Playing Around With Polish


I love a bright, glittery nail color for the summer (okay, actually year-round is fun too), so I decided to play around with some recent purchases. I chose to paint my entire nails (front and underneath the backs) with my Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish in Suspiria (described as ” Opaque UV magenta” on their website), and my Deborah Lippmann “Across The Universe,” a beautiful mix of blue/green glitter and navy, over Suspiria for a unique look. Suspiria and Across The Universe Nails

Hint: Suspiria dries to a flat matte finish and doesn’t resemble what’s in the bottle at all, so I always add a clear topcoat to add shine and vibrancy to the color. The first time I used the color, I was disappointed, so I took to the ‘net to read some reviews (I usually read up on products BEFORE I purchase) and everyone said the same thing about the color. Honestly, the topcoat did everything I needed it to do so it worked out. What I loved most about the Lippmann glitter polish was that it had a navy base, versus a clear base that is popular among most glitter polishes. As a result, I really could have rocked it alone! It wasn’t as difficult to remove either, unlike other glitter polish brands that I’ve tried in the past.

Play around with your polish and post your creative looks in the comment section! The best picture will receive a gift!

Until next time,

Tiffany

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Purple is the New Pastel


Okay you can officially rock purple, and I mean DEEP purple, for the spring! I am in love with Pagan, a matte, super-duper dark purple, created by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. You can order this luscious purple via the website or via Sephora stores. Who says Spring is only for pastels?

Until next time,

Tiffany

OCC Lip Tar in Pagan.

OCC Lip Tar in Pagan.

I’m Nailing it With OCC!


OCC Polish and PigmentI can’t help myself. I try to refrain from buying too many beauty products and for the most part, I’ve been pretty good this year. But since the year is almost over (where did the time go?) I decided to treat myself to a little cosmetic retail therapy by heading over to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics to drool over some pretty polishes. I tried to trick myself by focusing on getting ONE bottle of NAIL POLISH but I was only fooling myself. I am literally obsessed with OCC’s vegan, non-toxic super shiny nail polishes. Not only are the colors bold and beautiful, but they go on smoothly and dry quickly. They aren’t toxic and that makes me feel good. The guilt kicked in immediately when I saw how quickly I had filled my shopping cart, so I had to stop, regroup, and remind myself that I should only be REPLACING my nail polish favorites! I’m proud to say that I only bought 4 new nail colors (“Tarred” is my standby black nail polish) and one pigment for my eyes (a bright magenta)!  I’m already trying to figure out which color to use for my next mani/pedi. OCC can be ordered from their website or you can check out your local Sephora store for some of the products.

The Makeup Show-Chicago


TMS 2014The show has left the city but the memories will remain forever! I am a huge supporter of

Makeup First Artistry

Makeup First Artistry

The Makeup Show and believe that it’s the perfect avenue for artists of all levels who may want something different from IMATS. Top artists are there to share their knowledge with other artists, students, and guests. Being able to spend time surrounded by like-minded peers creates a nurturing and dynamic environment that allows all of us artists to test out and purchase new products and connect with other artists.

Makeup Show 2014 David Klasfeld

Makeup Show 2014 David Klasfeld

There is something for everyone at The Makeup Show so if your medium is beauty, or special effects, or if you have a flair for the avant-garde, you won’t be disappointed with the exhibitors, workshops, seminars, and keynote speakers. There is a friendliness that permeates the atmosphere and even though I go alone every year, I still manage to see old friends or make new ones.

Jessie Powers for MUFE

Jessie Powers for MUFE

I had a chance to check out the Kosart Effects booth for Special Effects Makeup (J. Anthony Kosar won Face Off Season 4), see a seminar held by Jessie Powers for Make Up For Ever, and watch David Klasfeld, founder of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics transform his model using various OCC products. I’m really interested in vegan products so it was great to hear David talk about why he started his ever-growing brand. It was really cool to listen and learn from both seminars, especially since artists tend to “know it all” when it comes to products and application. We can always learn something from someone else and The Makeup Show is a place where you can truly learn something meaningful.

Kosart Effects Makeup Show 2014

Kosart Effects Makeup Show 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Museum Quotes

I had a chance to stop by Nigel’s Beauty Emporium (truly a premier beauty supply company), Frends Beauty (one of the world’s largest beauty supply companies), and Z Palette (who really had the most professional and pleasant salespeople), along with Alcone Company (they make my favorite non-latex sponges).

 

Team Spring!


Natalie's WatermarkSince the weird Chicago weather is finally making sense, I’ve been inspired to create more Spring themed looks for my clients, now that we are actually having a Spring.

I love a bold eye like nobody’s business but I know for most women, the style is Natalie's Watermark Part 2sometimes difficult to own, especially for a daytime look. My model wasn’t entirely convinced that she could pull off her bright, bold, blue look but she trusted me completely (maybe because I’m her big sister)!

I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics pigment in Saturate, a lovely, shimmery, aqua color. Applying the pigment from the inner eyelids out to the center of the lids (both top and bottom) gave just the right amount of “bright” before I transitioned to a darker blue. I actually used a combination of three additional shadows from MAC and INGLOT to add depth to the outer lids and crease area. MAC’s Pro Palette Shadow in Atlantic Blue, mixed with INGLOT shadows in 70 (bright blue) and 493 (bright purple) added a better level of dimension. After lining her upper lids with Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stargazer, I used MAC Smolder on the upper and lower lash lines, and Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara to complete the look.

Little Sis was very pleased with the end results, and I think I’ve managed to convert her to bright shadow for the daytime (fingers crossed)!

Until next time,

Tiffany

 

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,

Tiffany

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!