Best Of Beauty 2011

by Gio

Hello everyone,

the year is almost over and so I thought it’d be nice to share with you the best beauty products I’ve tried in the past twelve months. Not all these products were released in 2011, but I’ve only had the chance to try them this year and was really impressed with them. Actually, I’m in love with them all and have been using them very frequently since I’ve got them. So, let’s get started:

1. Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Masque: I’m tempted to eat this mask every time I use it, because it really smells just like chocolate! So yummy! And it’s good for the skin too: it leaves it soft, bright and clean. It also helps absorb excess oil. It’s a bit messy to use and remove, but the results are worthy it imo.

2. Make Up For Ever Powder Blush: these blushes are pigmented and so need to applied with a light hand. The texture is soft, easy to blend and, once applied, they will last for the entire day.

3. Shiro Cosmetics Loose Eyeshadows: these eyeshadows have a wonderful, creamy formula that is a dream to work with. They are available in lots of different shades, all of which are stunning and pigmented. I particularly like their selection of neutral eyeshadows because they contain shimmers and glitters that make them stand out from the boring and common brown shades everyone else makes and so appeal to bright-lovers like me too. And they are very inexpensive too!

4. Layla Glitter in Eyeliner: I’m not really a fan of glitter eyeliners but I love these because they are the real deal. Very pigmented, they provide an opaque and bright coverage in just one coat! In addition, the glitters are not too big so they’ll make your eyes sparkle beautifully without looking over the top. And once on, they’ll stay put for the entire day.

5. OCC Lips Tars: available in lots of different, and sometimes unusual, shades, these lip products are extremely pigmented and have a glossy finish. They are very longlasting and don’t dry lips, but the texture is very runny so you’ll have to apply them carefully to avoid making a mess.

6. Sleek Makeup Pout Paints: a cheaper dupe of OCC Lip Tars, they are insanely pigmented, longlasting and have a satin finish. The texture is a bit thicker than that of the OCC Lip Tars so application is easier and they don’t dry lips either. They can be used alone or mixed and matched too, but you will have to apply them carefully to avoid mistakes and stains.

7. Ecotools Brushes: these eco-friendly brushes all have very soft but dense bristles that don’t shed. They all do their job very well. My favourite is the blush brush which picks up a good amount of products and blends it effortlessly. And they are all so inexpensive too!

8. Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara: this is one of the best mascaras I have tried this year. The color is an intense black shade and, together with the simple wand and thick formula, provides lots of length, fullness and some volume too with only one coat. If you apply more, it starts to get clumpy, but you won’t have to do that anyway as one coat is really enough to get noticeable and beautiful lashes and it doesn’t smudge either.

9. Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadows: these loose eyeshadows have a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly with only minimal fallout. They are also very pigmented, longlasting and packaged in a cute jar that’s not prone to spillage.

10. Inglot Sleeks: these are some of the most pigmented lipglosses I have ever tried. They provide opaque color payoff and lots of shine to your pout, don’t dry lips and aren’t sticky. Oh, and they smell and taste delicious too!

What are the best beauty products you’ve tried this year?

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Marina(Makeup4all) December 26, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Like this kind of posts! Happy to see that Inglot has made it to your list 🙂

beautifulwithbrains December 26, 2011 - 3:12 pm

Marina, glad you do! 🙂 And thanks for the Inglot gloss. I love it! It’s so pigmented and has such a wonderful flavour!

Nikki December 27, 2011 - 1:32 am

I am super interested with the Sleek’s Pout Paints! I have tried the OCC one and I wonder how good the Sleek’s are!

Happy Holidays!

beautifulwithbrains December 27, 2011 - 10:55 am

Nikki, I actually prefer the Sleek’s Pout Paints to OCC Lip Tars because they have a less runny texture and so they are easier to apply. But they are both very good products.

Thanks. And happy holidays to you too!

Makeup Morsels December 28, 2011 - 7:25 pm

I absolutely love EcoTools brushes! They are incredibly soft considering the price.

Adding Sugarpill and Shiro to my to-try list 🙂

beautifulwithbrains December 28, 2011 - 8:41 pm

Makeup Morsels, I agree re Ecotools. It’s not easy to find such soft brushes at that price point. They’re really wonderful.

And you have to try Sugarpill and Shiro soon, they both make amazing, pigmented products.

Alejandra December 29, 2011 - 9:32 pm

The best beauty product i tried is Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control, 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment. Its a moisturizer for acne prone skin, contains 2% of salicylic acid, cucumber and green tea extracts in a silicon base.
In about a month improved my mild acne (with lots of white heads) by 70%, my skin is more bright and redness is almost gone. The only downside? fragance and colorante but this product is still a winner for me.
I buy it only from the US, the shipping costs to South America and other fees make it cost about the double of its original prize (7 dollars) but being acne free for the first time after 6 years worth it.

beautifulwithbrains December 29, 2011 - 10:13 pm

Alejandra, it sounds wonderful! I’m glad that it’s working so well for you and thank you for sharing your experience. 🙂

Sherri December 30, 2011 - 5:35 am

I love the Montagne masks, definitely one of my favorite products of the year.

beautifulwithbrains December 30, 2011 - 10:29 am

Sherri, I’m glad you like it too. It’s a wonderful mask indeed. 🙂


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