Black Friday/Cyber Monday fun from Inglot and OCC

Inglot and OCC are two of our favorite companies so when we were told about their specials for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we wanted to share them with you.


OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar

OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar

‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ Stained Gloss, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics newest colour innovation, imparts high-impact shine and subtly defines lips with a sheer veil of black pigment. This unexpectedly wearable shade creates the perfect neutral lip colour, that hydrates and softens lips, while maintaining a slick, glossy finish that lasts throughout the day.

Debuting right in time for Black Friday and continuing through Cyber Monday, all orders $50.00 USD and over will receive complimentary domestic shipping within the contiguous United States. Want more? All orders over $75.00 USD and over will receive a free ‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ Stained Gloss (limit one per customer) in addition to complimentary ground shipping. ‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ will also be available permanently future forward at OCCMAKEUP.COM.

OCC Little Black Dress model

OCC Little Black Dress model

Will be offering 20% off online.  Also receive a free #77 Gel Eyeliner with any purchase over $80. This is only available on
Two of Marcia’s absolute favorite eyeshadows on her green eyeshadow review are Inglot and Lisa is crazy about their blush. There’s a lot to love with Inglot.

Inglot Black Friday sale

Inglot Black Friday sale


Best of the Year 2012: Lisa’s picks



It’s the new year, so you know what that means – a bunch of people with hangovers and a ton of ‘Best of 2012’ lists!  Beauty Info Zone is jumping right into the pool with our own lists.  Here are my personal picks for Best of the Year 2012, stay tuned for Marcia’s choices tomorrow. 

Shimmer, color, extensions, scents…it’s all here!  I have much to be grateful for, much to be thankful for, and here is my big virtual hug to all the products and product lines that brought me so much joy in 2012.


Best new (to me anyway) cosmetics lines



Christina Choi lipgloss

Christina Choi – beautiful lip glosses, gorgeous eye shadows (love the duo with a coordinating cake liner), plus so much more.  I am very, very excited about this line.

in my Z Palette

My gorgeous Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette

Makeup Geek – love the lipsticks, and the eyeshadows are truly the bomb.  If you don’t have any yet, they should be first on your list of new purchases for 2013.

Best old (to me anyway) cosmetics lines


Le Metier

Le Metier eyes

Le Metier de Beaute – 2012 was a Le Metier year for me, from fantastic makeovers to awesome facials to workhorse products that I can’t do without. 

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

It Cosmetics – I am constantly amazed by this line.  There hasn’t been ONE thing that I didn’t love.  I think I look forward to new products from It Cosmetics more than from any other line because they never, ever disappoint.

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Cosmetics –  another line that never lets me down.  I always have my Dan Read Silver Screen Series foundation with me – in fact, on Christmas Day I bought myself another one as a Christmas gift to myself.  I also love the eyeshadows, they are fantastic.   Dan Read is on my ‘best of’ list every single year.  He rocks – and so does his cosmetics line.

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever – did you watch Syfy’s Face Off this past season?  I think it was the best ever thanks to Make Up For Ever.  Dany Sanz is brilliant, and I love all of her creations, particularly the Aqua Rouge lip colors.

Best skin care


reviva-primerReviva Labs – I have probably tried 15 different things from this line and I love everything. I think that is amazing. My absolute favorites are the Makeup Primer, Hyalauronic Acid Serum, and the Willard Water.

cooling metal tip applicator

Love the StriVectin cooling metal tip applicator – and if you look closely, you can see my camera reflected in it!!

 StriVectin – oh boy do I love the 360 Tightening Eye Serum – it’s a great serum with the best applicator ever.

Jewelweed Topical Mist close upCreation Pharm – this is a terrific organic line with intriguing products. I still use the Jewelweed Topical Mist every day. I am probably on my 20th bottle.  If you look close, I do believe that is my photo of my fingers holding the Jewelweed bottle on their website!!!

Love my Kleraderm

Love my Kleraderm

Kleraderm – one of the very best skin care lines there is.  I have used it for years and will always be a ‘Kleranet’.  I have an appointment for a facial with Joanne Recchia-Kallabat in a few days and I am so geeked.  She gives a $200 facial for just $20, plus I will be finding out about the latest new products – and I will be sure to share!

Best brushes


Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques (Pixie Woo) Domed Shadow Brush – this is by far the very best eyeshadow crease brush I have ever used.  I say thank you for this every day.

