Bionic’s Best of Beauty 2009 award winners!

by Jami Summers on February 5, 2010 · 22 comments

Want to know what I absolutely ADORED in 2009? I’ve gone through every skin care item, makeup product, trend, and ounce of hair care that I tested, or discovered, over the past year and came up with Bionic’s Second Annual “Best of Beauty” awards. And just for fun, I included some stuff at the end that’s not beauty related, ’cause you know… we’ve got to keep it balanced!

Bionic Beauty's Best of Beauty 2009 awards

The winners of Bionic's "Best of Beauty 2009" awards! (Click for a larger image...)

And the winners are… in no particular order…

  • YBF Skincare’s Boost – I’ve covered and discussed the benefits of YBF’s products on Bionic Beauty many times; they just keep churning out the winners. Boost is geared towards those of us with “problem skin”. It helped decongest the pores around my nose, dramatically reduced a breakout cycle on my cheeks, and really helped to balance my combination skin. And since I have very sensitive skin, it didn’t burn, irritate or create any redness. Yippee! It’s $65 for a bottle (at ybf-skincare.com), but that will last you 3-4 months with daily use.
  • Purely Cosmetics’ new Diamond Perfect Finishing Powder – I adore PC’s mineral makeup, but this finishing powder should be in every woman’s makeup case. Even if you only use it on “special occasions”. It softens the look of lines and pores, and even makes your skin feel softer to the touch. If you splurge on one item, this IS it. $18.50 at PurelyCosmetics.com, and it’s now available in a tinted version! (Full review and photos are coming soon!)
  • Purely Cosmetic’s Fiber Optic Duo Brush – It’s a synthetic and goat hair combination so get best of both worlds, plus it applies the above Diamond Perfect Finishing Powder (or any powder for that matter) in a swift, easy, and non-clumping manner. Definitely worth a spot in your makeup brush stash! $18 at PurelyCosmetics.com.
  • L’Oreal HiP Kohl eyeliners – These powdered, highly pigmented kohl eye liners are my eye makeup obsession. I can’t stop wearing them! Granted, it does take some time to get the hang of the application method, but it’s truly worth it. Smokey eyes, smudged lines, cat eyes, waterlines that *stay* lined, rocker eyes… it’s all possible. And the colors are simply gorgeous! If you’re on a budget, keep your eyes open for a “Buy 1, Get 1 50% off” sale at your local drugstore.
  • Lexli Skincare – The majority of skin care these days is full to the brim with water and other fillers, Lexli is different. It’s aloe-based and developed by a wonderful physician (Dr. Abdullah who I had the honor of meeting in person- he’s a true pleasure to chat with!). Every ingredient is well-thought-out. For cleansing, I rotate between the Aloe-based Cleansing Lotion and the Acne Cleanser (I’ve got a full review on the Acne Cleanser upcoming); for day- Day Moisturizer with SPF 15; in the evening- the exfoliating AloeGlyC and 15 minutes later the Night Moisturizer. If I have a breakout, I use the Acne Clarifying Lotion. During winter, dry spells, airplane travel, etc- I use the Moisture Intensifier Serum, which is also handy patted under your eyes after makeup. It keeps concealers and powder for settling into lines!
    If you try one Lexli product grab their AloeGlyC- especially if you are looking for the results of a chemical peel, but with the ease of at-home use. It’s shrunk my pores, helped reduce discolorations and works great as an all-over treatment (including under eyes!). My full review is here; and you can view all the products at Lexli.com.
  • Jeune D’age Organic Skin Care – There are many, many skin care lines out there that call themselves “organic”… Jeune D’age is the rare breed that actually IS organic and WORKS. Bionic Bronnie put the whole line through a very rigorous test and she’s a huge fan. I have their Toner and absolutely adore it! If you’ve been on the hunt for a natural and organic skin care regimen, Jeune D’age is new, but it’s making giant waves in the industry.
  • White Sand’s 24/7 The Cure hair treatment – White Sand’s makes some of my favorite hair treatment products like ER Fusion and Porosity The Fix. I guess it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of 24/7 The Cure. I use it after flat-ironing or styling to seal any split ends, tame any frizz, and keep encroaching humidity at bay. It does come in a glass bottle, so it’s not perfect for travel, but that’s easily remedied by squeezing a few pumps into an old lip balm tin. ($29.99 at WhiteSandsProducts.com)
  • Launch of the new makeup brand PRIIA Cosmetics – PRIIA’s mineral makeup is grand, but their Skin Complexion Enhancers absolute blow me away. I call them the tinted moisturizers of the mineral makeup world. I wear them alone or mixed with my regular mineral makeup. And one of the best eye shadows colors this year, PRIIA’s Sea Turtle is a mix of blue, green, and gray. Absolutely stunning!
  • Cactus and Ivy Skin and Body Care – Not only are all Cactus and Ivy products hand made, natural and cruelty free, but they smell delicious, offer superb customer service, and are actually darn affordable. Come on, venture outside Bath & Body Works and get something unique. One of my favorites is the Body Bath and Massage Elixir which I use on my feet before bed, my nails and cuticles, my legs after shaving and even lightly on my hair for a bit of extra conditioning and to tame flyaways!
    And then there are the Body Scrubs with sugars, oils and cocoa butter… yumtastic. Here’s my super secret hint for sunless tanner application: Use one of the Body Scrubs in the shower to really get your dead skin cells off. You’ll end up with a smooth and prepped skin surface for a streak-free tanner! Cactus & Ivy also has face lotions, sampler packages, lotions, souffles, and even products for horses!
