The Review Team’s Favorite Beauty Products of 2011

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From our group of beauty junkies – The Top 10 Products of 2011

It’s a new year and to celebrate we have one of our favorite things – a beauty list! We asked our seen-it-all review team to share their top beauty products that they tested here at we heart this in 2011. Three items on our list of ten beauty products distanced themselves from the pack for a place on our beauty podium:

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1. Urban Decay’s Lush Lash Mascara$20
The Gold Medal goes to this new formula from the geniuses at Urban Decay. This mascara not only wowed our review team, it also made it to the top of Stef’s faves as well. Sherri raved “I tested (and loved) this mascara…glossy, natural but better, soft–not crunchy. It wasn’t until the review came out that I realizes this has a growth serum, too! The mascara is great enough but if it’s healthy or my lashes, that’s doubly good.” (buy it here)

2. tarte Glow Your Way to Gorgeous Collection$54.96
Grabbing the Silver Medal was this budget friendly 8 piece set, a QVC Exclusive, that had all us glowing with praise. Erin claimed “I loved this entire set! The eyeshadow and liner are so creamy and amazing; I use them all the time. The smooth concealer is my new favorite. And of course the purple bag rocks!” (buy it here)

3. MOR The Essentials Collection$10 to $18
The Bronze Medal was nabbed by this adorable and affordable newish collection from Australian Bath & Body specialists MOR. This collection of eye popping tins and tubes features prices so low you can use these luxuries everyday. Plus as Kirsten noted “The packaging is my favorite aspect of MOR Cosmetics – always so feminine and gorgeous.” (buy it here)

Narrowly missing the medals and rounding out the Top Ten:

4. BPAL The Last Unicorn Collection $26 per bottle
The indie darlings behind our favorite oils found inspiration in a modern day fairy tale for their latest moody and mysterious collection. Reviewer Amanda says “Take my favorite childhood movie and add my favorite perfume company and BAM! It’s magic. Anyone who loves this movie needs to check out these fragrances” (buy it here)

5. Ole Henriksen African Red Tea collection price varies
I am a daily user of the citrus smelling African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser from the same anti-aging collection from this spa quality brand. Team meber Melissa says “I love everything about this line: the pure ingredients, the quick results, and especially the scent! It’s mood lifting and I swear it gives me happy dreams. I love Ole’s Express The Truth cream so much, I just ordered a new jar as a Cyber Monday treat for myself.” (buy it here)

6. ManGlaze Nail Colours$6.66 to $13.13
As Amanda said this is nail polish with a badass finish and a badass attitude to match and our team flipped for the rock star hues (like Matte is Murder above). Marilyn tested Hot Mess and claimed “Honestly, this is the BEST GLITTER NAIL POLISH OF ALL TIME. You can get disco ready nails with just two coats, and it dries faster than a lot of “quick dry” nail polishes. The packaging is all kinds of in-your-face-awesome, and the juvenile part of me is still snickering about the brand name.” (buy it here)

7. Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners$23
The review team found a lot to love from color experts MUFE this year and the most adored item of all were these smudge-proof, budge-proof, water-proof liners. Dana exclaimed “
These liners are so insanely amazing and they make the most wonderful cat eye. Love them!” (buy it here)

8. Ojon Color Sustain Shampoo and Conditioner$22 and $23
Need to care for your color and have an eco-friendly style? Look no further than the Green Monday approved hair care specialists Ojon. Their Color Sustain line helps seal in color, nourish hair and smells divine. Our own Mel gives this endorsement “I’ve never received more compliments on my hair color since using this product. My color lasts longer, it cleans superbly, I can get a brush through my wet hair without any additional product after using it, and my style holds better.” (buy it here and here)

9. Bare Escentuals READY Eyeshadow Duos$20
The beloved mineral make up company made waves this year when they (finally!) dove into the PRESSED powder waters. Not surprisingly this skin friendly, eco-conscious, brand wowed testers with their latest formula. Sherri proclaimed “my love for BE is well documented, and these are the smoothest, creamiest, dreamiest, most saturated shadows ever! Since I’ve received these duos I haven’t been able to wear any other shadows but Mirage from The Vision duo.” (buy it here)

