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.


Lip Therapy

Don’t let Old Man Winter get your lips this season – a dry, chapped cracked pout is the kiss of death in our book. This month, a conditioning, nutrient-rich lip gloss is THE necessity in the pocket of your parka. So rather than let winter wreak its havoc, we give you a handful of healthy glosses that boost moisture and hydration without sacrificing even a glimmer of glamour.


Garden Botanika Slip Gloss, $14.

For almost two decades the Garden Botanika brand has successfully blended the beauty of nature with the science of the lab. And GB’s Slip Gloss does just what it says – slides on as smooth as a silk slip thanks to a unique gel-like formula that assures no sticky texture. The gloss packs a gentle punch of botanical moisturizers like Shea butter and Meadowfoam Seed Oil along with antioxidant Vitamin E for added protection from the elements. Stylish and versatile shades include Syrah, Rosehip, Cranapple, Plumwood and our personal favorite, Black Cherry. Purchase on line at www.gardenbotanika.com. To find a retailer near you, click here.


Therapy Systems Lip Gloss & Tinted Lip Balm, $22.

Therapy Systems founder Linda Roberts created her brand of skin care and cosmetics with a mission – to deliver “active ingredients” to the skin for instant benefits and results. An ultimate blend of advanced science with the latest in beauty, Therapy Systems products are formulated in small quantities inside laboratories and then tested repeatedly by clients and focus groups for quality assurance. The line’s Lip Gloss and Tinted Lip Balm are no exception. The sleekly designed Lip Gloss features a slick texture without any tackiness that delivers high-shine that lasts for hours. Havana Nights, Flaming Gold and Love ‘em or Leave ‘em are just a few of the color selections, but we’re partial to Trust Fund Baby, a pinkish hue with a champagne shimmer. Therapy Systems Moisturizing Lip Balm provides the protection and aid of a chapped lip stick in six sheer washes of color including Flush, Blush, Nude and Sunny. Purchase on-line at www.therapysystems.com. For a list of the brand’s participating retailers, click here.


Lip Gloss



Tinted Lip Balm



TINte Moisturizing Flavored Lip Shine, $17 & Lip Color, $14.


This kitschy line of vintage-inspired, girly girl cosmetics are just too cute to resist.
Proudly tested on “boys not animals,” TINte’s multi-purpose lip shine and color products provide glamorous shine, a satiny texture and an infusion of Shea butter and vitamin-enriched minerals into adorable tiny tins and tubes. For those who favor a little flavor, try on Pink Lemonade, Double Bubble and Haute Chocolate for a taste temptation. The brand’s Lip Color collection features rich color hues without shimmer in vintage sliding-top tins. Slide open Root Beer, Cream Soda or our pick, Blackberry Jam, for a swipe of silky goodness and a deep tint of color. Buy on line at http://tintecosmetics.com/store.html. To locate a TINte retailer near you, visit www.tintecosmetics.com and click on “retailers” from the top of the menu.


Flavored Lip Shine



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CARGO Lip Gloss Quad, $24.


The signature product from CARGO Cosmetics, CARGO’s Lip Gloss tins have received numerous awards and accolades since the brand’s launch. The best-selling oversized pots are generously filled with long-lasting, mega-watt color and stunning shine. But it’s the formula’s Rosemary Extract and Vitamin E base that effectively fight off free radicals and the damaging effects of the sun and other environmental elements. The line’s latest addition of a quad tin gives us the value-added elements of more color varieties and options to mix and match. The coordinated quartets range from Casablanca (a range of shimmering nudes and roses) and South Beach (pink and rose shimmers alongside champagne and bronze) to Tenaga (burnt rose and rich plum with rose and champagne shimmer) and Argentina (Merlot and Antique Gold with sparkling ciders). Purchase on-line at www.sephora.com;
For a list of the brand’s participating retailers, click here.


Red Earth Hollywood Shine Premium Lipgloss, $14


Red Earth, the international brand founded in Australia in 1989, focuses on environmentally friendly products that won’t hurt the good earth. The line’s Hollywood Shine Premium Lipgloss offers a non-tacky consistency and a nourishing blend enriched with emollients and Vitamins C and E. And this ultra-glossy, super-slick gloss moisturizes lips with an infusion of vanilla – the perfect accompaniment to Very Berry, Sugar Plum, Pink Martini or our personal favorite, Park Avenue, a stylish mauve with a wash of pink shimmer. Available at Ulta stores and online at www.ulta.com.


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