Sunday, January 18th, 2009

It was late in 2008 when I discovered the awesomeness that is Calvin Klein’s Light Glistening Gloss. It’s priced just a little bit more than MAC lipglass, but it feels amazing. I love the color range, and the subtle shimmer and high glossy shine it gives is stunning.

Here are my ten final picks for 2008!

It will be interesting to see if any lipstick will top YSL’s Rouge Volupte formula for me in 2009. I adored the utterly creamy nature of the Rouge Volupte formula, not to mention how richly pigmented each color was–no matter how pale or light. I found that these melted on my lips and stayed in place really well, too.

MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid continued to be my go-to for foundation, despite trying out several different kinds throughout the year. The matte, light-to-medium coverage was just perfect. I just picked up Make Up For Ever’s HD foundation a week ago, though… so who knows what 2009 will bring!

Make Up For Ever’s HD Primer feels really lightweight and it isn’t silicone-y like Smashbox Photofinish (which broke me out horribly). It helps keep my foundation looking fresher longer! I’ve definitely taken a liking to wearing primers underneath my makeup.

Kate Somerville’s Oil-Free Moisturizer may be pricey, but it works and does its job really well. The best part? It doesn’t break me out whatsoever; in fact, it’s so great for sensitive skin that it may have contributed to helping my face heal from an intensive product-related break out. I like this as a lightweight, day-time moisturizer.

Lancome Bi-Facil is my favorite, too! There’s really just no better makeup remover for me. I only use Bi-Facil on my lips and eyes (which is pretty much what you’re supposed to do), and I never have any issues getting every last vestige of makeup off.

I love Philosophy’s 3-in-1 shower gels! There are so many scents to choose from, and they’re constantly coming out with seasonal offerings, which makes it fun to try them out and switch up my shower gels. I use a loofah, so that’s why I count this as a body scrub–there’s no better way to use the shower gels than with one!

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13 thoughts on “Second Annual Temptalia Beauty Awards 2008 – Editor’s Choice, Part 2

  1. Michelle

    Awesome Picks!! I love margin, I think it compliments you more, but I still LOVE it!

  2. Victoria Maria

    Hi, as I understand MAC’s volcanic ash, was a LE product, and it’s not availble anymore….which doesn’t really matter for me, simply because I honestly have been using the best skincare line for the past 5 years.

    I used to run out, as soon as the “BIG” names, such as Helena Rubenstein, Biotherm or Dior would launch a new creme or something, and buy it… that was until!

    I found Dermalogica :-) the love of my life….. and they have the most amazing exfoliator. It’s called Microfoliant, and I use it every morning in the shower. It’s mild, but effective – so you must try it out.

    And while you are at it, try the Ultra sensitive faceblock, which it a tinted sunscreen moisturiser….love the glow it gives to my face!

    So…try them, and I’m sure they’ll be on your list next year :-)

    Victoria, Denmark

    • I have some Dermalogica products, though they haven’t worked the miracles on my acne I’d have liked them, too!

      I love their sunscreens though :)

  3. Hmmm… This seems a bit biased to me: MAC this, MAC that, etc :(

    • Tanya

      You know why don’t you? Its because MAC rocks!!! It rocks harder than any other makeup…thats why it wins so much :) hehehehe

    • Vivian

      Yes, there’re many MAC’s and I’m not a MAC user. I’ve been to MAC counter and swatched some of their colors. A lot I tried were pretty amazing but not worth too much. (I’m a cheappie who wouldnt shell extra bucks for MAC – yet)
      However, this is , in fact, an editor’s choice. It’s based on personal opinions and that’s why people started blogs to talk about how much they love makeup (regardless of brands or just brands specific). To tell you the truth, I don’t find many Dior or Chanel to be exceptional amazing. (I dislike textures of Dior and Chanel glosses)
      Stuff like exfoliator I would never buy high-ends. Just those dermatologist brands or some drugstores and they work great.

    • I do like MAC a lot, and it’s definitely not a secret, LOL! I believe of the 23 categories, 2 being MAC only anyway… leaving us with 21 categories, at least half went to other brands.

  4. jsmithie

    Hi! WOnt it be a whole lot better if pictures of these Best of the Best were posted as well?–just a suggestion:) By the way I agree with you on these products, I also use some of them.


    Christine – do you use the neutral MUF Primer? I know there are several colors available, too. I may have to try this out – I really want to love the Smashbox primer, but am not loving it!

    • The one I picked up is the neutral/colorless one. When I went to Sephora, the artist said I didn’t have any thing to correct in terms of color correcting!