Come on in. Welcome to my very own awards ceremony! You're all looking very dapper this fine evening and why not? These are the beauty awards of THE year after all. A round up of what I consider the best products from each category in the last 10 days of 2012. Nearing the end of the year my favourite videos to watch on YouTube are the 'Best of 2012' so I have been working on my own round up in the form of these awards. I'll be splitting them up into 4/5 posts and today we are starting with all things skincare - from top to toe.
The award for the best face moisturiser goes to...Garnier Essentials day cream - £5.99/50ml
I used this for most of the year and I really enjoyed it. It's a light texture and it soaks into the skin really well. It has a nice scent to it and although a tub isn't the most hygienic packaging I am definitely a fan. I have been using the simple moisturiser for years so my winner last year would definitely have been that but I'm glad I bought this half price and have used it up this year. It's always on offer and is currently 2 for £4 - bargain!
Honorary mention - I discovered steamcream this year - perfect as a pre foundation base.
The award for the best face exfoliator goes to...St Ives element warming scrub - £4.99/125ml
I have mentioned this twice already on my blog and I used it right up. I never once experienced any warming element but it had so many tiny exfoliating beads in a very thick gel so it felt like it did a very good job of scrubbing off any flakey bits. Earlier on in the year I used the Neutrogena grapefruit daily scrub which worked really well and had the most gorgeous scent.
The award for the best cleanser/make up remover goes to...Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser - £5.99/200ml
I have raved and raved about this since I first started blogging. I have recommended it to anyone that will listen and even those that haven't wanted to listen. This is the first product that has made me less weary about using mascara more regularly. I use to limit mascara to special occasions because I absolutely hated having to tug on my eyes to remove it but when I found this thick creamy cleanser I fell in love. It has a gorgeous almond scent and the formula is perfect for dry skin. It comes with a cloth but I didn't use that (as I lost it) but instead rubbed it on my dry skin and washed it off. 2013 will see me finally crack open the Liz Earle but let me tell you, I have high hopes. 2012 was also the year I discoverd cleansing waters and I loved the Etat Pur one.
The award for the best body scrub goes to...Beauty Parlour 'buff it up' body scrub - £4.99/200ml
This is something else I have mentioned on my blog previously. This was incredibly grainy but the beads were suspended in a thin consistency liquid so it made it easy to rub over the skin without any tugging or friction on the skin. This was perfect in giving my body a proper scrubbing.
The award for the best body lotion goes to...Garnier 7 days Ultra softening lotion (Nourishing shea butter) - £2.99/250ml
I remember originally getting a sample sachet of this in a magazine and loving it in that one use. I waited for some sort of offer and bought two big lotions. I bought the one for dry, rough skin which smells lovely, has a really light weight formula that makes it easy to rub in and it keeps my body nicely hydrated. They have lots of scents and formulas designed for different skin types including aloe vera for normal skin and mango/shea butter for dry skin. If you haven't already, give this lotion a whirl for the winter.
The award for the best body oil goes to...No7 pampering dry oil body spray - £9.50/200ml
It seem's the packaging of this has changed from the one I have but hopefully it's still the same formula. I use this on days when I'm in a rush and don't have time to rub in any lotion. It's smells nice and does the job of making sure my body doesn't flake during the day. I've noticed now I'm half way through the bottle, spraying product out has gotten a bit tougher but that little niggle aside, it's a quick and easy body oil.
This probably doesn't fit in here but it has no other place, so...
The award for the best daytime body spray goes to...Natural Collection in Apple and Lime - £2
I have worn this all year, whenever I've popped out for something that isn't 'special occasion' enough to warrant a perfume. I tend to save my perfumes on a day to day basis and opt for this. Citrus scents are my absolute favourite and although I find the scent of this wears off very quickly, I love it.
The award for the best daytime perfume goes to...DKNY Be Delicious
I got this around summer time after wanting it for ages. My natural collection body spray was actually my poor man's answer to it. I use this on days where I need something more than the short lasting effects of the body spray.
The award for the best evening perfume goes to...Paco Rabanne Lady Million
This is just gorgeous! This is the perfume I turn too when I actually want a fairly strongly scented perfume in the evening. I wouldn't describe this scent as 'floral' but that is how it's described online. I keep hearing about Neroli since the super facialist cleanser contained it and I was surprised to discover this contains a heart note of Neroli too. Anyway, I'm rambling now - I love this!
So ladies, I hope you enjoyed the first of many posts on my beauty awards. There's lots more to come so please do stay tuned!
I would love it if you could comment with your skincare favourites of 2012 (and I'm not just saying that, please do tell me). Even better if you have a blogpost or video, link me up! If you haven't, consider yourself hereby 'tagged'.
Till next time...Toodles! :)