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.
A kiss is just a kiss, but there’s much more to know about the simple art of kissing. Australian researchers have found that a long passionate kiss can help regulate the heartbeat, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure. The dozens of facial muscles you use when kissing even help tone and smooth the skin. Who knew? To get your lips in prime shape for smooching this Valentine’s Day, we’ve uncovered a spicy bunch of glosses to enhance the pout and the passion. The rest is up to you.
Shake Your Bon Bon
Dianne Brill Lip Lingerie Lip Gloss, $21; Panties in a Bunch Set, $39.
Flash him your knickers with Diane Brill’s Lip Lingerie. These sexy little fancy pants are the must-have accessory for the heart holiday. Packaged in frilly bon bon papers and boxes, each pot of love includes vitamins, antioxidants, humectants and a plumper. Purchase the famed shades like Frilly Thong (electric rose), Padded Push-Up (sherbet gold fuchsia) and Peekaboo Nightie (shimmering baby pink) individually, or get your Panties in a Bunch with a set of six; three of Brill’s best-selling shades and three limited editions. Available at www.beautyhabit.com.
Tres Femme French Lingerie Lip Balm, $10.
According to Sue Messent, creator of the Canadian girly glam accessory line Tres Femme, “Good things come to those who shop.” We couldn’t agree more. Her collection offers women everywhere all the secrets French mademoiselles have been keeping hidden in their boudoirs. Messent’s French Lingerie Lip Balm will leave your pout sultry and as soft as mink. Blended with all natural ingredients in three tres magnifique flavors, Coconut Corset, Peach Negligee and Watermelon Babydoll, these 1/3 ounce tins come adorned with a sparkling Swarovski crystal. Available at www.tres-femme.com.
Jacqua Lip Whip Set, $28.
Ready to get a little naughty? Break out the ‘whip.’ Jacqua’s Lip Whips combine decadent flavors with Vitamins A, E and C for a hydrating formula that keeps lips satiny soft and kissably shiny all day long. Treat yourself to an especially lovable set with this charming gift box that resembles a sweet shoppe with mouth-watering flavors that even satisfy the sweet tooth. The set includes Pink Buttercream Frosting (a delicate pink), Tuscan Orange (frosted berry) and Mint Chocolate (tawny brown). Available at www.jacquabeauty.com.
Bella Il Fiore Kiss Me Now Lip Gloss, $15.
Inspired by fashion’s fascination with the decadent 80s, Bella’s set of ten glam glosses pays homage to the decade’s favorite anthems: Tainted Love (sassy gold-infused red), PYT-Pretty Young Thing (just-been-kissed pink), Raspberry Beret (bold berry) and Love Shack (shimmering neutral) to name a few. And keeping with the era’s theme of excess, these tubes pack a whopping 13 grams of product, but without the inflated prices.
Kiss Me Now glosses are loaded with Vitamin E and other desirable healing emollients ensuring your lips will stay soft, moisturized and perfectly kissable. Available at
Raise Your Gloss
Liptini Mini Bars, $25.
Sidle up to the ‘Tini Bar and mix up a favored cocktail or explore your inner bartender abilities and create your own lip libation. Liptini’s Mini Bars pack everything a heartbreaker needs for a night out on the town: a stain, lipstick and lip gloss in evening clutch-sized minis. Layer your lips first with the stain, followed by a coat of lipstick then garnish with gloss – or go it alone – each can be used separately. Peachberry Rita stocks a stain in ruby red Kirsch, lipstick in peachy Pink Champagne and gloss in Pink Ice. Nutmeg Fizz includes a warm brown stain in Amaretto, a mauve lipstick called Pink Poodle and a golden gloss named Spritzer. Available at www.liptini.com.
LipTrix Plumping Lip Gloss, $19.95.
Shirley of Hollywood, the glamorous lingerie company that’s been dressing nymphs since 1948 (and outfits some of those risqué Pussycat Dolls in super-sexy bustiers and corsets) has released a revolutionary lip plumper gloss. In five million-dollar shades, See-Through, Make Out Mocha, Pink Satin, Boy Toy Berry and 24 Karat, LipTrix blends moisturizing Vitamin E, Cinnamon Camphor to stimulate blood flow and a patented Maxi-Lip ingredient that stimulates and boosts collagen-building proteins that plump lips, increasing their volume for voluptuous puckers. Available at www.pamperedpassions.com.
Red Earth Lip Shine, $12.
Red Earth, the international brand founded in Australia in 1989, focuses on environmentally friendly products that won’t hurt the good earth. The line’s Lip Shine glosses offer a non-tacky consistency and a nourishing blend enriched with emollients and Vitamins C and E. Two featured shades for heart’s day, PK041, a pink with gold shimmer, and PK018, a pale pink with silver flecks, will definitely set his tongue wagging. Available at www.ulta.com.