Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar Stained Glosses ROCK!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Just the sheer utterance of those words sends sparks flying. I could marry a beauty brand, I would marry OCC. We’d get along great too in our happy, vegan, multi-purpose world. OCC is just…amazeballs. And yes I know I featured them last week but baby, I’m back!

OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss

And then some. I was sent these new stained Stained Glosses of theirs and well, yeah…I’m in love. Esposo, baby, you better watch out. These glosses are stealing my heart!

OCC Lip Tars

Have I told y’all bout my reoccuring obsession with all things rainbow? I fell hard for rainbows when I was in elementary school. Somehow the bug has bit me again and now I can’t stop hoarding rainbow’y stuffs. Or giving rainbowd’d kisses.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

I know. I am just in love with color these days. Or…everyday. Let’s do a rundown of these beauties, shall we?

OCC Jealous

Jealous is a popsicle pinkish red. I find this Lip Tar Stained Gloss to be the most wearable out of the 6. Jealous is just perfect by herself. I didn’t need an additional or anything. Sheer perfection!

OCC Androgyne Lip Tar

OCC Androgyne

Androgyne is a sheer orange gel. I almost looks neon in the tube but it’s surprisingly wearable once worn on the lips. I didn’t think I could pull this one off but I love it!

OCC Voyeur

Voyeur is a yellow glaze and I’m pretty sure this won’t look flattering on anyone. I reckon this gloss will better be used as a mix with other glosses.

OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar

OCC Rhythm Box

Rhythm Box is my absolute favorite of the bunch. This purpled burgundy is just stunning and I could easily wear it every day. I found it to be the most pigmented of all of the Stained Lip Glosses.

OCC Lip Tar Meta

OCC Meta Lip Tar

Meta is a red orange shellac and I didn’t think it would work well for me, but it did! I tend to wear blue toned reds but this one shocked me. She is a beaut!

OCC Lip Tar New Wave

New Wave is a glassy neon pink. It isn’t as neon on the lips as it is in the tube. Still pretty nice though.

Mixin’ the lippies…

OVERALL:

Man, I love these. It’s really hard not to love stuff from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics though. These are $18 a pop at Sephora so they aren’t cheap but I’ve spent my lunch money on OCC lippies more times than I count. My favorite? Jealous and Rhythm Box are niiiiiice. I hope OCC does more of these Stained Gloses. The “stained” power wasn’t as long-lasting as the regular Lip Tars but they blend nicely, moisturize the lips and are more pigmented than I thought they’d be. So yes. I adore them. And I want more. I needs more!!

Any OCC lovers in the house? Have you tried the Stained Glosses yet?

3 Reasons Why I Really Need To Try Vine Vera

Vine Vera

Image Source: VineVera.com

Oh darlings…skincare. You know it’s my think. I adore everything cosmetics but my truest love is skincare. When the mascara has dried up and the eyeshadow has run its course, it’s your skincare products that will truly be your best friends. I’m not even kidding. I may not always have time to put on a full face of makeup but I certainly have time to take care of my skin. It’s a lesson that I learned many years ago from my Mama and will certainly pass it on down to my daughter.

As a beauty blogger, I am forever getting the opportunity to test drive products and brands. Vine Vera is a luxury and higher-end brand that rocks for socks for several reasons. For one, I don’t typically wear a lot of higher end skincare products but when I do get my hands on them, I feel like I am truly pampering my skin. That said, check out the 3 reasons why I really need to try Vine Vera.

They care about the eyes. Many skincare brands forget about products for your eyes. It’s kinda crazy too, because a lot of time when when first start complaining about sagging skin that is started age, it is usually around the eye area. I love when brands have options when it comes to taking care of the skin around the eyes. From the Resveratrol Eye Collection Dark Circle Eye Cream to their Resveratrol Eye Collection Age Defying Eye Serum, Vine Vera has us covered in the eye maintenance department. Could care less about the skin around your eyes? It’s better to start preventative action now than to wait before something pops up.

Vine Vera Cosmetics

-The collection names are wine-inspired. Yours truly isn’t much of a drinker (no seriously, I can’t even handle a sip of wine without making a childish “It’s gross face.”) but I can’t deny how marvelous and creative the collection names are of this brand. Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc…I mean how fancy, can you get? I absolutely adore it! Each collection has products whose packaging are fitting to their collection. For example the Chianti collection has products that are decked out in gorgeous shimmery burgundy packaging. I love when brands get creative like this. It doesn’t happen often enough!

