CM Awards | ❤ Cosmetic Monster Best in Beauty Awards

CM AWARD WINNERS

To pin an award to a product is normally so subjective, that it really amounts to nothing but opinion – or likely satisfying an advertising promise. To say that the Cosmetic Monster Awards are more prestigious and hard to come by – would be true, but then they are based on my singular experiences. Be what they may – this is a very thoughtful and coveted collection of products that have consistently earned my praise. In other words – I bought them more than once (or will).

FACE CLEANSER

ROOTS ROSE RADISH HONEY PECAN ROSE FACIAL CLEANSIER - IMAGE 12014 Roots Rose Radish Honey Pecan Rose Face Cleanser ($35, rootsroseradish.com). L-O-V-E this 100% natural face cleanser/scrub. Honey, pecans, rose plus a short list of real ingredients gives this amazing product an edge over synthetic counterparts.

2013 Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder ($65, tatcha.com). This amazing powder wash turns into a remarkably creamy cleanser that gives skin a geisha-glow.

2013 Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar ($32, drunkelephant.com). The PM sister to the incredible JUJU BAR, PEEKE BAR effectively removes makeup (even non-waterproof eye makeup) with zero irritation, no dryness and is completely void of fragrance. Is it worth $32? If you care about how your skin looks and what you’re putting on it – YES.

2013 Drunk Elephant Juju Bar ($32, drunkelephant.com). This product (like nearly the entire Drunk Elephant line) makes me happy. Happy to have found a natural, non-irritating, effective, completely scent-free face bar that WORKS. Genius. Yes, its expensive – but once you try the system, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Plus, who doesn’t love elephants?

2011 Conju Princess Soap ($20, custom purchase). Still my favorite facial cleansing bar. Removes all traces of undesirables from your skin without over stripping.

CLEANSING OIL/MAKEUP REMOVER

TATCHA PURE ONE STEP CAMELLIA CLEANSING OIL $482013 Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48, tatcha.com). I’ve used a lot of cleansing oils (I worked for Shu Uemura at one point) – and 2 bottles later (I need to order my 3rd) this is the best I’ve ever used.

EXFOLIATOR

2013 Rodan + Fields Enhancements Microdermabrasion Paste ($77, janbenrajab.myrandf.com). This combines the comfort of a cleansing balm and an effective scrub that leaves skin crazy soft and smooth.

2011 Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($35, sukiskincare.com). Satisfying on so many levels – this lemon drop scented (but synthetic fragrance free) scrub is vegan, foams, smooths and leaves skin sparkling. Yummy.

FACIAL MIST/TONER/TREATMENT LOTION

2015 Renee Rouleau Balancing Skin Tonic ($32.30, reneerouleau.com). Super basic but calms my skin when it’s on the brink of breaking out.

2014 Estee Lauder Micro Essence ($95, esteelauder.com). I’m addicted. I forced myself to use it twice a day – but after one week my skin was more balanced and glowing. Now that the bottle is almost gone, its a product on my must-have list.

2012 Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist ($86, omorovicza.com). A luxury item for sure – but the golden mist of loveliness smells like orange blossom heaven is worth the pretty penny and leaves skin just as beautiful.

SERUM/TREATMENTS

DIOR ONE ESSENTIAL

2015 Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum ($115, algenist.com). Love love love what this does for my skin. Soothes and keeps things in check while working well with other treatments. On my 2nd bottle – a rare occurrence.

2013 Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80, drunkelephant.com). I swear (as do many others) by vitamin C for a firmer, brighter, more youthful complexion. Unfortunately, so many serums are silicone based (which I don’t like), dry the skin or cause irritation. This water based, but stable serum absorbs quickly, doesn’t cause irritation or dry skin and gives skin a noticeably radiant glow.

2011 Dior Capture Totale One Essential ($95 – $150, nordstrom.com). Any time I hit the bottom of a face product – it should be considered a small miracle. This qualifies as a I-don’t-know-what-it-does-but-my-skin-sure-looks-good product and has worked well to buffer my skin from more potent treatments.

FACE OIL

2014 M. Steves Ultra Nourishing Boost ($64, msteves.com). Rose Hip Seed Oil is my favorite facial oil for smoothing, firming and beautifying skin. It also soothes irritation and can be added successfully to other skin care products and foundation.

2012 Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum ($60, intelligentnutrients.com). Its hard to find truly natural products that can deliver results like this amazing facial (and everywhere else) oil. It might take a little while to get accustomed to the feel – but once adapted, you’ll never go back.

