In Love With…

How many beauty products can you absolutely say you love? We all have our favorite brands and colors but if asked, how easily could you narrow things down to just ONE or TWO products you can’t live without? I’ll throw you a lifeline and let you select your top three products. Is that easier?

Over the years, I’ve fallen in (and sometimes out of) love with tons of makeup and beauty products. Sometimes, the reason for why my love wanes is due to something newer or better hitting the market. At other times, I just forget that I own certain things (yes, I’m a recovering beauty hoarder). Every few years, I think back on the products that continue to be staples in my kit, and I fall in love all over again with certain ones. Here’s my list:

1. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest BlackVoluminous and Stila Lip Glaze

2. Stila Lip Glaze in any color

3. MAC Lip Pencils

4. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar

5. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Face Cream

OCC Black Dahlia Metallic

I can’t NOT own these products because they just work. Period. Spending my money (and time) in a way that makes life manageable is very important to me, so I try to keep myself educated on the various products out there. Not buying every single new thing to hit the market is okay. I had to remind myself of that when I once spent about 3 hours cleaning out my kit and found things I’d either never used, or didn’t particularly like. For instance, there is a certain brand of mascara that people swear is The. Best. Ever. I personally think it’s too clumpy and it smells weird. I found a tube of this super expensive, over-hyped mascara in the bottom of my kit and realized I’d given a donation to the company who sells the brand.

My favorites are tried and true products that (in some cases) I’ve used for over 10 years, and they haven’t failed me yet. Since I’m a beauty budget babe who secretly hoards cosmetics, I’m going to stay in this relationship with my favorites and stay in “love.”  Which products make you fall in love all over again?

Until next time,



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!

Pretty in Purple

I always SAY I’m going to play around with all of my purple shadows but sometimes I find that I’m not getting the right SHADE of purple for my skin tone. Purple is not really a tricky color but using it correctly does take a little practice.

To get my “Pretty in Purple” look, I chose several shades and mixed them together for my own custom color(s). On my lids, I used a pretty purple pigment (try saying that ten times) from Magnolia Makeup in “Whimsical.” This pigment contains a mixture of gold and violet and I just ADORE the shade. I decided to extend and blend the color a bit further into the crease, then added a mixture of “Fleur de Fab” by Magnolia (a rich indigo/copper) with Urban Decay’s “Last Call,” a shimmering plum, to create my own custom purple color. I used MAC cosmetics “Amber Lights” and Urban Decay “Chopper” on my brow bone to highlight that area.  I filled in my brows with “Strut” eyebrow pencil by MAC and fluffed up my lashes with L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Black.

Purple and Gold Makeup

Mixing various shades allowed me to get the right purple for me!

For my cheeks: MAC in “Fever” and CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in “Ebony Bronze” on my cheekbones. I finished off my face with MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Dark and Dark Deep, and my lips were lined with MAC “Vino” lip pencil,  (a favorite of mine), and filled in with “Hoochie” Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and “All of My Purple Life” lipgloss from MAC (created by founder Patrice Grell Yursik). Tell me what you think!

Black Dahlia by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

I’m back! I’ve been away and it’s been quite difficult to blog due to my relocation from San Antonio back home to The Windy City! I actually ordered one of OCC’s newest colors, Black Dahlia, before I made the trip back home but I’m finally able to talk about what I’ve discovered.

The color is a deepened, blackened red and I absolutely LOVE both the Lip Tar and the Nail Lacquer. Honestly, I thought both products would be even darker in tone but I was pleasantly surprised to discover something different. Black Dahlia is totally wearable for many skin tones! Check out the pics!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics


OCC’s Black Dahlia Lip Tar




OCC  Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics at Sephora

Limited Edition Color

I’ve blogged about OCC a MILLION times (okay not really a million but you get my drift) and now the highly coveted, highly pigmented lip tar is finally available at Sephora stores and online! Hurry and get your lip tar so you can finally understand WHY you need a little OCC in your life.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar at Sephora!

I’ve been talking about OCC for a while now and if you’ve been following my blog then you KNOW how much I LOVE Lip Tar! A little goes a LONG way and I am all about getting my money’s worth because I am a true beauty budget babe! Aside from OCC creating a vegan product that contains oils like Vitamin E and Peppermint, the Lip Tar is highly pigmented and dries to a beautiful matte so you wear it as it is or add gloss. Sephora is selling some of the most popular colors starting tomorrow: Anime, Grandma, and NSFW.

Check out the list of Sephora stores near you and grab those Lip Tars while you can! Hopefully, this will be a life long partnership between the wildly popular Sephora and the makeup line that is quickly becoming the darling of the industry! 


Lip Tar + Larger Than Life Gloss= Happy Lips!

I really like to play around with different brands so I mixed some Lip Tar in Pennyroyal by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (described as a “Warm Taupe Neutral”) with my NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Gold Digger, a really pretty peach that has just the right touch of shimmer to make my smile sparkle!  Lip Tar is one of the most amazing products I’ve ever used for my lips. Because of the all natural ingredients, including peppermint oil, my lips feel really smooth after each use. As I’ve said before in previous blogs, a little goes a long way, when using OCC’s Lip Tar. The product dries to a matte finish and can be worn alone or with liner and gloss. NARS Larger Than Life Gloss is very lightweight and the texture is not sticky or sloppy. On top of ingredients that nourish your lips, this high shine gloss also helps plump up your pout!


Combining makeup brands gives me much more versatility with products and makeup styles and besides, it’s so much more fun to mix and match!