212 up close and personal

212 up close and personal

Hakuhodo 212 – the supreme brush for blending eyeshadow.  If you don’t have this — you need it.

Best hair care


I will never be without this hairspray

I will never be without this hairspray

Unite – the Go365 Hairspray is the primo hairspray ever. Period.

Cristopher Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe  – the Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner never fail to make my hair super soft, shiny, and bouncy.

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl – gorgeous products that smell amazing.  So many of her hair products are cult favorites, and for good reason!

Biggest personal influences in 2012


soft waves

Soft waves?  No problem!

Verge One – I would say that two lines dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012.  The first is Verge One.  Their ‘texture wands’ have completely changed the way I wear my hair.  Now pretty much every day I am curly or wavy, and I love it.  The texture wands are truly fabulous finds for which I am extremely grateful!

More lashes = love!

More lashes = love!

Novalash – the second line that dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012 is Novalash.  I had what I thought were nicely dramatic eyelashes thanks to Latisse…and then I found Novalash.  WOW.  My lashes are huge and beautiful and easy to care for every single day.  This is a ‘get down on my knees and say THANK YOU‘ find!!

Most fun


Everything is better on a stick!

Everything is better on a stick!

Lush – Reflecting back on 2012, I remember so many awesome, entertaining products from Lush.  Seriously, everything they make is not only useful and practical, it’s also a blast. 


Who knew blue hair could be so fun?

HairUWear – another surprising super fun discovery for me this year were hair extensions.  I adore the ones I have tried from HairUWear, whether they are lively and funky bright colors or seriously hair-enhancing extensions.  Absolute enjoyment that reminded me I need to step outside my comfort zone to make new discoveries.

My top product picks


OCC Skin:  Conceal Y series

OCC Skin: Conceal Y series

OCC Airbrush Foundation and Conceal Concealer – two of the best finds of 2012.  The foundation is a fantastic water-based foundation that works with every application technique, it looks totally natural and wears like iron.  And the concealer is nothing short of amazing – it’s the perfect concealer times twenty. 


Tarte Magic blush really is magic!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushfirst-rate blushes with lots of different shades and perfect pigment.  This is a blush that will keep you blushing all day long.

Lisa Hoffman bracelet2

Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry – so gorgeous, clever and unique!  One of my favorite fragrances of all time is Lisa’s Tuscan Fig, and to be able to have that inside beautiful jewelry?  Fantastic.

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara – this is the best mascara I have ever found for my lower lashes.  It’s pretty amazing.

Tarte concealer top

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer – another pick from Tarte.  This concealer is creamy long-lasting goodness that saved my eyes this fall when they were going crazy with allergies.  It’s a total winner.

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

3lab Perfect BB Cream – my very first BB cream and the best one out there.  Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s also worth every single penny.

CV Skinlabs bottle

CV Skinlabs – sunburns, bug bites, hives, rashes, it’s all so much easier to live through with Rescue + Relief Spray.  I have a bottle of this in my refrigerator at all times.

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer – the snake serum is far more than a marketing ploy. This stuff works. If you want less wrinkles in 2013, get yourself some Wrinkle Killer.

If 2013 is even close to as good as 2012 was, then we have a LOT to look forward to.  2012 was chock full of great discoveries, wonderful ‘old faithfuls’, tons of joy and nothing to complain about.  Life is good!  – Lisa

OCC Skin: Conceal review and swatches

OCC Skin: Conceal R series

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has some impressive products that are worth obsessing over.  I previously reviewed the Airbrush Foundation HERE, today I have for you swatches of the foundation along with swatches of the 12 shades of the Conceal ($20) concealer.

OCC Skin: Conceal Y series

The concealer is a huge winner.  First of all, 12 shades?  That is an incredible range.  They are divided into two categories, just like the foundation – red based shades and yellow based shades.    The concealer is a cream concealer in a screw-top pot, and it applies creamy but dries down to a matte finish that does not creep into fine lines.  It has enough slip to be able to sheer out, and it has really terrific coverage.  Here are swatches:

RO, R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 indirect outdoor lighting

R0, R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 direct outdoor lighting

Y0, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 indirect outdoor lighting

Y0, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 direct outdoor lighting

OCC recommends using their #003 Concealer Brush.  I like to use my fingers, the body heat helps the concealer blend beautifully and just meld into the skin.  You really don’t need a lot of this concealer, even for very dark circles.  And it has some great ingredients like Cocoa Extract, Aloe Leaf Extract and Vitamin E.  It’s one of my all time favorites.  It’s rare that I find an excellent cream concealer that works for my oily skin, and this one is a keeper.  For reference, the Airbrush Foundation swatches are below.  – Lisa

