Everything Old is… Still Old

It’s the first of May, and this is me publicly committing to a post a day in May. I only have four months left in this experiment, and I think that maybe my new habits and realizations are mundane to most people. Still, I think it’s worth documenting some of them, since I want to finish strong. So how about holding me accountable, guys?

I have not bought any makeup or toiletry items in over eight months. This is a minor miracle within the greater miraculous landscape of not having bought anything, really. Makeup was my go-to buy for when I wanted to feel better instantly. I have a lot of makeup, so I’ve been steadily using it up as I go. I have yet to run out of any one cosmetic category, which is a bit nuts. Not even mascara. I know how bad that is. Now, when I want to switch something up, I go shopping in my train case. That’s where I found this little gem.


I’ve had this tin of lip tint so long I don’t even clearly remember where I lived when I bought it. Probably Toronto, so that makes it at least three years old and probably more like six. It’s probably older than my kid. I’d look on the back and tell you for sure, but the label has completely worn off. Lush likes to assign best-before dates to their products which imbues them with an air of freshness. We all know how little I think of use-by dates when it comes to my food, so you can assume that I basically never throw out a Lush anything unless it starts to smell (unintentionally) rank. I have some standards.

(I remember reading in a VC Andrews book — as a kid, when we all read VC Andrews books — about one of the waiflike teenage heroines finding a bunch of old, abandoned makeup on some long-dead relative’s dressing table, and then putting it on. I was so grossed out by it that it’s apparently stuck with me for over 20 years. Of all the gross things in those books, that’s the thing that sticks.)

Anyway, I love this product. It smells like cinnamon and lasts forever. I use it on my lips and cheeks as a stain. It’s great for travel because it does two jobs. I sometimes use a bit of my favourite homemade lip balm (mine) to give it a creamier texture but it works fine on its own. You can layer it to your heart’s content.

I like a pink lip for spring.


No filter, although it pained me.


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