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 Stained Gloss Lip Tar in New Wave

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.

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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.

OCC Tinted Moisturizer

This will be a very brief and informal review…. And by review, I mean me gushing about how much I adore Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

I will start by discussing the tinted moisturizer, since it is something I use every single day. I am extremely low maintenance and like to keep my makeup very natural. I am the type of woman who would rather hear, “You have flawless skin!” than, “I love your makeup!” My daily routine involves a moisturizer (either a tiny amount of Dr Jardt’s hydrating bb cream or my water/glycerin mix I recently posted about), then tinted moisturizer, then a sheer layer of bareminerals, then blush and a quick swipe of eyeshadow across my lids. That is all most days. Plus whatever lip gloss I have that day. I get a lot of compliments on my skin, which is remarkable to me because I think of myself as having very splotchy skin with a lot of redness from sensitivity. The fairest yellow based color from occ cuts the redness perfectly and brings my face back into the neutral-to-yellow color family of the rest of my body.

The tinted moisturizer is extremely watery. At first I found this a little unsettling, because I wasn’t used to it. But after wearing it, I fell in love. Once it sinks in it doesn’t feel like you are wearing anything! It just feels like skin! One problem I had with it initially, is that, on its own, it really sinks into the skin and I was layering on way too much.

I believe this would be remedied easily by using the occ primer with it. The reason I don’t is because I am allergic to chamomile and the primer has that in it, among all the other natural ingredients. That is why I put a very small amount of bb cream underneath, mainly just in the nose/cheek area where I will need the most coverage. I imagine other primers would work, too, but it is definitely needs a base. The product is reasonable for a quality brand at $25, but I still hate to waste.

It is also not particularly moisturizing, but I don’t see that as a problem. Honestly, tinted moisturizers are never enough on their own, so I prefer that they stay lighter rather than oily/greasy like some I have tried.

I also purchased the concealer. I would probably buy it again, since it is such a perfect color match, but it seems so dry to me. I want to find a way to love it, so I am still playing with different brushes, etc, but it just seems to shrivel into my skin by the end of the day. This, again, might partially be because I can’t use their primer. I also have extremely dry skin, so other people might not have such a problem with it. When I layer some of my water/glycerin mix over top, it seems to help for awhile, but after a twelve hour day it has usually dried up. Probably my skin’s fault, but it really isn’t even bad, I just have high standards.

Bottom line, if you haven’t checked out this brand yet, you need to. Especially if you like to support vegan or cruelty free cosmetic lines.