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Best Beauty Products of 2009 – My picks, friends picks, web picks!

2009 is coming to an end, so I thought I’d recap on some of the beauty highlights from this year’s collections. These choices are based on my own experiences with these products, what I’ve heard from friends & blogs, and what I see listed as “best-sellers” on,, and top department store websites.  If you want to chime in to give your opinion on any of these, or if you want to add to the list, just leave a comment below! Enjoy!!

Top Mascara:

Maybelline Lash Stylist.  This product was discontinued early on this year, but it still remains my top searched keyword on this blog. Thousands of women have expressed interest in this product and have grown to love it, and are now completely upset that Maybelline decided to give it the boot. With its V-shaped comb wand and thickening & lengthening formula, this winning combo sent lashes into space. The price was right, at around $7 per tube, it beat most expensive department store brand mascaras in the butt.
Top Selling Mascaras: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara, CoverGirl Lash Blast, Dior DiorShow Mascara.

Top Liquid Foundation:

This is a toss up between Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation. I like them both, and I do like many, many other foundations, but as far as top performing, these are the best that I’ve used. I used to be a huge Revlon ColorStay fan, until the original formula changed, and I switched to MUF HD. I ran out of the MUF HD rather quickly ($40 per bottle) and found the Boots foundation at Target, and loved it ever since. I switch on and off between Boots and the Maybelline SuperStay foundation, but SuperStay it does not and it’s running down my chin by noon. It’s a nice foundation for sure, but it doesn’t perform like I expected.
Top Selling Foundations: Max Factor Lasting Performance, MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, Prescriptives ‘Virtual Skin’ Super-Natural Finish.

Top Mineral Powder Foundation:

Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder Makeup SPF 10. This powder is high-end, but I find that it’s the best finish you’ll find as far as mineral makeup goes. It glows and not in a bad, greasy way! I wear this on top of my liquid foundation for extra coverage. I’ll share some best-sellers: bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation is among the top-seller on many store’s lists, PUR Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF 15 won an Allure Editor’s Choice award for being awesome, and I’ve tried a sample of this stuff at Ulta and I actually liked it, but didn’t have a chance to purchase.

Top Concealer:

Depending on how much coverage you need: Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT is actually a brightening product with a bit of color in it to help conceal and liven up dull areas. I love how the product doesn’t cake up or settle in lines. I don’t like greasy concealer either! For a bit more coverage, the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage duo concealer is pretty good. There is a light side and a dark side so that you may mix to your perfect matching color. I’ve used this product before and thought it looked flawless for a little while, but got cakey and greasy on me later. Friends have sworn by the product and said they didn’t experience what I did, but they have different skin types than I do. I’ve also tested the Kat Von D. tattoo concealer at Sephora and found that my friend’s tattoo was nowhere near being covered up (have you seen the pics where K.V.D’s tattoos are virtually erased by this product? hahah Photoshop.. hello?).

Top Foundation Primer:

Since I struggle with primers with my oily skin, I am going to let my friends and store ratings do the talking in the case of makeup primers. I have tried Per-fekt, loved it, but felt that it wasn’t doing anything spectacular to my skin. I’ve tried Clarins, Make Up Forever, MAC, so trust me, just about everything, even have tried Monistat Anti-Chafing gel (Yes, you heard me.. Monistat) which contains the same ingredients as most high-end primers. The only primer I have been using lately and is working the best for me is a product that was created by my aesthetician, there is no brand name! You can’t really buy it unless you see her, either. My friends swear by the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light, which should be great for oily skin. I haven’t tried it enough times to give my final verdict as to whether or not I am impressed by this product. Feel free to leave a comment about which foundation primers you like the best.
Top Selling Foundation Primers: Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Hydrating, Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base.

Top Eyeshadow Primer:

No contest here. Urban Decay Primer Potion is the only thing that keeps my shadows from creasing up. I’ve used it for years and the tube itself will last about a year. If your eyelids still get oily after using this product, dabbing a bit of setting powder over it should help. UDPP (for short) is a best-seller across the board.
Top Selling Eyeshadow Primers:Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow, Laura Geller Spackle Trio, Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer.

