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Insiders' Choice

Find out which products beauty professionals favour most!

Insiders’ Choice
Find out which products beauty professionals favour most!


I Recommend Beauty Awards


 
I Recommend Beauty Awards

Photo, Anthea Simms

Ever wonder what beauty experts pick when it comes to purchasing their favourite beauty products? Here’s your chance to find out! Cosmetics magazine, the trade publication beauty insiders rely on for beauty news and all things pretty, recently conducted their third annual survey to find out which products delivered the best results according to over 300 beauty pros, estheticians and cosmeticians from across the country. The 2009 “I Recommend Beauty Awards” reveals the big winners in skincare, hair care, makeup and more on flare.com.

Most Recommended Skincare Products


 


 


 

CLEANSER (MASS):
Marcelle “Excellent price point and performance”
-J.D., Mission BC
TONER (MASS):
Marcelle
“Excellent results for the price”
-C.B., Saint John NB
MOISTURIZER (MASS):
Olay “The texture is light, and leaves the skin feeling refreshed and luminous”
-S.G., Saint John NB


 


 


 

CLEANSER (PRESTIGE):
Shiseido “Cleans, refreshes, and exfoliates!”
-M.D., Hamilton ON
TONER (PRESTIGE):
Vichy “Leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed”
-D.W., Stephenville NL
MOISTURIZER (PRESTIGE):
Biotherm “Very light but penetrates deeply”
-K.N., St. Albert AB


 


 


 

MASQUE (MASS)
St. Ives “Cooling, soothing, and gentle. Plus it really works!”
-K.L., Calgary AB
ANTI-AGING (MASS)
Olay “Helps with dullness, brown spots, and wrinkles, while hydrating”
-H.P., Calgary AB
EYE CREAM (MASS)
Garnier “Wakes eyes up and smoothes away any wrinkles”
-M.D., Timmins ON


 


 


 

MASQUE (PRESTIGE)
Biotherm “It is very moisturizing, smells great, and gives your skin a youthful dewy glow”
-S.M., Smithers BC
ANTI-AGING (PRESTIGE)
Prevage “Visible results in less than 6 weeks!”
-J.E., Winnipeg MB
EYE CREAM (PRESTIGE)
Prevage “You can instantly notice reduced puffiness around the eyes”
-J.E., Winnipeg MB


 


 


 

LIP BALM (MASS)
Burt’s Bees “Keeps lips looking their healthiest”
-G.G., Oshawa ON
FACE SCRUB (MASS)
St. Ives “Very fine particles offer a very soft exfoliation”
-A.C., Montreal QC
FOR ROSACEA
La Roche Posay “Medically sound, nonirritating, and reasonably priced”
-D.W., Halifax NS


 


 


 

FOR DRY SKIN
Vichy “Long lasting effects with a comforting texture”
-L.F., Mount Pearl NL
LIP BALM (PRESTIGE)
RoC “You will never use another lip balm again!”
-C.J., Vancouver BC
FACE SCRUB (PRESTIGE)
Biotherm “Just love the texture, and it has a great scent”
-S.P., Winnipeg MB


 


 

FOR DARK CIRCLES/EYES
Neostrata “One of the only products that stands to its claims”
-B.M., Nelson BC
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Avene “Tried and tested. Simply one of the best!”
-V.H., Crooked River SK


Most Recommended Body Care


 


 


 

BODY LOTION
Biotherm “Great smell with 24 hour hydration”
-A.C., Montreal QC
BODY WASH
Olay “Such a pleasure to use and it really nourishes dry skin”
-S.M., Mississauga ON
ANTI-CELLULITE
Biotherm “Works fast and absorbs quickly!”
-S.L., Toronto ON


 


 

HAIR REMOVAL
Nair “No mess and so easy to use!”
-H.P., Calgary AB
FIRMING LOTION
Clarins “You feel tighter and firmer skin the minute you apply”
-M.A., Georgetown ON


Most Recommended Sun Care


 


 


 

SUN BLOCK
Vichy “Perfect for all skin types”
-M.M., Windsor ON
SUN BLOCK SPRAY
RoC “Has a very light texture and isn’t greasy”
-H.T., Vancouver BC
SELF-TANNER
Clarins “Natural bronzed colour, and it drys in just a minute”
-L.R., Milton ON


Most Recommended Nail Care


 


 


 

NAIL POLISH
Revlon “Long lasting wear with a great selection of colours”
-J.S., Richmond BC
NAIL POLISH REMOVER
Sally Hansen “Removes polish with little rubbing”
-A.K., Telkwa BC
NAIL STRENGTHENER
Sally Hansen “Works at the source of the nail instead of hardening the existing nail”
-K.L., Calgary AB


Most Recommended Makeup


 


 


 

LIP GLOSS (MASS)
L’Oréal “Beautiful colours without the stickiness!”
-M.G., Ottawa ON
LIPSTICK (MASS)
Revlon “Excellent selection of shades with great staying power”
-H.P., Calgary AB
FOUNDATION (MASS)
L’Oréal “Great selection, great coverage, great price!”
-K.T., Nelson BC


 


 


 

