shopping 05.22.06


Every year, the NY-based trade group, Cosmetic Executive Women, presents its awards for cosmetics and other personal care products. Here's the list of winners for 2006.

Eye Treatment $20 and Over
Shiseido Benefiance Retinol Treatment Eye Mask

Eye Treatment Under $20
RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

Lip Treatment $12 and Over
FusionBeauty LipFusion

Lip Treatment Under $12
Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm

Moisturizer $20 and Over
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Face Cream

Moisturizer Under $20
Eucerin Redness Relief Lotion SPF15

Peel & Mask $25 and Over
Lancôme Resurface-C Microdermabrasion

Peel & Mask Under $25
Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher

Hair Care and Coloring Product $10 and Over
Frédéric Fekkai Overnight Hair Repair

Hair Care and Coloring Product Under $10
Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up

Eye Product $12 and Over
Shiseido Cosmetics Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow

Eye Product Under $12
Maybelline New York Intense XXL Volume + Length Mascara

Face Product $15 and Over
Shiseido Cosmetics Accentuating Color Stick

Face Product Under $15
M.A.C Cosmetics Select Moisturecover

Lip Product $12 and Over
CHANEL Ultra Wear Lip Colour

Men's Skincare $15 and over
The Art of Shaving Ingrown Hair Night Cream

Men's Skincare Under $15
Kiehl's "Ultimate Man" Body Scrub Soap

Nail Care & Color $12 and Over
Barielle Ultra Speed Dry Manicure Extender

Nail Care & Color Under $12
Neutrogena Instant Nail Enhancer

Men's Scent $24 and Over
Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Black Ralph Lauren

Women's Scent $24 and Over
Coty Prestige Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker

Sun Product $15 and Over
Clarins UV Plus Protective Day Screen SPF 40

Sun Product Under $15
Neutrogena MicroMist Tanning Sunless Spray

Body Treatment $15 and Over
Avon Clinical Lift & Tuck

Body Treatment Under $15
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

Scented Bath & Body $15 and Over
Vanilla Shimmer Bath

Scented Bath & Body Under $15
Cool Moisture Body Wash

Acne Treatment $10 and Over
Olay Effects Anti-Aging Anti-Blemish Moisturizer

Anti-Aging $20 and Over
Kiehl's Line-Reducing Concentrate

Anti-Aging Under $20
Olay Regenerist Continuous Night Recovery

Cleanser & Scrub $10 and over
Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer

Cleanser & Scrub Under $10
Dove Cool Moisture Cleanser
We're certainly mindful, as we dispense bits of advice each day, how foolish-sounding some of it may turn out to be in the long (or even short) run. There was a highly successful society doyenne/entrepreneur named Harriet Hubbard Ayer (1849-1903) who marketed a face cream into a successful business (the offices were at 317-323 East 34th) at least until a vicious family member/business partner had her institutionalized for over a year. After that, she wrote a beauty advice column for the New York World and penned the bestselling A Complete and Authentic Treatise on the Laws of Health and Beauty (1899). Here are a few selections (sited from 20-20):

The Sin of Dowdiness
The dowdy woman may be born so, in which case I think she should never marry. All of us see women who never look well dressed, whose hair is always coming down, and whose faces even are "dowdy" looking, showing an utter disregard of the art of grooming, as well as a total lack of discrimination in the selection of apparel.

How to Read Character from Features
A woman with fairly harmonious features and a double set of perfect, regular and pearl-white teeth freely and frankly displayed in laughing, is fairly certain to be a creature of remarkable mental balance… Irregular teeth that look like tangled kernels of an ear of corn are the index of a badly balanced nature.

The Hair
At the very best, a bleached blonde is never easy in her mind for a moment. Either she has just applied the peroxide and feels sure that it is unevenly done, and glaringly metallic in color, or she is conscious that she needs touching up about the temples and at the back of the head — one or the other of the telltale spots. She is tied down to a bottle of peroxide of hydrogen for the rest of her life, and if, as is devoutly to be hoped for all women, she is some man's idol, ten to one she has deceived him as to her lovely golden hair, and her slavery is more unbearable from the awful fear of discovery.

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