The Absolute Best Drugstore Lipstick: Maybelline Vivids (for only $6)

best drugstore lipstick
From left to right: Electric Orange, Shocking Coral, Vivid Rose, Neon Red, Brazen Berry

In high school I was a drugstore makeup fiend. I could spend literally an hour in the aisle of CVS, looking, thinking, and comparing prices. But the problem with drugstore items is that they’re very hit or miss, and you don’t usually have the option of trying them out. Sure, lots of drugstores allow you to return slightly used items, but I’ve never mustered the courage to actually go back. Plus I lose receipts.

When I read great review after great review for a new drugstore lipstick, I was excited to try it out myself. I bought one Maybelline Vivid lipstick and was hooked. It’s a delightful formula – very pigmented, long-lasting, and comfortable, which is not a common trio. So … of course now I have 5 of them, which cancels out the low budget effect. But I have no regret – these are great lipsticks.

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Top 10 Beauty Products of 2012

5 of the very best
Best of the year part one

My favorite thing to spend money on is makeup. Well, right behind skiing and concerts. I was frugal for the first half of the year, but after the launch of a beauty blog, I decided to indulge myself in a few (ok, much more than a few) packages in the mail. Here’s the best of my haul (not in any order, because how can you choose between children?).

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OCC Lip Tars: My New Favorite Lipstick. Plus a DIY Tinted Balm Tutorial!

Queen, Clear, and Grandma
Queen, Clear, and Grandma

My favorite lip product of the year was Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s Lip Tar ($16), an innovative, customizable lip pigment. Don’t be thrown off by the name – they aren’t particularly sticky. Instead, it’s a highly pigmented liquid lipstick with a satin-matte finish. Only a pinhead’s worth of product will cover your lips, and they last through eating and drinking with ease. This year OCC began selling their products at Sephora, making it a lot easier to try out their many colors.

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Gillette Venus Embrace: Too Much of a Good Thing?

So much potential.
So much potential.

For the last couple (maybe 3) months, I’ve been using a remarkably rust-free Walgreens brand razor. Unfortunately, it seems impossible to buy refills for it, so I knew it was time for a new blade. I had a Venus razor handle left over from high school, and all Venus razor heads are interchangeable, so I thought I’d try out some of the latest technology.

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