This Garden’s a Trip! The Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Garden Collection for Spring and Summer 2012

Published in: Collections, Makeup, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

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Lip Tars from the left: Pennyroyal, Kava Kava, Ophelia, Digitalis, Belladonna and Chlorophyll

There’s something wicked out in the garden, and it’s cosmetics!


“A different shade of floral” — that’s how Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics describes their new spring/summer Garden collection of colors inspired by psychotropic and poisonous plants.

Yep, these aren’t your usual pastels and dainty florals. The color palette, with its nearly-neon hues and earthy neutrals, reminds me of the time I unwittingly ate one of my brother’s “special” brownies before going grocery shopping (he left them out on the counter at home without a warning/explanation).

I must have stood in the Safeway veggie aisle for 15 minutes, just fondling the eggplants and oranges, and marveling at how smooth and shiny everything was.

Man, what a weird day…

An indie makeup line out of New York, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) carries a pretty wide range of makeup, tools and nail polishes, but they’re probably best known for their lightweight Lip Tars — intensely pigmented lip products with the texture of a gloss and the longevity of a lipstick.

The company also prides itself on their 100% vegan pledge and cruelty-free formulas that steer clear of parabens and artificial preservatives.

The Garden collection features six Lip Tars ($14 each), five Loose Colour Concentrate pigments ($12 each), six Nail Lacquers ($8 each) and one Cosmetic Glitter ($12), and all of them are bound for OCC’s permanent line.

I’m still getting to know the products, but I’m already intrigued by the Lip Tars and Nail Lacquers, in particular Ophelia Lip Tar and Chlorophyll Lacquer.

The brand isn’t widely available yet, but it looks like they’re expanding (here’s a list of places that carry it).

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Lip Tars from the left: Ophelia, Digitalis and Belladonna

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Lip Tars from the left: Pennyroyal, Kava Kava, Chlorophyll

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Clockwise from the yellow pot in the lower left: Loose Colour in Triptych, Glitter in Fae, Loose Colour in Datura, Loose Colour in Foxfire, Loose Colour in Acacia and Loose Colour in Mimosa

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics The Garden Collection

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Kava Kava

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obsessive compulsive cosmetics chlorophyll

obsessive compulsive cosmetics chimera

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obsessive compulsive cosmetics the garden swatches lip tars
Lip Tars from the left: Belladonna, Digitalis, Ophelia, Kava Kava, Pennyroyal and Chlorophyll

obsessive compulsive cosmetics the garden swatches loose colour concentrates
Loose Colours from the left: Acacia, Mimosa, Triptych, Foxfire and Datura; Glitter in Fae

obsessive compulsive cosmetics the garden swatches nail lacquers 1
Nail Lacquers from the left: Arsenic, Copperhead and Kava Kava

obsessive compulsive cosmetics the garden swatches nail lacquers 2
Phantasm, Chimera and Chlorophyll

Spring fling

Tabs, taking a break from gardening last summer


All this gardening talk is getting me in the mood to refresh my planters. I let the flowers I planted last year slip away over the fall and winter, so all I have now are basically sad piles of dirt-crusted catnip that not even Tabs will touch.

If my allergies aren’t too bad this weekend, I think I’m going to hit up the local gardening store to see what’s blooming. 🙂

Are you planning to do any gardening this year? What are your favorite flowers and plants?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rachel says:

    The nail polishes look nice. Some lip colors pretty wild!

  2. Rachel says:

    Haha! What a funny story, stoned at Safeway!

  3. Joyce says:

    The nail polishes look nice, especially Chimera and Kava Kava.

    I’ve only seen OCC cosmetics at IMATS, but it’s nice to know that they’re expanding!
    Joyce recently posted … Swatches + Comparisons: MAC Reel Sexy Mineralize SkinFinish in Lightscapade

  4. Fannie says:

    HA ohhh do I have a similar story about magic brownies. Once at a bday party, someone brought these special brownies and warned everyone around that they were to be eaten sparingly. Apparently one of my good friends was outside when this announcement was made, and proceeded to eat 6 of them. SIX. Needless to say he had a great freakout sesh where I had to go all nurse-mode on him and bring him back down. It was hysterical.

    Did you know the Digitalis (foxglove) plant is used to make a very common heart drug, Digoxin? It’s used for heart failure b/c it increases the contractility of the heart.


    Bella Donna (deadly nightshade) is used to make Atropine, a drug that has powerful anticholinergic effects. It’s called Bella Donna b/c apparently women would eat some of the leaves, dilating their pupils which was thought to make them more attractive. So the beauty connection comes full circle!