  • Lancome La Vernis nail polish in Indigo Paris – Dark polishes are my favorite, but I still like to see some color. Lancome’s fall release of Indigo Paris swept me off my toes. It’s a deep shimmery blue that seems to be lit from within!
  • L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate-free Shampoo, Conditioner and UV Protect Spray – Finally drugstore hair care has caught up with salon/spa/luxury brands!! EverPure has dramatically reduced my color washout, really keeps my hair smooth and shiny, which reduces my need to flat iron. EverPure is a must-have in my shower and I recommend this line to all my family and friends. You can’t beat the price either, and the scents are even better than those pricey brands, in my opinion. If you’ve ever longed to try Pureology but the cost is prohibitive, this line is modeled almost exactly after that. Want more info? Here is my review of the UV Protect Spray and the Shampoo and Conditioner.
  • New Herbaria Soaps – Just like last year, Herbaria makes this year’s Best Of Beauty list with their new soap additions: Shaw’s Garden, Licorice (if you are a fan of black licorice, this is the best scent ever!), Coffee (Percolates me right up in the AM! $7.50), Ginger Neem, Lycopene Tomato, and Lime Coconut Aloe (my in-shower island getaway). All bars are $5.95 unless I noted them otherwise. If you’ve heard the rave reviews of Neem Oil for your skin, but found the scent uh… yucky… then Herbaria’s Ginger Neem soap is the way to go. It’ll give you all the benefits with a fantasmic scent! This is one of those few brands that I’ll 99% guarantee you’ll love. But be warned, they are incredibly addicting!
  • Anatomicals’ Another Bloody Shower Gel – Perhaps it’s because I’m a Twilight fan, or because I’ve always liked classic horror flicks, but this shower gel rocks! It dispenses a deep, blood red and is scented with blood oranges! Plus the entire Anatomicals marketing campaign makes me giggle.
  • Discovering Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish and actually getting to order some! I saved up some fun money and ordered four bottles of their nail polish. I’m wearing Scrangie in the picture above: it’s a unique frost duochrome that shows purple or blue depending on how the light hits. The wear is incredible and the coverage is full in one coat… so I’m using a third less polish than with other brands! I’ll post a full review soon…
  • Ultra cheap and ultra awesome Hot Topic eyeshadows – Want further proof? Check out my Under the Sea and Sunny Citrus eye makeup looks. These shadow palettes are full of color, accessible to most anyone near a mall (or online), give you an easy way to try fun colors!
  • The Matte Nail Trend – I know some dislike this trend, but I really can’t get enough of it. I used to put glow-in-the-dark or matte basecoats on top of my polish to cut down the shine. Now there are top coats designed specifically for the matte look!
  • Three Custom Color’s lipgloss in Whisper – Three Custom Color lip glosses are full of amazingness in any color, but 2009′s Whisper gloss is one of those colors that flatters pretty much any skin tone and won’t ever leave my makeup bag.
  • Dermelect Launchpad Anti-Aging nail polish base coat - I’m really not sure if this base coat has anti-aging properties, but it certainly makes nail polish cling! I typically lose my polish within a day to peeling, but with Launchpad everything seems to just stay put! I make my bottle last by only using when I want extended wear (i.e. not while swatching multiple colors in an afternoon), and also by using a cheaper drugstore basecoat on my pedicures. I haven’t posted a full review yet, but some of my thoughts are listed in my matte nail trends article. Launchpad base coat is $18 at SkinStore.comBionic Beauty review - Demelect Launchpad nail base coat.
  • John Frieda’s Root Awakening “Health Boosting Detangling Spray” – Here’s another drugstore hair care winner! I love the entire John Frieda Root Awakening line, but the real standout is the Detangling Spray. It provides light leave-in conditioning properties, a bit of shine, cleansing essential oils (great for your non-shampoo days), UVA/UVB protection *and* it amps up your volume! Not to BIG hair status, but enough to make your hair full and bouncy. The fresh scent is another bonus, not to mention the cheaptastic price! If you haven’t tried this hair care line yet and you’re love bargains, pick it up on your next drugstore run!
  • Beauty Blender spongeAhhh the Beauty Blender. I love my beauty gadgets, that’s for sure! This pink, egg-shaped, spongy wonder applies powdered makeup, creamy concealers, blush, liquid foundation. My highlights: Keep it clean (I wash mine weekly) and it’ll last you at least 6 months; you can send it back for recycling; and it gives your mineral makeup that flawless “I’m not wearing any makeup” look.
  • Tubing Mascaras – I adore Blinc Mascara even though it’s a bit pricey ($23.50 at PurelyCosmetics.com), totally worth it, in my opinion. While “tubing mascaras” are nothing brand new, I’m thankful I discovered Blinc mascara this year. It’s my special occasion mascara… giving me uber-long, separated lashes that don’t flake or smudge. Especially handy when you know you might be crying a bit… (trust me on that). If you haven’t heard about tubing mascaras, basically they create little socks on your lashes. It’s like a polymer that wraps each lash rather than your typical “cover up” mascara-goo. To remove the socks, you soak your eyes with lots of water and rub gently with your hands. The little strings will slip off once they are saturated (and are kinda funny to look at too!).

