Gloss•a•ry: Multi-taskers for Mom
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 www.strawberrynet.com
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).
Available at www.susanposnick.com.
Vera Wang Princess Perfect Pair,
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 www.amazon.com.
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 www.sephora.com
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 www.hotpantscosmetics.com
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
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