Gloss·a·ry – It’s Better To Pout
By Michelle Carney

Who ever wrote “You Better Not Pout…” in that famous tune about Santa, doesn’t know jack about kissin’ under the mistletoe. Here’s our list of the season’s hottest gifts for puckering up and stuffing stockings.


Prescriptives UBLEND Lip Gloss, $26.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s interactive, customized and as shiny as holiday tinsel –head to the nearest Prescriptives Cosmetics counter that offers UBLEND. This customized service allows you to blend your very own cosmetics. And, yes, UBLEND even gives gloss-loving ladies the chance to blend their own shade of gloss. Start by choosing a base shade from about two dozen choices – berries, reds, roses, pinks, beiges and browns. Then select a “finish” like luster, chrome, glitter or jelly. Finish off with a flavor such as tropical, latte, melon or meringue, and you’ve got a vitamin-enriched, high-shine gloss with just the right touch of shimmer or pearl and texture – personally blended just for you and yours. No time for shopping this season? No problem. Create your personalized shade online, here.


Tarte Purse Your Lips Limited Edition Super Fruit Lip Gloss Clutch, $39.
Nine limited-edition shades of Tarte’s Super Fruit Lip Gloss (infused with their patented “t5 super fruit complex”) come packed inside this vintage-inspired, brushed gold clutch with burgundy undertones and matching satin interior. From shimmering peach and brown sugar to gold-tinged plum and deep cranberry, there’s a gloss for every night of Hanukah – plus one – just like the Menorah. This stellar stocking stuffer is available at . Or, find a store near you that carries Tarte Cosmetics, here.


TooFaced Mini Mirror Mirror Gloss Set, $21.
Mirror Mirror on the wall…you know the rest. And, you won’t forget it with TooFaced’s limited-edition gift set of four slick-as-glass mini glosses in festive and affirmative colors: “Don’t Hate Me” (light pink), “I Love Myself” (pink), “Damn I’m Hot” (red) and “I’m Perfect” (beige). Formulated with the natural antioxidant, Goji Berry extract, your fairest lips of all will be drenched in hydration and nutrients as much as they will be in shine. Take that Evil Queen! Available at For a TooFaced retail carrier near you, click here.


theBalm Holiday in Balm Beach, $21; theBalm to the Rescue, $14
theBalm knows how to stuff our stockings during the holidays with its kitschy brand of super-lustrous and uber-healthy lip stuffs. This season, take Holiday in Balm Beach with you on your vacation. Housed in a faux book for easy packing (not to mention gift giving) this set features “Hot Mama” shadow/blush, “Bahama Mama” bronzer, “Shady Lady” shadow and the Balmshelter Tinted Gloss SPF 17 in “Girl Next Door.” While you’re tapping into the spirit of giving, send your lips some winter weather rescue with theBalm to the Rescue, a smooth balm that’s 100% vegan. This balm features micro-exfoliating crystals, shea and cocoa butters, and olive and jojoba oils. Plus, net proceeds from this top seller go straight to saving puppies at Pug Rescue.
Holiday in Balm Beach is available at and theBalm to the Rescue at


HollyBeth Lavender Essentials Pack, $79.
This charming bough of holly houses all of HollyBeth’s Lavender Essentials in one gift set: Lavender Hand Cream, Lavender & Rose Geranium Candle, Blossom Lavender & Rose Geranium Eye Cream and our favorite, of course, Lavender Lip Balm. It’s a luxurious gift pack for the eco-conscious girl on your list – filled with certified organic and therapeutic-grade products inspired by the homeopathic remedies found in HollyBeth’s global travels and right in her home state of Georgia. Go here to find a retail location near you.

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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