Entries Tagged as 'Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics'

Introducing Our New Weekly Video Series: ‘Favorite Products’

26.7.12

We have recently branched out to film some tutorials and beauty related videos. In my first week of a new weekly segment, I discuss some of my current favorite products (makeup, skin and hair) by telling you why I love and how I use each of them.

This segment will be a weekly recurrence and each week I will discuss different products and why they made the list. This not only keeps you up to date on some new and well loved products, but gives us ‘fuel to the fire’ to find the latest and greatest products as well!

 

In this first video I discuss:

  • Foundation: Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation ($40 at Sephora.com)- why I have chosen it for summer.
  • Lip Color: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in color NSFW ($14.50 at OCCmakeup.com)- some pros and cons to using the Lip Tars.
  • Hair Product: Redken Smooth Lock Stay Sleek Leave-in Cream ($16.50 from a Redken Salon. To locate a Redken Salon near you: Click here)-  how it has changed my weekly hair maintenance routine.
  • Nail Color: Bella Pierre Nail Color in Neon Orange ($15 at BellaPierre.com)- what about this neon orange is a fresh take on the neon trend.
  • Skincare: Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant ($37) & Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque ($43, both at Dermalogica.com)- how using these together have started to change my skin.
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Please tune into the A BEAUTY LOFT YOUTUBE CHANNEL and check out our first weekly segment, but also browse around at some of our others!

 

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JenniferK

Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics’ Sierra Nevada Set

20.5.12

This past weekend we (Renee and I) spent the whole day at The Makeup Show NYC and it was absolutely incredible, but also completely overwhelming. We spent about 3-4 hours shopping, browsing and exploring and found ourselves with arms full of heavy bags. We regrouped over lunch and then went back for more. 3 more hours!

I spent the last hour exploring all the booths I had walked past about a dozen times because they had been packed and found some serious treasure!

A brand I spent a lot of time trying and learning about is called Naked Cosmetics and this line is nothing short of amazing! They offer sets that come in sleek black sleeves and contain 6 different colors. The color set I chose is called Sierra Nevada and the colors range from a matte black to shimmer ivory with 4 other shades thrown in the mix. This set could be used on a bride or a Playboy Bunny, the colors are perfect for sexy glamour. 

I have decided to do a tutorial primarily using this set. I was completely thrilled with the performance and outcome of these shadows. This set is like a one stop shop and will take you from church to a Saturday night dance session!

Here is my tutorial for understated glamorous eyes (I wear this daily!):

SN1 Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

A) Stila‘s Prime Pot in Taffy. (Available at StilaCosmetics.com for $20)

B) Using your finger, apply primer from lashes to brow and from corner to corner.

C) Sonia Kashuk Small Multi-purpose Powder Brush. (Available at Target.com for $10.79)

D) Apply Shade #SN-01 (iridescent ivory) to the inner corner and shade #SN-02 to the brow bone (shimmer cream/pink).

SN2 Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

E) Sigma Beauty‘s Eye Shading- E55 Brush. (Available at SigmaBeauty.com for $9)

F) Using the above brush, apply shade #SN-03 (metallic copper) with a damp brush to the entire lid.

G) Cozzette Brush D200- The Bullet Brush. (Available at RoqueCozzette.com for $14)

H) Using the above brush, apply shade #SN-05 (medium brown) to the crease and outer corner.

SN3 Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

I) Sigma Beauty‘s Precision Round- P82 Brush. (Available at SigmaBeauty.com for $14)

J) Using the above brush, blend all brown shadow until there is no hard line.

K) Using the E.L.F. Gem Shadow Brush ($2, no longer available for sale), apply shade #SN-06 (matte black) to the outer corner and pull it in along the crease without putting anymore shadow on the brush.

L) Use Sigma‘s P82 Brush again to blend the black shadow until there is no hard line.

SN4 Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

M) Kryolan‘s Professional Round Brush in size # Art.3501. (Available by special order from Kryolan.com)

N) Using the above brush, draw a line along the lashes in shade #SN-06 (matte black) with a damp brush. Pull the line slightly out past the lashes and angled up to create a winged effect.

O) Using the same brush and shade # SN-05 (medium brown), line within the lower lashes.

P) LashControl‘s Purple Squeeze 2x Black Volumizing Mascara. (Available at LashControl.com for $20)

SN5 Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

Q) Apply LashControl Mascara to bottom lashes first, then top. Wiggle the wand slightly at the base of the lashes, then pull through the entire lash.

R) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics‘ Lip Tar in Memento. (Available at OCCmakeup.com for $14)

S) Using Apt. 5‘s Eyeliner Brush (it works better for lipstick), apply Memento to the entire lip (I cannot find this brush online anywhere, but I purchased it at Duane Reade).

T) Ta-da! The final product!

SNClose Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada Set

 

I hope you give this look a try and if you decide to try the Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada kit, I hope you love it as much as I do! Please let us know (in the comments below) if you try this look and what your outcome is.

