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.
At last, lip gloss that hits a triple play –
shines lips, whitens teeth and freshens breath. It’s
about time they caught on to the trend. Maintaining
minty-fresh breath and pearly white teeth has become
a national obsession. But if whitening gum just doesn’t
cut it, and the dentist says it’s not time yet
for another cosmetic bleaching session, take up a new
daily addiction – a sleek little tube of gloss
fueled by cosmetic tricks of the trade and quick breath-freshening
Aucoin Liquid Cyber Lip in Alurabliss, $27
Although the world lost the incredibly talented and
influential makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin way too young,
his legend lives on. Aucoin’s family and partners
carry on his vision, and Liquid Cyber Lip is a testament
to the icon’s genius. Inspired by his view on
the galaxy, the space-aged gloss creates multi-dimensional
reflections that add depth, dimension and a glass-like
illusion. The blue-flecked Alurabliss transmits an luminous
whitening effect on the teeth. Available online at www.drugstore.com.
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2-in-One Whitener, Freshener & Lip Gloss, $28.50
Dr. Pia Lieb takes cosmetic dentistry to the next level.
The good doctor’s smashing creation combines one
of the strongest whitening formulas available outside
a dentist’s office with a breath freshener and
a long-lasting gloss. On one end, a hydrogen peroxide
and peppermint oil blend lifts stains and instantly
freshens breath. On the other, a luxurious gloss infused
with Vitamins A and E and shea butter to nourish and
shine lips. Dr. Sexy Smile says applying up to three
times a day can take you up to 12 shades lighter. Choose
from Bombshell Blonde, Boardroom Berry, Café
Latte, Late Night Bordeaux and our pick, Stripped Bare.
Available online at www.bebeautiful.com.
For more info check out www.sexysmileonline.com.
California Kissin' Lip Shine, $16
Stop California dreamin’ and start California
kissin’! Surf’s up girls, this smile-brightening
lip shine from San Francisco treat Benefit Cosmetics
is guaranteed to get you kissed. The lip shine freshens
breath and brightens smiles in one tasty blue wave.
The subtle blue sheen makes teeth appear whiter, and
lips taste sexy-sweet. All you’re missing is the
bikini and the beach. Available online at www.benefitcosmetics.com.
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Eau de Gloss, $15
Eau de Gloss from Bourjois boasts 14% water content,
meaning this H20-in-a-tube gives lips a dose of water
with ever application. The thirst-quenching sensation
keeps up the hydration for up to four hours. Glycerin
and Vitamin E, along with high-performance polymers
for a light, satiny texture, leave pouts gorgeously
glossed and moisturized. The final touch, a light menthol
infusion with a hint of citrus to refresh the entire
pucker. Pop the top on eight sheer shines: Eau fraiche,
Moka Frappe, Rose a L'eau, Orange Leger, Framboise Glacee,
Cassis Hydratant, Rose Vitamine and Brun Petillant.
Available at Sephora stores and online at www.sephora.com.
Hansen Smile Brightening Lip Treatment, $6.95
Instantly whiten teeth for under $10- now, that’s
instant gratification on the cheap. Color-correcting
pigments counteract yellow tones, and blue botanicals,
optical brightening pearls, Borage and Cornflower Extract
work together to add to the illusion of perfectly pearly
whites. Below the surface, botanicals and Vitamins A,
C and E hydrate and condition the lips, and a mild vanilla
flavor freshens breath. Five vibrant shades deliver
rich color and vinyl-like shine: Twinkling, Radiant,
Luminous, Dazzling and our pick, Brilliant, a vampy
hue that has its sights set on fall. Available at drugstores
nationwide and online at www.walgreens.com.
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Smileceuticals™ Lip Balm good-for-you lip treatment,
Dr. Jonathan Levine, the creator of Smileceuticals™
and the whitening-in-a-pocket GoSMILE teeth whitening
tabs, calls his Lip Balm is a facial for the lips. O.K.
then, the line starts behind me. Take this cute compact
anywhere you go, and instantly restore your lips with
a proprietary blend of botanicals like Vitamin E and
Chamomile and soothing herbal extracts shea and cocoa
butter. Key to the formula is retinol (Vitamin A), which
lightly exfoliates lips and help promotes cell turnover.
Topped with a hint of vanilla, this one’s guaranteed
to make you smile. Available at specialty retailers
nationwide including Nordstrom, Sephora and online at
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