Over the past few months I (along with my testers) have been testing a ridiculous amount of the latest beauty products in skin care, makeup, hair care and more, to bring you a list of the top beauty products you shouldn’t live without! Check out 39 of our faves in New Latina’s 2011 Beauty Awards picks below!
New Latina Beauty Awards - Top Beauty Products of 2011!
BEST CLEANSER FOR OILY SKIN Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser This dermatologist recommended acne-fighting cleanser is as delicious as it is effective. After just two days of using, I instantly started to see my breakouts clear. It includes grapefruit extract, which gives it a sweet and refreshing smell!
BEST CLEANSER FOR DRY SKIN Dior Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Velvet Extract This formula not only cleanses, but also helps to hydrate your skin. It’s gentle foaming texture leaves skin clean, soft and glowing.
BEST ANTI-AGING SET Philosophy Miracle Worker This set really is a miracle worker! It features an anti-aging eye cream, an anti-aging moisturizer, anti-aging retinoid solution and anti-aging retinoid pads. “It’s the first anti-aging set with retinoid I’ve used that hasn’t irritated my skin,” one tester said.
BEST FACIAL SCRUB Ole Henriksen Beginning Scrub This amazing facial scrub made up of jojoba wax and tea tree oils, works on even the most sensitive skin. After using this gentle exfoliant, your face will feel like you just had a professional herbal facial!
BEST HYDRATING MASK Zensation Intensive Hydromask This formula helps relieve dry skin while also evening out your skin tone. Along with other selected ingredients, this hydrating mask also includes Vitamin E and apple concentrate, which helps leave skin radiant and glowing.
BEST SPF 50 Diorsnow UV Shield SPF 50 Looking for a SPF 50 that won’t leave your skin white and sticky? Here’s your solution. This light lotion provides UV and antioxidant defense while also moisturizing the skin. No sticky or bad fragrance here!
BEST MOISTURIZER WITH SPF 35 Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture 35 I’m all about daily sun protection, but I hate to fuss with SPF over my moisturizer. So these days I make it easier for myself and opt for a moisturizer that contains SPF 35. This light and non-greasy lotion keeps my skin soft while also providing the UVA/UVB protection I need from the sun’s damaging rays!
BEST FACIAL PEEL Advanced Home Actives Brazilian Peel This is the very first at-home peel of its kind. It contains glycolic acid and acai, which is a natural antioxidant that comes from Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The results? After four weeks this peel leaves your skin as smooth and bright as a professional chemical peel, (only without any irritation or redness) all for a much more affordable price!
BEST LIP SCRUB Fresh Sugar Lip Polish During this time of year your lips are a lot more prone to getting chapped. This amazing scrub is made up of real brown sugar crystals that gently exfoliate, massaging away any dry flakes. The jojoba seed, grape seed oils and shea butter in the formula help to nourish lips, leaving them smooth and moisturized for hours!
BEST NIGHT CREAM Lancome Paris Absolue Night Precious Cells “After a few weeks I began to notice that my skin was looking smoother and was a lot softer. It really hydrates your skin,” said one tester. Beauty awards favorite!
BEST DAY CREAM Dior Capture Totale Nurturing Rich Cream This is great formula for women looking for an anti-aging cream that smoothes out wrinkles, but also moisturizes very dry skin. “I’ve been using this day cream for the last couple of months and it has left my skin noticeably firmer and brighter,” said one tester.
BEST EYE CREAM Lancome Paris Genifique Eye Cream Lancome claims that this is their first anti-aging cream for the eye that boosts activity of genes, leaving intense results after just 7 days. The innovative gel-cream fights against dark circles, puffiness and works to make the eye area appear visibly younger and brighter. “My eyes appeared a lot more awake and my dark circles a lot lighter after about a week,” said one tester.
BEST MOISTURIZER Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Looking for a moisturizer that won’t cause breakouts? Then this is definitely the cream for you. This unique gel formula is non-greasy, but deeply hydrates and conditions, leaving your skin moisturized all day. This is the perfect moisturizer if you have oily or combination skin!
BEST BODY CREAM Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion No other body cream has left my skin any softer! This moisturizing lotion that contains natural colloidal oatmeal helps prevent and treat dry skin, leaving it incredibly soft and hydrated.
BEST BODY SCRUB Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish This incredible brown sugar exfoliant was the first of it’s kind to hit the beauty market. And I must say, I’ve tried a few brown sugar body scrubs before and none have come close to this one. That’s probably because this polish contains real brown sugar crystals, natural humectants, a blend of oils from primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel and jojoba that all help to massage away dry skin cells, while deeply moisturizing. It leaves my skin incredibly soft, smooth and bright every time I use it!
BEST HAND CREAM Hissy Fit Handy Work SPF 30 There’s nothing worse looking than old hands! This highly moisturizing, anti-aging hand cream not only hydrates but works to shield skin from UV damage, while also preventing and fighting the appearance of aging. I use this cream daily and my hands are always smooth and soft. Not to mention it has a delicious and fresh scent of orange and mint you won’t be able to resist!