Top Eye Cream:

I’ve tried Strivectin, Arcona, Benefit’s Eyecon, MAC’s Fast Response, and a plethora of drugstore brand eye creams that claim to de-puff, de-line and de-darken. I haven’t been repurchasing anything in particular, so obviously I haven’t seen any dramatic results from anything I’ve tried. Since eye cream is normally expensive territory, I don’t tread too often. Since I just started using the Strivectin eye cream about a month ago, I still have to give it time to ‘do something’.
Top Selling Eye Creams: RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream (Allure Editor’s Choice Award), Philosophy Eye Hope Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream, Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.

Top Moisturizer for the Face:

I gotta say, I love my Strivectin Wrinkle and Stretch Mark Cream! I have noticed a difference in the coloring of my skin, it’s less blotchy and my pores have reduced a little bit, all after one month of use. I also noticed some acne scars disappearing and acne itself seemed to pop up less. As far as wrinkles go, I don’t have any to mention just yet, but I do feel like the cream firms the skin a little. My makeup goes on a bit smoother with use of this product, and since I do not need moisture for oily skin, I am fine with this, it doesn’t add any grease. I love the tingle factor!
Top Selling Moisturizers: Estée Lauder ‘Nutritious’ Vita-Mineral Moisture Gel (Only at Nordstrom), La Mer Moisturizing Cream (Very thick, more for mature or dry skin),and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (My mom likes this).
Top Tinted Moisturizer: Since I normally don’t have much luck with these, I’ll let the best seller’s list do all the talking: All Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizers, Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer, Smashbox ‘Sheer Focus’ Tinted Moisturizer, and drug store favorite, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer.

Top Body Moisturizer:

I’ve loved this product for a long time – Hempz Herbal Moisturizer (the bottle with the pot leaf on the front). It not only smells real yummy, but it performs! Made with pure Hemp seed oil and extracts, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Ginseng, I really haven’t found anything to beat this. Not a lot of people have heard of it since it’s usually only sold in beauty supply stores and high-end nail salons. You should give it a try!
Top Selling Body Moisturizers: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion, Kiehl’s Crème de Corps.

Top Nail Color Brand:

This is a toss up between O.P.I nail color and Chanel nail color. I love the color variety that O.P.I offers, especially the pinks and corals, but Chanel’s nail color has lasted the longest on my nails out of anything else I’ve tried. I stopped buying nail polish a while ago because I have way too many!
Top Selling Nail Color Brands: Lippmann Collection (Celeb manicurist, Deborah Lippmann), NARS Nail Polish, Essie Nail Polish.

Top Brow Product:

I was using a MAC matte eyeshadow to fill in my brows, but now that my hair has been lightened to nearly blonde, I need to find something new .. stat! Just about everything that is Anastasia brand is a best-seller as far as brow products go. Anastasia is the celebrity eyebrow guru, and if she had anything to do with Megan Fox’s brows, I’m in. Although, I heard she gets her brows done at the Pink Cheeks salon in LA. Lucky bastards!
Top Selling Brow Products: Prescriptives Groom Stick for Brows, Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duos, bareMinerals Brow Color (loose mineral powder).

Top Fix-It Product:

I do not think I can live without Benefit High Brow. I use this product nearly every single day, it seems to last forever, and it saves me! I use this pink/beige creamy pencil under my eyebrows to highlight, brighten and to cover up unplucked brow hairs. It leaves my eyes looking polished, helping my eyeshadow blend a little better, also. My trick is to put this product on BEFORE filling in my brows. It helps the brow product glide on smoother.. plus, if you put this on after you have filled in your brows, it tends to wipe away some of the brow product if you are not careful. I also use this product in the inner corners of my eyes to brighten up my look, as well as using it in the water line of my eye instead of using a white eyeliner pencil.

Top Eyeshadow:

This is a super toughie. I have only owned one of these, but I have to say that Makeup Forever eyeshadow is superb. I use the shadow in Sephora when I go there to “play” and I am always impressed with the texture, color selection and blendability of MUF. I plan on purchasing more of these shadows in the future. Next up, of course I have to mention MAC eyeshadow. I love the pan refill shadows for my big palettes, the MAC Pigments and the color selection cannot be topped. One more! I also use and love Bare Escentual Mineral eyeshadows. These puppies last ages and always blend flawlessly. My drug store favorite eye shadow is the Milani brand eye shadows, which I have found at both Target & Walgreens. You can fit Milani single shadows inside of a MAC Pro palette, which is a total added bonus!
Top Selling Eyeshadow: Prescriptives ‘U-Pick’ Eye Color, Stila Eye Shadow Pans, NARS Single Eyeshadows & drug store favorite, Jane Eye Zing.

