Sunday, June 1st, 2014

OCC Lip Tar Test Tubes x 3 Set
OCC Lip Tar Test Tubes x 3 Set

Blue Blood Lip Tar Test Tubes x3 Set ($19.00)

  • Lip Tar Primer (0.08 oz.)
  • Stalker Lip Tar Matte True blue-based red (0.08 oz.)
  • Rx Lip Tar Matte True cyan blue (0.08 oz.)
  • #010S Short-Handled Precision Lip Brush

Champagne Shores Lip Tar Test Tubes x3 Set ($19.00)

  • Lip Tar Primer (0.08 oz.)
  • Pris Lip Tar Metallic Champagne metallic (0.08 oz.)
  • Trollop Lip Tar Matte Pinked coral (0.08 oz.)
  • #010S Short-Handled Precision Lip Brush

Pink Prism Lip Tar Test Tubes x3 Set ($19.00)

  • Lip Tar Primer (0.08 oz.)
  • Lovecraft Lip Tar Metallic Pink/lilac metallic (0.08 oz.)
  • Pretty Boy Lip Tar Matte Super rich fuchsia (0.08 oz.)
  • #010S Short-Handled Precision Lip Brush

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Friday, May 30th, 2014

OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss
OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss

For summer, OCC has six new shades of Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) now available. All are permanent except for Dune, which is limited edition. The Stained Gloss formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented with a translucent finish.” I feel like if you loved the concept and delivery of the original shades released–that “stained glass” effect that had rich color payoff but that layer of translucency and high gloss finish–these will disappoint. They’re more like lightly glossed Lip Tars; the finish differs quite a bit compared to other Stained Glosses I’ve tried, unfortunately.

OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon pastel pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and a soft, glossy shine. The finish was one of the glossiest of the six new shades, but the coverage read heavier–perhaps it’s the light, milky/creamy quality of the color itself–and didn’t have that “stained glass” look of the original formula. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it settled slightly into lip lines and wasn’t the most even applied. The color lasted for three hours and left a very, very slight stain behind. Worth noting is that it did apply better than many other bubblegum pink glosses I’ve tried (though still room for improvement). MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Armageddon (P, $19.00) is more opaque, matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is matte. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake (P, $7.49) is darker. NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is lighter, sheerer. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Off World Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearlescent lilac shimmer.” It’s a shimmery, pink-lavender with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It’s fairly sheer–almost between sheer and semi-sheer–and applied very unevenly. The consistency was creamy with a lot of slip, so it moved around a lot and was difficult to keep looking smooth and even. It lasted two hours on me and didn’t leave any stain behind. Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is a touch warmer. MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is similar. NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Nomad Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold-laced maroon.” It’s a gold-shimmered, plummy red with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Of all the six shades, this one came closest to replicating that “stained glass” effect that the original shades had. It’s not as glossy, but it has the translucency while still achieving good color coverage. This shade wore well for six hours and a left a stain behind, too, while the formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Estee Lauder Decadent (150) (P, $30.00) doesn’t have shimmer, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $49.00) is less red. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $25.00) is slightly less red. MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is glossier. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is glossier. Dior Belle de Nuit (LE, $32.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

OCC Aurora Stained Gloss
OCC Aurora Stained Gloss

For summer, OCC has six new shades of Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) now available. All are permanent except for Dune, which is limited edition. The Stained Gloss formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented with a translucent finish.” I don’t think any of these really live up to the concept of the Stained Gloss formula, and in general, they’re very different in look and feel from the original shades released. As a general lip color product, shades like Aurora and Concubine still work fine, but they’re not really as described.

OCC Aurora Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned coral.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. It seemed less glossy compared to other Stained Glosses I’ve tried, and the pigmentation was opaque but looked heavier–it didn’t really have that “translucent finish” that seems associated with the formula in general. It lasted four and a half hours on me, and this one stained just slightly after that. This shade totally screams “summer is here!” to me, though. It’s neither hydrating nor drying on me while worn. MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer, less glossy. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Flamingo (LE, $12.50) is more matte, darker. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is darker, more matte. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is very similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Concubine Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm plum neutral.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had full color coverage, but it completely lacked that “translucency” of Stained Gloss–it looks like regular Lip Tar with a bit of shine, but it doesn’t have that really wet, glossy, stained glass-effect that the original Stained Glosses had. This shade didn’t stain at all but lasted for three and a half hours on me. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is glossier, slightly pinker. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker, matte. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. Estee Lauder Potent (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is pinker, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker, glossier. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is darker. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is darker. MAC Flamingo (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Dune Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered beige with a heavy dose of very fine, metallic gold shimmer. This was semi-sheer, so the natural lip color comes through quite noticeably, and on my lips, it lightens the natural lip color slightly and adds the gold shimmer. It doesn’t look even, though, and there’s only a soft shine–not true glossiness. This one needed a “sheer” descriptor, because it doesn’t live up to the “highly pigmented with a translucent finish” concept. This one lasted an hour and a half on me–just slips away so quickly!–and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It was best mixed in with other shades. MAC Gold Mirror (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more metallic, more pigmented, less shiny. Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is sheerer, glossier. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is glossier, larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, May 26th, 2014

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.

Eyes

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.

Face

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.

Lips

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

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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
Wednesday, May 7th, 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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