Real Women Wear Pink

“Sugar and spice, and everything nice…”  makes me think of soft, sweet, girly, girl style. Guess what? Pink is not just for little girls. Check out the gloss pink lip on my beautiful

Real Women Wear Pink

Real Women Wear Pink

client. We collaborated on the look, doing a smokey eye, but incorporating more shimmer and pink (I’m a girly girl at heart). Stila lip pencil and lip gloss gave my client the pretty pout without the “bubblegum matte” look that seems to be so popular these days.  I actually picked up the Stila colors (Gumdrop  Lip Gloss and Aspiring Lip Pencil) from, since these were two of my favorites that were discontinued. MUA’s can testify to how much we search and horde makeup once we stumble upon the products that make us throw up our hands to the heavens!

A smokey eye doesn’t have to be created with just black or dark shadows. For this look, the eyes were lined, but more neutral, shimmery tones were used, with deeper colors only swept across the outer crease and lid areas. I used a combination of MAC, Magnolia Makeup, and OCC pigments to create the shimmery, smokey eye, added Make Up For Ever Aqua Black for liner, went back over the liner with MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, and topped off the look with Ardell lashes in 110.

Cheeks were dusted with NARS Blush in Taos, one of my all-time favorite colors, and contoured with MAC Blush in Blunt. I also feathered a little bit of MAC Iridescent Powder in Golden Bronze right above the apples of the cheeks to give my client a glow.

Pink isn’t just for little girls. It can be incorporated into a sexy, confident, totally wearable look for evenings. Are you ready to test it out?




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!

Lovin’ My Lit Cosmetics!

Lit Cosmetics Glitter along with Magnolia Makeup in Caramel and OCC in Distortion

Lit Cosmetics Glitter along with Magnolia Makeup in Caramel and OCC in Distortion

My fabulous and easy to use glitter arrived from Beautylish and Lit Cosmetics so you know I couldn’t wait to try them out! I’m a firm believer in mixing and matching brands to get the look that works for me, so I paired Lit’s “Boogie Nights” with OCC’s “Distortion” in the crease and Magnolia Makeup’s “Caramel” as a highlighter.

Using Lit’s adhesive was much easier than I’d initially thought. They provided me with an applicator so I all I had to do was dip it into the liquid adhesive, then dab the applicator into the glitter. The beauty of the product is that you can apply as little or as much as you want. It worked best after allowing about 30 seconds for drying time. Trial and error is the best teacher in the world of makeup, because I discovered that I should have used my MAC Fluidline (in “Blacktrack“) before I applied the glitter, as the liner was less pliable. At any rate, I forged ahead and applied the OCC with a small eye-brush into the crease and pulled the color up toward the brow bone. I finished up this look with the Magnolia pigment under the brow bone but I pulled the color down a bit to soften the OCC pigment. Lashes were last and I used my favorite drugstore brand, L’Oreal’s Voluminous Million Lashes in Blackest Black. Since I wear glasses, I hardly ever

Lit Cosmetics Glitter along with Magnolia Makeup in Caramel and OCC in Distortion

Lit Cosmetics Glitter along with Magnolia Makeup in Caramel and OCC in Distortion

apply false lashes but YOU can certain do so to add some extra drama and flair!

Boogie Nights lasted all night! What I loved was that I could rinse the glitter off with just plain water. Of course, I followed up with makeup remover and cleanser to prep my face for my night-time moisturizer, but if I were just wearing the glitter, water would have sufficed nicely! I’m all about EASY makeup application and removal of products. Lit glitter did not irritate my sensitive eyes and I can’t wait to try out the other colors I ordered via Beautylish!

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!

More Black Dahlia by OCC

I decided to do an update about Black Dahlia so that you all could see how it looks on a skin tone that is different from mine! As always, you can purchase Black Dahlia or any of the other FABulous nail lacquers by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics by browsing their website! 

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!

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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.