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.
In honor of National Women’s History Month, we’re
waving our wands high – honoring five self-starting
make-up mavens who’ve launched cosmetic companies
– on their own terms. With brains, brawn and beauty,
these ladies are leading the way with natural cosmetic
innovations that are opening new doors for women of
all ages and skin types – and bringing an almighty
power to the pout.
– Custom Blend Cosmetics®
“Our skin is the most visible element of our
palette. It frames our eyes, shapes our face and compliments
our hair color. Our skin is the starting point of image
design,” says Giella, creator and founder of Giella
Custom Blend Cosmetics®. A graduate of New York’s
FIT, a member of the National Association for Female
Executives and a recent MBA grad, Giella’s eponymous
make-up collection is founded on her Color Perfect Analysis
concept. Believing that “every woman can wear
every color,” her system analyzes three color
dimensions, depth, cast and intensity, which evaluate
our hair, eye and skin to determine our most suitable
shades. Giella’s products are cruelty, fragrance
and allergy free, non-comedogenic and offer plentiful
palettes for the face, eyes, cheeks, skin and, naturally,
Creating Giella Lip Gloss at the Custom Blend Bar (either
in-store or on-line) is a feast for our lip-smacking
senses. After selecting from dozens of shades –
in pink, neutral, peach/orange, plum, red/coral and
brown color families – we’re offered the
option of an essence of flavor or aromatherapy such
as apple, lavender, grapefruit and eucalyptus. Polishing
off the pout, a choice of gold, white, pink or bronze
Lip Gloss, $27.
Giella Custom Blend Cosmetics® are available at
Henri Bendel in New York City, The Powder Room in Philadelphia,
About Faces in Maryland, Bellisima in Louisiana and
on-line at www.giella.com
and by phone, 1.888.221.0469. For a list of retail locations,
Wexler M.D. Dermatology
A pioneer in clinical skin care and cosmetic surgery,
Patricia Wexler M.D. is often called on by medical companies
to test drive revolutionary skin care advancements (like
the clinical trial she just completed for Reloxin, a
new botulinum toxin Type A) before they hit the market.
After a successful career practicing and teaching dermatology,
Dr. Wexler developed her own line, Patricia Wexler M.D.
Dermatology, based on her three core principles: cutting
edge technology, great results and easy accessibility.
“Sacrificing none of the luxury, elegance and
pleasure of prestige products, my multi-active formulas
combine the best of today’s advances with MMPi
and Niacyl™ – scientific technologies that
are changing the face of anti-aging,” Dr. Wexler
says. “Finally, I can bottle the power of my office
experience and bring it to people everywhere.”
The line of cleansers, peels, acne treatments, serums
and moisturizers come in specific formulas for oily,
combination, sensitive and dry skin types.
Wexler’s Advanced No Injection Lip Plumper plumps
the pucker with medical-grade “plumping spheres”
that infuse moisture while volumizing and enhancing
lip definition. Color shades include Baby Pink, Coral,
Sand, Berry, Rose and Merlot.
Wexler M.D. Advanced No Injection Lip Plumper, $17.50;
two for $20.
To find a retailer near you that carries Patricia Wexler
The line is also available at all Bath & Body Works
locations. To find a BBW store near you, click
Baker – Pür Minerals
Joli Baker, a 25-year industry veteran including 16
at Clinique, believes there’s a fine line between
individual beauty and cosmetic use, which is why Pür
Minerals utilizes only what Mother Nature gave us. Touted
as “Nature’s Miracle Makeup,” Pür’s
collection of mineral-based cosmetics and skin care
products combines the latest technology with nature’s
finest ingredients like micronized minerals, shea butter
and Vitamin E. Great coverage that protects against
the sun, leaves a youthful glow and no harsh chemicals,
fragrance, talc, oil or fillers to take up space –
Pür to be sure.