Outside of beauty, things that made my 2009 memorable…
Seeing the New Moon movie with my sister… Our collective consensus: this movie was SO much better than Twilight.

My 2009 Halloween costume - Jill Valentine from Resident Evil

My 2009 Halloween costume - Jill Valentine from Resident Evil

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince- I loved going to a midnight premiere, even though the company could certainly qualify for a “Worst Of” list. Humpfh! They almost ruined it for me. Almost.

Star Trek – Ahh… my geektastic love of J.J. Abrams (or as I call him, Jbrams) continues. His movies and TV shows are layered with action to please the masses, and plenty of below-the-surface goodies for obsessive fan-girls like me. Mentions of the Slusho drink, the number 47, and Rambaldi’s “red matter” had me bouncing!

The musical musings of Lily AllenFeeling a bit angsty? This girl’s surface-sweet voice will amp you up with her snarky lyrics. My favorite album is “It’s Not Me, It’s You”.

Starting a new life – If you had asked me in early 2009, I would’ve said I had lost every bit of Powerful Beauty in me. Some of you saw the destruction via my posts on Twitter and Facebook. Your messages and letters (thanks for the cupcake lipbalm Yvonne!!) brightened my days! Once things settled, I knew my life changes were certainly for the better (divorce, big move, splitting up my pets, having barely any budget, etc). It’s made me stronger, and I realized how much I had let myself become smothered. Now I’m getting back to loving my slightly quirky, very g33ky, creatively writing, animal-adoring self. I’m spending more time with family; spent a week horseback riding in the Georgia mountains; and I’m 100% happy!

