Friday, November 30, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tar in tone swatches & photos

Believe it or not, I never tried OCC lip tars until a couple months ago. They are super popular, I had to see what all the fuss was about.
I chose the color 'tone' because it looked gorgeous, I have been looking for a nice nudish white lip color for a while.

Tone is a whitened up clean pink. No brown or purple tones. It can make you look very washed out.

Swatches of tone:

Erm, I didn't like this color on me. It looked pretty gross, I won't lie. It made me look a bit ill and settled into lip lines. I loved the rich pigment and lasting power, but that's where it ended.

I had no idea that lip tars contained a lot of peppermint oil. Why? I don't know, but I really wish it didn't.
I find mint extract in lip products to irritate and dry my lips. That is exactly what happened after I used this lip tar.
OCC lip tar ingredients: (click on pic to enlarge)

I wish OCC would make a mint-free version, then I would be very happy.

Is anyone else out there sensitive to mint extract in cosmetics?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kat Von D Sin-full lash mascara review

Before I do this review can I just say how much I miss blogging? Well..I am back! I have so much material to cover, so many reviews to write - ah this will be fun!

I got this sin-full lash back in the summer, I had pretty high hopes it would be amazing. 
Of course the packaging rocks, as all KVD makeup has sleek pretty designs.
Sin-full lash is supposed to make your lashes look fuller, add length and curl...everything basically.  I watched an interview where Kat says she spent a lot of time getting the formula right, and even tested it herself.

So, does it do it all? Let's see.
The main thing I noticed was that this mascara made my lashes look nice and full. It sort of fanned them out and added some volume. Nothing too dramatic, but of course you can layer it and I never had much problem with it clumping.

The formula is a nice mix between dry/wet, right in the middle. It's got a really nice black pigment, nice and dark.
The brush is a good size, not too big and not too small.

sin-full lash brush:


So it added nice fullness and volume to my lashes, but it didn't do much for length. That is a deal breaker for me. I like length.
I also found it gave me slight raccoon eyes within a few hours of wearing. It smudged every time I wore it.

2 coats of sin-full lash on my lashes:

The biggest problem I had with this was the tube broke after I had it for 2 weeks. I am not sure how this happened to be honest. I remember it didn't close properly after I used it last and when I went to use it again it was like this:

I gueess I am too strong for my own good? I don't know.
Needless to say, I returned it, because I only had it for 2 weeks and it broke, and started to dry out. Really not cool. I've never had this happen to a mascara tube, ever! I'm always careful with my makeup and I thought this was weird.

Overall, I say pass. It only really volumizes, but will smudge by the end of the day. There are much better mascaras out there, less expensive ones too.

Repurchase? No

Price: $23 CAD

Rating: 2/5

Sunday, November 25, 2012

NOTD: snow falling on sparkling asphalt

 One of the most beautiful things about winter is the way the snow sparkles through the sun, and the black pavement shimmers so bright.

I tried to capture snow falling onto sparkling asphalt in my mani for the holiday nail art challenge on nail polish Canada.

 To get this effect I layered a lot of polishes! Then I added on some 3-D nail stickers, to make it look more like snow.
Polishes used left to right: MAC everything that glitters, SH silver lining, Nails inc sprinkles sugar house lane, covergirl snowflake, random white from Halloween, SH hidden treasure.

What do you think? If you like it, please find and vote for me here tomorrow.