Thursday, 30 December 2010

Skin Deep Beauty Awards 2010

Welcome to the first Skin Deep Beauty Awards, featuring absolutely zero glitz and glam in the form of red carpets, star appearances, overstuffed goodie bags and freeflowing Champers but 100% honest, free-of-advertising-influence, sharing of my favourite product discoveries from 2010.
Agree/ Disagree? Want to share your own favourites of 2010? Please comment as I'd love to hear your thoughts!

HAIRCARE
BEST SHAMPOO...LA BIOSTHETIQUE
I swear by this shampoo to care for the condition of my hair.
BEST CONDITIONER...PHILIP KINGSLEY NO SCENT, NO COLOUR CONDITIONER
This conditioner left my hair silky, shiny and managable without irritation- no mean feat on my hair I can tell you! What's more, from the sale of every bottle, a donation is made to the wonderful Look Good, Feel Better charity
BEST MASK...ALTERNA CAVIAR SEASILK TREATMENT HAIR MASQUE
Whenever I use this mask, I rave about it for days afterwards. It manages to do the impossible- make me proud of my hair. It's luxurious, with a pricetag to match but a little goes a long way and it's quite simply the best hair mask I've ever used
BEST STYLING PRODUCT... NEIL GEORGE INDIAN GOOSEBERRY TREATMENT OIL
Whilst the rest of the beauty world was abuzz with talk of Moroccanoil in 2010, for me, it was all about my discovery of this wonder product which has boosted the condition of my hair and made styling an absolute breeze. I no longer use serum, this ticks all the boxes
BEST TOOL... TANGLE TEEZER
Quick and easy to use on wet or dry hair, this takes the pain out of hair styling. I've opted for the fun, bright pink version which is easy to spot in my overcrowded bathroom!

SKINCARE
BEST CLEANSER... BY TERRY DOUCEUR DE ROSE CLEANSER
Like a traditional cold cream cleanser, this rose based cream is soothing and nourishes dry skin.
BEST EYE MAKEUP REMOVER... ELIZABETH'S DAUGHTER THE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
I don't wear waterproof mascara so I can't comment on its effectiveness at removing this but I've been very impressed with this gentle product from a relatively unknown brand. The functinal packaging is superb!
BEST SERUM... CREME DE LA MER THE REGENERATING SERUM
Yes, it's eye-wateringly expensive but if you can afford to splash out then this is the product to go for. It transformed my skin and is, to date, the best serum I've ever used.
BEST FACE CREAM... ELEMIS PRO COLLAGEN MARINE CREAM
The Brit brand's bestselling product has Mother SkinDeep absolutely hooked for its anti-aging benefits
BEST EYE CREAM... CREME DE LA MER THE EYE CONCENTRATE
Another winner from CDLM- this luxury brand truly delivers results.
BEST DECONGESTING MASK... EVE LOM
My skincare S-O-S!
BEST HYDRATNG MASK... HEAVEN BY DEBORAH MITCHELL HYDRATING AND FIRMING MASK
If I've had a heavy night out, I make sure to slather this onto my skin to rehydrate and it never lets me down.
BEST EXFOLIATOR...HEAVEN BY DEBORAH MITCHELL SKIN POLISH EXFOLIATOR
Another wonder product from the celebrity facialist. I adore this effective exfoliator which uses glycolic acid rather than physical exfoliants.
BEST SPOT TREATMENT...GOOD THINGS STOP THAT SPOT CLEARING GEL
Great overnight results at a reasonable price.
BEST LIP BALM... BONBON BALM
Aside from the irresistable flavours, I love the concept behind this new brand which offers lip balms by subscription.
BEST SALON TREATMENT... CRYSTAL CLEAR MICRODERMABRASION
The celebrity anti-aging favourite leaves skin looking refined.

