Survival of the Prettiest: Best Glosses
This week, we asked PrettyCity readers to share which one beauty product they couldn't live without. Turns out glittering lips beat pretty peepers 2 to 1, with 50% of 1,000 respondents picking lip gloss and balm over mascara. (Powder, bronzer and concealer couldn't even compete.) And since we like to think of ourselves as Beauty MDs, we're prescribing glosses that shine and balms that soothe; pick two products and sparkle in the morning.
LipFusion's Micro-Injected Collagen Color Shine is a go-to gloss thanks to flattering colors, incredible sheen and long wear. The company claims that a proprietary formula involving marine collagen plumps and hydrates lips for "perfectly plumped lips in seconds." And while we can't swear that this gloss actually plumps, we can tell you we're infatuated with the high shine, flawless hues and yummy flavor of Lipfusion. Current faves include "Crave," a shimmering pink and "Bare," an of-the-moment nude. Get a hue to suit you for $38 at fusion beauty's site.
CoverGirl's new Shine Blast is an affordable alternative for those looking to sparkle without spending serious dough. The formula glides on smoothly, serving up light reflecting shimmer in 16 shades. Plus, consumers who log on to covergirl.com can get "color matched" online, making the drugstore no-sample color selection a little less daunting; get it for $7.49 at Target.
While a chipped manicure may hurt you in the boardroom, a bad pedicure, or lack thereof, is more likely to hinder you in the bedroom. After all, there's nothing sexy about funky feet.
Here's our go-to guide for keeping toes oh-so-pretty no matter the season.
Between spa pedicures, maintain pretty feet with exfoliation and hydration.
Skip the scary at-home razors (the kind most salons aren't even supposed to be using) and opt instead for Microplane's Foot File; $14.95 and up at microplane.com. This best-in-class implement banishes dead skin with aplomb, without risking serious injury at the hands of razor blades and too sharp edges. We recommend the XL Pro ($24.95), because cartridges can be replaced, making this tool an investment that will smooth skin for years.