The Gloss•a•ry: Fruits of Labor
By Michelle Carney

As you soak up the last weeks of summer, hopefully you’re eating your way to “5 A Day” – that’s the five daily servings of fresh fruits and veggies recommended by the FDA. Summer always produces a more exotic selection of produce than winter, but that’s like comparing apples to oranges. So if you haven’t been diligent, we can’t make you eat more, but we can bring these nutritious treats to your lips.


DuWop LipLingo, $32.
DuWop packs a powerful punch of antioxidants in its LipLingo collection with a blend of pomegranate and berry extracts. These fruit-fighters protect us from those harmful free radicals floating around the atmosphere. Two summer-friendly palettes, nude and pink, are housed in sleek, slim, sea-foam metallic green compacts with a slick mirror and dual-ended brush. LipLingo contains a versatile base shade of satin matte lipstick and four fun toppers – white-gold overlay, color-coordinated shimmery gloss, gloss intensifier and shiny clear balm. Each can be worn alone or layered to create multiple looks – depending on your lingo of the day. Available at To find a retail carrier near you, click here


Wei East White Olive Tinted Lip Smoother, $10.
Wei East introduces us to the wonders of the gardens of the Far East. We’ve heard olive oil is good for us for a myriad of reasons and olives have “healthy fat,” but lesser known are the healing powers of the Chinese White Olive. Yep, big things come in this small veggie package. Wei East uses Chinese White Olive in its tinted lip smoothers to heal chapped lips and reduce wrinkles by firming the skin. These little glosses, in “Pink Peony,” “Blackberry,” “Plum Perfect” and our pick, “Pomegranate,” also contain Sesame Seed and Szechwan Peppercorn for additional moisture and skin tissue regeneration. Available at


BORBA Nutraceutical Lip Tint, $16.
Borba’s Cashmere Fiber Lip Balm is one of Borba’s best sellers thanks to an exclusive blend that helps improve lip texture and tone. And now, the nutrient-heavy brand introduces a tinted version of the balm. Borba’s Lip Tints are fueled by a “nutraceutical” cocktail of apricot and coconut oil that soften and moisturize with multiple layers of emollients and pomegranate and grapeseed that serve as your antioxidant defense from free radicals. It’s available in three sheer washes of color, “Soft Kiss” (petal pink), “Lovely” (plum berry) and our color pick, “Divine” (bronze-hued nude). Available at For a list of retail locations, click here.

Sue Devitt Bermuda Triangle Lip Enhancing Gloss, $22.
Exotic Orchid Extract is the hidden secret to Sue Devitt’s Bermuda Triangle. No conspiracy theories here, just one way to make fine lines and wrinkles mysteriously disappear. This sheer, peach gloss delivers a juicy shine and a healthy looking glow, but beneath the surface it packs Peptide-5 for collagen promotion, marine collagen for elasticity and water, shea butter and the ever-loving orchid for supreme moisture. Available at Barneys New York and


Sonia Kashuk Dual Ended Sheer Lip Color and Plumping Glossy Tint, $9.99.
Straight from your local Target store, Celebrity Makeup Artist Sonia Kashuk brings her high-end brand of beauty to the public. And she’s got a new crop of fresh and playful products for the season, like the Dual Ended Sheer Lip Color and Plumping Glossy Tints. The super-sized tubes house a rich and fruity lipstick on one end and a matching plumping gloss tinted a shade lighter on the other. In “Paradise,” “Hibiscus” and our favorite, “Passion Fruit,” our lips are looking full, glistening and as ripe as the plumpest plum on the tree. Available at Target stores and at


Blistex’s Silk & Shine Lip Balm
Blistex is doing us all a favor this summer by making sure we keep our lips protected with Silk & Shine lip balm. Packed with vitamins A, B5 & E this PABA-free balm also provides SPF 15 protection, so it’s perfect for those long summer outdoor adventures. With its satisfying subtle glide, this sheer “pearly” gloss goes on smoothly to keep lips looking healthy and polished. It’s made with real silk extracts leaving lips moisturized, smooth and conditioned. Beach bunnies around the world thank Blistex for packing this practical little balm with protection and a hint of silkiness. Pick this tiny gem up for $3 at Walgreen’s nationwide or 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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