Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

OCC Pleasure Model Lip Tar
OCC Pleasure Model Lip Tar

For spring, OCC’s bringing us Plastic Passion, which features six new Lip Tars, two of which I have ready to review for you today. Though I was pretty jazzed about Pool Boy, I have to admit, I was really, really excited for the new metallic Lip Tars, because they looked like they would work beautifully as highlighters, too. They’re both subtle highlighters–they give off a lovely glowing sheen that’s more apparent in person than in photos, but it’s a little dewy, slightly luminous. As highlighters, they wore well for eight hours. As lip colors, the finish and lightness of both shades made them high maintenance shades–it’s imperative to exfoliate prior to applying so that they look and apply smoothly and evenly.

OCC Pleasure Model Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearlescent pink.” It’s a light-medium, rosy pink with subtle warm, peach undertones and a cooler pink iridescent sheen. It was mostly opaque on lips, but some of the natural lip color peeks through. The thing I noticed about this shade on the lips was that between the lighter color and the frostier, more metallic finish, it’s unforgiving if you have any imperfections–it’s definitely a higher maintenance lip color. I highly recommend exfoliating prior to applying it. It wore five hours on me, which is longer than the average lipstick, but short for a Lip Tar.  I mixed this to brighten, warm, and add a little shimmer to Mannequin Lip Tar, and it mixed well. NARS Paimpol (P, $25.00) is lighter, and it looks a lot different applied. MAC Annemiek (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) is pinker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Hollywood Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige/gold shimmer.” It’s a light peachy-beige with a golden sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it had a very slight translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through a bit. Like Pleasure Model, I think it is one of the more unforgiving Lip Tars, as it will catch on any imperfections on the lips. This shade also lasted five hours on me. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) has a similar sheen but is pinker and sheerer. MAC Warm Companion (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Secret Lover (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, January 17th, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Plastic Passion Collection for Spring 2014
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Plastic Passion Collection for Spring 2014

For Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Spring 2014 is not the season to play it safe! Gone are the demure pastels and flirty palette of seasons past, replaced instead by hypersaturated hues and technicolor textures. OCC’s PLASTIC PASSION collection delivers its most vibrant lineup of Lip Tar shades to date, in both our Matte and Metallic textures. Lips are lacquered in shades that are bold beyond belief. For Spring, excess is everything! Featuring the legendary DEVEN GREEN as the faces of PLASTIC PASSION!

Lip Tar ($18.00)

  • Pool Boy Aquatic blue (Matte)
  • Rollergirl Vibrant lavender purple (Matte)
  • Mannequin Malibu pink (JMatte)
  • Kimber Neon orange coral (Matte)
  • Hollywood Beige/gold shimmer (Metallic)
  • Pleasure Model Pearlescent pink (Metallic)

Nail Lacquer ($10.00)

  • Pleasure Model Pink-toned pearl (Pearlescent)
  • Seething Lingerie satin pink (Pearlescent)
  • Vapid Palest lavender (Creme)
  • Automaton 24K gold with red/green duochrome (Metallic)
  • Deven Green Nearly-neon green (Creme)
  • Pool Boy Aquatic blue (Creme)

Availability: Online February 1st at occmakeup.com and Sephora.com; Lip Tars in Sephora stores on February 18th

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencils
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencils

Further expanding our ever-growing colour range, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics presents 12 new pencil products: COSMETIC COLOUR PENCILS. The first wave of COSMETIC COLOUR PENCILS range from everyday essential neutrals (Trick, Pennyroyal, Sybil), compliments to best-selling Lip TarTM shades (Anime, Black Dahlia, NSFW) and playful vivids (Pool Boy, Hoochie, Grandma). Launching with our clear, invisible liner ‘ANTI-FEATHERED’, this range of pencils will be the perfect compliment to Lip Tar. $16.00 each.

  • Anti-Feathered Clear, invisible liner
  • Trick Warm, mid-tone beige*
  • Pennyroyal Roasted peach brown
  • Symbil Midnight brown-out
  • Tarred True black
  • Feathered True white
  • Anime Vibrant neon pink*
  • NSFW True, balanced red*
  • Black Dahlia Blackened red*
  • Grandma Clean, classic coral*
  • Hoochie Vibrant magenta*
  • Pool Boy Aquatic blue creme

* Lip- and body-safe. All other shades are eye-, lip-, and body-safe.

Availability: February 1st online at occmakeup.com, sephora.com; in-store at Sephora on February 18th

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Now that 2014 has kicked off, and I’m sure you’ve heard that Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid.  I know we’ll see plenty of new introductions of the color throughout the year, but I know that we’ve seen the color before–and you may already have some in your stash!  Here are a few of my picks for wearing radiant orchid on your lips or your tips…

What are your favorite orchid-hued lip colors and nail polishes?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

When it comes to lipgloss, I personally fall in love with two types:  insanely pigmented, nearly opaque colors or glimmering, dazzling, sparkling, and shimmering ones–but they have to be loaded with sparkle (and yet, they can’t feel gritty!).  Over the years, while stickiness isn’t a deal-breaker, I don’t like heavy, thick, goopy kind of glosses.  Reflecting on glosses I’ve tested out this past year, here were the ones I picked for my top ten!

What were your must-have lipglosses from 2013?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I have to admit: this was a complete challenge. In fact, it felt unfair trying to narrow down favorites to a mere ten when I was considering around 300 different shades from the past year. As what tends to happen when I start to feel indecisive, I went for favorites across brands and weighted uniqueness slightly more heavily than other factors. But there were some really outstanding formulas released this year! At year-end, I have to give major props to Cult Nails and OCC, both of which had a lot of contenders.

What were your favorite polishes you tried this past year?