We’re pür-fecting our pout with Pür’s
Pout Plumping Lip Gloss, a mineral-based gloss with
Maxi-lip™ that purports to actually improve lip
condition while plumping up the volume up to 60%. Baker
recommends we try her new releases for spring, which
are based on natural beauty, of course. “Innovative
splashes of coral, emerald green and shimmering pearl
create a spring in bloom this season,” Baker says.
“Spring’s hottest gloss shades are Golden
Calcite and Spiced Barite.”
Minerals Pout Plumping Lip Gloss, $15.
Pür Minerals products are available at several
Ulta retail stores. To find a location near you, click
Purchase Pür on-line at www.purminerals.com
and by phone, 1.866.PUR.0022 (1.866.787.0022).
Iredale – The Skin Care Makeup®
Jane with two of her associates.
Jane Iredale is nothing short of a mineral maverick.
Launched in May 1994, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics was
the first full makeup line to offer not only color enhancement,
but healthy benefits for the skin. Based on micronized
minerals and made without fillers, binders, chemical
dyes or preservatives, Iredale’s collection is
a preferred brand of renowned plastic surgeons, dermatologists
and medical spas around the world as women can use them
following laser and microdermabrasion treatments. It
was Iredale’s prior profession working with actresses
and models in film and television that inspired her
true calling. “Working with women whose careers
depended on clear complexions allowed me to see how
skin disorders and sensitivities not only threaten careers,
but can destroy self-confidence,” Iredale says.
“I wanted to develop a makeup line that could
contribute to the lives of women by aiding the health
of their skin.”
iredale’s PureGloss™ is formulated with
a base of organic vegetable oils and contains grape
seed and pomegranate extracts to keep lips moisturized,
protected and nourished. Jane tells us to “think
pink” this spring with her Spring 2007 Collection,
“Power of Pink.” With a radiant flush of
color and a touch of shimmer and shine, our lips are
as sweet as candy with the collection’s newest
gloss shade, Cotton Candy.
iredale PureGloss™ for Lips – Cotton Candy,
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics are available at salons, spas
and medical offices around the globe. To find a sales
outlet near you, click
Purchase on-line at www.janeiredaledirect.com.
Cheryl Santucci – Tulku Beauty
Reading up on Buddhist practices, Cheryl Santucci came
across a word, “tulku.” Meaning “teacher,”
the term resonated with her, and when she launched her
beauty apothecary, the name was there waiting. After
spending 14 years as the beauty director for Illinois-based
Mario Tricoci Salon’s 19 locations where she revamped
the chain’s entire make-up department, she found
she missed the one-on-one experience of creating new
looks for clients and enhancing their individual beauty.
Tulku Beauty is a complete line of high-quality beauty
tools and color cosmetics that includes eye shadows,
pencils, mascaras, blushes, bronzers, highlighters,
liquid foundations and tints, concealers, lipsticks
and glosses. Derived from 100% pure, earth-mined minerals
with no added colors, dyes, oils or fragrance, Tulku
formulas can be used post-treatment, making it a favorable
choice for women focused on their skin’s care
and repair. Santucci’s color palettes evolve each
season to reflect the current trends, while her customization
process allows her to modify those trends based on clients’
needs. “With Tulku I have the ability to not only
match any skin tone exactly, I can adjust the coverage
of the minerals and texture of the product,” Santucci
explains. “I can fine-tune the amount of luminescence
or create a completely matte product.”
Tulku Lip Glosses are produced from vegetable wax bases
and pack in plenty of Vitamin E, macadamia oil and green
tea extract. Designing our very own personal gloss formula
starts with texture (a choice of high-shine, balm or
traditional gloss), then color family, followed by additional
add-ons like frost, shimmer, fragrance as well as extra
SPF and moisture.
Lip Gloss, $18.50.
Tulku is sold exclusively at Zano Hair Salon and Spa
in downtown Naperville, IL, and will be offered at two
additional Zano locations in the coming months. Watch
to go live soon.
Zano Hair Salon and Spa
35 S. Washington
Naperville, IL 60540