MAKEUP
BEST PRIMER... LANCOME LA BASE PRO
It doesn't work with every foundation but I find this gives fantastic lasting effects. Special mention also goes to URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER finishing spray to hold my make-up look in place all night.
BEST FOUNDATION... CARGO
I'm delighted that my favourite base is now available in the UK. It gives a good, lasting coverage.
BEST CONCEALER... OMOROVICZA CORRECTING PENCIL
For precision coverage, the pencil format of this concealer makes it easy to use and hard to beat for a professional finish
BEST BLUSHER...MAC CREAM BLUSH IN SWEET WILLIAM
This is great for fresh-faced radiance in an instant.
BEST BRONZER... GUERLAIN TERRACOTTA FOUR SEASONS BRONZER
Guerlain's cult bronzer received an update this year in a handy four-colour compact which gives a realistic colour
BEST EYESHADOW... BOBBI BROWN CREAM EYESHADOW
Quick & easy to use, Bobbi's eyeshadow gives intense, lasting colour without creasing
BEST EYELINER...YSL L'EYELINER
I adore this liner for adding instant drama and for a liquid formula, it's not at all difficult to apply.
BEST MASCARA... BENEFIT BAD GAL
I don't really require lengthening effects so I'm constantly on the lookout for volumising mascaras. This version, in black, is my favourite to date and I love the irreverant, bold packaging.
BEST LIPSTICK... DOLCE AND GABBANA
It takes a lot to part me from my signature Chanel lipstick but in 2010, D&G managed to do just that with their sleek packaging, highly pigmented and desirable shades which last all night long.
BEST LIPGLOSS...SOAP & GLORY SEXY MOTHER PUCKER XL EXTREME PLUMP
A chocolate scented, clear lipgloss with slight plumping effect
BEST NAIL POLISH... ESSIE
Simply the best for lasting colour, I rarely wear anything else on my fingernails, topped with the obligatory SECHE VITE. In contrast, I opt for OPI for toenails as their signature Pro-wide brush makes application a doddle & their quirky polish names bring a smile to my face every time.
BEST TOOL... REVLON BRUSHES
I'm a big fan of Revlon for value-for-money yet quality cosmetics and their brushes don't disappoint.

BODY
BEST SHOWER GEL...NAKED ORANGE BLOSSOM BODY WASH
I prefer to use natural products when possible, although they can sometimes be costly. This shower gel is great for morning use due to its uplifting orange blossom scent, it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and offers great value for money.
BEST BATH SOAK...AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES BATH AND SHOWER OIL
When I really want to indulge, this is the product I reach for.
BEST SCRUB... GREEN AND SPRING INDULGING EXFOLIATING BODY BALM
A great home spa product which makes the chore of exfoliation rather enjoyable!
BEST BODY OIL... ELEMIS EXOTIC FRANGIPANI MONOI MOISTURE MELT
I can't rate this wonderful product highly enough. Indulgent with a ritualistic aspect, I feel truly pampered whenever I use this and the wonderful lingering scent is amazing!
BEST BODY MOISTURISER...JERGEN'S NATURALS
Effective everyday moisturising at a great price
BEST SUNCARE...LANCASTER
I refuse to use anything else in the sun.
BEST FAKE TAN...FAMOUS DAVE
I'm not a regular fake tan user but I was really impressed when I tried this in the summer. Easy to apply, developing into a believable colour. Don't be put off by the random name- it's definitely worth a try!
BEST FOOTCARE...LUSH FAIRTRADE FOOT LOTION
Unapologetically bubblegum pink in colour with a delicious peppermint scent, this lotion really revives tired feet. Great post-party!
BEST HANDCARE...AVOPLEX HIGH INTENSITY HAND AND NAIL CREAM
Fab winter handcare with the signature fresh scent from OPI's avocado inspired range
BEST TOOL...DERMALOGICA THE ULTIMATE BUFFING CLOTH
I love this simple blue cloth for all over body exfoliation.
BEST TREATMENT... MINISTRY OF WAXING
The ultimate professionals, the team at MOW take the sting out of hair removal. Highly recommended.

FRAGRANCE
BEST FRAGRANCE (WOMEN'S)... MILLER HARRIS
The specialist fragrance house's blends are my all time favourite
BEST NEW LAUNCH... ELEMIS EXOTIC EAU DE PARFUM EXOTIC
I fell in love with Elemis' second fragrance when it launched this year and receive compliments whenever I wear it
BEST HOME FRAGRANCE... NEOM ORGANICS
Natural fragranced candles for a room filling fragrance with therapeutic benefits which work wonders. What's more, the chic glass tumblers look great in any room!

Finally, a word of thanks for all of your support in 2010. Wishing you a Happy New Year & here's to a beauty-filled 2011.
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