You can purchase the Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada kit at MilazzoBeauty.com for $59.99.  Whatever colors you choose, I highly recommend the Naked Cosmetics pigments. They can be used as blush, shadow, lip gloss, nail polish and even temporary hair color! Amazing.

 

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JenniferK

 

 

Eight of Our Favorite Makeup Products Switched to Low Cost Alternatives

11.4.12

 

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When we finally find that one product that does exactly what we need it to or want it to, it’s a really big deal! However, when that product comes with a hefty price tag, it makes us slightly less eager to buy more of it. We have found low cost substitutes for some of our favorite high end products and we are sure you will love them just the same as their counterparts!

 

 

OriginalBobbi Brown The Basic Brush Collection ($175 at bloomingdales.com). Bobbi Brown is a powerhouse in the makeup industry, so naturally her makeup brushes are incredibly popular. Her brushes preform well, withstand the test of time and come in many different shapes and sizes.

Substitute: Sigma Beauty Brushes Make Me Classy Travel Kit ($59 at sigmabeauty.com). Sigma Beauty is quickly becoming known for their quality brushes and excellent customer care. They offer synthetic and natural bristle brushes in an array of colors and styles. The Make Me Classy Travel Kit has comparable brushes to the Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection, but are over $100 cheaper. I recently stocked my kit with over a dozen of these brushes and found that they stand up through the wear and tare better then some of my pricier brushes.

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Original:  MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolor in Lasting Lust ($22 at maccosmetics.com). These last a really long time and come in seriously saturated colors, but in total honesty, their substitute lasts longer!

Substitute: Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Lipcolor in Keep Up The Flame ($7.99 at CVS.com). This lip color stands by its name! I have actually had to scrub this off my lips before bed because it just holds that well. 24 hours? Yes!

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OriginalMake Up For Ever Pure Pigments ($20 at sephora.com). Pigments are fantastic for stand out looks, color correction or for tweaking our favorite shades. Often, pigments are too expensive for the typical consumer to feel comfortable buying multiple shades to be creative with.

Substitute: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pure Cosmetic Pigments ($12 at occmakeup.com). OCC has created pigments that are just as pigmented as the higher priced lines, but at a more attainable price tag. At $12, you can feel comfortable trying that bright teal liner or hot pink lip!

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OriginalMake Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette ($38 at Sephora.com). These concealers/color correctors are a necessity when you have a red blemish, dark circles or your skin is a little lackluster. Apply them under foundation for any color correction.

SubstituteMehron ProColoRing Neutralizer ($14.95 at Mehron.com). The Mehron color wheel serves the same purpose as the Make Up For Ever Concealers, but at less then half the cost. Mehron is a loved makeup line amongst Makeup Artists and their products stand the test of time.

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OriginalAnastasia Brow Pen- Long Wearing Brow Tint ($21 at Sephora.com). The name Anastasia and brows go hand-in-hand. The brow pen offers the application of a pencil and longevity of a liquid liner. The tip is so fine, it is possible to create the illusion of tiny hairs within your brows.

Substitute: NYX Eyebrow Marker ($9.75 at NYXcosmetics.com). This brow marker comes in two shades and gives the Anastasia Brow Pen a serious run for its money. The tip is equally as fine and the formula last just as long.

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OriginalNARS Eyeshadow in Etrusque Limited Edition ($24 at NARScosmetics.com). When NARS came out with their Limited Edition Etrusque Shadow, I was in love (so were many others, it is very hard to find)! It is the perfect gold for every skin tone.

Substitute: La Femme Eyeshadow in Gold ($2.99 at camerareadycosmetics.com). The La Femme Gold Shadow is the identical twin of the NARS Etrusque. The texture is just as creamy and smooth and the pigmentation is equally as intense.

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OriginalMake Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($32 at sephora.com). Finding a quality setting powder is essential for keeping your makeup in place past your lunch break and Make Up For Ever has done just that. This powder is easily the best selling HD Setting Powder on the market and with reason. When brushed over a finished face, the Make Up For Ever HD Powder will keep you without shine for hours and your products just where you place them.

Substitute: Eyes Lips Face Studio High Definition Powder ($6 at eyeslipsface.com). This powder serves the same purpose, has the same texture and applies the same way, but you can buy 5 of them for the price of 1 Make Up For Ever HD Powder.

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OriginalNARS Angelika Blush ($28 at bloomingdales.com). NARS blushes are cult favorites. The pigmentation and longevity make them a well stocked must-have for our makeup bags. A favorite, Angelika, offers a soft bubblegum/innocent pink that is suitable on nearly all skin tones.

Substitute: Eyes Lips Face (ELF)’s Tickled Pink ($3 at eyeslipsface.com). This blush is almost identical to the Angelika and comes with a three dollar price tag! The size is comparable and the price difference is astounding.

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Quality makeup is important and often expensive, but once in a while we can find lower priced items that preform just as well! This season, save a little money on your old favorites and reward yourself with some colorful new products. Happy Spring Beauties!

 

 

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JenniferK

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