The glosscars 2008: your winners!

The glosscars 2008: your winners!

Hollywood might have the Oscars, but we have the glamorous Glosscars.

Celebrating the new skin- and hair-saviours, complexion perfectors, fragrances and make-up must-haves that rocked Australian beauty bags over the last year, the beautyheaven Glosscars, Australia’s online beauty awards, are bestowed upon the
best beauty products in beautyheaven – as decided by Bh members.
The votes have now been counted and the red carpet’s rolled out. So with no further ado, we are delighted to announce… 

The beautyheaven Glosscars for 2008 go to…

Skincare winners

Best New Wash/Cleanser

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Milk, $45
Why it’s a winner: This is a wonderfully effective make-up remover that left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. – pamperpuss

Best New Facial Exfoliant

Swisspers Pore Cleansing Pads, $11.95
Why it’s a winner: What an ingenious product. The finger pockets work like a dream. Plus, being both an exfoliant and cleanser, they’re economical and save wastage. My face hasn’t felt cleaner, been clearer or looked so radiant before. Brilliant! – faeries77

Best New Face Mask

Olay Regenerist Facial Treatment Mask, $39
Why it’s a winner: These are seriously amazing! Straight after using my first one I truly noticed a HUGE difference! My (hungover) skin looked more plumped up, perky and moisturised and it felt nice and soft. I couldn’t recommend these more – they’re really great, and easy to get your hands on. – alidec 

Best New Spot Treatment

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Spot Eliminating Gel, $13.99
Why it’s a winner: I am one of those lucky women who still get the odd breakout at an age long past her teen years. Having oily skin is fab when it comes to wrinkle fighting, but not so wonderful when you yearn for a zit-free complexion. But here’s where Rapid Clear comes in. As soon as I see a pesky pimple raise its ugly head, I apply a tiny dab of this, and presto, the pimple either disappears or never gets to Mt. Vesuvius heights. Highly recommended. – SL

Best New Age Management Product

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules, $150
Why it’s a winner: One capsule provides enough for both the face and neck and it’s non-greasy so your skin feels like you’re not wearing anything, though your skin does feel better and you can feel the magic working. Thanks to these wonderful capsules, my skin is now looking more even and radiant. – Beauty Obsession

Best New Eye Treatment

Dr. LeWinn’s Line Smoothing Complex S8 Eye Recovery Complex, $69.95
Why it’s a winner: My eyes felt firmer as soon as I used this. They felt revived and clear. I have used eye products in the past that given me heavy eyes, but this feels really light. – Gofton

Best New Moisturiser

Olay Total Effects Cream $29.95
Why it’s a winner: Who knew that great stuff came at such a small price? This is one of the best moisturisers I have ever used (I’ve tried many). My skin stays hydrated throughout the entire day (no dry patches showing by lunchtime) and it feels smooth on my skin. After about a week of using it, I, and others, started noticing how my skin looked healthier and had a glow about it. The price is amazing for this pot of gold. – bratzgirl

Best New Men’s Skincare

Palmolive for Men Active Care, $4.69
Why it’s a winner: This light blue gel foams up into a frothing lather that is surprisingly refreshing, soft and moisturising. The convenient, take-anywhere bottle has non-slip grips on the side and replaces all your shampoos, conditioners, body washes, moisturisers and soaps. A must for all holiday, camping and travel needs as it reduces the clutter of cumbersome products that take up extra space. – gemini69 

Make-up winners

Best New Mascara

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara, $45
Why it’s a winner: This mascara is an absolute necessity in any make-up bag. It maintains your lashes, leaving them nourished, fuller and longer while providing that va-va-voom Dita Von Teese look. – mporter

Best New Eyeliner

I Nuovi Liquid Pencil, $22
Why it’s a winner: I can’t say enough about I Nuovi. This is another great product – it is so versatile, which means great value for money. I use it mainly on my unruly eyebrows and it works a treat. At night I add water and create a truly dramatic liquid eyeliner. – mich29

Best New Eyeshadow 

Maybelline New York Shadow Stylist, $15.50
Why it’s a winner: With one stroke of this shadow, you instantly amp up your glam factor. It has a rich texture and delivers intense colour. Although I am partial to the classic [type of] powder eyeshadow, this stuff is the bomb diggity! – LeeLee

Best New Lip Plumper

Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine, $37
Why it’s a winner: This gloss is amazingly gooey and yummy. It makes the lips tingle slightly as they plump and the colours are just delicious. This would be the best gloss I have ever tried – the combination of moisture, colour, plumping and long-wear is fabulous. – fancypants

Best New Lip Gloss

Maybelline New York Shine Seduction Glossy Lip Color, $15.95
Why it’s a winner: For girls with small lips, this is a keeper. The highest levels of shine, moisture and colour make this a to-die-for gloss. I love how you can click out how much you need and there’s never any mess. – Gofton

Best New Lipstick  

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick, $9.95
Why it’s a winner: This lipstick is one of the best I’ve ever tried. It really is unbelievably long-lasting, without the dryness that comes with most long-wearing lippies. At such a great price, you can afford to try out all the gorgeous shades. – katemc

Best New Blush

Covergirl TruBlend Luminous Blush, $14.25
Why it’s a winner: I love having that doll look and that’s exactly what this blush gives me with the Pure Romance shade. It’s non-irritating and very gentle on the skin for people who have sensitive skin, like myself. It’s easy to apply and will give a consistent, even look. – asel

Best New Bronzer

I Nuovi Facescape, $45
Why it’s a winner: This is a fantastic all-rounder in wonderful shades for women of all ages. A product that will remain around for a long while. – Scrummy

