Makeup Bag’s Best of 2008

Happy New Year! It’s 2009 and I’m not looking back.

While 2008 was mostly wonderful for Makeup Bag (the WWD feature, the Elle mention, PARIS!), it was also a very difficult year for me personally. I lost my dad in January which has crippled me in ways that I can not explain. I’ve also spend most of the year away from my husband who is working on a business project in Hawaii that requires him to spend most of his time on the island of Kauai. For these reasons, most of 2008 was rather foggy and I haven’t really felt quite like myself.

This year, I’m taking my mom’s advice and moving forward. I have so many fun ideas for Makeup Bag but just haven’t had the mental energy to execute them.

This is the year I’m going to make it happen. Makeup Bag will be bigger and better than ever and I hope you’ll stick around for the beauty-adventure.

Here are some of my favorite products from 2008:

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1. Bobbi Brown Mauve Palette Everything I need for makeup on-the-go is in this palette. Kudos to Bobbi Brown for creating yet another perfect palette.

2. CHANEL Haute Chocolat Nail Colour It was love at first sight with this deep brown, shimmery polish—and the honeymoon’s not over yet. I love this polish.

3. CLINIQUE Comfort on Call moisturizer This has been my go-to moisturizer for weeks. There is no scent to irritate my dry, sensitive skin.

4. CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara I like the waterproof formula—it does amazing things to my lashes.

5. CLINIQUE Blushwear Cream Stick in Shy Blush This color is so perfect for my skin and I love the convenience of the cream stick.

6. Jurlique Citrus Hand Cream The incredibly creamy texture and amazing scent of this hand cream make up for the price.

7. Zoya Nail Polish in Erika How could I NOT include my namesake polish on this list?

I’ve seen a few lists from other beauty bloggers around the web this week. Check them out:

What were your favorite products of 2008? Leave a comment with your answer and be entered to win a selection of products from the Makeup Bag Beauty Closet.

Winner will be selected at random on Monday, January 5. Feel free to enter as many times as you’d like. Good luck!

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Comments

  • Sorry about your father.

    My favorite thing of 2008 was Ponds cold cream. Sad to say, but true. It’s the only thing so far that’s worked on my severely dried skin.

    Carlie (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • My favorite product of 2008 is BB’s raspberry pot rouge.

    Julia (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Another product I love from 2008 is Dior’s Earth Reflections eye shadow quint.

    Julia (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Chanel’s Newest — Exceptionnel Mascara. I never have been as pleasantly surprised by a beauty product’s effectiveness!

    Here’s to a great 2009 for all!

    Lots of love, Carolyn

    1.1.09
  • dior iridescent leather eyeshadow, HIP kohl eyeliners, clarisonic!!!

    Jill (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • My favorite product of 2008 is Fresh’s Soy Facewash–it’s simply the best!

    Ivanna (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Happy new year Erika!! I did not know that you lost your dad this past year, I am sorry to hear that.

    My favorite beauty find of 2008 was probably a renewed interest in makeup and cosmetics in general!! I am especially in love with any nail polish and diorshow mascara right now.

    xoxo,
    Katee

    1.1.09
  • Exceptional de chanel mascara, BB shimmering nudes, and although its not from 2008 Chantecaille Frangipane EDP. Its the most amazing perfume Ive ever smelled!

    Cadey (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • I don’t think you can improve on the site, it’s perfection. It’s by far my favorite. Can’t wait to see what you have in store.

    Here’s to hoping 2009 is better for you and for me! We deserve it.

    Jaime (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • I love the Lash Blast mascara! I love it.

    Jaime (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Sorry about your dad!
    My favorite beauty products this year would have to be Viva La Juicy perfume, Chanel exeptionnel mascara, Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner, and the MAC holiday collection smoky eyes palette!

    Holly (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • My favorite product would have to be mac mineralize skin finish in so ceylon…..give me the PERFECT touch of color!

    Cinthia (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Happy New Year Erika! Hope your 2009 is full of happiness:)

    1.1.09
  • P.S. I have a few favorites too — BB Mauve, NARS cordura (favorite duo ever!) and Clinique Superdefense moisturizer:)

    Cheers!

    1.1.09
  • 2008 favourites include: BB Mauve Face Palette, Bliss Blood Orange shower gel and body butter, LM Stellar Nights petite palette, LM Shimmer Bloc in Orchid Mosaic

    Florence (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Also, Shiseido SL16 and BB Pink Raspberry Pot Rouge – Can’t forget those!

    Florence (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • I think this was a great year for Chanel nail polish, the La Collection Paris Moscou is so amazing, Nuit De Russie is my favorite.

    1.1.09
  • I really like stila’s smudge pot trio… a great value for a set of products where you’d actually use all the items in the kit (thats pretty rare for me)!

    1.1.09
  • i have tonsss!!!!! lancome’s first vibrating mascara!

    Carla (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • i loved loved nars nailpolish colour in orgasm!

    Carla (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • happy 09! My favorite of 09 is bobbi brown’s nightsky longwear eyeshadow…I can do a smokey eye!! YEAH!

    johanna (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Sorry about the lose of your dad and I hope that 2009 brings you more time with your husband.

    My favorite make up product of 2008 was hands down the Lashblast. I have not tried the waterproof but I normally don’t like waterproof.

    2nd favorite product of the year which goes hands in hand was finally giving in and buying the Shu Umera eye lash curler.

    I have not had my lashes look as great nor as highly complimented in my entire life.

