Thursday, September 19, 2013

Current Fashion Obsessions

Hi ladies! So if you follow me on my Instagram or Youtube- you have probably seen some of these items. I literally cant get enough of them! Im so ready for the cooler weather to be here. Luckily, temperatures have been dropping to the 70's on some days, which is great! 

First things first- THIS JACKET! I am so in love. This is from Necessary Clothing and from what i can remember, it was pretty affordable! I love the faux leather sleeves & of course the camo. Im very addicted to camo lately- and can we just take a moment for the phone case from Wildflower Cases?? So cute! I also have a camo one! lol

These Sunglasses are everything! I never would've thought i could find amazing sunglasses at Forever 21. These are the "D" frames and they are so big which is perfect! I feel like it just glams up any outfit- & the sock bun helps too! lol

Patterend pants, combat boots, & oversized sweaters= amazing. Easy, Casual outfit that you can just throw on! I love this look. Im also excited that H&M finally has a site that you can purchase off of now!  Top- H&M Pants-Forever 21 Shoes-Hautelook

This outfit is one of my favorites! I actually featured this in my fall lookbook that i posted on my youtube channel. I love the "edgy" look- I think its so fun. Of course i had the camo pants from forever 21. The "FANCY" sweatshirt is from forever21 as well. This look was actually featured on Forever 21's instagram! You can probably guess, i was SO SO SO excited that they chose one of my pictures to post! 


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fall Outfit Ideas 2013

Hi ladies!
Today i posted a video all about my favorite fall trends & showed some outfits that i will be rocking this upcoming season. Army print is a must and anything pleather is my obsession! I will also be rocking my combat boots every chance i get, because i love them to death! Best thing about the clothes featured, they are all affordable! I cant seem to get my butt off of forever 21's website. haha Let me know what you think in the comments xoxo


Monday, September 9, 2013

Self Tanners Worth Trying & How To Make Them Last

Hey beauties! This is a long post- but it has a lot of information. I hope you enjoy it!

About a year and a half ago i quit using tanning beds & I honestly didn't know very much about self tanners when i quit going to the salon. I just tried random ones from the drugstore and online that i thought would work, and half of them made me orange. It will take some time and trying different products to see what will work for you, but don't let one bad self tanner make you think they're all horrible. There are some gems out there! :)

Im happy to finally be at the point where i have multiple self tanners that i swear by and enjoy, so i am going to show you those today. I will also include the moisturizers i use that have helped my tan last for a week or more. 

** A few tips before we get started-- You want to make sure you prepare your skin for self tanner. Make sure you have shaved and exfoliated your body. Focus the exfoliation more on your hands, knees, feet, and elbows since those areas are usually the most dry and where self tan will cling too. I recommend applying your self tanner before you go to bed, that way it has time to develop. (About 8 hours) You also want to make sure you are wearing loose clothing so that your clothes are not rubbing against your body and moving the self tanner constantly.

(L to R) Million Dollar Tan Cabana Tan EXTREME Lotion, Sun Goddess, St. Tropez in Dark, Vita Liberata in Dark

Im going to start from left to right- Also if i have a coupon code for any of these, they will be included.

I want to start off with million dollar tan- this is the Cabana Tan EXTREME lotion. This one is going to give you a nice tan. Its not as dark as the others, but it looks very natural. The thing that makes this tanner different from the others is that it does not have a color guard. Which means that the tanner is white and you cannot see where you are applying it. I was skeptical about this product when i first got it because i had only used tanners with a color guard, because i could see where i missed when applying it. Surprisingly this is a very easy product to work with. I basically use it like i would a regular lotion. It moisturizes your skin and once it develops- you have a nice golden tan. A great bonus about this product is it does not get on your clothes/sheets since it does not have a color guard. Which is nice especially if you want to apply the product and then go out and do something. You wont see color right away- but if you apply it before bed and give it about 8 hours to develop- you'll have great color. This tanner also does not have a smell. 
Get it here-- Use Coupon code "casey" for 10% off your order- all lowercase

Next up we have the Sun Goddess self tanner. Now this is the first tanner i used when i stopped using tanning beds. This product made me realize that there are great self tanners out there. As you can see from the picture above, it is VERY dark. It is an olive based tanner which means it is going to give you a nice, natural looking tan. The color DARK is very very deep and dark. So if that is the color you are going for, this is the product for you! The only complaint i have about it is the smell. Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming, but if you can deal with it for about 15 minutes, you'll be fine. To me, the smell is worth it because the color is so deep and natural. Definitely a holy grail product.
Get it here-- Use coupon code "itsbl0ndie" for 10% off your order- all lowercase

