Beauty, Skincare

Thread 2015 Best of Beauty Awards

Drum roll please for these much-loved and oft-lauded beauty products. Welcome to my end-of-year Editor’s Picks summary known as the Thread 2015 Best of Beauty Awards. I’ve been doing this column for a few years now; you can read the past columns for 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Like I’ve said before, I adore trying new products. Here are the ones I use myself and enjoy; by no means a definitive list – there are many more I like, but these are my faves. I’ll do it again next year and let you know what new things I’ve found and love, and what I would stick with and not let go.

These beauty products featured below I can vouch for as having used personally and that I rate them highly. Mostly they are PR samples that have been gifted for me to review and trial. No-one has paid to appear in this column.

So here are Thread.co.nz Editor Megan Robinson’s top picks of beauty products across make-up, hair, body, and skincare in the Thread Best in Beauty Awards 2015…

SKINCARE BEST OF BEAUTY 

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Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Ashley & Co Soothe Tube Intensive Hydrating Cream for your hands with organic borage and essential oils
Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream with manuka honey active 20+, rosehip & antioxidant Vinanza grape
Mia the green balm
MITOQ Power Antioxidant Rejuvenation serum

BATHROOM BEST OF BEAUTY 

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Savar Energising Body Wash with NZ lemon balm and organic sugar cane extracts
Plantae Certified Organic Skincare Bergamot Orange Cleansing Milk
Maybelline Express Remover nailpolish remover in a tub
Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect SPF50
Kevin Murphy Powder Puff volumising powder
Kevin Murphy Un.Tangled leave-in conditioner detangler

MOST LOVED LIPSTICKS 

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MAC Heroine
MAC Studded Kiss
Karen Murrell racy.rata
Estee Lauder Commanding
Clarins Cedar Red

EYES BEST OF BEAUTY 

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Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash
Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions 3-in-1 volumising mascara
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner in Smokey Topaz
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme brow
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color High Intensity Liquid Eye Liner
MAC Eyeshadow in Black Grape

FOUNDATION BEST LOVED 

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Best cheap foundation – Maybelline New York Superstay Better Skin flawless finish foundation
Best BB Cream – La Mav Organic BB Creme
Best high end foundation and my desert island foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup.

FACE & BASE BEST OF BEAUTY 

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MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Base Lumiere
MAC Strobe Cream
Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB Highlighter
Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick powder in Tawny
MAC Bronzing Powder in RiRi x MAC

MEN’S BEST OF BEAUTY 

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As judged by the husband.
Leonardo Skincare Moisturiser- had a nice fragrance (he actually said “smell”), soaks in well, doesn’t leave any residue, feels nice on the skin.
The Aromatherapy Co Therapy Man Hair & Body Wash in sandalwood & cypress- This has a nice fresh fragrance, refreshing to use in the shower in the morning.
John Varvatos – I used the original one of this maybe last year, and they have a really distinctive fragrance, quite rich, and lasts a long time throughout the day. Since using the original, I’ve had the Artisan one and now Dark Rebel, pictured – the packaging has the same shaped bottle each time but interesting textures on the bottle packaging with each new release.

HEALTH BEST OF BEAUTY 

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Ecoya Fresh Pine Needles candle
GO Healthy GO Superfood Chia seeds
GO Healthy KIDS GO Vita C chewables
MitoQ Targeted Anti-oxidant capsules

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And there we have it – the annual Thread Best of Beauty Awards for 2015. Another year has drawn to a close, and I wish all our readers a very very happy new year. See you in 2016! May it be a beauty-ful new year for you.

Megan Robinson
31st December 2015

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