone has enough food, water, and shelter to get through this apparently-going-to-be-horrific storm... I'm right here with you and definitely missing Minnesota right about now haha!!

xoxo - Cassie

Thursday, October 25, 2012

e.l.f. Eyelid Primer: Swatches + Review!!

I had a falling out with this primer for almost two months now; maybe it was the fact that I got it for free, maybe I was under the illusion that I didn't need an eyeshadow primer. Either way, I made a horrible mistake in removing this from my life.

Sound extreme? I'm a bit dramatic by disposition, so yes, however I think e.l.f. deserves a bit of an ovation on this one. Take the jump below to see why!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

NOTD: Basket Weave

I swear, my blog has basically turned into a nail polish & nail art blog. I hope you guys don't mind... I've just been so cooped up working on my different art pieces for reapplication to the MFA program (still not sure about which schools to apply to; put all of my eggs in one basket or apply to mostly backup schools? Ughhhhh, this is one process I will never miss) this Winter. Basically, I haven't had much time to do anything else other than draw, paint, get orientation things for my new job (yes, I got the position that I talked about awhile ago!!) done, etc etc. 
The one way that I love to unwind after all of the madness is painting my nails and this is my newest creation. Take the jump, as usual, for details!
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