My Annual List of My Favorite Beauty Products of the Year

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Since I test so many beauty products for my Channel 3 segments all year long, I like to look back in December and share my faves from the year.  So for 2012, these are my top picks from head to toe....

For the Eyes

*Prisma Ebony Eyebrow Pencil – (sold at Arizona Art Supply for only 73 cents!)  I’ve noticed that my eyebrows are thinning out in my 40s, so our show's professional makeup artist Karen Hall told me about this cool art pencil that works great on eyebrows and it only costs 73 cents!  This art pencil makes it easy to draw in hairs to fill in the bare areas.  Having defined brows makes a huge difference for the finished look, too.

*Rimmel Scandal Eyes Flex Mascara -- ($6.99 at Walgreens) -- This particular Rimmel mascara formula came out this year and it has become my #1 all time favorite mascara.  It gives flexible and buildable volume with Lycra.  Plus it is suitable for contact lens wearers and those gals who have sensitive eyes, which would be me.  I definitely notice my lashes thickening with every stroke.  Every time I test a new mascara, I can't wait to go back to this one by Rimmel.

For the Hair

*Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play -- This brand also returns from last year and I have tried a lot of different hair spray brands in my time.  I always come back to this big can that holds my hair, but also enables me to comb it out without residue left behind.  I love that I can also find a big and tall can at Walgreens for $16.99.

*Brushlab Brush & Mirror -- $8.99 – Both my daughter and I love this handy brush that houses a hand mirror on the back side of the brush.  Plus it is the kind of brush that I like because it pumps when you push it, making for easy release of the hair strands.  When you are in a rush and you need to take a quick glance of the back of your hair, it is so handy to have this mirror already attached to your brush.  Such a good idea!

For the Lips

*CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lipcolor – ($11.49 at Walgreens) – Walgreens beauty expert, Bianca Malmstorm and Karen Hall both agree that this lip stick is the one to buy because is outlasts every lip color.  Bianca tells me that this is the #1 pick for brides who need a lipstick that will hold up all day and night on the big wedding day.

*Solutions Tea Tree SPF 15 Lip Balm by Great Clips -- You may not think of Great Clips as a place you would find a good lip balm, but this is by far my favorite lip balm ever.  It doesn't go on as thick as some chap sticks and it leaves a pretty glossy shine behind, while conditioning your lips, too.  In our dry desert climate, this is good stuff to always have on hand.

For the Skin:

*Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes ($6.79 at Walgreens) -- Aveeno is a great brand for sensitive skin and these calming wipes are oil-free and are non-comedogenic.  I love these for myself and for my tween's sensitive skin when she needs to remove stage makeup after performing in one of her community theatre plays.

*Best Face Cream -- First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 face cream SPF 30 ($38 at Sephora) -- I can't help it!  I show this every year.  I keep trying to find another face cream to unseed this one, but I simply can't.  I have super sensitive skin and this cream truly does it all, just like the bottle says!  It is also fragrance-free with no parabens, harsh chemicals or colorants and is allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin.  This anti-aging cream offers UVA/UVB protection, uneven skin tone correction and more.  Plus the pump applicator prevents leakage during those travel bumps that can result in spilled stuff. 

*Eclos Plant Stem Cells Anti Aging Facial Cleanser Prep -- $7.99 at Walgreens – This was a new product that launched in 2012 and after I tried it, I kept using it all year long.  Plant stem cells from a rare swiss apple are included in the product to stimulate skin stem cells to behave like younger skin.  Other ingredients include ginkgo biloba, turmeric and the anti-inflammatory properties from green tea.  Plus chamomile and cucumber soothe, revitalize and hydrate skin and the horse chestnut and willow bark help to firm skin and enhance cell turnover.  Plus this product has no parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes or petro-chemicals!  I use it nightly and I have been happy with the results.

For the Feet:

*Toe Juice ($8 for 1 oz bottle or $15 for 4.6 oz bottle at Walgreens) Funny name, but great product that was invented by a high school science teacher who wanted to find a good product to treat his son's dry and flaking feet.  He created DermaVine, which is a blend of plant-based extracts that enhance the skin’s natural repairing ability.  It contains willow bark, lemon peel, and Cinnamonum extracts.  After I recommended this great stuff on my Facebook page, one of my gal pals told me that she tried it on her cracked heels and that couldn't believe the results.  She told me that she used Toe Juice, following her shower, along with the Pedi Egg and that she couldn't believe the difference.  I have been using it on my feet ever since she told me that story and my feet are so much smoother this summer!  Go to to print out a dollar off coupon, too!

So those are my top ten picks from 2012.  I can't wait to see what tops my list in 2013.  Did I include any of your favorites?  Did I leave out something that I have to know about?  Tell me in the comments section and remember to check my website at for more beauty news, recipes, pet stuff, parenting talk and more.  Here's to looking good and feeling great in the New Year!