A wonderful set of products, each very different yet similar concept and look. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Lip Tar, and L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain. Quite a mouthful.

YSL in 27 Pêche Cerra-Cola | OCC in Jealous | YSL in 26 Violine Surrealiste | L'Oreal in 190 Endless Red | YSL in 8 Orange de Chine | OCC in Androgyne | OCC in Voyeur
gloss on top (two coats) | stain on bottom

27 Pêche Cerra-Cola | 8 Orange de Chine | 26 Violine Surrealiste

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain. Semi-opaque and buildable. Gummy-like, even texture with gloss finish. Long wearing, no need to reapply. Non-drying, no need to wear balm or chapstick underneath. Noticeable, long lasting stain, including a relatively light shade. Strong fruity scent, which I've grown to like. Wide variety of colors, with and without shimmer, sheer to high opacity shades. Beautiful packaging with easy to use applicator. The only negative factor for me is the high price.

190 Endless Red

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain. Nearly identical to YSL's glossy stain in formula and wear (see description above) however that's only reflecting on one I've tried, which happens to be one of the darkest shades in the line. The differences between the two are about the packaging, variety of colors, and price. There are too many basic, light colors available, which I understand that every line needs, but there should be something beyond that. I mean, only one red? My other issue is the color on the bottle because looking online, they're really different to the actual product color. The YSL ones have clear windows to show the product. The price is reasonable and I'd buy more, but I don't want any of the other colors.

Jealous | Androgyne | Voyeur

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Lip Tar. Mostly sheer and buildable to be semi-opaque. Slippery texture with some grip yet no bleeding or uneven color. Glossy finish, very popsicle looking. Lighter shades leave hardly any stain on the lips and the darker shade does stain slightly, but overall not nearly as much as other lip tars. It usually takes a day or two or a good scrubbing on my lips and skin to remove every trace of lip tar, but I can remove these easily.

They're not very similar to regular lip tars when it comes to wear time. The biggest difference is the significant amount of fading in such a short time. I've worn Androgyne out twice for a few hours and was shocked when I came back to look in the mirror at almost nothing on my lips. I can understand Voyeur disappearing, but Androgyne's not that light of a shade. Even YSL's lightest glossy stain stained darker. Maybe I should've applied more? Either way, they have a different formula which I consider very much a gloss without a stain. I feel like they would've been perfect in their old gloss applicator packaging since these require more product and applying on the go, like I do with most glosses, would be easier. They're still lovely and I know I'll use them, but they didn't quite hit the nail on the head.



Thrift stores must love me right now because I've found some of the best stuff. I've been looking for summer shoes and came across these for only $3.99. The 'dainty heel and straps yet sharp pointed toe' style of shoe has been popular lately and I'd have to say these are my favorite ones I've seen fitting that profile. I'm even feeling the faux reptile. They're somewhat hard to walk in, which I think is because of the straps since the front ones are a tad too large for my feet and don't hold them in enough. No serious cliffhanger toes or anything, but I'll figure them out.


Inspired by patterns and prints used by the Memphis group. I'd love to create a colorful version of this, but I wanted to practice painting designs and opted for black and white. Still awesome! The print on my middle finger is my favorite. I only wish I'd waited even longer than an hour to apply the topcoat since some areas smeared.

American Apparel in Hassid
OPI in My Boyfriend Scales Walls
Revlon top coat


top Forever 21 | sunglasses off brand | eyelash curler Revlon

I've been playing with two different makeup techniques lately, which I've actually tried many times before for fun and with no intention to wear casually, but I really like how my last few looks have turned out.

My upper lip is thin in comparison to my bottom one so I thought I'd try to carefully and slightly overdraw it. I like using OCC lip tar for it the most since it's easy to use and doesn't bleed on the skin like I thought it would.

My eyebrows usually have the same treatment, sometimes I mix it up but it's probably not enough for others to even notice. I tried two tone brows with blue and brown and really liked it (I need to shoot that look some day) so I tried it with my usual brown and a slightly lighter, more neutral one. It's only subtly applied on the beginnings and ends of my brows. It looks softer and I'm surprised at how much I like it. Will the love last? We'll see, haha.

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone
Givenchy Eye Fly Mascara in Black

OCC lip tar in Stalker

American Apparel in Neon Blue
Revlon top coat


top*, bra, briefs* American Apparel

Showing some skin, well, mainly my legs! The amazing Jonny Makeup sent me some goodies from American Apparel (THANK YOU!!!), including this circle top and mesh panel briefs which I chose to wear and style first. This is more of something to wear for swimming or lounging around sweating my ass off in the heat. The briefs are very versatile and I think I'll use it for layering with sheer clothes (like my pleated maxi dress) more than anything. I guess I could pair them with an actual swimsuit top, too, haha.

My mom bought me three of the OCC stained gloss lip tars (Androgyne, Jealous, Voyeur) for my birthday which I've been dying to try. I'm wearing Jealous, a coral red color which fades into a pinker coral. They're definitely different from the original formula since they have more of a gloss feel and look, fade faster, and don't stain as much. At least, so far with the two I've tried, they don't stain any more than the original formula. I might've hyped over them too much when they first came out, but they're still awesome. I might do a comparison with other stain/gloss products soon.

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone
Givenchy Eye Fly Mascara in Black

OCC lip tar in Jealous

Hot Topic in untitled hot pink (it's from yearsss ago, I don't think they sell it anymore sadly)
American Apparel in Malibu Green
Revlon top coat

Press Sample


Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Tweedy (one coat) over BK in #28 and #33 (with Revlon top coat)

Sally Hansen has come out with two new lines that had me very intrigued, one being Fuzzy Coat with polish that has small bar glitter of various colors and the other being Sugar Coat with polish that has a sugar-like texture and semi-matte finish. They're rather inexpensive compared to similar lines and I think there's a dupe or two with the Fuzzy Coat ones for shades by Nails Inc., for example, though I haven't tried those particular shades.

The above look has one coat of Fuzzy Coat in Tweedy over an ombr é effect. It might look better if I'd used more medium toned shades rather than ones so pastel because the white is hardly visible and it looks like I used leg shavings instead of glitter. Maybe it'd be better on its own with several coats, too. The removal was tough, worse than most glitters, and I didn't even use that much so if I did use it with several coats, I may have to try the glue based method for easier removal.

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Sour Apple over Revlon in Dreamer (no top coat)

I created a very similar look color-wise with Sugar Coat in Sour Apple over Revlon in Dreamer. I used the same ombré method with a makeup sponge as I did in the first look and the textured bits applied just fine. I used around three coats of Sour Apple nearing toward the edge of the nail.

I definitely prefer the look of this mani to the other one, but the texture is irritating. It kept snagging on my clothes and I could hardly run my fingers through my hair. Zoya's PixieDust line is more of a sugary feel, this stuff is like cement. It's hard to remove and very messy with the textured bits going everywhere.

I applied Lick-O-Rich, the black shade, on its own on my toe nails and it's been great so far. Then again, I don't use my feet for the same things as my hands so of course it'll be easier. I think the Sugar Coat polishes might be better for shorter nails anyway. Less mess and less to snag on.


mesh top Forever 21 | swimsuit top off brand/thrifted | pants BDG

I'm not usually patriotic, but I like how the 4th of July makes fireworks and flashy goodies available so I can shoot with them!


Lauren Thurman-King

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