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Lip Tar 6 Packs Review/Swatch Post *LONG Picture Heavy*

I have finally received my OCC Lip tar 6 Packs.  I blogged about them a couple of weeks ago, and said I might get all three of them… Well lo and behold I got all three of them.  I think I am a bit of a shop-a-holic  especially when it comes to super pigmented gloss/lipstick hybrids.

I was most excited about the Pastels pack, until I realized all the light colors look totally weird on me because I am so pale.  I think they are probably reasonably hard to wear on anyone, I will save those for fashion/editorial shoots.  I think they would really rock on an ebony beauty.

Anyway, I got the three 6 packs of lip tars OCC brought out again.  The packs were themed, Not-of-this-earth-tones contained rich beige’s, browns and red tones and specifically had Conquest, Petty Beige, Analog, Red Iron Oxide, Melange, and Uber

The Beyond Pastel Pack had … pastels, especially pinks and purples, though they did throw in cha-cha which is a light tangerine color, and Lo-Fi which is a bright neon pastel green.  Specifically this pack contained Tone, Plum, Pageant, Vapid, Lo-Fi, and  Cha Cha

The last pack is probably the most useful and has some of my favorite colors. The Primary Mix Masters pack, has everything you need to create any color of the rainbow.  It has the primary colors, plus black, white and grey, Specifically this pack contains, Stalker, Traffic, RX, Tarred, Dangerous, and  Feathered.

I am really used to ordering all of my makeup products from Camera Ready Cosmetics which has the worlds fastest shipping from any online store ever. Of course I didn’t realize this, and when I ordered from OCC I expected my package to be here in 3 days like I was used to.  I actually had quite a bit of problems regarding my order, the first time I ordered the payment didn’t go through, and I wasn’t aware until I emailed OCC a week later wondering why I hadn’t gotten my shipping info.  The bad thing about this was I had  all ready thrown out the pre paid credit card I used to make the purchase so that morning was spent totally freaking out and looking through the garbage.

After I  found the card, placed my order the second time, and was reassured by OCC  that this time my order has indeed gone through. I waited another week before again asking where my shipping info was, this time one of the Lip Tars in the pastels pack had been sold out and they had to wait for it to come back before they could send my order out.  Finally my order was shipped on the 27th of July! Only 2 weeks after I had initially attempted to order.

Now there I was, impatiently waiting for this wonderful package of goodies I had just dropped 165$ on to get here.  I checked the tracking info every day, and after it first said it left NY, it never was updated again.  I called USPS and asked them about this,  Just a heads up for everyone international ordering from OCC or anywhere else… Unless you pay extra to make it by courier, when they ship orders internationally they downgrade the package from priority to first class, which basically means you don’t get any shipping info, they have no time limit on how long it will take to get to you, and if it gets lost there is no insurance provided.  The guy explaining this to me actually said ” I am going to tell you something not many people know.” To say the least I was pretty peeved.

Luckily, my package came today! after only 9 business days and 13 days total, which isn’t horrible I suppose, but it’s still a pretty long time, considering I only live in Canada, not anywhere over seas.

The above picture, shows the select lip tars I did swatches of, I also threw anime in their to show you the difference between it and pageant.  Anime was NOT included in the 6 packs.

I am going to start with my favorites!

Melange:

As I stated above I thought the pastels were going to be my favorites, matter of fact I had been pining for CHA-CHA for ever! I didn’t expect to fall so in love with melange.  But I really have! I might even take it and keep it for myself, instead of for my kit.  The color is darker than I expected and not as orangey.  It is just really flattering, if you have light skin like I do I suggest grabbing this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stalker:

Stalker is another one of my favorites! I always have a hard time finding a perfect red for my skin tone.  Most reds lip way too harsh on my skin tone.  This however is beautiful! I would even say it is a little pinky.  I think NSFW would be a better color to mix with, it seems more primary red then this one does. Luckily I have it, so I will try both out and see which one gets better results.  Pale girls looking for a perfect red? Grab stalker, you wont be dissapointed I promise.

