OCC Lydia Review and Swatches

I've been lip product obsessed lately. I keep writing all about lipsticks and other lip products, and I don't see that ending anytime soon so I hope you're loving it!
I've been addicted to trying out new lip products, colors, brands, formulas, etc. It's been SO much fun. I've tried some high end, some drugstore, and I tend to find them pretty comparable.
Today I'll be writing about OCC Lip Tar and Lip Pencil in the shade 'Lydia'.

I've been really loving the Mauve toned lips lately, so anything in that shade I've been hoarding.
One of the latest additions to that is the shade Lydia from OCC. It's a perfect Mauve shade, perfect for everyday wear.
I have OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia, so I knew I already loved the formula, so it's no surprise that I love the formula of Lydia. Super pigmented, blendable, smooth and stays put.
I've heard a few people didn't want to purchase lip tars because they're $18, which seems a bit steep. But, you need to take into consideration how little you need. You really only need a tiny drop, anything more is just too much. It will last you forever.
OCC Lydia Lip Tar Lip Pencil
The lip pencil in Lydia is great to pair with the Lip Tar but it's also great on it's own if you want something quick that will last all day. 
The Lip Pencil is a bit stiffer and dryer than I'm used to, because I typically use mechanical lip pencils. I still like the way this one applies, and it really lasts and feels comfortable on the lips. 
OCC Lydia Lip Tar Lip Pencil

OCC Lydia Lip Tar Lip Pencil
I totally recommend picking up any of the OCC Lip Tars, but especially 'Lydia'. It's just the perfect color, and I really love it. I can't wait to include it in future makeup looks!
You can find OCC Lip Pencils($16) and OCC Lip Tars($18) at Sephora.
Thanks for reading!
xx

Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 2015

I'm probably about a month late on this, but I wanted to write about the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015, which if you don't know, is Marsala.
This is a shade I wasn't sure about at first, until I thought about it. Marsala is described as a terracotta shade, or a red-brown. I'm all about the warm tones, so I'm pretty excited for this one.
I've seen quite a few videos about this color, and I decided to write a post of my own with makeup products that are the Marsala shade or something close to it.
There are obviously lighter and darker variations, as well as those which are more red toned or more brown toned. The shades will vary and what I will be posting are not all exactly Marsala, but similar.
This is a short list of products, as I really didn't have many. I wanted to share what I do have with you, in case you're looking for some products in this shade range.
Pantone Color of the Year 2015

Pantone Color of the Year 2015
 Left to right, top to bottom:
Lorac Unzipped Palette "Untamed", "Unbridled","Unconditional".
Makeup Geek: "Burlesque".
Bottom row:
Urban Decay Blush from Anarchy Palette, MAC 'Brown Script', Makeup Geek 'Cocoa Bear', Makeup Geek 'Country Girl'.
Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year 2015
Top to bottom, left to right
Too Faced La Creme Lipstick 'Spice Spice Baby', Kat Von D 'Lolita', NYC 'Berry Me'
Bottom:  Wet n Wild Balm Stain 'Rico Mauve', Tarte Lipsurgence 'Crush', Lime Crime 'Wicked'.
As you can tell, these shades range from the very light end of Marsala to the extreme dark end. I wanted it to be more well-rounded to show that it's a more versatile shade.
The color of the year isn't something I normally write about or really even care about, and that hasn't changed. I'll wear whatever colors I feel like wearing, despite what the color of the year is or what's trendy. I just happen to like this shade and find it to be extremely flattering on those of us who love warm tones.
I hope this was helpful to anyone who was on the look out for Marsala beauty products!
I found all of these within my current collection, without purchasing anything new, which is something I recommend. Definitely check out your own collection before buying something new, you never know what you have stashed somewhere.
Thanks for reading!
xx

The Journey for Longer, Fuller Lashes with Lanakin

I began my journey with Lankin* two weeks ago today. I wrote about it before I started taking it, I'll link that here. In case you missed that and don't want to go back to look, I'll post some quick info about Lanakin in this post as well.

Lanakin Lashes

"Lanakin is an eyelash enhancement product. Rather than being a topical product, this is actually a pill taken twice a day that will dramatically increase your lash length and fullness.
You should be able to begin seeing results within 2 weeks, so I'm going to be doing a two week trial and keeping you guys updated on how well it works for me. 
It's all natural and is said to have no unpleasant side effects, so these are other things I'll be keeping you updated on.
If this is something that seems to be working for me, I'd like to continue taking the supplements and I'd continue documenting and sharing the results as I think this could be a really amazing product.
Here's a quick rundown from their website with the ingredients:
LANAKIN’s unique blend of 38 natural ingredients support longer, fuller lashes without any harmful side effects. LANAKIN’s Proprietary Blend includes Horsetail Extract, Green Tea Extract, Red Wine Extract, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Burdock, Yellow Dock, DMAE, Sarsaparilla, Geletin, Red Clover, Evening Primrose Oil, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Collagen Type II, Coenzyme Q-10, Dandelion, Aloe Vera, Fo-ti, Inositol, Pera Aminobenzoic Acid, Choline Bitartrate, Lycopene. LANAKIN is fortified with Vitamin A, C, D, and E, Thiamin, Riboflavin Nacin, Vitiman B6, B9 and B12, Bitotin, Pantothenic Acid, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Maganese, Chromium"

So, that's the info from the previous article. As you may have guessed, today marks the end of my two week trial. So, I'm here to show you my progress and let you know how well it worked.

Let's start with Day 1.(All pictures are without mascara!)
Please ignore the wreck that is my brows. 

Day 7:


Here's a comparison of the two:
As you can see, the lashes are thicker and are longer. 

Day 14:





As you can tell, the lighting wasn't my friend today, haha.

Anyhow, you can see in the Day 14 pictures that my lashes are much longer than day 1 and thicker than ever before.
I'm totally loving Lanakin!

So, the question is: Is this something you should try?
If you're after thicker and longer lashes, yes!

This is a really simple regimen. This is NOT a topical treatment, it's a pill you take. 
You take two pills per day, that's it.
The best part? No side effects!
Some of the topical lash enhancers have horrible side effects, including turning your eyes brown! Who wants that?

 I have an extremely sensitive stomach, even vitamins tend to make me sick, but I had no issues with these at all.

So, that's it!
I'd love to continue taking these and recording my progress, so if I get the opportunity, I'll let you know!

Thanks for reading!
xx


*I received Lankin free of charge for review. My opinions are 100% honest, as always!*

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