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I’m a total beauty product junkie, and my favorite part about receiving a package from Sephora in the mail isn’t the product I actually ordered… It’s the samples.


Maybe it’s my Grandpa Gil‘s genes (he used to sneak butter dishes out of restaurants to use them for cat food), but nothing gives me a rush quite like snagging something awesome for free. And beauty products are so expensive these days; I feel like such a chump when I buy something I read was amazing, and it’s a let down. Plus, once I find something I like, I stick to it (like that pink dress I wore every day for a year when I was a kid). So, samples are a commitment-free way to test drive something new.


I was super excited to get this doll-size bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Speak Your Mind a month or so ago. It’s described as “bubble gum pink,” but it goes on much more naturally than that description suggests.


I’m regularly confused for an albino and my natural lip color is best described as “translucent.” I’ve always been so envious of girls whose lips look like they were stung by a hive of bees, and all they have to wear is Chapstick. This lipstick makes me feel like this is what my natural lip color with a swipe of Chapstick would look like, if I had a natural lip color.


The texture is smooth and creamy, and I like the semi-glossy finish; it feels more like Chapstick than a rich, think lipstick. Which means I find myself reapplying more throughout the day than with other brands, but it’s not drying and mistakes are easy enough to wipe away without leaving a stain. It’s light enough to even wear hiking, without looking like one of those girls who wears make-up to go hiking. (*I am totally one of those girls who wears make-up to go hiking.)