The Glosscars 2009: your winners!

The Glosscars 2009: 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 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 that…

The beautyheaven Glosscars for 2009 go to…


Best New Eyeshadow

L’Oréal Paris Color Minerals

Why it’s a winner: “This is a great eyeshadow that comes in a hot little bottle with a brush that looks similar in comparison to the mineral foundation in the same brand. It is very impressive and worth that bit more than I would normally spend on an eyeshadow. Not much powder is needed to blend into the perfect look the you want to achieve. It is very versatile and by using more or less of the product you can create different effects. It
comes in a great range of natural-looking colours that suit all complections. It is soft and gentle on that delicate skin around the eye area. This is one product I would tell everyone try as there is a shade available just for you.” – melmeko

Best New Eye Liner

Maybelline New York Define-A-Line Eyeliner 

Why it’s a winner: “This eyeliner is soft, tug-free, and there’s no need to sharpen. It’s borderline perfection with its in built smudger, which works wonders with the eyeliner for the smokey eye. Smooth, compact and lasts for it’s worth. I definitely can’t complain!” – MishMoshy

Best New Mascara

Maybelline New York Define-A-Lash Mascara

Why it’s a winner: “This mascara has everything. Sure to be in anyone’s budget, the bright green packaging ensures you cant get it out of your head. It’s not too hard to get out of your lashes (not that you’ll want to). It separates lashes and defines them perfectly. Lashes look longer without breaking the bank, what more could you want!” – SMP-kitten

Best New Lip Gloss

Sally Hansen 18 Hour Lip Treatment

Why it’s a winner: “I’m really a fan of Sally Hansen lip glosses. I find them really hydrating and caring for my lips, whilst also being a great gloss. I love that they are affordable and that heaps of stores have such a massive range. In particular I love the 18 Hour Lip Treatment as I find it really smooth and silky to apply and it does wonders for my cracked lips. The clear pink = great colour!” – Lipglosslover89

Best New Lip Plumper

Sally Hansen Lip Inflation Extreme

Why it’s a winner: “This actually works. As soon as you put it on, your lips feel all tingly and they actually do look bigger. I think it might be the cinnamon making them swell up a bit. It feels a bit weird at first but once you get used to the tingle it is one of the best plumping lip glosses that you can use.” – starran

Best New Lip Balm

Dermalogica Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex

Why it’s a winner: “I love this lip complex. It makes my lips so soft and really plumps them up. You can wear it alone or under lipstick or gloss. I like to wear it alone as it makes my lips look like I’m wearing gloss. You only need a little as it’s so moisturising. It smells lovely and you only really need to apply it twice a day (but can apply more it you want to). When I wear it feel that I’m doing something really nice
for my lips. It is by far the best lip complex I have used.” – Pretty in pink

Best New Lipstick

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lip Duo Compact

Why it’s a winner: “So whilst I’m really a lip gloss fan and don’t really wear lipstick that much (only bright red every so often), I just couldn’t resist this little pack! I guess one reason I’ve never been a lipstick fan is they can be really drying and cracked lips are so unattractive, however this double-trouble little compact keeps your lips moisturised with a deep lasting colour :)” – Lipglosslover89

Best New Blush

Revlon ColorStay Mineral Blush

Why it’s a winner: “I use this in conjunction with the Revlon Mineral Foundation and it’s the only product
that doesn’t cause flare ups on my cheeks. It gives a beautifully soft colour that looks natural and lasts all day long. I can not reccomend it enough.” – missmary

Best New Bronzer

Le Tan Bronzing Brush 

Why it’s a winner: “I won this as a prize but I’ve been using it all summer to give my face a hint of colour without sunbathing. It’s easy to use and gives me just the right amount of coverage to make me glow.” – Mum2james

Best New Illuminator

Prestige Cosmetics Skin Loving Minerals Sun Baked Highlighter

Why it’s a winner: “This is really the most fantastic illuminator. Some i find are way too shiny and leave me looking like an alien rather than radiant 😉 however this just gives your skin a nice healthy sheen. I rave about Prestige bronzers and I really like how long the compacts last. It gives you a really healthy glow that looks great at night and especially in photos!” –

Best New Concealer

Maybelline New York Dream Mousse Concealer

Why it’s a winner: “Nice and creamy, looks good enough to eat! Some concealers make the acne area look obvious but this one covers it flawlessly.” –

Best New Foundation

L’Oréal Paris True Match Minerals

Why it’s a winner: “I found this product to be so easy to match to my skin tone and it gives very light, but complete, coverage of all blemishes to provide an even-toned look. The best product I have used for a long time that lives up to what it says it will do.” – Jann95

