Finally my review of The Makeup Show NYC!! I have been waiting for this event all year!! I attended for the first time last year and it was an amazing experience!!! See my review from last year here and here.
This year I attended as a beauty blogger and I had the honour to attend the Blogger Preview and New Groove event the night before the big show. I was super excited!!!!!
My Saturday afternoon started in Chelsea in NYC at the Blogger Preview. This was hosted by celebrity makeup artist James Vincent, who is the Director of Education and Artist Relations for The Makeup Show.
As I watched the rain pelting down in Port-of-Spain, as 2009 slowly draws to a close, I began to think about all the wonderful and not so wonderful things that have come out in the past year. In a tough economic climate, I had to be very selective about the products that I purchased. I cut down A LOT on my spending on makeup, haircare and bodycare. So here are the things that survived the cut in 2009 and that I thought were great products.
Maybelline Lash Stiletto
M.A.C. Mineralized Eye Shadow in Cinderfella (They did a really great job at this formula, it’s perfect for a festive Old Year’s/New Year’s fete!)
M.A.C. Greasepaint Paintstick
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Uber
NARS Blush in Crazed
Kinky Curly Come Clean
Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream
Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade
And all that purple that reigned!!! (Seriously, I have an all purple wardrobe complete with matching makeup and nail colour!)
All of Zoya’s MatteVelvet polishes
So my list is kinda short, but I’ll fix that in 2010!!!! I definitely hope that I could branch out even more and discover more brands especially natural/organic ones!
So what made your list in 2009??? What do you hope the companies come out with in 2010?
Yesterday The Powder Group presented their first TPG Pop-Up Shop at the new home for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics! I had been waiting for OCC to open their doors and I have not made it to the Makeup Show, so I went there for a preview. There were a variety of brands available for sale at discounted prices including TPG makeup bags, Stila and of course OCC. James Vincent, who is a MAJOR (!), in the makeup world was there and also the founder of OCC, David Klasfeld. I took the opportunity to finally get my hands on the oh-so-popular Lip Tars. Can I say…..they are they most highly, crazily pigmented lip products eva!!!! They come in these cute tubes that look kinda small, but when I say a drop of the Lip Tar is too much–you know what I am talking about! They could literally last a lifetime. They may actually stain the skin, it’s like pure pigment in a tube, and the formula is 100% vegan. I picked up Uber, which is a cool, creamy, milk chocolate with some grey mixed in. I am always on the lookout for the perfect nude lip. The formula is fantastic, not sticky, super smooth, highly pigmented and there is a hint of peppermint. I wore Uber with some M.A.C. Clear Lipglass, and I liked it! I definitely have to go back and get Katricia (a sick purple!!!), Plum and the Clear Lip Tar. I also picked up one of the loose pigments in Auric. Lately I have been on the hunt for gold eyeshadows. I have bronzes, champagnes and taupes but surprisingly no true golds. Again Auric is light to medium gold – very pretty, very finely milled and densely pigmented. Love it! I will definitely have to work this into my Christmas looks!
I was really glad for this Pop-Up and I hope they continue it throughout the year. And I definitely need to make it to the Makeup Show!
For more information,
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
121 West 27th Street – Suite 1200
NY, NY 10001
So I’m a M.A.C. fiend, but I’m having a lot of fun discovering other brands. One of the hottest makeup lines out there is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. OCC is a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free professional makeup artists line and they are best known for their uber-popular LIp Tars. These tars or glosses are made to be mixed with each other for customized lip colours so you find the colours are very intense, and are not really made to be worn by themselves. A very little goes a loooooong way and the chemist in me absolutely cyah wait to start mixing! They also make loose colour pigments, nail polishes, complementary lip balms and airbrush sets.
So I just got word that they may be coming to the Big Apple. They are supposed to be opening up shop on 27th Street and its going to open to the public!!!!! OMG! I’ll keep you posted!!!!
OCC is also available in Trinidad, at Katrianna’s Makeup Studio, 9 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, Tel: (868) 682-7758.
For more information on OCC, check out their website at occmakeup.com