Consumers buy them. Professionals recommend them. Magazines award them. And we use them. Below is a list of the most demanded, talked about, and used products among the beauty world.
MASCARA: Dior Diorshow Mascara. No need for fake lashes.
What experts say: A best seller at Sephora beauty stores, who call it, “just off the catwalk look in just one coat.” Featured multiple times in Instyle Magazine and ivillage.com recommends it because it “gives lashes a lush, full look.”
What Dior says: “Inspired by runways and behind-the-scenes tricks of the professionals.”
SHIMMER: Bobbie Brown Shimmer Brick. In all the magazines these days.
What experts say: Quoted as “can’t live without” shimmer compact and “giving glamorous glow to the face,” in Instyle Magazine. A favorite for fall at ivillage.com.
What Bobbie Brown says: “Pearlized pigments that blend together for a soft golden glow.”
BLUSH: Nars Blush in “Orgasm”. Wait a minute…you don’t use this?
What experts say: Best selling blush at Sephora beauty stores. Featured a dozen times in Instyle Magazine who say it’s “a longtime favorite of professionals,” and “youth in powder form.” Town & Country Magazine voted it their top 150 Best Beauty Products and say that this “golden peach hue gets an A+.” Also Allure’s Best of Beauty in Makeup.
What Nars says: “Made with transparent pigments,” which “imparts a natural, healthy glow for any skin tone.”
MOISTURIZER: La Mer’s Creme de la Mer. Expensive Taste…honey where’s our furniture?
What experts say: About.com says “moisturizers don’t get any better than this.” Town & Country Magazine rate it 150 Best Beauty Products and call it, “the precious sea-kelp formulation with legions of followers.”
What La Mer says: “In a short time, skin becomes softer, firmer, looks virtually creaseless. Aging lines and pores are noticeably less visible. Even the driest of complexions are healed. Sensitivities are soothed.”
SKIN SERUM: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. Everyone’s talking about it.
What experts say: Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Best Skin Perfecting Serum. Town & Country Magazine say it’s “the secret to waking up refreshed,” and vote it 150 Best Beauty Products.
What Estee Lauder says: “Helps boost your skin’s natural ability to repair.” They say to use it for 21 consecutive nights and it will leave your skin, “even-toned, supple, smooth, and noticeably more healthy looking.”
FOUNDATION: Bare Escentuals i.d. Bare Mineral Foundation. Put minerals in your skin diet. Even your aunt Gene in Dover, Kentucky, population three hundred sixteen, has heard of it.
What experts say: Featured multiple times in Instyle Magazine. “Always garners compliments,” says Elle magazine. “Huge fan base,” says Shape Magazine. Smart Magazine says it’s “a weightless, do-it-all foundation that covers EVERTHING from blemishes to under eye circles and it evens out your skin tone.” Glamour Magazine gave it the Glammy Award for Best Prestige Foundation, twice. And the list of publicity goes on and on…
What Bare Escentuals says: of course…”Make up so pure you can sleep in it.” It is “free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance, and other harmful chemicals,” plus gives “impeccable coverage for every skin type and skin tone, and protects with natural sunscreen.”
HAIR: Bumble and bumble Thickening Spray. I know it’s good cause my hair dresser uses it.
What experts say: Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Top Hair Transformers as a Supreme Body Builder. Instyle Magazine quotes, “It makes fine hair look like Texas hair,” and “instant fullness.” Allure Magazine gave it the Best of Beauty for Hair award.
What Bumble and bumble says: “A heating tool essential”, and “not just for fine hair.” It “builds body,” but amazingly still “tames frizz” and “helps define curls.”
TINTED MOISTURIZER: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. Ahh!!Foundation..oooh…tinted moisturizer.
What experts say: Won both Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty award for Makeup and Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Flawless Complexion Creators as sheerest tinted moisturizer. Best seller at Sephoria Stores, and Instyle Magazine says it delivers “actual coverage”, and quotes makeup artist Vasilios Tanis saying it’s “sheer enough to be mistake-proof”. Town & Country Magazine rated it as 150 Best Beauty Products because it is an “ingenious product for casual wear or the foundation-phobic.
What Laura Mercier says: “Perfect for all skin types & provides protection from both UVA & UVB rays with an SPF 20. The sheer lightweight moisturizer adds a hint of color that can be used in place of foundation for a natual appearance while adding a healthy glow to your complexion.”