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.


Girl Power


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.

Giella – 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, lips.


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 shimmer.
Giella 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, click here.


Patricia 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.
Patricia Wexler M.D. Advanced No Injection Lip Plumper, $17.50; two for $20.

To find a retailer near you that carries Patricia Wexler M.D., click here.

The line is also available at all Bath & Body Works locations. To find a BBW store near you, click here.


Joli 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.”
Pür Minerals Pout Plumping Lip Gloss, $15.

Pür Minerals products are available at several Ulta retail stores. To find a location near you, click here.
Purchase Pür on-line at www.purminerals.com and by phone, 1.866.PUR.0022 (1.866.787.0022).

Jane 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.”


jane 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.
jane iredale PureGloss™ for Lips – Cotton Candy, $19.

Iredale Mineral Cosmetics are available at salons, spas and medical offices around the globe. To find a sales outlet near you, click here.

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.
Tulku 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 for www.tulkubeauty.com to go live soon.

Zano Hair Salon and Spa
35 S. Washington
Naperville, IL 60540



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