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.


Holiday Glossary

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.

For 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. To find a retailer near you, click here.


Mistletoe Madness
Givenchy Pop Gloss Set, $25.

The 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, $40.

Diamonds 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. To locate a retailer near you, click here.


Shake It Baby!
C.O. Bigelow Soda Fountain Mini Mentha Lip Shine Trio in Milkshake Flavors, $10.

For 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 www.bathandbodyworks.com. To find a store near you, click here.


Sugar & Spice
Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush & Very Sexy Lip Gloss Sets, $30 & $19.50.

From 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. To find a Victoria’s Secret Beauty store near you, click here.



New Year’s Beam
Rimmel Light Beam Lip Gloss, $10.99.

The 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. To find an Ulta location near you, click here.


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