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Looking for a quick photo-ready makeup look? Try Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio!

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Now that I have been expanding my makeup choices, I am excited to try a few products from Smashbox Cosmetics.  I received a few of their products from PR.  Smashbox has been on my to-try list for ages.  I am a huge fan of lead makeup artist Lori Taylor!  They have always had that professional but laid back vibe to them.

Since the advent of High Definition cameras and televisions, more and more companies have been refining their product lines so that makeup and skin could look as life-like and perfect as possible.  We used to be able to hide under Standard Definition but HD can easily magnify anything on the skin.

For Fall 2011, Smashbox brought out a line of Photo Op products which are supposed to be long lasting, highly pigmented and to bring the subject on camera to life!  A girl can be photographed at anytime and we need to be ready!

I tried the Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Quick Take which contains 3 coordinated shades that are easy to use, and takes the guesswork out of trying to combine shadows.  I love the packaging! Black, smooth and semi-matte.  It’s simple but very sleek!  Not bulky, compact and there’s a little window so you could see the colour without having to open the lid.  What’s cute about this is that if you flip to the back and peel the label off, there is scannable code which is linked to a video of Lori Taylor showing you how to create a look.  Very cool! Yuh get points for that Smashbox!  There are 18 different trios and they vary in textures from matte to frost finishes.

Quick Take, Smashbox

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New kid on the block! OCC opens their Flagship Boutique in NYC

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has finally opened a retail location in NYC.  For all you Lip Tar fans, you can now find OCC on the Lower East Side at 174 Ludlow Street, between Houston & Stanton.

Inside!

Here is some more information on the new Flagship:

“OCC chose the Lower East Side because it has really become the true hub of all things creative and artistic coming out of New York.  The neighborhood’s latest renaissance is producing cutting edge design fashion, designers, salons and art galleries, and that’s where OCC needs to be.” David Klasfeld, CEO/Creative Director, OCC
 


Walking into the flagship store you will see an array of makeup in bold and dramatic colours with pops of neon and saturated pastels, radiating from every corner. Professional Makeup Artists are standing by to offer private consultations, makeup applications, and will even show you how to perfect airbrush makeup. Customers will not want to miss OCC’s Mixing Bar where they can custom create their perfect shade, or recreate their favorite colour. Gone are the days anyone has to live without their favorite discontinued beauty product!  With over 36 shades of Lip Tars, highly pigmented loose eyeshadows, and an array of vibrant nail polishes, OCC’s flagship store is sure to become the next beauty haven for any makeup artist or beauty buff.  
 

I attended the Grand Opening last week and we were also introduced to the new Fall 2011 collection, Pretty Boy, which by the way is amazing! I especially love the nail lacquers!!  Actually very girly but not too sweet!

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Makeup legend Sam Fine named Creative Makeup Director, Fashion Fair

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Makeup legend Sam Fine (Photo courtesy of Sam Fine)

Allyuh know who Sam Fine is?? He is a legend and pioneer in the makeup industry and has worked on pretty much every woman of colour out there, from Iman, Nancy Wilson, Naomi Campbell and Ru Paul to Tyra Banks, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah.  As a matter of fact, the very first makeup book that I bought was his, Fine Beauty.

When none of the mainstream prestige companies made makeup for women of colour, Fashion Fair was there.  It was the first brand many people bought, often through generations of women.

The global prestige cosmetics brand for women of color appoints celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine as its Creative Makeup Director.

In his new role as Creative Makeup Director, Fine, a 20 year makeup artist veteran, will apply his accumulated artistic acumen and fuse it with Fashion Fair’s brand DNA, to advise on the creation of new products, enrich its color palette and make in-store appearances.  In 2012, Fashion Fair will unveil Sam Fine for Fashion Fair trend collections, starting spring 2012.

For more information, see fashionfair.com.  I can’t wait to see what comes out!

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