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My Search For The BEST & WORST Beauty Products In 2010

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2010 passes in a blink of an eye, don’t you agree?

Well, 2010 has been a rewarding year for me. It was a eventful year too, with plentiful of irresistible opportunities offering to me and I was glad to be able to preview bountiful of new launched products too.

One thing I have never stopped doing for the entire year of 2010 is painstakingly searching for the BEST beauty products, not just for myself but also for my readers too. And during the search, I was glad to uncover a couple of great products which I have never came across before.

In fact six months ago, I have published a post on ”My Search for the BEST & WORST Beauty Products In First Half Of The Year 2010“. The post featured all the BEST and WORST beauty products I have tested during the first half of the year in 2010.

And now as we have already embarked into 2011, I’m here to share with you my search for the BEST & WORST Beauty Products during the entire year of 2010.

All the BEST and WORST beauty products that are featured below are the ones I have tested in 2010 only. That does not include those products I have yet tested but were received in 2010. These products will be bought forward to 2011 instead. The products include Tony Moly, Kiehl’s, Vichy, Perricone MD, L’oreal, SANA, Clarins, Elizabeth Arden, Dr Cilabo, Benefit Cosmetics and many more.

And those products that I have used and tested in 2009 were featured at “My Search for the BEST & WORST Beauty Products in 2009.

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My Search For The

BEST & WORST Beauty Products In 2010

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EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

BEST – Lancome Bi-Facil Non-Oily Instant Cleanser Sensitive Eyes

WORST – NA

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CLEANSING OIL

BESTSANA Medicated Natural Resource Cleansing Oil

WORST – NA

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CLEANSING CREAM / GEL

BEST – Dr Cilabo Super Cleansing EX

WORSTClinique Take The Day Off

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CLEANSING WASH / FOAM

BEST – Dr. Cilabo Super Washing Foam EX

WORSTPhysiogel Cleanser

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EXFOLIATING SCRUB

BESTKiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion

WORST – NA

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LOTION / TONER

BEST - Bioelements Calmitude Hydrating Solution

WORSTEstee Lauder Soft Clean Silky Hydrating Lotion

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ESSENCE LOTION

BESTSK-II Facial Treatment Essence

WORSTSANA Medicated Natural Resource Essence Lotion

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EYE SERUM

BESTPerricone MD Vitamin C Ester Eye Serum –  Elizabeth Arden Prevage® Eye Advanced Anti-aging Serum

WORSTKiehl’s Eye Alert

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EYE CREAM

BEST - EUOKO Eye Contour Nanolift  -  Elizabeth Arden Prevage® Eye Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer SPF 15 PA++

WORST – Kinerase Under Eye Rescue  -   Boots No7 Lift & Luminate Eye Cream

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PORE REFINING RANGE

BEST – NA

WORSTb.liv Shrink & Tight Large Pores Reducing Serum & Diminishing Night Complex

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ANTI-AGING SERUM

BEST – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair  -  Elizabeth Arden Prevage Face Advanced Anti-Aging Serum

WORST – SkinCeuticals Serum 20 AOX+


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FACE LIFTING / CONTOURING SERUM

BESTClarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum

WORST - Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum

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SKIN LIGHTENING

BESTPaula’s Choice Resist Remarkable Skin Lightening Lotion

WORST – Retacnyl Tretinoin 0.025% Cream

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Review – Hourglass Cosmetics, A Luxury Makeup Brand From US

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Recently I was extremely delighted to receive a few great Hourglass Cosmetics products from Hourglass head office @ California.

Hourglass Cosmetics, a luxury makeup brand, is sold at Sephora Ion and True Colors in Singapore. It provides cutting-edge technology and innovative packaging with superb quality cosmetics products.

Frankly, I have not heard of this brand before and after browsing through their website Hourglass Cosmetics, I was actually surprised and glad to know that this luxury cosmetic brand is now available in Singapore. My first impression on the site was great! The products are so desirable! I couldn’t hold back my excitement and I hurried down to Sephora Ion Orchard on the following day to check out the shades and texture. After sampling some of the tester products, I was truly impressed! The quality is superb! The texture (especially the eyeshadows) are super fine and smooth. The colors are also rich, seductive and intense.

Hourglass Cosmetics is in fact one of the best makeup brand I have discovered recently.

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About Hourglass Cosmetics

A line that truly embodies modern luxury, Hourglass Cosmetics combines timeless extravagance and style all in one elegant collection. From lush shades to incredibly luxurious packaging, makeup has never been so stunning – or perfecting. Created by beauty veteran Carisa Janes, each innovative product is formulated with the latest cosmetic technology and cutting-edge ingredients. Many contain anti-aging properties yet leave out harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates and sulfates. Offering a full collection of color cosmetics and brushes, Hourglass is celebrated for its “complexion perfecting” products such as Veil Fluid Makeup, Veil Mineral Primer, and Illusion Tinted Moisturizer. The brand is available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Barneys New York. For more information on the line, please visit www.hourglasscosmetics.com.

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Here are what I have received – Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner, Trace Lip Liner, Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss, Film Noir Mascara and Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss.

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Plus sachet-size Veil Mineral Primer and Illusion Tinted Moisturizer.

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Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss – S$38

A high shine sheer lip gloss in a sleek and streamlined package, exclusively designed for the brand.

Product Benefits

  • “Tube” features a metalized outer shell to conveniently fit into the palm of the hand or slipped into a pocket or clutch
  • Silky and non-tacky texture provides high shine and comfort
  • Enhanced with Vitamin E to hydrate and protect the lips from becoming chapped and dry
  • May be worn over lipstick and lip liner or worn on its own
  • Offers superior water-resistant color
  • Paraben, sulfate, phthalate and fragrance FREE

Review

Although Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss has an unique and interesting packaging but it’s not really user-friendly. I have a hard time opening it for the first time. In fact, the easy and correct way to open it is to slightly tilt the cover to one side and pull it outward from sideway.

How to use : press the centre portion of the packaging to squeeze out the product.

I also find it hard to apply due to the flat surface area at the opening tip. It tends to mess up my lip with excess gloss on the outer area of my lip.

I guess the best way to apply it is to use a lip brush but I’m just plain too lazy to use a lip brush though.

Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss comes in 6 colors : Surreal, Hypnotic, Pulse, Eden, Opium and Legend.

I have selected the reddish brown shade Hypnotic as my sampling piece. This photo is taken on a bright day light hence the color (Hypnotic) seems to be different from the picture above. I really love this shade, it looks so natural especially on bright day light.

Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss provides an excellent moisturizing, translucent and slight tinge of luminous metallic finish. Although it is glossy, but it is non-sticky. My lip doesn’t feel dry even after many hours later. Excellent product!

Verdict : Love the color, texture and moisture level. Easy to remove and not too glossy which is good. Interesting packaging but not very practical. I would have given a full mark with 5-Star if is not because of the packaging.

Rating

Will I buy it myself? Yes Definitely!

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