BEST FOOT CREAM Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Crème I don’t know about you, but every here and there (despite the season) I like to show my feet a little TLC. I’ve tried a number of foot creams but this one is definitely my favorite. This formula is made with coconut oil along with other natural ingredients, leaving the extra dry parts of your feet (especially heels) extra soft and revived.
BEST MAKEUP REMOVER Lancome Bi-Facial Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover No other makeup remover seems to get the job done like this one. This remover washes away all traces of makeup (even waterproof) without the constant rubbing. It also works as a toner, conditioning and refreshing your skin, without leaving your skin oily. Save yourself the time and the fuss and make sure to include this baby in your collection!
BEST CONCEALER CoverGirl Invisible Concealer With this concealer, there’s no need to break the bank! I love the sponge-tip wand that allows for easy application. The formula is light, yet covers both dark circles and blemishes really well!
BEST NEW MASCARA Lancome Hynose Doll Lashes I can definitely see this mascara becoming another popular Lancome staple. Its unique, cone-shaped brush delivers volumized, long and super full lashes!
BEST PENCIL EYELINER Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil This creamy eye pencil glides on easily and literally stays on all day! Best part? It’s waterproof!
BEST LIQUID EYELINER Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen This waterproof liquid liner pen includes a precision top pen that allows for perfect and controlled application. A must-have for those of us who still can’t seem to apply our liquid eyeliner correctly.
BEST TRANSLUCENT POWDER Make UP For Ever HD Microfinish Powder The problem with most translucent powders is they either make the face appear too white, or for darker skins tones, too washed out. This translucent finishing powder perfectly sets your foundation without washing out your skin tone. Instead it mattifies the skin, while leaving your complexion with a radiant glow!
BEST PRIMER Make UP For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer To Go This amazing little primer moisturizes and primes the skin, allowing foundation to glide on easily. It helps create a glowing complexion while allowing your foundation to last for hours!
BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER M.A.C Studio Moisture Tint Who wants to fuss with foundation everyday? Instead I smack on this tinted moisturizer with SPF15 for a little tint of color. It provides just the right amount of coverage to leave my skin smooth and flawless looking!
BEST LIQUID FOUNDATION Dior Capture Totale Liquid Foundation This luminous foundation contains a unique blend of anti-aging ingredients that covers but also nourishes and plumps the skin, leaving you with the most radiant complexion.
BEST BLUSH Benefit Sugarbomb blush Four amazing shades of rose, shimmering pink, soft plum and peach all blended into one colorful blush. It leaves cheeks with a nice natural looking rush!
BEST LUMINIZER NARS Laguna Illuminator This lightweight formula works to enhance your complexion, leaving it with a refreshed and luminous glow. Pair it with your foundation to give skin some instant shimmer.
BEST EYESHADOW CoverGirl Intense Shadowblast Finally an eyeshadow and primer all in one! If you’re looking for a good long-lasting eyeshadow, this is your solution! Since the shadow is blended with a primer, it stays in place all day. It’s available in 6 beautiful shades.
BEST BRONZER Maybelline FIT ME Bronzer This light bronzer delivers a natural bronzed glow to your skin for under $10!
BEST LONG LASTING LIPSTICK Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Lipstick The only long-lasting lipstick I’ve tried that actually lasts you all day without having to reapply!
BEST FLEXIBLE HOLD HAIRSPRAY L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray There’s a reason why this has become a favorite amongst celebrity stylists. This weightless spray not only provides strong and long lasting hold, but keeps locks shiny and soft all day.
BEST ANTI-FRIZZ SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER Ouidad Climate Control Shampoo & Conditioner “It was a rainy and humid day and I needed my hair to behave. This shampoo and conditioner protected my hair from frizzing up. It was smooth and sleek all day,” said one tester.
BEST ANTI-FRIZZ TREATMENT Moroccanoil Frizz Control Spray Spray a few pumps of this treatment on your damp hair before styling and you’re guaranteed to have smooth frizz-free locks. I’ve used it a few times and have received great results with every use.
BEST VOLUME SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo & Conditioner These lightweight products are enriched with omega-3, working to repair as well as add body to fine, thin hair. “This shampoo and conditioner gave my very thin and fine hair instant body after just one wash, “ said one tester.
BEST SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER FOR THICK HAIR Pantene Breakage To Strength Medium-Thick Shampoo & Conditioner Thick, full hair is beautiful, but it can be a lot more prone to breakage and dryness (especially if you heat dry often). This incredibly moisturizing formula revitalizes and deeply nourishes your strands, while protecting it from breakage. This shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair super smooth and silky every time.
BEST RESTORATIVE HAIR MASK Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask I have become completely obsessed with this hair treatment. This intensely nourishing treatment deeply hydrates and restores dry or damaged hair, improving it after every use. My hair as a result is stronger, softer and shiner!
BEST NON-SULFATE SHAMPOO DevaCurl No-Poo Cleanser This non-sulfate, no lathering shampoo not only cleanses but conditions your locks. Perfect for curly hair!
BEST DRY SHAMPOO TreSemme FreshStart Volumizing Dry Shampoo Even the best and most expensive dry shampoos tend to leave white residue. TreSemme’s dry shampoo instantly removes oil and odor while also providing volume to hair without the annoying white flakes!