Top Liquid Eyeliner:

My favorite liquid liner was made by Chanel, and I do not see it listed anywhere for sale. Bummer! It was not the automatic pen liner, it was a very small well of color, with a very small and precise brush. Pretty sure it was the best ever.. and where did it go!? Well, there is yet another that I use, which is the Maybelline Line Works Ultra-Liner Waterproof Liquid Liner. For around $6 you can’t go wrong. The only thing that people may find strange about it is that it comes off in one piece when you wash your face. It’s almost like a thin strip of rubber. I’ve been swimming with this eyeliner on, and it worked without running! One of the cons to this product is also the fact that it’s a little shiny, it’s not that noticable, but if I want the product to look more matte, I will apply a bit of a black matte shadow over the top with an angled brow brush.
Top Selling Liquid Eyeliners: Lancome ARTLINER – Precision Point EyeLiner, blinc brand eyeliner, MAC ‘Penultimate’ Eye Liner, and drug store brand CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Liner Pen (Allure Editor’s Choice award).

Top Gel/Creme Eyeliner: With MAC’s launch of the Chromaline collection,  I’ve been all over these gel liners like crazy.  MAC Chromaline Gel liner in Black Black is my best friend.  It stays put, does its job and doesn’t act like a brat. I love it! I also use this product in the waterline of my eyes and it doesn’t run. I also have used MAC Fluidline, but it dried up in the glass jar rather quickly, so I am sticking to this new product.
Top Selling Gel/Creme Eyeliner: Stila Smudgepots, Make Up Forever Aqua Creamliner, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (Have used in several tutorials), and Allure Editor’s Choice winner, L’Oréal Paris HIP High Intensity Pigments Color Truth Cream Eyeliner.

Top Pencil Eyeliner:

I don’t exactly use pencil eyeliner anymore since the discovery of the MAC Chromaline gel eyeliner, but I do have a great suggestion for those looking for an awesome pencil liner – Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. End of story. That is THE eyeliner of choice, and is one of the 2009 Allure Best of Beauty Winners.
Top Selling Pencil Eyeliners: Jane Iredale Pencil Eyeliner, Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes, MAC Splashproof PowerPoint Eye Pencil, and CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Self Sharpening Eye Pencil.

Top Blush:

I have several fave blush brands: MAC Blush (color choice is awesome), LORAC Blush (Great pigmentation!), Milani Blush (Great drug store brand with awesome quality, very similar to NARS) and NARS Blush (Nice finish, great quality).
Top Selling Blushes: bareMinerals blush (I have several of these and use them when I am doing a more natural look), Makeup Forever Powder Blush (Have tried and loved! Intense pigment), Bobbi Brown blush (Allure Winner), and drug store fave, CoverGirl Classic Color Blush.

Top Bronzer:

I’m as pale as a ghost, so a little bronzing goes a really long way. Since I have oily skin, I have to be careful that my bronzer doesn’t turn into a muddy mess later on. I prefer a matte bronzer and use NARS Matte blushes as a bronzer & MAC’s Bronzing Powder compact, which has an ever so slight shimmer.
Top Selling Bronzers: Laura Geller Bronze-n-Brighten, Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, drug store fave, Jane Oil-Free Bronzing Powder, and Allure Beauty Winner, Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Duo Bronzer.

Top Lip Liner:

I am straying away from lip liner a little bit (going for the ‘just gloss’ look), but if I need to define my lips and not worry about feathering or bleeding, I use the Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liner. Just like the 24/7 eyeliner, it is pretty much awesome. I use the color “Naked” (Matte mauve/nude) and it works with just about every lip color I own, except for light pinks.
Top Selling Lip Liners: bareMinerals Escentuals Quick Stick, NARS Lip Liner Pencil, MAC Lip Pencil, and drug store fave, Milani Easyliner for Lips Retractable Pencil.

