With so many different beauty products touching my person on a weekly basis, it’s good to sit back and take stock of the real stand out launches of the year. The beauty industry thrives on newness – if it’s not new we don’t want to know. If it doesn’t make our lashes 1000% longer, our hair super shiny and our complexion look photoshopped then we probably won’t buy into it; not unless it’s on offer anyway. But do these big claims really make a big difference, or should we be investing in some subtler and off the radar brands that actually do the job better? Well if you took me to a desert island (yes please) and I only had room for a few products to keep me looking beautiful, then these are the ones I’d choose. Welcome to the LBQ Awards 2011… First up, the best makeup products of the year.
Best Eye Makeup – MUA, Heaven and Earth palette
I should’ve known this would be a great product when the ladies started scrambling through goodie bags at the very first TOWIB to find one. A twelve eyeshadow palette featuring shimmery creams, molten browns and dark chocolates, this is a makeup bag staple for anyone with a passion for blending. The colours are so pigmented, complementary and wearable that it gives the famous Urban Decay Naked palette a run for its money. I’ve used this palette almost daily for the last six months and it’s the one product I revert back to, whatever the occasion. At only £4.00 there’s no excuse not to grab one either.
Best Face Makeup – Benefit, Cha Cha Tint
I was always a little bit intimidated by Benefit’s Benetint, while Posietint was just a little too pink and sweet for my liking. When the iconic brand added another lip and cheek stain to their collection this year it was as though it was made for me. A subtle peachy colour, Cha Cha Tint adds a hint of colour to cheeks that brings out your natural flush. It’s totally tran-seasonal, meaning one little pot will take you from Spring to Autumn and back again. The peach colour is easier to use than the other two, blending naturally with the skin and giving a beautiful glow to cheeks. I adore this so much that I let out a little sob when I came to the end of my pot.
Best Lip Product – Clinique, Chubby Sticks
Oh what did I do before Chubby Sticks? One of my most loved things in this world is a really good lipbalm, so whichever genius decided to mix lipblam with a bit of gloss, add in a dash of colour and make it look like a pencil deserves the pat on the back I’m about to give. These little sticks are pure joy; moisture, a hint of shine and a subtle slick of colour all in one self-sharpening nib. I don’t have a single bad word to say against these, other than they need to be in more colours. They last for bloody ages, making them even better – an investment if you will. Any product that sells itself off the back of jelly is a winner in my book too.
The Lifesaver Product – HD Brows Palette
I’ve been growing out my eyebrows for nearly a year after they fell out and gave me a strange expression. The one product that has given me confidence again has to be the brow palette from HD Brows. It comes in a variety of shades, with each compact including four complementary colours to ensure you can mix your perfect one. The angled brush allows you to perfectly re-create brows or simply fill them in, while the chalky nature of the highly pigmented product keeps your arches in place all day long. I’ve tried many brow palettes over the year (including everything from MUA to Chanel) and this beats them all hands down.
These are my fave makeup products of 2011. Stay tuned for more faves in the hair, body and fragrance categories coming right up… What are your must haves of 2011?