Metaphorical Beehive


March 28, 2012

I’ve been using the same lipstick palette for over 10 years.

I didn’t even occur to me, until I was on a girls’ trip and my friend pointed it out.

“I remember that from high school, I can’t believe you still have it.”

“Um. oh this? It’s new. I just bought it a few months ago.”

::nervous laugh::

“No…I remember because we would use all the hot pink and dress like sluts.”

“I don’t think that was me. I would never do that. I don’t even like hot pink anywa….” My voice becoming soft and trailing off.


She was right. The ugly truth had been exposed. I had been using the same lipstick for ever. I hadn’t evolved. I haven’t even felt the need to buy a new one. It wasn’t like I just gave up the search for a new lip palette because there is nothing else out there that could compare, instead I didn’t even consider that I needed something new.

How long is lipstick supposed to last anyways? I used to wash the brush, now not so much. How come the shades haven’t turned green and grown a fuzzy mold around them? That thing is probably a petri dish of staph infections and influenza viruses. On the contrary, I feel great, and my lips look fantastic. Especially when I mix the 4th and the 5th shade together.

A thought occurred to me: there’s not much separating me from those ladies that go decades without changing their hairstyles. It’s basically the same as a metaphorical beehive. I have been wearing a beehive for the last 12 years. And every time a swipe a shade on that lip brush and apply it to my lips, it’s the same as poufing my hair and shellacking it with Breck hairspray.

And I have to go now because my lips are starting to feel itchy…



I’ve got a few old Viva Glam lipsticks from Victorian times and they never seem to wear out because they are dark, and I don’t wear dark that often. I recently discovered a new Chanel lipstick that matches my lips so perfectly that I’ve run through a tube and a 1/2 since September. That is unprecedented since the days I wore a frosty lavendar lipstick (“Champagne” by Clinique) throughout college and beyond.

Take heart: the beehive is coming back!

by dgm on March 28, 2012

Oh man. I have a lipstick in my purse that I used for my wedding day. That was back in 2004. Not as bad as 12 yrs though so you win! 😀

by Kristin A. on March 28, 2012

I have the same MAC palette in a different set of colors. And… I’m pretty sure we bought it together. Still use it. Don’t sweat it too much, Becks – 90s makeup is bound to come back in style soon. We’re approaching the 20 year mark.

by Kelly K (w) on March 31, 2012

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