Top Lipstick:

I am a lipstick girl when I have the time through the day to reapply it (like when I am going out on the weekends) and I have probably over 200 lipsticks sitting around the bathroom in bins, boxes, makeup bags, etc. It’s kinda sad! I love so many different lipsticks, so many brands, I can’t pick just one fave. I’ll just list the brands that I use most often, how about that? Let’s start with YSL (Yves Saint Laurent), the lipstick is elegant and just makes me feel rich, pretty, and maybe a little famous. A lot of celebs wear YSL lipstick (including Dita VonTeese -her signature red) and well, I feel celeb-ish when wearing it, too. Of course, I love MAC lipstick, the range of colors is ridiculous, the wide range of textures is just crazy. I also like Boots lipstick, Milani Lipstick, NYX lipstick (for the bright pinks), Vincent Longo lipstick (the texture is really smooth), and Chanel lipstick. Lately, I’ve been wearing the Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick and I’ve liked it, but I think it lacks pigment (sheer is sometimes not my cup o’ tea).
Top Selling Lipstick: Trish McEvoy Cream Lip Color, NARS Lipstick, LORAC Lotsa Lip Lipstick, drug store fave, CoverGirl TruShine, and Allure Winner, Revlon ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor.

Top Lip Gloss:

Ahh lip gloss, something I can’t live without.. I’m sure you share the same sentiment. My favorite all-time gloss was the Clinique Colour Surge Lip Lacquer High Shine Sheers in shade New Rain. It was the perfect high-shine gloss, and was purchased around 2004. I found an Amazon store that had it in stock and I had to purchase it. I am so glad I found it! Since the product has long been discontinued, I really don’t think it’s fair to list it as a 2009 product, but I thought I would share since you may or may not be interested in finding it online, I’ve seen some floating around. Just like I mentioned in the Lipstick list, I probably have hundreds of lip glosses, and it gets quite unorganized at times. I tried putting peaches, pinks, browns, etc. in zip lock bags and storing them away, but it just didn’t seem to work out since I am such a huge hurry out the door for work. Things just end up getting tossed in my purse or in another drawer. I’ll list the products that I’ve used the most this year, and loved: Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss (elegant, sheer, beautiful colors), Chanel Glossimer (Highly pigmented, rich, long-lasting), Tarte glosses (natural, feels good, sheer), MAC Lipglass (awesome color selection, liked mostly the limited edition colors) Mark. Cosmetics Juice Gems in Juicy Fig (Similar to Lancome Juicy Tubes, but very inexpensive).
Top Selling Lip Gloss: Lancome Juicy Tubes, NARS Lip Gloss, Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips, Target best-seller, e.l.f Hypershine lip gloss, and Allure Winner, Clinique Long Last Glosswear.

Top Lip/Cheek Stain:

This is not exactly my area of expertise since stains never work on me. I used to buy the Eyeko brand lip markers, same as Paris Hilton used, and they were the best. Discontinued, of course. Sucks. I was so disappointed by the Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stains that I really didn’t care to try anything else. I’ve heard that the Sephora brand stains are good, as well as the Smashbox O-Glow stain, it looks damned good on my friends, that is for sure!
Top Lip Stain Sellers: Luna Twilight DuWop Lip Venom, Tarte Rise & Shine, Benefit Benetint, and Pixi Lip Blush at Target.

Top Highlighter:

I shape and contour my facial features with both a bronzer and highlighter. I feel like the MAC Iridescent Powder/Pressed in Belightful (a peachy bronze shimmer) has always done a good job giving me my glow to go.
Top Selling Highligters: bareMinerals All-Over Face Color, Too Faced Absolutely Invisible, Candlelight, Les Tissages Lames de CHANEL Shimmering Tweed Highlighter, Benefit Cosmetics 10, drug store top pick, Physicians Formula Virtual Face Powder, Translucent Pearl, and Allure winner, Jemma Kidd Makeup School Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Crème.

Top Pressed / Loose Face Powders:

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. Love it. Cool packaging, awesome product.. but I’m always running out. When I go out to a concert, club or whatever, I like to occasionally use MAC Studio Fix powder, although I breakout like a mo-fo the next day, but the finish looks damned good.
Top Selling Powders:Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil, MAC Blot Powder/Pressed, Avene Tinted Compact SPF 50, MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation, drug store fave, Coty Airspun Face Powder, Translucent Extra Coverage, and Allure winner, L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder.

