Each year I wonder who the “experts” really are. So I asked Jill Percia, the Associate Beauty Editor for Women’s Health. She said that the panel of experts includes dermatologists, nine hair stylists, two
colorists and seven makeup artists (the list is included in the magazine if you want to know precisely who was asked to judge). But it’s not just beauty experts that vote. Readers votes by filling out a ballot consisting of 28 categories focusing on hair, makeup, facial skin and body. The ballot, for future reference if you want to vote next year, is at WomensHealthMag.com. But in the end, it’s the Women’s Health editors who get to recommend the winner. For this year, products under consideration
were launched between January and June 2011.
As someone who has reviewed beauty products for more than a dozen years and tried literally hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of products in every category, I agreed with about half the expert’s suggestions, and quite a bit fewer of the readers suggestions. For example, “Orgasm” blush by NARS is an all-time favorite in the “luxury” category that no one would argue with (certainly not me, I’m a huge fan). When it comes to fragrance, Chloe And when it comes to lip products “Black Honey” from Clinique is another undisputed favorite. In the hair, body and skincare categories however, there is such a wide range of choice, and what works for one person won’t necessarily be as satisfying to someone else. While I’m not a dermatologist or a hair stylist, and perhaps these professionals are the best judges of whether or product is beneficial, or the best, I would wager a guess that I’ve personally tried even more products than the average dermatologist or hair stylist. And Women’s Health readers are probably pretty savvy, but they can only suggest a winner from the products that they may have experienced, and that is clearly reflected in their choices.
Do you want to know what the experts, the editors, and beauty fans/readers of Women’s Health think? It is tempting for me to share the entire list with you, but I’m not going to do that, because If you see it here, you might not check out the 68 winning products in the June issue of
Women’s Health that is on news stands, now. You can also see them (and even print out a shopping list of them ) at Women’s Health online But my Blackberry photos from the event will give you a tempting peek.
Do you recognize any of your favorites in these winners? Please leave your comments about what your favorite products are, and whether you agree with the list!
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