to the gloss•a•ry, a monthly roundup of
all that glitters from our own wand-toting shimmer expert,
Tune in each month for the latest and greatest in pout
perfecting products utterly devoted to your sparkly,
sexy and oh-so-shiny lips.
bee-stung lips are the latest obsession in our constant
quest for beautification. But have you ever considered
why we desire such fullness? We did, and here’s
what we found. Scientists at the University of Louisville
announced research findings earlier this year that state
“the size of human lips plays a key role in determining
whether we are sexually attractive to others.”
A quick glance at Angelina Jolie’s lips support
their findings. What is it about full, soft lips that
get us going? The answer, they say, lies in receptivity.
“In the lips are touch and pressure receptors
which fire off messages to the brain, and we are programmed
to respond to these messages. So sometimes just seeing
a full, warm pout is as good as feeling or kissing one.”
Hence our cultural love affair with lips and an explanation
for the wide selection of lip plumper products now available.
You don’t have to break the budget to plump your
pout to perfection nor do you have to endure burning
sensations that can rival the spiciest of cuisines.
We’ve put our lips to the test, checking out everything
from cinnamon (a natural lip enhancer) to the latest
cosmeceuticals on the market.
It’s The Balm!
The Balm’s Plump Your Pucker, $14,
involves a unique combination of folic acid, menthol
and Vitamin C that work together to help increase
blood flow to the lips and reduce the look of fine
lines. With an innovative French formulation called
“Maxi-Lip,” these glosses actually build
a cumulating effect with fullness continuing with
everyday use. What we love most about The Balm? The
slick feel on our lips, tasty scents that match their
sweeter-than-sugar names and most of all the nice
price. Color Picks: Bing My Cherry and Cocoa My Coconut.
Available at www.thebalm.com.
N.V. Perricone M.D. ALA Lip Plumper, $35,
is the leader of the pack when it comes to nourishing
chemical formulas that promote fullness and hold in
vital moisture. This lovely concoction combines Alpha
Lipoic Acid, which restores metabolic energy in cells,
protects natural antioxidants and helps smooth fine
lines and wrinkles; Amine Complex, a combination of
amino acids that hold moisture in the skin; and NTP
Complex, which is comprised of DMAE, an antioxidant
membrane stabilizer that provides immediate lifting
and toning benefits. With continued use, the treatment
smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
while enhancing lips’ natural color. Apply four
to five times daily to the entire mouth area, and
relish the orange sherbet flavor. Available at Nordstrom
and online at www.nvperriconemd.com.
Plump up the Volume
Modele Collagen Lip Treatment, $29.99, is
literally collagen in a tube. That said, it’s
not exactly a gloss but it works just like one. This
lip treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines,
hydrates lips and promises to keep them soft with
continued use (apply at least three times a day for
30 days) thanks to a patented formulation of PAL-GHK,
a potent amino acid protein blend, along with the
addition of Biocrystal Complex, which contains mother-of-pearl
extracts for added sheen and softness. Use alone or
before applying your favorite lipstick or gloss for
a fabulous photo-finish. Vital stats: this formula
has been clinically proven to visibly increase lip
volume up to 40%, reduce wrinkle and fine line appearance
up to 30% and improve lip hydration up to 60%. Available
at most drug stores like Walgreens, Osco and CVS.
here to find a retailer near you.
Naked Kiss Plumping Collagen Lip Treatment, $20,
is another sleek product that looks more like a stick
than a gloss but still meets our strict glossary standards.
Armed with antioxidants, emollients and Vitamin C
to moisturize, flower and plant botanical extracts
to reduce wrinkles and a Vitamin B6 derivative and
“Maxi-Lip” to help plump lips continually.
This classy packaging also includes its own pop-up
mirror and jeweled case. Try it in crystal clear;
or rose, sienna, gold or bronze for great color. To
purchase online, click
Ice Ice Baby!
Freeze 24-7’s PlumpLips IceSticks, $42.50,
smoothes, moisturizes and plumps lips without any
tacky, stickiness. The moisture-rich formula contains
GABA, the body's natural muscle relaxing agent, as
well as Vitamin B-Niacin and white orchid to plump
and smooth. Freeze’s revolutionary technology
increases circulation on the lip surface without any
drying, burning or irritation. With the addition of
the brand’s “Age-Less Technology”
component, mature lips will appear more youthful,
and thin lips will appear fuller and more sensual.
A fresh palate of five icy shades like First Frost,
Frost Bitten, Wind Chill, Arctic Glaze and Brr Berry
offer a sheer wash of color. Our color pick: Frost
Bitten, a shade of warm rose that looks great alone
or over lipstick. Apply as often as you like. Available
at C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries and online at www.freeze247.com.
Cinnamon and Spice
Bella Il Fiore’s Cinnamon and Honey Lip Plumpers,
$22, not only have the most adorable packaging
(little cardboard “purses” that house
three minis), but the product uses natural cinnamon
and honey for plumping perfection. The infusion is
delightfully spicy without any sting. Pick your shades:
“Pillow Talk” (soft and pretty shades)
and “Some Like it Hot” (darker, sexy hues).
Available online at www.bellabeauty.net.
Bee-Stung Lips Minus the Stinger
HydraPlump, $19.99, is the revolutionary
offering from fragrance-chain giant, Perfumania. For
the first time in the company’s 17-year history,
it’s aligned with top product developers to
create its own version of non-injectable lip plumping
gloss. The product relies on a new technology that
instantly plumps lips with a patented formula that
“micro-injects” the lips subsurface with
dehydrated marine filling spheres derived from collagen.
Once the spheres penetrate the lip tissue, it is re-hydrated
with water, and the replenishment causes the collagen-derived
spheres to enlarge, imparting a genuinely fuller,
plumper mouth. Besides the non-irritation and zero-redness
factors, the product also minimizes fine lines and
wrinkles. Apply generously to clean, dry lips; if
using as a primer, wait two minutes before applying
color. Pick from Iced Clear, Sheer Petal Pink and
Sheer Bronze Kiss, our fave. Available exclusively
at Perfumania stores and online at www.perfumania.com.
Rimmel Volume Boost Liquid Lip, $6.68, costs
less than ten bucks and still delivers beautiful shine
and extreme plumpness. The high-impact lacquer uses
innovative lip-plumping technology that enhances fullness
and provides a collagen-effect-like boost. Rimmel
promises that lips will appear up to 40% fuller in
just one swipe. Upon application, a sensory-stimulating
molecule tingles to immediately produce the look and
feel of plumper lips, while a moisturizing formula
smoothes lip contours and fills in fine lines. The
precise brush applicator delivers full color and spot-on
shine. Available in ten sassy shades like Bossy, Patent,
Boast, Parade and Out Do, which is a sparkling strawberry,
and our most beloved. Available at most drugstores
and Wal-Mart. To find a store location near you, click
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