We SAID: OCC Summer Capsule

Staff Writer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics salutes the Summer with a capsule collection worthy of the season. The cozy ensemble features Lip Tar, Nail Polish, and Lip Pencil in three bestselling colors, including the covet worthy neon-fuchsia shade of Anime.

occ summer capsule

The capsule collection launched today…

Get it while it’s hot!


She SAID: Pleased to Meet You

Shahada Karim

The PHAMExpo wrapped in Pasadena over the weekend after 2 days of pageantry, product launches, and people watching. Because of the professional nature of the convention, attendees get first crack at new beauty brands (and enjoy deep discounts off old favorites). Several young companies really stood out for 2016 with high marks for care, quality, and customer service.

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and Miss Casanova’s Dirty Little Secret is no exception. Professional Makeup Artist Edica Casanovapleased to meet you got tired of packing a ton of brushes for a single shoot, to make sure she had a clean one on hand. Cleaning between uses often leaves the too damp to use right away, and wet brushes can damage product. So in 2015, Edica designed and released a brush cleaner that works fast for quick color changes, at a price point that will make any pro happy and willing to stock up.

Marlena of Makeup Geek is proof that social media can pleased to meet you 1work, if you know how to work it. She took to Youtube nearly a decade ago to share makeup tips and tricks. But she upgraded her platform to include personal struggles with image, weight, surgery and perceptions of beauty. Her open attitude garnered a huge following, and when her brand Makeup Geek was formed, fans were only too happy to support. That support was evident at PHAMExpo, pleased to meet you 2where fans lined up for pictures, to share stories, and get their hands on the latest offerings from the brand, including new reformulated blushes.

Crimes of Beauty wants you to say it with your chest. Featuring apparel and accessories for the professional and the makeup enthusiast, the brand has carved out a cheeky little niche for those unafraid to declare their love for all things makeup and hair. CEO Whitney Bansin says the brand is a stickler for quality, and it shows. The shirts are durable and easy to clean, and some are 100% modal for comfort and a flattering fit. Tights are on the horizon; Bansin says the company is working to find the perfect balance between high quality and a reasonable price point.

We SAID: Wedding Fresh

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The Summer Wedding Season is upon us. But great skin isn’t just for blushing brides. Even if you are always, always, always a bridesmaid… there’s no better time to reveal fresh skin that makes you truly shine beyond the big day. As we lift away the layers of heavy makeup, wedding fresh 1contour and highlight in the hottest months of the year, it’s more important than ever to place more emphasis on great skin by way of great skin care.

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder works both as a cleanser and an exfoliator by foaming up to lather away dirt and impurities and gently exfoliating dead skin cells. The secret is papaya enzymes, which is proven to wedding fresh 2chemically break up the proteins that bind dead skin cells to help you wash them away. The result is clean, soft skin that doesn’t immediately dry out after you pat dry.

Fresh Black Tea Mask continues to make the list as one of the best ‘quick fix’ masks on the market. The cooling formula goes on like a cream and doesn’t dry out. Leave on for 10 minutes, and rinse to reveal plump fresh skin. The cooling sensation lingers after the rinse, so we’ll just call wedding fresh 3that a bonus.

Spritz a little  Santa Maria Novella Aqua di Rose  on your freshly cleaned skin to give it and you an Old World aromatherapy boost. The age old rosewater formula hydrates and soothes, and the smell is simply out of this world. wedding fresh 4Forget any reservations about cheap perfume additives; this smells like a bouquet of fresh cut roses on a warm Spring day.

Finish it all with a calming swipe of LJH Probiotics Sleeping Cream. The soothing gel formula works both as a regular moisturizer or an overnight mask (for those nights when irritated skin simply refuses to calm down). With curious ingredients like Mistletoe and Glacier extract, it works to soothe skin and keep it hydrated without going greasy or drying out.


We SAID: Makeup Superstars

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Just when you thought the industry was saturated to capacity with all things makeup, three new behemoth influencers are in position to shift the landscape once again. Forget about the occasional ‘slap your name on a case’ deals between celebrities and major rihannamakeup brands. These women are out to change the way you think about applying and expressing yourself with makeup.

