Happy New Year


2007 has been a dream year for Makeup Bag.

There has been incredible growth in visitor traffic, I’ve developed amazing friendships with many fellow beauty bloggers and attended industry events as an insider, including SF and NY Fashion Weeks. In addition, 2007 has brought me immeasurable personal growth.

Makeup Bag’s success wouldn’t be possible without your continued loyalty and support and for this I thank you. Thank you thank you thank you, dear readers.

Before I list my Favorite Things of 2007, I must tell you that I’ve had some bad news here at Makeup Bag. My very young (57), very strong, very handsome father has fallen ill with liver cancer. I am here in Hawaii by his side, showering him with love and hope, praying that he will get well soon. While I hope to maintain daily updates, please understand if this isn’t always possible.

Compiling a list of favorite products is so very difficult for me. You should have seen me packing for this trip to Hawaii—I couldn’t decide what to bring so I brought ALL OF IT. The thought of being away from my arsenal of beauty products for several weeks is frightening—what if I get a rash, or break out, or the humidity melts my face off? I need to be prepared, friends.

The products in this list are my utmost favorite, can’t-live-without products of 2007. Some of them are repeats from last year (because they’re that good), some are new launches, and some have been around but are just making the list this year. Enjoy!

1. Chanel Sublimage Essential Regenerating Cream I can’t get over how entirely amazing this product is. Perfection in a jar is what it is.

2. Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation Blended to precisely match your complexion. I don’t leave home without it.

3. Space NK Energising Shower Gel I never imagined a shower gel could bring me so much happiness. Even my husband is hooked.

4. MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel A longtime Makeup Bag favorite, this daily face peel keeps my skin radiant.

5. Lancome PS Kiss The prettiest, most flattering cool-toned red lipstick. One swipe gives my face instant glam.

6. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Mineral makeup in a compact with light coverage, doesn’t clog pores and makes my skin appear flawless.

7. Kiehl’s #1 Lip Balm in Pear Flavor This is just so good.

8. Amplify Volumizing System by MATRIX My fine, thin hair looks thick and lush with these incredible products.

9. Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam Thick & creamy, this cleanser leaves no residue, yet my skin is squeaky clean and soft.

10. Estee Lauder Platinum Illuminator A subtle, pretty shimmer that makes skin glow without being shiny or sparkly.

And please stop over at Blogdorf Goodman to wish our dear friend Annie, a New Year Baby, a very happy happy birthday yesterday.

Wishing all of you a healthy and prosperous 2008!

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  • I’m praying your father gets better. Much love going to you across the water.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It looks like you and Annie like the Spacenk energising shower gel. Now I think I will have to check it out. Be safe and we will still be here when you come back.

    HEIDI (Reply)
  • I hope your father gets well soon. I’ll say a little prayer. :-)

  • Erika, keep your chin up honey…I will say a prayer for him.

  • what a great year makeup bag! (and teen corner =)) i’ll keep your dad in my prayers! i hope that he gets better soon!

  • First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I have enjoyed making you a part of my daily routine, and I look forward to your expertise. Thanks for a wonderful 2007 and continued successes in 2008.

    Kari (Reply)
  • *hugs* My prayers are with you darlin’!

  • Best to your dad . Take care of things there and we’ll all be here reading whenever you return.
    Have a great New year

  • I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers for a New Year filled with happiness, good health, and continued prosperity.

    Lisa (Reply)
  • Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

    Betsy (Reply)
  • I’ve never commented before, but I’ve been a daily reader for some time now! I’ve loved your blog this year and I send my best hopes and prayers to your father for a speedy and complete recovery!

    Glosslizard (Reply)
  • I’m so sorry to hear about your father. Thanks for putting out such great content in 2007. Happy 2008!

  • Your dad is in my prayers, Erika! Thank you for a great year of fabulous beauty posts!

  • pear flavor? PEAR? man, i’m running out to Kiehl’s tomorrow! great list here, and i’m sending lots of well-wishes and mojorahchacha to your father.

  • Oh, Eika!

    I am thinking about you and your Dad and saying prayers for your family. Take care of yourself and let your beauty blogging friends know if we can help you out in any way!

    xo, Teri

  • I’m hoping that your father will get better soon.

    Abbey (Reply)
  • I also share my best to you and your father and hope that your family comes through into the new year with health and happiness!

    And here’s also to a wonderful 2008! I look forward to reading everyday :)

  • Wishing your dad a speedy recovery, Erika. Look fwd to lots more from you this year. Love your blog. Take care!!! xoxo Lisa

    Lisa Goh (Reply)
  • I hope your father gets well soon. My prayers go out to you and your family.

    BTW, I have a question regarding the Kiehls #1 Lip Balm in Pear flavor. I just LOVE how the product worked.. I applied it almost all day long because it’s texture was a bit glossy and it lookd wonderful! However, when I took it with me for a quick trip to the store, it fell out of my pocket, never to be seen again. =( I hurried to Nordstrom’s to buy another, but those flavors were only a limited edition! =*( Oh no! Do you know where I can buy more? I had only had it for about a month and a half and I still had most of the tube full! I’m sooooooooo depressed, that’s how much I love it. If you have a spare I would buy it! Haha, please let me know!!

    Aimee (Reply)
  • First, here’s hoping your dad is doing better. So many nice things on your list. One of my goals this year is to be able to try the Chanel Sublimage eye cream. I hear it’s TDF.

  • My prayers are with your father!

    Nevin (Reply)
  • I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. You and your family are in my prayers. MUAH!!!

    Tara (Reply)
  • Hoping your Dad already feels better now that you’re with him. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

    Soos (Reply)
  • my thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. i wish your father a speedy and full recovery.

    Laura (Reply)
  • Hope your dear Dad feels his best self again very soon – Dads really are the greatest :) xoxoxoxoxo

    Carolina (Reply)
  • Hope your dad get well soon too! And thank you for posting these nice makeup information for me to read and smile. Makeupbag.net has been my 2nd home as always!

    Oh and Happy New Year all!!! =D

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now.

    Your list is great too, I’ve bought a few things off of it based on your words about it like the Kiehl’s pear lip balm and PS Kiss. :)

    When you get home, I hope you like your gift by the way! :)

  • I also have your dad in my thoughts, and prayers.

    Carol (Reply)
  • The shiseido cleansing foam – this is SO my new favorite holy grail desert island facial cleanser!! Paired with their face brush… Amazing!! :)

    I love your site :) And I do wish your family and your father well!

    Lauren (Reply)
  • E, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. All my best to you and your family, and I wish him a speedy recovery! Hope you’re hanging in there. XOXO – k.


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