For lips in need of a rescue, there's an impressive arsenal of balms, pencils and cremes out there. Here are a few picks with soothing ingredients and fun colors to take your lips from blah to kissable by Valentine's Day.
Burt's Bees, known for its organic ingredients, just introduced its popular lip balm in a squeeze container. Containing beeswax, vitamin E and peppermint, it can be worn alone or with lip color.
For fun colors in an easy-to-use dispenser, try Fat Lip Pencils from New York-based LAQA & Co. Cosmetics. No sharpening is needed for these jumbo-size glossy colors such as Ring of Fire, a pretty red for a pop of color. Pencils are $18 at Laqaandco.com.
The E.L.F. Cosmetics Lip Primer & Plumper includes a primer as a base for budge-proof color. At the other end is a cinnamon scented plumper for a tingly shine. It's $3 at Target, Meijer and Eyeslipsface.com.
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■ The Gap is closing Piperlime. The online store featuring women's clothing, shoes and accessories launched in 2006.
The website and its single store in New York are scheduled to close by the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year.
■ C. Wonder has declared bankruptcy, closing its 11 stores and its website. Opened in 2011 by Christopher Burch, former husband of Tory Burch, the store offered pop-style home décor and accessories at affordable prices.
■ Target is launching a new plus-size brand. AVA & VIV, created by an in-house design team, is scheduled to arrive in stores in mid-February.
Trend-driven pieces will be updated monthly, and prices will range from $10 to $79.99. Check out the new line at Abullseyeview.com.