Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Lip Tars

When it comes to makeup, I especially have an addictive problem to lip products. For some reason, it behooves me to try and purchase every single red lip shade I come across. I had heard of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics on YouTube for years, but didn’t actually jump the gun until they became available at my local Sephora where I could swatch each color to my heart’s content.

I became even more excited when I noticed that they had this set of four minis of shades that I could actually wear for $19, whereas the larger original sizes run for $18 a piece.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mini Set of Four

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mini Set of Four Lip Tars 

The colors from left to right as described on the package: Memento (pink/plum neutral), Anime (vibrant neon pink), NSFW (true balanced red), Black Dahlia (blackened red).

The packaging itself leaves much to be desired. It is not the most glamorous, and the way each lip tar and the brush are positioned makes it rather difficult to pick out each one (especially the brush). I do not usually store these like this in the baggy, I just re-set them in the original packaging for the purposes of this blog post.

I like the tube packaging for each lip tar for sanitary reasons; however, it seems far too easy to squeeze out WAY too much product (which is very difficult to remove). Make sure you replace each cap tightly after using, or else the tubes and bag will get very messy.

The product itself is incredible. Each shade is magnificently pigmented, extremely creamy, and you literally only need a speck of product to cover your entire lips. And this color will last all day. Even through meals.

OCC Lip Tars

OCC Lip Tars

OCC Lip Tars

OCC Lip Tars

The dotted amount for each product is plenty to cover your whole lips. Although the colors of the swatches aren’t coming off quite true to life on camera, they are beautiful shades. NSFW especially, is the perfect red that will suit any skin tone. The lip brush that is included is actually quite good- it is the best of the couple of lip brushes I own, and I use it to apply all of my lip products.

If you don’t know much about Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, they are a cruelty free brand who’s Lip Tars are their claim to fame. After perusing their website, you’ll notice that they have odd shades like pure white, blue, yellow, orange, and etc. This is because they are meant to be mixed together so that you can achieve the exact color you want. Personally, Memento and Anime are both too pink for me, but I have used them to tone down/up other lip colors I own and that works great. The red shade is my favorite of the bunch, and Black Dahlia works great for a Vampy lip look. Here’s a photo where I used all four shades to create Natalie Portman’s Black Swan lip look:

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It is a little difficult to see, but you get the idea, right? I started with NSFW on the middle of the lips, Black Dahlia on the edges, and a combination of Memento and Anime in the center.

The ONLY con I have found with this product is that no matter how careful I am, it stains my teeth. I’ve tried tissues, finger in mouth trick; nothing seems to work. This could be a fault of application on my part, but after reading other reviews and doing some research, it seems to be a common problem among users.

Finally, I’d have to say a set of minis is a GREAT value for your money, because I can’t ever see myself using any of these up due to the tiny amount of product necessary for my lips. Either way, this is a great product, and I hope you get a chance to try it out!

TLDR: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Set of Four Minis 

Pros: Extremely pigmented, very little product required for application, creamy, long lasting, good value for money with mini set

Cons: Very easy to stain teeth, easy to over-squeeze tube for product, can be messy

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 

 

A Warm Welcome..

Hello Friends! Welcome to something that I have been wanting to start for a very long time- a fashion and beauty blog! Between school,work, and practicing, its been difficult to find the energy to pull this together, but I decided that now was the time (though I don’t know how often I will post just yet).

My fascination with fashion and makeup began in high school, where I would constantly push the envelope of what was considered the casual wardrobe for school. Through the years, I have been through a goth phase, bohemian, preppy, elegant, tomboy- you name it, I’ve worn it. Now, I think its pretty safe to say that my style is an eclectic mix of all of the above (with the occasional pair of yoga pants).

Makeup, on the other hand, is a different story. My obsession with it began when I started to watch YouTube videos of now famous beauty gurus. I soon started to practice on myself, and have recently started doing makeup for others. I can’t quite explain why I like it; there’s a strange satisfactory feeling that comes from trying a new product. Perhaps its because I feel that makeup is what brings my outfits together; and its always nice to see other people so happy when their makeup has been done the way they want.

Not quite sure what this will become-its intent is to be a place where I post reviews on beauty products I like and dislike, along with the occasional outfit post. Whatever it may be, I hope you have fun reading the opinions of your typical makeup geek!

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

All the rage seems to be about facial oils right now. But if you’re like me and have extremely sensitive, acne prone skin, finding an oil that won’t cause breakouts can be troublesome. However, I have found that the Josie Maran Argan Oil Light is the perfect solution to my problem.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

This is described as an “ultra lightweight version of the cult favorite Josie Maran Argan Oil Original.” Formulated without parabens, sulfates, and pthalates, Argan Oil Light has become a staple in my daily skin routine. It is a clear oil that has a very light fragrance. I have to admit that the smell isn’t the best, but the moisturizing effects this oil leaves make up for its lack in the fragrance department.

The packaging initially feels luxurious- a glass jar with a glass dropper to dispense the oil. I don’t really like the brown color of the jar because it reminds me of an old medicine jar. The worst part about it though is that the cap easily screws off (making it extremely easy for a person as clumsy as myself to repeatedly topple the bottle over and spill valuable product!). Because of the brown color, this isn’t something I’d be proud to display on my vanity, and the glass packaging does have its setbacks as it is not very travel friendly, but lets get on to the product itself.

I have tried the Tarte Maracuja Oil and various other facial oils- and although they did leave my skin feeling velvety smooth, they all came with the same problems-break outs and looking like a grease ball. This oil was quite different from the others- it absorbed quickly into the skin, and it DID NOT break me out! I apply it every day after washing my face and before putting on my foundation (the amount of time it takes me to do my eye makeup seems like just enough for the oil to settle into my skin). Using the dropper, I place 3-4 drops on the back of my hand and then used my fingers to dab it all over my face and quickly rub in; it sinks in to the skin very quickly.  I don’t need to use a moisturizer when I use this, but if your skin is extremely dry, you may be able to get away with using another moisturizer.

It retails at Sephora for $48 for a 1.5 oz jar- unfortunately, quite pricey for your average college student. Luckily, there is also an option to purchase a 0.5 oz online for $16. Personally, I tried this (0.5 oz) for free when it became a 100 point reward at Sephora, and I would recommend trying the smaller size before committing to the larger jar so that you know how your skin will react to it. I will be going out to purchase the full size of this soon!

TLDR: Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

Pros: Light weight, quick absorbing, sensitive skin friendly (no break outs), moisturizes skin, improves skin texture over time

Cons: Inconvenient packaging (glass), packaging easily opens, slightly unpleasant smell

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 (because of the packaging)