10. Benefit They’re Real Mascara$22
We’re always loving the latest make up and skin care from Benefit, but the product that caused the most excitement was this new dark and dramatic mascara. Promising to rival the infamous Bad-Girl mascara for lush lashes, this formula and fab brush did not disappoint. Dana raved I’m a mascara junkie and this post (and that brush!) made me drool over how insanely amazing it looked. I ran out and bought some IMMEDIATELY. A wise decision. (buy it here)

we heartsters – did any of these products make YOUR Top Ten?

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    Tyna is a former editor of we heart this that worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever organizing her closets and drawers. skin tone: NW 20/25 skin type: combination favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms

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  1. Can our team pick ’em or what? Well done everyone. That’s some top notch results you got there!

  2. I always love seeing what the group consensus is and yay, I’m so glad “my” Ole Henriksen made the list. It was my #1 pick of 2011!

  3. Of course I am a huge fan of the Urban Decay Lush Lash!! Yay!! And I am totally in love with the Tarte Glow Your Way To Gorgeous Kit. I am so glad that I signed up for multiple shipments of that gem! It has yet to disappoint me. And BPAL can not fail with their creative and beautiful scents. What a great list!!!

  4. That nail polish is excellent, by chance have you tried any of the other matte colors? I’d love to see results.

    1. Hi Laura-
      If you click through the link it will take you to the original ManGlaze post. There’s an image of Hot Mess, a matte glitter, and the testing team shares their experiences with the other colors in the comments. Hope that helps!

  5. MOR candles are some of the most amazing candles EVER (tied with Archipelago Botanicals). They have gorgeous packaging, smell DELICIOUS, and make an amazing gift (it’ll make everyone jealous, I promise). One of my all time favorite products. Another one of my favorite products: ManGlaze Hot Mess glitter nail polish. I feel awesome every time I wear it and get tons of compliments too! It is a little spendy, but it’s one of the few polishes that I’ve actually used an entire bottle of–I need to reorder soon. If I could only use one nail polish for the rest of my life… this might be it. Urban Decay Lush Lash is amazing, and I’m so excited that the tarte Glow Your Way To Gorgeous set is still available (it’s an amazing value, and I wish I’d purchased it as a set, since I’ve seen all of the individual products in stores). I didn’t buy it initally but I’m going to snatch it up soon.

  6. What an awesome testing team we have! I’ve either bought or tested everything on this list save the Ojon Color Sustain (I don’t have colored hair). If there’s anyone I trust to tell me what beauty products I NEED to try it’s WHT!

    2011 was an awesome year for beauty, and I look forward to another fantastic year with the WHT team! I can’t wait to see what comes our way!

  7. Yay, the Urban Decay Lush Lash, Tarte kit and MOR were my top 3! This is a great list, I just hit the Sephora site to try Ojon since I’m out of shampoo and that’s one I haven’t tried yet!

  8. The Tarte kit is my absolute favorite!! It’s honestly what turned me into a Tarte fan. And as I mentioned above, yes, MOR is amazing. All of it.

    I’m happy to see Ole and Manglaze on this list, too. I love Ole’s face mist and my Manglaze polishes are in my top faves in my collection.

  9. Manglaze has several new colors which have not made it to their original website (and their new website is still under construction). The best way to see and buy the whole Manglaze line is to look for their Facebook page.

    Also – for all you girls who giggled and snorted at your mental image of “manglaze”…. OUTSTANDING! And, you have restored balance to a Universe that tilted a little when I lost a bet that required me to wear hot pink nail polish… and I noticed that the stuff on my nails was Sally Hansen’s “Party Girl Creme” (giggle… snort…)

    1. Thanks SteveW – for what may just be my favorite comment EVER. Party Girl Creme…tee hee hee!

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