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GEMs Of Beauty: Lucious Lips For Spring

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GEMs Of Beauty:
Lucious Lips For Spring

 

Ah, springtime. The flowers are blooming, the leaves have popped, and my allergies are so out of control that my eyes won’t stop weeping and my nose is running so much that an entire carton of Claritan isn’t making a dent. Every time I sneeze, I always seem to get more lipstick on my tissues than I do on my lips. Don’t you hate that? The only good part about the constant nose-blowing is that it gives me the opportunity to try a whole lot of delectable new lip colors that are as fresh as the limpid, fragrant, and, yeah, pollen-drenched air. Hope you like these as much as I do!

 

1. KISSAMINT

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Ever have a sushi lunch and get back to work wondering if your breath is as briny as the fish you just ate, all while knowing that a toothbrush or mouthwash was nowhere in sight? Fret no more. Kissamint is a genius little container with a super-emollient lip balm on one end, and drops of a minty breath freshener that you squeeze out on the other. Miss Independamint has a clear balm and peppermint drops, and Spearamint Ur Ex has a red balm with spearmint-vanilla drops. Such a brilliant idea I wish I’d had it years ago!

Buy each for $19.50 at kissamint.com

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2. THE LIP BAR

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If you like your colors deliciously bold and bright, and your packaging sleek and sexy, then you will love the Lip Bar as much as I do. These colors are fierce, and the texture is highly emollient, thanks to their unique blend of shea butter and rich oils. Go for the Signature Cocktails lipsticks or the glossy Lip Liqueurs and prepare to be wowed. I especially like how this business was founded by Melissa Butler, a smart and savvy women from Detroit, determined to challenge the standards of beauty. I’d say she’s succeeded – and then some!

Buy it for $20 at www.thelipbar.com

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3. FIONA STILES LIP COLOR

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Fiona Stiles is a makeup artist to the stars, and now she’s brought her vision and talent to her eponymous line of makeup. Her lip colors are outstanding—highly pigmented so they last, and hydrating so your lips stay moist. Try the Signature Soft Matte for brilliant color that, unlike many other matte lipsticks, won’t get flaky and leave your lips parched, or for the Hydrashine Essential with a hint of sheen.

Buy it for $16 at www.fionastilesbeauty.com

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4. OSMOTICS COSMECEUTICALS BLUE COPPER 5 LIP AND TUCK TREATMENT

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Lip plumpers are usually on my list of must-to-avoids as the reason they work is because they irritate your lips, making them swell slightly. Um, no thanks! Fortunately, this new treatment leaves your lips softer and more hydrated, not dried-up and stinging. Loaded with plumping hyaluronic as well as copper and peptides to prevent collagen loss and nourishing oils. Available in four shades.

Buy it for $35 or three for $70 at osmotics.com

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5. BLUSHINGTON B. LOVELY LIPSTICK

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Blushington’s first-ever product launch and collaboration with celebrity makeup artist, Julie Hewett is a winner—a perfect neutral peach-nude shade that suits all skin tones. It’s highly pigmented and lasts for hours.

Buy it for $26 at Blushington.com

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6. RIMMEL THE ONLY 1 LIPSTICK

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Gotta love the slant. Rimmel’s new The Only 1 lipstick is the ideal shape to dash on your lips without fear of messing up. That it’s super-hydrating, comes in 12 shades, and smells just like the tropics is lovely, too.

Buy it for $6.99 at ulta.com

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7. NYC NEW YORK COLOR GET IT ALL ALL IN ONE LIP COLOR

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I couldn’t do a lip round-up without mentioning one of my favorite brands, the ever-inventive, ever-wallet-friendly NYC New York Color. I just love the creamy texture and the easy application of these sticks in glorious new shades for the summer.

Buy it for $2.99 at www.newyorkcolor.com

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Remember—if you’re having a grey day despite the blazing brilliance of the springtime sun, a new lipstick is an instant mood-lifter, especially when you can find just the right shade at just the right price. Sure, you might have your tried-and-true favorite in your makeup bag, but it’s a lot of fun to switch up your colors to highlight your outfits and show the world that you’re not afraid to be bold, sassy, and sexy.

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