Hello! My friend’s stocking company has just launched its new collection: Jardin Noir. Check out it out online.
Today I wanted to feature some behind the scenes shots from my shoot with them and tell you what I used to create the looks. Photos by Maria Palermo with Barlow Black styling Elysia’s new collection. Model is Alli Frasier of Taxi Management.
On her face:
Prepped with Embryolisse and a spritz of De-Slick from Urban Decay
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation, mixture of shades 1 and 2
Face Atelier Ultra Sheer champagne adjuster for brightening
Graftobian Warm #1 foundation palette for highlight/contour
Graftobian cream blush palette
Urban Decay Prime Potion for eyes
Lime Crime China Doll Palette (used black for eyeliner)
Ultimate Face eye shadow palette
All brushes from Sephora and e.l.f.
On her hair:
1″ Hot Tools marcel iron just to touch up natural curl
Whipped Creme from Sebastian Professional to polish curls/tame frizz
Shaper from Sebastian Professional
I was dying to try the new lip stains from OCC, and I must say, I am in love with New Wave, which is a bright pink shade (but sheer and glossy enough for every day wear). I also have the color Meta and it is more of an orangey pink. Very pretty! Not quite as every day for me, pinks are a little easier for me to incorporate into my makeup routine, but it is very nice and great for people who wear more coral tones.
First off, while very pigmented, they are not as intense as I expected. They can be layered to become brighter but they certainly don’t have the punch of the original lip tars. They are quite sheer, which disappointed me a little at first and then five minutes later I was ecstatic. They are the perfect pop of color for summer. My main lip stains I used prior are the Vincent Longo stains and Benetint. I expected the OCC stains to be very similar to the Vincent Longo stains based on the description (like stained glass) but I am finding them more similar to my Benetint, although not quite as sheer. I am curious if the darker colors would be more like my Vincent Longo stains, since the ones I ordered were brighter. I would probably still prefer my Vincent Longo stains for formal occasions.
My favorite thing about the OCC Stained Gloss is the texture. I hate gooey gloss and I have to say, these have a nice sheen without being sticky at all. They make my lips feel naturally moist, and that is very important to me.
The color lasts very nicely, too. Similar to my Benetint, it will subtly fade over the course of the day without flaking or peeling. It is sheer enough I am fine to just dab it onto my lips with or without a mirror over the course of the day if I want it to stay perfectly bright. However, even though there is some fading it keeps a nice color all day. It doesn’t fade to any strange tones. At the end of the day (14-16 hours later) my lips are still pink, just not quite like they were in the morning.
These will still be too bright for some people (those that like a very nude lip), but I absolutely love them. And it makes me feel great to know how natural and conscientious the brand is.
Timothy C Photography with model KJaeger
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has a great reputation amongst pro artists and definitely stands out as one of the most earth- and animal-friendly lines. Their products are super natural and super pigmented despite feeling very light on the skin. OCC is probably best known for their Lip Tars, which, frankly, I could not live without in my pro kit. These are the qualities that make Lip Tars irreplaceable:
You need very few colors to be able to create nearly any shade. Keep in mind that a tiny drop goes a long way. This is the biggest perk for me because I try to travel as lightly as possible. Not to mention, each tube will last you a loooong time.
Lip Tars can go on matte with a very thin layer. They can also be mixed with the clear for more of a gloss. They work best when the clear is applied first (during skin prep) and has awhile to really sink in as a primer and then the color is applied overtop. It dries completely depending on how much clear is used, more clear gives it more of a gloss feel.
The product is so paint like it is easy to use with brushes. I use it as lip liner for shoots with an angle brush then a fluffier brush for the center. I have even used it on other parts of the face (be sure you are aware of your ingredients if you try this! Some things are safe for lips but not other parts of the face).
Where to buy?
Sephora is now a retailer for Lip Tars, which is exciting for the up and coming makeup line. There is a more complete selection on OCC’s website and sometimes some deals on discontinued colors. They also have a pro discount. Also, for anyone near New York City I would recommend just stopping into their store. It is an adorable little shop and the people there are very passionate and helpful.