Friday, January 02, 2009

Best of '08!


I have had the chance to test out some amazing and I do mean amazing cosmetics and hair care, nail products and skin potions. Not to mention perfumes and body lotions and everything else in between.

As I was reflecting on my year of Hello Dollface, some items really stood out. Items that I can't live without, things that I always recommend to friends and people who email me. I compiled a big long list for you. I also tried to feature Value items, because let's get real, some of us cannot afford to dole out big bucks for a can of hairspray. Are you ready?

Best of 2008
Skincare
Skinceuticals 1% Retinol
Exuviance, Elemis
Pur~lisse
Value: Olay Regenerist line- this line is one of the best I've tried.
Best Natural Skincare
Dr. Hauschka, Body Deli
Value: Burt's Bees
Anti-Age Products
Glytone
Face Cleanser
Pur~lisse, Avene
Value: Cetaphil, Noxema- I love the smell of this!
Makeup Remover
Purity by Philosophy, Cleansing Water by Caudalie
Value: Dove soap-removes all makeup including mascara
EyeBrows
Anastasia
Vanity Mark
Perfume
Luv by Sharon Bolton scents- I wear this all the time and always get compliments on the light floral musk fragrance
Value: Skin Musk Oil
Body Lotion/Wash
Amazing Grace/Pure Grace by Philosophy
Value: Suave Body washes plus lotions
Cleo Shower Cream- order from Drugstore.com, the Red Fruits smells divine!
Shampoo/Conditioner
Kerastase Bain Oleo Relax line
Value:Pantene Icy Shine, Suave
Hairspray
Frederic Fekkai- at $35 a can, this is not cheap. But it works so well and holds up in all kinds of weather. Will not dry out hair.
Value: Pantene Super Hold, Suave
Nail Polish
Chanel
Value-Essie
Also, Deborah Lippmann
You can't go wrong with any of these brands. Essie has great base and top coats.
Mascara
Yves St. Laurent- has long been a favorite of mine for long, voluminous lashes
Value: L'oreal Double Extend (tubes)
Eyeliner
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner- stays on all day
Lip Plump
Buxom Lips by Bare Escentuals
Value: Sally Hansen Lip Inflation-plus it offers amazing shine!
Lip Gloss
Dior, Chanel
Value: L'oreal
Lipstick
Chanel, Dior
Value: Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer- technically not a lipstick, more of a balm but I love it.
Foundation
Prescriptives, Clinique Clarifying
*I have yet to find a truly great foundation from the drugstore.
Primer
Skin Alison Raffaele- the only way this would be better is if it contained an SPF- wait, yes it does contain an SPF of 15, score!
Powder
Mineral Veil by Bare Escentuals for setting makeup
Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle for touch ups
Blush
MAC, Benefit Dallas
Value: Carmindy for Physician's Formula
Sunscreen
Peter Thomas Roth SPF 30 spray for body
Avene SPF 50 for face
Tools
Eco Tools
Tweezers
Vanity Mark
Hand Lotion
Elemis Pro Collagen Hand and Nail Cream, Avene Cold Cream Lotion
Value: Nivea Hand Lotion
Hair Color
Clairol Perfect 10
Best Makeup Line (s)
Tarte, for their vitamin infused products
MAC, for their constant production of fun, hip collections and vivid colors
Value: I've been impressed with Physicians Formula
Best Beauty Magazine
Allure-
I'd love to write for this magazine which features tons of beauty items in every issue

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww hope you feel better soon.

One question? You have Olay Regenerist under value for Best Natural Skincare? Is Olay Regnerist a natural skincare line? Just curious. Will have to check it out if so.

Great post, thanks for giving such great ideas.

12:44 AM  
Anonymous MichelleJoseph said...

Hmm... I must try the Chanel polish that your have on there.

2:07 PM  

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