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Makeup Look: Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner

Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner
Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner

Last week, a few readers said they missed seeing looks posted on the blog (as in, cohesive ones!), so I’ll try to post some periodically–depending on whether there’s time for a more “free” day.  Sometimes there are so many products to test, I can’t give up the facial real estate 🙂  On Saturday, we spent all day with my husband’s family, which is usually a 14-hour minimum, so it’s a day where I prefer to just go with something that works.  I remember several readers wanted to see Stila Smudge Stick Mint Julep in action, so I thought this might a good opportunity to showcase that as well.  Going forward, I will try to post looks using recently reviewed products, but this was a very “for me” look more than anything, so hopefully you can forgive the excess of older products in it.


A lot of the times if I’m not specifically testing something for wear, then I’ll reach for products that I really, really love that are, more-than-likely, discontinued or long ago limited editions. I love the two shades of cream eyeshadow Tom Ford released a year ago so much that I keep them in my basics/regular routine drawer, and I always take them with me when I travel. I’m so used to not using primer these days, but when I know I’m going out and about all day and am not testing, then I’ll still start with a primer!

I used NARS Smudge Proof spread all over the lid to the brow bone with a finger tip. I also like to take a little and apply it to the lower lash line for extra hold for the eyeliners I’ll use as well. Next, I applied Tom Ford Escapade Cream Eyeshadow to the first two-thirds of the lid, starting from the inner lid and moving outwards. Tom Ford Pink Haze Cream Eyeshadow was applied to the outer third of the lid and into the crease, blending outwards and upwards. To soften the edge of the crease eyeshadow, I applied Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone (this is my go-to highlighter). For the lower lash line, first I applied Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I applied Stila Smudge Stick Mint Julep underneath the inner two-thirds of the lower lash line and along the water line. The effect made it look as if the eyeliner was glowing–I was quite in love with it! For lashes, I used a mascara fan brush to apply MAC Opulash Mascara.


Normally, I find primer an unnecessary step with my skin type (normal-to-dry) for regular, everyday wear, but yesterday was going to be a longer, 14+ hour kind of day, so I started by applying Hourglass Mineral Veil all over my face. Then, I mixed two shades of Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation with half of a pump of Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion as my base. For blush, I applied Troy Surratt Duchesse Blush  on the apples of cheeks. I set with Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder and finished with Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites Powder.


I mixed two shades of OCC Stained Gloss in Aurora and Dune (reviews are forthcoming).

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5 Teal Nail Polishes to Try for Summer

Have you tried an aqua or teal polish for summer? If not, here are my five current favorites! What are yours? I’m always on the hunt for the next best teal!

  1. Color Club Angel Kiss — a holographic, sea foam green
  2. Illamasqua Nomad — a bright, aqua green cream
  3. Zoya Zuza — a shimmery teal
  4. OCC Man by Man — a metallic teal
  5. Zoya Giovanna — a deep teal

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Launches for Summer 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Launches for Summer 2014
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Launches for Summer 2014

Stained Gloss ($18.00)

  • Off World Pearlescent lilac shimmer
  • Hedonist Neon pastel pink
  • Dune Champagne gold shimmer (Limited Edition)
  • Concubine Warm plum neutral
  • Aurora Pink-toned coral
  • Nomad Gold-laced maroon

Crucial Neutrals In Your Face Kit ($47.50) (Sephora Exclusive)

  • Zhora (Lip Tar / Metallic)
  • Trick (Creme Colour Concentrate)
  • Sebastian (Cosmetic Colour Pencil)

Vicious Violets In Your Face Kit ($47.50) (Sephora Exclusive)

  • Lydia (Lip Tar / Matte)
  • Pleasure Model (Creme Colour Concentrate)
  • Lydia (Cosmetic Colour Pencil)

Availability: May 20th online at Sephora; June 6th at Sephora stores

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OCC Primary Pack Lip Tar Set for Summer 2014

OCC Primary Pack Lip Tar Set
OCC Primary Pack Lip Tar Set

Primary Pack: Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 5 Set ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

The perfectly portable ‘Primary Pack’ is the latest innovation from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics that includes 5 essential Lip Tar: Matte shades in our best-selling All-Star Mini size. All colors in the ‘Primary Pack’ can be combined for an almost endless array of looks to express yourself with. Includes a full-sized #010 Precision Lip Brush.

  • NSFW True, balanced red
  • Traffic True primary yellow
  • Rx True cyan blue
  • Tarred True black
  • Feathered Pure white
  • #010 Precision Lip Brush

Availability: Now at Sephora

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10 Shades for a Rainbow of Color

I thought coming up with a beautiful rainbow of hues might be a fun (and challenging!) theme to work under.  Of course, I took liberties with the concept of rainbow and added a few in-between shades to make a full list of ten.  I would love to see what your top ten shades are, in rainbow-order, so-to-speak! 🙂

  1. Urban Decay 69 — a bright, medium-dark red with cool undertones
  2. Zoya Amy — a fiery, gold-shimmered orange
  3. Sugarpill Buttercupcake — bright, matte yellow
  4. Illamasqua Fledgling — rich, grassy green with a matte finish
  5. OCC Man by Man — a metallic teal
  6. Urban Decay Radium — a medium blue with shimmer
  7. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a blue-purple with shimmer
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory — a bold, cool-toned purple
  9. Too Faced Lollipop — violet with fuchsia shimmer
  10. Dior Aventure (81) — because life isn’t complete without taupe

Share your favorites…  For bonus points, feel free to share picks for teal, violet, and taupe 🙂

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OCC Love Bites Duo Now at Sephora!

OCC Love Bites Duo
OCC Love Bites Duo

Love Bites Duo ($14.50) (Limited Edition)

This duo features cult-favorite Lip Tar shades, Psycho (Matte) and Lovecraft (Metallic) in “All-Star Mini” tubes. OCC’s densely pigmented, ultra long-wearing formula is made with organic hemp and peppermint oils. Use each shade on its own or combine them together for an intensely fierce customized lip look.

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora

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