Collecting lip gloss as a kid was fun. The gloss didn’t actually have to work (kids know nothing of hydrating or perfect sheen), it just had to smell strongly—overwhelmingly actually—of something edible and sweet. I had every flavor that existed! —marshmallow (disgusting when I smell it now), chocolate fudge sundae (equally disgusting), brownie milkshake, cheesecake, lemon meringue, coconut milkshake, cotton candy… Flavors like these—actual food and drinks—were the most impressive to have (the idea of someone somehow impossibly transporting the essence of a fudge sundae into a compact roll-up tube was pure magic. It still kind of seems like magic.), and the best of all were the soda flavors, and the best of the soda flavors was Bonne Bell Lip Smackers Dr. Pepper, which I’m still in love with. Rachel Bilson is reportedly a fan, so I’m in good company. It smells like the soda, adds the greatest tint of color, and has no taste (I’m not a fan of flavored balms – in my experience they always taste awful). There’s no better deal for $1.99.
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