Smashbox Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss in Hibiscus
Please keep in mind these notes on lipgloss and life, and hold on to them when you’re feeling sad or yucky.
…that you can always change your circumstances. It’s not always as easy as changing your lipgloss, but sometimes it’s the smallest changes that make the biggest impact (see: the Smashbox Shades of Fame Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss Set, $29, which includes five tiny travel-size glosses).
If you’re lonely, reach out! Put those fingers to work, and email, tweet or text a friend or coworker. Maybe make a lunch date.
When you start feeling like you’re stuck in a rut, shake things up! There are BIG shakes, like planning a trip, so you have something fun to look forward to, and little shakes, like committing to do just one thing differently today, even if it’s just walking down a street in your neighborhood that you’ve never explored before.
Always remember that you’re not alone, even when you feel lonely. The pressure you sometimes feel to be funny, creative and interesting, the doubt, the constant wondering if you’ll be able to think of exciting new ways to call something “neutral” or “nude.”
People understand that you’re only human; no one can be on all the time.
Remember what works for you, and write like a crazy person! Write with reckless abandon. Write as fast as you can! Don’t worry about word counts, deadlines and cutting stuff down, because you can deal with all of that stuff later.
Remember that you have the power to change your point of view. See silver linings, and welcome new challenges with open arms and a positive attitude.
Remember that you can do this. You can write raw, and you can write real.
Remember that everyone sees the same things in different ways. Some might see the five tubes in the Smashbox Shades of Fame Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss Set, and think, “Meh, just another limited edition batch of standard summer glosses…”
They may not get beyond the surface details, like how thick and sticky these feel, how moisturizing they are (very), their light vanilla flavor and scent, sheer-to-medium pigment or their three-hour wear time.
Others might see the same glosses, however, and think, “Wow… Lipgloss is kinda like life.”
Sometimes, it’s all sparkly and beautiful and everything you ever wanted it to be. Other times, it’s gritty, and not at all what you expected. Sometimes, it disappears too fast, or you get your hair stuck in it, and that really sucks … especially if you’re on a bicycle without brakes (been there, done that).
Shades of Fame Reflection High Shine Lip Glosses from the left: Candy, Buff, Hibiscus, Papaya and Star
Shades of Fame Lip Glosses from the left: Candy, Buff, Hibiscus, Papaya and Star
Sometimes, it’s (life/lipgloss) more than enough, and sometimes it isn’t. And some days, you’ll be holding a tube and feeling great; other days, you won’t.
But there will always be better days, just like there will always be lipgloss (God willing). Just know that. And keep smiling. You’ll get there.
PRICE: $29 (a $55 value)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and sephora.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (I wish the tubes were a little larger, but otherwise I think they’re great)
And speaking of getting there…
I’m doing a race for the first time since 2003 (Yikes! Has it been that long?) — the San Francisco Bay to Breakers! It’s a 7.46-mile course that winds through the city, and I’ll be walking it with my friend Marisol in a couple of weeks.
I just got my number in the mail a few days ago.
I did the B2B a few times, but the last time was years ago. Other than the year it rained (I can’t stand running in wet, squishy socks) and the time I had a hangover (!), it’s always been fun.
Great energy from the crowd, too, because some of the participants run in costumes (or in the nude)!
If you’re planning to participate, please tell me you’ll be fully clothed… I mean, props to you if you can work it au naturale, but I can’t imagine running or walking over 7 miles with the girls unsupported and flopping all over the place. Oh, hell no.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,