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Hints From Heloise: A lipstick ledger

Dear Readers: In a recent column, we asked how many tubes of lipstick you own. Here are some responses:

* Dorene C. in Florida wrote: “I was surprised to learn I had 90 tubes of lipstick and 89 lip glosses. So, if lip gloss counts as lipstick, I have 179 total!”

* Sharon S. in Texas, who reads the column in the Tyler Morning Telegraph, wrote: “I am embarrassed to admit that I have more than 50. Shh! Don’t tell my children.”

* Patty L. in Ohio wrote: “I did the lipstick count: 28 in the bathroom, 10 in another bathroom, seven on the kitchen counter/table, two in my work bag, two in my dressy purse and two in my everyday purse, for a total of 51!”

* Lena B. in Nebraska, who reads the column in the Omaha World-Herald, wrote: “I have 17 tubes of lipstick and a compact with three different shades.”

* Doris K. in Prescott, Ariz., who reads the column in the Daily Courier, wrote: “Believe it or not, I have one tube of lipstick. I use it until it’s gone and then buy another.”

Thanks for writing! These five readers will receive a set of my pamphlets.

So many lipsticks, but you never know when a shade might come back in style! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I thought your readers would like to know that the mystery of missing socks has been solved! The other day when I was putting the fitted sheet back on the bed, I discovered two socks tucked away in the corners of the sheets.

Since I had lost one of my favorite socks a few days prior, I decided to look in the corners of other sheets around the house. Wouldn’t you know I found not only a sock in one of the corners, but a pair of underwear and a handkerchief in another! -- Molly F., Somerville, Ohio


Dear Heloise: I found a great use for plastic place mats. I line drawers and cabinets under the sinks in the bathroom and kitchen, and underneath flowerpots. They can be coordinated to the room because they come in many designs. When you want to clean them, just take them out and wash them with soapy water and dry. No problem with stains from cans that rust, etc. -- Diane E., via e-mail


Dear Heloise: I love to crochet, and I make afghans for all of my family and friends, so I have LOTS of yarn. I put a lot of it in large colored bins. The problem was, I would have to haul the bucket out and then dig around until I found the color I was looking for. Now I have found some smaller, clear plastic tubs with locking lids. I use them to put same-color yarn skeins in. They stack, so they are visible and easy to see. Makes finding yarn a snap! -- Samantha from Virginia

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

2012, King Features Syndicate



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