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Hurraw-Lip-Balm.pngI’m pretty obsessed with lip balm. At any one moment in time, I probably have at least five or six rattling around in my purse, not to mention another gaggle in my living room, my bedroom, my bathroom, my office … the list goes on and on. That being said, it takes a lot for a lip balm to make it into my prized collection—but Hurraw! Lip Balm has done just that.

I picked up one of these balms on a recent trip to American Apparel—it was just a last-minute purchase because I saw it sitting near the register. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I certainly didn’t anticipate falling head over heels!

This lip balm is all natural, vegan and raw—none of which I am, but I still can appreciate it. It’s made using premium fair trade ingredients from organic farmers, and it’s even gluten-free and kosher. Pretty cool, huh? But what I absolutely love about it is the fact that it makes my lips feel fantastic. It softens and smooths them, even when they feel chapped from the horrible winter winds we’ve been experiencing as of late. And it lasts for hours! I can put it on before bed and my lips still feel great the next morning.

Hurraw! Lip Balm comes in seven different tasty flavors and retails for $3.80 at americanapparel.net.
Stila-Lip-Glaze-Seashell.jpgI’m normally not one for pale pink lipglosses. I just think they’re too teenybopper or too girly. But Stila Lip Glaze in Seashell is neither! It’s pretty, it’s pink, it’s girly, sure … but it’s also got a level of chicness and sophistication I haven’t found before in a pink gloss.

Now, the formula of Stila Lip Glaze is one that you’ll either love or hate immediately. Truly, I’ve never met anyone who falls in the middle of the spectrum. It is a bit tackier than some other glosses out there, which turns a lot of people off. But I happen to really like it—I think the tackiness settles onto your lips after a few minutes, and the staying power of the gloss is unparalleled. I don’t find myself needing to reapply and reapply and reapply and … well, you get the picture.

Plus, this specific shade is just so gorgeous. It has a hint of shimmer that makes your lips glimmer and glisten, but not so much that you’ll feel like you’re on your way to a Justin Bieber concert. It’s perfect on its own or layered over a darker pink gloss or lipstick. It’s just meant to make you feel prettier than before!

Stila Lip Glaze in Seashell retails for $22 at beauty.com.
Sephora-Lollipop-Lip-Gloss.jpgOnce in awhile, it’s okay to buy products just for the packaging. Especially when they’re as adorable as the Sephora Collection Lollipop Lip Gloss.

This lip gloss looks just like a lollipop—and the color is just as sweet! Inside the round black ball is a gorgeous pale pink gloss liberally loaded with sparkle. It creates a gorgeous, almost clear finish, so it’s perfect for layering over other glosses and lipsticks.

Plus, it isn’t sticky or tacky at all. It feels just like a lip balm! Oh, and the cherry on top? It smells and tastes just like a lollipop!

The Sephora Collection Lollipop Lip Gloss retails for $6 at sephora.com.
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What a difference a week can make in the life of a teenager! Back on November 20, Selena Gomez was poised to launch her new collaboration with Adidas, in perfectly appropriate teen attire. Then exactly a week later she pulled out the stops in a stunning panel dress that showed off her pretty figure. But both looks were topped off by Selena’s preference for a shiny, nude lip color.

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Selena’s look is easily copied with Dior Addict Lipstick. Their sheer color formula packs high shine and soft moisture into one killer lip color. For a more tannish nude, like Selena sported for the Adidas shoot, Dior Addict Lipstick in Tulle 214 (light beige) should do the trick. But if you’re looking for a sheer and shiny pink like she opted for on the red carpet, Dior Addict Lipstick Urban 178 (sheer pale pink) is your best bet.

You can buy Dior Addict Lipstick in 28 shades (including the two mentioned above) for $30 at sephora.com.
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Nicole Scherzinger let her mouth do all the talking for her at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards. With her bold, super-bright, pink lips she was definitely making a bold statement. Women with high self confidence should have no problem rocking a color this bright on their mouth, but if you are a little more unsure of yourself you might want to opt for a slightly more subtle shade.

To copy Nicole’s lips you need look no further than these three possibilities.
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MAC Cosmetics Glamour Daze Lipstick in Outrageously Fun (pictured far left) is a great midtone magenta violet, get it for $16.50 at maccosmetics.com.

Smashbox BCRF Be Legendary Lipstick in Inspiration (pictured center) is a fun, deep and bright berry color, get it for $19 at smashbox.com.

Too Faced La Crème in Razzle Dazzle Rose (pictured far right) is the perfect bright pink, with just a hint of lilac, shade, get it for $21 at dermstore.com.

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