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Crack, baby crack: October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (AKA OCC)

A very short post.

Selfridges has started selling OCC everything from Lip Tar to brushes! How did I not know about this? Bad beauty nerd. Now I really must get myself there to try them out and even buy a few products.

I've always wanted to get some lip tar but previously only being able to buy them online is a non-starter for me. I prefer to have a play about with make up in-store and then buy it if I like it. And now I can! hurrah! 

OCC is an independent brand created by a make up artist, one David Klasfield. The range is completely vegan and cruelty free. The lip tar is a highly pigmented long wear liquid lipstick and doesn't dry out. Furthermore, you only need the tiniest drop for an immediate pay-off. They have been available online for a couple of years now at Love Make-up but unfortunately, their shop is in Ware and I've not been able to get to it. 

Once I get my hands on some of these, I'll be blogging about them. 

To see the OCC range at Selfridges, click here

The American OCC website is here

Have you tried them or any other liquid lipstick?

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Monday, 1 October 2012

La Roche Posay Micellar Water.

For years I've been looking for a make up remover that is not oily and doesn't sting your eyes. I hate the film that covers your eyes when using an oil based remover so took to researching Micellar Water.

Micellar water is water with tiny groups of oil suspended in water. The oil grabs the make up and the water washes the oil and dissolved make up away onto the cotton pad. There's no need to rinse off and you can follow with a hot cloth cleanse (I'll be touching on this later on) for a good double cleanse. The waters contain no irritants and are so gentle that you can apply male up, take it all off and apply more without redness and irritation. Perfect for make up artists, which is why so many use them on a shoot.

La Roche Posay Micellar Water.
The most well known of these removers is Bioderma which is very hard to get hold of in this country (it is available in Harvey Nichols as part of the Beauty MArt but not online yet) but a lot of French brands have their own version - Avene, Caudalie, Melvita and La Roche Posay. I went for the La Roche Posay version in Boots.

I put a generous amount on a cotton pad, place cotton pad over my eye and hold it there for a few minutes, gently rocking it back and forth. I then wipe in one slow long movement and all the make up on the eye is removed. For stubborn tiny bits of make up, I dip a pointed cotton bud in the water and gently rub away the tiny bits that stayed behind after the initial cleanse. Repeat for the other eye and rub a new pad with the solution on all over my face to remove foundation.

I really should do a vid to show exactly how I take my make up off but I'm a bit scared of Youtube commenters to dare.

What do you use to take your make up off at night?

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