 

 

 

 

 

CHA-CHA:

This Color I was more then a little dissapointed with.  On the website it used to say pinked cantaloupe, but now says light creamy tangerine. It really is a light tangerine, but the color looks nothing like other swatches I have seen of it… maybe they changed the color/formula slightly?  Who knows, needless to say it was more orange then I expected. But it will still be useful for shoots, though it is way too light and looks weird  on me.

 

 

 

 

 

Vapid:

This color is crazy! My camera can’t even handle Vapid, not even a little bit.  This is an ultra pastel, the lightest purple you will ever find.  OCC says bubblegum lavender,  I’m gonna say it is purple tinged milk.  I noticed the lighter colors seem a little thinner, then the darker colors.  I had to use more to cover my lips when it came to Vapid, and Conquest barely covered my lips no matter how much I put on.  I don’t think my lips are overly pigmented either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petty Beige:

I am still on the fence about this color, I think if I added a little bit of white to it, it would make the best nude lip ever. It is once again darker than I expected. It’s very  beige, a little darker than that beige everyone paints the walls of renters apartments, and new houses.  It’s not really unflattering, but I am just unsure about it. It doesn’t make me look like a corpse though, which I always think beige will… so that’s a plus!

 

 

 

 

 

Dangerous: 

I am so in love with this color! Grey Grey every day!  It inspires so many shoot ideas in me it’s crazy, I very seriously want to do a shoot in color, but make it look black and white using makeup… Pleasantville style!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pageant VS Anime:

This last swatch I did, I used anime on the top lip and pageant on the tip lip to show the differences.  Pageant is gorgeous and very wearable but still bold. Anime was always a little too crazy for me, and it stained lips for weeks.  Pageant  came off a lot easier, and is just beautiful.  Beauty Queen Pink/Fuchsia. YES PLEASE!

The very last thing I did with the pageant lip tar is I tested it out as a cheek stain/ cream blush.  A little bird told me that these are amazing for cream blush, and I just had to try it out. Cream blushes are some of my favorite things. The lasting power of lip tars really make them an unbeatable cheek stain.

Here is a photo of pageant as a cream blush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All  in all, I don’t think you can beat the price. 18 lip tars for 150 bucks + shipping. That is a steal!  Especially because they can double as cheek stains, you can use them to body paint.  They really are the best, I use them every chance I get on shoots, because nothing and I mean NOTHING looks as good.

IMATS post #1

As many of you may know I was involved in the Vancouver 2011 Imats last weekend.  I only went on the first day the saturday, and most of my day was spent being a contestant in the beauty/fantasy student competition.

I am planning on doing a big post about it tomorrow or the next day with product reviews/ a haul post detailing the stuff I got in my goody bag (EVE PEARL PALETTES ) and what I bought after It was all over.

As well as my side of the student competition and how it went down / how nervous I was/ What the other contestants were like.

I will however leave you with a quick video that my school did of their and my Imats Experience.

After 1:07, It is all me and the student competition.  Excuse the constant giggling I am camera shy.

Throw out your sponges Merle Norman!

Though I am a makeup artist, I often neglect my eyebrows.  I don’t like to pluck them myself, and I just am so busy sometimes I don’t get them done for a couple months.  Luckily I have been blessed with some pretty nice brows, good arches all that jazz.

When I do get them done, I like to get them waxed.  I used to get them threaded, which in my opinion actually delivers the very best results, however I totally can not handle the pain. SO, I like to get them waxed, and when I get them waxed I don’t mind spending a little extra money to hopefully get the very best.

I mean I know I can get my eyebrows done for 4 dollars, but on Friday I opted instead to pay 17$ at Merle Norman for what I hoped would be a quick, but satisfying experience.

It all started out fine, the girl who helped me was nice enough, told me about her school experience, we small talked, she worked away, trimming, plucking, waxing. She was a bit of a perfectionist and studied my brows intently after she finished making sure they were perfect, and to her credit they look pretty damn good.

