Wynzie Chai started writing for CanadianBeauty.com earlier this year. She answered our call for an intern and had exactly what we were looking for. Her writing skills were honed as she was finishing up her journalism degree and she was taking a makeup artist course to bone up on her makeup application skills. We loved her honest look at products this year and her reporting on some new spa trends. Here are the 5 products she can’t live without, and her favourite products of 2009.
Wynzie’s 5 Must-Have Products for 2009
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
There are a couple new cleansing oils on the market this year, namely new ones by Laura Mercier and NARS, but this dual-cleansing/makeup removing power house is still a cult favourite. Still sceptical? The 450mL bottle will last you about 6 months to a year, and won’t strip your skin like a regular face wash, nor will it leave a film like a cleansing milk will. For all you lazy gals out there, this product gives you cleansing and makeup removing in one little bottle. Indeed!
Vaseline Intensive Rescue Extra Strength Lotion
The newest body moisturizers boast ingredients such as sea kelp and antioxidant benefits, which makes you wonder what you ever did before such exciting ingredients.
Vaseline intensive rescue extra strength lotion has been on drugstore shelves for years, and not only keeps you hydrated for at least an entire day, but leaves you without that greasy, just moisturized feel on your skin. That, and the price point is very nice.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
The Shu Uemura eyelash curler has reached that iconic status, beloved by women worldwide regardless of their age. What makes this curler so special? Something about the curve of the curler accommodates to just about every eye shape, which means less pinching. The patented silicone pad helps to give your eyelashes that perfect, non-crimped curl.
A waterproof, crease-proof, fade-proof, cake-proof concealer? Such things only existed in makeup crazed dreams, until I tried this Lancome best-seller. It delivers on its promises, and gives you perfect, even coverage that can be built without caking. Perfect for any day, whether it be in the office or on the beach.
Benefit High Beam
Benefit High Beam helps to highlight without being glittery, making it a staple in any makeup bag. It can be mixed with foundation to give an all over illumination or dotted onto cheekbones, on the brow bone, or in the cupid’s bow to highlight.
Best Products of 2009
Bath and Body
Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm
Kiehl’s two big hits this year were the Rare Earth line and the Acai Berry line, but I’m partial to the Imperial Body Balm. Thick, greasy moisturizers don’t usually do it for me, because I find that they rub off on every possible surface before they get a chance to do any actual moisturizing. Not so with the Imperial Body Balm. It’s relatively fast absorbing, and contains sea buckthorn, berry oil, honey and glycolic acids derived from fruit to help accelerate cell turnover as well as moisturize.
Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream
Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream is the modified leave in conditioner, especially loved by those with thick and long hair. Not only does it smell delicious, if you work it in before you blow dry, it leaves hair impossibly soft, shiny and frizz free.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair: Muroto Volume Shampoo
Shu Uemura Art of Hair is still difficult to find in North America, but it’s well worth the trouble. Muroto Volume is a lightweight, body building formula that contains Depsea water, a deeply hydrating mineral water that is drawn from 320m below the surface of the ocean. The shampoo foams beautifully and rinses clean, leaving no residue and the conditioner is light, while still being deeply moisturizing.
Armani’s newest lipstick offering is Rouge D’Armani, a long-wearing, hyper pigmented formula that comes in 18 shades. We’ve all had that icky, flaking lip thing happen after a day of long-wear lipstick. Rouge D’Armani contains a polymer exclusive to L’oreal, which keeps the lipstick creamy, but long lasting.
Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster
While Oscillation mascara was the big thing in 2009, I found that the best addition to the mascara world was Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster. The ‘oscillation’ component in the primer helped prevent it from clumping in the way that lash primers often do. While it helps to create that nice, clean base for mascara to adhere to, it also nourishes the lashes with ingredients such as Crescentia to prevent breakage and product noticeably longer, stronger lashes.
Chanel UV Essentiel
Chanel UV Essentiel isn’t meant for the pool or the beach, but for us city gals, it helps to protect throughout the day. I found that it works better as a foundation primer than an actual foundation primer thanks to mattifying agents in the sunscreen, and gives you that nice UVA/UVB coverage to boot. It has a unique, fluid consistency, and is plant-based. Liquorice extract also helps to fade pre-existing dark spots.