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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics haul

Well, now, isn’t that quite a mouthful? From here on out the brand will be called “OCC” which is handy since their website is http://www.occmakeup.com.

Anyways, I’ve been intrigued by this cosmetics company ever since I saw lip tar reviews from Temptalia and Vampy Varnish. The word “tar” in any cosmetics name sounds a little scary, but trust me, you’ll be quite taken with these, I predict.

The claim is that these have the wear of a lipstick, but the ease and shininess of a gloss. But it gets better! After some additional research, I found out that these were made so you could mix the different colors to create your own unique colors. Now, I haven’t done that with the colors that I have in my possession, but believe me, after trying these out, I’m looking in to purchasing a few more and playing around with them.

Also in my order were two nail polishes, because, you know, I have a polish addiction. *ahem* I couldn’t resist; these two just jumped in to my cart! 😉

Oh, the other thing that makes this cosmetics company even more super-double-awesome? They’re vegan and cruelty free! I mean, I’m not vegetarian or vegan by any stretch of the imagination, but to know that about a cosmetics company up front totally gives me warm fuzzies about them. 😀

So, by now I’m sure your thinking, “Enough with the blather, woman! Make w/ the photos and swatches!”

Alright already! Here’s my haul: two polishes-Chlorophyll and Perpetual, three lip tars-Stalker, Vintage, and Anime:
OCC haul Sept2010

OCC haul Sept2010-2

Polish swatches:
Chlorophyll – The color on the website intrigued me the most. For whatever reason, I imagined this to be a brighter, greener jelly polish. The polish was none of these things, however, don’t take that to mean I hated it. This turned out to be a blue based green creme which wasn’t as bright as expected. It applied nicely and covered completely after two coats. For some reason this makes me think of China Glaze’s Four Leaf Clover which I’ll have to dig out and do a comparison on. Anyways, the pictures!
OCC Chlorophyll

OCC Chlorophyll-closeup

Perpetual – Now Perpetual turned out to be a nice shiny purple jelly. As you can see in the photos below, it was definitely on the sheerer side and even after three coats you can still see a visible nail line (VNL). I don’t have so much of a problem w/ this as I know some ladies out there do, but I think I’m interested to see how this layers on a more opaque base like a ridgefilling base coat or another polish.
OCC Nail Polish Perpetual

OCC Nail Polish Perpetual-closeup
The color range for these polishes is really intriguing to me and they’re formula is quite easy to work with. Their nail polish is definitely worth trying out.

Lip Tars
The three lip tars I got were really hard to choose! I decided to go for a bright pink, a bright red (something I can clearly never get enough of), and a darker, more season appropriate shade. I figured the ones I picked I could mix and play with or wear alone. I’m not so sure I could, say, wear reasonably wear any of these to work, but for an evening out, I think they would each be perfectly acceptable on their own.

The formula on all of these was fantastic! I had read that the optimal application procedure would be with a lip brush instead of trying to apply straight out of the tube, so this is what I did. I had also read that you really only needed a tiny bit to get full coverage on your lips, and boy was that true! I was really quite surprised at how little I actually needed. This is a definite plus when you think you’re paying too much ($12.50/tube) for such a little tube, but it’s completely worth it b/c you need so little product for each application. I honestly think I wasted more than I needed to when I swatched these on my hand. Plus the wear on this was pretty darn good (it made through three pieces of pizza for dinner and a glass of wine w/o having to reapply).
OCC Lip Tar skin swatches
L to R: Stalker, Vintage, and Anime

Stalker – This is a blue based dark bright red and not for the faint of heart. I am not at all disappointed with this color.
OCC Lip Tar-Stalker

Vintage – Hmmmm, how would i describe this? I guess I’d call it a deep, plummy burgundy. I really like this and am already plotting how I can try this with some other OCC Lip Tars to make some really yummy colors!
OCC Lip Tar-Vintage

Anime – This is also not for the faint of heart. It’s a very intense, very bright pink, maybe fuchsia even. I’m a huge fan of MAC’s Girl About Town and Show Orchid, so it’s no surprise that this shade speaks to me. Love it!
OCC Lip Tar-Anime

Bottom line: You need these Lip Tars! The colors are awesome and the flexibility that you can get by mixing the different colors really does offer limitless possibilities with this product. They wear really well and you don’t need much product for full coverage. Considering all these factors, $12.50 for each Lip Tar really isn’t really as spendy as you might think.

I know I’ll be hitting OCC Makeup again in the next few months for more Lip Tars and more polishes!

Can I tempt any more readers to try out the Lip Tars?

China Glaze-Awakening

Contest is now closed!

