Monday, June 25, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: As Good As It Gets

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is no laughing matter, yet I can’t help but smile when I think about the movie As Good As It Gets, starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear. It reminds me of a joke on the subject that goes like this:

Knock Knock
Who’s there?

Knock Knock
Who’s there?

Knock Knock
Who’s there?

Knock Knock
Who’s there?

Knock Knock
Who’s there?

But, Seriously…

What does an eccentric writer do after falling in love with a truly unique lipstick? Well if you’re anything like me, you order ten of them. After all, it is a business expense.

Tar Baby

David Klasfeld, New York makeup artist and founder of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, must think I’m at the very least slightly obsessed with his baby. It’s Lip Tar, $14.50, and I am the proud owner of ten of them, each in a different, saturated, yummy shade. They are so gorgeous, like little jewels. I think every woman should have at least three.

You can apply Lip Tar straight from the tube with a lip brush, or, like pure pigments used for painting, blend them together for your ideal custom shade. Tarred, a pitch black, and Feathered, an opaque white, are “mixers” for darkening and lightening.

This is the most beautiful lipstick–the finish is smooth and reflective. It takes only a tiny bead of product. In fact, you must use just a miniscule dot of Lip Tar or it will bleed and travel outside the lipline. If it bleeds, you are using too much.

Lip Tar comes in 36 colors, with more out this fall, and is applied like gloss with a lip brush before it sets to a luscious satin finish…creamy and hydrating yet long-wearing and super-pigmented. The enzymes in hemp oil, which is the second ingredient in the mix, adhere to the skin without drying it out so your lips remain ultra moist and rich with color.

Further infused with castor seed oil, vitamin E, and tingling peppermint oil, the formula feels as good as it looks. Plus, OCC makeup is a 100% vegan and cruelty-free company, so you can feel good about supporting them.

Paint It Black

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Now, onto some of the colors. If you don’t like messing around with mixing makeup and you want an exceptional nude that will work for most skin tones, you will want to buy the color Trick. It’s an earthy caramel that looks absolutely beautiful straight from the tube, and a basic in my lipstick wardrobe. Add a smidgen of black to deepen for ethnic skin tones.

Interlace is a bright, pretty, pale coral like the putty-hued lips of Brigitte Bardot. It looks great as-is, or you can mix in a mauve or pink, such as Ophelia or Digitalis.

For the popular neon lip trend there is Queen, and of course every girl needs a red or two. That’s where Stalker, a rich blue-red, and Vintage, a deeper, near-burgundy, come into play.

I hope you have as much fun playing with Lip Tar as I do. They are As Good As It Gets for the modern, luscious lip.

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