lacking lipstick.

(Me, the last day I wore lipstick...it was September.)

I'm not a lipstick girl. It overwhelms me.

The few times I've decided to hit the tube, I find myself standing in the cosmetics aisle with not a clue where to begin. Do I want matte finish? Glossy? A wand, or a stick? And then the colors. Oh my, the colors. Every shade of peach, rose and razzy red stares me in the face, its $8.00 pricetag seeming an enormous commitment given no guarantee that I'll emerge from the experience any better than I came in.

But, I'm ready to tackle it again. In twelve days I reunite with my guy, who's flying all the way from Iraq to see me. If the boy can spend 24 hours in transit through the Red Zone in Baghdad, Kuwait, D.C. and a handful of other locations, I figure the least I can do is throw on a little lipstick to greet him. And, when you haven't seen your love in four months, you do naturally want to kick it up a notch. :)

I'm counting on you, girls. Hit me with your suggestions. (Please?)


  1. I don't even own a tube of lipstick, but yes ... this reunion calls for some pizzazz. How excited you must be!!

  2. Yay! What about cranberry shimmer from the Body Shop? Glittery and red (in a good, berry-ish kind of way and not at all like a fire engine) and it smells good too!

    I'm also a fan of L'Oreal. It's got berry in the name... I'm fair-skinned like you and it's great on me, so I bet you'll look completely kissable!

  3. Unfortunately, I'm like you in that I don't own a single tube of lipstick, despite years of my mother trying to get me to give it a chance. I always just feel like I've picked the wrong color.

    I'm sorry I'm not better for suggestions in this area. :( But good luck to you in finding the perfect shade, and I'm sure you'll find plenty of suggestions on here!

    Also, I'm happy to hear about your reunion! I hope it turns out to be everything you hope for!!!
    <3 Kiersten

  4. I feel the same way! I tried a few months ago and I felt like the stuff I bought made me look kind of awkward. I've found that tint and a little gloss works better for me :)

  5. I think I have one tube of lipstick that may very well be over ten years old (I know, I apologise Erin!)

    I just cannot seem to choose and like you say the price makes me very wary too.

    Love to hear what you choose, you must be so supper giddy at the countdown in days now!

  6. I read an article that every woman should wear some shade of red - apparently men spend half their time looking at only our lips ;)

  7. I'm so excited for you!!! Unfortunately, I'm afflicted with the overwhelmed feelings you are when I attempt to buy lipstick and when I do, I never seem to like the color on me, or how it feels on my lips. Hmmm....hopefully that doesn't make me weird.

    I like Erin's idea...cranberry shimmer...it sounds fun + romantic + a bit sexy. He'll love it!

    Good luck :-)

  8. ooh i wish i knew - my expertise stops at chapstick.

    i'm so glad you get to see your man soon!

  9. Are you meeting him at the airport? Do you have time to stop for a quick "consultation" at a department store counter on your way? They'll put something on you, you go to the airport looking lovely (already)(even better from the anticipation dancing in your eyes)I know it sounds extreme but that way something can be chosen to complemnet what you are wearing, and the only price tag is that little bit of extra time..... Tell them you just want lipstick - no liner -
    Use your artist's eye to pick a soft red color. Does your skin have blue or yellow understones? (in your pictures it always looks porcelain)(lucky you)You're young enough to go with some shine. Have fun.
    How wonderful to see him again...

  10. you are so pretty!!! without lipstick or with it! I use to never go anywhere without lipstick on (it automatically brightens the face, i believe!) but lately living in a cold state-- i forgo it and can't live without chapstick!

    i found my go to lipstick tint AND chapstick at bath and body works and can't live without it :) color AND the cooling sensation of chapped protection lol

    here's my fave! :)

    ooh and when you kiss him, he'll feel tingly ;)
    isn't that a DEF. PLUS?! lol

    good luck sweetie and my oh my-- i can't wait to hear all about the happy reunion!!!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU BOTH!!! xoxo


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