A successful Halloween! Even though many people didn’t know who I was dressed as, I adored my handmade Jill Valentine costume (she’s a character from the Resident Evil video games, and general bad-a$$ zombie killer). Plus my fog machines, spooky music, grave yard and other decorations got mentions as “best they’d seen” from the adults, children and even the local police!

What were your best beauty finds of 2009? And what were some of non-beauty things that rocked your year?

Interested to know which products made Bionic’s Best of Beauty in 2008? Check out last year’s results!

I didn’t get any compensation/kickbacks/backrubs/brownies/etc for listing any of these products on Bionic’s Best Of Beauty list. They are honestly my favorites from the past year. Just wanted ya to know. *grin*

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1 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics February 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I cannot tell you how flattered I am. To be listed on your “Best Of” lists for 2 years running, and have SO MANY PRODUCTS listed this year! I feel very honored Jami :)

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2 Bionic Beauty February 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Robyn, Your products seriously ROCK! I love them and babble about them endlessly. I’ve got my grandmom and great-aunt using some of your mineral makeup (I made them little sample jars from my big jars) to test. They buy all their makeup & skincare on HSN & QVC. Some of those products are okay, but sooooo many are just relabeled ickiness. So i’ve been trying to educate them on ingredients, labeling, and heck.. price. Have you seen the prices they charge on those shopping networks?!?! Ouch.

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3 Luci Weston February 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm

So glad to read you are recharged and back to being a powerful beauty once again!!

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4 Bionic Beauty February 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Thanks Luci. 2009 sucked majorly for me… I fully admit that. I was a total 100% wreck. (And a flake, I’m sorry.)
~Jami

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5 Kathleen February 6, 2010 at 7:05 am

It’s super that things seem to have bounced back to a more normal level for you. Best wishes! :-D

My fave beauty finds in 2009? I loved discovering the Cover Girl Lash Blash waterproof mascara (thickening one, in orange tube — made even better by a sweet 2-for-1 packaged deal I found at Target), Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Neutrogena’s Ageless Intensives Tone-Correcting Moisture Serum w/spf 30 (whew, I’m winded from just *writing* that, LOL), and the Eco Tools makeup brushes (crazy about those, tied for faves w/my Aveda powder brush).

Non-beauty things? Seeing family from out-of-state for the first time in three years. The reunion at the airport set off the waterworks for me. It was an awesomely fun, joyous visit that most definitely rocked my 2009.

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6 Bionic Beauty February 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Neutrogena does always seem to name their products with a million words, don’t they? Maybe their naming department is focusing on keywords… like for Google searches? Either way, it’s a tad outta hand. But I *do* like most of their products. :)

I love the Eco Tools brushes too! Have you tried their new body wash, lotion, body spray? I liked their hand & foot cream fine, good buys. But the body wash was SUPER runny.

And congrats on seeing your family!! Hopefully you’ll get to see them more often.
~Jami

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7 Kathleen February 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Not just Neutrogena, but ANY company that wastes time, energy, and resources (including label space) writing crazy-long names, is just silly. How are we supposed to continue to BUY their products, if we can’t get even remember the name because it’s just so doggone long? Outta hand, either way, agreed.

I can’t believe how affordable the Eco Tools brushes are, even at regular price (no, I don’t work for them, lol). I just picked up an eyebrow care kit of theirs on clearance at Target for $3.98, half price!! I know that not every Target is alike, so you may not find the same deal at your local store. I’ve tried the kit a few times so far, and it seems to work great. I never knew (or noticed, anyway) that Eco Tools make lotions and potions and such. I’ll keep an eye out for them, thanks! I also like their small circular facial exfoliating sponges. I can’t afford a Clarisonic cleansing thingie, so the muuuuch cheaper alternatives are great. Who knows if I’d even like the Clarisonic. Eh. Moving on. LOL

Thanks. I hope I can see my family more often, too. Thank goodness for modern technology facilitating better communications, you know? :-)

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8 Bionic Beauty February 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I think the Eco Tools body/skin care just came out at the end of 2009. I was sent the kit to review- I’ll have the review up soon. But, to save you money- either get the hand *or* the foot cream. Both is a waste. They’re the same, just different scents. I liked the foot cream, but I have a weakness for Tea Tree/Eucalyptus/Minty scents. The body wash- pass, it’s really way TOO RUNNY, just sloshed all over my hand. Useless. The body spray is fine. I keep it in my car for a quick refresh if I’m out & about, but it’s loaded with alcohol, so if you’re sensitive to that, just fair warning. All in all, nice line. Definitely *not* natural, but kinda labeled that way.

