Prescriptives 24 Hour Long Wear Mascara ($19.50, prescriptives.com) This thick and luscious mascara not only coats every lash with it’s amazing brush, but it has maximum staying power and doesn’t clump or flake. Put it on once in the morning, and you’re good for the whole day.
BEST MAKEUP BRUSHES
Smashbox Decadence Collection Vanity Brush Collection ($150, smashbox.com) This ultra luxe set of seven full-sized professional brushes will have you at hello. If you don’t fall in love with the stunning chrome-handled brushes, the luxurious faux fur brush roll will win your heart. Glamour defined.
BEST MAKEUP PALETTE
Sugar Cosmetics I Dream of Sugar ($38, sugarcosmetics.com) This kit is jam packed with everything you need to create the perfect makeup look. Included is an array of perfect eye shadows, tons of gorgeous glosses, a bronzer and a blush. And there is enough selection for this kit to work on any skin tone or complexion. No need to hull around your makeup bag all day. Throw this in your bag, and you are good to go.
Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick ($19.50, esteelauder.com) By far my favorite lipstick of the year. The lipstick gave me hours of rich color that stayed true. It left my lips feeling hydrated and moisturized. A stand out!
DuWop Moon Venom ($17, duwop.com) Duwop took the same formula as their original lip venom and added an opalescent shimmer. The effect is a gloss that allows you to have the fullest sexiest lips you can have. Great for a night out on the town.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner ($19, bobbibrown.com) This pot of true color combines the precision of liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula. I can only describe this wonderful creation as pure magic. It combines every thing you need for the perfect eyeliner easy to put on, long wearing and water resistant. And tons of shades to choose from. Fantastic.
Physician’s Formula Summer Eclipse Bronzing & Shimmery Face Powder, Moonlight/Light Bronzer ($11.95, drugstores nationwide) By combining two different colors, a pearlescent gold and a warm bronze, this bronzer finds the perfect color to compliment all skin tones. It achieves a perfect balance between your natural warmth and a bronzy color.
BEST FACE POWDER
Philosophy Supernatural Powder ($39, philosophy.com) Simply one of the best face powders you will ever use. This powder gives skin velvety smooth texture with just the amount of coverage. And it comes in the perfect little container with a sponge already attached. Apply directly to your face, and watch as your complexion almost magically transforms flawlessly.
BEST AFFORDABLE COSMETIC LINE
Prestige Cosmetics Product Line ($2.00-9.95, drugstores nationwide) With a long list of products ranging anywhere from $2.00 to $9.95, Prestige Cosmetics allows women to achieve a runway look on a drugstore budget. The line includes top quality products like the Beauty Bar Eye Color ($5.95) and the Vinyl Wear Lip Gloss Wand ($4.25). With a ton of selection, you are sure to find a product that fits your needs and your wallet.
BEST EYE SHADOW PALETTE
POP Beauty Eye Class – Smokey Eyes($32, sephora.com) This super chick wallet contains 12 shades from liners to highlighter that you can use to create the perfect smokey eye. This kit is packed full with the hottest shades Pop has to offer. I couldn’t keep my brushes out of the kit. Great value for the price!
M.A.C. Blushcreme ($17.50, maccosmetics.com) Hard to go wrong with this gorgeous super creamy, blendable blush. Start off lightly with rich color and build until you reach the color you desire. I loved the dewy look it left my cheeks. Gorgeous.
BEST NAIL POLISH
NARS Nail Polish ($15, narscosmetics.com) Show stopping, deep colors aren’t the only selling point for this long lasting nail polish. It’s improved technology helps provide more flexibility, durability, wear and gloss properties to the polish. I usually have to reply a darker shade after a couple days when it starts to dull and chip. I tried this polish in Saratoga and over a week later it was still going strong. A must for a busy girl.
KORRES Ginger and Vitamins Lightweight Foundation SPF 10 ($28, sephora.com) A lightweight foundation that not only provides medium coverage, but it uses natural ingredients to provide skincare benefits. It goes on super smooth and leaves my face feeling naturally silky. I was impressed with the fact that it provided me the coverage I needed, but still left my skin feeling soft and moisturized.
Sephora Brand Cooling Cover Stick ($12, sephora.com) Helps to conceal even the darkest imperfections with its full coverage, skin soothing stick. I love the level of coverage and its portable container.
BEST ALL AROUND HAIR PRODUCT 2007
ghd Salon Styler ($235, ghdhairusa.com) Like the original styling iron, the ceramic plates on the Salon Styler heat up rapidly with no hot spots for great results. With the wider plates, it is now perfect for longer, thicker and coarse hair. The Salon Styler made my year. By far the best beauty find in 2007, maybe the whole decade.
BEST HAIR SPRAY
Philip B’s Jet Set Precision Control Hair Spray ($20, philipb.com) It’s torture trying to find a hairspray that holds but doesn’t turn our hair into helmets. This hairspray meets that challenge and soars way above it. It is a soft-touch hold spray that provides volume, texture and radiant shine. Leaving your hair looking its best!