    Kayla

    Kayla (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • my favorite beauty product from 2008 has got to be lash blast from cover girl. it’s the best drug store mascara i’ve found, and i’ve already bought 2 tubes of it. i also like clinique moisture surge and essie’s pima nail polish. it was my very first high end nail polish ever, and i can see the difference in just a couple days wear. no more wal mart nail polish for me!

    Ami M. (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • I too loved the haute chocolate color by chanel…I also loved the Givenchy mascara that loooks like a ball!

    Shari (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • My fave products of 2008: OPI polish in tickle my france-y, Olay micro-sculpting cream, NARS super orgasm blush, and MAC smoke & diamonds eyeshadow! Happy new year!

    Tiffany (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • I really like the the new Lancome Oscillation Mascara, I mean oscillating mascara? How cool is that! And I also really like the new Lancome Le Vernis nail polish in Midnight Glam, really pretty color!

    Deanna (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • The Chanel Haute Chocolat I really like, too!

    Deanna (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • origins deodorant! an organic deodorant with a nice subtle scent. i’ve hated conventional deodorant’s forever and it’s so great to have a product like this on the market.

    1.1.09
  • i also love the scent of the dylan’s candy bar lotions and shower gels… i know food scented products are generally disliked, but these products have a great scent! my favorite is probably the coconut bon bon lotion.

    1.1.09
  • my favorite facial cleanser is now boscia’s clear complexion cleanser with botanical blast…i’m not sure if it came out this year, but it’s fairly new and it’s taken the place of my old favorite (boscia’s purifying cleansing gel). It doesn’t overdry the skin, it keeps breakouts away, and it smells sooooooooooo clean and fresh.

    1.1.09
  • my faves are vaseline lip balm, Mac lipglass in Pink Lemonade
    Mac holiday pallete in cool eyes!! OPI Brand new skates from the toyland collection is soo pretty!!

    Best mascara ever is L’oreal Bare naturale that erika sent me! its seriously better than lashblast omg!”

    Best wishes for 2009

    1.1.09
  • Almay’s mascaras are seriously the best; they never dry out my eyelashes and they always rinse off well. Also, Kiehl’s abysinne (sp?) eye cream is like a magic potion.

    1.1.09
  • Shiseido limited edition eyeshadow in Proenza Schouler Blue is the PERFECT blue eyeshadow.. soo flattering, i love it.

    1.1.09
  • Erika,
    I can’t wait to see what you do with Makeup Bag! You are a brilliant writer and talented in many ways!!

    My favorite products are:
    Clarins Wonder Length Mascara-remember my lashes in Paris?!

    Lumene Vitamin + Energy Cocktail Pampering Drops- super for dry winter skin

    Benefit VIP Lip Gloss- can’t get enough of this gloss!!
    xo!

  • covergirl lash blast is like magic and the opi france collection was amaaaazing.

    Jenni (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • This is a tough one, but I’d say my favs from ’08 would be:

    Cosmedicine Self Adjusting Exfoliator
    Loreal Bare Naturale mascara
    Olay Body Quench Mousse
    Benefit Some-Kind-A-Gorgeous concealer

    And my EcoTools brushes!

    Keep up the great work Erika :)

  • I tried the lash blast based on your recommendation and loved it. Target had a special two pack. Happy new year!

    Sherry (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • I forgot guerlain fluer de fue kiss kiss gloss stick! I wish I would bought back ups!

    Cadey (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • P.s

    I am very sorry about your loss:( I hope 2009 is an amazing year for you and your family!

    Cadey (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Very sorry about your father!

    Exceptional de Chanel is amazing!

    Chris (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Erika, I wish you the best in 2009; hugs to you and your family.

    I found Lancôme FLASH RETOUCHE concealer in 2008.

    1.1.09
  • The NARS Super Orgasm Blush is one of my favs, too!

    Deanna (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • My favorite skincare this year was origins organic line. I am also in love with philosophy’s hope in a jar and korres’ lip butters.

    Sherry (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • I have “discovered” my love for makeup this year so it’s hard to narrow down my favorites. I love urban decay lipstick. Also, a MAC store just opened up here so I’m obsessed with all that is MAC right now. Still searching for a great concealer though….

    Sherry (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • My best hair care discovery this year has definetly been Bumble and Bumbles defrizz and styling cremes…when mixed together they make my hair humidity proof!!

    Cadey (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Diorshow Iconic!

    1.1.09
  • LUSH Sexy Peel Soap

    1.1.09
  • Urbane Zen sex on the beach bath bombs and soaps are amazing also!

    Cadey (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Some of my favorites for ’08 are Sonia Kashuk double ended sheer lipstick and gloss, Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara and liquid emphaseyes liner, MD Forte cleanser II, OPI You Don’t Know Jacques, Origins cleansing oil and Precipitation body bar, Px Pressed Powder Leaves in Rose Baroque.
    Here’s to the new year!

    Paula (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • 2008 was tough, I agree with you! Here’s to a new year! :) My favorite product discoveries of 2008 would have to be; Clinique long-last glosswear, the Bobbi Brown metallic eyeshadows (I LOVE them!), and my Clarasonic! Happy New Year!

    Jaime (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • BB metallic eye shadows, MAC dazzleglasses, and IMO Chanel JC’s should be on the best of list every year!

    Chris (Reply)
    1.1.09
  • Some great DIY exfoliaters I discovered this year were coffee grounds (works AMAZING) as well as coconut oil as a lotion!

    Chris (Reply)
    1.1.09

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