It’s the new year, so you know what that means – a bunch of people with hangovers and a ton of ‘Best of 2012′ lists! Beauty Info Zone is jumping right into the pool with our own lists. Here are my personal picks for Best of the Year 2012, stay tuned for Marcia’s choices tomorrow.
Shimmer, color, extensions, scents…it’s all here! I have much to be grateful for, much to be thankful for, and here is my big virtual hug to all the products and product lines that brought me so much joy in 2012.
Best new (to me anyway) cosmetics lines
Christina Choi – beautiful lip glosses, gorgeous eye shadows (love the duo with a coordinating cake liner), plus so much more. I am very, very excited about this line.
Makeup Geek – love the lipsticks, and the eyeshadows are truly the bomb. If you don’t have any yet, they should be first on your list of new purchases for 2013.
Best old (to me anyway) cosmetics lines
Le Metier de Beaute - 2012 was a Le Metier year for me, from fantastic makeovers to awesome facials to workhorse products that I can’t do without.
It Cosmetics - I am constantly amazed by this line. There hasn’t been ONE thing that I didn’t love. I think I look forward to new products from It Cosmetics more than from any other line because they never, ever disappoint.
Dan Read Cosmetics - another line that never lets me down. I always have my Dan Read Silver Screen Series foundation with me – in fact, on Christmas Day I bought myself another one as a Christmas gift to myself. I also love the eyeshadows, they are fantastic. Dan Read is on my ‘best of’ list every single year. He rocks – and so does his cosmetics line.
Make Up For Ever – did you watch Syfy’s Face Off this past season? I think it was the best ever thanks to Make Up For Ever. Dany Sanz is brilliant, and I love all of her creations, particularly the Aqua Rouge lip colors.
Best skin care
Reviva Labs – I have probably tried 15 different things from this line and I love everything. I think that is amazing. My absolute favorites are the Makeup Primer, Hyalauronic Acid Serum, and the Willard Water.
StriVectin – oh boy do I love the 360 Tightening Eye Serum - it’s a great serum with the best applicator ever.
Creation Pharm – this is a terrific organic line with intriguing products. I still use the Jewelweed Topical Mist every day. I am probably on my 20th bottle. If you look close, I do believe that is my photo of my fingers holding the Jewelweed bottle on their website!!!
Kleraderm - one of the very best skin care lines there is. I have used it for years and will always be a ‘Kleranet’. I have an appointment for a facial with Joanne Recchia-Kallabat in a few days and I am so geeked. She gives a $200 facial for just $20, plus I will be finding out about the latest new products – and I will be sure to share!
Real Techniques (Pixie Woo) Domed Shadow Brush – this is by far the very best eyeshadow crease brush I have ever used. I say thank you for this every day.
Hakuhodo 212 – the supreme brush for blending eyeshadow. If you don’t have this — you need it.
Best hair care
Unite – the Go365 Hairspray is the primo hairspray ever. Period.
Cristophe – the Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner never fail to make my hair super soft, shiny, and bouncy.
Leonor Greyl – gorgeous products that smell amazing. So many of her hair products are cult favorites, and for good reason!
Biggest personal influences in 2012
Verge One – I would say that two lines dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012. The first is Verge One. Their ‘texture wands’ have completely changed the way I wear my hair. Now pretty much every day I am curly or wavy, and I love it. The texture wands are truly fabulous finds for which I am extremely grateful!
Novalash – the second line that dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012 is Novalash. I had what I thought were nicely dramatic eyelashes thanks to Latisse…and then I found Novalash. WOW. My lashes are huge and beautiful and easy to care for every single day. This is a ‘get down on my knees and say THANK YOU‘ find!!
HairUWear – another surprising super fun discovery for me this year were hair extensions. I adore the ones I have tried from HairUWear, whether they are lively and funky bright colors or seriously hair-enhancing extensions. Absolute enjoyment that reminded me I need to step outside my comfort zone to make new discoveries.
My top product picks
OCC Airbrush Foundation and Conceal Concealer - two of the best finds of 2012. The foundation is a fantastic water-based foundation that works with every application technique, it looks totally natural and wears like iron. And the concealer is nothing short of amazing – it’s the perfect concealer times twenty.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – first-rate blushes with lots of different shades and perfect pigment. This is a blush that will keep you blushing all day long.
Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry – so gorgeous, clever and unique! One of my favorite fragrances of all time is Lisa’s Tuscan Fig, and to be able to have that inside beautiful jewelry? Fantastic.
Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara - this is the best mascara I have ever found for my lower lashes. It’s pretty amazing.
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer – another pick from Tarte. This concealer is creamy long-lasting goodness that saved my eyes this fall when they were going crazy with allergies. It’s a total winner.
3lab Perfect BB Cream – my very first BB cream and the best one out there. Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s also worth every single penny.
CV Skinlabs - sunburns, bug bites, hives, rashes, it’s all so much easier to live through with Rescue + Relief Spray. I have a bottle of this in my refrigerator at all times.
Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer – the snake serum is far more than a marketing ploy. This stuff works. If you want less wrinkles in 2013, get yourself some Wrinkle Killer.
If 2013 is even close to as good as 2012 was, then we have a LOT to look forward to. 2012 was chock full of great discoveries, wonderful ‘old faithfuls’, tons of joy and nothing to complain about. Life is good! – Lisa