Lipstick Review is Backkk!

I could hear the people chanting, “Bring back the Lipstick review!” Or maybe it was just the voices in my head. Either way. The long wait is over. Basically, a much younger friend told me my lipstick was “spot on.” (Young people lingo. This is good, right?) I took it as a compliment. And the inner-chanting for the lipstick review began.

Plus, I’m tiring of writing of the hard days. We had a good night last night. We actually left the house as a family for the first time in months. And by ‘left the house’ I mean we went somewhere fun. No hospital, ER, doctor appointments, just family fun. And there was lipstick. Not that chapstick lipstick I normally wear. Which is great and amazing and deserves its own review. But real lipstick.


I’ll stop the suspense. My go to lipstick of the moment is — Lorac PRO Matte Lip Color. I got sucked in to one of those last-minute checkout counter displays at Ulta one weak moment during the hard days. I was shopping my feelings and bought four. They were on sale, okay! Half off was my excuse. Little did I know these would become my favorites and most complimented (two compliments) lipsticks.

Number 1 — EASY. This is my requirement for all lipstick. I have to be able to put it on without looking at myself, rub it in, go. And then not look at myself later and think, “Dear God, what was I thinking and where is my reliable chapstick?”

Number 2 — It lasts. It lasts and doesn’t give me flaky chapped lips that I just have to dig for ole’ reliable again.

Number 3 — EASY. I know I mentioned this already. But I want a lipstick to be not just easy to put on and wear. I want it to be easy to carry around. In a pocket, my purse, the car cup holder, wherever. I don’t want it to melt in the summer or be rock hard in the winter. I don’t want to sharpen it. I don’t want those pencil slivers poking me when it gets down too far and I need to sharpen but don’t have a sharpener. You know? I want the same thing all the time. EASY.

Yes, I bought four. Remember, I got them HALF off. Bargain city. And the colors were amazing. So many of them looked good on my skin I couldn’t decide. So, four. I have Greige. Apparently, greige looks good on walls, fingernails, and lips. Dusty Plum is light lavenderish, pinkish, taupe-ish: one of the compliments was, “I love that! But, I could never wear purple lipstick!” Thanks, I think. I didn’t think it was that purple, but maybe? Cabernet sounds like red wine, of course, but is really just a brown. And it was the color that was “Spot on!” And my favorite, but least worn so far, Aubergine. Not many chances while in the hospital to wear dark eggplant lipstick. But, I’m ready now that fall is here. It’s coming out.

I love Lorac cosmetics (Obviously, I bought four lipsticks.) because they are made for those of us with sensitive skin. And my skin can be a bit persnickety. This lipstick comes in a satin formula, but I love the matte. And as I’ve said before, it lasts. One and done. You get what you get for the day. Except maybe a swipe of that ole’ reliable chapstick. Maybe that will be the next review …

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Is God Still Good When The News Isn’t?


I read someone else’s good news with a little bit of sting in my heart. All of the responses were filled with joy. (As they should have been.) More than a few read, “God is so good.” Yeah, God is good when the news is good. But what about when the news isn’t all we had hoped it would be? Is God still good when the news isn’t?

I hope people aren’t thinking God isn’t as good here because things are hard these days? I don’t have as many “God is so good!” comments coming my way. I get more prayer emojis on my end. But the truth is, I’m not living in a world where I think God is only good when the good things happen. Just because we haven’t been able to ring that final bell resounding the end of our difficult journey doesn’t mean God suddenly went bad. Actually, I believe something quite different.

Even thought our journey has been pain filled, it’s dang hard if I’m honest, I still get to see more of God’s goodness than you might imagine.

When I read Psalm 31:19 it tells me to take refuge in him and I will find his goodness. I don’t know about you, but I seek refuge in God in the hard times much more often than the good. During those good days I’m rolling along, windows down, without much need for refuge. But those rocky days? Duck and cover. God’s refuge, here I come. Psalm 31 says, “How great is your goodness … for those who take refuge in you.” I’ll find God’s goodness during the rough stuff way more often than the easy days, right?

God’s goodness doesn’t change according to our circumstances. Remember, that thing about him being an unchanging God? Just because I am wavering and scared and anxious in this fire does not mean God is feeling the same. He is where my refuge is found. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego found God’s goodness in their fire, didn’t they? (Daniel 3:8-30) They sought refuge in God in that furnace. And that’s exactly where they found his goodness. Not before they got in it, God didn’t save them from their troubles before they were tied up and thrown into that fire. But, right in the middle of that fire is where the goodness showed up. “…there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.” (vs.29)

My news isn’t the resounding congratulations I would have planned for this ending. There was no bell ringing announcing our finish line like we expected. But, that’s okay. I’m not much on public ugly crying anyway. Which is exactly how that scene would have played out for me. I can find my refuge in God. It feels good there. In his presence is where my hope and his goodness is found (credit: Francesca Battistelli). He knows our plan. What’s that Proverb again about me planning and God establishing? (Proverbs 16:9) I’m resting in this plan. God’s goodness is here.

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