to the gloss•a•ry, a monthly roundup of all
that glitters from our own wand-toting shimmer expert,
Tune in each month for the latest and greatest in pout
perfecting products utterly devoted to your sparkly,
sexy and oh-so-shiny lips.
When faced with some of life’s toughest choices
– “Should I go with the sheer boysenberry
or the champagne shimmer?” – I turn to consumerism’s
most-trusted adages – “try the variety pack”
and “get more bang for your buck.” In the
case of these stellar sets of mini lip glosses, gloss-a-holics
can sample a range of colors and textures from one brand
for a price that’s pretty comparable to a full-sized
product. Now you can save the really tough decisions
for those bigger ticket items.
Dior Dreamy Kisses, $45.
of Dior? This luxury brand doesn’t come cheap,
but this trio of DiorKiss minis makes this purchase
budget-friendly. DiorKiss’ long-lasting formula
loaded with lip-plumping shine is a favorite with beauty
editors (not just yours truly), Town & Country magazine
named it one of the “75 Best New Beauty Products,”
and Cosmo Girl gave it the mag’s coveted “Kiss
of Approval.” This limited-edition, triple threat
packs Sorbet Meringue (white with metallic sparkles),
Red Currant (shimmering hot pink) and Cotton Candy (soft
shimmering baby pink) in one set, with each adorned
with the designer’s signature “D”
charm. Available exclusively at Sephora stores and online
I Scream 4 Sugar Mini Lip Gloss Set, $28.
your craving for ice cream with this variety pack of
flavors from Sugar, the sassy product line known for
its addictive lip smackers. This little lucite box packs
a flavorful punch with 12 sweet and juicy flavors with
shades that smell as good as they look.
Douse your lips in Peanut Butter (icy pink shimmer),
Cherries Jubilee (translucent red with glitter), Butter
Pecan (golden pink shimmer) and Lemon Custard (pale
peach shimmer), to name a few, and save yourself all
the calories (and indecisiveness) of a trip to 31 Flavors.
Available at Ulta stores and online at www.ulta.com.
Bare Escentuals Buxom Babes, $28.
big things come in small packages then these Buxom Babes
are literally bursting out of the box. This collection
of four mini lip plumper pin-ups deliver voluptuous
pout perfection with dazzling shine and healthy crushed
minerals and antioxidants like vitamins A and E to keep
your blossoming assets hydrated and healthy. And these
petite polish versions of Amber, Candi, Ginger and Trixie
easily fit into an evening clutch for glossing on-the-go.
Available at Nordstrom and other retailers nationwide,
and online at www.bareescentuals.com.
To find a Bare Escentuals carrier near you, click
Smashbox Gloss-N-Go Mini Lip Gloss Kits, $16.
favorite, Smashbox knows it’s not easy to pick
just one of its more than two dozen shades of long-lasting
luminous gloss. So the brains of this beauty brand compiled
four fab sets of three minis that reside inside their
own silver wristlet bag. Choose from Sheer Pinks, Nudes,
Peachy Pinks and Berry Reds, each with a matching lip
Available online at www.smashbox.com.
here to find a Smashbox retailer near you.
Lola Cosmetics La Petite Gloss Menagerie, $15.
Williams has nothing on this menagerie. Lola (lust often
Cosmetics, the beauty creation of Hollywood makeup artist
Victoria Jackson, makes lots of mini versions of its
signature gloss – in both large and small “menageries”
and attached to key chains. Nature’s finest nutrients
– jojoba, green tea, vitamin E and mint extract
– all make their way into these capsule-like tubes.
This little red box bundles four mini-gloss key chains
in “Clear with Glimmer Galore,” “Sparking
Pink loaded with Shimmer,” “Soft Kissable
Rose” and “Glistening Hint of Plum.”
And you’ll never forget your keys since they won’t
leave home without your gloss. Available at online at
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