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The Color Of The Inside Of My Mouth MAG

January 22, 2009
By Bassoonkelley GOLD, Tampa, Florida
Bassoonkelley GOLD, Tampa, Florida
15 articles 0 photos 49 comments

I wipe at my stupid eyes with the back of my hand, and it startles me for a second that my tears are gray. I dunno why it surprised me; I mean, I buy the s***ty mascara that’s $1.99 in the 20 Items or Less checkout lane. Why spend oodles of green on something I hardly ever use?

I just wanted to look nice, you know? Like those girls who’re just naturally fake pretty. The girls who can blend shades of eyeshadow like no one’s business, and match their lipstick to the exact color of their toenail polish or whatever. Seemingly effortless, yet impeccably coordinated.

This is good stuff, I should write for a living – solely on the subject of beauty queens with superiority complexes, of course.

I just want … God, what do I want? I want to feel the sun on my face and paint the clouds and hear the music in the trees and love myself and love someone else and just feel perpetually beautiful.

But that requires the $14.99 waterproof, fire-retardant, Grade-5-hurricane-resistant mascara, not the tube that’s two bucks in Lane 4.

My shoes are dirty and outdated, but that’s how I like them. I like these shoes. They’re comfortable. Why do I need new, expensive, fashionably appealing shoes in order for someone to say, “Hey dogg, you look nice today”?

And why is it that whenever I get deathly bored and slather cheap, pore-clogging makeup all over my face everyone suddenly says, “Wow, you look pretty!”? Since when is “pretty” about whale blubber and cocoa butter?

I’ll tell you one thing, though. I most definitely am not crying about some stupid XY.

Definitely not.

I’m crying for all the whales that have to give up their fatty insulation so that some fugly anorexic super bitch can paint herself pretty every freaking day, giving him something halfway decent to oggle all the time.

Seriously, I’m not leaking saltwater over a guy.

I just think it’s cruel and unfair that the fat-endowed marine life population doesn’t even get the slightest warning that they’ll soon be on a cosmetics endcap at K-Mart.

He could have at least broken it to me gently, you know? We’ve been friends since the George Bush/Al Gore debacle.

I mean come the Bette Midler on.

I spill my blood, guts, and viscera out to this guy and he throws down the “Let’s just be friends” card without a second thought?

It’s just … it’s common courtesy to ease someone into heartbreak, not smash it over their head like a whiffleball bat.

You know what? I’m going to take my $1.99 checkout Lane 4 mascara and chuck it right at her big, stupid square head.

The author's comments:
This is literally an excerpt from my journal, so it's a little different when it comes to writing style.

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on Oct. 2 2010 at 9:29 am
DarknessForever13 SILVER, Gainesville, Texas
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I love your work! even if it is  an excerpt from your journal, it somewhat reminds me of me, because, really, what's the point in trowing on make-up just to impress. Shoot, I only ever put it on RARELY, (bold for emphisis).   There is a certain someone at school who loves me as much as I love him, but he is kind, and always makes me laugh when I don't even want to smile. Most girls there say he is not the cutest guy at school, who cares, he sure charming to me though. He tells me i'm beautiful instead of "Hot" or "Sexy", who knows, maybe you might find someone like that someday. (Long live the whales!!)

on Oct. 2 2010 at 8:17 am
SKSK1214 BRONZE, Davie, Florida
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Its so not about a guy... LOL JK it is.

on Oct. 2 2010 at 1:23 am
Dragonscribe BRONZE, West Lafayette, Indiana
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to what ebonykitty says...

how is a world with rainforests and mountains and oceans and sky and people and animals and beauty be godforsaken?

but about the dreams, I'm with you there.

on Oct. 2 2010 at 1:20 am
Dragonscribe BRONZE, West Lafayette, Indiana
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This is from your journal? It's true?

I know how you feel - I never where makeup because whenever I do I may look prettier but I start crying because it's just not me. I want to be pretty without needing to paint myself into something else.

on Sep. 10 2010 at 7:48 pm
SimplyRachel PLATINUM, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Nice job, I totally know where your comeing from. If that makes sence.

on Sep. 10 2010 at 7:06 pm
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I know exactly what you're talking about.

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on Sep. 10 2010 at 5:34 pm
SarahBelle, White Bluff, Tennessee
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Great piece! I love the point of view and it's very well written. And the powerful reference to a common object (like the $1.99 mascara) really puts an edge to the work. I love it :)

on Sep. 10 2010 at 5:03 pm
sleepingsoundly BRONZE, Unknown, Massachusetts
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i completely agree with this article. dangit, never waste your time over an unappreciative guy! i like that you kept referencing the $1.99 mascara, too.


check out "weakling". it has a similar voice, but a different idea.

on Sep. 10 2010 at 4:11 pm
diaphragm BRONZE, Tallahassee, Florida
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Nice! Love your style =)

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on Sep. 10 2010 at 3:08 pm
Emmy13329 GOLD, Middletown, Delaware
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I love this's true i really agree with everything u said ,good job,don't  u dare stop:)


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on Sep. 10 2010 at 1:46 pm
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Your Story is amazing, your so talented. Never stop!

on Sep. 10 2010 at 12:04 pm
pinkypromise23 PLATINUM, Cranston, Rhode Island
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this is amazing and i espically love the title(:

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on Sep. 10 2010 at 9:48 am
i really love the way you worded things. you choose to actually describe things which made it more interesting to read.honestly i read a small preview of this and i felt this urge that i had to read it. it must be interesting at some level. which it definately was. actually reading this almost makes me not want to wear make-up anymore. i dnt feel like im a plastic prep or anything but i do enjoy wearing makeup. definately not as much as some girls where they actaully look fake as you described. although i do like mixing shades together and looking nice.all girls should be able to look beautiful, makeup or not.

on Aug. 24 2010 at 7:47 am
haventy0uheard PLATINUM, Kings Park, New York
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I love this. So much. It's entertaining and filled with raw emotion...oh and I love the title haha. Very creative! Check out my work if you (or anyone else that sees this) want to, feedback is much appreciated =]

on Aug. 19 2010 at 9:47 pm
I love your pice very much. But, I thought it was a little wobbly. It made me confused when you went to the whales then the liking of a boy and then queen bees. But, at the end it started making sense on what you were talking about. The writing is awesome and it sounds truly from the heart. Great job!

on Aug. 19 2010 at 9:32 pm
HippieNamedAnna PLATINUM, Kansas City, Missouri
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wow. great!

on Aug. 19 2010 at 8:33 pm
Shminkanator5000 SILVER, Rochester, New York
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it's hard to believe that this is from your journal, I found it hilariously sarcastic at times and I loved how you worded everything and stayed consistent with the 1.99 mascara bit. ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!

on Aug. 19 2010 at 10:48 am
liv.laf.love13 SILVER, El Paso, Texas
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This is wonderful! I love the point that its trying to make its so true!! LUV IT

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on Aug. 18 2010 at 5:09 pm
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love it, and love her point of view. love the end, and the character. great job.

on Aug. 18 2010 at 12:35 pm
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Lol, kinda comical, I love it.. Don't need makeup to be pretty, actually females look better without it ! Natural beauty. Touches alot of topics, I likeee. ;)