Sunday, 23 August 2009

Top Products 2008-9

Best Shampoo: Kiehl's Rice and Wheat Volumising Shampoo
Gives some vigour to lifeless hair, making it silky soft too.

Best Hair Conditioning Treatment: Alberto Balsam VO5 Hot Oil Treatments
The ultimate salon-quality rescue treatment in your bathroom.

Best Heat Protection Hair Product: Tresemmé Heat Protection Spray
Still got it.

Best Deodorant Brand: Mitchum
Yes, you really can go for 48 hours on one application.

Best Skincare Regime: it's a tie! Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions/Liz Earle
Clinique gets you the results you want - fast - with the greatest in lab technology. Liz Earle is not quite as quick, but you will get results eventually - all with luxurious natural products.
A special mention also goes to Garnier's Vital Restore Daily Beauty Serum and to Lloydspharmacy YOUR Organics Anti-Ageing Night Cream, for restoring vitality and smoothness to skin.

Best Exfoliator: another tie! Lush Ocean Salt/Purity Organic Skincare Facial Exfoliator
Purity uses coconut shell to send dry skin packing, while Ocean Salt uses (as you'd expect) great chunks of sea salt. Both strong natural contenders to get you smooth skin.

Best Face Mask: Crème de La Mer Refining Facial
Expensive, but oh so worth it. That diamond dust really does get you some sparkling results.

Best Intensive Moisturiser: Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask
Wakes up your skin with its essential oils and creamy texture.

Best Suncare Brand: still Vichy.
Its facial suncare smells of celery, but protects marvellously and doesn't bring you out in spots. Top.

Best Hand Cream: Atrixo
Sends dry patches packing.

Best Foot Cream: Boots Gorgeous Feet Reviving Overnight Rescue
Smells like chocolate and vanilla, and restores your feet to smoothness in no time.

Best Body Moisturiser: Jergens
At supermarket prices, it hydrates your skin and banishes cellulite naturally.

Best Primer: No7 Shine-Free Makeup Base
Works so well that you can even use it to fight shine when you're not wearing any makeup at all.

Best Eye Primer: Benefit Lemon Aid
While a little pricey for what it is, there's no denying that it evens skin tone around the eyes and keeps eye makeup in place.

Best Concealer: L'Oréal Touche Magique
There's quite simply none better to create a flawless look with great value for money.

Best Tinted Moisturiser: Avon Personal Match Barely There Makeup
It's had some stiff competition this year, but the rivals just couldn't knock it off the top spot.

Best Foundation: No7 Stay Perfect
Creates a flawless base that minimises redness and stays in place all day, without feeling too heavy on your face in the summer.

Best Face Powder: Benefit Dandelion
Excellent for a flawless finish and for adding extra glow and colour. A versatile product - just make sure you go bargain hunting for it.

Best Eye Colour: Guerlain Ombre Eclat Paradis Exotique
This has been the best addition to my makeup bag in a long time: as well as staying put all day, the colours are innovative, fresh, and great for spring and summer.

Best Mascara: Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes
Originally touted as a limited-edition product only, I rushed out and bought it, and wasn't disappointed. The good news, however, is that it's still around. Get it now.

Best Kohl Eyeliner: it's a tie: Avon Color Trend/Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk
Pick the Avon for its cheap and cheerful durability, and Giorgio Armani for this plus sophistication and versatility.

Best Blusher: Bourjois Little Round Pot
Quite simply the best.

Best Lipstick: MAC Pro Longwear LipColour
While it can occasionally feel a little gritty on the lips, this is easily forgiven by the fact that it won't move an inch by day, but is easily removable when you finally want to kiss it goodbye.

Best Lip Balm: Kiehl's #1 Lip Balm
Having the reparative facility of a balm, but with the shine of a gloss, it's perfect for any girl who needs a glamorous lip balm that works miracles at a reasonable price.

Best Lip Gloss: Benefit Her Glossiness
Again, not worth the high street RRP, but with its gorgeous colours, witty names and fruity scents, it's well worth bargain hunting for.

Best Makeup Compact: Too Faced Little Pink Book
Contains everything you need in one tiny, lightweight 'book'. Genius.

Best Makeup Remover: Estée Lauder Take It Away
Melts away makeup without a trace.

Best Brand: Liz Earle
They are ambassadors for beauty, providing head to toe natural care for men and women and for all skin types and ages. A modern, honest brand that delivers palpable results at reasonable prices. Truly a job well done.

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