Gloss·a·ry – Holiday Shine
By Michelle Carney

This holiday season there’s a lot to look forward to, like parties…and presents…and a frosty new batch of lip glosses. As you break out the latest fall fashion accessories you’ve added to the arsenal of party apparel, let your lips speak to your style with these sparkly, bright colors.


Cargo PlantLoveLip Gloss in Sunflower, $20.
You can never go wrong with 24 karats. “The Gold Standard” is the term on everyone’s lips these days. Invest in Cargo PlantLove™ Lip Gloss in Sunflower for a sheer gold with classic shine – the ultimate complement to your latest little black dress. And these lips come with a conscience. Made with an organic blend of the natural oils, Karanja, Sweet Almond, Grape Seed and VIAMERINE® 1000 (an Apricot wax substitute for lanoline and petroleum that’s rich in vitamins E and F) and packaged in the eco-friendly ECOCERT™ certified recyclable plastic and paperboard tube. Check out to see how you can help save the planet, one seed at a time. Available at Sephora stores and at


Armour Beauty in Shattered & After Hours, $19.
Light up a room day or night with Armour Beauty’s Shattered and After Hours – two shimmer shades from this rocker-girl label – think juicy apple red like The Rolling Stones’ lips icon and a Caribou classic, nightclub-perfect purple. Kicked off by two really chic chicks who tribute every shade to a timeless tune, rocker/model Theo Kogan and celebrity makeup artist-turned-handbag designer, Allison Burns. Together they’re giving gloss the best of rock and fashion. Sensation meets style when a formula of Avocado, Olive, Mango Seed and Shea Butter collaborates with rock star colors and sleek packaging. Available at


J. Lynne Gloss FX Natural Lip Glaze in Evangeline, $12
Capture sugar plum fairy whimsy with movie-star shine with J. Lynne Gloss FX’s Natural Glaze in Evangeline. Lips look like they’ve just eaten a dark, juicy blackberry and chased it with a tart raspberry. It’s irresistibly kissable, which must be due to the brand’s secret blend of special FX (like orange peel oil, manganese violet pigments and natural cosmetic grade mica). Brand founder Jessica Lynne Miller suggests gently pumping the tube with the wand before each application to maintain the gloss’ ideal consistency as natural mineral pigments tend to separate. Available at


Skinn Wet Shine Lip Gloss in Garnet & Fire Opal, $9.50
Twinkle, sparkle and shine with Skinn Wet Shine’s Garnet and Fire Opal – glistening mocha and peach hues with champagne shimmers. From the house of Dimitri James, a skincare guru, who paid his dues with some of the big cosmetic corporations and felt disillusioned by what he saw as a sacrifice of substance for upscale packaging. This bare-bones brand puts its focus on fine ingredients like vitamin E, soy, sweet almond oil, peppermint and aloe rather than expensive retail marketing. 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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