Its that time of year when you start making resolutions and reflecting on all that has passed. 2006 was a very good year for me.
It was a mixture of some terrific highs and some depressing lows. I made some great new friends and lost some old ones. The blog grew and my spare time went out the window.
I fell in love with La Mer foundation, got blown away by Bond's Westside fragrance, struggled with my shampoo choices and discovered that in the end there is nothing like my trusted Nars Foul Play gloss to get me through a jam.
There were some stunning releases from fragrance houses, nail polishes that literally flew off shelves and primers became a part of most makeup lines.
It was a great year to be a beauty blogger.
Here is my list for my favorite beauty products that I fell in love with in 2006.
They range from the infamous Chanel Black Satin to the classic Jolie Madame fragrance.
1. Estee Lauder's Tom Ford Azuree oil is my top pick for best beauty product of 2006.
It was a limited edition gem that quickly captured the hearts of fragrance lovers. It was a modern interpretation of the 1969 fragrance Azuree. This version was "built around a tiare milk accord that comprises Tahitian gardenia petals mixed with coconut and orange blossoms and warmed with vetiver, sandalwood and myrrh". It was creamy tropical goodness with a linen crisp vetiver note. I wore it constantly during the summer months. I loved it so much that I started mixing it with other products. It was incredible with Bond's Fire Island and Chinatown. Soon my bottle got depleted to the half way mark. I am not one of those well centered people that say "the jar is half full".
I am from the school of panic, hoarding and cussing. I treat the remaining juice in this bottle like it is liquid gold or a Jar Fragrance.
Runner up for #1 spot:
Frederic Malle's Carnal Flower: Another incredible tropical fragrance of 2006. It is heavy on the tuberose absolute but somehow it does not kill you like Fracas does. I think it is the quality of the note along with the side notes of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Orange Blossom absolute and Coconut. It really is stunning and one of my favorites from the year.
Now this one is available for purchase at Barneys in NYC.
2. La Mer foundation:
Taken from my review on May 24 2006:
The thing that slayed me about this product is the staying power. No foundation lasts longer than this bottle. I have played the field. I have dabbled in high end foundation and crossed the tracks and flirted with drugstore. After a full hellish day at work my makeup looks fresh and perfect. No touchups. No fiddling. It is a foundation miracle.
Proclaiming a foundation as "Holy Grail" status is a very serious thing. I still stand by this review even though I have seen incredible skin transformations with the new Armani and Awake foundations. They are worthy of testing but I stay loyal to my La Mer. This product delivers amazing coverage that lasts 24 hours.
I can not ask for anything more.
3. Jolie Madame:
Taken from my November 14th review: It is a big fat chypre with the most lush oakmoss. It is earthy but crisp. It dries down to a smoky leather that is sweetened with a non-candied violet.
It is ladylike but with a twist.
Think Eva Marie Saint...but with a whip.
I thought I knew what a great chypre was with my Mitsouko EDT.
Lets call the bottle "The Aniston".
Well.... this Madame Jolie bottle came and turned my head.
This fragrance makes you leave your "Mitsouko" and go off to adopt babies.
Team Mitsouko might think Madame Jolie is a man eater.
They are right.
4. Bond's Westside: I smelled this fragrance on Laurice herself months before the launch date. It knocked me to my knees like Chinatown did. I love rose and amber combinations. This one was even more complicated and interesting than my beloved 2000 et une Rose. I never waited so impatiently for a release date. The moment it arrived at my local Saks I was standing at the counter waiting.
5. Chanel Winter Nights Quad: The best damn quad they have ever made.
I will actually hit pan soon.
Who hits pan with quads?
6. Chanel's Inimitable Mascara: I have very short straight lashes. They have been the bane of my existence. This mascara turns them into lush fans with a springy curl. It is like hot curlers for your lashes. It's best feature is a brush that can separate lashes like no one's business.
7. Estee Lauder's Bronzer in Bronzed Amber: I never look at bronzers on principle. I always thought pale ghostly girls should avoid bronzers like the plague.
This is the bronzer that changed my mind. It gives a sun kissed glow instead of that awful tantastic orange that most bronzers inflict.
It was a limited edition product.
8. Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue eyeshadow quads: These were limited edition shadow quads that came in stunning cases featuring figures from a panel commissioned by Elizabeth Arden. Arden shadows were a surprise to me. I was delighted with their quality. They were a creamy texture with just the right amount of pigment. These quads colors were well coordinated and wearable.
I pray that they consider bringing these back and adding to the line.
