Narrowing down the best new styling products was no mean feat. Especially when you consider the range of concerns — from frizziness to lack of volume to dry, damaged hair — that the products target and address. Still, we managed it in the end. Now you have the hard job of crowning the winner! Will it be Heidi's Instant Volume Powder by Schwarzkopf Extra Care, a powder-based root lifter that adds volume for up to 24 hours, Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier which essentially works like a makeup primer, ensuring other styling products give optimum results, Bumble and Bumble Concen-Straight Smoothing Treatment, an at-home smoothing treatment that helps make dry, coarse and unruly hair more manageable, TRESemmé TRES Two Hairspray, a Fashion Week staple thanks to its water-free formula that ensures there's no sticky residue, just firm, touchable hold, Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil which is enriched with omega 6 and argan oil to deeply nourish and condition damaged hair, MoroccanOil Frizz Control Spray a year-round frizz and static controller or Dove Nourishing Oil Care Nutri-Oil Serum which uses coconut and sweet almond oil to make unmanageable hair soft and silky. Vote now!
Foundation is one of our hardest-working cosmetics as we expect so much from it. It's not enough to simply even out skin tone and cover any flaws or blemishes, we now expect it to have all the benefits of our skincare with SPF to boot! These foundations and tinted moisturisers certainly tick all of the boxes, but which one shall be crowned best of the best? Have your voice heard by voting between Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus All-Smooth Makeup SPF 15 which helps to prevent and repair against UV damage as well as imparting a fresh and dewy finish, cK One Color 3-in-1 Face Makeup SPF 8, this weightless formula acts as a serum, primer and foundation giving a natural-looking finish, Napoleon Perdis Off Duty Tinted Moisturizer, a hydrating subtle hint of colour that's great for daytime, Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Smoothing Firming Foundation which claims to restore 10 years worth of luminosity and offer 12 hours worth of lifting action, Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup which provides natural-looking coverage that's light and breathable, Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup which, with its whipped texture, blends easily and feels light on the skin and Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2-in-1 Foundation and Serum which uses soft-focus technology to diffuse light and minimise fine lines.
Between them, these body products promise to firm, tone and smooth, setting us on the pathway to perfect pins and much, much more. But which one will win earn your coveted vote and take out the Best Firming Body Product Award? Will it be Sisley Sisleya Anti-Aging Concentrate Firming Body Care, a premium product that combines the comfort of a cream with the effectiveness of a tightening agent and anti-ageing benefits of a serum, Clarins Extra Firming Body Lotion which uses lemon thyme extract, centella and bocoa extracts to improve the appearance of slackened skin, Elixia BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crème which got a formula update in February making it more lightweight and fast-absorbing, Priori CoffeeBerry Body Shaping Complex, a 99 percent natural body treatment that targets tone as well as firmness or Soap & Glory Sit Tight, the lazy girl's guide to firming where the heat generated by sitting down puts the product to work!
In the market for a new moisturiser? Wait and see what our readers say about these recent releases! Which one of the following seven products will be voted Best Moisturiser in the 2012 BellaSugar Australia Beauty Awards? Well that's up to you! Vote for Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser which optimises new cells, making your complexion better and brighter, NIVEA Anti-Wrinkle Q10PLUS Day Cream, a new, improved formula of the cult classic that helps the skin renewal process, Elizabeth Arden Prevage Hydrating Fluid, a lightweight daily moisturiser that helps to protect against environmental aggressors, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Perfecting Cream which aims to reduce any skin discolourations and dark spots, Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex which has a penta-peptide and light optics formulation to offer hydration and reduced wrinkles, La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night, a luxurious offering that retexturises, recharges and revitalises, leaving you with younger looking skin or Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector, a 5-in-1 BB Cream that offers UV protection, long-lasting hydration, complexion correcting and more.
The next category up in the 2012 BellaSugar Beauty Awards is for Best Eye Makeup. The battle is between the L’Oreal Paris Superliner Gel Eyeliner, which features a high-precison brush for a neat but bold finish, the Clinique Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour that gives a creamy, crease-resistant finish and also cools the eye area, the Max Factor Smoky Effect Eyeshadow that is applied with a fool-proof stick to blend and shade the eye, the high-pigment Australis Double Decker Eye Duo that contains beeswax for conditioning the skin but also creates a multidimensional effect, the Rimmel London Glam’ Eyes HD creamy compact that gives perfect colour in any light, and finally, the very sophisticated Tom Ford Color Quad in Golden Mink that provides four very complimentary shades — a hero product in the Color Collection.