Best New Foundation

Max Factor Age Renew Foundation, $34.95
Why it’s a winner: I love this product because it leaves no crease lines or uneven skin tone. The fact is you can wear this foundation and look refreshed. It’s a godsend… Fantastic. – puss

Best New Illuminator/Primer

Rimmel London Recover Perfect Skin Primer, $9.95
Why it’s a winner: If you are like me – an ordinary girl just trying to get her make-up and hair done and get out the door – you’ve probably thought ‘primer? Really who needs it? I have enough to do’. However, this WILL save you time and help you look gorgeous, all in the minute or less it takes to apply. The difference is amazing. My foundation glides on easily without streaking or patching, my skin looks more even and the added bonus? My foundation lasts! I would usually have to reapply a few times during the day, but not anymore. This has absolutely saved me time and money on all that extra foundation I was using. It keeps me looking in my prime all day long! – mysygirl

Best New Concealer

Max Factor Mastertouch Concealer, $24.95
Why it’s a winner: I was surprised by how effective this is. I don’t like to cake layer after layer of make-up on; I prefer to look natural – just enhanced! The handy little sponge tip means I can apply it to the spots I want to hide and only the spots I want to hide! And it is so gentle on my delicate eyelids. I have before used products that felt like crayon, dragging and pulling my already creased skin even more, but not this one! It’s smooth and gentle! – duckiedoodle

Best New Nail Enamel, Colour or Collection

Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish, $13
Why it’s a winner: With an extra wide brush and a no-slip grip, this is one-coat, fast-drying genius. Now you can apply your favourite colour just before you go out… without the hassle of drying time and not touching anything in case your nails smudge or chip. A time-saver, it’s great for mums on the go. – puss

Bodycare winners

Best New Hand Product

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream,  $7.48
Why it’s a winner: Not so much a cream as a balm, this little beauty is great for really dry hands. My thumbs are prone to ‘cracking’ in winter and I’ve found Norwegian Formula really nourishing. The small tube lasts forever, it is a nice price and it fits perfectly in even the smallest of handbags! – Glitter Girl 

Best New Body Moisturiser

L’Occitane Honey & Lemon Delightful Cream, $58.95
Why it’s a winner: This is a wonderful product. It smells good enough to eat and just glides onto your skin sooooo nicely!! It has a subtle scent and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. – fifi73

Best New Hair Removal Product

Andrea Brazilian Hard Wax, $14.95
Why it’s a winner: Waxing at home is so easy with this product. I have used many on the market and found this one to be the easiest to prepare and use – and it is virtually pain-free if you know what you are doing! The pot lasts for ages and can be used on all areas of your body. – Kylstar

Best New Bath/Shower Product

Palmolive Pure Cashmere Shower Cream, $6.49
Why it’s a winner: This is absolutely divine! It smells fabulous and leaves my skin soft. I love it. – jayne

Best New Body Exfoliant 

L’Occitane Honey & Lemon Sweet Sugar Scrub, $46.95
Why it’s a winner: The thing that I love most about this product is the smell – it’s so good that you want to eat it. I feel good about using this too, because it’s natural and not harsh on my skin. I love it! I really recommend it to everyone. 5 out of 5. – isabellarainbow

Best New Self-Tan

Olay Touch of Sun Body Lotion, $9.99
Why it’s a winner: A must-buy for those looking for a tan in all the right places! – maesha

Best New Suncare Product

Dermalogica Daylight Defence System Extra Rich Faceblock SPF30, $62
Why it’s a winner: A super strong face block that doesn’t feel shiny, gluggy or pore-clogging. The skin sops up the moisture readily and it leaves you ready for anything the environment will throw at you throughout day. – KathrynJL

Haircare winners 

Best New Hair Treatment

Pantene Pro-V Deep Fortifying Treatment, $6.99
Why it’s a winner: Using this just once a week is enough for my hair. It has minimised breakages and I no longer have hair clogged drains. – mandymoo

Best New Shampoo

Garnier Fructis Nutri Repair Shampoo, from $6.43
Why it’s a winner: The smell is heavenly, fresh and soothing. You will find it goes on smoothly and in next to no time, you will be feeling the miracle of fructis. – mysygirl

Best New Conditioner

Pantene Pro-V Deep Fortifying Treatment Conditioner, $6.99
Why it’s a winner: I have very fine, dead straight, blonde hair, which has always been weak and prone to breakage. This product produces fabulous results, leaving my hair healthier and stronger with very little breakage. – mporter

Best New Hair Styling Appliance

VS Sassoon Total Freedom 230, $119.95
Why it’s a winner: Vidal Sassoon have not only created a straightener with every feature a girl could wish for, they’ve also done it at a great price. I highly recommend this product. – jodib

Fragrance winners

Best New Women’s Fragrance

David and Victoria Beckham Intimately Beckham Night for Her, from $55
Why it’s a winner: With seductive packaging and a sensual scent, this is perfect for when you want the man in your life to notice you. It is sweet, but not sickly, and warm but not stuffy. This sexy scent is perfect to team with a little black dress, sky-high heels and a gorgeous man on your arm. And for well under $100, you don’t need a bank balance the size of the Beckhams’ to smell posh! – Glitter Girl

Best New Male Fragrance

Joop! Go, $65
Why it’s a winner: A friend of mine had this on the other week. It made me wish he wasn’t just a friend… – mandymoo

Published quotes have been chosen from a selection of reviews posted by beautyheaven members during the 2008 Glosscars voting period. 

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