I was at Joann Fabrics today. While I was waiting for them to call my number, (so that I could get a yard of fleece for Kay who is making a jacket for the dog) I saw some stackable plastic drawers. I picked up three, thinking that I really must do something about the mess of cosmetics in my bathroom. I have an old Caboodle’s box – you know, the ones that were modeled on the things fishermen use – that is in seriously bad shape.
I really did have some old stuff in there. The experimental green eyeshadow. Gone. Two pairs of earrings. I’d been wondering where they went. Clinique Deep Lacquer lipstick.
It was a deep red. I didn’t wear it every day..I wore it on “bad girl” days. So, not all that often after college. The last time I wore it was perhaps five years ago. I put it on before work, just for fun. My friend Nicholle told me it was freaking her out and I was to go to the bathroom to wash it off and never wear it again.
Would you believe that I did?
I don’t wear much lipstick because I rather believe that a lady either accentuates her eyes or her lips but not both. I choose the eyes. Also, I no longer wear red nail polish because my mother has convinced me that it doesn’t look right if you don’t have long fingernails. Which I will never have again. Actually, my color was “Toast of New York” but nevermind. Back in the day, I had a signature color and a signature scent.
I also stopped wearing perfume because I don’t think it belongs in the workplace. Too many people don’t know how much is too much and I don’t wish to contribute to the problem. But one day last year when I happen to be going past an H20 store, I stopped in to consider buying my old scent in a lotion. I remember taking a whiff and thinking, “Yes. This is how I used to smell. I don’t smell like this anymore.” And I walked out of the store.
So instead of Deep Lacquer lipstick, Mariel perfume and Toast of New York, I am wearing Bigelow lip gloss, smelling like cranberry body butter and my fingernails are…(reaching over to look at the bottle)…Country Club Khaki.
Wait. Country Club Khaki? I suddenly want to kill myself.
Anyway. I kept the earrings. Tossed the lipstick.