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Beauty essentials - lip gloss

Dear Roses and Lilies,

Whether you want to add some color on your lips and look super casual or want to add drama for a night out - lip gloss is your go to. Clear, colorful, glittery, moisturizing - it comes in many shapes, sizes and prices.

Years and years ago, when the lipstick trend was somewhat muted, we all enjoyed Lancome's Juicy Tubes, Avon's little flavored lip glosses and waves on waves of other brands of cute, colorful, scented miracle workers.

For those of us who do not enjoy the sticky feel on our lips, Chanel ( and some other brands ) came up with some amazing comfy and non-sticky lip glosses.

From low price to high price, I enjoy trying out several different lip glosses...

L'Occitane en Provence Verbena Sorbet Cooling Gloss is a relief for dry lips on a sunny summer day. It is a clear gloss that you can wear on its own or on top of your favorite lipstick. It's cooling and moisturizing, with a lot of plant extracts ( obtained from Organic Farming, they say... ).

If you haven't tried the Bourjois lip glosses, it's high time you dive in. There are plenty of colors to choose from and they are fun to play with.

Avon still make nice, less sticky lip glosses that smell delicious and add volume to your lips ( smoke and mirrors, but it works ). I had one that tasted like caramel, so it was a joy to apply over an over again.

And there are the plumping lip glosses, featuring ingredients like hot chilly ( nasty and stingy ) or hyaluronic acid. Amway have their beautycycle Light Up Lip Gloss, which comes in 3 shades and are plumping, non-sticky, moisturizing.

From a more obscure brand, another plumping product which contains hyaluronic acid plus vitamin C is Volume Lip Extreme from Eveline Cosmetics. It is an affordable lip gloss that comes in 12 wearable shades.

Last but not least, there are the "fusion" lip glosses. YSL have their glossy stains - expensive but longwear, shiny, fabulous. Chanel have their Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss - longwear, moisturizing, lip gloss with am oomph! for couture lips. Guerlain have their Rouge G L'Extrait, which more a lipstick than a gloss... and the list goes on and on.

What I love about lip gloss is that you can experiment with all these different colors and textures, especially if you are uncomfortable with some lipstick shades. If you are afraid to wear red lipstick because you think it may make you look like a clown, there are tons of red tinted lip glosses you can use instead.

So lip gloss will always be on my beauty essentials list. Is it on yours?


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