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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics haul

Well, now, isn’t that quite a mouthful? From here on out the brand will be called “OCC” which is handy since their website is http://www.occmakeup.com.

Anyways, I’ve been intrigued by this cosmetics company ever since I saw lip tar reviews from Temptalia and Vampy Varnish. The word “tar” in any cosmetics name sounds a little scary, but trust me, you’ll be quite taken with these, I predict.

The claim is that these have the wear of a lipstick, but the ease and shininess of a gloss. But it gets better! After some additional research, I found out that these were made so you could mix the different colors to create your own unique colors. Now, I haven’t done that with the colors that I have in my possession, but believe me, after trying these out, I’m looking in to purchasing a few more and playing around with them.

Also in my order were two nail polishes, because, you know, I have a polish addiction. *ahem* I couldn’t resist; these two just jumped in to my cart! ;)

Oh, the other thing that makes this cosmetics company even more super-double-awesome? They’re vegan and cruelty free! I mean, I’m not vegetarian or vegan by any stretch of the imagination, but to know that about a cosmetics company up front totally gives me warm fuzzies about them. :-D

So, by now I’m sure your thinking, “Enough with the blather, woman! Make w/ the photos and swatches!”

Alright already! Here’s my haul: two polishes-Chlorophyll and Perpetual, three lip tars-Stalker, Vintage, and Anime:
OCC haul Sept2010

OCC haul Sept2010-2

Polish swatches:
Chlorophyll – The color on the website intrigued me the most. For whatever reason, I imagined this to be a brighter, greener jelly polish. The polish was none of these things, however, don’t take that to mean I hated it. This turned out to be a blue based green creme which wasn’t as bright as expected. It applied nicely and covered completely after two coats. For some reason this makes me think of China Glaze’s Four Leaf Clover which I’ll have to dig out and do a comparison on. Anyways, the pictures!
OCC Chlorophyll

OCC Chlorophyll-closeup

Perpetual – Now Perpetual turned out to be a nice shiny purple jelly. As you can see in the photos below, it was definitely on the sheerer side and even after three coats you can still see a visible nail line (VNL). I don’t have so much of a problem w/ this as I know some ladies out there do, but I think I’m interested to see how this layers on a more opaque base like a ridgefilling base coat or another polish.
OCC Nail Polish Perpetual

OCC Nail Polish Perpetual-closeup
The color range for these polishes is really intriguing to me and they’re formula is quite easy to work with. Their nail polish is definitely worth trying out.

Lip Tars
The three lip tars I got were really hard to choose! I decided to go for a bright pink, a bright red (something I can clearly never get enough of), and a darker, more season appropriate shade. I figured the ones I picked I could mix and play with or wear alone. I’m not so sure I could, say, wear reasonably wear any of these to work, but for an evening out, I think they would each be perfectly acceptable on their own.

The formula on all of these was fantastic! I had read that the optimal application procedure would be with a lip brush instead of trying to apply straight out of the tube, so this is what I did. I had also read that you really only needed a tiny bit to get full coverage on your lips, and boy was that true! I was really quite surprised at how little I actually needed. This is a definite plus when you think you’re paying too much ($12.50/tube) for such a little tube, but it’s completely worth it b/c you need so little product for each application. I honestly think I wasted more than I needed to when I swatched these on my hand. Plus the wear on this was pretty darn good (it made through three pieces of pizza for dinner and a glass of wine w/o having to reapply).
OCC Lip Tar skin swatches
L to R: Stalker, Vintage, and Anime

Stalker – This is a blue based dark bright red and not for the faint of heart. I am not at all disappointed with this color.
OCC Lip Tar-Stalker

Vintage – Hmmmm, how would i describe this? I guess I’d call it a deep, plummy burgundy. I really like this and am already plotting how I can try this with some other OCC Lip Tars to make some really yummy colors!
OCC Lip Tar-Vintage

Anime – This is also not for the faint of heart. It’s a very intense, very bright pink, maybe fuchsia even. I’m a huge fan of MAC’s Girl About Town and Show Orchid, so it’s no surprise that this shade speaks to me. Love it!
OCC Lip Tar-Anime

Bottom line: You need these Lip Tars! The colors are awesome and the flexibility that you can get by mixing the different colors really does offer limitless possibilities with this product. They wear really well and you don’t need much product for full coverage. Considering all these factors, $12.50 for each Lip Tar really isn’t really as spendy as you might think.

I know I’ll be hitting OCC Makeup again in the next few months for more Lip Tars and more polishes!

Can I tempt any more readers to try out the Lip Tars?

China Glaze-Awakening

Contest is now closed!

