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This was definitely hard to do... I rarely get a horrible product therefor I love most of my make up but all the "winners" for this favorites of 2011 are based on how often I use them and how I often I reach for them. There were some products that are used a lot of times but were not included in this just because one product for that category was used more therefore stepping on the shoes of the best product. So to start off:
Best Face Mask: Mask of Magnaminty By Lush
This is the best mask i've tried in years. It smells heavenly. Mint Chocolate to be specific. It takes away all the unwanted lumps (blackheads'whiteheads, other lumps if you know what i mean). It makes my face really smooth and soft and it also tightens my pores to prevent breakouts and lightens my skin although I don't know if it was really designed to do that. It has ground aduki beans that you can use to exfoliate while removing the mask with water. I did not go back to Murad to get a facial after using this. I'm on my second tub as of december.Excellent product.
Best Facial Toner: Tea Tree Water by Lush
At the beginning of 2011 my favorite was the Celeteque toner but breaking out, I've tried this toner with Tea Tree in it and Tea Tree basically helps reduce redness and prevents blemishes. This is great because the ingredients are pretty simple and therefore it less prone to irritate anyone's skin. You would immediately see the results though. You would feel refreshed, and your face will feel firm after use. It may appear a bit expensive compared to other toners but this has seriously lasted me for more than 6 months and I still have a lot left. So it's well worth the money I've spent for this and I cannot wait to repurchase another bottle but definitely not anytime soon.
Best Spot Treatment: Tea Tree Oil by the Body Shop
I cannot say enough good things about this product. Helped me with mosquito bites, spots and other scarring on my face and on the other parts of my body. This small bottle is enough for about 6 months maybe even more. Makes a great combo for the Lush Tea Tree Water Toner.
Best Facial Moisturizer/Primer: Clean & Clear Essentials Oil-Free Moisturizer
Very lightweight ' dries quickly the only con is that there is no spf but this would be perfect for shoots and it doesn't slide off the face during the day.
Best Foundation: Covergirl Advance Radiance Age Defying Makeup SPF 10 in 110 Classic Ivory
I was debating on whether I should just put the Revlon Photoready for this category but I think that I have used this more and this stays on more on my face during the day and it smells better than other foundations I've tried. The Photoready is good but I sometimes appear greasy when wearing that. Also this is pretty good for the skin because it is combined with Olay skin ingredients.
Best Undereye Concealer: Covergirl and Olay simply ageless eye concealer in 210
Again like the foundation this is mixed with Olay skin ingredients, full coverage, easily blendable and does not cake under the eyes.You just need a tiny amount for both eyes so this little tub has lasted me for almost a year.
Best Concealer: Garnier Light BB instant fairness roll on
This was not meant to be an all over concealer but I just use it for that purpose also as a primer for my concealer under the eye because it just takes out the redness and evens my skintones a bit more before I apply foundation. Sometimes I just use this with a powder and I still look pretty flawless.
Best BB cream: BB Magic Cream spf 30 from Etude House
Just a nice bb cream that can be used for the gym, as a primer, or just as a tinted moisturizer for short trips or when I'm having troubled skin and refuses to cake on foundation in my skin.
Best Setting Powder: MAC Prep + Prime
This is just a nice translucent powder that sets my make up. Can be used as a primer too.
Best Loose Powder: The Body Shop Loose Face Powder in 01
A nice light colored loose powder used for setting my foundation and providing additional coverage.
