Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Best Of 2010 Beauty

It's that time... time to reflect on the past year in all things beauty.

I'm going to keep the blabber at a minimum and just list the things that have impressed me this year... a big fat favourites post.

Not writing any reviews right now (most things I've written or talked about in a video beforehand) but I tried to stick mainly to products purchased or discovered in this year.

I did a little list of nominees because I felt like some things needed an honourable mention, and I will also be posting a video in which I will reveal my ULTIMATE 2010 favourites, narrowed down from this big list.

Sorry for making this like a silly award show... but I think it's rather fun!


Favourite Foundation

The Contenders:
Chanel Mat Lumiere, YSL Teint Resist, Makeup Forever HD, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, NARS Sheer Glow

(as you can see I liked pretty much every new foundation I've tried this year - Pro Lumiere was last year's love child, but on to the next!)

Favourite Concealer
The Contenders:
MAC Studio Finish, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer & Corrector, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

(this one was hard because my skin is temperamental... some things were better for blemishes and some were better for under the eye)

Favourite Fragrance
The Contenders:
Juicy Couture "Couture Couture", D&G "La Lune", Burberry "The Beat"

(all relatively summery scents... summer is my favourite time for scents for some odd reason, it's when I'm most likely to try and buy new things)

Favourite Eyeshadow
The Contenders:
MAC "Mulch", Chanel "Taupe Gris", MAC "Club", NARS "Nepal", Bare Escentuals "Nude Beach"

(there's a clear winner... a big standout favourite although I do love all these new pretty shadows quite a lot... see my video to find out which one!!! hehe)

Favourite Eyeliner
The Contenders:
Stila Eye Kajal "Topaz", MAC "Feline" Kohl Power, MAC "Raven" Kohl Power, MAC "Blacktrack" Fluidline, MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner

(love them all for very different reasons, the most reliable of which is also the one that's the biggest effort to apply... *hint*)

Favourite Nail Polish
The Contenders:
OPI "Lucky Lucky Lavender", Essie "Van D'Go", Essie "Lollipop", Chanel "Vendetta"

(is it weird that this was the hardest category? can there be a 4-way tie?)

Favourite Hair Product
The Contenders:
Moroccanoil, Frederik Fekkai Dry Shampoo, Got2B Heat Protectant Spray, Fekkai Advanced Glossing Shampoo

Favourite Body Lotion
no contenders... just lots of love for FRESH Sugar Lemon lotion

Favourite Moisturizer
no contenders... just lots of love for Cetaphil Moisturizing lotion

Favourite Cleanser
no contenders... Cetaphil is my favourite

Favourite Lipstick
The Contenders:
Revlon Soft Nude, YSL Rouge Pur Shine #26, Chanel Rouge Coco "Rose Comete", MAC "Hue"

(when I think of happy times this year, I was wearing this lipstick in probably every single time! The only lipstick I brought with me on my travels!)

Favourite Lip Gloss
The Contenders:
MAC "Ample Pink", MAC "Lustreglass", Dior "#317", NARS "Turkish Delight", YSL Gloss Pur "#7"

(this was also hard since I loved lip gloss SO much this year!)

Favourite Mascara
The Contenders:
YSL Singulier, Makeup Forever Smoky Lash, FRESH Supernova, YSL Faux Cils, L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

(I think you'll all know which one takes the cake for me... although YSL smells so good I will always repurchase their mascaras at some point)

Favourite Blush
The Contenders:
NARS "Madly", MAC "Stereo Rose", MAC "Well Dressed"

(SO HARD TO PICK! All these 3 were my babies this year)

Favourite Bronzer
The Contenders:
Benefit "Hoola", NARS "Laguna"

Favourite Eyeshadow Base
The Contenders:
Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC "Bare Study" Paint Pot, MAC "Constructivist" Paint Pot

(last year Urban Decay rocked my socks under every eyeshadow... but will this year be the same?? dun dun dun...)

Favourite Exfoliator:
no contenders... Clarisonic for the win!

Favourite Skincare Discovery
The Contenders:
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment, Bioderma H2O Sensibio Makeup Remover, LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner

(all amazing and worth a try if you have oily sensitive acne prone skin like me!)

Favourite Drugstore Discovery
The Contenders:
NYC Blushable Cream Stick "Plaza Pink", Revlon "Soft Nude" Lipstick, L'Oreal Lash Boosting Serum

Make sure you check out my channel in the next couple of days if you'd like to see me show off, reveal, and blab about only the best of the best :)



  1. ooh, where'd you get the bioderma from? is it available in canada? i've been wanting to try it for a while now.

  2. Love how you did this post -and I have a few faves from this post, can't wait to see the video!

  3. What a tease ;) I am looking forward to your favourites!

  4. Happy NY!
    Fantastic blog.
    I hope you pass to mine and follow me!
    Thanks =)

  5. I really love your blog and I've tagged you for the Stylish Blogger Award: :)

  6. great post, really inspiring !
    lovely blog :)

  7. Hi Sandra,

    just letting you know i've given you an award on my blog, because I like your blog so much!

  8. wow your blog is pretty awesome! :)


  9. Hello Girls I would like to welcome you all to my blog!! As you may have notice I have a new blogger once again!! The first time I was clumsy and deleted it, the second time my blog was reported and shut down and the third time once again REPORTED!! Unfortunately for the person who reported me, they are unaware of my DETERMINATION and MOTIVATION to make a POSITIVE change!!

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  10. Hello, I am sampling the YSL resist right now and really like it too! It gives a soft look to the face and feels sooo light on. I also sampled the MAC pro longwear in nc20....ugh has nice finish but NO soft look and feels tacky compared to this. Do you know if the YSL resist 05 would have more yellow than the 04 shade? NC20/25 is a good match for me but not the foundations!

  11. hey, in the bottom picture what is the name of the NARS eye shadow palette and do you know if its still available??- i love the colours!
    Many thanks xxxxx

    Check out my blog and follow me :) xxx

  12. @alicia yes the #5 is definitely more yellow than #4... but I'd say it's a tad darker than NC20.. it's somewhere closer to NC30, I think!

  13. @Sophie it's the NARS Pleasures of Paris Palette and as far as I know, it's still available on the NARS website :) x

  14. Thanks! I will have to take a look at it next time at Sephora

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