What Is Global Lipstick?

This question arrises often.  Anytime someone hears the name, the conversation or train of thought goes as follows, “That’s so cute! What does it mean? It’s not about makeup? Is it about someone’s travels?”  It’s like Pandora’s Box.  So, here is Global Lipstick defined.

The name itself is a marriage of strength and softness.  Both traits inhabit a Global Lipstick reader.  You delight in having balance in life overall.  You’re most likely a trailblazer and yearn to leave your mark on the world – in whatever hue you fancy.  You dabble in what’s mainstream but the real fun comes from your own unique discoveries.  You are inquisitive, open-minded and a niche-carver.

The content of the blog can be broken down into four categories (usually):

Style – Whether it be a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture, a fresh runway look or a vintage steal, we take it and make it our own.

Fun – travel, music, art, travel, picnics, dance, street conversations, game nights, karaoke, travel…did I forget travel?  The list goes on.  This category might be a personal favorite 😉

Food – adventurous palates! We thrive on foodie excursions.  Any dine outing is an opportunity to visit one of the dozens of restaurants you’ve wanted to try, not where you just ate last week.  Same rules apply to cooking and new recipes!

People – influencers.  We love to inspire and be inspired.  Those highlighted here make statements and are exemplary to us that want to be better and do better.

All topics are approached with a worldly eye.

So, that’s Global Lipstick.  Hopefully you come across something new and useful whenever you stop by.  As always, thank you for reading.

Besos.  Bisous.  Kisses. 🙂

Cherry Blossom Week: Sakura Sunday


       Today was Philadelphia’s big day for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Sakura Sunday, the cultural peak of the week, finally arrived and brought a few surprises.  As I mentioned in earlier posts of the fest, I anticipated a day of flower-gawking, punctuated with small activities (I so was ready for some origami and calligraphy).  Well, somewhere along the road I missed the memo that the anime industry has a HUGE following here and events like these virtually serve as mini conventions for all its enthusiasts.  So, the day turned out to be a character-chasing extravaganza.  Here are just a few.

These nice ladies below were the first we noticed in costume.  They said the reason for their attire was “just something to do”.  Ok…DSCN9615

Sailor Mars.  She was costume number two spotted.  Still hadn’t clicked yet.


These were made from scratch.  By this point, it was clear.DSCN9621

More variety…

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Inspired by “My Little Pony”.


And of course, a little vending.

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We did finally get some flower qt.

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Fun times.  The end 🙂

Te Queremos, Manolo Blahnik.


The following is an ode to the Spanish designer, Manolo Blahnik.  It’s written on behalf of anyone that wants, owns or can appreciate a pair of stems with a fit that’s just right.

The sleek material fits tightly around the firm and supple wood which stands 6 inches erect. Each glance gets me more and more excited with anticipation.  I’m filled with the intoxicating allure of having it wrapped around the sexist part of my body: my foot!  This beautiful man named Manolo Blahnik knows how to give me exactly what I desire and how to make me feel desirable. When I’m standing low, he elevates me. When I feel out-dated, he reminds me that vintage is always in style.  Gaining attention is never a question when Mr. Blahnik’s in the room; the way he flirtatiously hugs my arches is magnificent.  The lengths of which his efforts satisfy my tippy-toed needs know no bounds.  Whether it be making me look pretty in pink or strong in gladiators, he gives it to me the way I love it.

Gracias por los zapatos perfectos!

“Shoes? I know…”

Wildcard Wednesday: D.I.Y. Ombre Lipstick

Ombre Lips

One look at these and I had to try.  Shortly after seeing Madame Ombre, I was on my way to my makeup bag to create my own and so can you.  After much trial and error, I finally found a combo that was the simplest of them all.  Be bold – give it a go 😉

1. Begin with two contrasting lipstick colors.  I chose Magnified Violetta (fave) and Frosty Angel (collecting dust), both by MAC.

                    Ombre Violetta   Ombre Frost Angel

2. Apply the darker shade to your upper lip and the lighter to your bottom lip.

3. Use a blush or eyeshadow that balances both colors.  Dab it on the top half of your bottom lip.  I combined fuchsia and red.  Ombre blush

4. If a glossy finish is desired, add a top coat of clear lip gloss.