Sunday, January 24, 2010
What Make-Up Do I Buy, Ethel?
I was chuckling to myself, and yes, those around me weren't sure if I was sane or not, when I strolled into Walgreens for a long, overdue make-up purchase. I hate to admit it, but, due to other financial priorities, my make-up drawer had been neglected. So there I stood, totally overwhelmed by all the selections and their promises to undue what life had left behind on my face.
First, I started with my foundation purchase. Did I want to hide wrinkles? Well, yes, I am almost fifty. Did I want to diminish my jaws, which I had inherited? Again, yes. Did I want to smooth out my coloring? Well, didn't think about that one. As I moved up and down the row, I wasn't sure what all I wanted corrected and how many products it would take.
Second, came the lips...then I started to laugh. There is moisturizing lipstick. Then there is lipstick that you apply to pump up your lips, which to me makes you look like a botox treatment gone bad. I stopped in my tracks and decided to ask the man I wanted to please if he liked big lips. I texted my husband, who knew the most loving answer in the world, "No, I love your lips the way they are." Yea!, now I didn't have to spend extra for the busted lip look, which the product had promised, and I would be able to talk.
The lip selection became easier, so I moved to the mascara. Now I have to admit, my luscious eyelashes have started to disappear. So the advertisement for long, extended, will-grow-more-lashes mascara was a big pull for me.
I moved from the mascara to facial cream and moisturizer, which I will save you from reading all that they promised to do to my aging face.
Not wanting to spend our complete salary for the week, I just put some reasonably priced products in my cart, since my loving husband had just told me he loves me the way I am, and headed out the door.
I was laughing by the time I got to the car and thought that if I had picked all the right products then I could go home and reappear with another face, a younger, non-wrinkled, pumped-lipped, long eyelashed, youthful-complexioned face, without the signs of a life lived by this 49 year old. Then again, I love my well-earned laugh lines.
This was just from going to get make-up!
Couldn't you just see this being played out between Lucy and Ethel?
Now I will have to recover before I go and look for a new bra! Oh, the body issues that need to be corrected... what products will I buy?
"A cheerful heart is good like medicine" Proverbs 17:22