I’m a fairly obsessive person.

I can admit that and feel no shame whatsoever.

It’s not out of control, or anything, but if I like something enough you’re bound to hear about it at one point.

As it turns out, I find that there are new things I become obsessed with on a regular basis – hair styles, skin care products, scents.. basically anything. It’s the last day of January, and since we’re in a new year, I thought I’d start a new series of posts – My Monthly Obsessions.

Here are my January obsessions.



Messy bun

Sorry about the blurry photo; my mirror was dirty, my phone camera sucks, and I was already running late for work when I took it. Whoops.

It’s either the messy bun or the messy half-bun (where just half your hair is up and in a messy bun).

You guys don’t even know.

They’ve been my go-to hair styles all month – partially because I’m too lazy to actually try and do anything with my hair, and partially because I’ve been pretty busy this month and don’t really want to spend time doing anything with my hair. Kate over at The Small Things Blog has a really easy messy bun tutorial. While you’re at it, check out her other hair tutorials; this girl knows what she’s talking about.

I’ve got super thin, fine hair too, so sometimes it’s hard to find a good brush. I absolutely love this one, and would highly recommend it to anyone with hair similar to mine. I found mine at Winners (department store in Canada), so your best bet is to try there, or try online.


All rose gold, all the time.

I don’t wear jewelry often; to be honest, I think the only thing I really wear is earrings. I’d never been a watch person, but I figured since I’m now an adult, I should probably own one.

I found these earrings at Shoppers (a drug store here in Canada), and they only cost $10! It’s hard to see in the photos, but they’re pinkish/gold – but not quite rose gold. They catch all of the light and sparkle and shine. I’m in love.

The watch is from Fossil. I bought it back in December as an early Christmas present from my parents (I wanted a watch, there is no Fossil in Sudbury so I bought it in Toronto), but I couldn’t wear it until my tattoo healed up. Like I mentioned before, I never wore a watch; now, if I forget my watch at home, I feel naked.

Please take notice that even my hair elastics have a light, gold-ish tint to them.



Great cream for dry skin.

Ugh. Guys.

My go to for all of the dry skin I suffered from this winter.

After my showers, I’ll slather this lotion all over. I really do feel a difference, especially after I shave my legs; they stay smoother much longer, and the skin isn’t as dry as it usually is.

I have this huge bottle that I keep in my room, a smaller purse-sized bottle that I keep in my purse, and then I have an even smaller one that I keep in my apron at work.

Aveeno has saved my life.


Great lip and skin salve.

This little guy has saved my lips (and cuticles!) something fierce this winter.

Not only is it extremely moisturizing, it’s got a nice, light rosy scent to it. It’s very similar to a petroleum-jelly-type product, but much less petroleum-y. Does that makes sense?

I know people who swear by putting Vaseline on their lips, but I can’t stand it: it tastes gross. Like, really gross. This Rosebud Salve doesn’t really have a taste, but it’s not gross. This tin has lasted me well over a year, and it’s definitely my go to. I have a smaller one in my work apron as well.

You can purchase this product at Sephora. I’m sure it’s available elsewhere, but I’ve only ever seen it at Sephora.


Bold lip color - plum

Simple eye, bold lip, nails painted, coffee in hand.

I already wrote a post about how much I love this product (just click right here and you can read all about it), but it’s been my right-hand lipstick all winter. It’s the perfect plum colour: it’s great on every skin tone, and the darker the lips, the lighter my eyes look.

I really love a bold lip paired with a simple eye.

I’ll figure out my camera eventually, and will post super simple tutorials for classic looks.



Vitamin E Moisture Mask

I’ve been using this for a few months now, and not just January, and I’m pretty impressed with how well this product works (click here for a more detailed product review).

I mentioned before that my skin gets really dry, so I try to use this once or twice a week to keep the skin on my face moisturized. Vitamin E is amazing for your skin, and this product isn’t loaded with scents or heavy creams – it’s a nice, light moisturizer that you put on your face at the end of your nighttime skincare routine, and just let it sink in. The next morning, you skin will be so smooth – SO SMOOTH.

Just do me a solid and trust me on this.


Bath and Body Works 'Winter' Candle

The candle in the photo is the third one I’ve burned through. It’s a spicy, fresh, wintery smell that reminds you of being outside without having to actually step outside and freeze to death.

It’s got at least 8 hours of burning time for being such a small candle.

I love candles, and I love to switch up scents every once in a while so I tend to buy the smaller ones; however, this time, I should have purchased the three-wick candles, because this one just doesn’t last. And now, since the “season” is over (in store, at least), it’s getting harder and harder to find them.

I guess that means I need a new scent for February.

Aaaaand there you have them.

The things I’ve been obsessed with the most this January.

I’m excited to keep this going as a monthly post – see how my style/tastes evolve, see what movies or books I’m into, and a whole bunch of other things. Really, the sky’s the limit.

What were you obsessed with this month?
Is there anything you’d recommend to people skin/hair/makeup wise?

Let me know in the comments below!


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  1. Kate

    January 31, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    The rose lip salve for sure. My other winter necessities this year are Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy lotion and Maybelline The Buffs lipstick in Untainted Spice.

  2. The Oracle

    February 1, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Nice! I love your red lipstick. May I ask what it is?

    1. Cassie Owoc

      February 1, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Maybelline Colorblur in ‘Plum, Please’ – I wrote all about it above!

  3. Mattie

    February 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Okay I love that lipstick color!! I’m going to have to hunt it down. It looks like one of those perfectly versatile shades that are really hard to fine! Second of all, the messy bun was pretty much my 100% hairstyle of choice while in college. It was a very rare occasion that I actually wore my hair down! haha I have tried the Vitamin E mask – but I didn’t like the feeling on my face haha – which is probably why facemasks aren’t really my thing! Looking forward to reading more!!

    1. Cassie Owoc

      February 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      The lipstick is my absolute FAVORITE thing. I’m obsessed with it (obviously)!
      Give the facemask another try. I use a really thin layer cause I’m the same way – I hate the feeling of creams on my face. It really works though.

  4. Joan M Harrington

    February 1, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Cassie :)
    Awesome post! What a great list of obsessions! I love the lip color :) Very nice blog as well! First time here visiting from FB

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