Best of Sephora

December 5, 2008 10:34:31 AM PST
When money's tight, you want to make sure you're spending money on cosmetics and other beauty products that you really like. No one can afford to buy lipstick or creams to use once or twice and then abandon them in your makeup drawer. What better way to evaluate beauty products than to take the advice of women just like you? That's the idea behind Sephora's beauty awards. More than 100,000 Sephora www.sephora.com customers from New York to Los Angeles, Montreal and everywhere in between cast their votes for their favorite color, skin, hair, tool and scent essentials on Sephora.com. The cosmetics and beauty retailer tallied the ballots; about 30 products made the "best of" list. The best products were not always the most expensive. Emily Massa of Sephora says these winners are a sure bet for yourself or women on your holiday gift lists.

Here are a few of the hits from the Best of Sephora list:

Best Powder - Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil ($19) - For the ultimate, translucent "finishing touch" to your makeup, Mineral Veil melts into your skin, infusing it with softness and light as it gently absorbs oil and minimizes the appearance of lines and pores. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P61004&categoryId=B70

Best Lip Gloss - Nars Lipgloss ($23) ? Gloss on and on. This highly pigmented lip color goes on smoothly for pout-popping shine. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P2862&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=3976

Best Mascara ? Dior DiorShow Mascara ($23) ? Lash-out with this super volumizing, lengthening, and curling mascara that promise bat-worthy eyes. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P40404&categoryId=B70

Best Eye Treatment - Kinerase Intensive Eye Cream ($59) ? Go easy on the eyes with this gentle, non-irritating formula that works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve the tone and texture around the delicate area. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P100227&categoryId=B70

Best Face Moisturizer - Philosophy Hope in a Jar ($15- $38) ? There's always hope for healthy, radiant skin. This therapeutic daily facial moisturizer creates a rosy, glowing complexion. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P4633&categoryId=B70

Best Sunscreen - Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++ ($33) ? Highly nourishing, this cream formula provides defense against powerful UVA/UVB rays and is formulated with the retexturizing ingredient Xylitol to keep skin looking soft and healthy. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P173669&searchString=Shiseido%20Ultimate%20Sun%20Protection%20Cream%20SPF%2055%20PA+++

Best Tress Tamer - Frédéric Fekkai Glossing Cream ($20 - $27.50) ? A leave in cream that boosts shine and repairs styling damage, while shielding hair from UV rays. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P9955&categoryId=B70

Best Fragrance for Him - Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme ($16-$67.50) ? A resolutely masculine fragrance born from the sea, the sun, the earth, and the breeze of a Mediterranean island. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P12430&categoryId=B70

And this season, check out Sephora's pretty fabulous holiday exclusives. From innovative makeup palettes to delicious skincare, trendy makeup bags, fabulous fragrances, and lots more, check out these head turning steals and deals

· Sephora Luxe Noir Bling Clutches ($20) ? A collection of fish-scale adorned, sparkly, sequined, shiny slim makeup bags, which can also be used as a chic accessory ? in addition to makeup, stash your keys, ID, and cell phone.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P221328&categoryId=B70

· Philosophy Warm By the Fire ($25) ? This ultra-decadent bath and body gift set is inspired by the simple pleasure of sipping hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire. Set includes a 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, cream body soufflé, and lip shine.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P220913&searchString=Philosophy%20Warm%20BY%20the%20Fire

· Tarte The Vanity ($52/$494 Value) ? This limited-edition palette is packed with everything you need to create endless makeup looks. With 16 brand-new eye shadows and lip glosses, four powder blushes, eye shadows, mascara, mineral powder, luminizer, brushes, and lots more, this is the ultimate mega-palette.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P223604&categoryId=C12001

· GHD Travel Hair Dryer With Introductory Set ($135/$185 Value) ? A compact, high-performance hair dryer, and hair styling kit that is packed with Guardian Shampoo, Conditioner, Thermal Protector, Obedience Cream, Hair Clips, and Travel Bag.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P220711&categoryId=C16531

The best in beauty is available at all Sephora stores, by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or on Sephora.com.

Best of Sephora

Complete list of winners chosen by customers of Sephora.com

The best in beauty is available at all Sephora stores, by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or on Sephora.com.

BEAUTY ADDICT'S FAVORITE TIP

"I love to prime my legs and body with the Clarisonic brush before I shave, so that I can attain that flawless application of self tanner. "

BEAUTY ADDICT'S FAVORITE

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips ($18) ? This mineral-infused lip polish imparts a high shine without feeling sticky. An infusion of antioxidant vitamins A and E help keep lips soft, smooth, and protected, while the tingly and cooling sensation reminds you that your lips are plumping.

CULT FAVORITE MUST- HAVE

Urban Decay Primer Potion ($16) ? A necessity in any beauty guru's arsenal, this eyelid primer keeps shadow from doing a disappearing act. Keeps shadow from smudging or creasing all day and night.

BIGGEST BEAUTY BREAKTHROUGH

O-GLOSS Intuitive Lip Gloss With Goji Berry-C Complex? ($22) ? A perfect pink of your very own, this gloss reacts with your personal skin chemistry to transform from clear into your custom shade. The innovative formula is packed with an exclusive Goji Berry-C Complex?, ginkgo biloba, and pomegranate seed antioxidants along with revitalizing marine botanicals and moisturizing avocado oil for lustrous shine.

BEST NATURAL WONDER

Carol's Daughter Hair Milk ($12 ? $18) ? This lightweight hair lotion is made with essential oil of lemongrass to stimulate natural oil production and hydrate strands. Infused with a splash of lily of the valley fragrance in a rich base of oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamins E and C, Hair Milk is ideal for defining natural curls and giving hair shine and bounce.

