Tinted Moisturizer – Top 3 Bestsellers* (August 2012)

A good alternative to foundation and B.B. cream for those seeking a sheer, natural look without tempering with dry or sensitive skin.

Ranked #1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20  $43 (1.5oz)
InStyle Best Beauty Buy 2011, 2012; Allure Best of Beauty 2010
14 Shades. Sheer. Great for Dry/Normal Skin.  Try Oil-Free Version for Oily Skin.

Ranked #2. Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer  $27 (1oz)
Elle Beauty Award Winner 2011
6 Shades. More coverage.

Ranked #3. La Mer The SPF Fluid Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 18  $70 (1.7oz)

3 Shades. Natural. Great for Normal/Combination Skin. 

*Surveyed 32 products from 7 retail websites in the month of July, 2012.

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Serum: The Ultimate Top 3 (August 2012)

Loved by Kate Middleton! Tons of Japanese magazine awards.
2012 Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence Beauty Award Winner

Ranked #2. La Mer Regenerating Serum $260 (1oz)
Concentrated elixir infused with numerous anti-oxidants and Miracle Broth

Ranked #3. Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate 
$60 (0.7oz), $80 (1oz), $100 (1.7oz), $130 (2.5oz)

2010 CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Award Winner
Tie with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

*Surveyed products from 7 retail websites in July, 2012.

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Top 3 Bestselling Foundation (August 2012)

Ranked #1. Armani Luminous Silk Foundation  $59 (1oz)
InStyle Best Liquid Foundation 2005-2012; Allure Best of Beauty 2008
18 Colors. Photoshop effect. Silky texture.

Ranked #2. Dior Airflash  $62 (2.3oz)

Neiman Marcus Beauty Award Finalist 2012
Revolutionary spray application. 5 shades.

Ranked #3. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24  $44 (1oz)
Oprah Magazine 2012 Makeup O-ward – Best Upgrade.
28 shades. Long-lasting. True colors without oxidizing mid-day.

*Surveyed 51 products from 7 U.S. retail websites in the month of July, 2012.

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Basic Moisturizers: The Bestselling Top 3 in U.S. (August 2012)*

Ranked #1. Clinique Dramatically Different $13 (1.7oz), $24.50 (4.2oz), $36 (6.7oz)

2012 Macy’s Best in Beauty Award Winner
2011 Allure Beauty Hall of Fame with 14 awards
Allure Readers’ Choice Award – Best Department Store Facial Moisturizer

Ranked #2. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm   $90 (1.7oz)

Ranked #3. Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer   $69 (2oz), $99 (4oz)

2012 Neiman Marcus Beauty Award Finalist

*Surveyed 79 products from 7 retail websites in July, 2012.

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Compact Powder: The Bestselling Top 3 in U.S. (August 2012)*

Ranked #1. Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup  $36.50 (0.67oz)

Classic. 3-in-one. 25 Shades.

Ranked #2. M.A.C. Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation $27 (0.52oz)

Long-time favorite at M.A.C.  33 Shades. Great coverage.

Ranked #3. Guerlain Meteorites Compact Pressed Powder $56 (0.23oz)

Phenomenal colors. 3 Shades. Soft and refined.

*Surveyed 45 products from 7 retail websites in the month of July, 2012.

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Brightening Products: The Top 3 Bestsellers in U.S.* (August 2012)

*Surveyed 39 products from 7 retail websites in July, 2012.

Ranked #1. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector    $49.50 (1oz), $73 (1.7oz)

2011 CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Award Winner

Ranked #2. Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator    $60 (1oz), $90 (1.7oz)

2012 Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence International Beauty Award Winner
2012 CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Award Finalist

Ranked #3. Dior Diorsnow White Reveal Moisturizing Lotion    $50 (6.6oz)

Brightening toner with Icelandic Glacier Water. Tested on Asian skin.

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Lip Balm – The Top 3 Bestsellers* (August 2012)

*Surveyed 50 products in 7 retail websites in the month of July, 2012

Ranked #1. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 $22.50 (0.15oz)

2012 CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Award Winner

Allure Best of Beauty 2005, 2009 & 2010.

Ranked #2. Bobbi Brown Lip Balm $19 (0.5oz)

Ranked #3. La Mer The Lip Balm $50 (0.32oz)

InStyle Best Lip Balm 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012.

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Acne Products – The Ultimate Top 3 (August 2012)

Surveyed 53 products in 7 retail websites in the month of July, 2012.

If you suffer from acne-prone skin, here’s our recommendation list:

*If you’re pregnant or planning, you must stay away from both oral and topical Retinoid and other forms of Vitamin A. Also steer away from Salicylic acid, Beta hydroxy acid, BHA and Tretinoin. Consult your doctor for the entire list. Many of them appear in anti-aging and acne products.

Ranked #1. Shiseido Pureness Matifying Moisturizer Oil Free  $33 (1.6oz)

Ranked #2. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup $27 (1oz)

Ranked #3. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel $85

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Luxury Moisturizer: The Ultimate Top 3 (August 2012)

Surveyed 50 products from 7 retail websites in July, 2012 for the bestselling Top 3:
Neiman Marcus Beauty Award Finalist 2012

Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner 2011
CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Award Winner 2010

Neiman Marcus Beauty Award Winner 2012

Sunscreen – The Ultimate Top 3 (August 2012)

Surveyed 27 products in 7 retail websites in the month of July, 2012

Ranked #1. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 PA+++  $35 (3.3oz)

2011 CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Winner

Ranked #2. Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protection Cream SPF 50 PA+++   $120 (1.7oz)

Pearly tint. Unique red light-transmitting powder. Fit for a princess!

Ranked #3. La Mer The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid PA++  $70 (1.4oz)

Neiman Marcus Beauty Award Winner 2010

The first thing you should do before purchasing a sunscreen is to think about utility – do you stay indoors or outdoors?  If you’re planning on an outdoor activity, wear one that is at least SPF 50 PA+++.  Reapply every three hours. If staying indoors, then one with SPF 30 PA++ is reasonable.  Apply a quarter-size amount twice onto your face to ensure coverage.  Too little of it will weaken its protection.

The second part you should consider is whether your skin likes physical or chemical sunscreen.  Most products on the market contain both. Physical sunscreen, or sunblock, are UV filters that deflects light but does not completely block out UVA (photoaging!). Their properties are generally stable and doesn’t cause free radicals; however, Titaniaum Dioxide may be the culprit for breakouts.  Another drawback is its unfavorably thick, white and opaque texture.  Chemical sunscreen absorbs light, but can cause free radicals and premature aging.  It can be more irritable to skin and cause allergic reactions.  The positive side is its colorless, runny, easy-to-apply texture.  It is also more effective against UVA/UVB rays.  Many chemical UV filters have not been FDA approved, therefore sunscreen sold in Asia and Europe can contain newer ingredients even when they carry the same product names.

Read the labels, study the ingredients before you purchase your next sunscreen.  Test out a few different brands to see what works best for you.

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