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is probably my favorite “holiday” to celebrate. Also, I really enjoy watching the season change from a hot dry summer to a damp, cool fall accompanied by seeing the trees on fire as their leaves change color. The reds, golds, and oranges of the leaves as they float to the ground is certainly something every person should see themselves. :-)

In addition to the Vintage Vixen collection this fall, China Glaze has also released the limited edition collection Awakening. This collection totally makes me think of the leaves falling, Halloween, cider mills, hay rides and haunted houses! Plus, I think you’ll all be amused by what CG decided to name each of them.

I was pretty pleased with these three polishes which all covered in about three coats (shown below with no top coat).

Ick-A-Body – I wondered how similar this was to last year’s Fortune Teller, but it’s quite a bit different. This polish was packed with orange glitter in what I thought was a black jelly base. However, it looks like the base is more of an olive-y jelly. This looks so unique and wonderfully like Halloween.
Ick-A-Body

Ick-A-Body-closeup

Mummy May I – Now this one was another one that I thought was just a colored glitter in a black jelly base. Boy, am I bad at this! I swatched this on some paper and saw for myself that this is actually a lovely, sparkley purple glitter in a deep purple that looks black after two layers. Love it!
Mummy May I

Mummy May I-closeup

Zombie Zest – Ok, this one was my absolute favorite of the bunch. Simply calling it green would be a horrible understatement. It’s a shimmery, mossy green w/ flashes of yellow and gold and even blue! However, I have heard that Zombie Zest is a dupe for SpaRitual’s Optical Illusion and Orly’s It’s Not Rocket Science from their Cosmic FX collection. Either way, if you can get your hands on any of these, it would be totally worth it!
Zombie Zest

Zombie Zest-closeup

See any you’re drooling after? Well, guess what?! I’m doing a giveaway! Can you guess for what? Oh, come on! You know this!

I’m giving away ONE set of the China Glaze Awakening collection.
One lucky winner will get a set of one bottle each of the following: Ick-A-body, Mummy May I, Zombie Zest and CG Fast Forward Top Coat (set is a total of four bottles of polish).

The rules:
1. You must be a subscriber to my blog. The form to do so should be 2nd from the top on the sidebar to the left of the posts. (Sorry about the earlier GFC confusion. That was totally my fault! Thanks to everyone who powered through that and subscribed anyways.)
2. Please leave your email address in the comment. I’ll need a way to tell you that you’ve won!
These first two rules are mandatory and count as TWO ENTRIES.
3. TWEET about this giveaway. Please leave a link in the comment with the status address where you did this. ONE ENTRY.
4. BLOG about this giveaway or put it in your SIDEBAR. I will accept either method. Please leave a link in your comment where you did this. ONE ENTRY.
5. Put Makeup and Entropy on your BLOGROLL. Please leave a link where you did this. ONE ENTRY.
That’s it! You have a possible total of 5 entries with this one!

PLEASE PUT ALL OF YOUR ENTRIES INTO ONE COMMENT. Thank you!

This contest will end on Friday, 10/8/2010 at 11:59 PM EST and I will not accept any entries after that.

Thanks for sticking w/ me and good luck!

*10/7/2010 Edit: Sorry, I’m an idiot guys. For rule #1 I meant you must subscribe to my blog. *sigh*

China Glaze, Vintage Vixen-Part 1

Happy Tuesday!

As you can see there are a few minor changes. They layout is a WordPress layout called Coraline. I opted to use one of my own photos for the header and it’s a squished distorted photo that I took of a roadside landscape on a highway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque in New Mexico. Hopefully this layout is a little easier to navigate and read.

SO, first up on the new, improved (and hopefully more consistent) blog, I have for you China Glaze’s Fall 2010 collection Vintage Vixen-Hotsy Totsy. This will be the first post of two for Vintage Vixen since there are actually two sets of six in the collection-Hotsy Totsy and Cat’s Meow which will go up tomorrow.

This is one of the collections I’d been really looking forward to considering the range of finishes (metallics, foils, and shimmers, oh my!) and different colors offered in the collection.

These polishes actually launched in July and have been available at Sally Beauty Supply stores, for a few weeks. I’ve been sitting on these since August, I think. Clearly, I need to be getting these sooner!