R Series swatches – indirect outdoor lighting

R Series swatches – direct outdoor lighting

Y Series swatches – indirect outdoor lighting

Y Series swatches – direct outdoor lighting

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The Garden – OCC Spring/Summer 2012 collection

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquers

One of my favorite booths at the IMATS show is the OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) one. It’s like a wonderland of color. As far as the eye can see are amazing pigments for eyes and cheeks, Lip Tars in the most delicious colors and oodles of nail polishes. You can’t help but stop at their booth, that is if you can cut through the crowds that feel the same way. While I can drool over the beautiful colors online, it’s not often I can see them up close and play with them. Unfortunately for me though IMATS is not in my plans this year and OCC is one of the reasons I’m so sad about that.

Luckily I have a few of the newest OCC products to console me but it isn’t enough. For spring/summer 2012 they’ve created a beautiful collection called The Garden. This garden is unlike any you’ve seen before. The ordinary, though beautiful, pastels you are used to are injected with triple doses of color to make them more vibrant and appealing than ever.

In The Garden there are 6 new Lip Tars, 5 new pigments AKA Loose Color Concentrate, a new glitter, and 6 stunning Nail Lacquers. They’ve updated their packaging on Lip Tars and Nail Lacquers for more precision in applying.

LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE ($12): pictured Triptych and Datura

The 5 new shades are Datura (opalescent pink lavender), Foxfire (silvery lime-green shimmer), Acacia (yellow with blue green duochrome), Triptych (sleek regal gold), and Mimosa (orange with strong gold shimmer). I’m sharing Datura and Triptych with you.

The first thing I noticed when swatching and then using these loose concentrates is the fine texture they have. They feel like silk and apply that way too. Each pot is 2.5 grams and comes with a shaker top that’s covered with sticky plastic. When I use a pigment I only peel off a small corner of the cover so that I won’t get spillage. I then either put the loose color in the top of the container or even better in my Minerals Mate for application.

Datura from

Datura swatched up close

Datura is an absolutely gorgeous pinky lavender that is very sheer. It gives just a glimmer of color but as you move your head you can see the opalescence it has. It’s beautiful as a soft shade alone on your eyes or as a highlighter. It can be used dry or wet but I prefer it dry. My favorite way to use Datura is to use it over another eyeshadow to soften the color and bring an iridescence to it. It also looks amazing mixed in with a lipgloss or Lip Tar. It was hard to get a picture of the beauty of this because it’s so delicate but on your eyes you’ll definitely see what I mean.


Triptych on the other hand is intense. There’s no getting around the color on this. It’s like a day in the sun with its strong gold pigment. It’s a gorgeous shade that will especially look beautiful on someone with a tan (hopefully a faux tan ladies!!). Besides using this on your eyes, think about mixing a little with your body lotion to bring a sparkle to your arms, chest or legs. It’s summer personified.

LIP TAR ($14):

Kava Kava Lip Tar

Ophelia Lip Tar

Lip Tars are unique to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. These one of a kind products are not for the faint of heart. I was terribly addicted to Lip Tars at one time and like a mad scientist made creations out of them that were fun but a little outré. My husband used to shake his head and wonder what I’d come up with when I’d take a little of the black (Tarred) and start mixing away. One of the most important things to remember about Lip Tars is that a little goes a long long way! Minerals Mate Mixing Tray is perfect for mixing shades and then keeping the colors ready for next time. I bought a lot of small plastic pigment jars on ebay so that when I’d mix I’d be able to take the color with me. Another way to bring those creations is to load up your covered lip brush and use that.

Kava Kava indirect light

The new Garden shades are Belladonna (ultra violet), Digitalis (pink tinged lavender), Penny Royal (roasted peach/brown), Chlorophyll (teal) and the two I have Ophelia (pure petal pink) and Kava Kava (true peach neutral). A simple, elegant formula that contains Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil and Vitamin E, OCC Lip Tar feels as good on the lips as it looks!