-They have fantastic products for men. Okay, so my man isn’t the type to slather a mask all over his face. But there are men out there who don’t mind it! And why shouldn’t they? Men have skin too! Vine Vera has wonderful products that are fitting for men. Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Men’s Renewal Mask is packed with plant extracts and Witch Hazel and it looks like it would feel just wonderful and soothing on the skin. My guy doesn’t know what he’s missing. You know a skincare product looks good when you’re a gal and yet you’re more drawn to it than your man is. Ha!

Vine Vera doesn’t come cheap but hey, like I always say, skincare is an investment. The next time I have a few pennies to blow on skincare products, I’ll be checking on Vice Vera.

 

EDIT: I was given the chance to test drive some Vine Vera goodies and girls, I am in love!


Vine Vera Resveratrol Vitamin C Cleanser
Retailing for $136, the Resveratrol Vitamin C Cleanser is no bargin but it is perhaps one of the most gloriously decadent cleansers that I’ve ever used. The reviews don’t lie and I too can confirm that the added dose of Vitamin C is nice to have on my sun beaten skin. It’ll take a few more months to see if the Resveratrol helps the condition of my skin but for now, I love how it thoroughly cleanses and how moisturized my skin feels after use.

Vine Vera Resveratrol Vitamin C Day Cream

And then there’s the Resveratrol Vitamin C Day Cream ($188) that feels like a bit of heaven on the cheeks. It is more perfumed than I like my day creams to be but if you can handle stronger scents, I’m thinking you’ll like this cream. While it works just fine on my dry skin, the added Vitamin C, I think will work wonders on oilier skin, as well. However, I do think that this is a cream more fitting for the cooler months. It is on the the thicker side and may be too heavy for those of us living in warmer climates. Still, it is likely one of the best facial creams that I have ever tried.

-Follow Vine Vera on Pinterest.
-For customer reviews, visit Vine Vera reviews.
-Check out the Vitamin C Product Demo here.

Any higher-end skincare lovers in the house?

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. 

Got breast milk? Use Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump!

It’s about time I get started doing some reviews on baby products, uh? I get a lot of questions about what I use with Elle and I am finally going to start cranking out some reviews. First things first! Since pumping is my life I figured I’d start with a breast pump. I received this one for review and it has been such a great asset to my exclusively pumping life.

Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump

I typically use an electric breast pump to express milk and I highly recommend that mamas who do more pumping than nursing do the same thing. However, a manual breast pump fits in my life well because I don’t always have time to connect myself to the electric breast pump. Sometimes I get caught up with working or I’m traveling or I just don’t feel like going through the whole “finding time to pump” routine. And that’s when the manual breast pump comes in handy.

Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump box

I’ve been amazed at how much this baby can express in a good 5 minutes. I find it works best when I am slightly engorged. It does enough to relieve the pressure and cleanup is a breeze.

Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump top

Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump open

I actually have another manual breast pump that I’ve purchased and I prefer this one over the one I bought because this one seems to be 10x more comfortable. I attribute that to the silicone flange.

Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump silicone cover

The pump is also effective without the flange and I find that my output is MORE when I don’t use it. However, if I’m going for comfort and to take the “edge off”, I use the silicone flange. Clean up is easy because there aren’t that many parts that I had to tinker with. The pump comes with a nice booklet of instructions. It looked easy to dissemble but I actually had to refer to the manual to find out how to do it.

PROs

-It’s affordable. It is only $30.
-Larger Nuk bottles can fit into the pump. Perfect for pumping and then feeding baby right away.
-Easy to find. You can get it Target, Walmart, etc..
-Parts are easy to clean.
-Comfortable and has a nice suction.
-A bottle nipple comes with the pump.

Nuk Expressive Manual Breast Pump additional nipple

 

CONs

-Dissembling the parts is tricky the first go round.
-Can be messy. But so are all manual hand pumps.
-There are several parts to clean.

I’m a fan and I’m actually going to purchase another one to keep in the car for an emergency expression situation. You laugh but there is nothing funny about engorgement and not being able to express it quickly. Remind me to tell you about that time I had to hand express milk for Elle when I accidentally left one of her bottles at home and she had gulped down the one I brought. :wink: Yah. The exclusively pumping life is somethin’ else, I tell ya…

Breastfeeding mamas, do you ever use manual breast pumps?

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara

Goodness gracious. Mascaras have the longest names these days. I mean, my goodness….! I guess when you’ve been making mascaras since 1914, you run out of short and to the point names. I get it. Maybelline has a new mascara on the block and while I am usually excited about their new mascaras, this one didn’t excite me too much at first glance. Which is shocking because I usually go gaga over dual-wand mascaras. Did application and performance of this baby change my mind?

