The Gloss•a•ry: Multi-taskers for Mom
By Michelle Carney

Stumped for an imaginative Mother’s Day gift idea? Bypass the robe and flowers or add something different to the package with one of our glossy gift picks. These simple gloss solutions are practical gifts of beauty for the always-busy, multi-tasking mama. They’re functional, portable, time-savers that serve multiple purposes without taking any fun out of primping.

Dior Beauty Confidential, $65.
For the label lover, Dior Beauty Confidential is almost like owning a piece from the extravagant designer’s accessory collection. A thick, silver-plated envelope houses a double-duty compact with a sunny, peach-toned bronzer with gold shimmer and a pink lip gloss oozing with the label’s signature sparkle and shine, along with a mini blush brush and generously sized mirror. Both products are universal in color hue making them suitable for many skin tones. But what makes this palette most appealing is the thick Dior logo stamped on the outside of the envelope, and the imprinted address in the bronzer. It’s a true original, and just darn cute. Available at

Susan Posnick Colorforever, $24.
Celebrity makeup artist Susan Posnick started her collection with her innovative COLORFLO, a loose mineral powder foundation with sun protection and staying power. Her COLORFOREVER lip gloss is equally creative and convenient – a two-sided wand of rich and lasting lip color on one end and a color-coordinated, sheer-tinted conditioner that moisturizes on the other. Both consistencies are satiny without feeling tacky and are infused with subtle fruit scents. Each can be worn solo, as well as together, and of course, the practical tube is slim and easily portable. Five rock star duos are named after legendary icons, so there’s one to rock every mom’s world – Jimi (nude), Stevie (burgundy), Mick (red), Rod (pink) and our color pick, Janis (a sheer coral).
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Vera Wang Princess Perfect Pair, $25.
This flight of fancy is an ideal space-saver that also watches the wallet. Vera Wang’s Princess Perfect Pair packs a light-textured, sheer pink gloss on one side and a roller ball eau de toilette of Vera Wang’s Princess fragrance on the other. “Princess” is a sweet, floral scent derived from water lily, apple, mandarin meringue, guava, Tahitian flower, tuberose, dark chocolate, amber and more notes that add tropical accents. Available at



Sephora Lush Flush Wine Lip & Cheek Stain, $10.
A multitude of benefits are tucked into Sephora Lush Flush’s tiny tube. For a flush-on-the go, dab a bit on the lips, cheeks or both and get an instant dose of sheer color. Add more layers and watch the color intensify. Made from crushed grapes used to make red wine, the gel’s active ingredient is called Optunia Streptacantha Stem Extract, which provides a cooling sensation as well as healthy antioxidants, polysaccharides, minerals and vitamins that block out free radicals and toxins. Available at


Hot Pants Lip Lust, $19.99.
For the mom who wants bee-stung lips without the sting, Hot Pants Cosmetics presents Lip Lust, the first plumper we know of that uses cottonseed oil as its plumping agent. It’s this little extra that fills in fine lines and adds fullness. But that’s not all. What makes this pair of hot pants a clutch-essential is the tube’s built-in LED light inside the cab that turns on when it’s opened. Plus a pout-sized mirror lies on one side of the package so you’ve got everything you need for on-the-spot application, anywhere. Ten shades suit almost all tastes in texture – from rich satin and subtle shimmer to dynamite sparkle. We prefer Gold Rush (a nude shade with a hint of gold glitter), but the range covers rich berries (Mouthin’ Off), sunny pinks (Sweet Talker) and earthy mochas (Lush Lips). Available at

The gloss•a•ry is PrettyCity’s 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.  Please contact Michelle Carney with story ideas or product suggestions



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