Friday, June 12th, 2009

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar reviews continue!

  • Grandma is a beautiful shade of coral–it really doesn’t seem to lean either orange or pink or red. It’s exactly coral. I’m pretty excited to see what I can do with this color, since I adore coral glosses!
  • Melange is a reddish-brown shade. It’s got some warmth to it, and it’s actually very wearable on its lonesome.
  • Pageant is a bright fuchsia shade with just a bit of coolness in it. You can definitely wear this alone if you’re all about rocking a hot pink lip.
  • Katricia is a rich violet purple. The same glossiness found in the other Lip Tars is also found in this shade as well. You can make this shade more wearable by adding red, hot pink, coral, or even a mixture of a few.
  • Uber is a cool-toned brownish shade. It’s quite pigmented, and while I didn’t find it wearable on its own with my skin tone, deeper skin tones may find it suitable by itself.

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Friday, June 12th, 2009

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (also known as OCC Makeup) recently launched a new product called Lip Tar ($12.50 each). The range includes twelve shades ranging from clear to white to black to yellow. The idea behind the Lip Tars is giving you the freedom to mix and match to design your own custom lip colors. Each color is extremely rich in pigment and color–no sheer glosses here–non-sticky in texture, smooth and glossy. There are eleven colored shades, which I’ll be covering – six in this post and five in a follow-up post. After both are posted, you can expect lip swatches of the shades by themselves. I’m going to get my mixology on a bit later, and of course, will share the results with you all!

  • Feathered is an opaque white. There’s no way else to describe it! This is a shade designed to help lighten any lip color you’ve got going. If that hot pink combo is too bright, adding a bit of white will lighten it and turn it into a more wearable pink for you.
  • Tarred is an ultra glossy black. It’s fairly opaque, though if you really wanted to rock a purely black lip, I’d definitely recommend using a black lipstick underneath. For a fun look, you could also wear a vibrant red lipstick and layer it with Tarred. You can use Tarred to help mute or darken colors.
  • NSFW is a rich, glossy deep scarlet red. It’s insanely gorgeous by itself. Since it is a primary color, it can be used to create a good variety of different shades for customization, too.
  • Traffic is a heart-stopping shade of bright warm-toned yellow. Not exactly a shade one would wear all the time by itself, but as a primary color, it is best when mixed with other shades.
  • Rx is a vibrant sky blue. Again, a primary color, which makes it excellent for mixing and changing up a lip color.
  • Safety Orange is an ultra pigmented orange-red with lots of glossiness. Surprisingly, it wears well alone, though to make it more wearable, add a bit of white and pink and see what you get!

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Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Prescriptives’ launched Exhilarating this summer, and I gotta tell you, that green packaging caught my eye. I’d say it’s one of my favorite packagings I’ve seen for the summer thus far. I know some of you find it tacky, but I love it. It’s so bright, vibrant, and SO summer. The Guava Exhilarating Lip Gloss ($14.50) smells like slightly sweet fruit and has this gold and springy green shimmer. It reminds me a bit of MAC’s Springbean lipglass, but this doesn’t feel nearly as sticky, though it is quite thick. I also tried Nectarine Exhilarating Lipcolor ($17.50), which is a semi-sheer coral shade. It doesn’t lean pink, nor too orange, so I actually found myself liking it quite a bit. If you know me, you KNOW I’m all over a good coral lipstick/lipgloss! Definitely a perfect color for summer.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2009


Venus, Silex, Meteore, Cosmo, Mica, Jupiter

Chanel Lumiere Celestes Collection featured the launch of eight new Glossimers ($26.00 each). I could only get my paws on six of the eight, but I’m loving the ones I do have! (The ones I didn’t get to see/try were Nebula #122 or Mirage #132, FYI — hopefully they’ll be out at Nordstrom today!) Chanel also released two lacquers in Mica Rose and Cosmic Violine. Lip swatches to follow! :)

  • Venus (124) is a pop of bright, shimmery pink with pink and gold shimmer. It’s fairly sheer when applied to lips, but the gold shimmer really pops.
  • Silex (126) is a sheer, lightly coral-toned gloss with noticeable peach and gold shimmer. Again, it is sheer when applied to lips (this is, ultimately, the nature of most glossimers!).
  • Meteore (128) is similar to Silex, only the shimmer is a bit more muted and there is faint light pink glitter and less noticeable gold/peach shimmer.
  • Cosmo (129) is an opaque, glossy coral with reddish tones shade. It has silvery-white glitter that sparkles in it. This is one of the more pigmented glossimers from the launch. In the tube, it looks more like a browned-down coral with red and silver shimmer.
  • Mica (131) is a sheer, glossy mix of opal and purple shimmer with a milky pink color base. It is sheer, but it does noticeably make my lips a milky pink shade.
  • Jupiter (134) is an opaque, glossy reddish-pink shade with just a touch of coral in it. The shimmer is a fuchsia-pink almost, just a touch of gold shimmer to accent.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Smashbox Limitless Long Wearing Lip Gloss ($21.00) is a new gloss formula from Smashbox to debut this summer season. It’s a long-wearing gloss that’s supposed to give you wear of up to six hours. The formula is also touted as being non-sticky and non-drying. It’s definitely not sticky like MAC lipglass, but the texture is fairly thick while the the doe applicator doesn’t let you apply too much gloss at all.

The gloss does have SPF 15 (7.5% Octinoxate, 3.0% Avobenzone) in it, which is always a nice benefit to have. The color range includes six shades, ranging from nudish beige to raspberry pink to deeper beige. The color I tried was Nonstop, which is a raspberryish shade. It has pretty shimmer in it, and it does give my lips some color. It kind of deepens and brightens up the natural color without being too bright. The new Limitless Lip Glosses are great if you’re looking for sheer gloss that’ll wear well for about four to six hours.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Bobbi Brown’s Nautical Collection recently debuted, and it featured products ideal for the summer months. It consisted of six limited edition Sheer Color Cheek Tints ($22.00 each) and four shades of Sheer Color Lip Gloss ($20.00 each).

I tried three of the six shades of the Sheer Color Cheek Tints — Sheer Coral, Sheer Pink, and Sheer Raspberry. Sheer Coral is a lightly frosted pink-coral shade with a little bit of shimmer. It’s a warmer pink as well. Sheer Pink is a cooler medium pop of pink with less frost and more sheen. Sheer Raspberry is a sheer, pink with just a touch of raspberry to it that has a nice low sheen. All three are great to use on cheeks to give a sheer, natural pop of color, but they can also be worn underneath powder blushes. You can use these to layer cheek products, so you are able to increase the wear-time of your colors during the hotter months ahead.

The Sheer Color Lip Glosses are all sheer, translucent shades of color with no shimmer nor stickiness. They’re fairly thick, but they go on smoothly and provide a natural glossiness to lips. I really want to emphasize how sheer these are (they are called “Sheer Color” for a reason), because I’d hate for you to think they were opaque and be disappointed. Sailor is a deep red in the tube, but it goes on as more of a “just bitten” kind of color–really quite wearable. Marina Pink is a wine-red in the tube, but it goes on similar to Sailor. Popsicle Pink is hue of medium pink with a little bit of raspberry in it, and it is the most “pigmented” of the four. Cabana Corla is a pink with coral/peach tones in it to warm it up.

Recommended for…

Anyone who loves sheer glosses
Anyone who loves non-sticky glosses
Anyone who likes more natural, everyday makeup
Anyone who likes cream blushes/cheek stains

Availability: Nordstrom.com

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