Redbook reveals 2012’s Most Valuable Products!

For the 2012 MVP Awards, REDBOOK assembled a crack team of industry pros—all busy moms—to select the year’s best new beauty products, from blushes to blow-dryers. Actress and author Ali Wentworth joined the magazine’s editors and 22 judges, including makeup artist Sonia KashukCindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare spasLisa Price, founder and president of Carol’s Daughter; Dr. Amy Wechsler and other top dermatologists, celebrity makeup artists and hairstylists, to pick the winners, which are featured in the May issue and online at http://www.redbookmag.com/mvpawards.   Today, Wentworth and REDBOOK editor in chief Jill Herzig celebrated the winners at a breakfast in New York City.

“Once again, we’ve wrangled the industry’s leading experts to help seek out our MVP award winners,” said Jill Herzig. “This year’s panel included renowned hair, beauty and skincare pros; a group of super-busy moms who are always on the lookout for products that work as hard as they do.  After putting hundreds of products to the test, we can’t wait to share their verdict.”

And the MVPs go to. . . .

MAKEUP: The champion makeup and nail colors:

Best Eye Shadow: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Longwear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow, $36

Best Eyeliner: Physicans Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trio, $10.95

Best Mascara: Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara, $30

Best Lipstick: Shiseido Shimmer Rouge Lipstick, $25

Best Lip Gloss: MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lipglass. $19.50

Best Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy (regular), $25, and Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter (tinted), $7.49

Best Blush: Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Cream Blush, $7.99

Best Primer: La Roche-Posay Anthelios daily anti-aging primer with SPF 50, $39.50

Best Concealer: Almay Clear Complexion Concealer + Treatment Gel, $9.99

Best Powder: Koh Gen Do Snowy Pink Powder, $42

Best Foundation: Clinque Repairwear Laser Focus All-Smooth Makeup, $32.50

Best Bronzer: Josie Maran Argan Brightening Bronzer, $30

Best Tinted Moisturizer: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30/PA+++, $42

Best Highlighter: Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow, $32

Best Bright Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No-Chip Nail Color in Heart to Heart, $4.95

Best Neutral Nail Polish: Essie Nail Polish in Brooch the Subject, $8

 

SKIN, BODY, AND FRAGRANCE: The top-ranked products in skin care, body care, and fragrance:

Best Face Wash: Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser, $8.99

Best Day Moisturizer: Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer SPF 30, $15.99

Best Eye Cream: Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator, $14.99

Best Exfoliator: Simple Smoothing Face Scrub, $7.99

Best Anti-aging Serum: PCA Skin Intensive Clarity Treatment, $106

Best Acne Treatment System: Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol, $42

Best Anti-aging Cream: Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Wrinkle Revolution Complex, $24.99

Best Sunscreen for Face: Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Liquid-Lotion Sunblock SPF 30, $10.49

Best Body Lotion: güd by Burt’s Bees Natural Body Lotion, $7

Best Body Wash: güd by Burt’s Bees Natural Body Wash in Orange Petalooza, $7

Best Body Scrub: H2O+ Sea Moss Black Sand Body Scrub, $18.50

Best Sunscreen for Body: Alba Botanica Natural Sunscreen Sport Spray SPF 40, $10.99

Best Hand Cream: The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream, $18.50

Best Scent for Day: Chloé L’Eau de Chloé eau de toilette, $85

Best Scent for Night: Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial eau de parfum, $85

 

HAIR: The gold-medal cleansers, treatments, and stylers:

Best Shampoo & Conditioner: Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, $7.99 each

Best Leave-in Conditioner: For fine hair: Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Weightless Conditioning Shake, $5.99; for normal or thick hair: L’Oréal Paris EverCrème Nourishing Leave-in Spray, $8.99

Best Deep Treatment: Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Rehab Deep Hydration Masque, $24

Best Hairspray: Garnier Fructis Style UV Color Shield Anti-Humidity Hairspray, $4.29

Best Volumizer: Oribe Hair Care Maximista Thickening Spray, $26

Best De-frizzer: Joico Smooth Cure Leave-in Rescue Treatment, $19.95

Best Curl Definer: For fine or normal hair: L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Curl Defining Gel, $6.99; for coarse or ethnic hair: Mizani True Textures Curl Soft Moisturizing Leave-in Crème, $18.99

Best Shine Booster: Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum, $3.76

Best Heat-protecting Spray: John Frieda Full Repair Style Revival spray, $8.99

Best Curling Iron: Sultra Bombshell 3/4-inch Rod Curling Iron, $130

Best Blow Dryer: Solano 3300 Xtralite Dryer, $159

Best Flat Iron: Corioliss Straight 2 Curl Professional Titanium Styling Iron, $195

What’s the verdict? Do you see your favorite here?


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MakeHerUp Must Listen: Megan Leigh

Gifted with a natural singing ability that many would sacrifice their right arm for, country singing sensation Megan Leigh is a talented young artist with a sincere quality that sets her apart from other aspiring talent. As her career continues to take off, Megan has now released her newest single, “Drown” oniTunes!

