The Gloss·a·ry: Give Him Some Lip
By Michelle Carney

If laughing is good for the soul, then kissing is even better for the heart. And I’m not just paying you lip service. According to WebMD, those who kiss their partner goodbye each morning live five years longer than those who don’t; kissing burns 2-3 calories a minute; a passionate make-out session relieves tension, reduces negative energy and produces a sense of well being; and kissing uses 30 facial muscles, keeping them tight. Since February isn’t the optimal time of year for soft, smooth lips, check out these products for pucker perfection just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Kiss chapped lips goodbye with a moisturizer that’s been a fave in Sweden for 100 years. Yes, a century, and Sweden’s not known for its balmy weather. LypSyl LypMoisturizer ($2.99) is the ultimate prep step before puckering up and bundling up. It’s formulated from all-natural, pure Swedish beeswax, the key to even distribution and deep penetration, as well as organic Shea butter, coconut oil, and Vitamins E and A for hydration and protection. The original LypSyl LypMoisturizer is long-lasting and offers a subtle hint of natural peppermint. More selections include LypMoisturizer in HoneyBerry, LypRadiance in HoneyRose and LypSensitivity in Aloe Vera. Available at select drugstores and Click here to find a retail location near you.

If it’s good enough for Oprah…Lady O’s long-time makeup artist, Reggie Wells, has teamed up with former magazine editor Sue Smethurst and Olympic gold medalist Louise Dobson to launch Hissyfit, Australia’s hottest new beauty brand known for its range of 3-in-1 beauty products for the face and body, i.e. 1) skincare 2) make-up and 3) sun protection. Hissyfit’s Lip Service ($20) is a super-shiny gloss that glides on silky smooth while providing all the benefits of a protective balm. Jojoba oil and Shea butter nourish and hydrate; Vitamin E acts as a free radical; and SPF 50 gives lips maximum protection from harmful UVAs and UVBs. Available in Clear and four sheer washes of color: Plum, Toffee, Guava and Berry.

If injecting fat into your lips for a fuller, plumper pout sounds painful, complicated and expensive, then I’ve got a short cut for you, and it’s probably the only time you’ll say “Do I look fat in this?” and mean it in a good way. The creators of FusionBeauty’s LipFusion now give you InFATuation Liquid Shine Multi-Action Lip Fattener ($29). The product’s Amplifat™ technology, derived from a perennial sea fern, places “fat” where you need it by promoting and storing your lips’ own natural fatty acids on contact. Plus it’s packed with peptides to restore collagen in your lips for smoother, plumper and fuller lips – long term. After 28-day clinical trials, InFATuation visibly increased lip volume and reduced wrinkles and fine lines. Available in six shades from sheer baby pink and cool nude to a shimmery peachy rose and a vibrant rosy plum.

Another non-surgical alternative for major pucker poutage, Sorme Treatment Cosmetics Gilded Lip Thick Gloss ($9), a powerful punch of therapeutic oils like clove, fennel, cinnamon, and orange to stimulate circulation; Vitamins A, D, E and Aloe Vera for conditioning; and a Maxi-Lip® peptide complex that promotes natural collagen production. The product is available in clear and a range of juicy colors, but the Gilded collection infuses a sexy gold shimmer into five, million-dollar shades: Ambre (bronze-rose), Demure (peachy pink), Icon (shimmery cocoa), Empress (sizzling scarlett) and Diva (brownish berry). Click here to find a Sorme retailer 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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