So I asked some of my favourite YouTube Gurus and Bloggers for their top cosmetics from 2009 and what they hope to see in 2010 - here's what they said!
BritishBeautyBlogger: It would have to be Jonathan Ward Candles which are organic so must be cruelty free. think its at www.jonathanwardlondon.com...the fragrancing is really high quality and cleverly done, and the burn time is good. Idon't often delve into the complex world of artisan fragrancing, but Jonathan interprets scents in a way that is sophisticated but easy to understand at the same time. If you think about multi layered scents and how complicated they are - and then they really only smell of one indisinguishable thing - these are a real addition to the candle market that make sense and scents.
MizzWorthy: I want to say the liquid metals from Illamasqua, but I know a lot of people dislike them as they can crease when worn alone (personally, I can forgive this, as I like them so much, but I understand why other people can't lol...). I suppose therefore I am going to have to say the liquid highlighter, which is expensive, but in my opinion well worth it - I describe this (to anyone who will listen) as candlelight in a bottle. It is quite simply the best highlighter I have ever used, and a teeny weeny dot is enough for both cheekbones. It can also be mixed in with foundation, used on collarbones and shins, and even on the browbone and I have used it as an inner corner eye highlight too on occasion. Eyeshadow, lipstick and blush colours may come and go, but dewy fresh looking skin will never fall out of favour, and this helps me achieve that look.
My hopes for products in 2010 - for companies to continue to innovate with different formula's and twists on the old favourites. For example, a mineral foundation that actually is longwearing, or a long wearing lipstick that doesn't lead to dry lips.
Sirvinya: I think my favourite product from 2009 has to be the Diorskin Nude liquid foundation. I think it was the first one I was 100% happy with, perfect colour match and it feels fantastic on the skin. For 2010 I'm hoping for finding a perfect drugstore mascara. The L'Oreal one I use has been discontinued so even though I love it, I don't think it counts.
KlaireDeLys: My number one product would be the HD powder from e.l.f. As soon as I've finished mine I'm going to buy an other one, it's such a lifesaver especially for photos and setting my make up. In 2010 I'm hoping we can see more makeup which is made naturally and for people with super sensitive and pale skin like me. (and affordable!)
Lipglossiping: I copied this verbatim as it's funny! I honestly can't narrow it down to 1 (and I've really tried!) - there's 2, so pick whichever one fits your article best! DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and Illamasqua Brow Powder.
My hope for 2010 is less focus on innovation for innovation's sake!
My hope for 2010 is less focus on innovation for innovation's sake!
Oh wait, did it have to have been released IN 2009?
Um.. if so...
erm... um... err... *scratches head* oh yeah! Shu Uemura Painting Liners (released Spring 09)
GetLippie: kind of have three best products for 2009, feel free to pick one - I'm hellish indecisive!
1) Onix Brazilian Blowdry from Compton Hair - this has tamed and treated my insane hair, and now I'm finally a wash and go girl! No straighteners needed, and crucially, no worrying about my hair exploding when it rains!
2) Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener - I have weak, peeling and stupidly stumpy nails. Or, at least, I did. I've been using this tiny bottle of magic twice a week for a while now, and I have *gorgeous* nails. And a new obsession with nail varnish! Seriously, this is the only nail system I've found that does exactly what it says in the tin, and you don't have to use it daily!
3) Cargo Plant Love Illuminator in Wind - Organic, cruelty-free cosmetics that seriously deliver results. This is a gorgeous pinky-gold-bronze bronzer/blush that is universally flattering and looks beautiful on everyone. I've used it every day since I got mine, and am considering a back up ...
As for 2010, I'm hoping to see more organic and cruelty-free colour cosmetic ranges arrive.
FilthyGorgeousMakeUp: Fave product of 2009? That is a tough one! I would have to say the ELF studio line in general as it is such great quality for the price- and if I had to pick one thing it would be the flat topped powder brush which I love!
For 2010 I hope that more companies start releasing more exciting shadow shades, esp in a matte formula, as I think it is really difficult to find a good matte as often they are chalky and hard to blend.
Helen's Nice Things: My favourite product from 2009 has to be Models Own nail varnish. The colours are superb, the application, wear and pigmentation is better than any other I have used, plus they are inexpensive and always have excellent offers on their website - and importantly, the customer service is second to none.I hope for more US brands to be more readily available over here without the expense of shipping or having to buy from a US importer who applies major mark-up on products.Make Up Trials and Tribulations: My number 1 product of 2009 was YSL Teint Parfait, it's like a primer and foundation mixed into one. It works a charm with my skin, it's hard finding makeup which matches Indian skin and this does it perfectly. To add another string to its bow, it mattifies my skin and then makes me look glowing (not greasy) in photos. It costs about £25 but I've been using it non stop for ages and a little pea drop lasts ages.
My other wonder product was the Biore warming face scrub, it is great to use everyday and it keeps the greasy skin at bay without drying you out.
What do I hope for 2010? Hmm..a primer which is cheap and actually works on my skin would be nice, a cheap gel liner which stays put.Vexinthecity: MAC Thermal mask and Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. I love the effect they have my skin, especially when used together. They erase all abrasions and leave me with the smoothest canvas for my make up.
What I hope for in 2010 - That brands realise just how utterly pointless it is to release LE skincare. It doesn't benefit the consumer in any way whatsoever.The Virtues of Beauty: My number product of 2009 has to be the Age Reform Exfoliating Cleanser by Murad and my hopes for products in 2010 is to see more of a colour range in drugstore foundations for woman of colour in the UK.OogleMakeup Benefit 10. I used to value this for its brown shade, which is especially perfect as a soft contour. Initially, I ignored the highlight side - thinking it was way too subtle for my liking. However, one day I realised that it works brilliantly to set my undereye concealer: giving it a luminosity that works wonders!Benefit 10 therefore has two hugely flattering uses, in one neat package. And at a push, it can work as your eyeshadow too. Multi-tasking, and compact. Yes the cardboard box is horrible, but think of our environment! It's good to do your bit to avoid landfills, right.My beauty hopes for 2010 are to see more genuinely innovative and multi-tasking products, and some better matte eyeshadows (as most out there are chalky horrors.) And a botox face mask?