Now we are moving on to the mousse formula. Let me tell you, the mousse formulas are my favorite. I find them pretty easy to apply and the smell is never overpowering. I would recommend getting the Self Tanning Mit to apply them, I find it is a lot easier than using your hands.The one i am going to talk about first is the St. Tropez DARK Self tanning mousse. Ive never tried the original one because when i saw others use it, i did not think it looked that dark. When i saw this come out not to long ago, i looked up youtube reviews on it and i was going crazy about the color! When you first apply this product, you will look green. Yes i said it, green. The reason why it is so green is because that is the olive tones in the self tanner and that is what is going to make the tanner look natural as i stated earlier. Dont worry though, you wont look green when you rinse it off. You will be left with a deep tan after about 8 hours. This tanner, as you can see above, does have a colorguard as well & will get on your clothes/sheets. The tanner does wash out with my fabrics though.
Get it here-- Sephora

Last but not least is the Vita Liberata Self Tanner. You can get this at sephora. It was just released in america not too long ago, so of course i had to buy it! This is the newest self tanner ive tried and ive used it for a month and a half now. I actually just ran out of it and i loved it so much, i purchased another one online. I dont think it gets as dark as the St. Tropez, but it does get pretty dark! This one has more of a red undertone, but its not too much to where it looks like you are an odd color. This has been the self tanner I've used in my videos this past month and i had so many compliments/questions on what self tanner i was using. It claims to have a 3 week staying power but honestly, i think it only lasted about a week. Even after applying it once a day for 3 days (Like it says you should on the bottle so the tan will last 2 weeks). I personally love the color and how it stays on, so thats why i re purchased it!
Get it here-- Sephora

With all of these self tanners i do not find that they fade blotchy on the skin. As long as you keep your skin moisturized, you will have a nice even fade with your self tanner. Speaking of moisturizers...

(L to R) St. Tropez Tan Optimiser, LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner

These are my 2 favorite moisturizers of the moment! I recently saw Lauren Curtis talk about the St Tropez Tan Optimiser and i had to try it! It is such a moisturizing lotion but it does not leave a greasy film on your skin, which i LOVE! I can always trust Lauren's opinion on products like this because she is a fellow self tanning lover as well! The LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner is a fantastic product too. I am sooo bad about remembering to put lotion on my whole body after i get out of the shower. The ro's argan is something you can put on your body while your in the shower. I recommend doing it after you have completed everything in your shower routine. Right before i get out  (while the water still running) i put this all over my body, get out, and then I pat myself dry with a towel. It leaves me sooo moisturized. I swear by this product & it smells like heaven. 

**QUICK TIP-- to help with the crazy tan lines or patches you can get on your elbows, hands, etc. After i have applied my self tanner all over my body, i will take my moisturizer and apply it to the dryest areas. So i put it on my elbows, knuckles, wrists, knees, toes, ankles, etc. This helps keep the area moisturized so the tanner does not cling to the skin and make it look so noticeable that you are wearing self tanner. This has personally worked so well for me. If you are having a hard time making these areas look more natural, i definitely recommend trying this tip out.

So that is it! I hope you guys enjoyed this very long post. I know its a lot of information but i wanted to tell you as much as i could since i get a lot of questions about it! Dont forget to follow my blog and share my posts if you find them helpful/interesting. Thanks so much for reading.

xoxo Casey

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Look For Less: Feat. Kendall Jenner

Hi ladies!! So today i am going to be showing you a look that i saw on Kendall Jenner not too long ago. She posted this outfit to her instagram and i immediately went on the hunt for the items! I love the look because its casual but still has some glam to it. Im obsessed with the Jenners/Kardashians when it comes to makeup & fashion. These girls know what they're doing! So thats all i have for you guys today. I hope you enjoy my video on how to get this look for less! 

xo Casey

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How I Fill in My Brows

Hello loves!!

So todays video is going to be showing you how i fill in my eyebrows! My natural eyebrows are nothing special, so i like to fill them in and make them look a little more dramatic! My video below will show you step by step on how i get them to look like the after photo! Hope you guys enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments!!

Love you all! xoxo

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Favorite Beauty Products of July!

Hey loves!! So yesterday i posted a new video all about my favorite beauty products of July. I honestly haven't used a lot of different things but these products are definitely my staples! I also have quite a few coupon codes (below) if you are interested in some of the things i mentioned in my video.

