Friday, 21 December 2012

Mez's Beauty Awards 2012 - Skincare + Perfume edition.

Hi ladies

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! :)

24 comments:

  1. Great choices. :) I really want to try the Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Please tell me what you think if you give it a go Alice :) x

      Delete
  2. This is a cute idea for blog series, I like it!

    I am interested in the hot cloth cleanser, I have never tried this one, now you have raved I will try it in the new year!!

    xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't used any high end HCC's yet but I fail to see what more they could do. Keep me updated :)

      Delete
  3. Amazingly wonderful post... Love love love your blog..

    http://jeaniexox.blogspot.ie/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aww thank you Jean - lovely comment, really appreciate it. I went over and had a browse of your blog and left a comment too :) x

      Delete
  4. I'm a fan of the hot cloth cleanser and garnier body lotion x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay! weirdly proud when people like it as if I'm the owner or something lol x

      Delete
  5. I love that Garnier body lotion too. I've never seen the No7 dry oil before, will keep a look out! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's perfect for the lazy or busy persons response to lotion x

      Delete
  6. A big "YEAY" for the DKNY Be Delicious :D One of my all time favorites when it comes to a all year around perfumes :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies

    1. Our muscles become deflated with age, losing their moisture like a dry sponge. Acupuncture restores the natural internal irrigation so the 'sponge' is plumped up again and the wrinkles disappear. Treatments include addressing the facial muscles directly because the electro-stimulation of the natural electric charge in the muscle re-establishes the natural flow and the charge/discharge cycle. This enlivens the tissue. Fluids can move through as they did in youth. Kathleen's PEMF instrument quickens the process of rebuilding skin and muscle tissue, while improving the face's senses: vision, hearing, brain power, and also alleviating depression, as confirmed in numerous studies!

      Dr. name: Dr. Kathleen Rosenblatt
      Email: DrKathleen90077@gmail.com
      Visit the website for more information- www.brainbodybliss.com

      Delete
  7. I haven't tried any of these! Great post, look forward to the others x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Whaaat! There such standard high street products I have to say I'm surprised Honey x

      Delete
  8. Hello Mez! Me again! hahah. I will try to comment this time and I hope Blogger won't eat it up like last time into the blogosphere abyss. Oh, I just followed your blog so yay! Feel free to follow mine. :-)

    I'm currently using St Ives Apricot Gentle Scrub and it's amazing. Been using this brand (scrub wise) for a while and I'm loving the formula. But you definitely have great choices here.

    xx Donah @ Sweetjellybean.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw thank you so much Donah! Glad you were finally able to comment :) x

      Delete
  9. Whenever I read your blog posts I come away feeling ashamed of myself! I really don't look after my skin (although I do cleanse and tone now...most days). I use *whispers* soap to wash my face! Beanie you need to fix me up with a list of cheap and cheerful must haves!

    Xoxo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yayyy so happy with cleansing and toning!! :) Soap would leave me sooo dry!

      Delete
  10. Yay another pampering dry oil fan! Great selection x

    ReplyDelete
  11. great post!! i havent actually tried any of these.. and oh yeah the moisturiser from Etat pur (is that the name) is greaat. can't explain it but it feels like it really evens out the skin tone.. :) xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm trialling that out atm. Thank you! :)

      Delete
  12. I have a bad skin before let say that I have a super dry skin. I tried different kinds of product until I tried PEMF . I know this was not supposed to be a skin device but out of boredom I have tried it and I was shocked hahaha it gives a glow into my skin.

    ReplyDelete

Please do leave a comment lovely readers - I really appreciate it :)