Jitterbug – KristiB, this one has your name all over it! It’s a gunmetal-y grey with a touch of blue and a little sparkley bling to punch it up a notch.
Jitterbug

Jitterbug-closeup

Swing Baby – Some champagne, a little silver, maybe a little gold too, a hint of pink and a touch of classy make this something I could totally see Vintage Vixen rocking out on the dance floor.
Swing Baby

Swing Baby-closeup

Bogie – The name makes me think of Lauren Bacall in a smokey room in a black and white movie w/ just the right lighting. The actual color seems to go w/ that theme in my mind. It’s a very rich and smoky purple with enough bling to take it out for dinner and dancing.
Bogie

Bogie-closeup

Hey Doll – Kind of pink, kind of mauve, I think I see some silver, and a little bit of shimmer really make think this one looks cute and sweet.
Hey Doll

Hey Doll-closeup

Ingrid – I’m totally in love w/ this one! It’s that taupe-y, greyish, brown or mushroom, if you will, that’s super hot right now. She’s got some golden shimmer that makes also makes her quite special. This one also sort of reminds me of its namesake; it comes across just as strong and elegant as she was.
Ingrid

Ingrid-closeup

Foxy – Foxy indeed! I keep looking at the bottle and thinking, “Meh, it’s just another red.” But then I look back at my swatches and I think, “Whoa! Hot mama!” This a great red for the fall; it’s a little bricky, a little purple, with some red and gold shimmer that just makes me think of fall.
Foxy

See anything you like? I think my top three picks are Ingrid, Bogie and Foxy.

Oh, but wait, you say! What was this you were saying about a giveaway today? Well, since I didn’t get the chance to type these posts up yesterday, you’ll have to wait for the last post of the day later tonight!

Chanel Particuliére and Nouvelle Vague

Ok, I don’t have Particuliére to show you, but if you missed out on that or Nouvelle Vague (both were pretty hard to find IIRC), you can get them at Chanel.com. Particuliére was pretty hot for fall/winter last year and Nouvelle Vague is, I believe, representative of Pantone’s 2010 Color of the Year.

Probably the most I’ve ever paid for a bottle of nail polish, but they’re just some of the prettiest polishes I’ve ever bought. I have Nouvelle Vague and Paradoxal posted below and I still have yet to use Black Velvet which came out earlier this year and applies w/ a satin finish. It actually comes out looking a little more edgy, a little more dominatrix-y, maybe like pleather?

Chanel Paradoxal
I’m completely enamored with this polish. The photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s a gorgeous greyed and simultaneously browned purple w/ some subtle shimmer that just gives it a little more interest. Also, I don’t claim this that often, but the application was a dream for this polish; it applied like butter and was so smooth!
Paradoxal

Chanel Nouvelle Vague
Yeah, this is totally a crappy photo that I took, so clearly I will have to try it on and take more pics. ;-)
NouvelleVague

SO, if you ladies liked these and have $$$ to burn, I highly recommend Paradoxal and Illusion D’or as must-haves. Nouvelle Vague and Black Velvet are more like nice-to-haves.

Random Nail Spam

I’ve had these pics for a while and finally got them off my camera last Sunday. So today you get a random mix of pic spam featuring my nails!

On a side note, how weird is it to see these disembodied hands all the time? Today it’s hands, tomorrow, when I finally get off my ass and do some damn eye looks, it’ll be eyeballs!

ANYWAYS, here’s a random sampling of polishes I’ve been wearing this summer. (I have a feeling random posts like this will happen often since that’s just how I roll-just part of daily entropy courtesy of moi!):

OPI-Charged Up Cherry: This is a great pink creme for the summer. When I got it out of my drawer it was sitting right next to my bottle of OPI-Pink Flamenco and I although both bright pinks they’re pretty different. Charged Up Cherry has a little more orange to it and comes off a little brighter than Pink Flamenco and maybe better for warmer skin tones. Pink Flamenco runs a little cooler and a little bluer and maybe just a touch darker than Charged up Cherry.
Charged Up Cherry Pink Flamenco

China Glaze-Four Leaf Clover: This is one of the weirdest polishes I’ve ever photographed. I took photos indoors w/ flash and outdoors w/ flash and the actual color still isn’t apparent in the photos. The actual color looks quite a bit different-which is darker and greener and not quite so blue. This is actually one of the polishes responsible for starting my new green polish obsession. How can you not like it? It’s such a unique and love shade of green. :-) I think All Lacquered Up has better swatches.

Four Leaf Clover-Indoors w/ flash
FourLeafClover-Indoors with flash

Four Leaf Clover-Outdoors, no flash
FourLeafClover-Outdoors

Zoya-Mimi and Happi: Mimi is from the Sparkle collection and Happi is from the Spring Reverie collection. I’m a sucker for purple glitter so I love Mimi and Happi is just so darn happy. It’s not your ordinary pink-it has flashes of gold and green which make this pink subtly different from other pinks in your collection.
Mimi-indoors w/ flash
Mimi

Mimi-outdoors, no flash
Mimi-outdoors

Happi-Indoors w/ flash
Happi-Indoors with flash

I’m totally loving bright, sparkly colors for summer, but w/ the fall colors coming out already, I can’t wait for the fall now! Which is funny, b/c I remember being impatient for the spring/summer to start so I could start using those colors. Anyone else find that happening to them?