Bionic’s Best of Beauty 2008!

by Bionic Beauty on 07.Jan.2009 · 13 comments

Best of 2008 by BionicBeauty

Yippee! It’s 2009! I have always been partial to January… it’s fresh, usually cool (although today it’s over 70 here, wow) and it’s my month. I’m a Capricorn and my birthday is just around the corner!

But enough dilly-dallying… I’m here to give you the Bionic Beauty Best of 2008 list. These are the beauty products that rocked my world this year. I know they will be favorites for a long time to come. I’ve included links where applicable to my reviews and photos.

  • Three Custom Color’s Doubles lipgloss. This is a MUST in my purse. It’s the most amazing gloss ever. Sophia Coppola turned to Three Custom to design this gloss and her good taste shows. I’m in luv.
  • {me} by Mezhgan’s Look at {me} mascara. I adore my lashes with this tubing mascara.
  • Clinique’s Color Surge Stay Matte eye shadow in Dark Denim. The resurgence of matte shadow colors works so well with different skin tones- and this dark blue is bee-you-tee-full! (Stay tuned for a smokey eye look I created using this shadow.)
  • Twilight. I know, it’s not beauty related, but it did influence quite a few of my makeup looks this year. What can I say… I never got my letter to Hogwarts, so I’m moving to Forks to live with the Cullens instead.
  • Herbaria Soaps’ new Ginger Neem bar. This is one of their new releases this year and I adore the addition of the Neem Oil. It’s great for inflammation, ouchies, rashes, and just keeping your skin in glowing & smooth shape.
  • Three Custom Color’s Wallflower for cheeks. Woo! I’m a fan of this creamy cheek, eye, lip color. So versatile it almost needs a super-hero cape.
  • And another cream blush came on the market- Clinique’s Blushwear Cream Sticks. My favorite color is the limited edition Very Blush.
  • Black Cherry Indelible Gel Eyeliner from Purely Cosmetics. Ahh…black, maroon and slight sparkles? It’s me, to a T.
  • Bobbi Brown lip glosses. I love them all (and yes, I never tried Bobbi Brown until this year. Odd, right?) but my favorites are the limited edition Aubergine gloss and the Black Cherry lip tint.
  • NARS’ lipstick in Captiva. I featured it for my Fall 2008 Dark Lip Looks, but it’s never left my makeup tote since. First layer is super sheer and wearable even for day. Layer it for a darker look.
  • 1000 Cranes lotion by Y-Y. My uber favorite body moisturizer this year. Plus it’s nice that proceeds go to charity.
  • Milani’s Runway Wet/Dry eyeshadows that were direct competitors to the much pricier Vincent Longo releases. Milani can do no wrong lately. Highly pigmented shadows with long wear… and their new Mascara releases are absolutely stunning (and getting rave reviews so far!).
  • Sinful Colors nail polish. I started picking these up at Walgreens for only $2.49! They are great for pedicures and offer a myriad of color options. Did I mention they are only $2.49?!?  I have a black, a silver, green, purple (trendy!), red, maroon, and about 6 others.
  • The PedEgg. WOW! What a life changer. My feet are sandal ready in less than 5 minutes if need be. Best. Budget. Beauty. Gadget. Ever.
  • Last but not least, Purely Cosmetic’s mineral makeup. I use the Pure Silk Mineral Foundation in California Blonde. I also love her Flat-Top foundation brush and cream-to-powder shadows. Purely Cosmetics is one of those jems of a brand that I can see rising to the top.

What are your favorites from 2008? Did you discover any new brands or items? New makeup or nail colors?

And here’s some extra-credit reading…

MakeupBag’s Best of 2008
Beauty and Fashion Tech’s Best of 2008
Makeup Makes Me Happy’s 2008 Best in Beauty Awards
Girl Gloss’ Best lip products of 2008
Temptalia’s 10 Amazing Products Reviewed in 2008
Daily Cookies Favorite Morsels of 2008
Beautiful Makeup Search votes the Clarisonic as best of 08
And lastly, here’s my list from 2007!

Stay tuned tomorrow for my “Worst of 2008” list – and in the meantime, start thinking up your own Worst of list, so you’re ready to share!


1 Latoicha January 7, 2009 at 10:49 am

I agree with you regarding the Ped Egg! I started using it last month and it is just too fab! The Ped Egg is a MUST HAVE!

2 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics January 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm

My head is swelling up with making the short list! I’m gonna have to try this Pedi-Egg. I’ve walked by it a zillion times – next time, I stop and actually stick it in my cart because my feet are a mess!

3 victoria January 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Same here i have been so curious about this ped egg.
my two picks for 2008 are dior iconic mascara love it- it makes my lashes look long and I love that it is so black and doesn’t smudge now I also got it 10 cheaper because I had an offer code for sephora.
my second pick is clinique almost lipstick in blackhoney – I love it so much I have to make myself use my other lipsticks I have even thought of giving the rest away 🙁 🙂

4 karissa January 7, 2009 at 11:21 pm

I used neem oil on house plants once for a fungus and OMG that stuff was so rancid. I can’t believe that they are able to take the smell away in a soap! I have seen them but i can’t bring myself to try them. I think I am scarred. promise the ginger neem oil soap is good? I have wanted to try it, it worked on my plants but geesh the smell was horrid!

5 Jen January 8, 2009 at 12:52 am

Oh yes! Herbaria’s Ginger Neem Soap is heavenly, and it is currently the bar I am using in the shower! BIg yeses on the NARS lipstick and gel eyeliner in black cherry!!!

Fabulous list, I am definitely going to try Purely Cosmetic’s mineral makeup soon!

Here’s to another wonderful year of many new beauty finds!!!

6 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics January 8, 2009 at 1:15 am

JEN!!! I’ve twitter pm’d you a buncha times 🙂

7 BionicBeauty January 10, 2009 at 9:08 am

Robyn and Victoria, Seriously you will love the PedEgg. I promise. 🙂

Victoria, I ADORE Clinique’s Black Honey! It’s such a great lip color on so many complexions. Definitely a favorite of mine, but I’m out. I remember wearing it when I was a teenager (a version of it at least). Twas my mom’s favorite color back then. 🙂

Karissa, I use Neem Oil on my orchids too and know what you mean about the smell. This soap is NOTHING like that. (Check out Jen’s comment too for another opinion -or- have a look at the comments here on BB under the Herbaria Soaps review.). I think you’ll be an Herbaria-head like me & Jen if you tried one of their soaps. If you are leary about the Ginger Neem (it honestly is so lovely), get another full sized bar, and ask them for a slice maybe of the Neem? They may charge you something for it, and I’m not sure if they’d do it or not. Maybe just explain your thoughts, and where you read the review, etc).
Hope this helps. I’d always buy your Ginger Neem bar from you if you don’t like it. 😀

Jen, NARS lipstick- Yeah! Black Cherry eyeliner- This is like my new “don’t leave home without it” staple! Happy 2009! And wishing you and MBB much much success!


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