Face Primer 5151
This primer gives gorgeous, glowing skin instantly! I love how it makes my whole complexion look every time I use it.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, $45 USD / $50 CADsephora.com
The perfect everyday foundation. Flawless coverage that looks completely natural, and the huge range of shades makes it super easy to find your exact match.
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, $42 USD / $46 CADsephora.com
Powder Foundation 5149
My BFF in summer. Great coverage with a natural matte finish that absorbs excess oil.
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation, $35 USD / $35 CADsephora.com
BB Cream 5148
The most authentic BB Cream I've found so far in North America. The thick, balm texture is hydrating and covers imperfections beautifully. A little goes a long way!
Bobbi Brown BB Cream, $42 USD / $49 CADsephora.com
I've been in love with this concealer since the day it launched. Buildable coverage with all-day wear that won't crease under eyes! I even use it as an eyeshadow base because of its staying power.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, $18 USD / $22 CADmaccosmetics.com
Nothing locks in my makeup like this powder. Whatever it touches just magically lasts all day, and it never dries out my skin or looks chalky!
Vichy Dermablend Powder, $20.50 USDvichyusa.com
Pressed Powder 5150
This long-time favorite of mine is a fantastic setting powder or light foundation for everday. The mineral powder gives a natural glow to skin and blends in perfectly.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, $29 USD / $34 CADmaccosmetics.com
Powder Blush 5142
This blush is the perfect shade for me! The coral pink powder brightens my complexion and the satin texture gives a beautiful, but natural glow to my cheeks.
Yves Saint Laurent Blush Radiance in No.6, $45 USD / $55 CADsephora.com
The light, airy texture of this blush makes it so easy to apply! It blends into the skin like a dream for a completely natural looking flush. Great for that no-makeup look!
Smashbox Airblush in Berry Bliss, $29 USD / $33 CADsephora.com
I still haven't found any bronzer quite like this one- the rosy undertones give it a unique look that warms the complexion and works great as both a blush and a bronzer.
Benefit Dallas, $28 USD / $36 CADsephora.com
I've always adored Bobbi's Shimmer Bricks... but this one takes the cake. I love how the shades can be used individually on the eyes, or blended all together for a gorgeous rose gold cheek highlight.
Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Shimmer Brick, $42 USD / $50 CADbobbibrown.com
Cream Eyeshadow 5158
These cream shadows have always been my favorite- they blend smoothly, have awesome pigmentation and do not crease at all! Great alone, or as an eyeshadow base.
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner, $19 USD / $24 CADsephora.com
Eyeshadow Palette 5145
I'm absolutely in love with these eyeshadows! The satin texture brightens eyes without being shimmery- skin glows and never looks crepey or dry. Amazing quads!
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Quads, $59 USD / $64 CADgiorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com
Eyeshadow Pencil 5143
For a super quick eyeshadow or even as a base, these jumbo pencils are amazing! Available in both shimmery and matte shades, the pigmentation and durability is amazing.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow, $20 USD / $23 CADsephora.com
The creamiest, blackest eyeliner I've ever tried. Nothing else compares! Plus the staying power is awesome.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, $29 USD / $23 CADsephora.com
Jet black, super precise and easy on the wallet!
Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner, $6.49 USD / $7.49 CADmaybelline.com
This jet black liner glides on like a dream! Get the look of a liquid liner with the precision of a pencil- it's the best of both worlds and this gel liner leads the pack.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner, $22 USD / $26 CADsephora.com
Eyelash Curler and Mascara 5146
Totally impressed with the newest mascara from Lancôme! This formula separates, lengthens and volumizes perfectly for super black, flirty lashes. I love how the wand gets every lash- even the hard to reach inner corner lashes!
Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara, $28 USD / $33 CADsephora.com
Since I wear waterproof mascara every day, I want one that is going to look great but still come off with ease. This mascara gives me soft, luscious lashes that hold a curl all day and comes off with ease with an oil-based remover.
shu uemura stretch Xtreme Waterproof Mascara, $28 USDshuuemura-usa.com
Once you try Tweezerman tweezers, you'll never go back to anything else. I'm particularly in love with these cute Cynthia Rowley designs- but all of them have the same great quality.
Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, $25 USD / $30 CADsephora.com
This tinted wax pencil makes shaping my brows a dream! The pencil colors in my brows while depositing a light wax, which then I brush into place with the included spoolie!
Maybelline Master Shape, $7.39 USDdrugstore.com
The 'gold' standard in eyelash curlers! I love this limited-edition 24K Gold version; it looks so luxurious and works like a charm every time- no pulling or pinching!
shu uemura eyelash curler, $18 USDshuuemura-usa.com
Whenever a look calls for false lashes, I find myself reaching for these ones. In particular, I love the Demi Whispies- they look so natural and the price is amazing.
Monda Studio False Lashes, $3 USDmondastudio.com
There's just something so amazing about these lip balms- the smell incredible, feel luxurious and hydrate lips more than any other I've tried. I love the tinted balms like this Passion one!
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, $22.50 USD / $26 CADsephora.com
Lip Color 5144
Hands down, my favorite lipsticks this year! I love the creamy, hydrating formula and delicious lemon pie scent. They leave a gorgeous glossy finish and feel like silk- I'm in love!
Too Faced La Crème, $21 USD / $25 CADsephora.com
Liquid Lip Color 5153
This formula has changed the way I view red lips- I used to be scared and hesitant to wear red lips, but this stay-put formula gives me confidence to wear them all night long, knowing they won't budge, fade, migrate or transfer.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge, $24 USD / $27 CADsephora.com
Budget Lipgloss 5154
I've never been so impressed with a drugstore lipgloss! These smell amazing, have gorgeous pigmentation and feel super smooth on the lips. The colors are also fabulous!
Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Gloss, $5.49 USD / $9.99 CADmaybelline.com
As sticky and goopy as they are (I actually like it), my heart will always belong to these lip glosses. I love their texture, wear and vast array of colors! It was my first ever MAC purchase, and to this day I still look forward to all the new shades that launch!
MAC Lipglass, $15 USD / $18 CADmaccosmetics.com
Nail Polish 5156
Out of all the nail polishes I've tried this year (and I've tried a lot
), I have to say that OPI polishes are the most consistent in terms of quality and uniqueness. I always look forward to their collections and feel they provide the best all-round value
OPI Nail Lacquer, $8.50 USD / $10.95 CADopi.com
Nothing beats the drying speed, glossy finish and durability of this top coat! Nails go from wet & lacquered to dry and hard in minutes! It's magical!
Seche Vite, $7.35 USDsallybeauty.com
This year, I've become obsessed with gel polish! I love it's strength, shine and long wear. I've tried just about every brand, salon & at-home, and Gelish comes out on top.
Gelish Soak Off Gel Polish (prices vary)sallybeauty.com
This gentle micellar solution has changed my skin for the better. It removes makeup, cleanses and soothes my sensitive skin- and it feels just like water!
Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $22 CADmurale.ca
This makeup remover is like a magic potion- it removes even the most stubborn makeup in seconds without pulling or tugging.
Lancôme Bi-Facil, $27 USD / $35 CADsephora.com
Cleansing Oil 5147
I'm glad to see many people becoming much more comfortable with using oil as a cleanser- it really works magic! This formula is the best I've found for getting rid of every stitch of makeup while soothing and treating the skin.
shu uemura ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil, $90 USD / $98 CADshuuemura-usa.com
It may have been one of my most expensive beauty purchases this year, but I regret nothing! This exfoliator uses gentle grains to slough away dead skin, and enzymes to resurface your complexion for the most beautiful, soft and glowing skin ever. It seriously feels like you just had a facial!
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate, $85 USD / $102 CADsephora.com
Possibly the most luxurious moisturizer I've ever tried. I love the silky feel and ultra-hydrating feeling it gives my skin. Perfect for winter!
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Mega Moisturizer SPF15, $50 USD / $63 CADsephora.com
Equal parts adorable and effective- these fun, girly sheet masks each target a different issue but all offer intense hydration, leaving your skin plump, moisturized and glowing.
MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask, $4.99 CADmaskeraide.com
Don't let its chunky texture turn you off- this sea-salt shampoo gives you huge volume and super soft locks. Ultra clarifying and lifting... it's a miracle in a tub.
LUSH Big Shampoo, $26.95 USD / $26.95 CADlush.com
I never thought I'd ditch my conditioner for a leave-in, but this miracle product is totally worth it. I'm addicted to this brand because they live up to their claims, and this leave-in gives me soft, manageable hair without weighing it down.
It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite, $14.37 USDdrustore.com
You knew this would be here... I've raved about this dry shampoo endlessly this year, and it has become a new must-have for me. I love the smell and the incredible volumizing power! I sometimes just use it as a volumizer, even if I just washed my hair!
Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo, $8.99 CADfarleyco.ca
I've been using this hairspray for years, and it just keeps getting better and better! This new volumizing formula holds any style without getting sticky, dull or hard- my hair looks like my hair, always. Plus it brushes out beautifully and adds texture for updo's too!
L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray, $14.99 USDdrugstore.com
My signature scent; I've been in love with it since I first smelled it a few years ago! It's the ultimate feminine scent- floral, fresh, sophisticated and sultry all in one.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, $75 USD / $85 CADsephora.com
I thought I'd never be able to whiten my teeth again after Crest Whitestrips left my teeth way too sensitive... but this handy gadget has changed that for me! I love how easy it is to use, and the results are amazing.
Tanda Pearl, $195 USD / $195 CADtanda.ca
Budget Brand 5160
I can't think of a budget brand that impressed me more than Maybelline this year- the quality of their products has been raised to another level and I've found myself impressed more and more with each release.
Professional Brand 5161
While they may put out more collections in a single season than most brands do all year, MAC does have a strong permanent and professional line- plus their PRO Program, Back-2-MAC Program and Viva Glam campaign all win them major points in my books.
It doesn't get anymore luxurious than Chanel, and even though it may cost you a pretty penny, you won't be disappointed. Chanel has the most consistent quality I've seen in a luxury brand.
Product Line 5163
I've never been so consistently blown away by a product line from a brand before. The bareMinerals READY line features some long awaited pressed mineral makeup formulas that are jaw-dropping in terms of pigmentation & texture. Stunning products.
Giorgio Armani Maestro
This new oil-based fusion makeup revolutionized the way we think about foundations. A completely new, innovative formula... it's a unique texture you just have to feel. It leaves skin flawless, natural and hydrated all day long!
While these fragrances may not have replaced my signature scent, I'm in love with the concept- making them my editor's pick for the year. Maison Martin Margiela created these 'bottled memories' that were inspired by moments and locations. A beautiful and relatable fragrance line.
When I think back to which collection got me most excited, it was the shu uemura Chocolat Donna collection. I was in awe, and still am, of the beautiful, striking tones and rich, pigmented products.
So here we are everyone! It’s New Years Eve and we’re about to enter 2013… I feel overwhelmed just thinking about it! This year was such an incredible year… full of ups and downs as usual, but I feel particularly blessed to have been able to experience and do all the things that I did! I had some incredible opportunities come my way, and as much as I loved 2012, I’m so ready to see what 2013 has in store!
But- we’re not there quite yet! We’ve got a few more hours to go… and while we’re still here in 2012, I wanted to share my annual Editor’s Choice Beauty Awards with you! I have to apologize that it is not as all-inclusive as I had originally envisioned it to be… I wanted to make it fun and unique to browse through, but in doing so, it also took a lot more time than expected (next year I’ll remember to start much earlier)! I did narrow the awards down to the products that I felt were the most important to share… but if you have any other specific product recommendations, just leave me a comment below and I’ll be happy to share more of my favorites.
Thank you so much for a fabulous year- it was a blast. There’s one more award left though… the Reader’s Choice Award… and that’s for YOU to give! Leave a comment below, granting one product your Reader’s Choice Award… I’d love to know what it is!
Have a safe, fun and Happy New Year celebration tonight!