Once a year, Redbook Magazine assembles the best minds in beauty to test a plethora of beauty products — everything from eyeliner to blowdryers– to bring you the best of the best at the Redbook Beauty MVP Awards. The beauty testers include the magazine editors and 22 judges, including makeup artist Sonia Kashuk; Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare Spas; Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter; Dr. Amy Wechsler and other top dermatologists; and celebrity makeup artists and hair stylists. The winners are celebrated at a breakfast here in New York, and Lady and the Blog was on the scene to bring you all latest and greatest in beauty products.
Learning about new beauty products is always an entertaining experience, but the Redbook Beauty MVP Awards were made even more entertaining by actress and author Ali Wentworth who presented the Makeup Awards and had the audience in hysterics with her “real woman” commentary.
One of the best parts of the event was that I had the opportunity to test the winning products from each category. While all of the winners were amazing and very deserving, here’s some of my personal favorites.
Best Shampoo & Conditioner Winner: Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. Moroccan oil is all the rage in hair care right now, and for good reason. The benefits of Moroccan oil include everything from taming the frizzies to protecting your hair again heat damage from styling equipment. I have long wanted to worship at the alter of Moroccan oil with my friends, but every time I try it my hair ends up looking like an oily mess, so I could not wait to rush home and try the latest and greatest from Organix. After several washes with the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, I am thrilled to report that my hair looks absolutely amazing! It is noticeably shinier, feels softer and as an added bonus, when I ran a straightener through my (admittedly already very straight) hair, I got a shinier, silkier result than I normally do. What’s more, when I woke up the next morning, my hair still looked remarkably like the night before. My verdict, drop what you are doing and pick some up immediately. Your hair thanks you.
Three more products from the winners circle that really stood out are Best Eyeliner Physicans Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trio, Best Lip Balm Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy and Best Body Scrub H2O+ Sea Moss Black Sand Body Scrub.
The Best Eyeliner winner Physicans Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trio was hands down my favorite new find out of all of the winning products. This eyeliner trio comes with silver, charcoal and black pencils. At first I was skeptical of the silver pencil, but now I do not know how I lived without it. The silver is actually more of a gunmetal than a bright sparkly shade and gives you a subtle, bright eyed appearance. For a more dramatic look, I layered the silver with the charcoal or the black and the effect made me look like a makeup genius. All of the shades are long wearing, water resistant and smudge free. Perhaps most amazing, the whole trio retails for only $10.95!
When it comes to lip balm, I am very particular, but it only took one use and the Best Lip Balm winner Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy had won me over. The first thing that I noticed is that this product hydrates your lips and gives you some shine without being the least bit sticky. But the fabulousness doesn’t stop there, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is actually an anti-aging treatment proven to repair, nourish, plump and smooth wrinkles around the delicate lip area. Amazing! There is also a version with SPF 15 that will be a must have in my beach bag this summer.
I have always been a big fan of the products in the H2O+ line so I could not wait to get my hands on the Best Body Scrub Winner H2O+ Sea Moss Black Sand Body Scrub. This amazing scrub contains micro fine black sand derived from cooled lava and includes Irish moss, sea salt, aloe vera and provitamin B to hydrate, soothe and revitalize your skin. After one use, my skin felt sluffed and buffed to perfection. I am in love with how this product makes my skin feel, and I am already planning on using it in the winter months when my skin gets dry and less than fabulous.
To read more about all of the winners, check out the complete list below or pick up the May issue of Redbook Magazine, in stores now. To see more of the absolutely hysterical Ali Wentworth, watch her web series Daily Shot, follow her on Twitter or pick up a copy of her NY Times Bestseller book, Ali in Wonderland and Other Tall Tales.
The complete list of 2012 Redbook MVP Beauty Awards Winners are below:
Best Eye Shadow: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Longwear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow, $36
Best Eyeliner: Physicans Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trio, $10.95
Best Mascara: Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara, $30
Best Lipstick: Shiseido Shimmer Rouge Lipstick, $25
Best Lip Gloss: MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lipglass $19.50
Best Blush: Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Cream Blush, $7.99
Best Primer: La Roche-Posay Anthelios daily anti-aging primer with SPF 50, $39.50
Best Concealer: Almay Clear Complexion Concealer + Treatment Gel, $9.99
Best Powder: Koh Gen Do Snowy Pink Powder, $42
Best Foundation: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus All-Smooth Makeup, $32.50
Best Bronzer: Josie Maran Argan Brightening Bronzer, $30
Best Tinted Moisturizer: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, $42
Best Highlighter: Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow, $32
Best Bright Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No-Chip Nail Color in Heart to Heart, $4.95
Best Neutral Nail Polish: Essie Nail Polish in Brooch the Subject, $8
SKIN, BODY, AND FRAGRANCE
Best Face Wash: Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser, $8.99
Best Day Moisturizer: Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer SPF 30, $15.99
Best Eye Cream: Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator, $14.99
Best Exfoliator: Simple Smoothing Face Scrub, $7.99
Best Anti-aging Serum: PCA Skin Intensive Clarity Treatment, $106
Best Acne Treatment System: Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol, $42
Best Anti-aging Cream: Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Wrinkle Revolution Complex, $24.99
Best Sunscreen for Face: Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Liquid-Lotion Sunblock SPF 30, $10.49
Best Body Lotion: güd by Burt’s Bees Natural Body Lotion, $7
Best Body Wash: güd by Burt’s Bees Natural Body Wash in Orange Petalooza, $7
Best Body Scrub: H2O+ Sea Moss Black Sand Body Scrub, $18.50
Best Sunscreen for Body: Alba Botanica Natural Sunscreen Sport Spray SPF 40, $10.99
Best Hand Cream: The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream, $18.50
Best Scent for Day: Chloé L’Eau de Chloé eau de toilette, $85
Best Scent for Night: Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial eau de parfum, $85
Best Shampoo & Conditioner: Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, $7.99
Best Leave-in Conditioner: For fine hair: Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Weightless Conditioning Shake, $5.99; for normal or thick hair: L’Oréal Paris EverCrème Nourishing Leave-in Spray, $8.99
Best Deep Treatment: Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Rehab Deep Hydration Masque, $24
Best Hairspray: Garnier Fructis Style UV Color Shield Anti-Humidity Hairspray, $4.29
Best Volumizer: Oribe Hair Care Maximista Thickening Spray, $26
Best De-frizzer: Joico Smooth Cure Leave-in Rescue Treatment, $19.95
Best Curl Definer: For fine or normal hair: L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Curl Defining Gel, $6.99; for coarse or ethnic hair: Mizani True Textures Curl Soft Moisturizing Leave-in Crème, $18.99
Best Shine Booster: Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum, $3.76
Best Heat-protecting Spray: John Frieda Full Repair Style Revival spray, $8.99
Best Curling Iron: Sultra Bombshell 3/4-inch Rod Curling Iron, $130
Best Blow Dryer: Solano 3300 Xtralite Dryer, $159
Best Flat Iron: Corioliss Straight 2 Curl Professional Titanium Styling Iron, $195