Need some new makeup for the new year? Shape magazine’s Bahar Takhtehchian reveals which affordable skin and makeup products, that hit store shelves in 2011, scored big among her team of editors:
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer, $20, drugstores
This product came out in January of this year and contains a fast-acting version of retinol, a powerful wrinkle erasing ingredient. You'll see visible results after a week.
Sephora collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, $9.50, Sephora
Another January 2011 favorite: This supreme makeup remover doesn't bat an eye when it comes to removing even the most stubborn waterproof eye makeup. The multi-benefit formula softens and stimulates with HydroSenn+ and Procapil for ultimate hydration and lash strengthening properties. All signs of makeup are eliminated without leaving a greasy residue or irritation.
Clairol Foam Hair Color, $8, drugstores
At-home foam hair dyes are big news. Lots of women were afraid to color at home because of the huge mess and the fact that it can stain your skin. This product, from February 2011, is thick so when you smooth it on it stays put. Plus the color will be true to the box.
Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Body Serum, $19.99, Target
From March 2011, this body serum is an extension of the original, best-selling Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum, which was selling one bottle every 8 seconds at Target when it was first introduced! Formulated with ultra moisturizing complex combining nourishing argan Oil and moisture-locking hyaluronic acid to provide lasting, skin enhancing hydration, and pro retinol vitamin A works to normalize skin cell renewal.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil, $20, Sephora
Following in its mama's (24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil) footsteps... 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil has the highest color payout, longest wear time (stays put for over 16 hours!), smoothest application, no creasing, easiest to blend before dry down and hottest color selection. The big, highly pigmented eyeshadow pencils, available in 12 luscious, drop-dead shades and finishes, are free of parabens, mineral oil, and paraffin. Long-lasting, smudge proof, and waterproof, the 24/7 formula glides on smoothly and feels lightweight.
Garnier Dark Spot Corrector, $16.99, drugstores
From July 2011, this spot corrector contains ultra-high levels of vitamin C to fade brown spots, which can age you by as much as 20 years. (Some docs say that they're even more aging than wrinkles.)
Burt's Bees Sensitive Night Cream, $15, Burtsbees.com
The end of summer in August brought us new night cream from Burt's Bees and an entire line of "sensitive" products.This night cream is clinically proven to gently moisturize without causing redness or irritation because it is distinctly formulated with cotton extract to soften, rice extract to moisturize, and aloe to soothe skin, so your skin is left looking and feeling healthy.
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick, $32, Chanel.com
And just last month in November, Chanel's new velvet lipstick in various shades. Formulated with ultra-thin mother-of-pearl pigments, it delivers intensely rich color with a soft, sumptuous, matte finish. Smooth and comfortable on lips, this modern matte is never drying. With eight alluring shades presented in the iconic click-open case, this velvety matte lipstick is the ultimate in sophistication.