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara

Nothing fancy in the packaging department…

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes mascara

Price: $7.99 in drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Revolutionary dual-ended Mascara for 360° all around Lash Glam. Two brushes specifically designed for top and bottom lashes. Special quick-dry formula holds lashes in place” (source)

The Truth: I’ve had better Maybelline mascaras but this one isn’t too shabby.

What I Loved About It: I do love the option of having two wands. Not ideal for everyday use but if you’ve got the extra time, it works!

What I Didn’t Like: The volume power is just so so.

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara wands

Overall: This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a wand like this from Maybelline. Back in the day they had mascaras with dual wands. One wand was for a primer and the other was the actual mascara. Those were just so so. I actually like this mascara a little bit better because at least you can see the impact that is made. I like the idea of being able to have a mascara for those hard to get smaller lashes. Most wands make it difficult to do because the wands are large. The baby wand is fantastic for this purpose. Look how wittle she is…

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes skinny wand

I found that this wand is also great for grabbing the inner lashes too. And I suppose if you have super tiny lashes, they work for those too. The regular wand, however just isn’t plush enough to provide a ton of volume. I mean it does ohhhhkay.

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara larger wand

It’s a nice wand. I think it’s great for separating and attempting to straighten out wonky lashes but I didn’t find it to be insanely impactful for those seeking crazy huge lashes. If you’re desirous are defined lashes without much POW, this mascara will work. But if you’re like me and need for folx to see your lashes before they see you…well, you may be disappointed. On the good side, the formula was easy to apply and I didn’t get any clumps. Score! So yeah, it’s not my favorite mascara but hey, if you are serious about maintaing those bottom lashes, me thinks you’ll like this baby. I also found it to be pretty lightweight. No heavy lashes here. I had nice and fluffy lashes all day. But on the downside, fluffy lashes don’t stand up too well in Florida humidity.

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Mascara on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Meh. I think Maybelline has better mascaras in stores these days. Even the Rocket is better than this one.

Okay Maybelline mascara lovers, what did you think about this one?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 91

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance jar

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Phyrra – Want a camera bag without sacrificing style? You need the Epiphanie Lola, the best bag for beauty and fashion bloggers!

Vampy Varnish – Now you don’t need $250,000 to buy Azature Black Diamond Nail Lacquer Trust me, it’s fabulous stuff!

we heart this – tests Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil and asks the question “do you really need a $42 lip product?” Sorry wallets everywhere, you really do.

Beauty Junkies Unite – I just put COVERGIRL’s new Flamed Out Mascara to the test—check out the review with before and after photos!

Clumps of Mascara – is beyond obsessed with coconuts. So much so that she has been using these Pacificia Coconut Face Wipes daily!

EauMG – rounds up her most worn perfumes of spring 2013.

Gouldylox Reviews – Can a razor change your life? Pin it to win it and find out!

Lipglossiping – gets bedazzled by beauty after swatching the new Leighton Denny Holographic Collection. A matte holo? Whoulda thunk it?!

My Beauty Bunny – Want vibrant, sugar-coated candy nails for summer? Of course you do! We’ve got a look at the new Milani Texture Nail Lacquers that will add a sweet pop of texture to your summer mani.

Nouveau Cheap – If you’re a bright, bold matte eyeshadow lover who is also on a budget, you just might want to click right here.

Prime Beauty – is crushing on the new Lancôme Gloss In Love collection. Sparkle, shine and innovative packaging, oh my!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – Izzy from Musings of a Muse has been my guide for finding beauty most unusual, as well as the best in BB and CC creams. LOVE her blog!

Question of the Week:

What’s the most regrettable hairstyle you’ve ever had? (Details, please!)

B says, “I hated having a perm. HATED it. Chemically straightening my hair ruined its health and I felt like such a victim to my hair. I enjoy my natural texture more because now! “

Any bad hair do’s on your watch? Do tell!

Mixin’ Around With OCC Lip Tars + A Giveaway!

It’s been forever and 10 days since I’ve done something creative makeup-wise. Some beauty blogger I am, huh? Welllllls, through Coupons.com I was gifted with a $50 gift card to Sephora in hopes that I’d feature using one product or products and do multiple looks with them. I loves a challenge. I also have this extreme obsession with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tars. I mean, look at ‘em…

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro's Picks Lip Tar Set v2.0

Sexy, ain’t they? Every few seasons OCC gives us a smashing deal of 5 Lip Tars for only $49. This is a crazy awesome deal because one Lip Tar usually costs $18. The Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set v2.0 contains 5 unique shades that can be worn alone or mixed together to create your own shade.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars(l-r)
Hoochie, Lydia, Pretty Boy, Iced and Kava Kava

Of course Hoochie is my favorite. That vibrant magenta is quite the stunner.

