Are you a slave to (insert cosmetic brand here)?

In the world of makeup there are no rules about what products you simply MUST use, nor do you have to stick to one brand to achieve your special look.  I love M.A.C. just as much as the rest of you beauty addicts, so you know I ordered some things from the “Blogger’s Obsession” line, which debuted a few weeks ago.  M.A.C. gave some top beauty bloggers the opportunity to create their own eyeshadows and lipsticks! How cool is that? I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of their lab!  Every beauty babe I know had been trying to snag  “All of My Purple Life”, a beautiful, rich purple lipglass, designed by Patrice Grell Yursik, award winning blogger (  I was too late to log into M.A.C. the first time around but once they brought the sold-out collection back, I was up bright and early ordering that pretty purple!  As I browsed the rest of the lucky bloggers’ creations, I decided to add “Evolution Revolution” to my cart! It’s a really pretty, shimmery, peachy gloss created by Karen Monterichard, at

After dragging myself away from the M.A.C. website (it’s addictive), I jumped over to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and browsed THEIR site for a while. In case you didn’t know, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC)  creates 100% Vegan and Cruelty free cosmetics that are absolutely fabulous in terms of high pigment and coverage! I had a chance to try their products in June at The Makeup Show-Chicago.  People were crammed at the booth, trying on Lip Tar, a highly pigmented lipstick that goes on like a gloss, but dries to a satin finish.  I ordered some Lip Tar in “Hoochie” (yes, that’s the real name), an extremely bright magenta color.  You really have to use a lip brush for application and only use the tiniest amount possible.  I played a game of Mix and Match and thought I’d share my pictures of various combinations

Lip Tar in “Hoochie” alone

“Hoochie” and All of My Purple Life”

“All of My Purple Life” alone

“Evolution Revolution” with Benefit “I Do, I Do, I Do” a golden pink 

I mixed the “Evolution Revolution” because it wasn’t as pigmented as the other colors and I needed a “boost”. This color works well with all skin tones, but you would have to decide for yourself if you want to wear it alone or with an accompanying lipstick underneath. Playing around with different brands will give you a chance to try out new looks and styles. You don’t have to buy all of your cosmetics from the same company, and if you find yourself doing that frequently, you are probably missing out on some new looks! After all, isn’t makeup art all about being innovative?


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