Best New Primer

Australis Primer”¨ 

Why it’s a winner: “I tried this without any expectations and I have to admit that I was impressed. It went on smoothly and I didn’t need to use a lot to cover my face and neck. It eased the application of my foundation and it make my foundation look flawless. It also assisted in extending the wear of my foundation. It did not dry out my skin and kept it hydrated which is a bonus. It is a great price for the product. I have purchased this a few times and will continue to do so.” – annibaby

Hands & Feet

Best New Foot Product

Vaseline Intensive Rescue Hydrating Foot Cream

Why it’s a winner: “I look at my feet and think that they wouldnt be this smooth without this product!! My feet were horrible and I had tried everything. Vaseline has really rescued my feet making them young again!!” – Courtz43

Best New Hand Product

Dr. LeWinn’s Hand & Nail Cream SPF 15

Why it’s a winner: “I am a newly transformed Dr. LeWinn’s junkie so I had to give this hand and nail cream a go. It offers SPF factor that is fantastic because my hands are forever getting burnt as I only apply suncream to my arms. My hands and nails are very neglected so I knew Dr. LeWinn’s would come to my rescue. It is a lovely thick, rich cream that has that distinct scent that I love most about these products and the results just speak for themselves. It leaves my hands super soft and feeling revitalised while fighting the signs of ageing and years of abuse. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy at all. This is a perfect hand cream for the mature woman or the younger woman who wants to keep her hands looking and feeling young.” – melmeko

Best New Nail Polish, Colour or Collection

Bloom Nail Polish

Why it’s a winner: “With a collection of colours extensive enough to rival Crayola’s, Bloom’s created wonders in each and every bottle. My favourites, Yeojin I and Yeojin II, a sheer pink and navy blue, both apply flawlessly and with ease. The matte blue creates an even, rich colour upon first application, while the sheer is as labelled, a shiny, semi-transparent coat of pink-toned polish, which can be layered for more opacity. With a top and base coat, it’s chip resistant for well over a week, retaining its lustre right until its time to change colours!” – MishMoshy

Best New Nail Treatment

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Crème

Why it’s a winner: “I absolutely love this product. The smell is divine (reminds me of a lemon meringue pie). I apply this whenever I feel it’s needed, sometimes several times a day, and sometimes I go a few days at a time without using it, but I can definitely see a difference since I’ve started using it. I used to be plagued with hangnails, but I’ve only had one minor one in the last month or so. My cuticles are smooth and healthy, and I wish I’d taken some before and after photos so that you could see how dramatically they’ve improved. I haven’t had any issues with greasiness, nor with the tin. In fact, I can’t think of any drawbacks to this product at all! Very, very highly recommended.” – Billywig93


Best New Exfoliant

Dermalogica AGE Smart MultiVitamin Thermafoliant 

Why it’s a winner: “My first experience with this product felt like I was in heaven! The light thermal heat effect warming on my skin felt like it was really working deep in the skin and the fine beads really work on those hard to reach
places. My skin felt polished without feeling harsh!” – bELLA_84

Best New Face Mask

Dermalogica MediBac™ Sebum Clearing Masque

Why it’s a winner: “My girlfriend got me onto this product by giving me a mini-facial. I must admit I thought it was a bit metro to use a mask but using this twice a week has lessened the oil I used to see on my skin through the day and has also helped the blackheads I get on my nose and chin. Great product with a nice, cool feeling left on the skin.” – Bikeboy4

Best New Moisturiser – Day

Dermalogica AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery

Why it’s a winner: “This moisturiser complements the AGE Smart range especially the MAP 15 Regenerator. Alone it works beautifully. It is white, medium consistency with a fresh, natural feel and a little amount covers the face well. It smoothes onto skin easily, absorbs well and doesn’t leave sticky residue. The SPF30 aids in sun protection, doesn’t cause the cream to be overtly thick and is a bonus to help slow ageing. The soft, supple feeling this moisturiser gives the face is lovely. It is fragrance and colour-free and didn’t cause my skin to react to the SPF which is usually my problem. Overall this has given my dry, sensitive, ageing face a fresher, more youthful appearance helping eliminate lines and even out tone whilst protecting it from further sun damage. This is one moisturiser that is worth its price and really deserves to be used with MAP 15 Regenerator. This
was a three-week week trial for me but with so much noticeable, positive change in such a short time it’s easy to see that this is a very good moisturiser.” – goddessmagick