9. DuWop's Revolotion Face: The best tinted moisturizer on the market.
Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer might be world famous but it has nothing on DuWop. It has better coverage with a sheer formula. It brightens the face with its light reflecting pigments.
It takes less product to get the face you need.
10. Chanel's Wonderland Gloss: It looks lovely alone or when combined with other lippies it gives an added shimmer punch.
11. Lancome's Behnaz lipstick: I debated about bringing this up.
But I can not ignore the best damn red lipstick ever produced.
That is all I will say because I know it brings pain to many readers.
12. Lancome's Mille & Une Roses: This is not a new love.
Lancome brought back my beloved 2000 et une Rose in 2006 and renamed it. One of the greatest rose scents of all time.
13. Nars Brightening serum: This serum managed to wake up my face and give it life. I was transformed from a tired stressed out girl to someone that looks like they get 8 hours of sleep. It has become part of my daily routine.
14. Chanel's Black Satin: What is a Best of 2006 list without the biggest makeup story of the year? Chanel's nail polish is known for its inferior quality but somehow they managed to sell out of a black nail polish twice. I was on the 2nd waiting list. I was #50....in the one horse town of Youngstown Ohio.
If there are 49 people in front of you for a black nail polish then you know that something crazy has happened. I was never called and luckily was gifted a bottle from a dear reader named Dana. I knew that I had to be faster when Noir Ceramic launched.
My local Chanel counter sold out of their entire stock within 24 hours. I was not fast enough...again.
Another reader, Gretchen has taken pity on me.
So from now on I am just getting on these lists the moment I read about a new product on a blog or in a magazine.
As god as my witness....I will never be #50 again!!!
15. La Mer Powder:
Taken from my June 25 review: I am a loose powder junkie so I am generally hard to please when it comes to this type of product. This one made my heart sing and my feet dance. It is as light as whipped cream with a buttery texture.
It is very finely milled powder that manages to set your makeup all day. There is little to no touch up necessary. I also love that it is in a sturdy glass jar.
16. Awake Aqua Trans Powder in Stardom: I needed another pink shimmer powder like I needed a hole in my head....but this one is so damn good. It has the same sensation that prescriptives magic powder has. Goes on wet and slightly creepy. However this powder can withstand rain or shine conditions. Gorgeous lasting power.
The shimmer stays put throughout the day.
17. Laura Mercier's Mineral Eye Powder: Now this is a Laura Mercier product that I can stand behind. Great shimmer shadows that have high quality pigment and sparkle. Asteroid is my personal favorite shade. Perfect for a smoky eye.
Available at your local Saks or Nordstorm.
18. Bond's Fire Island: Another winner from Bond.
The website describes it as "the beach equivalent of ProustÂs madeleine dunked in tea."
It smells like sun warmed expensive tanning lotion with some creamy tropical flower thrown in for good measure. I grew quite addicted to mixing it with Lauder's Azuree oil.
19. Paul and Joe's fragrances in Bleu and Blanc:
Bleu is the best amber scent ever created.
Blanc is an incredible heliotrope and hawthorn scent that is so soft and comforting.
These are available at anthropologie stores. I just picked up my 2nd round of bottles at my local store with an extra 30 % off.
That is a steal!
20. MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade: A skin brightener that has veins of baby yellow, pink, orange and blue. One of the best MAC products in years.
Available at Saks, Nordstorm, Macys, Bloomingdales.
My local Saks had three to four left.
21. Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Habanera: I could not get out my credit card fast enough. This is their best duo. A stunning brown based plum with lots of shimmer.
Its partner is a mint silverish green shade.
Available at my local Nars counter (216)-292-5500 ext: 256
Ask for Alesha.
If you spend $100 you can get the 9929 palette.
If you spend over $150 then you get the 9929 palette and the 150 Itabrush(which is another great 2006 find!).
Say that Blogdorf Goodman sent you.
22. Essie's Bungle Jungle Nail Polish: One of the best reds produced this year. I orginally fell for their Jag-u-are shade but this one slowly took over my heart.
This is a red that looks flattering on everyone.
Available at 8ty8beauty.com and head2toebeauty.com
This is my list for 2006.
Please visit the sites of these following bloggers that are also participating in the Favorite Things of 2006.
You will find each and every one of these bloggers a delight to read.
They are some of my favorite morning reads.
The Great She Elephant will post her list on January 3rd. Other's will post throughtout the day on December 29th.
graphic by Dramaqueenie2/Blogdorf Goodman