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Year End Roundup: ABS’ Favorite Products of 2008

December 31, 2008

It being New Year’s Eve and all, it seemed only fitting that my last post for this year be a review of all of the posts that I’ve made this year, plus a little preview as to what you’ll be seeing next year.

Thank you so much to everybody who’s made my first eight months of blogging so memorable; I never thought that I would meet so many wonderful people through a makeup blog! I have great things planned for A Beautyful Sentiment in 2009, including a new look for the blog at some point, so I hope that you’ll stick with me and continue to come back and visit often! I’ve enjoyed getting to know each and every one of your during the course of 2008!

So onto the roundup! If the product has a link, it means I’ve reviewed it; if I plan to review it sometime soon it’ll have “to be reviewed” next to it; if I don’t plan on reviewing it there’ll be nothing next to it, so if there’s anything you’d like to see reviewed please let me know!

ABS’ Favorite Skincare Items 2008:

Best Cleanser:
SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil ($55)

Best Eye Creams:
La Mer The Eye Concentrate ($165)
Sisley ‘Sisleÿa’ Eye & Lip Contour Cream($200)

Best Face Masks:
REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask ($55) [to be reviewed]
REN Multi Mineral Detoxifying Facial Mask ($34) [to be reviewed]

Best Serum:
Peter Thomas viz-1000 Hyaluronic Acid Complex Intensive Hydrating Serum ($65)

Best Skincare Gadget:

Clarisonic Skincare Brush System ($195)

Best Moisturizers:
High-End:
Creme de La Mer ($230)
Mid-Priced: Lierac Paris Hydro Chrono Extreme Balm for Dehydrated Skin ($50)
Affordable: Merlot Grape Seed Moisturizer SPF 15 ($14)

ABS’ Favorite Bath & Body Items 2008:
Best Conditioners:
For Color Treated Hair:
L’oreal Feria Professional’s Color Moisturizing Treatment
For Weighed-Down Hair: Skinfood Salt Mineral Hair Conditioner [to be reviewed]
Best All-Around Conditioner: Shiseido Tsubaki Golden Review Conditioner [to be reviewed]

Best Body Creams:
Semi-Budget Body Cream
: Lush Dream Cream ($22.55)
Best Overall Body Cream: La Mer The Body Creme ($130)

ABS’ Favorite Foundations, Primers & Powders 2008:
Best Foundations/Tinted Moisturizers;
The Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF 15 ($85)
Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Foundation SPF 15 ($50) [to be reviewed]
SK-II Air-Touch Foundation ($150)
La Mer The SPF 18 Fluid Tint ($65) [to be reviewed]

Best Primers:
Kanebo Sensai Smoothing Water Make-Up Base ($45)
Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in Blue ($32)

Best Powders and Applicators:
Skincolor de La Mer Powder in Translucent ($65)
Caron Venitienne Loose Powder ($45)
Caron Paris Swansdown Powder Puff ($45)

ABS’ Favorite Eye Makeup 2008:

Best Eyeshadows:
MAC Pigments in pressed form

Best Mascaras:
For Curl: Kiss me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara ($11.70); Chanel Inimitable (not pictured-$27.50)
For Length, Volume & Definition: Yves Saint Laurent Everlong ($27.50); Christian Dior Diorshow Iconic (not pictured-$27); Max Factor Volume Couture ($7.49)
For Volume & Quick Drama: Chanel Exceptionnel de Chanel ($28)
For Ease of Removal and Length: Kanebo Sensai Mascara 38°C Separating & Lengthening [this doesn’t come out until February 2009 but I’ll be reviewing it for you soon]

ABS’ Favorite Lip Products 2008:
Best Lipsticks:
Department Store: Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupte’ Lipstick in #1 Nude Beige ($34); Cle de Peau Beaute Touche de Rouge Extra Silky Lipstick ($50)
Drugstore: Avon Ultra Color Rich Mousse Lipstick in Delicate Pink (not pictured-$8)

Best Lipglosses:
Chanel Glossimers
Bare Escentuals Lips (especially the Diamond Lips set) [to be reviewed]

ABS’ Favorite Blushes & Highlighters 2008:
Best Peachy Sun-Kissed Glow:
Pupa Luminys Velvety Baked Blush in Shade 08
Bourjois Lilas D’or

Best Soft Pinks with Shimmer:
Excel by Noevir in G2
Canmake Cheek Gradation 3C Cheek & 1 Highlight in 01

Best Just-In-From-The-Cold Blush:
Marimekko for Avon All Over Face Palette in Poppy Bouquet

I hope that you’ve enjoyed going through some of my favorite products for 2008 with me (this is by no means an exhaustive list), and I hope to be seeing a lot of you in 2009!

Wishing you all have a very Happy New Year filled with love, happiness, and great achievements!
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