Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain Review & Swatches

Do these colors look familiar? Yes, I am a creature of habit when it comes to my lip colors, and not only did I think that I needed two bright pink and red Tarte lipsticks, but I also believed that these pink and red shades by Yves Saint Laurent were different enough to justify their purchase. "Yes," I told myself, "the pink shade is ever so slightly darker, more glossy and shimmery than the one I already own, and the red is much more orange based and shiny that I could never leave these here, all lonely and unused at Sephora."

The Best Cleanser I've Ever Tried: Omorovicza's Thermal Cleansing Balm

I caved. Remember that Omorovicza introductory set full of travel size products that I bought? Well, I tried to convince myself that I wasn't going to buy anything in full sizes, but once that Sephora VIB sale rolled around and I got a 20% discount card in the mail, I just couldn't restrain myself. A $21 dollar savings is pretty good if I do say so myself, but this cleanser was still $84, making it one of the most expensive products I've ever bought and the most expensive cleanser I own to date.

Yikes. I know, I'm still ashamed. Anyway, let me share with you how I managed to justify this hefty price tag.

The Cult Favorite that Wasn't: EOS Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet

I definitely understand the appeal of EOS lip balms... I bought one, after all! They come in a spherically shaped container that fits around the product, the colors of the containers are pretty pastels, and this flavor in particular, Strawberry Sorbet, tastes so delicious that I could very happily lick it off my lips.

Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipstick Review + Swatches

For a very long time, I didn't like full coverage lipsticks. They didn't apply smoothly on my perpetually dry lips, even after exfoliation and a heavy application of lip balm. Even if I could get a lipstick to apply well, there was no telling whether or not I'd actually keep it on. Most of them were too drying and uncomfortable to wear. I'd rather reach for a tinted lip balm or Revlon Lip Butter than deal with the hassle that is a badly made lipstick.

High End Mascaras: Givenchy, YSL, Benefit, and Dior

Let's face the facts: high end mascaras are expensive. Generally, mascaras with higher price points are in the range of twenty to thirty dollars, give or take. For that price, you can buy one Dior Addict gloss or two Mac lipsticks or glosses, which would presumably outlast a mascara, which is at its prime at the 3-6 month mark. Anything past that and the mascara can get dry, flaky, and unusable. When put into those terms that I think all beauty junkies can understand, yes, high end mascaras are fairly expensive.
That's why I like to buy the right mascara the first time, sans experimentation with troublesome formulas (I'm looking at you, Smashbox Full Exposure). I thought I'd pass on my knowledge of the four high end mascaras that I've sampled recently: Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes, YSL Faux Cils, Benefit They're Real, and Dior Diorshow.

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette Review and Swatches

I think that anyone who gives the occasional scroll through my blog can tell that I love skincare products. What you don't see when you look through all of my posts and tags is a whole lot of makeup related content. Even though I have posts by the dozens about how to take makeup off, I assure you, I do quite enjoy putting it on! With that said, I research makeup products before trying them to the same extent that I do my skincare, and palettes don't always fare well when undergoing scrutiny. It's extremely hard to find an eyeshadow palette containing more than 4 shades that doesn't have a few duds, and harder still to find a palette that has good formulas and piques my interest. That's why I was thoroughly surprised that I liked Urban Decay's new eyeshadow palette, Vice 2, enough to take it home with me.