Thursday, October 24th, 2013

OCC Everyday is Halloween Collection
OCC Everyday is Halloween Collection

For Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Halloween isn’t just a holiday– it’s a lifestyle! Right in time for Halloween, OCC unearths Everyday is Halloween, a limited edition collection composed of four makeup sets that feature a mix of new products, “resurrected” faves from OCC’s past, and best-selling classics! Each set is coordinated by OCC artists to be utilized either for wearable, every day looks or more dramatic applications! All products in the sets are full-sized, they include a Lip Tar™, a Nail Lacquer, and two pots of a colour (including Loose Colour Concentrate and Cosmetic Glitter), to be used on their own or together for an array of looks. Two of the sets feature brand-new releases: Loose Colour Concentrate in ‘Atlas’ (golden champagne shimmer) and Nail Lacquer in ‘Just The Same’ (deep blue velvet shimmer).

David Klasfeld, CEO/Creative Director, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics had this to say about the Everyday is Halloween collection: ”Halloween is certainly my favorite holiday, and I think most makeup artists and enthusiasts can say the same. Working with The Misfits on this project is amazing because they’re men and women of every background and style — exactly our target audience.”

Everyday is Halloween launches Friday, October 18th, 2013 exclusively on OCCMakeup.com and at the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics boutique in Manhattan for $42.50 USD each.

The Madcap Madame Set ($42.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Pretty Boy Super rich fuchsia (Matte) (Lip Tar)
  • Cherry Bomb Fuchsia-leaning red (Loose Colour Concentrate)
  • Magenta Bright pink/purple (Cosmetic Glitter)
  • Just the Same Deep blue velvet shimmer (Nail Lacquer)

The Adonis Set ($42.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Clear To prep and rehydrate (Lip Tar)
  • Atlas Golden champagne shimmer (Loose Colour Concentrate)
  • Gold Bright yellow-gold (Cosmetic Glitter)
  • Cruising Antique true gold (Nail Lacquer)

The Scream Queen Set ($42.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Marion Rose beige neutral (Matte) (Lip Tar)
  • Datura Pink lavender sheen (Loose Colour Concentrate)
  • Overlook Deep plum shimmer (Loose Colour Concentrate)
  • Phantasm Pastel blue metallic (Nail Lacquer)

The Venomous Vixen Set ($42.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Pageant Beauty queen pink (Matte) (Lip Tar)
  • Authentic Vivid metallic copper (Loose Colour Concentrate)
  • Burning True coral shimmer (Loose Colour Concentrate)
  • Chimera Opaque metallic mint (Nail Lacquer)

Availability: Now @ OCC and OCC’s Manhattan Boutique

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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick Sleek Sunset Eyeshadow Palette Inglot #434 Marc Jacobs Th(ink) Giorgio Armani #701 Giorgio Armani #701 NARS Taj Mahal Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion Fyrinnae Parental Advisory OCC Jubilee Illamasqua Stranger

October is a time that reminds me to be brave; to not be afraid of bold, unusual colors. Halloween is an often excuse to play with color in ways we’ve never felt comfortable doing so the rest of the year, but it also serves as a great reminder to: experiment more. play more. go outside of our comfort zone. embrace the unknown. thirst for something different. These are a few of my favorite more unique and unusual shades that I’ve come across, and I hope you’ll share your own unusual finds with me!

  1. Illamasqua Apocalips is a vivid, medium-dark blue-teal with a matte finish. I love the unusual color, but what I love even more is that it still applies and wears fairly well. It’s definitely a show-stopping color!
  2. Sleek Sunset Palette is a budget-friendly palette that’s top-to-bottom fantastic. No duds in the bunch; not only is this a feat for an eyeshadow palette in general, but to do so at under $15? It’s quite unusual!
  3. Inglot #434 is a cool-toned, purplish taupe–a glorious mix of purple, gray, and brown for something infinitely complex, bold but neutral.
  4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Th(ink) is a bold, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly shimmer that really opens up the eye–and it is a shade that had many, many readers asking, “What are you wearing?” Purple eyeliners that can be applied with opaque, rich color are hard to come by, but Th(ink) makes a strong case for one that does.
  5. Giorgio Armani #701 is a cool-toned, sheer bluish-purple gloss filled with blue and violet shimmer. It’s very intriguing on its own, but it can be layered over lipstick for a different look.
  6. NARS Taj Mahal is bold, bright, but not totally over-the-top, and it’s more of a tangerine than a full-on orange with red tones, so it has more golden, yellowy undertones.
  7. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion is a warm, buttery yellow with a cream finish–and lo and behold, it applies beautifully. It’s practically a unicorn among polish!
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory is a bold, bright, royal purple like I haven’t seen before. It’s so vibrant and pigmented–if you are a fiend for purple eyeshadow, it is a must-have.
  9. OCC Jubilee is a pale, aqua-green with a blue-purple duochrome. It’s metallic, shimmering, and reflective. I love the way the color shifts as you move, as it is layered over other products, and will lean one way or another depending on what is paired with.
  10. Illamasqua Stranger is a green-ish gold gloss with a high-shine finish, lots of metallic shimmer, and it is a shade that changes as you move.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for October in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

