It's genetic I think.
Some of my fondest memories of my grandma include watching her put her bright pink lipstick on after eating. You'll never catch my mom without it, or her sister. My female cousins are pretty into the lipstick, too. And then there's my own daughters, always wanting to wear it before they even turn a year old. Yeah. We are lipstick people.
Being a lipstick addict, you can't help but notice the difference between the stuff you can buy at the grocery store and the good stuff. I kind of prefer the good stuff. Okay, true confessions: I will only wear the good stuff unless it's Halloween and I need a strange color of lipstick to be Elphaba.
Problem. The good stuff is expensive. So very expensive that it can run as much as 50 dollars a tube. I may be a lipstick snob, but I am also a cheapskate. So, my solution is to buy the good stuff on eBay. I know! It's absolutely amazing the prices I have found there for my favorite lip color. Of course, I am lucky that my personal fave, the one I wear daily, was once featured in one of Estee Lauder's free gifts, and that helps me get it for even cheaper. I've been known to get three tubes for 10 dollars before. Usually I spend around 6 dollars a tube, just about what I'd spend at the grocery store for the cheap stuff. So it all works out in the end.
A lot of these make-up sellers on eBay offer their merchandise in lots, so I try to buy it that way as much as possible to save on shipping. Three tubes will last me about 6 months.
So, if you don't have the moolah to spend at the department store cosmetics counters, (or, if you're like me, and you don't even have a cosmetics counter in town) try eBay!