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.


Small Wonders


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.


Dreaming 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 at www.sephora.com.


I Scream 4 Sugar Mini Lip Gloss Set, $28.


Curb 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.


If 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 here.


Smashbox Gloss-N-Go Mini Lip Gloss Kits, $16.


Venerable 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 pencil.
Available online at www.smashbox.com. Click here to find a Smashbox retailer near you.


Lola Cosmetics La Petite Gloss Menagerie, $15.


Tennessee Williams has nothing on this menagerie. Lola (lust often love always)
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 www.lolacosmetics.com. To find a Lola retailer near you, click here.


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