List of products mentioned in the video:
Brow Bar To-Go from Whitening Lightening
MAC Pro Conceal & Correct Palette in Medium
Sigma E15 Brush
MAC 129 Blush Brush
MAC 134 Powder Brush
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Give Me Sun
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Beauty Blender
MAC Alpine Bronze Blush
MAC Honey Jasmine Blush
Loreal Visible Lift Blush in Rose Gold Lift
Jordana Fabuliner in Black
Sigma Extend Eyeliner in Boost
Sigma E25 Brush
YSL Babydoll Mascara
Million Dollar Tan Cabana Tan Extreme Self Tanner
Soap and Glory Righteous Body Butter
Nume 25 MM Curling Wand 
Nume Megastar Flat iron (I know it is sold out  but it should be coming back in stock soon!)

 Brow Bar To-Go from -- Use coupon code "casey" to get 70% off your entire order

Also mentioned a few products in the video! (E15, Sigma eyeliner in boost, & E25) They are currently having a 20% off coupon code -- SBAP20" -- that is valid till monday 7/29/2013- grab it while you can!! 

 Million Dollar Tan- Extreme Dark tanning lotion-- Use coupon code "casey" at your checkout for 10% off your order

Last but not least is the coupons for Nume! if you check the description box of my videos i always have coupons for them. I have talked about them and recommended them for over a year now! I highly suggest trying out their products if you are in the market for a new straightener/ curling iron/ etc.

Nume Megastar Flat Iron- Use coupon code "caseystar" to get $120.00 off!

Nume 25 MM wand- Use coupon code "casey" to get $115.00 off any magic or classic individual wand

and if you are wanting to purchase 2 curling wands i do have a coupon code for that as well! Go to this link and enter in "bombshell" at your checkout to get $381.00 off with your purchase of TWO curling wands. you have to go to the link i provided for it to work because it is specifically for my followers and subscribers!

So what have your favorites beauty products been for this month? Let me know in the comments!!
Love you guys!! xo

Friday, July 12, 2013

3 Bun Hairstyles in Under 5 Minutes!!

Hey beauties!! Sorry i haven't been on here in awhile. Ive had so much going on with my new pup daisy (Check out my instagram "CASEYHL91" to see pics and videos of her!) and also trying to catch up on youtube! Ive got a few videos jotted down to film so im excited to get them up on my channel.

ANYWAYS this post is about my newest video on 3 buns that take less than 5 minutes to create! The 3 buns i did were the sock bun, braided bun, & the top knot! These are super easy to put up and they're great for summer! Check out my video below and let me know what you think! :)

Thanks for reading my blog & keep an eye out for new posts soon!! Love you guys! xoxo

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

MAC Haul & How To Get The Perfect Winged Eyeliner!

Hey beauties!! So today i will be showing you a MAC Haul. These are some things i purchased a few days ago and they finally came in so i thought i would share it with you all! I am missing one thing and its a blush from the "All About Orange" Collection. I think it was in Honey Jasmine, but they didnt have any in stock so i should get it in a couple weeks.

Okay so the first things i want to show you are the lipsticks i bought. I have been loving bright lip colors so i thought i would purchase some more! :) From left to right (picture below) Girl About Town, Viva Glam Niki, RiRi Woo)

So far i LOVE all of these lipsticks. My favorite out of the bunch is Girl About Town. It is suuuuuch a pretty pink!!! 

Next is of course, a blush. I am ADDICTED to blush & any sort of face product. This is a blush i have heard a few people rave about so i wanted to try it out! This is the color "Sunbasque" and i love this. Its such a gorgeous bronze color and its perfect for summer! I am also wearing it in my newest video (below). 

The last thing i received is a mineralized skin finish from the Tropical Taboo collection. This was the only thing i wanted after seeing a few reviews and swatches. I absolutely love my "Stereo Rose" mineralized skin finish as a blush and i figured thats what i would use this for. This shade is in the color "Rio"- this is also a very pretty bronze/ pink shade. Again, perfect for summer. Im so excited to try this product out!

So that was everything i got from MAC! Let me know in the comments if you enjoy me posting little hauls and reviews on here :) 

I also posted a new video tonight! Its my steps on how to get the "Perfect Winged Eyeliner". Its a pretty easy tutorial to follow & i hope it helps a lot of you out if you have been having trouble with it!