Best Pressed Powder: Maybelline Angelfit Ultra Natural Affinity Foundation powder in light beige ochre b01
I have used this for more than a year. I've gone through 2 pans of this powder and still have 2 more backups. Its a powder specially designed for asian skin therefore it is more yellowtoned. It has a tiny specks of glitter and is full coverage. Stays on all day and I have no complaints about this. I think that this has been repackaged or discontinued though :(
Best Cream Blush: Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless sculpting blush in 210
(Not in the picture above) Very pretty dark coral color great for a base for powder blush and can also be worn on its own because it is pigmented enough. Good for the skin because it's blended with some olay ingredients :P
Best Powder Blush: Cabana Boy by the Balm
Although I have used a lot of different blushes, I still always go back to this. It's a pretty dark dusty pink color with a bit of shimmer to it, very natural on the skin, very pigmented and stays on all day. I do believe that this is better than my MAC ones, and even though sleek is a pretty though competitor, this still wins because of its staying power and absolutely gorgeous packaging. It has a lot of product to so you get your money's worth, and is multipurpose because it is also marketed as an eyeshadow like most of the balm's cardboard blushes are. Downboy is a pretty pale pink color too but I use this more.soo yeah :P
Best Bronzer: Bahama Mama by the Balm
Would've chosen Physician's Formula Happy Booster but this one is better for contouring and I use this everyday.
Best Highlighter: Mac Mineralized Skin Finish in Semi Precious Crystal Pink and The Body Shop's Shimmer waves blush in the shade Rose
A tie. (Both not in the picture cause I just remembered to put them here) but very pretty highlighters. Shimmer waves is more on the pinky side because it is advertised as a blush, eyeshadow and highlighter and the MSF Crystal Pink is more on the champagne and the bronze/ golden awesomeness side of a highlighter.
Best Eyeshadow Quad: Covergirl Eyeenhancers in Country Woods
Very neutral and easy to wear shades that I've worn religiously for a long time.
Most Used Eyeshadows: 88 Warm Palette
(Not in the picture above) Have been trying to consume a lot of this colors for months and I have no complaints because the colors are very pretty, perfect for everyday wear, and my mom loves it too. Sorry I forgot to put it in the picture above but I'm sure that you can find it on google if you would like to see what it looks like :P
Best Pencil Eyeliner: Nyx's slide on, glide on, stay on, and definitely a turn on waterproof eyeliner in jetblack
Don't think I have to explain why but it's the best eyeliner i've ever tried. Highly pigmented, very creamy and stays on all day. It doesn't smudge and it doesn't go dull during the day.
Best Gel Liner: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner
I've just recently purchased this but it immediately made the list. Great pigmentation. The brush the comes with it is excellent for application, stays on all day.
Best Eye Primer: Rubenesque Paintpot by MAC
Orangey gold color that is perfect for any look. It just warms up the lids and this color can stand alone even without eyeshadow on top. Yes it is that pretty. Bare study was a little to frosty looking for me. So I've used this a lot more.
Best Tinted Lip Conditioner: Sleek Makeup Pout Polish spf 15 in Perfect Plum
Awesome pigmentation, love the smell, stays on longer than most lip products i've tried, not sticky and conditions my lips like it claims to be. Way better than Mac's tinted lip conditioner.
Most Used Lipstick/s: MAC's speeddial, Gem of Roses, Ravishing
I chose three because I used them based on my look and what color I felt like wearing. So speed dial is a blue-based pink cremesheen, gem of roses is like a rosey pink basically a very natural color (my lip color) lustre lipstick and ravishing is a pretty coral cremesheen finish lipstick
Most Used Lipgloss: Show Me! Prolong wear lipglass by MAC
Very pretty neutral shade with hints of gold. Long lasting , a bit sticky but smells good so i can live with that. I was supposed to pic Geopink cremesheen glass for this which is a pretty dusty coral shade but I find that I have been wearing this a lot more.
Best Brush: Elf Flattop Complexion Brush
(Not in the picture above) Yes this beats most of my Sigma Brushes and Ecotools ones. I use this for anything and it is very soft and has gone through hell with me for months without shedding.
Best Perfume: Reb'l Fleur by Rihanna
(Not in the picture shown above) Not enough words to describe it but its the best perfume I've ever had and I have tried a lot so it's saying something :P
PS. Advance Happy New Year!