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is probably my favorite “holiday” to celebrate. Also, I really enjoy watching the season change from a hot dry summer to a damp, cool fall accompanied by seeing the trees on fire as their leaves change color. The reds, golds, and oranges of the leaves as they float to the ground is certainly something every person should see themselves. 🙂

In addition to the Vintage Vixen collection this fall, China Glaze has also released the limited edition collection Awakening. This collection totally makes me think of the leaves falling, Halloween, cider mills, hay rides and haunted houses! Plus, I think you’ll all be amused by what CG decided to name each of them.

I was pretty pleased with these three polishes which all covered in about three coats (shown below with no top coat).

Ick-A-Body – I wondered how similar this was to last year’s Fortune Teller, but it’s quite a bit different. This polish was packed with orange glitter in what I thought was a black jelly base. However, it looks like the base is more of an olive-y jelly. This looks so unique and wonderfully like Halloween.
Ick-A-Body

Ick-A-Body-closeup

Mummy May I – Now this one was another one that I thought was just a colored glitter in a black jelly base. Boy, am I bad at this! I swatched this on some paper and saw for myself that this is actually a lovely, sparkley purple glitter in a deep purple that looks black after two layers. Love it!
Mummy May I

Mummy May I-closeup

Zombie Zest – Ok, this one was my absolute favorite of the bunch. Simply calling it green would be a horrible understatement. It’s a shimmery, mossy green w/ flashes of yellow and gold and even blue! However, I have heard that Zombie Zest is a dupe for SpaRitual’s Optical Illusion and Orly’s It’s Not Rocket Science from their Cosmic FX collection. Either way, if you can get your hands on any of these, it would be totally worth it!
Zombie Zest

Zombie Zest-closeup

See any you’re drooling after? Well, guess what?! I’m doing a giveaway! Can you guess for what? Oh, come on! You know this!

I’m giving away ONE set of the China Glaze Awakening collection.
One lucky winner will get a set of one bottle each of the following: Ick-A-body, Mummy May I, Zombie Zest and CG Fast Forward Top Coat (set is a total of four bottles of polish).

The rules:
1. You must be a subscriber to my blog. The form to do so should be 2nd from the top on the sidebar to the left of the posts. (Sorry about the earlier GFC confusion. That was totally my fault! Thanks to everyone who powered through that and subscribed anyways.)
2. Please leave your email address in the comment. I’ll need a way to tell you that you’ve won!
These first two rules are mandatory and count as TWO ENTRIES.
3. TWEET about this giveaway. Please leave a link in the comment with the status address where you did this. ONE ENTRY.
4. BLOG about this giveaway or put it in your SIDEBAR. I will accept either method. Please leave a link in your comment where you did this. ONE ENTRY.
5. Put Makeup and Entropy on your BLOGROLL. Please leave a link where you did this. ONE ENTRY.
That’s it! You have a possible total of 5 entries with this one!

PLEASE PUT ALL OF YOUR ENTRIES INTO ONE COMMENT. Thank you!

This contest will end on Friday, 10/8/2010 at 11:59 PM EST and I will not accept any entries after that.

Thanks for sticking w/ me and good luck!

*10/7/2010 Edit: Sorry, I’m an idiot guys. For rule #1 I meant you must subscribe to my blog. *sigh*

Bling-tastic Tuesday…or Wednesday Vol. 4

CHEESECAKE!!!!!

Do I have your attention yet? Ok, well, if not, here’s a giant photo of the 2nd most delicious cheesecake I’ve ever had:
Junior's Cheesecake slice
Purchased from: Junior’s Cheesecake in NYC

Not forgiven for being MIA? 😦

Sorry for completely going missing the past week. The work induced crazy-busyness has completely ramped up within the last week or so, and when I haven’t been slammed w/ work responsibilities, I’ve been completely booked w/ previous personal plans. Gahhhhh! How do you fellow working bloggers even keep up? I clearly need to plan better…

Anywhosits, I didn’t want to miss a bling-tastic Tuesday…or Wednesday, so here is a new post for your viewing enjoyment! This week I am featuring a polish I found whilst on a search for a brick and mortar retailer that sold butter LONDON nail polish. This was mainly b/c I was experiencing a momentary, lust-induced mania to acquire a few of their fall 2010 colors (swatches: Vampy Varnish). So yeah, I totally didn’t find any of the new colors, but I did find this oldie, but goodie! (Ok, “oldie” may be relative since it was from last year, but it’s not from a new, shiny collection for this fall.)

This little gem is called Henley Regatta and I’d describe it as blue/green glitter in a sheer, teal jelly base. This application took about three coats (maybe four, but I really can’t remember now) and has a coat of Seche Vite on top. I think it would look gorgeous layered over something else, maybe over butter LONDON’s Thames?

butter LONDON Henley Regatta1

butter LONDON Henley Regatta2

butter LONDON Henley Regatta3
The thing that I really liked about this specific glitter is just how alive it looked on the bottle and on the nail. In person, this was just so glittery and shiny and eye-catching!