Love you all!! xoxo

Sunday, June 30, 2013

June Beauty Favorites! + Win Some of My Favorites!

Hey Beauties!!!
So i posted a new video yesterday on my youtube channel mentioning some of my favorite things! I go into detail in the video but here are some of the products i mentioned:

Products Mentioned:
Milani Lipstick: Nume Creme- Fruit Punch- Rose Hip
MAC Blush- Ripe for love
Tarte Brow Mousse- Medium Brown
NYX Stay matte but not flat powder foundation- soft beige
Garnier BB Cream for Combo-oily skin- light/medium & medium/deep
BB cream review & demo:
The Balm Mary Loumanizer
Rimmel Stay Glossy Gloss- Seduce Me
Covergirl Ink It liner- black
Wink by Georgia lash applicator
Gypsy Lashes- mentioned 96 & 906 
Get the lashes here:
Face Secrets double ended cotton swabs
B&BW Stress Relief sugar scrub- eucalyptus spearmint
MAC Cleanse off oil
Kenra Platinum blow dry spray
Kenra Platinum Silkening mist
Bellami Extensions 
Nume Megastar Flat Iron

A lot right?? lol Im also giving away some Bellami Extensions and a Nume Magic wand & Argan Oil! Check the description box of the video to see how to enter!! 

Love you all! xoxo

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lime Crime Makeup: First Impression

Hey beauties!!! Today I have a fun post for you. I have always heard about Lime Crime, but never had the chance to pick anything up. I was on and saw they were on there, so i decided to try out a couple things! Of course right when they came in, i had to take pictures for my blog! In the process of taking pictures and playing with them, i got a pretty good idea of what i think about these products. 
So the first things i added to my bag on beauty joint were the lipsticks. I have been dying to try them out and these were the first colors I knew i had to get... (Left to Right) Countessa Fluorescent- Retrofuturist, & Centrifuchsia) These lipsticks are $15.99 a piece. They're about the same price as MAC and they also have the same smell as the MAC lipsticks! Which, i personally love. These lipsticks are very smooth and creamy on the lips & very opaque. Lime crime is also a vegan & cruelty free company. A++++ for them! & can we all please just take a second to notice how BEAUTIFUL the packaging is?? The holographic unicorn is so fun and unique.

So the first color im going to show you is Countessa Fluorescent (Below)
This is SUCH a beautiful cool-based neon pink.

Next color is Retrofuturist- This is an AMAZING bright red. I think this would look great on anyone. What i also love about this color is that it makes your teeth look very white. So far, this is my favorite red that i have in my collection.

Last but not least, we have the color Centrifuschia. I love this. Its such a gorgeous bright fuchsia color.

So far i love these lipsticks and how they apply. They are definitely worth the $15 and i want more! Lime Crime definitely has some crazy colors- but i think these 3 would be the best to try out if you're just starting to get into bold lip colors.

Next is a glitter from Lime Crime. This is called the Zodiac Glitter- these glitters are named after the Zodiac signs. I got the color Leo (even though im a Sagittarius) but i just loved the gold! Plus, i had never tried these out, so i wanted to see how i liked it first before i bought a bunch of colors. These glitters are $12.99.

Now, i do love this glitter, but i don't think i will purchase anymore. I thought these would be filled with very fine glitter (almost like a pigment) but this glitter is pretty chunky. On the swatch to the right (Picture above) that is with no primer. You will want to use some sort of glitter primer with this if you are going to use it. On the swatch to the left, i put down the Two Faced Glitter Glue and that definitely helped it stay on nicely. Im not sure how im going to like this on my eyes, but ill definitely try it out and keep you guys updated!

Next up we have a nail polish! This is in the color Pastelchio. This is such a gorgeous neon/pastel green. The bottle is a little bit smaller than i thought it was going to be. There is 0.3 OZ of polish in this bottle. (Essie has 0.46 Oz in theirs) But lets be real- I never go through nail polish, so it'll last me quite a while! These polishes are also $7.25 a piece- not bad if you ask me!

The picture above is with one coat of the nail polish. It is pretty opaque but you would still want to go in with a second coat. BELOW is after i applied another coat. You can see that its a gorgeous shade and 2 coats is all you will need (which most of us love!!). I love this color- i think its gorgeous. Its also very shiny and if you didn't want to, you wouldn't need a top coat. But i always suggest putting a top coat on any polish. 

So that is my little Lime Crime haul/first impression! I definitely want to try out more things from this brand such as the liquid lipsticks & their liquid eyeliners. Have you tried out any of their products? If so, what did you get & how did you like it??

