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Product Review: OCC’s Cosplay’s Cha Cha

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (aka OCC cosmetics) recently launched their new Spring/Summer 2015 line featuring neutral shades to pretty pastels to bright, bold hues. All six of the matte lip shades have complimentary nail colors to match so you can take those fun Instagram selfies with your hands in the picture to show that you have a fabulous manicure to match the gorgeous shade on your lips.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a couple of pictures I posted wearing Cha Cha, which the brand describes as “pale tangerine.” After wearing it, I don’t think I would describe the color as pale. Instead it’s a bright, yet soft shade of orange that is bold and in-you-face, and not meant to be worn by the shy and timid. But, if shy and timid describes you, there are other colors such as John Doe, a nude and Memento, a pink/plum neutral.

The nail polish lasted about 5 days before it started to chip and the lip color stayed put for hours. Because the lip color is a liquid, I would recommend using a brush to spread it around nicely around the contours of your lips.

What do you think about the matching nail and lip trend?


Product Review: Iman Second To None Cover Cream in Sand Medium

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I recently bought Iman’s Second To None Cover Cream to compliment the Iman foundation in Sand 3 that I have been using and absolutely love. However, I found the Sand concealer a little too dark for me, but fortunately it matched my sister so I gave it to her to use and the results were amazing. Check out the picture below. On the left is the concealer and on the right we didn’t use anything As you can see, the concealer cream really hid her dark, under-eye circles and redness with a significant amount of coverage. It went on smoothly and was long-lasting. I will definitely try other shades until I find one that matches me, but this stuff is incredibly. The only con is that it did go on cakey and throughout the day she had to pat under her eye as the product settled in fine lines, so I recommend using it with a moisturizer; other than that, it’s great.

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Smokey-Silver Eyeshadow Bridal Beauty Look

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Let’s face it, most females start planning their weddings really young. While many dream about the perfect dress, shoes and even groom, I’ve only ever thought of the perfect makeup. That’s why I was excited to create a look inspired by a gorgeous wedding dress I found on Lover.ly, a  wedding planning binder that lives in the cloud.

For this look I chose Modern Trousseau’s autum, a drop-dead strapless Italian duchess gown, that features French alenon lace, a fit-to-flare silhouette and sweetheart neckline. The gown is both daring and elegant, and the sultriness of it is refined with a delicate silk flower belt worn at the waist.

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Because of the dress’ bold sexy style, I thought a soft, smokey eye would complement it perfectly. I used accents of silver and dark grey to create a whimsical, romantic eye look that adds some sparkle and nicely complements the light grey silk seen at the neckline and around the waist. The sparkles in the eye shadow are meant to jazz up the overall bridal makeup look, while a soft pink cheek color creates a natural blushing bride flush.

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I topped off the look with a subdued lip color, so that the focus isn’t taken away from the dramatic eye makeup. Here are the products used:

Face:
POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream, Medium

Eyes:
Revlon Colorstay, Sultry Smoke
Urban Decay, Moonsppon
Barer Minerals in Sterling Silver
Cynthia Rowley – Pencil Eyeliner

Cheeks:
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light Blush, Pink Rose

Lips:
Mary Kay Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss: Café Au Lai

Smokey-Silver Eyeshadow Bridal Beauty Look

See the products I used here and re-create your own makeup look.

To seem more gowns, visit Lover.ly.


Product Review: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil

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If you’ve viewed my Instagram page lately (@delia_licious) you saw a quick snapshot I did using colors from Estée Lauder’s new Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil collection.

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Available in 16 gorgeous shades, the 12-hour wear eye pencils are not just long-lasting, but waterproof, so you can define your eyes and not have to work about the product disappearing or smudging. I wear the colors from day-to-night and found that they are in fact long-wearing and do not fade at all. I have the teal, gold and sapphire blue, and the colors are bright and vibrant; moreover, they really do apply true to the way they look on the outside of the pencil.

When I applied the product, it glided on smoothly and effortlessly. I also liked that the pencil features a smudger on the other end for to facilitate creating a smokey eye look. I actually used the smudger to create the winged eyeliner look seen in the picture above.

The eye pencils retail for about $23.


When does your makeup really expire?

I was recently cleaning my room for the New Year and unearthed a ton of products tucked away that I had completely forgot I had. As tempting as it was for me to hang on to them (I am very attached to beauty products and have a hard time at the thought of having to let any of them go to waste), I realized that I need to put the health of my skin first. So, I had to check the expiration dates on the packages. The problem? Most of the products didn’t have the expiration date listed, so what I decided to do next is look up the expiration date online. Yup. Many of you may not be aware, but one of the best ways to find out the shelf life of a product is to simply look it up online. All you have to do is locate the batch code or a lot number that’s usually printed on the packaging or product.

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Checkfresh.com provides tips on how to find batch codes and lot numbers.

Here are some apps and websites you can use to help assist you:

 


GET THE LOOK: CAMERON DIAZ

Cameron Diaz attends the "Annie" World Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater.  Source: Theo Wargo/Getty Images North America
Cameron Diaz attends the "Annie" World Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater.  Source: Theo Wargo/Getty Images North America

Cameron Diaz attends the “Annie” World Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater. Source: Theo Wargo/Getty Images North America

At the December 7th premiere of the movie “Annie,” actress Cameron Diaz who plays Miss. Hannigan in the film opted for a much understated look with an all-black ensemble. Her makeup, however, was anything but understated. “To compliment the classic simplicity of her dress, we created a beauty look that was clean and modern with a pop of color,” said Robin Fredriksz for MARC JACOBS BEAUTY. “The result is pretty and fresh, which is always my inspiration for Cameron and the perfect description of her beauty.”

