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.


Bright Smile


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 fixes.


Kevyn 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. For a list of retailers around the country, click here.


SexySmile 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.


Benefit 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. To find a Benefit carrier near you, click here.


Bourjois 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.


Sally 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. To find a location near you, click here.


GoSMILE Smileceuticals™ Lip Balm good-for-you lip treatment, $18
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 www.gosmile.com. To find a retailer you, click here.


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