I love their new packaging because it dispenses the product much more slowly and I can easily put it on my lip brush for application. While the outside doesn’t look different from my previous Lip Tars, the tip is better. Both Ophelia and Kava Kava are easy colors to wear though they are intense. The texture of a lip tar is that of a thick liquid lipstick, it’s not loose though, it’s very concentrated which is why a little bit of Lip Tar goes a long way. They go on very slick but they dry to an almost matte texture. I like to be sure my lips are well moisturized before wearing Lip Tars. Kava Kava is the easier one of the two for me to wear. I prefer a light lip color and this has the perfect depth. There’s a definite peach tone but it’s not neon looking like some of my past attempts at Lip Tars. Ophelia is a beautiful, slightly darker pink shade than Kava Kava. Both wear amazingly long on me. I’m a lip biter and I find that in spite of that I still have color long after I expect it to be gone. As you can see by my pictures, these apply lighter than they swatch.


OCC Arsenic

I love the new packaging on the Nail Lacquers. The bottle is so much more sleek but the quality is still the same. The 6 new shades are Kava Kava (crème beige neutral, semi opaque shimmer), Copperhead (brilliant copper glitter, semi opaque glitter), Phantasm (pastel blue metallic, opaque metallic), Chimera (pastel mint, opaque metallic), Chlorophyll (vibrant teal/green, opaque satin) and Arsenic (brilliant silver glitter, semi-opaque metallic).


I received Arsenic to test and it’s pretty amazing. As pretty as it is for summer, it’s going to be outstanding on New Year’s Eve. It applies beautifully because the color is so saturated. I’ve found with most OCC Nail Lacquers that you can get by with one coat if you want to and Arsenic was no different. It dried quickly though so a second coat made it look even better. OCC polishes are long lasting and don’t chip on me.


All OCC products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free. It’s a company that you feel good about buying from.

Even if your garden is already planted and shining in the June sun, you can still take advantage of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s Garden with these beautiful new shades. — Marcia


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OCC Skin Airbrush Foundation: review and swatches

 Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, also known as OCC, is a truly innovative line with some very creative products.  They are pretty famous for their Lip Tars (we reviewed them here), which you are supposed to mix together to create colors that work for you.  Their foundation is just as versatile as the Lip Tars.  You would think that in order to use the Skin Airbrush Foundation ($25 for 1 oz) you would need an airbrush machine, but you actually don’t.  This foundation can be applied by hand and it gives a stupendous finish and wears like iron.  Plus, the colors are extremely forgiving, increasing the versatility factor.

OCC Y Series

 The color line up is divided into two categories:  the Y Series and the R Series.  As you would logically expect, the Y Series is yellow based, and the R Series is red based.  For your reference, pictured below are swatches of the Y Series colors.

Y Series swatches - indirect outdoor lighting

Y Series swatches - direct outdoor lighting

The foundation is water based, and it’s extremely thin – like, super thin, surprisingly thin.  I thought for sure it was going to be light coverage, but guess what?  It’s medium to full coverage, depending on how much you want to build it up.  You don’t need much for a totally flawless finish.   

OCC R Series Foundation

There is absolutely no oil in this foundation, so there’s little chance it’s going to make you break out. The finish is matte but not dry-looking.  If you don’t have an airbrush machine, the best way to apply is to put some on a steel palette.  Then, pick up some foundation with a foundation brush – flat is fine, but I like a kabuki style better for blending.  Then just blend in, adding more product where needed. 

Here are swatches of the R Series colors:

R Series swatches - indirect outdoor lighting

R Series swatches - direct outdoor lighting

 This foundation is fantastic in terms of wear – at the end of they day it looks as good as it did when first applied.  It’s sweat and tear proof, so it’s a great choice for big events like weddings and funerals.  Plus, it’s got enough coverage to stand up to Hi-Definition Television. 

OCC foundation FOD

 For the FOD pictured above, I used Y2 foundation.  However, I also use Y3, R1, R2, R3…the colors are incredibly forgiving and it’s pretty amazing the way they seem to merge with your own skin color and morph into the exact right shade.  I’ve never seen anything like it.

If you have resisted trying the OCC Skin Airbrush Foundation because you don’t have an airbrush machine, resist no more!!  This foundation is amazing using regular application techniques.  I hope to get an airbrush machine one day to try it that way – I can only imagine how spectacular that kind of application is with this truly terrific foundation.  – Lisa

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Meet the Bride of Frankenstein, with help from Make Up For Ever, Tarte, Dan Read Cosmetics, and OCC

About a week ago, I posted my plans to actually be a ‘good mom’ this year and go all out for my daughter’s Halloween experience.  You can read the original post HERE.  The Bride of Frankenstein was a huge success!!!  Here she is:

