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Read My Lips


[Kuchi-beni] = [Painting the lips], Digital ID 416399, New York Public LibraryOver the last few months, I've noted the recurrence of news and feature article about the recession-proff nature of cosmetics, and lipstick in particular. One story, in the May 1 issue of The New York Times, speaks of purchasing cosmetics and lipstick as a way to have an indulgence when on a tight budget. "Hard Times, But Your Lips Look Great" also confirms what I've long suspected: lip gloss has over taken lipstick in sales. But the beauty brands are tenacious in their conviction that belt-tightening will not include their products.

Read My Lips is a marvelous review of the history of lipstick. Coming of age when I did, I've always been wary of lipstick's benefits. A devotee of eye shadow, I never acquired the same taste for mouth color. The stuff just wears off too fast.







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