Unfortunately, she had to offer to cover my red forehead up with a little foundation. Unfortunately, I had to agree thinking all the while “how nice, how nice, how nice.”  Unfortunately, the sponge she started to apply the foundation with looked like it had been dipped in a vat of foundation, and it was obvious by the foundation almost dripping of it, that it had been used on at least 20 faces other then mine.

My sponges don’t look like that after using it on set touching up a model for 12 hours, let alone my personal sponges which I sometimes use for a whole week straight on myself.

Needless to say I was disgusted! I stopped her half way through, paid, left and went and bought facial wipes at the grocery store across the way and vigorously scrubbed my brows worried about all sorts of skin diseases, remembering all the horror stories I had heard before.

Luckily, my forehead isn’t rotting off. But, Merle Norman did lose a customer. I will never go back there again.  Maybe being a makeup artist has made me a bit of a germaphobe. I do hand sanitize every 5 minutes when working on models, I do religiously spray all my makeup with 70% and 90% alcohol. I do clean my brushes before every shoot, and in between every model. I do make sure to clean out my kit every 6 months and throw out everything that needs to be. Frankly I think that is pretty standard, and if you don’t do those things you are abusing your right to apply makeup.

I don’t think its too much to ask, so I am just going to say it

THROW OUT YOUR SPONGES MERLE NORMAN!

A truly stained lip!

Yesterday I was doing some lip tar swatches on my lips for you guys because I had gotten a few new colors and had never done proper on lip swatches.  My idea for this post quickly changed when I finished the last swatch, sat around for a bit and then spent 15 minutes trying to scrub the hot pink color anime off my lips.

I was extremely unsuccessful to say the least.

This forced me to pose the question, how long is too long for a long lasting lip stick. I know lip tars really are pure pigment, and I know not all of them last this long and they really are an all around fantastic product.

However, I know I have used this color before in photo shoots, and recently reading a  models blog I worked with, noticed she mentioned that the  color I used on her lips, didn’t come off for a WEEK!

I don’t know about regular people, but when you are a signed working model as well as a law school student having hot pink lips for a week can be one heck of a problem.

Needless to say, my lips are still stained hot pink.The color is still pretty bright on my lips.  I have scrubbed my lips until they were raw, with vaseline, makeup remover, and olive oil. I have eaten dinner, eaten a truly fantastic mango melona bar for desert, and had a nice long sleep.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to curtail this stained pink madness?  I use the clear liptar under other liptars which should help but clearly doesn’t, if you use chapstick underneath the liptars just slide around all over the place.  What else can you do?  If I find out, I will let you know…..

My first time blocking out eyebrows…

This was my first time blocking out eyebrows we used spiritgum and wax.  It was much easier then I thought it would be. This is a girl Anjaleigh from my class watch as she transforms from her everyday self to an oriental clara bow reincarnate…. or something

Just wait until I get to body painting, monsters, broken noses.. Still looking for models for special effects!! 😉

First BIG photoshoot

Yesterday my kind mother lent me her basement suite and me, a mua I know sam, My friend siobhan hairstylist extrordinaire, 3 photographers and 2 models made magic happen!!!

I have never worked so hard and had so much fun.  Everyone arrived at 10 am and left at 8:30 pm, it was a very long day and totally worth it in every way. The two models miquette and sarah were totally professional and the pictures from what I have seen prove it!   But they were also fun and while we were doing makeup and hair we were chatting and laughing and having a ball!

We did natural beauty, fashion and editorial shots.  I cant wait to get them back and post them for you readers! 

This is basically a pre post before the wonder that will be the next photos I post.

Stay excited

❤ Chelsea

John Casablancas FAB Blog

Recently, John Casablanca Institutes FAB (Fashion and Beauty) Blog posted one of my blog posts on there site.  Its good to know that JCI cares as much about Canadian Makeup artists, Recycling and YABY as I do.

You should check it out:  http://www.jcinstitute.com/blog/profiles/what_i_crave_for_my_kit__yaby_cosmetics

Thanks to Liz Yu for creating such a wonderful line, and thanks to Sarah Murray at the Honey Mustard for spreading the word.

Next I am tackling Lip Tars! I recently got four colors in the mail. Look out f0r reviews and swatches.

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