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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.

LIP TAR SALE!

If you are interested in trying some lip tars now is the time! OCC has created their coveted gift packs once again, you can get 6 liptars for only 50 bucks, which is a total steal! Buy them HERE

The first 6 pack is the Primary Mix Masters which has:

STALKER, TRAFFIC, RX, TARRED, DANGEROUS, FEATHERED

The second 6 pack is the  Beyond Pastel which has:

TONE, PLUM, PAGEANT, VAPID, LO-FI, CHA CHA

The last 6 pack is Not-Of-This-Earth-Tones which has:

CONQUEST, PETTY BEIGE, ANALOG, RED IO, MELANGE, UBER

Which pack is your favorite?  I can’t decide, and think I will get all of them! Luckily I only have 1 color out of all 18 colors offered. Let me know if any of you get the packs and how you like your new lip tars!

Another OCC/Lip tar swatch post, and review can be expected shortly this time I will focus on the customer service, shipping etc from OCC as I have never ordered directly from the site before!

Ciao

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

On Sunday after I finished doing makeup for a photoshoot, I went out to save on foods to grab some nyx glosses and what ever other lip products caught my eye .

I have been looking for some nude lipsticks lately, In shoots I have just been combining one of my sheer pink lipsticks with the cream foundation I use on the model, which is working decent.  However, I am still on the look for the perfect nude lip.  I imagine this perfect nude lip to be the color of lime crimes coquette with the feel of the OCC lip tars.

That doesn’t seem to exist yet, so I settled on just enough buff from Revlon’s super lustrous lipstick line for my kit, I also grabbed pink in the afternoon because I am a sucker for pink lipsticks!

Just enough BUFF

The website said:

To be honest the website doesn’t say much

New colors! Infused with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness. Find your lip color amongst a dazzling array of 72 fabulous, fashionable shades!

– Exclusive LiquiSilk™ formula with mega-moisturizers seals in color and softness
– Silky-smooth, creamy texture
– Stay true color wears evenly

I Say: I’m pretty disappointed with this lipstick. It is so so so so sheer! I don’t get it.  It shows up on my hand when I swatch but not on my lips.  My lips are not overly pigmented either.  When I apply it on my lips they get a little shine to them, some glitter which I am not a fan of.  There is no way I can put this in my kit, so I guess I am gonna have to keep it for myself. Or it will rot away in one of my makeup drawers. I expect more from you revlon!

Pink In the afternoon

The website said:

To be honest the website doesn’t say much

New colors! Infused with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness. Find your lip color amongst a dazzling array of 72 fabulous, fashionable shades!

– Exclusive LiquiSilk™ formula with mega-moisturizers seals in color and softness
– Silky-smooth, creamy texture
– Stay true color wears evenly

I say: 

This Lipstick is way more what I look for in a lipstick.  It is creamy and pigmented and gorgeous.  The color is a really great muted pink tone, that I could wear every day and I know will look flattering on a number of skin tones.  It really is moisturizing, I have the kind of lips that dry out easily, and flake everywhere and are often just a mess.  Even when I exfoliate them before applying lip products they still end up flaky.  This lipstick I do not have that problem!  Great for my kit, I might even go get another one for myself!

The color even lasts a pretty long time, I Put it on about 3 hours ago and have since drank a mug of chicken broth, a thermos full of chamomile tea, 2 taquitos and a pudding cup.  It’s still there though slightly less creamy then it was!

However the swatch on the website is totally off! I don’t know where the hell they got that from.  This pink is way darker then whats pictured there just fair warning.

I will post swatches in a few hours once my camera has charged!

CIAO!

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

Want to know my secret to the perfect smokey eye?

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils is definitely one of them! These fat little pencils are a god send from the makeup geniuses that run NYX cosmetics.

I don’t know if you have tried their products yet, extremely affordable, extremely pigmented and workable, great on camera. I have quite a few NYX cosmetics running rampant through my makeup kit and work. I use everything from their shadows, to their lipsticks, to their lip liners and contour creams.

But today it is all about their Jumbo Eye Pencils!

The first time I heard about this product was actually through a you tube makeup tutorial (I can’t for the life of me remember which one) where the girl used the color milk as a base for her purple eyeshadow. The second time was in makeup school where my friend and fellow artist  Samantha Caporusso was using black bean as the base for her models evening smokey eye.

BAM! Lightbulb! I immediately went out and bought a handful of these pencils.  They are extremely pigmented, and emollient. They will help your eyeshadow out, and really bring on the pigment.  They are also great for face painting, and dramatic complicated makeups. Just draw it on and set with a similar colored eyeshadow! I use them for highlighting the face as well.

Some people have reported creasing with this product.  The pencils as I mentioned above are extremely emollient, so if applied incorrectly this could be a problem.

However for example with a smokey eye, I start at the lash line and apply a swipe of black bean, I then take a mini smudger brush and blend the product upwards in the general shape I want my smokey eye, until there is just a thin smokey layer of product.  Not only does this prevent creasing and increase longevity, it gives me a good guide for applying the shadow, and increases the sultry smokiness.

The only con for this product I can think of, is due to their size I have not found any sharpener except for the one sold by NYX that will work!  Other brands jumbo pencil sharpeners just aren’t big enough, so keep that in mind when you are buying!

However, these pencils are only $4.50 a pop on the NYX website so I can afford to buy one more sharpener.

This product gets a 9/10 for me!

Below I have included two swatches from a couple of my favorite pencils, #601 black bean and #618 purple.  With and without flash.  Maybe I will do a look using one or both in the near future.

E.L.F

Have you guys heard about Eyes.Lips.Face?

I’ve been researching this company for about a week reading tons of reviews and scouring the website constantly.  It’s a make up company that claims to be quite high quality for extremely low prices (1$ per product!)

“We at e.l.f. believe that innovative technology, quality ingredients and superb delivery systems should not be limited to prestige retailers. Every woman should have the opportunity to participate in innovation, without sacrificing her budget.”

Okay, I’ll bite!  Next week I’m going to be placing a rather large order of e.l.f products including eyeliners, brushes, primers, plumpers and shadows. 

You will be the first to know what I think.

Review to come!

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