Valentine Kisses

Tis the season for love, which leads to kisses. Prepare your lips with these great finds.

Skinn Cosmetics offers variety and convenience with their Twin Set Collagen Boost Lipstick and Wet Lips Gloss. One end is lipstick in a rich, collagen boosting formula that includes vitamin E, soy and aloe. The other is a diamond-inspired gloss and it comes with a strategically placed mirror for easy, on-the-go application. In six vibrant color duos, it’s a great value at $18.50.

Lip Bliss was developed by mothers of teens in response to some of the explicit names of most lipsticks. They created Lip Bliss with color names like Wisdom, Devotion and Generosity. Flattering for all skin types and colors, these paraben-free glosses hydrate with castor, cranberry and safflower oils and nourish with peppermint oil. These glossy tubes are easy to apply and are only $12 each.

Too-Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream is packed with hydrating moisturizers like white lotus flower and peptides. This pigment-saturated lipstick only needs one swipe to deliver full, long-lasting color that feels great. It is vegan-friendly and paraben-free, and comes in 16 colors, including the red hot Stilletto Red that I tried. $21 per tube.

Intelligent Nutrients Lip Delivery
Antioxidant Gloss is nearly good enough to eat. One-fifth of the formula is their super antioxidant anti-aging seed oil, with the rest composed of other nutritious organic ingredients found in fruits and vegetables. Free of gluten, synthetic colorants, heavy metals, iron oxides and lead-laced mineral pigments, it comes in three colors and clear for $24 per tube. Healthy kisses!

DeVine Lip Shimmers is another healthy option made of 100 percent natural ingredients including red wine antioxidants, resveratrol and grapeseed oil. This is another lipstick that feels great going on, and it provides a light shimmer of color. Available in five colors at $4.50 each.

Bésame offers a high pigment, semi-matte finish in their Classic Color Lipstick line. It comes in a 1940s retro bullet-shaped case and the 11 colors are pure vintage Hollywood. Unlike that era, however, it is packed with vitamins A, C and E, and aloe and green tea, feels great on the lips, and has decent lasting power. Available online for $22.

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze
smells good enough to eat and with all the colors derived from fruit and vegetable pigments, you probably could eat it. The certified organic fruits and antioxidants are in the actual color, which helps these nutrients absorb into your lips. It only requires one swipe to get great color and is a favorite of mine at $15.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.