Welcome to the gloss•a•ry,
a monthly roundup of all that glitters from our own
wand-toting shimmer expert, Michelle
Carney. Tune in each month for the latest and greatest
in pout perfecting products utterly devoted to your
sparkly, sexy and oh-so-shiny lips.
The Twelve Days of Gloss-mas
This year, all I want for the holidays is lip gloss.
With so many new releases and sparkly special editions
from my favorite labels, I can’t think of anything
more difficult than having to choose just one. Ladies,
let’s lend that mistletoe some extra sizzle this
iredale Multi-Gloss Holiday Gift Set, $38
On that "Silent Night," I'll keep things especially
quiet with long-lasting smooches under the mistletoe.
jane iredale's famous lip gloss moisturizes and
plumps with a shimmery finish, making lips ripe for
the kissing. The collection's special Multi-Gloss for
Lips 2 Holiday Gift Set contains five of the line's
best-selling shades, Cosmo, Pink Candy, Soft Peach,
Iced Mocha and Mulberry, wrapped in an elegant navy
blue compact with a mirror and lip brush. Plus with
each gift set purchased comes a special gift, a full-size
tube of jane iredale's new PureGloss, Mimosa,
a bronze-hued shimmer I'll be donning on New Year's
Eve. Available at www.janeiredaledirect.com
lip scrub, $20
It’s so obvious really, a must-have exfoliating
product for prepping the pout for all the gloss to come.
the lip scrub by Sara Happ eliminates dry, flaky skin
leaving soft suppleness behind. It’s the perfect
The exfoliating sugar base is infused with natural
extracts like cinnamon and peppermint oil that stimulate
the lip. Six sophisticated flavors, Almond Crème,
Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, Cocoa, Peppermint and Vanilla
Bean, come packaged in chocolate-brown truffle boxes
imported from Italy. Sara Happ, an enterprising Chicago
native and self-professed Sephora junkie, initially
created the product in her kitchen. Available at www.thelipscrub.com.
Balmshell & The BalmSquad Gift Sets, $29.50 each
The Balm is “the bomb” when it comes to
high-shine and pout perfection. This season, the line
offers two colorful, comic-style keepsake tins (a $42
value) filled with two full-sized Plump Your Pucker
plumping lip glosses that hydrate and fill in fine lines
and a Stainiac cheek and lip stain for that winter-wonderland
The BalmSquad teams up Strawberry My Daiquiri (strawberry
ruby shimmer) and Root Beer My Float (sheer sparkling
gold) with Stainiac in Beauty Queen (berry pink). The
Balmshell shines with Razz My Berry (sheer raspberry
pink) and Passion My Fruit (sheer sparkling mauve) with
Stainiac in Prom Queen (light rosy pink). Available
at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com.
A Few Good Men Lip Shine Trio, $25
Philosophy’s A Few Good Men box set houses three
.5 oz lip shines in The Ice Cream Man (pink bubble gum
ice cream), The Gingerbread Man (ginger ale) and The
Milkman (chocolate milk). The perfectly blended lip-smacking
formulas offer high shine, delectable scents and mouth-watering
tastes. Available at www.philosophy.com.
Totally Fab Lipgloss Collection, $35
A limited-edition quartet of full-sized slickers from
Smashbox fills this 007-style metal cigarette case.
The houndstooth-print caps are mod-inspired and house
shades that are both sheer and shimmery in Modern (gold),
Stage (cranberry), Optimistic (opal nude) and Magnify
(mocha rose). Wear sheer and bold colors together to
create the illusion of a plumped pout. Available on-line
and in-store at Bloomingdale's.
Mini Lip Plumpers, $25
Five gold rings isn’t quite the fair trade for
Goldie’s set of three mini lip plumpers, but I
promise these sparklers shine just as brightly. The
minis pack a whole lotta pout with the line’s
now-famous lip plumper made with patented Marine Collagen
Spheres, the collagen simulator Maxi Lip and Vitamins
A and C. The high-tech formula plumps lips for up to
five hours, while smoothing and hydrating. Shades include
Razzle (a shiny berry red), Snowbunny (a sheer metallic
white gold) and Baby (soft, pale pink). Available at
C.O. Bigelow and Bath and Body Works stores and at www.bathandbodyworks.com.
