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By: Alexis Schroeder

This spring 2012, “The Garden,” is anything but sweet and unoriginal with OCC’s hallucinogenic collection of Ophelia, Kava Kava, and Belladonna color inspired make-up.  Even though the names of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s Lip Tars sound beautifully feminine, founder, David Klasfeld’s inspiration blossomed from the other side of the garden, taking a dangerous approach.  Keep in mind that even though this cosmetic line is 100% Vegan and cruelty free you can still take a walk on the daring side.

The names of OCC’s Lip Tars and loose powder shadows all tell a story, as he explained.  “We wanted to explore the other side of the garden and for us that was poisonous flowers.  Belladonna is a lavish purple color flower that is extremely poisonous and Kava Kava is a Hawaiian root that has a psychedelic effect.”

This season gold dashed the lids of most models, while the rest of the look was kept simple.  Klasfeld explained the modern look as being a bright eye or lip and the rest of the face under exaggerated.  We joked about the retail make-up artists’ in department stores compulsions for dramatic eyes, lips, and cheeks all at the same time. Klasfeld says, “Keep it simple, but interesting.  Look for ways to use color you may not have thought of.”  For example, line your under eye with a pop of green for a fresh and cute spring look.

One of the best things about “The Garden” collection is its versatility.  The loose powders can be applied for a sheer and light burst of color or when mixed with the line’s primer it can take you from day to night instantaneously.  As for your lips, vibrant shades of purple, pink, red, and even blue are available through the collections Lip Tars, which go on like a gloss and stay like a matte lipstick.  The collection incorporates lovely nudes and explosions of color through glitter and shimmer eye shadows.

Don’t forget about polishing your nails, either!  OCC completes your look with earthly, pastel, shimmer, and rosy shades.  Be daring this season and a little mischievous with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

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