Tropical Citrus Pinup

Sometimes I chose the look and sometimes the look chooses itself. Tonight I was going for something really simple using my Nyx Glam Aqua Luxe Liner in Lagoon ($5.49), and the color was so playful that I had no choice but to make the rest of my face just as cheerful.

I paired the liner with some warm citrus and bronze shades from my BH Cosmetics 88 Color Cool Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($19.95) and finished with a coat of L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Volume Building Mascara ($7.99).

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In addition, I’m wearing all three shades of my Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed ($30) on cheeks and Electric Grandma OCC Lip Tar mixed with Authentic Lip Tar ($18 separately, or $49 in a set of 5 colors) on lips. Oh, and we can’t forget my crazy red, gold and black Stanley Cup nails.

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Oh, and how awesome is that necklace??? Rockin’ that Miss Cleo swag.

OCC Lip Tar Glitter Bomb

I was up too late playing with lip products. This is a blend of Electric Grandma, Femme, Radiate and Clear Lip Tar from my OCC Pro’s Picks Vol 3 set ($49). Things got weird.
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Then I blotted the color down and slicked some clear lip tar over the resulting stain. Told you Electric Grandma was packed with glitter. I also think I have a Lip Tar problem.Image

Warm Neutral Eyes with Poppy Purple-Pink Lips

Tonight I wore a soft, neutral eye with a golden shade and a dark taupe from my BH Cosmetics 88 Color Tropical Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($12.50 – $19.95 depending on promotion) and did a thin cat eye with my new Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($18). I really like this liner so far, the tip is a weird hybrid of the typical felt nib and a brush tip. I can’t quite figure out what it’s made of, but I normally hate the inflexibility of a felt tip and this is much more precise. The tip is really fine and it lets me get perfect, tiny points on my liner. Pretty great.

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For lips, I mixed my new OCC Black Dahlia Lip Tar ($22.50 in a set with a matching nail polish) with my hot pink Pretty Boy lip tar ($18 alone, or $49 in a set of 5 colors) to make a bright berry color. The Black Dahlia was still super thin and prone to feathering even when mixed, so I quickly realized I needed to use lip liner, but I still think the resulting color was worth it.

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Sultry Purple and Gold Urban Decay Eyeshadow

This one was fun!

I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($18) in Baked on the entire lid, then I blended Gravity from the outer corner of the eye to the middle of the lid. I lined the eyes with  Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Cream Eyeliner ($10.99) and liberally applied  Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20) to upper and lower lashes. To make the look extra fun, I also used my  OCC Lip Tar ($18) in Hoochie, a fabulous magenta-plum shade. I’m really into my new lip tars, I need more colors as soon as possible.

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For the record, I wish I was smiling here. It seems like my “verge of depression” face and my “I’m thinking about cupcakes” vacant look tend to yield the most flattering pictures. Next post, I promise more smiles.

OCC Lip Tar Pro’s Pick Vol. 2 Swatches

I’ve wanted to try OCC Lip Tars for a long time, and the new Pro Pick set had a lot of colors I liked, so I finally bit the bullet. They’re typically $18, but this set had 5 shades for $49. I really liked 3 of the colors out of the 5, and even 3 of these puppies would have been more than $49 if purchased individually, so it was a good value in my book.

I found that these blended really well and they’re nice and opaque. I’ve read you’re only supposed to use a tiny drop of product and I ended up using too little at first and found it drying (as you can see below). When I added a bit more product, the finish became a lot glossier and more comfortable, although it’s nice to know that these can go matte if that’s what I want. The smell/taste is minimal, and the longevity seems good. I didn’t really put these to any stress tests tonight since I just got them and had to try them right away, but I did manage to get through a few hours and one drink without any horrible fade-out issues.

So swatches…

I had a hard time getting the colors right on these pictures, but hopefully you can get the gist of these colors on super pale skin. Since every skintone is different, I still encourage you to try these for yourself, especially since they mix so well and you can adjust as needed to match your skintone.

OCC Lip Tar Hoochie
Hoochie is a bold, blue-based sugarplum shade. I really like it, but it’s not for everyone. It seems like it would clash with a lot of skintones because it’s got such strong blue undertones. It also looks funny because this is when I didn’t use enough product and ended up dry (I didn’t realize the mistake until later).

OCC Lip Tar Hoochie and Pretty Boy
Then I mixed in some Pretty Boy in too make the color a little warmer and more wearable. Look how happy I am about Lip Tar!
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Same mix again, just close up.

OCC Lip Tar Kava Kava
This is Kava Kava. I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s definitely really light for me, but it’s growing on me in a 60’s nude lip kind of way. You know how I love 60’s makeup, and sometimes they did that kind of creamsicle orange-y nude lip back then. I’m going to have to experiment with this one.

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What I do like for sure is blending Kava Kava. This is what it looks like blended with Lydia. LOVE IT.

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This is Lydia alone. This picture seems the least accurate of all the swatches, so take it as you will. It’s a pretty mauve shade, I think it might be ashy on some people, but it’s sooo pretty if you can pull it off. You’ll be seeing this again on me in different looks, so the true color will hopefully be more obvious.

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Pretty boy. It’s really bright pink! I have a bunch of bright pink lipsticks, but I can always use another. I think this would look good on any conceivable skin tone.

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Pretty Boy with the metallic Iced mixed in. Iced is the one shade I could do without. I never really have much need for frost since it reminds me too much of the part of the 80’s/90’s that I DON’T love. I only used a little here and it does tone the color down a little, which can be useful I guess. A creamy white might look kind of gloppy and weird, so the frosted one isn’t bad, I just can’t see myself ever using it other than to fix a lip color that’s just slightly off. Definitely don’t use it on its own, either.

So there you have it! I’ll be using Lydia, Pretty boy and Hoochie a lot, experimenting with Kava Kava and shelving Iced. Still not a bad deal all in all. I think this set is definitely a good one to pick up, especially for the paler girls (although I think Pretty Boy, Hoochie and Kava Kava would be amazing on dark skin). So fine, it’s great for anyone.