COMPLEXION CHAMPIONS

Best Concealer

Bare Escentuals i.d. bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Face ($18) ? This miracle concealer covers dark circles and skin imperfections for a truly flawless complexion.

Best Foundation

Bare Escentuals i.d. bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation ($25) ? Swirl, Tap, Buff! Made of only pure, crushed minerals from the earth, bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation looks like a powder, feels like a cream and buffs on like silk providing a natural luminosity and feels as if you are not wearing any makeup at all.

Best Powder

Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil ($19) ? For the ultimate, translucent "finishing touch" to your makeup, Mineral Veil melts into your skin, infusing it with softness and light as it gently absorbs oil and minimizes the appearance of lines and pores.

Best Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36- $42) ? Create the perfect canvas for your makeup. This silky primer smoothes and perfects skin as it fills in fine lines and pores.

Best Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($42) ? Get glowing with this sheer, lightweight moisturizer which contains SPF 20 sunscreen and a hint of color for radiant looking skin.

EXCEPTIONAL EYES

Best Eyeliner

Smashbox Cream Eyeliner ($22) ? Smashbox's signature cream liner goes on best with a brush, for a beautiful, smudge proof lash line.

Best Eye shadow

Smashbox Eye Shadow Trio ($28) ? These versatile, perfectly coordinated shadow trios take the guesswork out of the picture-perfect, three-color eye.

Best Mascara

Dior DiorShow Mascara ($23) ? Lash-out with this super volumizing, lengthening, and curling mascara that promise bat-worthy eyes.

PERFECT POUTS

Best Lip Gloss

Nars Lip Gloss ($23) ? Gloss on and on. This highly pigmented lip color goes on smoothly for pout-popping shine.

Best Lipstick

Nars Lipstick ($23) ? Enriched with vitamin E, this lipstick promises satin-looking lips with color that stays true.

CHEEK CONQUERORS

Best Blush

Nars Blush ($25) ? Dust cheeks with translucent and natural shades for the perfect flush.

Best Bronzer

Benefit Cosmetics Boxed Powder Collection ($28) ? For a sun-kissed, goddess style glow, try one of these radiant powders.

SUPER SKINCARE

Best Eye Treatment

Kinerase Intensive Eye Cream ($59) ? Go easy on the eyes with this gentle, non-irritating formula that works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve the tone and texture around the delicate area.

Best Face Cleanser

Philosophy Purity Made Simple ($10-$32) ? This high-powered, one-step facial cleanser rapidly dissolves dirt and makeup for a deep clean that leaves skin feeling radiant and refreshed.

Best Face Moisturizer

Philosophy Hope in a Jar ($15- $38) ? There's always hope for healthy, radiant skin. This therapeutic daily facial moisturizer creates a rosy, glowing complexion.

Best Skin Savior

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask ($52) ? Perfect for anyone whose complexion is looking lackluster, this burst of oxygen delivers the vitamins needed to bring skin back to life.

Best Zit Zapper

Bare Escentuals RareMinerals? Blemish Therapy ($28) ? This treatment combines the non-irritating, exfoliating properties of 100% pure RareMinerals? concentrate with the acne-fighting benefits of natural sulfur to treat acne and blemishes while preventing future breakouts from forming. Perfect for all skin types.

BEST BATH & BODY

Best Body Cleanser

Philosophy Amazing Grace Bath, Shampoo & Shower Gel ($22) ? Bath at its best. This three-in-one bath, shampoo, and shower gel is scented with the lovely Grace fragrance.

Best Body Moisturizer

Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion ($34- $41) ? A toning body moisturizer that helps to purify, moisturize, and revitalize dry and aged skin with a unique blend of antioxidants and vitamins E and C.

HAIR HEROES

Best Tress Refresher

Ojon Rub Out Dry Cleanser ($10 - $24) ? This cleanser instantly "erases" impurities, toxins, excess oil, and product build-up, while increasing hair volume at the root and treating the hair and scalp.

Best Tress Tamer

Frédéric Fekkai Glossing Cream ($20 - $27.50) ? A leave in cream that boosts shine and repairs styling damage, while shielding hair from UV rays.

SAFEST SUN

Best Sunscreen

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++ ($33) ? Highly nourishing, this cream formula provides defense against powerful UVA/UVB rays and is formulated with the retexturizing ingredient Xylitol to keep skin looking soft and healthy.

FRAGRANCE FAVES

Best Fragrance For Her

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue ($30 - $80) ? A stunning perfume with the liveliness of Sicilian citron, the happiness of Granny Smith apple, the spontaneity of bluebells, the intensity of jasmine, the freshness of bamboo, the charm of white rose, the character of cedar wood, the fullness of amber, and the embrace of musk.

Best Fragrance For Him

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme ($16-$67.50) ? A resolutely masculine fragrance born from the sea, the sun, the earth, and the breeze of a Mediterranean island.

TOP TOOLS

Best Tool

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($19) ? The mother of all eyelash curlers, this iconic beauty tool delivers the perfect curl with the ultimate precision.

About Sephora

Sephora offers clients a choice of more than 200 classic and emerging beauty brands across a broad range of product categories including skincare, makeup, fragrance, bath & body, hair care, smile care and tools, as well as the company's own private label. Sephora was founded in France in 1969 and acquired by Paris-based LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury products group, in 1997. Now, celebrating their 10th Anniversary in 2008, Sephora America operates more than 220 stores in the United States and Canada, and the world's top beauty website, Sephora.com. Sephora Europe has more than 500 stores within 12 countries and has established 30 locations in China. Thanks to Sephora's recent partnerships with HSN, a global multi-channel retailing giant, and JCPenney, one of America's largest department stores, the beauty authority is now accessible to more clients than ever before.


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