Your 401k has hit the skids. Your job security is about as certain as finding a needle in a haystack. And your forehead, once a marked beacon of smooth-skinned bliss, is now wrought with worry lines.
With the economy deflating faster than you cay say “Recession,” a girl deserves a pick me up – or in this case, a plump me up. We’ll review a handful of the latest and greatest plumping glosses – from tinted to clear, vitamin-infused and downright addicting – and spill the skinny for The Vogue City readers.
Huge Lips, Skinny Hips, $20 at Scoop and Space.nk (available mid-April)
Purple Lab, founded by beauty expert Karen Robinovitz, launches their Huge Lips, Skinny Hips gloss line mid-April at Scoop and Space.nk. Infused with Vitamin B3, your lips will pout without the bite of traditional plumping agents; hoodia, an appetite suppressant, will work its magic on your metabolism. I tried all six colors – which slicked on smoothly and without the ineffable gloss gunk that can build up with some plumpers – and swear by Worship Kate, a gold-flecked mauve that looks great alone or paired under a lipstick.
Du-Wop Lip Venom Second Sin, $27 at Sephora
Those who dare wear Lip Venom; those who take it to the edge wear Lip Venom Second Sin, a more potent formulation of its lip loving predecessor. Packed with pomegranate, white tea and cooling extracts, Second Sin promises to deliver more antioxidant-derived benefits to in turn, deliver a healthier looking pucker. Even tough-lipped gals will have trouble ignoring the tingling effects (as in, is my mouth set on fire?) after application; test a small area for sensitivity before taking the plunge.
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips Full Color, $18 at Bare Escentuals
A one-two punch of pigment and pout, this third variation of the Buxom Lips line eradicates the need to layer a plumper with color. While mineral formulations guarantee bold, intense hues – no small feat for any lip gloss – they’re all loaded with shimmer, and can turn a lunch meeting into a disco brunch without proper discretion. Carmen, a golden plum, looks especially fresh with spring’s lilac eye.
A beauty boost and a boost to our wallets by avoiding complicated lip enhacing surgery? We’ll take it any day.
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