OCC Black Metal Dahlia Nail Lacquer
OCC Black Metal Dahlia Nail Lacquer

OCC Black Metal Dahlia Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep maroon with red pearl.” It’s a rich, luxurious deep red with metallic, ruby red shimmer. It applied evenly and smoothly, and two coats was plenty for fully opaque color coverage. The consistency was slightly thicker than average, but it didn’t impact the application at all. MAC Underfire (LE, $16.00) is a cream. Illamasqua Scarab (P, $17.00) is darker. Dior Apparat (LE, $24.00) has gold shimmer. China Glaze Mommy Kissing Santa (LE, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

OCC Batty Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight black with silver glitter.” It’s a rich, deep black with silver micro-glitter–it looks like a blackened night sky with twinkling stars. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, but I applied two for perfectly opaque, smooth color. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed evenly across the nail without pooling along the edges. NARS Night Breed (LE, $19.00) has finer sparkle. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition (LE) has slightly finer shimmer. Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) is similar. Color Club Show Time (P) has finer shimmer. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The one color that always tugs at my heart-strings is molten gold–that really rich, warm, almost orange-toned, shade of gold. It’s deep, rich, and pure luxury to me. I have so many favorites, but here are five permanent picks from me! (But Urban Decay Honey Eyeliner will always be a shade I miss desperately.)

  1. Inglot #430 — a rich, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic sheen–this eyeshadow has an incredible texture
  2. OCC Triptych — a vibrant, metallic gold for your lips (but if full intensity isn’t your thing, try it patted over a burgundy or red!)
  3. NARS Iskandar — a phenomenally pigmented cream eyeliner/eyeshadow with a gorgoeus finish
  4. Fyrinnae Aztec Gold — an intensely pigmented, dirty gold–I thought I’d throw one in that wasn’t quite as warm-toned that still held a lot of depth
  5. Sephora Girls Night Out — a rich, warm-toned gold with an orange-brown undertone and a frosted finish

Do you have any shades of molten gold?

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Autumn makes me think of the changing colors of the leaves, rain, and a lingering dampness and crispness in the air–which always makes me think of earthiness. One of my favorite earth tones is greens, and this post is inspired by them; murky, mossy, and dirty greens that are beautiful to wear.

  1. Inglot #419 — a subtly warm-toned, dirty green with a frosted finish
  2. OCC Ripley — a gorgeous, gold-sparkled mossy green with threads of metallic shimmer for your nails
  3. Urban Decay Stash — a classic olive-green eyeliner that’s richly pigmented and glides on easily
  4. Make Up For Ever #84 — a muted, darkened green with neutral-cool undertones
  5. L’Oreal Golden Emerald — a richly pigmented, slightly warm-toned gold-shimmered forest green

What are your top favorites?

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Whether you’re looking for a warm, coppery shade for your eyes, lips, or cheeks, this post has you covered! These are five of my favorite permanents.

  1. Dior Meteore — a shimmering, sparkling (slightly muted) copper cream eyeshadow
  2. Illamasqua Supernatural — a glisten of coppery warmth to highlight and bronze the skin
  3. OCC Authentic — a metallic, coppery-orange lipstick
  4. Maybelline Breaking Bronze — a warm, golden copper eyeshadow
  5. NARS Isolde — a duo of copper–lighter and darker–with frosted finishes

What your favorite shade of copper to wear during autumn?