The World Health Organization tells us that an estimated 121 million people throughout the globe suffer from depression. That’s a lot of 🙁 Also, I’ll just take this opportunity to say how much it irks me when people who live elsewhere tell me they’re “seasonally depressed” because it’s winter and cold and dark. Shut the front door and talk to me when you live in 40 degree (105 farenheit) weather. You’ll be loving those chilly days a lot more!Anyway, back to the topic at hand. People get sad, it’s a part of life. Whether you suffer from chronic depression, seasonal depression, blue days, or you’re just PMS’ing- we all have “those days.” And I say nay! Nay to days of pity parties and being a hot mess! The time has come to go head to head with the Mean Reds and get your shit together with a little something I like to call lipstick therapy.
Coco Chanel was once quoted as saying, “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” Looking at this from a historical perspective true to the values of that day and age, it doesn’t quite have same shitty and shallow ring to it that it does when applying it today’s standards of feminism. But I’m not a feminist (sorry…) and I kind of have to agree with Coco on this one, ladies.
Don’t get me wrong, while I support women’s rights to the upmost and embracing femininity in whatever form that means to each of us personally, I like putting on makeup and dressing up and feeling beautiful. For me, there’s nothing quite like a deliciously vibrant color gliding over the lips or that sexy flick of a cat eye that perfectly suites my outfit. Not to say that beauty is directly proportionate the makeup on your face or the clothes you wear, but there is admittedly a glamour to it that gives an air of style and sophistication that is such a part of female history and culture. And so has come the days of lipstick therapy.
Lipstick therapy is a simple concept. When I’m feeling a bit down in the dumps or just having a boring day, I’ll slap on my best shade along with my favorite outfit and away I go (even if it’s only to the grocery store or my kitchen.) Instead of schlepping around in sweat pants (BARF) with Steven Tyler hair I do what refreshes me and gives me a sense of pride. I’m not dressing for anyone except myself, I’m focusing on what makes me feel good for, well, me.
While it might not be life changing or world peace, it does for a moment make me feel luxurious in my own skin and that, my friends, has been better than any doctor visit! Seriously, for the price of one therapy session I can buy 4 YSL lipsticks, 5 MAC lipsticks, or 20 tubes of Rimmel London– you do the math. Its my little fighting secret to stave off feeling like a piece of shit. In my world, if you look like a piece of shit, you’re bound to feel like one.
If makeup is not your bag, create your own version of lipstick therapy! Maybe that’s just a simple hot shower and clean clothes fresh from the dryer or a nice shave at the barber (hey guys!), a new haircut, fancy-dress cocktail hour because it’s FIVE O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE! Whatever you chose, I can promise you beyond a doubt that you will feel refreshed and lighter. Unless you’re a sociopath, then I can’t really help you find a conscience at the bottom of a lipstick tube.
MAC Satin Lipstick in Captive
YSL Rouge Volupté
Rouge D’Armani in Beige 100
NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita
Christian Dior Iconic Red
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