    This beauty and science portion is brought to you by Fannie 🙂

    • Adrienne says:

      My dad tells me about the women who would take belladonna every time I go to the eye doctors and have to get my eyes dialated, lol.

    • C.Diff says:

      I actually have a super-weird phobia about foxgloves (I identified them early on as a deadly plant of which we happened to have a million outside, and I don’t dig flowers that can grow taller than I am) and my parents would point out to Child Me “foxgloves keep your grandpa alive!” Didn’t matter.

      I guess it goes without saying that I’m not going to be picking up a Digitalis lip tar. 🙂

  5. Eve says:

    Is Belladonna anything like Heroine from MAC?

  6. Nina says:

    The loose eyeshadows are so pretty! 🙂

  7. germs says:

    oh these look so pretty! i’ve always seen them around a local online shop but never really paid much notice to them, think i’ll grab a lip tar (or two)
    germs recently posted … Quirky Money Saving Beauty Tips

  8. Katrina says:

    Huh! The Lip Tars look intriguing!

    We usually grow herbs, but we never end up using too many of them. I think this year we will just plant rosemary and basil as those are ones we seem to use most.

  9. Cristy says:

    Hi Karen, Bc english it’s not my first language, Please tell me If I did understand right: The lip tars are not Limited Edition..
    The thing it’s that I’m planning going to IMATS L.A so I’m doing my wishlist ha! 🙂
    And I keep adding stuff every month ha! 😉

  10. Adrienne says:

    Ooh, I’m definitely excited to hear how you feel about the lip tars, I’ve been thinking of picking up one or two since i just got my tax refund check (yay! had a few shopping sprees lately, hehe!)

  11. Joanne says:

    I love those loose colours and especially Mimosa and Triptych. I guess some of those lip tars could be used for layering. I don’t know if I would wear Chlorophyll all by itself (aside from Halloween).
    Joanne recently posted … March Luxe Box by Loosebutton

  12. gio says:

    The lip tars look so pretty! Love the polishes too.
    gio recently posted … Product Review: Sleek Makeup Glo Face & Body Highlighter in Bronze Baby

  13. Karen B says:

    Those lip tars look amazing. Especially the Chlorophyll one. I can totally see Effie wearing that… (yes I’m still on a major Hunger Games kick).

  14. Brandy says:

    Lip Tars are an amazing product. I bought two at the IMATS here and have been addicted ever since. They have crazy pigment and wear really nicely for a long time. Even when they fade, they leave a lovely stain. Glad to see they’re expanding out some!

  15. Gauri says:

    I NEED those nail polishes, they’re gorgeous x
    Gauri recently posted … 7 Easy Ways to Update Your Summer Look for Cheap

  16. Marina says:

    I LOVE the look of Ophelia and Digitalis lip tars!!!
    Marina recently posted … Armani Ecailles Makeup Collection for Summer 2012

  17. Naomi says:

    The lips tars look lovely with the new packaging! belladonna anyone?
    Naomi recently posted … Velvet Teddy Lips

  18. mn says:

    Hi Kare,
    If you get a chance to wear the liptars would you please let us know if you find these drying? I love the Belladonna one.
    Coincedentally, I thought of gardner Tabs this morning b/c I bought my kitty guy one of those green grass plants at Whole Foods which he chomped on and then procedeed to throw up. Oh well…

  19. alexa says:

    Hi! I’m alexa from Philippines. Lip Tars look interesting especially for summer and spring. However, I am quite unsure about the colors belladonna and chlorophyll. Is there a certain makeup look that suits those colors? On the other hand, I find those colors sexy for the nails. =)

    I enjoyed reading through your blogs. I’m a beginner in blogging.

  20. shells says:

    I’m dying to see a lip swatch of Kava Kava on you!

  21. auroragyps says:

    Check to see if anything is growing in those planters. I have a few potted plants that don’t do very well because of where they are, yet I still get a few things sprouting up the next Spring, either perennials that come back or annuals that have reseeded themselves.

  22. I like some of the eye colors, but I still haven’t got enough courage to try loose shadows!

    I only have indoor plants that live all-year-round. A couple of pots of fern, some jelly bean plant, orchid, and the like. As long as something is green and isn’t too hard to take care of I’m in!

  23. Sophie says:

    I love the names they used for the Lip Tars. Kava Kava; Digitalis and Ophelia. Really.

  24. Sara says:

    this post might make me pull the trigger on some occ! i just started working at a health food store, so the herbal names are really tickling my fancy. kava kava is for anxiety (love the nail polish!) and i use chlorophyll and bella donna for acne. loveeeee!

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