Obsessed with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics


Moderncraft LipTar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

Moderncraft Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

I can’t wait to try out the latest product from one of my favorite vegan cosmetic lines. The Moderncraft Lip Tar Collection, available now at Sephora, allows you to “feel like gloss” but “look like lipstick.”  The line promises some pretty potent staying power, and I trust it lives up to the promise. OCC has some beautiful, wearable colors for the line, and that’s so important to most of us beauty budget babes. Too many times, we buy lip color that we wind up only wearing a few times, then banish the tube into the matrix known as the bathroom drawer.

OCC has taken one of my favorite colors, Black Dahlia and flipped it into “Black Metal Dahlia”, by adding metallic to the sexy, deep burgundy color that I love so much. Other pout-worthy colors include Sebastian, a soft taupe with plum added for something extra, and Mein Herr, a really pretty nude that could flatter many skin tones. This line has something for everyone in terms of texture because there are metallic, stained, and matte colors from which to choose. I don’t know where to start but I’m sure I know where I’ll finish, and that’s with having each of those colors in my kit! Happy shopping!

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I’m Your Makeup Artist, Not Your Dermatologist.


As a makeup artist, it is my job to create an illusion of beautiful skin, not correct skin problems like acne, hyper-pigmentation, eczema, rosacea, etc. I direct all clients with skin issues to a dermatologist who can handle their needs. I’m not an esthetician or dermatologist, which means that I’m not a licensed professional who can treat skin issues. I know general information and because I read, research, ask questions, and genuinely care about the clients I work with, I like being informed and being able to offer assistance. There are some makeup artists who do double duty as licensed estheticians. Those artists are extremely qualified to help improve skin problems and I salute them!

Here’s the thing: some of us makeup artists who are NOT estheticians would love to help banish blemishes, add moisture to the skin, and provide products that even out skin tones, but we can’t, so we need to start directing clients to the appropriate sources. Makeup Guru Sam Fine discussed this very topic at The Makeup Show a few years ago. I can tell people all about how well a certain product works for my dry, eczema prone skin, but that doesn’t mean that the product will work for someone else. I don’t know what it feels like to have acne, but a relative does, and so, I turn to her for skin care advice that I pass on to others. As much as I enjoy helping others feel beautiful, I know when I need to stay in my lane. Recommending products to help recreate the illusion of good skin is okay, in my opinion, but you will never see me trying to TREAT a skin problem on a client. Again, that’s not my role. Sometimes, because we care, makeup artists can find themselves trying to solve a problem that only a licensed professional can fix, and that can’t be the focus of the appointment. When a client leaves my chair, and I see that happy smile on her face (sometimes “his” face), I know I’ve done the work that makes me proud, and that’s what matters in the end.

Maximize Your Beauty Budget


How many times have you gone haywire buying beauty products? Raise your hand if you’ve ever mentally chastised yourself for overspending. I’m guilty, but I’ve learned to maximize my budget by utilizing several rewards programs. There is always an incentive to buy makeup and other beauty products when you know you’re getting something in return.

I love being a member of Sephora Beauty Insider Rewards Program, where I am rewarded for my good shopping behavior! Signing up for this free program allows you to earn points, redeemable for deluxe samples, birthday gifts, and other special incentives. Points add up quickly, as you receive one for every dollar you spend. I don’t feel as guilty about walking out of Sephora with my mile-long receipt, when I know that I’ll be getting some rewards for spending my hard-earned cash.

Check out similar programs from Ulta and Sally Beauty. Make your budget work for you by being a savvy shopper. I love a good deal as much as the next beauty babe, and being a member of several rewards programs helps me to stay grounded in reality. I want the best products for my money. Don’t you?