Goody Jojoba Oil Infused Brush ($11.99, at drugstores nationwide) A brush that helps heal your dry and damaged hair? I would have thought it was impossible until I got my hands on this brush. The Goody Jojoba Oil Infused Brush actually smoothes and helps repair damaged hair with each stroke.
Garnier Fructis Curl & Shine Fortifying Shampoo ($3.99, walgreens.com) When it’s time to rock your curls, this is the shampoo you turn to. It provides long-lasting curl definition and shine to rebelliously curly or wavy hair. Which ends up saving me at least 10 minutes every time I wash my hair.
Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Conditioner Length & Strength ($3.99, walgreens.com) Using active fruit concentrate, this conditioner helps defend against the main problems of growing your hair out such as breakage and split ends. It also leaves hair looking and feeling soft and shiny. Plus, I love the wonderful smell it leaves on my hair long after I’ve rinsed out the conditioner.
BEST LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
ghd Remedy Cream Daily Leave-In ($27, ghdhairusa.com) This cream lubricates, glosses and protects hair, preventing hair from breakage. One of the best features is protecting hair from humidity. Where do I sign-up?
BEST MAKEUP REMOVER
Sephora Brand FACE 25 Makeup Removing Wipes – Face, Eyes & Lips ($10, sephora.com) These super soft, cleansing clothes make it easy to never go to sleep wearing makeup. They remove all types of makeup, even long-wearing mascara, from face, eyes and lips leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed.
BEST SKIN CRÃˆME FOR DELICATE SKIN
Force De Vie Creme ($95, luzernlabs.com) Rich in vital oxygen, nourishing vitamins and bio-swiss botanicals. This crÃ¨me will leave your skin looking healthier and radiant. The crÃ¨me is extra gentle so great for those with highly sensitive skin. And it’s certified organic and preservative-free. It doesn’t get much better than that.
BEST GEL MOISTURIZER
La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream ($220, lamer.com) When you think of luxury, expensive cars, designer shoes and La Mer crÃ¨me all come to mind. This year, La Mer came out with Moisturizing Gel Cream ideal for those that find the crÃ¨me to rich. It provides the same transformational benefits of the crÃ¨me in a gel form. Try it once, and you won’t be able to live without it.
BEST AFTER BATH PRODUCTS
Sephora Dry Oil Spray ($18, sephora.com) Stepping out of the bath, nothing feels better than spraying this decadent spray all over your body. It leaves skin hydrated in a veil of moisture and a soft scent. A must after every bubble bath.
BEST ALL AROUND FACIAL MOISTURIZER
N.V. Perricone M.D. Ceramic Skin Smoother ($75, nvperriconemd.com) By locking in moisture this miracle gel gives your complexion a velvety, smooth finish. Wear under your foundation for a flawless, more natural look.
BEST BODY WASH
Fendi Palazzo Precious Shower Gel ($40, neimanmarcus.com) I have never bathed in anything as luxurious as this sensual shower gel. I felt instantly transformed as I lathered on this sophisticated wash. I don’t think I use any other shower gel after discovering Fendi Palazzo Precious Shower Gel.
BEST ANTI-AGING MOISTURIZER
La Roche-Posay Substiane Replenishing Care for Mature Skin ($49, laroche-posay.us) This potent anti-aging cream contains the highest concentration of Pro-Xylane (aids skin at the molecular level) available over the counter. Used daily it helps battle the effects of aging such as sagging, loss of structure and dryness. I use this moisturizer on my face, neck and hands, and they have never looked better.
BEST BODY MOISTURIZER
Tova Fragrance Body SoufflÃ©, 5 oz. ($30.90, qvc.com) Indulge in the luxury. This lightweight whipped body soufflÃ© melts into skin leaving it soft, supple and lightly fragrance. From the Beauty by Tova(R) Collection.
BEST ALL OVER EXFOLIANT
Zia Skin Basics – Bamboo Exfoliant with Rice Bran ($4.95, zianatural.com) A facial exfoliant you can use daily without damaging your skin. The exfoliant contains a blend of natural ingredients that soothe skin. It left my skin feeling hydrated and soft even without lotion.
BEST AT HOME TREATMENT KIT
Zia Natural Microdermabrasion System ($79.95, zianatural.com) Everything you need for the ultimate skincare experience is in this beautiful micodermabrasion kit. Your skin will feel softer, discolorations will begin to disappear and wrinkles will look less noticeable after only one use. A great treatment at a fraction of the price, as if you went to have it done professionally.
Clean Warm Cotton ($76, cleanperfume.com) Nothing is more chic and hip than a perfect white tee and jeans. The equivalent in the fragrance world is this perfume. Understated, soft, sexy and clean, this fragrance stood far above the rest.