Aside from the Oscar's, the one thing I patiently wait for annually is Allure's Beauty Awards. Almost all fashion magazines have this kind of awarding yearly but I find Allure to be most unbiased and helpful. Most of the products I have in both my professional and personal kit were discovered through my monthly subscription to the magazine.



This year, the 2011 Best of Beauty Awards gives us 236 carefully picked beauty products to drool over. Find out for yourself the greatest eye creams, lipsticks, defrizzers, concealers, mascaras, and more. Click on the links within the slideshows to read full product reviews written by Allure editors. With no further ado, here's the link: http://www.allure.com/beauty-products/best-of-beauty/

Here are some of the 2011 winner products I'm already using or have tried (I knew they'd win!), which I recommend to those of you who's reading this blog post. I can personally vouch for these babies:

Skincare
Cleanser for Normal Skin: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
Scrub: Clinique 7-Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula
Instant Brightener: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Eye Cream: Lancôme Génifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate

Make-up
Foundation Light Coverage: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Makeup
Foundation Best Shade Range: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
Loose Powder: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
Eyeshadow Beige: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit
Eyeliner Gel: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Mascara: Maybelline New York Great Lash
Blush: NARS Blush in Orgasm
Bronzer: Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder
Lipstick Dark: Dior Rouge Dior in Hypnotic Red
Long-wearing Lipstick: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Tools
Sponge: Beauty Blender
Tweezers: Tweezerman Slant Tweezer
Concealer Brush: Stila Brush 33
Bronzer Brush: M.A.C. 187

Hair
Home Color Highlighting Kit: L'Oréal Paris Touch-On Highlights
Straightener: Fekkai Coif Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm
Hair Glaze: John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glaze

Nails
Basecoat: Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat
Nail Polish Red: OPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red
Nail Polish Natural: Essie in Mademoiselle

Cheap Thrills
Cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Moisturizer: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Facial Moisturizer
Cleansing Wipes: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Soap: Dove White Beauty Bar

Splurges
Dior 5-Couleurs Designer Artistry Palette in Smoky Design
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Oil
Chanel No.5 Eau de Parfum
Balenciaga Paris L'Essence

With so many products in the market, I can only thank Allure for doing the research for us and keeping us updated as to what's worth our buck!

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