The next category up in the 2012 BellaSugar Beauty Awards is for Best New Styling Tool. The battle is between the VS Sassoon Wave Envy Styler which features ceramic plates and barrels, plus varying temperature settings, to help you create amazing Veronica Lake-esque waves at home, the Remington Smart Sensor with Keratin Therapy Straightener which automatically adjusts its temperature settings based on your hair's moisture levels and emits keratin while you straighten, BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Coni Smooth, a tapered conical tool with a split barrel that helps create curls, waves and straight hair, ghd air, a salon-strength hairdryer that features advanced ionic technology for reduced frizz and John Frieda Loose Curls Ionic Styling Tong which uses advanced ionic technology to control frizz resulting in a smoother, softer finish.
Which of these everyday essentials will take home the title of Best Body Wash in the 2012 BellaSugar Beauty Awards? Well that's up to you! Pick from: the luxurious BSQ Natural White Bergamot Shower Cream which is inspired by the Golden Age of Couture, Palmolive Naturals Strawberry Smoother Body Butter Body Wash, a fruity, gently exfoliating number, St Ives Triple Butter Creamy Vanilla Body Wash which uses jojoba, shea and cocoa butters to offer an intense hydration hit, Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Essential Body Wash which is paraben-free and features ylang ylang, noni extract, sandalwood, rose and patchouli and Palmolive Naturals Luscious Mango Body Butter Body Wash, a delectable rich and creamy formula that feels luxurious and offers long-lasting moisture. It's time to cast your vote!
A staple if ever there was one, everyone from guys and girls, young to old uses a lip balm. Or two. Or three. Which means everyone should have their say on which new release gets crowned Best Lip Balm in our awards. Will it be Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast which offers a fruity hit of SPF and antioxidants, Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter which is clinically proven to offer four hours of hydration, Burt's Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit which really nourishes the lips thanks to vitamins C and E from the grapefruit seed oil, Maybelline New York Baby Lips SPF 20 Lip Balm in Mango Pie which is enriched with centella essence to improve cell turnover and turn your pout form drab to fab or Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm which has a clear stain gloss finish and features vitamin E and aloe to moisturise as well as SPF 15 to protect lips.
We're hard-pushed to think of a designer or celebrity who doesn't have some sort of fragrant ties these days, making the Best New Women's Fragrance another yet hard category to short-list in the BellaSugar Australia Beauty Awards! Still, we got there in the end, so what will it be? It's over to you; here are your options: Balenciaga L'Essence, a fresh, herbacious update on the original EDP, Flora by Gucci - The Flora Garden Collection, a trio of fragrances: Gorgeous Gardinia, Gracious Tuberose and Glamorous Magnolia, Valentina by Valentino, a sensual and feminine scent inspired by the designer's hometown of Rome, Bottega Venteta, a leathery floral chypre, Burberry Body which opens with green absinthe, peach and freesia, Tom Ford Violet Blonde, a delicious blend of violet leaf, Italian mandarin and baie rose, Ralph Lauren Big Pony Women, the four female counterparts to the iconic men's collection and Elie Saab Le Parfum, a scent described as having a "floral solar woody theme." Which one gets your vote?
Serums are probably the fast-growing, yet sometimes misunderstood category in skincare. If I had a $1 for every time someone asked me if they really needed one and if they're really necessary, I'd be a rich little lady. The short answer I always give is yes. A big, fat YES. Because essential they're like a targeted treatment in a bottle. Containing more active ingredients than your regular cleanser or moisturiser, it's their sole job to fix problems. Be it lack of hydration, pigmentation, fine lines, enlarged pores. The list is endless. Which meant it was hard to filter them down to these short-listed finalists: Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, an oil-free serum pumped with antioxidants that imparts instant radiance, Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum which features a host of AHAs and BHAs to slough away dead skin cells and improve overall texture and tone, The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth which uses plant stem-cell technology to target the first signs of ageing, Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, a skin transformer that minimises the appearance of wrinkles and tightens and reduces pores, L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Luminosity Day Serum which combines lumi-gen technology and Anderson liquid to improve luminosity, Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum, a peptide-rich formula that nourishes and repairs overnight and Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum which is infused with glycans to reduce fine lines. Vote now!