The Best Makeup Buys

Paula Begoun, skincare expert and best-selling author of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, just released her Best Makeup Buys list. The following is a partial list of products that not only rated extremely high for performance but also really impressed Paula and The Cosmetics Cop team.  Given how many thousands of makeup products Paula and her team review annually, rest assured that these are among the best of the best. (I know there are a lot of lists like this in print and online, but I always really enjoy Paula’s picks. Great products AND all relatively inexpensive!)

The Best of the Best

Boots No7 Cheek Tint ($9.99)
Generously-sized cream-to-powder blush that can go from sheer to intense
Application is super-easy and all of the colors are gorgeous

M.A.C. Haute & Naughty Lash ($18.00)
Two mascaras in one component, each with impressive, distinctive effects
Wears beautifully yet  is easy to remove

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.00)
Elegantly smooth cream texture imparts rich color
Brilliant range of shades without garish frost or sparkles

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer ($12.49)
Beautiful pressed powder blush and bronzer in one sleek compact
Looks great when used separately or together

Victoria’s Secret VS Makeup Soft Focus Liquid Foundation SPF 20 ($16.00)
Outstanding sun protection from gentle mineral actives
Supremely silky with a satin glow finish to enliven dry skin

Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Voluptuous Mascara Waterproof ($8.49)
A waterproof mascara that does everything right, but nothing too extreme
Quickly enhances lashes, then wears without a worry

Revlon Luxurious Color Satin Eye Shadow ($4.99)
Powder eyeshadow singles that’s shine done right
No matter how much you apply, the shine won’t flake!

Revlon Age Defying Moisturizing Concealer SPF 25 ($8.99)
Creamy, eye-area concealer with broad-spectrum sun (and wrinkle)  protection
Provides great coverage without magnifying the look of lines

Physician’s Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation ($14.95)
A powerhouse of potent sun protection to help prevent wrinkles and discolorations
Enviably smooth texture with a soft, flattering matte finish

N.Y.C (New York Color) Extreme Lip Glider Lip Gloss ($3.00)
One of the least expensive lip glosses with a smooth, non-sticky texture
Enticing range of sheer colors in a convenient squeeze tube for quick application

BONUS: Paula’s Choice Illicit Lash Maximum Impact Mascara ($10.95)
Nimble rubber-bristled brush reaches each and every lash fast
Brilliant way to get longer, defined lashes with a soft curl

Want to know if one of your favorites got a top rating?  Visit Beautypedia.com FREE through February for a complete list of the best makeup and skin care.

The Best Dry Shampoos

Ladies and gents, if you haven’t seen the light in regards to using dry shampoos, you best be watching this video and taking notes! Dry shampoos are amazing for quickly cleaning second and third day hair, keeping oily bangs at bay, and awesome for post-workout hair. (I seriously need to buy stock in Klorane, is all I’m sayin’…) Enjoy!

Products mentioned in the video:

Fekkai Au Naturel Dry Shampoo, $23

Batiste Dry Shampoo, $5

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Extract – Non-Aerosol Pump, $18

Best Tressed of 2010

Hello, darlings! I hope your new year is off to a beautiful start. Mine has been a little rainy so far here in Southern California, but the clouds are supposed to part later this afternoon. Hooray!

So, are you thinking of rocking a new look in 2011? Did you find any inspiration in some of last year’s most popular looks? Roy Teeluck wanted to share his Best Tressed List of 2010 as we embark onto the Year of the Rabbit.

PIXIE STICKS

Even though we spent the past few months whipping our hair back and forth, Emma Watson, Carey  Mulligan, and The Biebs chopped it all off making 2010 the unofficial year of the pixie.  Roy says, “A pixie is a great way to show off your face and is very low maintenance style-wise.”

SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING BOB

A bob is a fantastic way to take your hair from drab to fab.  By creating a blunt layer (or indie layers in ScarJo’s case), you showcase those cheekbones and instantly create a timeless look.  Roy (who personally styles Hillary Clinton and Olivia Palermo) says that leaving the sides a little longer makes for a modern version that softens the hard edge of a classic bob.