Rihanna has never been one to sit politely and smile, so when news broke of a new partnership with LVMH (they of Kat Von D and Marc Jacobs Beauty), we had visions of something significant. The brand will be called Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, and is set to launch in late 2017. Here’s hoping there are no pastels or neutrals, because we’d like to live out loud anbeckhamd in living color if we’re gonna rock Fenty Beauty.

There will probably be plenty of neutrals in the new partnership between Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder. The fashionable influencer is teaming up for a limited edition line set to  hit stores in Autumn. Beckham has already shown and proved with her clothing line and a prpat mcgrathevious partnership with Nails Inc. Industry insiders speculate this latest partnership is an attempt from Estee Lauder to reach a younger audience.

And the makeup and fashion world awaits with bated breath, the latest collection from Makeup Goddess Pat McGrath. Skin Fetish 003 hits her website and Sephora on April 26th, and if previous launches are any indication we don’t expect to see stock last longer than a nanosecond. The collection features a dual ended highlighting stick, a highlighting balm, and a brush. Here’s hoping Sephora is prepared with backstock, because the frenzy surrounding this gorgeous release could turn ugly.



We SAID: SS/16 Skin

Staff Writer

With fingers crossed and bated breath, we await new ‘fresh’ ideas on Summer skin that translate from runway to reality, and do not involve the (hopefully) dated contour. Fresh picks are already in the pipe from some of biggest brands in makeup; The Makeup Show LA wrapped its 10th year with attractive offerings from the likes of NARS and Make Up For Ever… that might just do away with the contoured cake face.

Many brands are already looking forward to Summer with glowing offerings. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics laid out the new Metallics, with the dark bronze color Artifact clocking in as the most wearable. At the show, Beautylish highlighted Professional Makeup Artist liquidlagunaNatasha Denona, who is known for her glowing products. Of note are the All Over Glow powders, which give a nearly skin like finish to a wide range of skin tones. The result is more subtle than full-on shimmer, and the finely milled formula makes it easy to apply with brush or fingers.

The biggest prize may come from NARS, who released a liquid version of the bestselling Laguna Bronzer. The fluid shimmer is opaque enough to be worn as a sheer to medium coverage foundation, or can be buffed out for the most subtle glow. Layered under foundation, it gives skin just the right glowing boost. Worn alone, it can be tempered with a loose or pressed powder. Even less than flawless skin will benefit; the formula helps blur imperfections and makes your skin look like your skin on a sun-kissed beauty steroid.

She SAID: Ready, Set, MAKEUP!

Shahada Karim

Thousands of professional and aspiring makeup artists will take over Downtown Los Angeles this weekend for The Makeup Show LA. The annual trade show, which has grown frothe makeup show 2m a few obscure vendors to top-tier industry influencers, is in its 10th year. Celebrations kick off Friday with a Gala at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel, as artists pay homage to the iconic image of the  Femme Fatale. President of the Makeup Artists/Hair Stylists Guild Susan Cabral-Ebert is the guest of honor.

The trade show gets underway early Saturday morning, and the early bird gets first crack at the latest makeup and skin care offerings from some of the biggest names and fastest rising stars in the industry. Over the last decade, the Makeup Show has steadily grown in influence. An increasing number of professional artists have abandoned the the makeup showbehemoth trade show IMATS (which has become to professional makeup what Comic-Con is to comic books) and opted instead for this pro-only event.  Where IMATS can be mostly spectacle and sensation, The Makeup Show focuses on pro-specific offerings and practical guidelines to thrive in an ever expanding industry.

This year, The Makeup Show LA highlights tattoo-artist-turned-makeup -influencer Kat Von D, whose social media platforms go beyond makeup talk, to emphasize the importance of celebrating individuality and promoting tolerance.

Doors open to guests Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th at 9am. Official hashtags for The Makeup Show LA are #TMSLA #INSPIRE and #themakeupshow