Lipstick and love potions

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014


LIPSTICK has not been used as love potion, not in much of film fiction anyway.

In "Love Potion #9," Sandra Bullock and her chemist partner used a chemical brew; in "Batman and Robin," the villain spread love dust; in "Superman," Lois Lane and Clark breathed in perfume, which smote Lois but not Clark; in "Harry Potter," chocolates for Harry made his best friend Ron fall in love with a girl he still hadn't met.

Lipstick, that cosmetic paste to color lips, lures to the woman's body part that bewitches men most (next only to the bust, we're told).

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But it's no love potion, just device of seduction, not subtle and doesn't always work.

Many men, we're also told, hate wrong color or shade on a woman's lips (blazing red screams "Let's ovulate!"), extension of lips by the lipstick (as if she didn't know where they end), or faded lipstick (wrecked by excessive use of the mouth or what).

Seen thus, the lipstick curbs enthusiasm, chokes desire. And here's another dampener about lipstick, announced on Valentine's week to boot.

Watchdog Ecowaste says there are lipsticks in the market that contain toxic chemicals such as arsenic, mercury and lead.

Risk for love

Is it saying that before one locks lips with her, he must first verify that the lipstick doesn't exceed the "limit of 1 part per million (ppm) for mercury, 5 ppm for arsenic and 20 ppm for lead"?

No way to detect that without shattering the romantic mood. Take caution or ignore the risk of toxic infection.

But then what's slow poison if it could lead to, ah, a great and noble if short-lived love?

(paseares@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 13, 2014.

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