Top Makeup Brushes:

I have a lot of brushes, but I always carry the following: Bare Escentuals Handy Buki (for powder, blush, bronzer, everything), Beauty Strokes Hi-Lite / Blender brush (basic application of eye shadow color), Beauty Strokes Crease Blender brush, MAC 224 crease blender brush, Brandon slanted eyebrow brush, MAC 180 flat top foundation brush (discontinued), MAC Pencil brush (for applying dark colors to crease or creating a smokey look on lower lash line), Mark. Cosmetics small concealer brush (for dabbing concealer, applying wet products), and Benefit Get Bent eyeliner brush (applying liquid liner, cream liner, cake liners).
Top Selling Makeup Brushes: Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Refillable Buffing Brush, bareMinerals Buffing Brushes, Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush, Eco Tools 5 Piece Bamboo Brush Set, and Allure winner, the Giorgio Armani Beauty Foundation Brush.

Top Face Wash (normal skin):

I try a new face wash every year and see if anything miraculous happens. I’ve tried really expensive “anti-aging” face washes that felt and smelled real nice, but I didn’t see my skin improving much. I have thrown my hands up to Mother Nature and decided that there is no such thing as a face wash that is going to make me look that much younger. I just want something simple and cheap, but most importantly, leaves no trace of makeup behind. Basis brand Cleaner Clean Face Wash is my number one face wash. I’ve already repurchased twice, which means I like it! The price is as equally amazing.. less than $6 for a 6 ounce tube! You gotta give it a chance! When I break out, I do use the ProActiv Face Wash, which is not used to remove makeup, but it really helps clear up my occasional acne.
Top Selling Face Washes: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, Avene Cleanance Soap-free Facial Gel Cleanser, Philosophy Purity Made Simple, drug store favorite, Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Wash and Allure Beauty Winner, Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser.

Top Skin Care Brand:

I am a skin care flip-flopper. I have been recently using a no name brand that an aesthetician developed for her spa, and I really like it. I have really oily skin and I like my skin care regime to be really light. So since I really can’t hail any brands that I’ve loved recently besides the above mentioned creation, I’ll let the best-sellers do all the talking.
Top Selling Skin Care Products: Nivea Visage Q10 Advanced Wrinkle Reducer Night Creme, Estée Lauder ‘Nutritious’ Vita-Mineral Moisture Gel Creme, Fresh Rose Face Mask, Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminée Eye and Lip Cream, and Allure Winner, Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Dermabrasion System.

Top Lashes:

MAC’s Hello Kitty Lashes may have been a limited edition item, but the “20 Half Lashes” from MAC seems a little similar. I love half lashes for the outer corners of my eyes, it gives me that cat-eye look with little effort. I find full lash strips to be uncomfortable, I don’t like being able to feel them resting on my eyes. Another awesome half lash product is the Vincent Longo La Dolce Vita Lashes that includes an awesome glue!
Top Selling Lashes: Ardell Fashion Lashes Strip Lash, 120 Black, shu uemura Soft Cross False Eyelashes, Makeup Forever Strip Eyelashes, and Laura Mercier Corner Faux Eyelashes.

Top Shampoo:

I’ve just recently bleached all the black out of my hair, so my hair needs some TLC! I recently purchased a shampoo that I really for my chemically treated and damaged hair, it’s Dumb Blonde by TIGI Bed Head. Great name! Great smell, almost like gummi bears. It’s really moisturizing, and it’s really similar to the Sally Beauty Supply APHogee Deep Moisture Shampoo, but without the fancy smell. Everyone always tell me to “Get Pantene!”.. but that product contains silicone that weighs the hair down and eventually causes a ton of buildup in the hair. NO thanks! I also love the Frederic Fekkai Moisturizing Shampoo with Shea Butter, it smells SUPER good and leaves my hair very nice, but the price of the product was getting a little heavy.
Top Selling Shampoos: Klorane Gentle Shampoo with Oat Milk, Frederic Fekkai Technician Shampoo For Dry, Damaged, Color-Treated Hair (I tried this and didn’t see much happening to my hair), Kiehl’s ‘Sunflower’ Color Preserving Shampoo, drug store fave, Neutrogena Clean Shampoo, Replenishing, and Allure Beauty Winner, Kérastase Resistance Bain Volumactive Volumising Shampoo for Fine and Vulnerable Hair. I’d also like to mention that the Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo is a popular product that I plan on buying soon. I hear it’s great to use when you don’t have time to wash your hair!

