Best of Beauty 2009

Here are my absolute favourites of 2009. I hope you find this list useful, and let me know what your favourites are, too! 😀


Best Body Scrub: Crabtree & Evelyn Naturals Cocoa Butter, Nutmeg & Cardamom Body Scrub

I honestly believe that no other scrub will ever come close to Crabtree & Evelyn’s ($30).  It sloughs off dry skin and moisturizes at the same time.  Plus it smells incredible!

Best Face Cleanser: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

I tried to find a drugstore substitute for Purity Made Simple ($26 for 8 oz), but I failed. I went through a few bottles of this cleanser this year, and my skin loves me for it. It takes off all the gunk without drying out my skin.

Best Face Exfoliator: MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

I only need three words to describe this exfoliator ($22): Blackheads. Be. Gone!

Best Skincare Tool: Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser

This is my great drugstore find of the year ($23). Because the exfoliating pads are soaked in salicylic acid, this battery-operated tool is fantastic for treating acne and blackheads.


Best Foundation: FACE atelier Ultra Foundation

No surprise here. I loved FACE atelier Ultra Foundation ($45) on first try. It is weightless and takes away minor imperfections. And psst, if you need a heavier coverage, try using a duo fibre brush (like Quo Bronzing Powder Brush).

Best Brush for Face: Coastal Scents Synthetic Wide Buffer Brush

This is an inexpensive brush ($15) that is great for buffing in my setting powder, speaking of which…

Best Powder: MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural

This super lightweight powder ($32) has low coverage, which makes it great for setting your makeup or for buffing in on a no makeup day.

Best Brush for Eyes: MAC #217 Blending Brush

A true multi-tasking brush ($27): great for cream products like concealer, as well as blending out eyeshadows like a pro. This is one of those things that I would take with me if I was to live in an island.

Best Eyeshadow Palette: MAC Passions of Red Fascinating Ruby: 6 Smokey Eyes

Technically this was from 2008, but I just got my hands on it this summer. This is the most versatile palette! Great for neutral everyday looks, to a smoldering smoky eye. It’s hard to get a hold of this now, but if you are itching to try an eyeshadow from this palette, MAC Satin Taupe is amazing!

Best Eyeliner: Lancome Gel Artliner in Indigo Charm

This shimmery blue ($24) makes brown eyes pop. And who doesn’t love a gel liner? I’m addicted.

Best Lipgloss: Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Candid

This sheer gloss ($24) is great on its own because of the pink and gold shimmer swimming through it, but is also a great boost over your favourite lipstick.

Best Lipstick: MAC Lipstick in Patisserie

My no-fail, everyday creamy pink lipstick ($16.50).

Best Makeup Remover(s): Alcone Makeup Remover Cloths and L’Oreal Gentle Waterproof Makeup Remover

Whatever the makeup remover cloths ($35 for 80 cloths) leave behind, i.e., waterproof stuff but not any residue, the L’Oreal Makeup Remover ($10) takes off easily. This is my one-two punch combination for taking all my makeup off.


This is where the great drugstore buys come out!

Best Shampoo: Pantene Brunette/Red Expressions

I just love Pantene’s colour expressions line. It smells so good that I become a crazy hair sniffing girl.

Best Conditioner: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeeep

This is still my best conditioner for really dry, damaged hair.

Best Hair Treatment: Alberto VO5 Hot Oil

A very moisturizing pre-shampoo treatment. I wish this comes in a box of 100 tubes.

Best Styling Product: None

Nothing stood out this year in hair styling products. Help? I have straight hair that tends to fall flat. I need volume and hydration.


Favourite Eau de Parfum: Dolce & Gabbana The One

Surprise surprise!

Favourite Eau de Toilette: Dior Addict Shine

While it means absolutely nothing to me, here are its notes: cedrat, gardenia, raspberry, cedar woods. It smells good, ‘kay?

  • I am totally checking out the Clean & Clear’s Blackhead Eraser & MAC’s Volcanic Ash Exfoliator now. I am always on the look out for new exfoliators & cleasers. Thanks!
    .-= The Asian Pear´s last blog ..The Asian Pear’s Family & Friends Tree =-.

    • You’re welcome! MAC’s exfoliator is Limited Edition, so try to call up a few places. It’s pretty popular with the MAC folks 😉 They bring it back every so often with new collections though.

  • I cannot wait to go shopping with you. 🙂
    .-= FB @´s last blog ..Lil’ Asian B-Boy: This video made my day =-.

    • It’s going to be so much fun! I told BF about it and he made a face.

      BF: “You’re just going to spend more money.”
      Me: “No I’m just helping her buy stuff… I’m not buying anything…”
      BF: “Mmhmm.”

      I’m making mental notes of products for you. 😀

  • Are you & FB meeting in real life? Awesome! Jealous!
    .-= Marisol´s last blog ..Time to take control =-.

    • Mmhmm! Fly out to Toronto! Then we can all go shopping together. 🙂

  • Joy

    Have to agree with Alcone wipes, L’Oreal Waterproof makeup remover, Purity, MAC MSF, and Face Atelier Foundation! Love!

    I have yet to try the MAC Volcanic Ash exfoliator but looks like it’s hard to come by. I have a Lancome gel liner from the Spring 2010 I have yet to review but excited to try it out now!

    I used to use Schwartzkopf Glamour Queen for volume but I found an even better one. Try David Babaii Bohemian Beach Spray – LOVE! It gives you amazing volume and texture, holds the style, plus it hydrates your hair. And it’s all natural 🙂 They sell at most salons and Sears Square One.

    Great list!

    • Yes!!

      Thanks for the recommendation… I’ll check out David Babaii for sure. That sounds amazing!