The Seven Wonders of 2011

7 Jan

The first bit of the year brings feelings of excitement, a “the world is my oyster,” mentality that brings freshness to everything from your busy workweek to your grocery list. Why not extend this philosophy to your makeup bag? You know the one. Cracked blushes, dry mascaras, that foundation you bought on an impulse buy and didn’t like. The result being an over-stocked and under-used pile that you don’t have the heart to throw away. Well, do it. I mean it. And then, buy these seven make up essentials that you will want to replace every time they run out.

Best facial moisturizer: Cetaphil

Not only can this basic and effective lotion be found at drug stores everywhere, it has been developed by dermatologists to treat everything from acne to rosacea. It is fragrance free and the lotion doesn’t leave a filmy layer on your skin but rather soaks in so that it can be applied daily before your morning make up routine.

Best foundation: L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup

Rated the best foundation in 2010 by Allure readers, this light and oil-free foundation will carry you all the way through 2011 as well. There are no pore clogging fillers or scents, and the True Match technology is patented by L’Oreal itself. With 24 shades to choose from, you are sure to find one that matches and blends flawlessly. Can it get better? It can. Read: $12.95 at Target.

Best concealer: Benefit’s Erase Paste

You will have to journey to a Benefit cosmetics counter, but the full coverage is totally worth it. I’m talking, “I’m going to give a big presentation and this 3 inch zit will just not go away (probably because I’ve been poking at it all night),” coverage.

Best blush: Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush

If you have always steered away from creme blushes, now is the time to stop. They blend into the skin instead of sitting on top of it, giving a more natural glow. The three colors offered look great on anyone, and again, it is found at Target.

Best eyeshadow palette: e.l.f. Essentials Beauty Encyclopedia Eye Additions

Called “the little black book of beauty” this kit comes with 12 eyeshadow shades, 2 creme eye shades, 1 eyeliner, and 1 eyeliner brush. It gives you the tools to create the everyday looks you love and try new ones. Three different palettes are available offering unlimited options and at $5, it really is worth trying.

Best mascara: Maybelline Great Lash

You’ve heard it time and time again, but that’s because it really is the best. It doesn’t flake. It stays all day. It comes in seven shades. And it has been voted America’s #1 mascara year after year.

Best makeup remover: Pond’s Classic Cold Cream

Sure, it reminds you of your grandmother. But Pond’s Classic Cold Cream removes dirt and makeup, even waterproof mascara. It wipes off with a tissue or doubles as a nighttime lotion that you can leave on your face overnight. I like to put it on my hands before I go to bed.

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6 Responses to “The Seven Wonders of 2011”

  1. Caitlyn Starkey January 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    I like the price range on these finds, I will have to keep them in mind

  2. Kalen Darling January 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I’ve heard that Olay was the best facial moisturizer.

  3. agessel January 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    I love the Benefit concealer, it’s been the best I’ve ever bought. It’s thick enough to cover stuff but doesn’t feel thick and pasty. I’ll have to check out the eye compact too!

  4. mom January 10, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    I love the blog! I am going to try my Rose Salve on my cuticles tonight!

  5. Connor James January 22, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    Good golly Ms. Molly, this girl can really write a killer blog. I bet she’s outrageously pretty too. Keep up the good work, Jessica.

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