Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but a great lip gloss comes in a close second. So, in honor of this must-have makeup, we give you our list of lip hits -- the bright spots among the many, many choices out there. Hey, we admit it: This is a totally unscientific list, so we won't call anything "the best," only "our favorites." And you'll just have to live with that.
UFavorite flavors: Finally, a lip balm that doesn't taste sickeningly sweet. Kiss My Face Organic Lip Balm ($3.50) comes in yummy, found-in-nature flavors such as Real Apple and Sliced Peach. Look for the balms at natural-food stores or order at www.kissmyface.com.
UFavorite backstory: Angela Word worked at high-tech jobs in Silicon Valley before she launched PaperDoll Cosmetics. Now, the company sells six awesome shades of lip gloss, from sparkly clear Solitaire to hot red Buh-Bye. Buy them for $13 each at www.paperdollcosmetics.com.
UFavorite throwback: Remember those roller-ball lip glosses you used in grade school? They're back, with a more grown-up edge. Sephora's Minibille glosses ($6) are super-shiny, with fun flavors such as coconut and strawberry. Look for them at Sephora stores or www.sephora.com.
UFavorite for a cause: Proceeds from Sephora's Operation Smile Lip Baume ($5) go to Operation Smile, a charity that repairs facial defects for underprivileged children. Its nice shine and SPF 15 are added bonuses. At Sephora or www.sephora.com.
UFavorite for Feb. 14: The Hearts of You lip glosses ($7.50 each) from beComing are super cute -- each of the three colors is imprinted with a heart. Visit www.ibecome.com.
XBecky Sher writes Hype for Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. You can write to her at email@example.com.