What’s Always in Your Handbag and Never Goes Out of Style?

You guessed it! Or Did You? It’s that sleek, provocative tube of sensual colored lip gloss.  For some of you it’s the sultry hues and shades of lipsticks. I decided to become the roving reporter for this article.  So I took a visit to three different locations:  Wal-Mart (what an experience, Yes I’m a beauty snob), MAC and Neiman Marcus.

Lipstick shopping

The most I can say about Wal-Mart, is that I got in and out.  It gave me a headache.  But before my exit I observed the behavior of the women, young and mature (don’t like the word old except when describing money).  A mother was helping her daughter choose her first lip gloss.  I asked for permission to enter their conversation and they were both delighted. I complimented the mother on guiding her daughter through the maze of colors and textures but I also asked the daughter why she felt the need to add color to her lips at the age of 13?

Of course her answer was because “All” of her friends were wearing it.  Mom was suggesting that she choose a flesh tone or pink to enhance her youthful skin.  As I left them, the young girl had a sheer pink gloss in her hand.  She had made her decision.

I then left for the MAC store where I met a thirty something year old and she was using a gift certificate that she’d received from her brother.  He’d asked her what she wanted for Christmas.   Her answer:  A $300 gift certificate from MAC.  She got it!

I’m more of a skin care person than a make up person but I do wear lip gloss and the occasional lipstick. So like most women I’m always looking for a new shade of gloss. I talked with this young girl about MAC and their selection for at least an hour.

Then I went to one of my favorite spots, Neiman Marcus (often referred to as Needless Markup). I love it when I’m able to watch one snob “hard sell” another snob for a $60 tube of lipstick, with an attitude.  But there’s one thing that I find across the board, whether it’s Wal-Mart or Neiman’s, a woman will always shop for beauty products.

I’ve noticed women working out at the gym or jogging and they’re wearing some type of lip color.  It’s one of the least expensive ways to add color to your face and lift your spirit at the same time.

So again I asked permission to join a conversation at the makeup counter in Neiman Marcus and even these women were open to my questions.  Here is a list of questions that I asked them and you might want to answer them yourself:

  • Do you prefer lip gloss or lipstick?
  • Do you feel that the quality is better because it’s sold in Neiman Marcus?
  • Do you feel that price has a lot to do with quality?
  • Do you find that the colors are better because of the store?
  • How many tubes of lip color do you own?
  • How many tubes do you carry in your purse at one time?
  • Do you wear a lip liner with your lip color?
  • How long do you wear a lipstick or lip gloss color before you dispose of it?
  • Do you plan your lip color purchase by season or on a whim?
  • Do you ever leave home without wearing any lip color?

I’d love to hear your answers of these questions, so send me your comments and let’s talk about lip colors.


Author’s Bio:

Juliette Samuel is a person who definitely knows beautiful when she sees it. Juliette has had a very eclectic career working in and around the beauty industry. She has worked as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also been a Professional Image Consultant.

Currently Juliette works as a Skin Care Therapist, acting President and Chief Nose for NYRAJU Skin Care. As such she is in charge of product formulation and development of all scents produced for the line.

Juliette is also a member of NAHA-The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, The Society of Cosmetic Chemist and is the Fragrance Editor for BellaOnline.

What does that do for you?  It keeps Juliette on her toes when it comes to the type of information that she’ll be able to share with you as readers of her blog or articles that she publishes on and off the web.


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  1. Wow!! All the colors are just amazing.

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