I bought it week - NYX matte lipstick in Bloody Mary.

So this week I'm going to be doing this thing where I only post products I've purchased with my own money. Why am I doing this? I'd started to notice a trend in what I was posting - and it was very heavy on the samples from companies. When I first started this blog 2 1/2 years ago, I was DETERMINED to do everything on my own, that I wasn't going to be one of those bloggers who looked like they are doing it for free product. Then I got my first press samples... I won't deny that press samples are awesome. But there came a point, for me, when I looked at my blog, and other blogs, and wondered what the motive is. If you're in it for the free stuff, it's not the right motivation - and that's how this was born.

So what's on tap for today? My new favorite lipstick! I think I've said before that my favorite finishes for lipstick are matte and vinyl. I dunno why. I really like the flatness of them, the way they don't attract uber attention with their shiny or glittery ways. So when I was at Ulta a few weeks ago (I don't get to go to Ulta that often, as they are semi-far away from me), I was perusing the NYX lipsticks thinking it was high time I purchased one. I ran across the color Bloody Mary...and with a name like that, I knew I needed it!

I love how in NYX lipstick tubes you can see the color in the middle. I think that's SO COOL! Another of my favorite brands, Jesse's Girl, does that with their lipsticks, too. I like the preview.

As I've said before, I was never very bold with my makeup. Peach lips were pretty much the only thing I would wear. But lately, I've started going brighter with my face, and actually wearing richer colors like this out in public. This color really compliments my skintone, which is a medium. I'm not really pale, and I'm not really tanned. I really like the feel of this lipstick on my lips. It's not sticky or goopy. It glides on smooth and lasted 5 hours on me without having to be reapplied.

There are a few other bloggers participating in this challenge with me. I'll be posting lip, eyes and nails this week, but you guys should also check out these bloggers, too! They will some wonderful posts for you all week long!