THE TAMING OF THE DO

For long haired glamour girls, 2010 was all about change.  Taylor Swift broke up with her signature curls and started rocking blunt bangs and a pin-straight look.  Model Lily Aldridge got on the Balayage bandwagon and warmed up her brown hair with some golden highlights.  Emma Stone ditched her red hair and officially became a California blonde.

What were some of your favorite looks in 2010?

Clarisonic Mia, My New Best Friend (Psst…Giveaway!)

Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System, $149

Okay, lovelies. This is one giveaway you don’t want to miss. The Clarisonic Mia has changed the way I look at skin cleansing. (And the way my skin looks!)

Clarisonic sent me a Mia system to review and I’ve been using it for about a month now. Y’all, I love it. My skin glows, my pores are smaller, and I love that it feels like a mini-facial every morning. The one-button, one-speed, one-minute Mia fits perfectly into my otherwise LAZY skin cleansing routine. It’s so easy – just put a little bit of skin cleanser on the brush, hit the button, and move it in small circles around your face. Plus, it automatically turns off after a minute! Could not be easier.

Clarisonic recommends using the Mia once a day, and although most probably use it at night, I prefer to use it in the morning because it really wakes up my face. Also, for what it’s worth, I prefer using a creamier-type cleanser with the brush. I found foaming face washes to be a little too harsh on my super sensitive skin, so I have been sticking with a non-foaming cleanser. Actually, the one that comes with the Mia system works great, and I also love Avene’s Extremely Gentle Cleanser.

The Mia’s size is perfect for traveling, and it has a really cool magnetic charger that charges the handle up for what seems to be an eternity. Love love love it!!! (And I’m not the only one. Look at all of the reviews! A 4.9 out of 5.0!)

If you are looking for a new skin cleansing routine, I can’t say enough about the Mia!! And thanks to Clarisonic, I am giving away one Mia Cleansing System to a lucky commenter! Just leave a comment on this post before Friday, December 10th at 6pm PST and you’ll be entered to win! Good luck, everyone!

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Don’t forget to vote for Hair Thursday in the Shopping/Beauty Category at the OC Blog Awards! Voting ends Sunday night! (I’m up against the OC NEWSPAPER…I need all the help I can get!!)

I am truly loving on Hair Thursday’s new design and the fun celebrity inspiration feature. However, I strongly dislike uploading all of the celeb photos. STRONGLY DISLIKE WITH THE FIRE OF 1,000 SUNS. Data entry is not my cup of tea, and trying to whittle down the best celebrity hair options is slowly crushing my spirit (not to mention killing my eyesight…)

This is where you can save the day! Tell me what celebrity you think has the best hair and I’ll put them on the top of my list to add into the feature. Is that a deal? Ready, set, GO! (And thank you!)

p.s. – Olivia Palermo’s hair color is to die for. Right?

The Best Shine Enhancing Products

I simply can’t narrow this category down to one product. The more, the merrier, eh? (I’m focusing on shine-enhancing finishing products, as in the last step of your styling process.)

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If you’ve read Hair Thursday for awhile, you probably know that Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream is one of my very faves. I think I’ve mentioned this cream eleventy billion times on this website. Well, here goes eleventy billion and one. I LOVE THIS STUFF. Smells great, lasts forever, and makes my hair super soft and supple.

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Redken Mineral Elixir Smoothing Oil is a newcomer on the market that I’ve been using for the past week. Described as “a glistening shine spray that provides very light conditioning and control with intense frizz-fighting power,” it is quickly becoming a staple. I’m a huge fan of the aerosol spray because you can lightly mist all over your hair and then brush/finger through for ultra shiny tresses. (As with any shine enhancer, use a light hand or else you run the risk of looking like you haven’t seen a shower since ’92.)

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In my humble opinion, as a finishing product, Moroccan Oil doesn’t beat FF Glossing Cream. However, using it as a treatment (applying to damp hair) does wonders for shine and conditioning, and it definitely wins for best sultry scent. It smells like, well, what I would imagine a Moroccan night to smell like. (Okay, I really don’t know what that means.)

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Last, but certainly not least, Cutler Definition Creme for Texture and Shine rocks the casbah. It smells clean and fresh, smooths flyaways and gives me beautiful shine without any greasy residue. Holla!