Gloss·a·ry – Prelude to a Kiss

By Michelle Carney

If there was ever a day to celebrate your lips, it’s Valentine’s Day. While we certainly don’t need a national holiday to encourage romance, it sure is a good excuse to engage in some good old fashioned kissin’. Before you put Cupid’s arrow into play, have a little fun priming your pucker. Ensure every smooch is as sweet as honey, as rich as chocolate with my “love potion prescription.” Finding the guy not included.

First step, preparation. The delicate skin on the lips is no doubt experiencing chapping and dryness at this time of year. Darphin Age Defying Lip Balm ($40) answers the call for repair and hydration. One part soothing salve, one part anti-aging treatment plus a velvety texture and delicate aroma for added luxury, this balm blends Plum Oil, Kokum Butter, Mango Butter and Sunflower Oil with Maxi Lip™ to stimulate collagen and reduce wrinkles and Organic Argan Oil and Rosemary Oil to fight the clock.



Guarantee a lusciously irresistible pout with a lip plumper. With dozens of choices on the market that use a variety of ingredients to produce a plumping effect, it can be confusing, especially if you’re not used to a tingly or spicy sensation on your lips. If in pout doubt, I suggest LipFusion® Micro-Injected Collagen® Lip Plump Color Shine ($38). There’s a reason this brand is a best seller, endorsed by beauty industry insiders for two years running. A revolutionary technology that involves tiny, dehydrated, marine collagen microspheres instantly absorbed by the lips. They seek out the lips’ natural moisture, and as soon as the spheres become re-hydrated, they plump and hold onto the moisture they’ve collected, creating a slight "swelling" of the tissue. Within seconds lips are fuller and smoother, and it lasts up to 48 hours. Scoop up Smooch (sheer scarlet) or Sexy (natural soft red).

Feeling a little naughty? You can dabble in aphrodisiacs without forking over cash and calories for oysters, truffles or chocolate. Although Dr. Ruth Westheimer once said “There is no such thing as a true aphrodisiac,” and the FDA has dismissed the entire theory as a myth, believing in the legend seems much more fun. Give Booty Parlor’s Kissaholic Kissing Kit ($26) a try. This charming little package houses Kissaholic Aphrodisiac Infused Plumping Lip Gloss with Kissaholic Aphrodisiac Infused Breath Mist. Both products contain the brand’s aphrodisiac blend that “inspires desire” with an exotic mix of agents found in nature: Ginkgo Biloba, Ginger, Passion Flower, Damiana, Muira Puama and PEA (phenyl ethylamine – a so-called “molecule of love”). The gloss, available in Shiver (pinkish tangerine), Faint (rosy nude) and Swoon (natural berry) flavored with pear, pomegranate vanilla and blackberry honey, combine shea butter and Vitamin E with Ginger Root Oil to stimulate circulation and plumping. The breath mist infuses cinnamon and spearmint for a fresh and natural cinna-minty taste.

After you’ve been kissing, don’t let that pretty pout lose its color, A lip stain like Tarte’s Rise & Shine ($21) is the perfect partner. This dynamic duo of lip stain and lip-enhancing gloss has a waterproof, gel-based lip tint on one end and a polishing gloss on the other. Apply the tint just once and replenish with collagen-stimulating, “skinvigorating” gloss as often as you like. The color-coordinated combos come in Cherry, Mauve, Nectar and my personal fave, Pink.




If you’re a girly girl who loves to give valentines, here’s a heart-felt, glam gift miles ahead of those chalky candy hearts. Philosophy’s Candy Hearts Valentine Inspired Lip Shine Trio ($25) packs three lip-smacking glosses – Melon Daiquiri (peachy shimmer), Vanilla Birthday Cake (champagne sparkle) and Raspberry Sorbet (pink berry) – with the classic sweet nothings “be mine,” “ask me” and “love you” stamped on the tubes. The gift box even includes an address label to write your own personal valentine message. You know you love me, xoxo.



Finally, let’s not forget the flavor of love. Forget mints or gum that only get in the way. Keep your kissin’ partner breathless with the tried and tested Binaca. The mouth-freshening spray has been around for years, but in my opinion it’s still the best bad-breath fighter out there. The brand’s newest spice, Binaca FastBlast® Cinnamint (2.49) packs a powerful, breath-saving punch within a tiny, convenient tube you can stash in the smallest clutch or pocket.



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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