Sunday, January 16, 2011

NOTD: OPI - Lincoln Park After Dark

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 This is my first actual NOTD. I'm wearing OPI Lincoln Park After Dark (Suede). It came out a while ago (Fall 2009) but I'm sure some beauty salon/supply stores still carry this collection. The finish is called suede which is matte and shimmer. This is a gorgeous collection and I wish to own every colour. As we all know that matte fiinishes tend to chip quite fast but these chipped a little later than the usual time.Check out the entire collection and swatches here. 
DSLR Pictures
 
Below is just an extra NOTD from a few days ago. It's Orly Petit Four. You can get this from Sallys. I love the formula of these. It's a pretty mauvey lilac shade with grey undertones. It's darker than OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender. I am a sucker for these kinds of shades. 
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Lip Tar [Review]

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Ever since I heard about Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics from Youtube and the Beauty Blog World....I have been quite anxious to try them out. I finally got to purchase a lip tar from IMATS called Pageant which was a really pretty fuchsia pink colour.  I was really impressed by this lip product so much that I wanted to explore more colours. Eventually and luckily, I was sent some OCC products to review. I was thrilled once I received the package.
 Lip Tars are $12.50 USD
There are about 33 lip tar colours to choose from.  
The colour selection is CRAZY! They have every single colour from blacks to blues to oranges and reds. Check it out for yourself HERE!
 Lip Tars come in a small tube of 8ml and since these are SUPER pigmented 
that a LITTLE goes a LONG WAY!
These are the ones I have right now...
Swatches:
Tarred, Feathered, Grandma, Harlot, Katricia, Pageant

These lip tars have a plastic slant tip applicator and the product comes out of the hole at the tip. As a lot of product comes out and since the product is so pigmented...I would suggest applying these with a lip brush and definitely use a mirror. It can be hard to prevent feathering if you just apply it as is. It's best to start off by applying a little product and then building up the colour.  According to their website ....these are 100% Vegan, free of parabens and other harsh preservative. Also, it contains Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil and Vitamin E.

These lip tars apply like a lipgloss while the results look like as if you're wearing a lipstick (satin finish). It also gives a peppermint tingly feeling to your lips. You can also apply a clear gloss on top.

However, if you don't like the smell or feeling of peppermint...you may not like lip tars as they have a strong scent.
Lip Swatches: 
 Grandma - A true coral
  
Harlot -Coral Red
Katricia - Dark Violet
Pageant - Fuchsia Pink

You guys are probably wondering what's with the black and white lip tars? Well, the awesome thing about these babies are that you can produce different colours by simply mixing these together. Darken it with some Tarred (Black) or lighten the result with Feathered (White). HOW COOL IS THAT? Since these are intensely pigmented...a little goes a long way. You won't be wasting product. You can easily mix pinks with reds or purples with pinks. I had so much fun mixing these lip tars and trying out different colours. This even makes me want to stop buying anymore lip products since I get to customize my own. lol Although, I still want to try out the other colours that they have. For example, Hoochie, Vapid, Petty Beige, Cha Cha, Demure, Divine and Strumpet. I also loved the staying power of these lippies. They lasted at least 4 hours.
Mixed Lip Tar Colour Creations!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 I definitely want to get more colours to mix!
It was so much fun mixing these colours up. 

Now let's get to the real deal...
Pro:
-Heavily pigmented with long lasting power
-Formula applies like a gloss and results in a satin finish
-Excellent colour choices (from primary colours to light, neutral, nudes, bright, and dark)
-Easily mix colours to create pretty new ones 
-Local Toronto folks can purchase these from a supplier called Fernanda Beauty and Spa Supplies's(in Mississauga). Click here for more information. 

Con:

-I'm not too sure about this but I think you can only purchase these online or just at the IMATS and so shipping would cost more for international shoppers. There are suppliers in certain parts of the world now. Click here!
-Some may not like the peppermint scent or tingly feeling during/after the application.
-Too much product tends to come out and becomes messy
-Some may not like using a lip brush and see it a "hassle"
-Not too sure which batch I got but Tarred (Black)'s pigment started to separate from the solution as I tried mixing it to another colour. 
-Takes longer to take off because of the intense pigmentation

Overall Rating:4/5

Overall Thoughts: Although these are more expensive than drugstore prices, they're worth it! I have no problem with the peppermint scent or the tingly feeling. I actually enjoy it. The colour payoff is outstanding and I am in love with the intensity of their pigmentation. I wish I had tried these lip tars earlier. I've honestly been missing out. I love the fun part of mixing and creating gorgeous new colours. The only thing that does bother me is that too much product comes out of the tube once opened and ends up getting messy.