NATURAL WONDERS

DRUNK ELEPHANT JUJU BAR 3002014 Roots Rose Radish Honey Pecan Rose Face Cleanser ($35, rootsroseradish.com). L-O-V-E this 100% natural face cleanser/scrub. Honey, pecans, rose plus a short list of real ingredients gives this amazing product an edge over synthetic counterparts.

2013 Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar ($32, drunkelephant.com). The PM sister to the incredible JUJU BAR, PEEKE BAR effectively removes makeup (even non-waterproof eye makeup) with zero irritation, no dryness and is completely void of fragrance. Is it worth $32? If you care about how your skin looks and what you’re putting on it – YES.

2013 Drunk Elephant Juju Bar ($32, drunkelephant.com). This product (like nearly the entire Drunk Elephant line) makes me happy. Happy to have found a natural, non-irritating, effective, completely scent-free face bar that WORKS. Genius. Yes, its expensive – but once you try the system, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Plus, who doesn’t love elephants?

USDA ORGANIC

2012 Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum ($60, intelligentnutrients.com). Its hard to find truly natural products that can deliver results like this amazing facial (and everywhere else) oil. It might take a little while to get accustomed to the feel – but once adapted, you’ll never go back.

2011 Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($35, sukiskincare.com). Satisfying on so many levels – this lemon drop scented (but synthetic fragrance free) scrub is vegan, foams, smooths and leaves skin sparkling. Yummy.

TOOLS

2012 Clarisonic Mia 2 + Clarisonic Acne System ($149, clarisonic.com). It doesn’t matter if your face cleanser cost $2 or $200 – this will make it clean 6x better than hands alone. Really. I only use this about 2x a week – but it makes a visible difference.

HAIR COLOR

2012 eSalon Custom Formulated Hair Color ($24.95, esalon.com). This easy to use online service guides you through a series of questions based on your hair color (natural & current), skin tone, eye color, hair condition, etc. – to create a perfectly blended DIY hair color.

PRIMER

HOURGLASS NO 28 PRIMER SERUM2012 Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum ($65, sephora.com). Sure, it cost 2x what other drying silicone primer cost – but this serum is pumped full of ceramides, oils and other skin-loving ingredients that delivers skin as smooth as glass.

BB/CC CREAM
 

2013 Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow ($27, exclusively at birchbox.com). Very few BB Creams have impressed me – but I consistently reach for the truly glowifying powers of this import. Magic.

FOUNDATION

2011 Jane Iredale PurePressed Base SPF 20 ($40-$52, janeiredale.com). If you’re going to do mineral foundation – this is the best across the board. Its the easiest to apply, has truly adjustable coverage, SPF 20 (recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation) and is waterproof. Amazing stuff.

CONCEALER

2011 Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($70, nordstrom.com). This pigmented, smoothing and non drying stick has been hiding the flaws of beauty editors, celebrities and yours truly since its release. It is one of the most reliable concealers and deserves its countless awards.

EYE SHADOW

BOBBI BROWN RICH CHOCOLATE PALETTE - IMAGE 2

2013 Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette ($52, limited edition). While this may not be a visually exciting palette – it is a universally flattering collection of neutrals that can be used on every skin tone to create a variety of looks. I consider this a must-have for Fall. No longer available.

2011 Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening Shadow & Liner Palette in Taupe Craze ($48, sephora.com). As a non-fan of palettes – I adore this useful set of 5 wearable and blendable shades. Not one dud in the bunch.

BROWS

2014 Tarte Amazonian Clay Volumizing Brow Powder ($25, sephora.com). This is my favorite brow powder ever. The shades are spot on without looking too red or gray and it defines without looking like you stenciled on your brows.

MASCARA

2013 Marc Jacobs Beauty Lash Lifter Gel Volume Mascara ($26, sephora.com). I don’t have impressive lashes naturally, which is probably why I’m obsessed with mascara. While I try dozens upon dozens of lengthening, thickening, curling tubes – I rarely come across one that impresses me. I LOVE THIS MASCARA!! Its genius and exactly what I’ve been looking for. If you want clumpy, heavy looking lashes – not for you. This super black, shiny (really), non-clumping mascara (yes, really) maximizes lashes without over doing it. Natural and feathery – like good false lashes. Plus is doesn’t smudge or flake. Winner Marc Jacobs – can’t wait to give your other products a try.

LIP COLOR

GIVENCHY Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick 62 Swatches, Photos2012 Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick 62 Lively Black ($30, unavailable). This amazing lip color changes from smokey black in the tube – to a truly sheer blackberry gloss. Love! Too bad it was virtually impossible to find when it launched and is now a thing of the past.

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