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.
Across pretty cities everywhere, glamour gals are putting
on the glitz. For gloss addicts, this truly is the most
wonderful time of the year. Why? Because our favorite
brands are packing in their most cherished wands of
wonder into value-added gift sets. Whether you’re
shopping for your elves or yourselves, ‘tis the
season to be glossy.
Sugar Plum Fairy
Benefit “Her Glossiness”
Gift Set, $26.
the true fairy princess, a royally inspired set of three
double-ended glosses in Benefit’s tried-and-true
luxury shine formula. Each wand features two coordinating
shades with diva-worthy titles. “Life on the A
list” meets “Who are you wearing”
in a dual pop of pink. “Who does your work”
and Talk to my agent” match sheer burgundy with
sugar plum shimmer. “Next question please”
and “Kiss you” bring a bright fuchsia to
a golden-toned rose. Aside from the dolled up packaging,
the super-shiny gloss is infused with jojoba oil for
a smooth and healthy glow. Available at www.benefitcosmetics.com.
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Givenchy Pop Gloss Set, $25.
holiday starlet will surely want to dress her lips in
only the finest couture from one of the world’s
most respected fashion designers. If you can’t
afford the haute couture gown, pop for this gift set
that includes three of the brand’s exclusive “Pulp
Shine” glosses. A shiny little black zipper pouch
with G’s signature logo holds three shades, “Exciting
Coral,” “Boost Copper” and “Pop
Rose,” which boast moisturizing emollients and
light-catching sparkle. This limited edition set is
only available at Sephora stores and online at www.sephora.com.
Beauty & the Bling
Lancome Precious Carat Lip Gloss Jewel,
may be a girl’s best friend, but gloss is our
girl’s bff – making Lancome’s Precious
Carat THE girlfriend gift of the season. A shiny, silver
metal casing houses a Swarovski Crystal rock that opens
to reveal the brand’s Diamond Splendour, the brand’s
non-sticky clear gloss with flecks of gold. Available
at Lancome counters and online at www.lancome-usa.com.
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Shake It Baby!
C.O. Bigelow Soda Fountain Mini Mentha
Lip Shine Trio in Milkshake Flavors, $10.
those who miss the simple days of hanging around the
drugstore’s old-fashioned soda fountain, shake
up a bit of history with this trio of C.O. Bigelow’s
famed Mentha Lip Shines. In Vanilla Malt, Double Chocolate
and Strawberry Shake flavors, these all-natural minis
boast maximum shine with a Neapolitan mix of sweet scents.
Available at Bath and Body Works stores and online at
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Sugar & Spice
Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush
& Very Sexy Lip Gloss Sets, $30 & $19.50.
the girly girl to the sexy vixen, Victoria’s Secret
Beauty has a gloss for every girl on Santa’s naughty
and nice list. The store’s famed Beauty Rush label,
which now offers more than 30 lip-smacking flavors,
packages six full-sized glosses in one gift set –
from Mango Madness and Cupquake to Strawberry Fizz and
Sugar High. Feeling naughty? Check out the Very Sexy
Supermodel Mini Gloss Set of four favorites chosen and
autographed by VS supermodels including Password –
Karolina Kurkova (soft sheer pink), Bling – Alessandra
Ambrosio (shimmery champagne), Make Out – Izabel
Goulart (frosted berry) and Yearning – Selita
Ebanks (copper sheen). Available at Victoria’s
Secret Beauty and online at www.victoriassecret.com.
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New Year’s Beam
Rimmel Light Beam Lip Gloss, $10.99.
gadgetry of this gloss is so ingenious I’m kicking
myself for not thinking of it first. Rimmel’s
Light Beam gloss is every party girl’s must-have
accessory. The compact cube features a high-intensity
LED light that switches on when you push the little
rubber circle on the bottom. While the rectangular mirror
on the side makes reapplying in the VIP lounge, the
back of the limo, or any other dark place a non-issue.
In six spotlight-worthy shades: Limelight (fire engine
red), In the Mix (dark and dusty pink), Strobe Light
(pearly sheer), Spotlight (fuchsia), Disco Ball (champagne
glow) and After Hours (sheer burgundy). Available at
Ulta stores and online at www.ulta.com.
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