Do you guys have any favourite Lip Tar or Lip Tar mixing combos I should try out?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Mac Peacocky Collection (Haul & Thoughts)

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It's been sometime since I bought Mac products. I've tried my best to resist some of these Limited Edition collections but I caved in this time. This collection just came out. It consists of 15 Mega Metal eyeshadows and 12 Kissable Lipcolour lipglosses.
Noir Plum, Paparazz-she, Odalisque
I was really  impressed by  the texture of these eyeshadows and these eyeshadows are much bigger with more quantity. Even though quantity isn't a big factor here...I doubt I'll ever finish an eyeshadow that quick. Therefore, the quality of these eyeshadows is what interested me the most. It's a creamy but powdery formula that just slide on like butter, applies smoothly and blends magically.  In fact,  I would say these are similar to Starflash eyeshadows but WAY better. The finish of these eyeshadows are all metallic and you can enhance it by applying it wet. Some of the colours are more metallic than others. Also, you won't be leaving any wet spots on the actual shadow either.
Size Comparison
 
Regular Eyeshadow Vs. Mega Metal Eyeshadow

1.3g vs. 3.4g
These colours are super intense!
 
Paparazz-she - This colour appears to be a metallic burnt orange shade. I'm a big fan of orangey shades so I couldn't resist this one. According to reviews, it's supposedly the most metallic colour amongst the Mega Metal Eyeshadows.

Swatch Comparison
Paparazz-she(LE), Firespot (LE), Off the Page (LE), Brash (LE), Mediteranee Nars
This shade seems to be similar to LE products. I would suggest grabbing this pretty shade as I don't see anything similar to this colour from the permanent collection. I would think this shade would be the most unique.
I forgot to include Mega Rich Pigment which was LE. I would think it is similar to Paparazz-she it but Mega Rich has more brown tones.

Noir Plum - This is a gorgeous vibrant violet colour. It's probably my favourite from the three shades I got. To be honest, I don't have anything too similar to this colour in my Mac eyeshadow collection. I still have to explore and compare it to the other brands. I just love how it applies so richly. I also think it might be lighter than Grape pigment.

Swatch Comparison
Noir Plum (LE), Violet Pigment, Nocturnelle
Odalisque - This is another gorgeous teal blue shade that I just could not resist. Even though, I have so many similar shades from the same family. I wanted this more for the smooth formula. I obviously could not get an exact duplicate from my collection but I got similar shades to compare with. Most of my comparison swatches are of limited edition products.

Swatch Comparison
Birds & Berries (LE), Odalisque (LE), Parrot (LE), Talent Pool (LE), Steamy, Teal Pigment
Kissable LipColour Lipgloss
These Kissable Lipcolour lipglosses come in 12 colours and the formula is creamy like a lipstick yet having the same shine you get from a lipgloss. It comes in a long thin tube that are exactly like the Dare to Wear lipglosses. These are not sticky like the normal Mac lipglosses. Some of the colours are more opaque than others. It also seems to last long and seems to have the same staying power as the normal Mac lipglosses. This collection even includes a blue colour called Peacocky. I'm not sure if this is the first opaque blue lipgloss Mac ever produced. Although, I still remember the blue dazzleglass and the blue cremesheen lipstick.

I've been trying to resist lipglosses generally since I seriously need to finish up what I have. However, I ended up by getting one gloss only.
Flaunting It 
This is a gorgeous plumy pink shade. It seems pretty opaque with micro shimmer. It's nothing like what I have in my collection. I can wear this everyday for all occasions. According to reviews online, it might be similar to Illamasqua's Move lipgloss but this is more on the plummy side.
Swatch
Lip Swatch
I still have to check out the Mickey Contracter collection.I'm thinking of getting the double ended concealer in Coral Corrector/Yellow Corrector. I don't see myself getting any eyeshadows from that collection as I'm pretty happy with what I got from the Peacocky collection. I already have Lust lipgloss which is permanent and being repromoted in this collection. It's a gorgeous pinky brown shade and a staple for sure. The lipsticks seem pretty but are quite dupable. I might end up trying to b2m for one at least. 

So what's on your wishlist? Anything from the Peacocky or Mickey Contractor collection?

Mobilicity HTC Smartphone Winner Announced!

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And the winner is....  

AIDA K.

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