Constantly working to improve her talents and prove herself as a serious musician, Megan’s ambition and hard work is paying off, as she gains an increasing amount of recognition and has some of the top names in the industry seeking her out for collaboration. Megan’s newest release, “Drown,” is an emotionally driven tune that maintains a desirable listening ability while offering Megan as a powerful, sincere vocalist. ”Drown” marks Megan’s position as a serious artist, putting her in the ranks with already established country superstars.

With much more to come from this budding artist, be sure to snag Megan Leigh’s latest release, “Drown,” now available on iTunes!

To find out what Megan is up to check out the following sites!:

www.MeganLeighOfficial.com

Facebook.com/MeganLeigh

YouTube.com/MeganLeighMH


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7 Tips for Buying Lingerie

Watch any fashion makeover and you’ll find that what you wear underneath certain garments is just as important as the clothes themselves. An ill-fitting bra can turn even the chicest sheath into a fashion fail, and panty lines will instantly detract from form-fitting pants.

Quality lingerie can be pricey but is ultimately worth the investment. And like most things, intimates often go on sale and can be found at a great discount if you know where and when to look. Here are several tips from Kendall Perez on finding lingerie for less, as well as ways to extend their shelf life.

1. Get Fitted
Before you even think about buying a new bra, get fitted. Retailers like Macy’s and Nordstrom offer bra fittings, along with lingerie specialty stores like Victoria’s Secret. You may assume that by now, you know what size fits you best, but you might be surprised what you can learn from a professional. Check out Good Housekeeping’s article on what to expect.

2. Know Your Brands
You can find great deals on bras from discount retailers like TJMaxx and Ross, but you need to know your brands before you buy. A cheap bra will fall apart quickly, so avoid purchasing just any type for budget’s sake. Wacoal, Maidenform, Calvin Klein and Vanity Fair are all top quality and can typically be found at these stores for reasonable prices.

3. Shop Online
Once you’ve been properly fitted, ordering online will be easier than ever and allow you to take advantage of great deals. For example, I can use the size and style reference card provided to me by a Victoria’s Secret salesperson and take advantage of their online coupons from FreeShipping.org without sacrificing fit.

4. Take Care
As with most things, taking proper care of bras will increase their longevity. Hand wash delicate garments in cold water with gentle detergents. Alternatively, place bras in a mesh bag and wash on the delicate cycle to prevent any snagging. Always hang dry and take a queue from lingerie stores for storage: Place bras in rows within in your dresser drawer.

5. Quantity Counts
In addition to taking proper care of your undergarments, owning multiple bras will keep each one from wearing out too soon. Be sure your boudoir includes the basics, like a nude or skin-tone bra to wear under white garments. For other must-haves, consult this list from The Budget Fashionista.

6. Buy Multipurpose
Though it’s important to own multiple bras, it’s also helpful to own a bra that can adapt to numerous styles. Most brands offer a bra with adjustable straps which you can use with racerback, strapless, and one shoulder styles, like the Butterfly Convertible Multi-Function Bra by Dominique.

7. Consider Additions
Buying one bra for every style of outfit you own will get pricey fast. Accessories like bra clips, petals and extenders represent an inexpensive way to adapt existing lingerie to the style you want to wear. Nordstrom offers cute, heart-shaped clips for just $8, but you can also find them at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Kendal Perez is a frugal fashionista and bargain shopper who helps fellow shopaholics find hassle-free ways to save money. As the marketing coordinator for Kinoli Inc., site manager for a family of money-saving websites, Kendal has the resources to be an extreme couponer but prefers a less complicated approach to staying in-budget. Kendal has been quoted in such media outlets as CNN Money, FOX, ABC, NPR and Kiplinger Personal Finance. For savings tips and more information, visit HassleFreeSavings.com.


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Beyonce named People’s World’s Most Beautiful Woman 2012

People has named Beyonce their World’s Most Beautiful Woman, 2012. Here’s her cover!

The singer opened up about motherhood (she welcomed her first daughter this year) and her husband Jay-Z.

“I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth … I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.”

The “Crazy in Love” singer, 30, and her husband of four years, Jay-Z, 42, have gone gaga for Blue, born Jan. 7 in New York City. “She’s just the cutest thing,” gushes Beyoncé, who croons one-of-a-kind tunes to her daughter and professes to “love” changing diapers.

So who does her daughter most resemble? “She looks like Blue,” says Beyoncé, who is back to her pre-pregnancy weight and gearing up for her first post-baby concerts, Memorial Day weekend at the Revel Atlantic City. “She’s her own person.”

“The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy,” she adds. “The word ‘love’ means something completely different now.”

Do you agree with People’s choice? Is Beyonce the most beautiful woman of the year? If not – who would get your vote?

More at People


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