Well, sadly, that’s all I have for now, but I’ve actually got half of the Fall 2010 China Glaze Vintage Vixen collection (that’s still six polishes) swatched for your future enjoyment once i have time to sit down and edit the photos. Oh, and the Orly Cosmic FX collection too, but I think I’m going to have to redo those b/c I took them indoors w/ flash and I just wasn’t able to capture the duochrome-y goodness. So those I’ll redo outdoors.

And please, please stay w/ me for the nail tutorial. I think I may have made this in to more of a project than I originally intended. I had this grand plan to basically provide a work instruction complete w/ photos (I did warn you that it could get ugly!), and have already started executing this plan. I’ve got most of the text written, but I still need to take and edit corresponding photos.

Ok, lovelies, I’m off to bed (but I’m scheduling this to post at 9AM so I’ll be awake again when you read this, LOL) so I can be in top form for a cross-functional meeting I’m holding tomorrow. Wish me luck and have a Bling-tastic Wednesday! 🙂

Bling-tastic Tuesday…or Wednesday Vol. 3

Let’s get reeeaaddyyy for the Tuesday (or Wednesday) spectacular bling-tacular!!!!!

Riiiighhhhttt, so, I got home from work late last nite (if left to my own devices, I become a work-ahloic, so this really isn’t much of a surprise on a daily basis), so instead of the nail polish application tutorial I had originally planned for today, you guys can get blingy with it. 😉

Again, b/c I feel guilty for not delivering as promised, I’m posting photos for two different manicures.

First up I have a nice metallic foil (I’ll admit it, I really like foils!) from Orly called Luxe. This was part of their Foil FX collection that came out earlier this year. It’s still available along w/ a rose colored foil called Rage and a silver foil called Shine from Head2Toe Beauty for $3.75/bottle. I picked this up at Ulta earlier this summer on a whim b/c I thought to myself I didn’t have anything like a gold foil and this fit the bill perfectly!
Orly Luxe

Orly Luxe-closeup
This applied nicely and I didn’t have too much trouble w/ visible brush strokes. This actually made me think of Minx Nails and made me think I could probably do a neat manicure using my Konad stamping tools. Yet another idea for a post. 🙂

The next shiny I have for you should be pretty familiar. This was Nfu Oh #45 from yesterday over Zoya America. I thought the red flakies might pop more over a colored base, but I dunno…I kinda like it applied without a colored base.
Nfu Oh 45 over Zoya America1

Nfu Oh #45 over Zoya America
Nfu Oh 45 over Zoya America3

Nfu Oh #45 alone
Nfu Oh 45-closeup2

Nfu Oh #45 over Zoya America
Nfu Oh 45 over Zoya America2

Did satisfy your bling need for the week?

Tuesday Bling-tacular

Glitter…how can you not like glitter? It’s just so sparkly, shiny and adds a little something extra. And dammit, it’s glitter! I often get distracted by pretty shinies. 🙂

In any case, when I started really obsessing over nail polish (srsly, this may require therapy), I wasn’t sure what I would have called my favorite finish. After reflecting on it a little bit, I realized that the whole reason I got in to nail polish was b/c the jewelry obsession I had been indulging in was far too expensive and completely not sustainable in any way. (Hello only spending $8 per bottle of polish instead of $100+ per jewelry piece!)

Nail polish was a perfect obsession replacement since it’s pretty much like jewelry for your nails, it’s waaaay cheaper, AND there are so many options to choose from to change up your look. Enter glitter nail polish.

The beauty of glitter nail polish is that there’s quite a variety of sizes and shapes. This allows for just a little shimmer or an all out bling-fest. I personally prefer to shout from the rooftops, “HEY! I’M WEARING GLITTER!” I swear to you, if I could get away w/ wearing bright red sequins to work, I would do it.

Now, having rambled for over 200 words (Yay WordPress and the word count!), I think I’ve found a love that will last forever. I spotted these babies during the Nordstrom anniversary sale pre-order. Those of you familiar with Deborah Lippmann’s Ruby Red Slippers know how beautiful it is w/ the chunky glitter pieces and saw something similar in the promo pics for Across the Universe and Bad Romance. I just HAD TO HAVE THEM! So I bought them and swatched them. I think everyone needs these bad boys in their polish stash.

Across the Universe is dark blue/navy jelly with green and blue glitter which applied quite nicely and covered completely after three coats.
Across the Universe indoors with flash

Across the Universe macro

Bad Romance was a black jelly with dark pink glitter and reminded me a little of Ruby Red Slippers (which is totally not a bad thing). This also covered nicely in three coats. I suppose I could have done just two for this one, but three is how I roll for polishes like this.
Bad Romance

Bad Romance macro

The macro shots show how dense the different sized glitter is. These shots are also nice b/c the previous layers of glitter don’t just get lost, they add to the overall dimensionality on the nail.

LOVE IT!