Stocking Noir Catalogue Shoot: Jardin Noir Collection

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.

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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
Lip tar
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

OCC Lip Tars

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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:

Mixable.
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.

Matte.
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.

Versatile.
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.

Smashbox HD Powder

Hello everyone! Today’s post is about my FAVORITE powder. I have extremely dry, sensitive and fair skin and all three of these issues make it extremely difficult to find makeup. I apply the powder with a kabuki brush after moisturizing and then applying OCC Tinted Moisturizer. The coverage is wonderful for a powder and on my better skin days I am comfortable wearing this powder without tinted moisturizer underneath. When my skin flares up with a rash or dry, itchy patches this powder is light enough it doesn’t irritate my skin. It is long wearing and has a great finish. It looks like skin and doesn’t get too cakey.

I love the packaging on this product!

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The compact comes with a mirror and a grinder, so it is a pressed powder underneath and then you grind a little bit out as you need, which avoids a lot of mess and keeps the mirror clean. It is also a great compact for professionals because you can just grind off some powder which eliminates the need to dip into a compact with your brush. It also makes it easier to mix powder colors for professional use. I, personally, don’t use it in my kit because I prefer a heavy liquid foundation with a lighter setting powder, but it is a great product for people that do more wedding and event work. For photo work I prefer other products. I don’t really take makeup around with me but it would be a great compact to take around in your purse.

Let’s talk about price! If you have ever thought about using this product, you probably saw the price and yelped. I have also sought out other, cheaper products. This product runs for just under $60, which is no small price. But if you love this product it is worth it. You get .75 ounces of product, which is more than double virtually all other comparable, high quality brands (such as Laura Mercier, Make Up For Ever, etc.) which run for around $35. And as I said the coverage is great so you don’t need to use a ton. Compare that to Bare Minerals where you get under .3 ounces and you need to use more to get the same coverage and can’t really get proper coverage without approaching cakey-ness.

But the biggest reason I love this powder is that I don’t need to worry about oxidation! Maybe others have experienced oxidation with Smashbox, but it truly wears better than any other powder I have tried, staying true to color and not settling into fine lines or pores. What is oxidation? It is a fair lady’s worst nightmare! Have you ever tried on a foundation, loved it, then looked in the mirror an hour later and your makeup has turned darker? Sometimes there is a bit if an orange tinge, too. Smashbox works well on my fair skin and really blends in and STAYS that way.

Smashbox does not have nearly the color selection of many other brands. I generally use a very yellow based tinted moisturizer layered over the red parts of face to get my ideal color. But even on my days off where I just wear powder, Smashbox does a great job really blending in with my skin tone, which is surprising to me since I am usually hard to match.

As for the claims that it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, I am not sure. I have fairly youthful skin. I do know that it wears well under my eyes where other powders sometimes settle into fine lines.

All in all, this is my preferred powder foundation. It is gentle and looks great and I really feel like my skin looks and feels better when I wear it regularly.