I watched ‘Lust, Caution’ by Ang Lee for the second time a few weeks ago, and I became a little obsessed with the beautiful lip colours used on the characters in the film ( you never stop being s beauty blogger. Deep terra-cotta reds, muted corals, and scarlets adorned the lips of the wealthy female characters in Ang Lee’s vision of 1940s Shanghai.
After going through my lipstick stash, I realized that I don’t own a pigmented terra-cotta/rust red (20 red lipsticks clearly isn’t enough). Rather than simply purchasing another one, I thought it would be fun to have another play with customizing my own with OCC Lip Tars, especially since I’ve been itching to use the new empty lip gloss applicators I purchased from Lehved earlier in the year).
This is what I came up with:
I found these empty applicators for $2.00 at Lehved.com.au , and they are seriously the best thing since sliced bread. The packaging is similar to the Ellis Faas pens, Stila Lip Glazes, etc and you simply turn the base to dispense product into the inbuilt brush.
I basically mix my Lip Tars, load up about 2mL into a syringe (you can get empty sterilized syringes at any pharmacy ), and then inject my custom lip product into the empty applicator. Then I simply pop on the brush head part of the applicator and it’s done!
I suppose I ought to give the custom mix colours names to make identification easier, so for lack of more imaginative names- I’m going to call the terracotta red colour ‘Lust’, and the terracotta coral colour ‘Caution’.
‘Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Apr 16th, 2012 in FOTD, OCC cosmetics, Swatches | 45560 comments. %27Lust%2C+Caution%27+inspired+OCC+Lip+Tar+custom+mixes+%2B+FOTDs+2012-04-16+07%3A10%3A57myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D4556
I mixed ‘My Perfect Scarlet’ quite awhile ago (around the same time that I mixed the deep blackberry shade ‘Black Cherry‘) and the post has been languishing in my drafts for over a month.
Ah well, better late than never! (hmm I’ve been saying that a lot lately).
I do have a good reason for being so behind on all my posting this last month- I’ve been studying like a madwoman for the final written exam of the Ocular Therapeutics post grad course that I’m doing. I thought doing Optometry was tough when I was an undergrad – I had no idea how seriously draining post grad course work + full time work + blogging was going to be. I guess I shouldn’t complain- one of my colleagues working in our practice is also doing the course with me, and he is a new father.
Now that I’ve finished my exam, I’m looking forward to having time to mix some more custom Lip Tar colours. I’m also really excited about my new empty twist up brush lipgloss containers from Lehved.com (you know, like Stila Lip Glazes) that I can package my custom Lip Tars in.
I always find red lip colours extremely difficult to photograph accurately. My Perfect Scarlet, for example, looks nothing like a ‘scarlet’ in these photos- but you’ll just have to take my word for it that in real life, it’s a darker red than it appears here. Like a blood red.
keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Nov 23rd, 2011 in FOTD, OCC cosmetics, Uncategorized | 264415comments%27My+Perfect+Scarlet%27+custom+OCC+lip+tar+mix+and+FOTD2011-11-23+03%3A59%3A00myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D2644
A month ago Once upon a time.. a handful of beauty bloggers discovered their true calling over a twitter conversation through a mysterious spiritual meeting.
They realized that they were entrusted with the important task of reigniting your love affair with red lipstick. With stealth.
Our motto? Red lipstick is not an indulgence- it’s a necessity.
-MAC Blacktrack Fluidline to fill in the ‘mask’
– Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirifique on the nose bridge part of the mask to give a satin look to the mask.
– Illamasqua Ore Pigment to trace the top and bottom border fo the mask
– MAC Blacktrack Fluidline on top lashline
– Clinique High Impact Mascara
– MAC Chromagraphic pencil in NC15/NW20 on bottom waterline
– MAC Posie Blushcreme blended from high points of cheeks to the bottom of the mask
– Revlon Colorburst Lipstick ‘Coral’ applied under the bottom edge of the ‘mask’ and blended to deepen the blush. Reviewed and swatched here.
* I don’t know how I came up with these crazy feverish cheeks. I guess I was aiming for something a little bit different- a little bit couture, and a little bit comic book heroine.
– ‘MFV Scarlet’ OCC custom lip tar mix all over the lips
– ‘Black Cherry’ OCC custom lip tar mix in the center of lips.
Okay, so I realised that I didn’t use a traditional lipstick formula. *shrugs*
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Oct 31st, 2011 in Dizzy, FOTD, Illamasqua, Lipstick, Uncategorized | 26200 comments. The+legend+of+the+masked+Lipstick+Bandits2011-10-31+11%3A00%3A14myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D2620
Hope you’re all having a good start to the week. I’ve got an exciting couple of days ahead- tonight I’ll be in Sydney for the Steely Dan concert at the Sydney Entertainment Center (don’t laugh at my middle aged taste in music), and tomorrow I have a colour appointment at Oscar Oscar salon in Paddington. Yup, I’m doing it- I’m dying my hair for the first time in my life. And it will be red.
I’m actually quite nervous about the hair colour. I had a nightmare a few nights ago about coming out of the salon with a My Little Pony Rainbow dye job and an extremely short fringe. Clearly I just need to chill the F* out.
Anyhoo- here is ‘Black Cherry’ OCC Lip Tar mix in action, as promised.
– Inglot Matte 376 (cool medium grey) on mobile lid
– Inglot Matte 358 ( neutral beige taupe) in crease
– Urban Decay ‘Sin’ eyeshadow from Naked Palette inner corner highlight
– MAC Chromagraphic pencil in NC15/NW20 on waterline.
– MAC Smolder eye khol top lashline.
– MAC Cremeblend blush Ladyblush
– OCC custom mix Lip Tar ‘Black Cherry’ concentrated at the centre of the lips and feathered out to give wine stained lip look. If you missed my previous post, you can read about how I made this shade here.
keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Oct 25th, 2011 in FOTD, OCC cosmetics | 258317commentsFOTD+featuring+OCC+Lip+Tar+custom+mix+%22Black+Cherry%222011-10-25+00%3A33%3A05myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D2583
Hello beautiful people!
I’ve been seriously crushing on the OCC Lip Tars lately. They are truly extraordinary, and completely different to any other lip product I have come across.
One of the main reasons why I love the OCC Lip Tars so much, and why they are so popular amongst makeup artists, is the fact that they are designed to be mixed to create custom lip colours. This is not the first time I’ve tried to create a custom lip colour from Lip Tars, but it’s the first time I’ve been able to bottle my mixes in a container that travels well without leaking.
First things first- here is my OCC Lip Tar collection:
keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 24th, 2011 in Lipstick, OCC cosmetics, Swatches | 262834commentsMy+OCC+Lip+Tar+collection+and+adventures+in+custom+mixing+2011-10-24+01%3A51%3A52myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D2628
Optometrist/beauty blogger/crazy cat lady. It's Jenny, not Jennifer. You can also find me on www.straightnochaserblog.com email@example.com
Paula’s Choice Berry & Bright Lip Collection: Review and Swatches
September Beauty Favourites: NARS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Jojoba Company, and more
MUSQ Skincare Reviewed: Hand Wash and Face & Body Exfoliant
Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch Eyeshadow: Swatches, Review, FOTD
Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadows Grey Go-Away Lourie and Blackpepper Jay: Review