After I ordered this lipstick the other day, I suddenly had a giggle fit remembering a friend at the BBC. Her name was Lucy. She was young -- in her late 20s, I suppose -- had red hair, painted-in red eyebrows, and extremely white skin. She wore deadly red lipstick. She was stunning, gorgeous, and (probably too-) HEAVILY MADE UP, because she said she felt she needed to be because her features would fade into the background if not. But she told the story of her former workplace, and her learning after several years that the people there called her LUCY LIPS behind her back. I still remember her hilarious pronunciation of "Lucy Lips." It gave me a fit of giggles then -- and the memory of it still does today.
Lucy Lips Sink Ships, I suppose.
I have had an impossible time of finding the right shade of red lipstick after the highly successful Boots No. 7 shade, Jamaica Rum, I bought in London was discontinued (and I am no longer in London anyway, to get some). It was a brown red, and it still needed to be toned down with a light beige coat over it in order for me to feel comfortable leaving the house with it. And then it was jussssssst perfect.
And here's the funny thing: When we were discussing Lucy Lips together, it was because of her wanting to know my shade of lipstick. I told her, and it turns out that was HER shade, but they looked COMPLETELY different on each of us. (Then again, there was the complicating factor of me putting the toning-down beige coat over the top of mine.) It was the talk of the day that day at the Beeb -- "Norma and Lucy wear the same shade of lipstick, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!" (It's not like we had any actual work to do or anything.)
People used to compliment me, saying, "You look so healthy!" whenever I wore that lipstick. It was absolutely the lipstick, because they would always say that when I wore that shade, but not say a thing when I wore other shades. So anyway, I fell for this Elizabeth Arden one the other day when I saw the ad online because it said "sheer." I hope I didn't just throw away 20 bucks. Details when I give it a test drive. I have fears that I will look like Carol Burnett's impression of Norma Desmond.
Do you have a red lipstick story?