What’s So Great About Lipstick?


What’s so great about lipstick?


It is my own opinion, spoken from experience, that nothing can boost a mood like a great tube of lipstick.

The funny thing is, the love of lipstick is almost universal to women, next to perhaps mascara. I know women who would never dream of wearing a full face of make-up, but won’t leave the house without adorning their lips. My very demure Aunt and Grandmother wore  shades of scarlet and bright pink respectively, on a daily basis. Nothing else on the face, just lipstick. Why is that? What is it about lipstick that makes women embrace it?

Perhaps it is the fact that for so long, our voices and our lips were silenced. Decorating the lips of the mouth allowed for self-expression that was otherwise denied to us. Through our choice of color, we could express the sense of sexuality, mood, and hidden power that was not safe to vocalize.

Or maybe it is just more simple than that. A nice pop of color that brightens the face, and makes the eyes stand out.

I literally personally own about one hundred shades of lipstick. It is my stash of tools that brings me a little burst of happiness in every shade of the spectrum. I even own a blue one, which I wear when I am feeling particularly bold, and a bright purple one, that I wear to root for my favorite sports team.

Let’s face it, our lips are important. We use them to speak love, encouragement, and guidance. We can use them to build up, or we can use them to tear down. I prefer the former. Regardless, when we speak with a decorated mouth, we embrace our femininity and boldly proclaim our utterances.

We women live with a lot of guilt. We analyze our every purchase, and often stand accusing ourselves of being frivolous when we purchase cosmetics. I stand in encouragement of you to embrace that little splurge. Next time you are tempted to buy that sweet shade of pink, or stunning shade of red….

Buy the lipstick, and thank me later!



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I am a wife, mother, RN, make-up artist, and musician, who also happens to have a mood disorder. Fortunately, I will not let the latter define me. I am also a survivor of suicide loss. This website is dedicated to my brother, Jefferson Joseph Blanton-Harris ("Joey"). This site is to share thoughts about beauty, fashion, and most of all, mental health. Because fabulousness starts with good mental health! ~"I only want to see you laughing in the Purple Rain" - Prince

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