Best New Moisturiser – Night

Alpha-H Age Delay Anti-Wrinkle Night Treatment Cream

Why it’s a winner: “Love this night treatment cream in conjunction with the Liquid Gold on alternate evenings! Perfect for my skin which has been affected by the enviromental elements ie. the sun!” – Kurtp

Best New Age Management Product


Why it’s a winner: “I could see results on my skin immediately…and what was even better were the comments I got from just the first time I used it. I love the fact that I don’t have to use two or three different creams now, just one does the job. It’s a worthy investment to avoid the shots and the scalpel I’ve seen so many women use.
And with a 100 times better result too.” – shalumukherjee

Best New Spot Treatment

Dermalogica MediBac™ Concealing Spot Treatment

Why it’s a winner: “When you feel yourself about you pop that pimple that just appeared (even though you already know that squeezing will make it 10 times worse), resist and dab on a little of this magic in a bottle. Ps. it also hides it, so you’ll be able to forget about it while the spot treatment does its work.” – skincarejunkie

Best New Eye Treatment

Garnier Skin Naturals Nutritionist Caffeine Eye Roll-On

Why it’s a winner: “I was recommended this product by fellow bh addicts and this is the best purchase I have made this year. I keep it in the fridge (a tip I also picked up here on bh) and it is the best pick-me-up I have found for tired, puffy eyes first thing in the morning or when you need a refreshing lift during the day. It comes in a cute little pen-sized bottle with a cooling rollerball that is so easy to apply and mess-free. It tightens the skin under your eyes and reduces all signs of puffiness almost instantly. It leaves me feeling really revitalised. This is a miracle fix that shows a definite improvement, I love it.” – melmeko

Best New Wash/Cleanser

NIVEA Visage Oxygen Power Reviving Cleansing Gel

Why it’s a winner: “Grabbed this one from the supermarket when I needed a cheap cleanser in a hurry and I am so impressed with the results of one that is so cheap. It is a gel with little white beads that lathers up nice and foamy and leaves my face feeling fresh and clean, even removing all traces of my make-up. It smells so refreshing and does wonders for any pimples that I have and reduces further
breakouts. It leaves my skin feeling feeling soft and doesn’t dry me out at all. This is a great cleanser and I would definitely recommend it; one for the girls and guys.” – melmeko

Best New Toner

Dermalogica AGE Smart Antioxidant HydraMist

Why it’s a winner: “I love a face mist and this one has it all. Antioxidants to fight free radicals, plus refreshing and hydrating ingredients that are delivered in this delicious spritz. It’s also a great idea to moisten the skin with a mist before application of a treatment cream, to boost its effectiveness.” – BeautyMe 


Best New Shampoo

Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo

Why it’s a winner: “I basically have to wash my hair everyday to keep it looking good and clean. But this stuff really helps me out because it can be sprayed into my hair in a second and voila my hair loses the ‘oily root’ look instantly! Has a beautiful, subtle smell that does not overpower my perfume either. It’s sitting on my dresser right now and will be always unless my hair changes!” – vanessa39

Best New Conditioner

Goldwell dualsenses Colour Conditioner 

Why it’s a winner: “This yummy smelling conditioner is the perfect compliment to its matching shampoo. It left my hair very soft and shiny looking. It also isn’t too heavy and didn’t leave my hair greasy after a day or two like many other conditioners for coloured hair do.” – HMad

Best New Hair Treatment

Goldwell dualsenses Rich Repair 60 sec Treatment

Why it’s a winner: “This product lives up to its name, my hair felt soft and moisturised and I couldn’t beieve it only took a minute! Plus the fragrance is fantastic, like a vanilla dessert, I wanted to eat it!” – Bel8364

Best New Hair Styling Appliance

Remington Shine Therapy Straightener

Why it’s a winner: “The best thing since sliced bread! Since becoming addicted to a hair straightener about five years ago I have not been able to go a day without using one, which has left my hair pretty unmanagable, dry and faded. However, I recently got told by a friend that the Shine Therapy from Remington was actually improving her hair and every time I saw her she looked like she had just come out of the
hairdressers. Being a little doubtful I decided to get one, and it was worth every cent I paid! I really recommend it for straightener-addicts :)” – Bootyfullhair

Best New Styling Product

KMS California Hairplay Dry Wax

Why it’s a winner: “My hairdresser suggested I get this for my boyfriend because it’s like wax without the sticky finger business. He loves it and now he loves me! Five stars! x” – Krystyna