The Clarisonic is NOT all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve tried it several times thinking I’d like it more. Nope. You’re not missing anything. It’s one of those, you think it’s working, sugar-pill things. People would get the same effects if they dedicated time to using a soft micro-fiber wash cloth daily. The Clarisonic just forces them to focus on actual skincare for once. :)

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9 Kathleen February 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Ewww, too runny — not cool. Thanks for your honest review!

I appreciate the info on the Clarisonic, born of your personal experience with it. I see them in the catalogs, magazines,a nd on QVC all the time and wonder, “Are they REALLY all that?” Yeah, maybe just investing a little more time with a gentle cloth would work just as well! For now, I just use a gentle wet wash cloth or one of my Eco Tools facial scrubbing sponges (as I think I may already have mentioned). Never tried a micro fiber wash cloth. Maybe this year, I’ll discover them, and they’ll be on my “Best Beauty Finds” for 2010. Any recommendations for what and where to buy those cloths??

10 Bionic Beauty February 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Kathleen, I got my microfiber cloths from Walmart in the kitchen section. Mine are a powder blue but they had lots of colors even! I think they were like 6 for $1.50. Woo hooo!!! And they are soooo soft. I keep 3 for my face, and 3 around the house for cleaning up spills. They hold about 10 times their weight in water. They do get static-clingy in the dryer though. That’s the only drawback I’ve found. :D

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11 Kathleen February 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Ten times their weight in water?? Maybe I should get ShamWow instead. ;-) Hee-hee. Seriously, thanks for the details! I don’t usually go to Wal-Mart, but maybe I will to get those cloths. Would it work better, maybe, to line dry the cloths after washing? I’d imagine using fabric softener sheets would not be a good idea.

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12 Bionic Beauty February 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I saw them at Target & Kmart too (I try to avoid the Wally world whenever possible, just because it’s hectic as heck!). Line drying works well. I definitely don’t use fabric softener sheets. Most people might be ok with that, but my skin gets angry easily. If I even look at something that could irritate my skin, I end up with big cystic acne. So Not Pretty.

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13 Kelley February 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Jami thank you sooooooo much for giving PRIIA Cosmetics some awesome props! We’re thrilled to be a part of this distinguished list after just launching less than a year ago.

On a personal note, it’s wonderful to hear you’re back to being the girl you always knew you were! ;-)

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14 Bionic Beauty February 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Hi Kelley, You’re welcome! I’m happy that your line launched. It’s truly awesome!! :)

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15 Michael Lamb February 11, 2010 at 2:12 am

We’re truly honored to be a part of this list. Thank you so much. It’s been a lot of hard work and I’m very grateful.

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16 Bionic Beauty February 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Michael, Thanks for putting in all the hard work to make such a standout line of skincare!!!

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17 The Cheap Chick February 11, 2010 at 9:25 am

Love the list! But most of all, I love how happy and free you’ve sounded over the last few months. I’m so proud of you and your accomplishments, and I KNOW 2010 is going to be a Year Of Great Things for you!
PS – your geeky side is my most favorite thing about you! It’s nice to have a kindred spirit out in the world :)

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18 Bionic Beauty February 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Thanks Cheap Chick. You never fail to make me smile. And yep, I agree… us geeky-chicks gotta stick together. Afterall, we’re gonna rule the world one day. :D

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19 L'Oreal lipstick December 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Hiya! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask.
Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog post or
vice-versa? My website addresses a lot of the same
topics as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each
other. If you happen to be interested feel free to
shoot me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you!
Awesome blog by the way!

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20 Bionic Beauty January 8, 2014 at 12:03 am

Hi Lipstick Lois, Welcome to Bionic Beauty and thank you for the praise and compliments. I would certainly be interested in linking to each other’s blogs. Maybe I could add you in my Links Bionic Loves section? Let me know your thoughts. And… your blog is quite lovely as well!

Cheers,
Jami

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