I hope you guys enjoyed this and if you did please let me know in the comments! I would love to do more posts like this. Don't forget to share this post and follow my blog!

Love you all!! xoxo

Monday, June 17, 2013

Update Makeup Collection & Storage - Casey Holmes

Hey beauties!!
So every time i sit at my makeup vanity, i always think of ways i can change up my storage.  I posted a makeup collection video not too long ago and in that video i mentioned how i didn't love the black mirror i had at the time. Check out my previous makeup collection video here

Recently I've purchased a new mirror and I'm in LOVE with it! It's from Vanity Girl Hollywood -After getting my new mirror i realized that my Ikea MALM drawer was just too small for the mirror, so i switched it out with a plain table from Ikea that i had.  I also started storing all my makeup in my Alex 9 drawer from Ikea. Im loving this new set up because i have a lot of room, and of course, a TON of storage.

A lot of you have asked for an update makeup collection ever since i changed my filming set up. I didnt want to actually film a whole new video since i just posted one not too long ago- so i figured i would do a post on here and let you see how i store my makeup now! Keep in mind this is a big hobby of mine & its what i love to do! Which is why i have so much ;)

Starting with the items that are stored on top of the Alex 9 drawers- I have a 5 drawer storage unit from Muji and i absolutely love this! Its a clear acrylic drawer and its great for storing all of my eye products such as eyeliners, shadows, & mascara. I also use the bottom drawer to store some of my lipglosses and lip liners! I use to have 3 muji drawers all together but i have worked my way down to only using one! The lipstick holder is also from Amazon

Now behind the muji drawer i have my MAC brush cleanser and extra brushes that are stored in a cup that i got from Target. You can find them in the Sonia Kashuk section. I love the little brushes on the cups i think it adds a cute touch.

Moving on to the actual table that my mirror sits on, I like to keep this part pretty simple. Just keeping my most used face and eye brushes, 
MAC fix plus, and my beauty blenders! Ive recently put business cards of a company that i get my false eyelashes from on my mirror because i dont want to loose them!

Now we are going to the first drawer of my Alex 9 drawer from Ikea and this is where i store all of my palettes. I LOVE the fact that they are all stored away and you cant really see them. I have a lot of palettes ranging from NARS, MAC, Urban Decay, & BH Cosmetics. I also store Sigma eyeshadow bases in here as well. There is a lot of room in these drawers so you can stack your palettes up very nicely.

The second drawer is one of my favorites! Its basically my "everyday" drawer & its pretty unorganized. I keep all of my most used makeup in here and i also store my false lashes. I have things ranging from eyeshadow primers, liners, lipsticks, glosses, etc. I love this drawer because it holds a lot of my favorite things! ;)

The next drawer is for all of my liquid/cream face products. I have my foundations, BB creams, liquid highlighters, and concealers in here. I usually have at least 2 of every foundation i purchase because im always self tanning or out in the sun so my color  fluctuates.

Moving on i have another face drawer and this stores all of my powders! Im a total junkie with face products & im always wanting to try out new things. Behind the powders i just have samples, back ups, or products that I havent had the chance to try out yet. I also like to store my setting sprays and my HUGE brush from eco tools. 

Next drawer is my next favorite because it has all my blushes and bronzers in it. Im a blush and bronzer freak as well so i do have quite a few in here! It ranges from drugstore to high-end and i love all of these products!

Now the next drawer is not as exciting but i still love it lol This is where i store my extensions! The ones i use are by Bellami Hair. I dont like to toss my extensions in a random spot because it can cause a big, tangled mess. So i store them flat in this drawer and it keeps the hair nice and protected.

Next drawer is for all of my makeup bags. I have one from Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Forever 21,  Benefit, Soap & Glory, etc. I always have to have a lot of options when it comes to picking a makeup bag. 

Next drawer holds my curling irons. I have a ton of these and 98% of them are from Nume! I love their wands and they are literally all i use. Im so happy i finally have a place to hide these because i dont like when i see cords hanging out everywhere.

The final drawer is definitely a random one. I have heat pads in here for my hot tools, straighteners, bobby pins, hair ties, teasing combs, regular combs, etc. Its a pretty messy drawer but i always find what i need in here! lol

So that was my updated makeup collection! I hope you all enjoyed and please follow my blog for more posts that you might not see on my beauty channel! & dont forget to share with fellow bloggers & friends! ;) 

Love you all! xoxo