Gift of Glaze Holiday Set, $28
The ultimate gift of glaze, Stila’s limited-edition
lip glaze set (a $50 value) groups six of the line’s
most popular shades in a shiny, silver gift box. Immense
shine, a light scent and a fun click-pen applicator
make lip glaze a standout. The collection includes Vanilla
(sheer champagne shimmer), Brown Sugar (shimmering bronze),
Apricot (sheer peach), Grapefruit (sheer pink), Starfruit
(shimmering rose) and Raspberry (sheer fuchsia).
Stila’s glaze gurus say before applying a sheer
gloss, choose a lip liner that mimics the natural lip
tone, then fill in the entire lip with the liner to
extend the wear of lip glaze. Available at www.stilacosmetics.com.
Plumping Lip Glaze Box Set of 7, $7
Santa’s “e.l.f.” knows a thing or
too about bang for your buck. e.l.f., as in eyes, lips,
face, takes a holistic attitude toward beauty with innovative
technology, quality ingredients and what the company
calls “superb delivery” at great value prices.
e.l.f.’s pucker plumper infuses natural ingredients
and comes packaged in a dual-sided tube with a subtle
tinted plumper on one end and a clear glossy power-plumper
on the other. The gift set includes Fire Coral, Baby
Doll, Champagne, Oasis, Plum Pout, Mocha Ice and Ruby
Kiss. Available at www.eyeslipsface.com.
Hypershine Mini Cell Phone Lip Gloss Charms, $5
I couldn’t pass up another piece of e.l.f. magic
because every teenage girl should get this one-of-a-kind
stocking stuffer (and I’ll always be a teen at-heart).
This five-dollar dynamo packages eight hyper shiny,
sweet and sheer colors, Vixen, Honey, Cloud Nine, Sugar
Plum, Flirt, Joy, Blossom and Fairy, that individually
snap through the charm string that loops through the
cell. Available at www.eyeslipsface.com.
Gab’s: Holiday Moose Smooch Gift Sets, $13 and
For holiday smoochin’ I love the Moose. Mad Gab’s
all-natural Moose Smooch softens, “moose-turizes”
and energizes the pucker with olive oil, beeswax and
Vitamin E oil. Lip-smacking holiday flavors like pepperminty
Candy Cane and heavenly Sugar Cookie only sweeten the
deal. Stuff everyone’s stockings with special
Holiday Moose Smooch tins for $3 each or get a five-pack
for $14. Holiday Moose Gift Sets feature two Smooch
tins and one Sugar Cookie or Candy Cane Moose Balm that
pampers winter skin from head to toe. I propose all
girls get the gift of Gab. Available at www.madgabs.com.
Glazewear Mini Lip Gloss Set, $2.99
Be merry and bright with Avon’s Glazewear Liquid
Lip Color. The long-lasting, moisture-inducing formula
enhances the lip’s natural ability to retain moisture
with Vitamins A, C and E. Two limited-edition holiday
lip gloss sets feature five festive minis in tiny, shiny
boxes. The Dazzlers Collection includes Dynamo, Mirage,
Rave, Ruby Slippers and Dazzling Diamond. The Full Color
Collection includes Brown Sugar, Darling Pink, Peach
Fizz, Chocolate Fling and Chic Mauve. Available at www.avon.com.
Lip Care Kit, $23.95
EcoLips, the little organic balm company out of Iowa,
uses healing organic herbs and moisturizing organic
vegetable oils for lasting protection and moisture.
The special lip care kit is an environmentally friendly
stocking stuffer for the girl or guy that spends time
in the sun, wind and cold. The set includes seven SPF
15 to 30 and vegan balms (mint, berry, sport, hemp,
bee free, medicinal and gold) and four eco-friendly
balm accessories such as a lanyard, clip, leash and
key ring. Available at www.ecolips.com.
Bigelow Forever Mentha Tin, $36
C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha Lip Shine is always a chart-topper
on the gloss hit list. The refreshing tubes offer three
products in one – moisturizer, silky shine and
a cooling breath freshener. Developed by Bigelow chemists,
the exclusive peppermint formula contains active levels
of therapeutic apothecary ingredients and comes in clear
and tinted hues like nude, pink, red and red/brown.
Sealing the holidays with a kiss, C.O. Bigs has issued
a limited-edition tin containing 12 minis. Available
at C.O. Bigelow and www.bigelowchemists.com.