Inevitably, the looming new year sparks reflection upon the one passing…and in the world of Beauty Info Zone, that means only one thing – what were my favorite cosmetic discoveries of 2010??
I had a great year in terms of holy grails. Normally I might find one or two, but this was a banner year – I found so many things I can’t live without that I couldn’t even limit it to my ‘top ten for 2010’. After some heavy duty soul searching and major editing, I came up with my most favorites.
My vote for coolest cosmetics lines new to me this year:
Vanitymark – super high quality products with a really neat variety of items.
Darac Beauty – all together, lovely products that form a complete system so it’s almost one stop shopping.
Julie Hewett – gorgeous colors, wonderful items…I find myself stalking the website just to drool over the possibilities.
Covermark – amazing full coverage products, plus a whole lot more. This is a line with surprising depth.
My vote for best overall lines I was already familiar with, and from which I discovered more great new things this year:
Senna – love the brows, the lips, the bronzers…my list of ‘loves’ goes on and on.
Tarte Cosmetics – fabulous line with truly amazing palettes and holiday sets.
Trish McEvoy – this line is especially perfect for someone just starting their makeup collection.
Jane Iredale – this line is constantly coming out with great new products, and has some real must-haves in many categories.
Favorite skin care discoveries for this year:
Beautisol – really terrific products that work.
Simply Divine Botanicals – my favorite organic line.
Lisa Hoffman – best products for travel, in my book.
Juara Skincare – ok, a bit of a cheat, as this is one of my favorite discoveries in both skin care and body products. My favorite loves? The Avocado Banana Moisture Mask ($37), a fabulous hydrating mask that somehow also brightens the complexion. Also the candlenut fragranced products, in particular the Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel ($28), a beautiful shower gel that foams up wonderfully and smells divine, and the Candlenut Body Polish ($35), a perfect exfoliator that doesn’t scratch but still gets rid of dead skin and leave you smelling amazing.
Best hair product discoveries:
nTrance – my first encounter with argan oil, I will never be without this hair serum.
Sedu Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment- another amazing hair serum, it’s really terrific.
Best hair tools discoveries:
Sedu hair dryer and flat irons – how did I ever live without these??
Curl-Ease hair towel – I love how it gives me frizz-free hair every single time, regardless of the weather conditions.
Coolest new electronic products:
Luminess Air Brush system – so much fun!!! I feel like an artist when I use this.
Honeybelle Body Buffer ($325) – this is a little pricey, but take my word for it – it WORKS. It really does reduce the appearance of cellulite. And the Apre Contouring Creme that comes with the set is FABULOUS.
Best body product lines:
Hampton Sun – amazing sunscreen and I adore the fragrances in this line’s products.
Whish – everything is super retro cool, I want one of each! I am especially digging the Lavender Three Whishes Body Wash ($22) – super scent, just the right amount of suds, and it leaves your skin so soft and hydrated.
Hand Perfection – hands down, best hand products of the year. No contest.
Best beauty tools of the year:
Hollywood Fashion Tape – love, love, love every single thing. Just check out the Hollywood Hangover Kit pictured above!! Every item is hilarious, retro, and unbelievably useful.
Crown Brushes – amazing brushes at a super affordable price.
Best brow discovery:
Senna– sick of me talking about this yet? I just cannot live with out my Form-A-Brow Kit.
Best eyeshadows of the year:
Tarte Cosmetics – fabulous pigmentation and the sets are amazing.
Best foundation discovery:
FACE atelier Ultra Foundation – simply amazing foundation. True love at first wear.
Best concealer discoveries:
It Cosmetics – Marcia introduced me to this amazing concealer that really covers imperfections with the tiniest bit of product.
Covermark – particularly the Under Eye Cover Kit, which covers anything that might be wrong, and has a great loose powder for setting the concealer.
Pur Minerals Get a Little – such a wonderful creamy self-tanner that leaves you looking thin, tan, and happy.
Tan Towels – amazing little towels that give you a super natural, streak-free tan. I will be expounding on these gems more in my upcoming review.
Best blush discovery:
Mai Couture – I still can’t believe that fabulous blush – and bronzer, too – can be so portable. Blush in little papers? Ingenious!
Best mascara discovery:
Revitalash – thick, long, super black lashes that don’t fade, flake, or smear. What else could a girl ask for?
Best lip discoveries:
Le Metier Creme de la Creme lip gloss – a fabulous neutral that makes any kind of ugly lip color look gorgeous, it’s one of my secret weapons.
Beaute Cosmetics – every single lip product is unique and genius.
FACE atelier lip glaze – I am never without Lip Glaze in Ice…and now I will never be without Lip Glaze in Dianthus, the perfect shimmery pink.
Besame Sweetheart Balm lip gloss pots – gorgeous colors, amazing slip and texture, and a red that looks terrific even on me!
Best mineral makeup line:
Purely Cosmetics – fabulous, high quality, affordable minerals.
Favorite makeup up artist:
Victoria Stiles – she is amazing, just love her work and her website!!
A variety of items I simply cannot live without:
Jane Iredale Botanical Brush Cleaner
Vanitymark Duo Brush and Ultra-Tweeze Tweezers
Urban Decay Grind House Pencil Sharpener
Hard Candy Moon Glow Pressed Powder
Z Palette palettes
The year 2010 was simply amazing for me in terms of finding new loves and favorites. I cannot wait for what 2011 is going to bring!
Happy New Year everyone!! Warmly, Lisa