A cosmo for your kisser

Pucker up and love your lips with Cosmoholic Liquid Lipstick. You can skip the lipstick/lip gloss routine for this addictive little stick. The liquid lipstick comes in seven delicious colors, including Prudish Pink, Mysterious Mocha and Bossy Berry. The sassy colors aren’t sticky and, with the exception of Gold Digger, they skip the shimmer.

The collection is fragrance and paraben free but smells fabulous thanks to the vanilla flavors and macadamia nut oil. With vitamins C and E, as well as antioxidants, you can think of it as a little repair kit for your lips. Cosmoholic Liquid Lipstick retails for $20. For more information, visit www.cosmoholiconline.com.


Click-start your morning

Forgo your morning coffee for something a little more nutritious. Click, an espresso protein drink, provides 23 vitamins and minerals, 15 grams of protein and contains a double shot of espresso. The delicious mocha-flavored drink gets its name from the clicking sound the serving glass makes to keep your drink agitated.

It can be served cold, hot or in a shake and has only 120 calories. Click is $25.95 and is available at www.drinkclick.com.

Craft your own wish

ou don’t have to be the craftiest mom on the block to have fun with creating home-spun goodies for your family. Wishcraft can guide you through your creative process. Located at 2312 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, Wishcraft is the perfect place to learn how to sew, polish your crafting skills and take a little time away from the kids to let your brain have some non-kid-related fun.

Crafting doesn’t always have to be for kids, but the ideas tend to begin with them. Candice Blansett-Cummins wasn’t happy with the craftwork her son made in his crafting classes."The projects he was bringing home weren’t exactly his work,” because most of the work was done by the teachers at the craft center, she says. To provide her family and others a chance to craft using their own creativity, Blansett-Cummins, the mom of two, found a place to lease and created a Web site for her new studio. Wishcraft opened five weeks later.

The studio offers a variety of eight-week classes, which begin in September, as well as open craft times and parties. Especially for time with girlfriends, Mom’s Night Out parties can be tailored to your ideas and skill levels. Classes for kids are also offered.

Ecocraft, one way Wishcraft pushes living an earth-friendly life, encourages recycling materials from household items through your crafting experience. For example, turn those cardboard sleeves you get with your cup of coffee into a treasured and inspirational cuff bracelet.

Although Wishcraft stocks supplies for basic necessities, be prepared to bring your own supplies. The studio provides a shopping list ahead of time. Through the summer, Wishcraft is offering two-hour workshops aimed at creating something for your kids.

Classes range from $20 a session to $135-$195 for eight-week workshops. Mom’s Night Out parties begin at $25 per person. For more information, call (773) 348-WISH (9474) or visit www.wishcraftworkshop.com.

Eyeing one fabulous summer

This summer, bat your big beautiful, colorful lashes all you want with a little help from Benefit Cosmetics, www.benefitcosmetics.com.

Complement your peepers with one of nine shades of velvet eye shadows. Try"buckle bunny,” a punchy, shimmery pink, or roll with the punches with"like what you sea?” a sweet little blue number.

Benefit’s automatic eyeliner pencils glide on easily and stay put, even at the pool or beach. Finish your eyes, while giving runny mascara the boot, with BADgal waterproof mascara, $19.

Automatic eyeliner pencils, $20, come in call me nutty, downtown brown and wink o’ink. Velvet eye shadows, $18, come in nine colors including bikini line, buckle bunny, dandy brandy, fawn over me, gimme some plum, leggy, like what you sea? rich beach and where there’s smoke…

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