Top Conditioner:

Again, I gotta give props to the Tigi Dumb Blonde line of products! The Dumb Blonde Reconstructing Conditioner is pretty damned good so far. Again, smells like lovely candy that I want to chomp. I leave this in my hair for as long as I can, it seems to really nourish my poor bleached locks. I just started dabbling with Aussie 3-minute Miracle, as suggested by numerous websites that talk about bleach blonde hair.. I haven’t come to the conclusion that it’s good just yet. The Frederic Fekkai Moisturizing Conditioner with Shea Butter is a fave, but like I mentioned before, the Fekkai line of hair products if quite pricey.
Top Selling Conditioners: Terax Hair Care Crema Ultra Moisturizing Daily Conditioner (I used to buy tubs of these on ebay quite frequently, it’s expensive!), Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment (I have this at home and it’s really funky to use, but I think it works alright), Kiehl’s ‘Sunflower’ Color Preserving Conditioner, drug store favorite, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner, and Allure Beauty Winner, L’oréal Professionnel Série Expert Volume Expand Volumising Cream Conditioner for Fine Hair.

Top Overall Hair Care product:

I use a lot of heat on my hair.. the dryer, the flat iron, sometimes curling iron, several days per week. The Regis Cashmere Kera-Forte Fortifying Sealant Spray is great for using before and after I use any heat products on my hair. LOVE THIS STUFF. I got my friends hooked! You can only purchase it at Regis salons. It makes my hair look and smell like I’ve just stepped out of a salon!
Top Selling Hair Care & Treatment Products: PHYTO Phytophanere Dietary Supplement (Top seller in more than two stores online!), Frederic Fekkai Protein Rx Reparative Treatment Mask, and Allure Beauty Winner, For Fine/Normal Hair – Matrix Biolage Fortethérapie Intensive Strengthening Masque.

Top Brands of 2009:

I do have to say that MAC Brand has really impressed me this year. With the darling packaging of the Baroque Boudoir collection, the amazing variety of holiday gift sets, and the release of the Chromaline gel eyeliners, you can’t go wrong with MAC. I’ve been a fan for a really long time, but this year I think I was the most excited about the launches. I am looking forward to seeing what MAC has to offer in 2010.
More Top Selling Brands: Bare Escentuals, NARS, Urban Decay, Sephora brand, Bobbi Brown, L’Oreal, Maybelline, CoverGirl, Boots, Revlon.

If you have any products to boast about or brands that you want noticed, please post a comment below!

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I am Krista, the author of I started a career as a pro makeup artist in 2001 for Benefit Cosmetics in the San Francisco bay area, and transitioned in 2006 to pursue jobs in the Silicon Valley. I am currently working as an editor in the media industry, where I contribute to original content that includes beauty articles. I am occasionally doing freelance makeup jobs, but spend most of my time working on improving my health and wellbeing. I have Hashimoto's and PCOS, and plan on contributing articles that touch on these areas, as well as weight loss and Paleo Diet recipes.

8 Responses to Best Beauty Products of 2009 – My picks, friends picks, web picks!

  1. I loved all your great finds. Didn’t see my favorite lipstick of all time listed tho.
    It’s called L’Paige Lipstick. It’s longlasting, longwearing, made of aloe vera and vitamin E. It feels great on my lips, no nasty taste. My lips feel better with this lipstick on them.

    Best thing yet, it is guaranteed to be lead and aluminum free.

    You might want to give it a try.

    My other favorite find is something called “The Wonder Cloth” this has become my latest and greatest find. A wash cloth that removes my makeup easily with just plain water, and my face feels clean and cared for. All makeup rinses right out of the cloth.
    I wish I sold this one at my ebay store, I’m looking into it.

    Thanks for the great info.

  2. Thanks so much Krista! What a comprehensive and helpful guide to the best products of 2009. I will definitely be checking some of these products out.

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