Bride of Frankenstein costume and makeup

I bought the costume from Buy  It included the wig, dress, and big Frankenstein-like covers for her shoes.  She wore a black shirt and black pants underneath for warmth.  I was shocked at how easy it was to do the makeup.  This was my inspiration picture:

Inspiration picture for Bride of Frankenstein

I decided to do the pale face, thick eyeliner, and gray eyeshadow, and add black lips and a few random stitches.  I mixed the eyeshadow and lip color with Make Up For Ever Fluo Night Black Light Pigment ($31), which I reviewed HERE

Make Up For Ever Fluo Night Black Light Pigment

It’s very difficult to take black light pictures so you will have to trust me on this, but boy was it AWESOME!!!  Instead of blush, I lightly dusted the Fluo Light over her cheeks, and the combination of glowing lips, cheeks, and eyes was just fantastic.

Bride of Frankenstein, ready for her close up

For the eyeliner, I used Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner ($22).

Tarte MultiplEYE lash enhancing liquid liner

Oh my gosh is this an awesome eyeliner.  It was so easy to line my daughter’s little eyes, I started with a thin line and then went over it a few times to make it thicker.  I very easily winged it out for an exaggerated cat’s eye look.  It does go on wet initially, so it needs about 20 seconds to dry.  Once it does, it stays and stays.  I also used this for her cheek stitches, see below.  A testament to the staying power: I put this on her at 6 a.m. in the morning, and I didn’t even need to touch it up for evening festivities.

Bride of Frankenstein...REALLY up close and personal!

To complete the eye look, I used Dan Read Cosmetics Slate Eyeshadow ($16.25).  I adore Dan’s eyeshadows.  Slate is matte but not chalky, and it was the perfect color for this costume.

Dan Read Cosmetics Slate Eyeshadow

And finally, for the lips, I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Tarred ($13).  OCC Lip Tars go on thick and shiny, and then dry down to a long-lasting stain.  They come in an entire rainbow of colors, and it’s so fun to mix colors together to create something completely new.  I had Tarred in my stash for mixing purposes, but it sure did come in handy for this costume.

My little Annie’s Bride of Frankenstein was a huge hit, and it was so easy to put together.  And in the spirit of Halloween, here’s a picture to REALLY give you a scare!!!  – Lisa


OCC Nail Lacquer will help you break away from the pack

There’s nothing more satisfying for a quick “fix” then picking up a few nail polishes for my collection. Even though I can’t find OCC Nail Lacquer locally I’ve spent many evenings perusing their site deciding what I have to have from them. The OCC Nail Lacquers are terrific for a lot of reasons

–          The colors are intense! They are so pigmented it’s unreal.

–          They have a huge variety from the tame ones to the wild.

–          They are available in Matte, Satin and Metallic.

–          They carry sheer and opaque finishes.

–          They are long lasting, if I use a top coat they’ll last a week on me without a problem.

–          They dry faster than any polish I’ve ever tried. That’s a reason they are so popular especially with manicurists that are working on shoots and shows.

I’ve got 6 more Nail Lacquers now in my collection. They range from tame to wild and in between with all the finishes. Look at these lovelies

First are the “blues” —

RX:  a sheer wash of fluorescent blue, I need 3 coats with this

ECHO:  a dark teal toned blue that is a satin opaque finish, one to two coats are all that are needed.

Next are the “jewels” –

FLAWED:  a metallic sandstone shade with a “gold/bronze” overlay. I found this to be sheer and I liked it sheer to keep the color since it becomes darker the more coats you apply.

A.V.:  pearl grey with rainbow microglitter; this is an opaque satin. I didn’t apply this well and I’m sorry about that since the color is really pretty and will look great this summer especially.

Last are the “reds” –

BETA:  this is a very vibrant matte neon orange with a semi-matte finish. I must say this is out of my comfort zone but if I put a top coat over it then I like it. I’m not used to the vibrant shade and I’m not used to matte but if you like orange I can assure you that it will bring attention to your life!

RADIATE: here I go contradicting myself, this is a vibrant UV red in a satin formula. When they use the word vibrant they mean it. I like this one a lot and it’s going on my toes during my next pedicure.  

For all you nail polish lovers, OCC is a professional brand you need to check out. I’m looking forward to checking out the whole collection when I go to the IMATS show in Pasadena in June. I’m excited to buy some more of these beauties for my nail polish collection. The polishes are $8 each and OCC often has specials which I learn about from their Facebook page. Break away for summer with some special polishes — Marcia