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Sunday Link Love, Volume #064

Leesha’s rainbow eyes!

Happy Sunday!

What are your Sunday plans? I’m about to head out to the Farmer’s Market with a good friend and hopefully come back with arms full of leafy greens and not delicious baked goods! 🙂

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LORAC Fall 2011 Collection

LORAC Fall 2011 Collection

Naked Lace ($28.00) (ULTA Exclusive)

This barely-there, lingerie-inspired collection contains everything you need for easy, flirty makeup. 2 silky-smooth eyeshadows, 1 rose-colored blush, 3 mini Couture Shine liquid lipsticks, in a vintage style luxe bag.

Ooh La Lace Baked Shimmer & Matte Eye Shadow Palette ($36.00) (Sephora Exclusive)

6 x Eye Shadows in Lust (cream with shimmer), Smolder (matte gray), Risqué (matte black), Stunner (light bronze with shimmer), Knockout (bronze with shimmer), Racy (matte brown)

Close Up ($39.00)

In this tutorial’s simple steps, Carol Shaw shares her professional tips that take you from real life to red carpet by teaching you how to master a Natural Day and Dramatic Night looks in minutes. This kit contains a step-by-step look book and her favorite must-have products—everything you need to do makeup like a pro. Contains 0.15 oz Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in LORACstar, 0.02 oz Front Of The Line Pro in Black, 0.43 oz Multiplex 3D Lashes Mascara in Black, 0.12 oz Blush in Soul, 0.17 oz Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Trend Setter, Tutorial Look Book

Baked Eyeshadow Trio ($26.00)

  • Popstar

PEFfection Baked Perfecting Powder ($32.00)

  • Available in Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium, and Tan.

availability: Now at Sephora & ULTA

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OCC Fall 2011 Lip Tars (Banjee, Femme, Narcissus, Pretty Boy, Queen) Swatches, Photos, Reviews

OCC Banjee Lip Tar

OCC Fall 2011: Lip Tars

OCC Lip Tars ($13.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) see the addition of six new shades with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. I reviewed Butch previously (blue can’t help but be an individual, y’know), so this post includes these five: Banjee (freshly sliced mango), Femme (pale flamingo pink), Narcissus (creamy pink/lavender), Pretty Boy (deep, true fuchsia), and Queen (screaming neon red).

If you have any experience with Lip Tars, the best advice anyone can give is: a little goes a very, very long way. You really need much less than you’d think. It’s also much easier to use a lighter hand and add more as needed. You can apply straight from the tube (and the angled applicator works well to maneuver around the natural curves of the lips) or with a lip brush (OCC recommends their #009 brush).

  • Banjee is a vibrant, light-medium orange with opaque color and a subtly glossy sheen. I couldn’t think of any similar shades (you would think with all of these orange lipsticks, there would be something!) because this is lighter and less of a dark orange or true orange–there is a yellowness to Banjee.
  • Femme is a softened, pastel pink with subtle blue undertones. The color coverage is opaque. It’s similar but a touch pinker than MAC Royal Azalea, bluer than MAC Overtime, pinker than MAC All Styled Up, similar in hue but lighter than YSL Fetish Pink, and a tad lighter than MAC Viva Glam Gaga I.
  • Narcissus is a medium, fuchsia-lavender with a subtle sheen. It delivers opaque color coverage. It is lighter and pinker than MAC Love Forever, very similar to MAC Asian Flower, and lighter but similar in color to MAC Petals & Peacocks.
  • Pretty Boy is a dark, blue-based fuchsia pink with a subtle shine and opaque color coverage. It’s cooler toned than NARS Carthage, which leans redder. Illamasqua Welt is similar in coolness but lighter overall.
  • Queen is a neon pink-red with a soft shine and really rich, opaque color. Guerlain Shalimar is pinker, while MAC Insanely It has fuchsia shimmer and is less vibrant. MAC Gesina is similar, a touch redder and less neon.

Femme is one of the nicer pastel pinks I’ve seen on me, which is due, in part, to the opacity as well as the subtle blue-base–so if you’re warm-toned and have always wanted a pastel pink, this one might work better for you than many of the alternatives.  There are some similarities with MAC’s recently released Sheen Supreme lipsticks (Azalea Blossom and Asian Flower), but I think OCC does them better–the texture and formula are more flattering to the lips and give them a more even appearance.

Lip Tars are very creamy; they’re very much a liquid lipstick, and as such, they’re extremely rich in pigment.  As stated earlier, you only need a tiny dab for total coverage.  They can be mixed with other Lip Tars for your own custom combination (which is how the Lip Tars were initially, but now they have many shades that are great as-is).  The richness in color makes these long-wearing, too–I usually get six hours, sometimes as long as eight.  Shades like Pretty Boy and Queen do stain over time, so sometimes they wear even longer than eight.

They are mint-scented (from the inclusion of peppermint oil), and I don’t find them drying, but if I wear one color for eight hours, I do need to pat on some lip balm, because I don’t find these very moisturizing on their own.  I don’t have issues with these bleeding, but it will happen if you apply a thicker layer, so you may want to wear a lip liner with some of the darker shades.

OCC Fall 2011 Lip Tars (Banjee, Femme, Narcissus, Pretty Boy, Queen) Swatches, Photos, Reviews


Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “cement grey” with a cream finish. It’s a gorgeous shade of gray that doesn’t lean brown–it’s that perfect shade of gray skies. There’s a tinge of blue in it, but it’s very subtle and only picked up in really bright, direct light. Zoya’s Dove was the closest shade I could think of, but it leans browner–less blue.

The formula was exactly what I expect of Illamasqua: excellent. It’s thick without being goopy, so it delivers amazing color coverage–almost opaque in a single coat, though I did two here. It flows evenly across the nail without bubbling or streaking. I typically get a week of wear without minimal tip wear with Illamasqua’s polishes.