Friday, July 20, 2012

fairy gloss

This post goes out to all the women who refuse to grow up, who still have a healthy 10 year old girl active inside them, and who can never, ever, get enough glitter.  This is me and I still believe in fairy dust, but except for when I'm at work selling cosmetics I am past a certain age where it is acceptable to wear out-and-out bling.  Luckily I have discovered some modified, slightly more subtle lipglosses that are grown up enough to wear on a date without scaring the guy off, yet do not sacrifice that lovely look of glimmer.  These glosses have the perfect hint of sparkle - just enough to give you luminous lips.  Intrigued?  Let's take a look, I am excited to tell you all about them!

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish is a lip plumping gloss favored by women of all ages.  They come in a huge array of sparkling diamond colors that are soft and sheer.  As far as lipglosses go, Buxom is fairly long-wearing, and not too goopy/sticky.  For the more discerning shopper, this is a mostly natural brand (made by Bare Escentuals), containing no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMOs, or triclosan.  Furthermore, its lip plumping ingredient is not the aggressive, burning, irritating type but rather a pleasant cooling minty type.  Each color is named after sexy burlesque women, and if you are looking for a suits-all-skin-coloring shade I would try either 'Katie' or 'April'.

On the glamorous side, there is YSL Golden Gloss - shimmering lip gloss.  I can't think of a prettier, classier lip gloss that gives just the right amount of twinkle.  Your lips will glisten with a hint of metallic fairy dust that is flirty, sexy, and insouciant.  I am head over heals with their new color Golden Violet which is a vibrant fuschia. And Golden Amber is a sheer golden nude that is phenomenal layered over lipstick to bring any color to life.  A truly luscious gloss!

Lancome Gloss In Love is advertised as giving vinyl shine but if you look a little closer, the shine comes from millions of dainty little sparkles that look like stardust. Or even subtler....moondust. Is that not the fairiest of fairy glosses?  I immediately bought it in three different colors, plus I got the clear top coat 200 Just Strass that gives a little extra twinkle.  You' can go subtle or go strong but either way I just know you are going to love how it looks on your lips!

The glitziest of the lot is Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Gloss.   This is an old-school, goopy lipgloss, that varnishes your lips and makes every man in sight want to kiss it off of you.  It is foxy.  It is fun.  And definitely very playful.   Yet.....still appropriate enough for anyone who cares to wear it.  The price point of this gloss is irresistible and the formula contains shea butter and grapeseed oil to make it nice and hydrating.  I've got a collection of three or four of these babies in my makeup bag, and I predict you will have trouble buying just one.


  1. What's your take on the new glossy lip stains. Heard good things about the ysl version.

    1. In general I love glossy stains - lip stains have come a long long way over the last few years. TheYSL stain is pretty but very sheer - you definitely need to layer it. Also it is not quite as glossy as say Tart's LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain which I also like. But I recommend buying a glossy lip stain, you'll get a lot of wear out of it.