Below Robin discuss the techniques used to create Cameron’s red-carpet look:

Lips:
“Cameron loves to play with color but to keep it focused to one area of the face. We immediately fell in love with this deep, berry shade of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick in Headliner 608, which we used to layer and blend onto the lips. We even dabbed the color on the apples of her cheeks to tie the entire face together for a cohesive, punctuated, flushed look.”

Skin:
“Given the brightness of the lips, we kept the skin very light and luminous with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Supercharged Foundation and highlighted her features with slight contouring using the Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan and The Bronze – Bronzer Brush No.12.”

Eyes:

“To highlight Cameron’s striking eyes, we used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Style-Eye Con No.7 Plush Shadow in The Dreamer 212, primarily using the matte pink eyeshadow all over the eye lid and then taking the pink shimmer eyeshadow for under the inner eye to give a little sparkle. We applied a light dusting of the dark brown shadow in the crease of the eye to add depth and dimension. We used Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(Out) 54 to outline the top and bottom eye lids blending the pencil line with a brush to create a softened effect, which served as the perfect complement for the blueness in her eyes. We finished the look with Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blacquer 30 to add a glossy, high-impact for a true movie-star effect.”


PRODUCTS:
Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation ($48), Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan ($49), Marc Jacobs Beauty The Bronze – Bronzer Brush No.12 ($78), Marc Jacobs Beauty Style-Eye Con No.7 Plush Shadow in The Dreamer 212 ($59), Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(Out) 54 ($25), Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blacquer 30 ($26), Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick in Headliner 608 ($28)


Product Review: Maybelline New York Eyestudio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

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I recently tested out Maybelline New York Eyestudio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara. The product promises to give you bold and sculpted arches with just a few strokes of a brush. It features a Sculpting Ball Brush, similar to a mascara wand, and uses a tinted colored gel to fill in sparse areas.

The brush picks up just enough of the gel formula and combs it through the small brow hairs evenly and lightly. For a very natural look I went over my brows with one coat as you see in the picture below. When I decided I wanted a fuller darker brow, a la Cara Delevingne, I added a few more swipes, which gave me very thick, but still natural looking arches. The best thing about the gel is that once it dries, it really stays put, so you don’t have to worry about it smudging or wearing off throughout the day.

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The only con is that it does take some time to get used to the application, which requires light, upwards strokes along the contour of the brow. I would recommend this product for someone who has a difficult time mastering pencil and powder liners and wants a quick and easy way to create a groomed look. For those who are brow pros, use this to sculpt, define and lock hairs in place, then go over sparse areas with your pencil or brush.

The product is available in 3 shades: blonde, soft brown and deep brown. It retails for about $9 in drugstores.


Do You Remember Your First Kiss?

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Fresh is asking fans to submit the story of their first kiss for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree in celebration of its widely loved Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. From November 18th to December 12th, stories can be submitted by visiting the microsite and uploading a photo or video with your kissing confessional.

The campaign kicked off yesterday with the launch of Fresh Blue Box, a mobile popup which is offering an interactive retail experience along with tons of fun freebies and contests. Check out the list below to see if you are located near one of the stops on the Blue Box’s route so you can stop by to join in on the Fresh fun!

The Fresh Blue Box “My First Fresh Kiss” Route
UCLA – 11/18
Fresh at The Grove – 11/20
Fresh Pasadena – 12/10 + 12/11


Fall Makeup Review: Revlon ColorStay 16hr Eye Shadow in Wild

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Now that Fall is in full swing, I have been looking to update my makeup look with colors that amply reflect the season such as browns and oranges. This weekend I tried Revlon ColorStay 16hr Eye Shadow in Wild. The eyeshadow pallet is part of Revlon’s exclusive Spring 2014 Rio Rush Collection by Gucci Westman, which actually only features two pallets: Wild (which I tested) and Exotic. The tropical hues in the limited edition collection were inspired by “Carnaval” in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

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Although the colors were inspired by summer, I think the shades defiantly work well for the fall. The shimmery champagne and white base colors remind me of the holidays, the orange conjures thoughts of fall leaves, and the deep teal evokes a cold, winter night.

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The white and champagne colors are very dry, and require several quotes to bring out the full hue, which in my opinion, still needs to be intensified with a deeper shade, perhaps of brown, at the base. However, the orange and teal are nothing short of magnificent. The vibrant colors are very pigmented and are perfect for blending.

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I started followed the steps outlined behind the back of the packaging to get the look pictured at the top of this article. But, once I saw how nicely the colors came together I felt comfortable adding my own flair by using the white on the inner corners of the eyes and center of the lids for a bright-eyed look. Do you think it looks like a good fall eye shadow palette, or should it be kept in the summer box?


Beautiful Ways To Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Breast Cancer Awareness Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, $38.00

According to statistics, about 1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point. The good news is that if detected early, many women can survive the life-threatening diagnosis. This October marks the return of National Breast Cancer Awareness month – that time of year when you see many brands decorate some of their products in a lovely pale pink hue in order to increase awareness of early detection, prevention and raise money towards finding a cure. Check out the products below to see some of the beauty products you can buy help benefit this great cause, while also looking fab.