I might have a lip obsession.

I love my lips.

There.  I said it.

I love decorating them in shades of red, pink, purple and on and on.

I love the clear lip gloss with gold flecks in it.

I love the lip stains.

I love the lipsticks.

I love exfoliating my lips.

I love watching my lipstick develop its own unique lipstick shape after I’ve applied it a bazillion times the exact same way.

I love layering lipsticks and lip glosses to create even more shades for my mouth.

I love when my lipstick is matte and doesn’t slip and slide after eight hours of talking to my clients.

Yet I love when my glosses are so dewy and shiny that you can pick your teeth in the reflection.

I love the way that the pink ones make my cheeks look rosy, the red ones make my eyes look green and the purple ones make my skin look golden.

If you thought that I was joking when I said that I checked my purse for lip gloss before rushing to the hospital when Charley was sick, you’d be wrong.  Square Piece checked.

Though I’m not sure why I checked.  I know what’s in there.

My purse contains:

  1. a red lip stain
  2. a gold lip gloss
  3. a deep purple lipstick with a gloss on the other end
  4. another purple lipstick with a gloss on the other end, except that one’s lighter
  5. a lipstick that almost mimics my own natural lip color, called Mocha Mauve
  6. a bubble gum pink glossy lip balm called Kiss Kiss
  7. a cherry red glossy lip balm called Entourage
  8. a red lipstick by Nars that a client gifted to me called Heat Wave
  9. and a Burt’s Bee’s chapstick

I was driving to work the other morning and I was “putting my lips on.”  That’s when it hit me: I love my lips.  You’d think that with these lip products weighing my purse down, perhaps I’d have a clue.  Nope.  Instead I just thought that that pocket of products was about having options.  But it must be that I love my lips.  ‘Cause first I had the thought; and then the thought continued, Wait a second.  Isn’t that a VeggieTales song?

Hold it.  I’m in a lip-appreciation fog and I’ve lost my train of thought.

So after I had this revelation that I love my lips, I thought, Ah ha!  I’m going to have fun with this on Square Piece!  I’m going to post pictures of different shades and combinations and possibilities!  (‘Cause that’s what your life is missing, right?)

And you know, I’d start TONIGHT.  Except I just waxed my lip in preparation for this extravaganza.  SoOoOooo, we need to wait for the redness to die down a bit.

Shoot.  Lost my train of thought again.

Well!  After “putting my lips on,” having my lip-loving revelation and then brainstorming the lip possibilities for Square Piece, I strolled into work. That very hour one of my favorite clients handed me a Christmas goody.


You wanna know what was inside?


The stick reads: Moisturizes and protects even the most sensitive lips, providing them with a soft, silky shine.  Gentle ingredients encourage healthy lips without causing dependency.

(He he he…  I don’t know if this stick can help with my ‘dependency,’ but I’m all about the silky shine!)

Just today the daughter of this generous client came in and made mention of her mother’s gift to me.  Naturally that one comment opened the floodgates of my lip-loving enthusiasm.  I emptied and displayed the contents of my purse.  And then I showed her the drawer.

Because if there’s ever a lip emergency at work and my purse’s nine options aren’t enough, I’ve got back up.

Back up includes:

  1. another gold lip gloss
  2. a Barbie pink lipstick
  3. a soft pink lipstick
  4. a red lipstick with a lip liner on the other end (“Siren”)
  5. a “Divine Brown” lipstick with a lip liner on the other end
  6. a blue lip gloss
  7. and another Burt’s Bees chapstick

Stay tuned.

PS – By the way, “I Love My Lips” is indeed a VeggieTales song.  And I find it hysterical.  Appreciate it here:


  1. December 8, 2011
    Rach R.

    My first thought when I read that first line was “oh, I’ve got to find a YouTube video of Larry the Cucumber singing about his lips”…and then you mentioned it! Hahaha.

  2. December 9, 2011

    I was up late surfing and saw the song…woke up gilles giggling. 😉

  3. December 9, 2011

    made a comment last night but it got lost in cyperspace …. and then I couldn’t get back to this blog post

    if ever anyone had any doubts about how you feel about your lips, they can surely rest now 🙂

    so ….. I wonder what Larry had to say about his nose ……

  4. December 9, 2011

    LOL! I love Veggietales! Larry is the best. I remember saying that “I love my lips” to a bar guest many years ago, all b/c he was busy staring at the other bartenders humungo ta-ta’s(and considering I’m not blessed in that department) So, I distracted him with my freshly glossed perfectly shaped lips. Take that Double Dees!

  5. December 9, 2011

    of course, my first thought was also the Veggie Tales song!! We love our lips around here BECAUSE of the song! LOL

    and now, after reading this, I no longer feel weird for having 6 lip products in my purse!! 😉

  6. December 10, 2011
    Margaret Treadwell

    lip products with petrolatum (like aquaphore) cause dependency…kinda a negative feedback loop. First they cause your lips to be very soft..then, if you don’t use it your lips get chapped, then as you use it, it dries out your lips and the more that you use it, the drier they get. I read about it in a science article in the paper. So I switched to Burt’s Bees and no more “dependency”! weird, huh!

  7. December 16, 2011

    I’m glad to know Oskar had a similar experience to my own. Love the blog, Suzanna!

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