Best New Body Moisturiser

Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion

Why it’s a winner: “I found this product did everything it says it should. And this is only from a small sample! Nourishes, softens, doesn’t ITCH. The product is hypoallergenic so that’s why there isn’t much, if any, fragrance used. Like scented tissues, I can’t use them, they make me all sneezy and nose-itchy. This product sticks to its guns. I highly recommend it. There was only a slight residue on my hands with this and it absorbed quickly so don’t lather it on, just use a little and RUB IT IN VERY WELL. Should be fine. Worked for me! This one’s a keeper. FIVE!” – Bandaiblossom

Best New Body Exfoliant

Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Cleansing Body Polisher

Why it’s a winner: “Super smooth skin and I’m not kidding here!!! My husband rarely comments on things but when he touched my skin after I used this (and he did not know I’d used anything) he said “Gee your skin’s smooth”!!!!! So that there is comment in itself. Somehow this product works miracles – could also be something to do with how it makes you feel on the inside because of the aromatherapy ingredients. A glamorous, high-quality product at a value price.” – vanessa39

Best New Hair Removal

Gillette Venus Embrace

Why it’s a winner: “I always shave and have tried every woman’s razor on the market and I find this one to be up with the best. It provides a close shave and doesn’t leave any nasty nicks. It is easy to manoeuvre and the moisture strip makes it glide on my skin with ease. The blades are very sharp and I can even get a couple of uses out of it before it goes blunt. The refills are a bit expensive but no more so than any others that are available. A great razor for the girls who want super-smooth hairless legs.” – melmeko


Best New Sunscreen

Banana Boat Ultra Defence SPF 30+ Sunscreen

Why it’s a winner: “I just want to say a big Thank you to the people at Banana Boat… I love your sunscreen products especially your new Ultra Defence 30+. Coming from a European background, I generally tan very easily and hate using thick sunscreen. Yet, since a friend of mine introduced me to your products, I have not gone back. I have found the Ultra Defence easy to apply, smooth and has an amazing after-fragrance. It makes it viable for everyday use whether it is going for a walk after work or hitting the beach on the weekends. I would definitely recommend this product to all those fashionista’s who need to protect themselves from the harsh rays of the sun, want to smell amazing and support a great cause like National Breast Cancer Foundation. You have done it again Banana Boat. Keep the great work up! Love Elle” – Ellea

Best New Self-Tanning Product

Le Tan Jet Dry

Why it’s a winner: “I am already a Le Tan devotee when it comes to fake tan!! I love this new Jet Dry, it really does dry super-fast which I find a total life saver when i’m going straight out and slapping it on 10 mins before I leave. I love the vanilla smell, I actually get people commenting on what a nice ‘fragrance’ it is haha ;), the instant colour looks great, very natural and it develops into an even, streak-free sun-kissed colour.– Lipglosslover89


Best New Women’s Fragrance

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Parfum

Why it’s a winner: “I find a lot of perfumes give me headaches so I am always excited when a new one comes out that doesn’t. Marc Jacobs Daisy is a good perfume for day or for night. It comes in a pretty bottle and is quite sweet smelling – fresh and fruity but also floral. I am very happy to have found such a pretty smelling perfume!” – Jgleesonparker


Best New Male Skincare Product

L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra-Energetic Turbo Booster

Why it’s a winner: “This orange coloured moisturiser is the lightest texture I’ve ever seen or used. Gel like, no…more like a very light, watered-down gel formula it glides onto skin like water! Its soft (almost fruity) scent is minimal and not noticeable after application. Used once daily it feels oily on my hands but once applied to my face it rapidly absorbs and leaves no greasiness behind. It sure does refresh, soften and revive my skin of a morning leaving me ready to face the day. A good value moisturiser for those with dry or normal skin like me, not too sure how well it would work on
oily skin.” – Maxpower

Best New Male Grooming Product

Dermalogica Soothing Shave Cream

Why it’s a winner: “I would avoid shaving as much as I possibly could because I would always get pimples and red bumps after shaving. This shaving cream has absolutely saved my face, I can shave before an event without worrying about bumps and breakouts and it allows my razor to glide much smoother over my stubble without dragging.” – Bikeboy4

Best New Men’s Fragrance

9IX Rocawear 

Why it’s a winner: “Nice fresh, fruity type of scent but still masculine enough to appeal to the everyday manly type of bloke. This eau de toilette smells great on application but for me the scent faded quickly and needed to be reapplied. I used this from a sample 1.2ml spray which was handy as I could bring it in my pocket to spritz myself up when it wore off. I liked it for both day or night use and think it would appeal to most blokes as well as ladies once they get a wiff of it!” – Maxpower

Published quotes have been chosen from a selection of reviews posted by beautyheaven members during the 2009 Glosscars voting period. Please note that reviews published here are not neccesarily by winning members.

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