EYESHADOW (MASS)
L’Oréal “Great texture and extremely blendable!”
-M.A., Georgetown ON
LIP GLOSS (PRESTIGE)
Lancôme “Yes, they are really worth all the hype!”
-D.C., Orillia ON
LIPSTICK (PRESTIGE)
Lise Watier “Long lasting color without the dryness. Colors stay true on application.”
-N.F., Toronto ON


 


 


 

FOUNDATION (PRESTIGE)
Lise Watier “Great coverage, colours, finish!”
-M.S., Missisauga ON
EYESHADOW (PRESTIGE)
Lise Watier “Highly pigmented and rich in texture these shadows are a must have”
-T.H., Nanaimo BC
MASCARA (MASS)
Covergirl “Definitely the most popular among all of my customers!”
-A.B., Victoria BC


 


 


 

BLUSH (MASS)
Revlon “So many colours that offer a natural glow!”
-A.C., Montreal QC
CONCEALER (MASS)
L’Oréal “Hides everything without feeling like you have anything on”
-L.T., Halifax NS
COVER-UP (MASS)
Revlon “Offers long lasting great coverage”
-J.L., London ON


 


 


 

MASCARA (PRESTIGE)
Lancôme “The volume and the definition on the eye is so intense. No one can beat it!”
-J.H., Lethbridge AB
BLUSH (PRESTIGE)
Lise Watier “The colors are fantastic. The product goes on so nicely and predictably. Very fun to play with”
-D.C., Orillia ON
CONCEALER (PRESTIGE)
Lancôme “It’s waterproof making it perfect for all day everyday”
-C.D., Vancouver BC


 

COVER-UP (PRESTIGE)
Cover FX “Simply the best in coverage”
-K.N., Surrey BC


Most Recommended Hair Care Products


 


 


 

WOMEN’S HAIR COLOUR
L’Oréal (Excellence-to-Go) “Great quality that offers professional results!”
-T.V., Windsor ON
SHAMPOO
Nexxus “Even better than salon products”
-D.B., Stephenville NL
INTENSIVE TREATMENT
V05 “One of my all-time favourites! Have been using it since I was 15”
-K.M., Sarnia ON


 


 


 

MEN’S HAIR COLOUR
Just for Men “Covers all the grey leaving men feeling comfortable”
-J.E., Winnipeg MB
CONDITIONER
Nexxus “Amazing scent and leaves hair feeling healthy”
-J.T., Guysborough County NS
STYLING PRODUCT
göt 2b “Salon quality with drugstore prices!”
-L.G., Moncton NB


Most Recommended Men’s Grooming Products


 


 


 

MEN’S RAZOR
Gillette “Every man in my life swears by them”
-N.O., Calgary AB
MEN’S CLEANSER
Biotherm “Revitalizes the skin while moisturizing”
-A.N., Oshawa ON
MEN’S MOISTURIZER
Biotherm “Lightly scented and absorbs really nicely”
-H.S., Nanaimo BC


 


 

MEN’S SHAVE CREAM
Biotherm “Lasts three times longer than most shave foams, and is great for the skin”
-H.P., Calgary AB
MEN’S EYE CREAM
Biotherm “Takes care of all problems in just one bottle”
-K.N., St. Albert AB


Most Recommended Fragrance


 


 


 

MEN’S FRAGRANCE (MASS)
Adidas “Has become a timeless classic”
-T.F., Morinville AB
MEN’S FRAGRANCE (PRESTIGE)
Armani Code “Smells absolutely wonderful!”
-J.M., Bolton ON
WOMEN’S FRAGRANCE (MASS)
Adidas “Smells so fresh and the price is right!”
-K.G., Hamilton ON


 

WOMEN’S FRAGRANCE (PRESTIGE)
Chanel No. 5 “Simply a classic that so many women love!”
-M.B., Creston BC


Most Recommended Beauty Tools


 


 


 

MANICURE TOOLS
Revlon “Work great, wide selection, and are very affordable”
-P.D., Toronto ON
MAKEUP BRUSHES
Quo “Great value and long lasting”
-S.L, Toronto ON
TWEEZERS
Tweezerman “Lifetime warranty with free sharpening!”
-C.J., Vancouver BC


 

WOMEN’S RAZOR
Gillette (Venus) “Offers the smoothest finish!”
-L.G., Moncton NB


Most Recommended Natural Products


 


 


 

NATURAL SKINCARE
Kibio “Great scent and leaves the skin feeling so soft!”
-T.C., Surrey BC
NATURAL BODY CARE
Burt’s Bees “It smells so great!”
-S.P., Winnipeg MB
NATURAL MAKE UP
Physicians Formula “100% free of harsh chemicals at a great price!”
-J.R., London ON


 


 

NATURAL HAIR CARE
Live Clean “Smells great and leaves the hair so soft”
-N.O., Calgary AB
NATURAL LIP CARE
Burt’s Bees “Offers great pigments with excellent hydration”
-D.R., Lr. Sackville NS


Most Recommended Oral Care


 


 


 

TOOTH WHITENING
Crest Whitestrips “They actually work! I use them and get compliments all the time!”
-J.W., Midland ON
TOOTHPASTE
Crest “Does it all and is even great for sensitive teeth”
-D.R., Sackville NS
MOUTH WASH
Listerine “I feel it’s much stronger than most brands”
-L.F., Mount Pearl NL


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