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A lip by any other name [Sep. 5th, 2005|09:27 am]
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I have spent the last 25 years in search of the lipstick that would change my life. I know, I know....lipstick? I'm not sure exactly how this idea came into my head, but it's always been there. Maybe it stems from all those years I spent as an ugly duckling, waiting to turn into a swan. Eventually, I gave up the waiting, but the idea that someday I might look in the mirror and actually see a swan never quite went away. Instead, it manifested into an obsession with finding the perfect lipstick.

The problem is, I don't really like most lipsticks. At least, I don't like them on me. I see other women with gloriously colored lips - colors that aren't found in nature or even in most people's imaginations - and I think they look wonderful. But when I put them on me, I just feel silly. I went through a phase in the early 90's where I ached for the perfect orange lipstick. I bought seven different ones and eventually threw them all away. In the 80's, it was a search for the perfect burgundy. (Remember when everything was burgundy? If you don't, don't tell me...I don't need another reminder that I'm older than dirt)

For several years I wore a Body Shop lipstick called "Pink Ginger". A big bonus was that it didn't make my lips peel, something that about 95% of lipsticks on the market do. I think I wore it for so long because the day I bought it, a co-worker mentioned what a great color it was for me. The problem is there is only one Body Shop anywhere near me, and it's not in a shopping center I generally go to. I used to get my SIL to pick me up three or four of them on her annual trip there, but forgot about it this year. So, I've been reduced to spending hours in front of cosmetic displays agonizing over whether Berry Ice will bring out the circles under my eyes or Uptown Brown is too neutral or Orchid Passion is too over the top.

My latest aquisition is Nude Splurge. It's a little too close to flesh-tone (oh, how I hate flesh-tone lipstick with a passion) but has just enough color to pass muster. And how can you not love the name? I mean, who gets to name lipstick colors, and how do I get that job? I can just see the chemists looking at this batch and saying, "I don't know, Bob...it seems a little fleshy to me" and then a marketing guy comes by and says, "Don't worry about it...we'll call it Nude Splurge and they'll snap it up."

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[User Picture]From: prettypoet43
2005-09-05 08:00 am (UTC)
The secret about lipstick is that you have to mix them. They are either too dull or too bright. So, I usually put on a bright one, then dull it down over the top. Try it some time... :) I be there is a lot you can do with your nude splurge!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2005-09-07 07:27 pm (UTC)
"there is a lot you can do with your nude splurge!"

Is it just me, or does this sound dirty?
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[User Picture]From: prettypoet43
2005-09-07 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, I didn't name the lipstick! But, that does sound kind of racy, doesn't it?!
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2005-09-05 08:18 am (UTC)
I feel the same way about lipstick, I can never find the right color or shade or texture. It looks horrible on me but awesome on most other people. I have a chapstick addiction and when I want to make it a little fancier, I put on clear gloss. Aren't I an exciting one?
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[User Picture]From: domesticharmony
2005-09-06 07:50 pm (UTC)
I found the perfect color for me YEARS ago, and have been nursing the last, teeny-weeny bit in the tub for about a year now. The color was called "Terra Cotta", but the label on the bottom is GONE; so I don't know who made it! *SOB*!
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[User Picture]From: domesticharmony
2005-09-07 04:11 am (UTC)
"Tube", not "tub". *SIGH* I can't type. He!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2005-09-07 07:27 pm (UTC)
Hey, if I could find a tub of the perfect color, I'd buy it!!
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