OCC Hoochie Lip Tar

I wanted to create two additional lip colors using good ole’ Hooch as my base.

OCC Lip Tar mixing

I had to use flash on the camera for a lot of these pics because Hooch is so hard to photograph. But wow…I love it.

OCC Hoochie Lip Tar swatch

I did some mixin’ with Hoochie and Pretty Boy and came up with this…

OCC Lip Tar on brush

OCC Lip Tar mixing

…and then I mixed Hoochie with Lydia and Iced.

OCC Lips

Iced alone is pretty magnificent. I can’t wait to find other ways to use that beautiful frosty white. 5 Lip Tars for $50 is such a great deal and I am so going to be looking out for their next season’s release. That’s what I love about Sephora. You can always find some awesome beauty deal that you aren’t able to find other places. Check out what my fellow beauty bloggin’ ladies have featured in our Coupons.com giveaway blog hop!

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Eucerin Skin First Pledge

Eucerin skincare products

My my myyyyy….this Florida weather is insane, y’all. It’s not even funny. Like, there isn’t an ounce of humor behind it. Us Floridians always complain about the heat and humidity. Every year. It’s kinda like how folx from snowy areas get all huffy every time snow hits the ground. During snow season. Yeah.

What was I talking about again? Oh yes…I was complaining about the heat. So even though I’m not a fan of sweating bullets within seconds of stepping outdoors, I’ll be spending quite a bit of time outside this summer. It’s Elle’s first summer and I’ve gotta turn it up for her. We’ll be doing weekly treks to the Farmer’s Market and starting swim lessons! Last month was National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and in addition to spreading the word about No Fry Friday, Eucerin is also asking folx to take the Skin First Pledge. Taking the pledge is a great commitment to yourself AND you’ll score a sample of a Eucerin SPF product.

This month I got the chance to hang out with the Daily Protection SPF 15 Body Lotion and the Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizing Face Lotion. I reviewed both last year and I’m still lovin’ them!

Eucerin skincare

Eucerin also sent a blue wristband that turns blue when UV rays hit it! Of course I would take a picture of it at 7:30 p.m. Ha!

Eucerin bracelet

Stay tuned for more Eucerin developments, reviews and giveaways!

Get Yummy Skin with Vermont Soap’s Choco-Luscious Organic Skin Smoothie

I don’t think I’ve formally reviewed anything from Vermont Soap before but this brand has been on my radar for a few years now. As a stalker of all things natural (you know when it comes to skincare, cleaning products and shtuff like that…) brands like Vermont Soap are my fave because with my sensitive skin I know that every ingredient in their products are going to pure and without any additives. They recently released this Organic Skin Smoothie and I was sent a sample to test drive…

Vermont Soap Choco-Luscious Organic Skin Smoothie

You know I was all over it. I mean, look at the ingredients.

Vermont Soap Choco-Luscious Organic Skin Smoothie ingredients

Simple. 3 ingredients. That’s it. I love it. What VS says about this luscious smoothie…

“Choco-Luscious Skin Smoothie is the choco-licous way to keep you skin smooth and moisturized throughout your busy day. Easily spread and absorbed, doesn’t leave a greasy feel or film. Your skin will love you for it! And you’ll smell choco-yummy too!” (source)

Vermont Soap Choco-Luscious Organic Skin Smoothie 4oz jar

I’ve been on the cocoa butter train since, um…birth. My Mom slathered us in that nutty oil for years. And of course I’ll be doing the same for Elle. Best thing about this stuff? It takes no time to put on because it literally melts onto your skin…
Vermont Soap Choco-Luscious Organic Skin Smoothie on skin

PRO’s

-Super moisturizing. Especially for those who suffer from eczema.
-A little goes a long way. This 4 oz jar should last you for quite sometime.
-Gentle enough for baby skin. Given that baby doesn’t have any allergies to the ingredients, of course.

CON’S

-It’s super greasy so I find it better to use at night than during the day.
-If you’re not a fan of the nutty smell, you may not like this.
-It’s a bit pricey at $14.98 a tub.

I’ve been slathering this stuff all over Elle and I. Esposo won’t let me slather it on him. That’s okay. This is why my skin will glow, glisten and be wrinkle-free forever. He will look 80 years old next year. Ha!! You can scoop up a tub of this stuff at VermontSoap.com.