Holy Gift Bag: Check Out The Winners Of The Redbook Most Valuable Product Awards 2011

Wow! What a breakfast!

I was invited to attend the Redbook Most Valuable Product Awards for 2011 this morning. The event took place at the Bryant Park Grill and the room was filled with representation from every major brand known to man… I mean woman.

Camila Alves (Matthew McConaughey’s better half) was part of the festivities and joked about some of her beauty secrets and mistakes. One that I paid specific attention to was her homemade hair mask that she used to make with her mother. You mash up avocado – slather it on your head – and then go to the beach for about an hour. The actress said she did this a few times a month to ensure her locks stayed shiny and healthy.

I got up close and personal with her hair at the Redbook MVP awards and BELIEVE ME – it works!

Onto the winners! If you are looking for great advice about what beauty and hair products ACTUALLY work on the market – look no further! Here’s the 2011 list of winners from the Redbook Most Valuable Product Awards:

Redbook Most Valuable Product Awards 2011

  • BEST BLUSH: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, $25
  • BEST BODY MOISTURIZER: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, $35
  • BEST BLOW DRYER: Brazilian Heat After Dark blow dryer, $120
  • BEST ANTIAGING SERUM: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum, $24.99
  • BEST ACNE TREATMENT: SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense, $78
  • BEST BODY WASH: Dove Visible Care Renewing Creme Body Wash, $7.99
  • BEST BRIGHT NAILCOLOR: OPI Nail Lacquer in Do You Think I’m Tex-y?, $8.50
  • BEST BRONZER: Dr. Hauschka Powder Duo, $34
  • BEST CURL DEFINER: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk The Original Curl Definer, $20
  • BEST CURLING IRON: Keratin Complex 4-in-One Keratin Curling System, $159
  • BEST CONDITIONER: Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Frizzy to Smooth Conditioner, $3.99
  • BEST CONCEALER: Revlon PhotoReady Concealer, $10.99
  • BEST DAYTIME FRAGRANCE: Vera Wang Preppy Princess, $60
  • BEST EYE CREAM: Prevage Eye Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer SPF 15, $98
  • BEST FACE CLEANSER: Avon Anew Platinum Cleanser, $15
  • BEST FACE EXFOLIATOR: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Peel, $85
  • BEST DRY SHAMPOO: Göt2b Fat-tastic Dry Shampoo, $5.99
  • BEST EYELINER: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $20
  • BEST EYESHADOW: Make Up For Ever Professional Aqua Cream, $22
  • BEST FLYAWAY FIGHTER: John Frieda Full Repair Touch-up Flyaway Tamer, $9.99
  • BEST FLAT IRON: T3 Single Pass Compact Flat Iron, $79
  • BEST FACE POWDER: Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder, $32
  • BEST FOUNDATION: DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Crème-Gel Makeup SPF 20, $48
  • BEST FRIZZ BUSTER: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Smoothing Cream, $4.89
  • BEST NEUTRAL NAILCOLOR: Essie Topless & Barefoot, $8
  • BEST LIP GLOSS: Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, $32
  • BEST HAIRSPRAY: Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hair Spray, $25
  • BEST MAKEUP REMOVER: Benefit Remove It Makeup Remover, $21
  • BEST HAIR TREATMENT: Fekkai Essential Shea Ultra Rich Mask, $30
  • BEST LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER: René Furterer Okara New Radiance Enhancing Spray, $26
  • BEST MASCARA: Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow Mascara, $8.49
  • BEST NAIL TREATMENT: Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum, $9.99
  • BEST NIGHT CREAM: RoC Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity Night Cream, $29.99
  • BEST NIGHTTIME FRAGRANCE: Estée Lauder Sensuous Noir, $60
  • BEST PRIMER: Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer SPF 21, $30
  • BEST SELF-TANNER: Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush Instant Self-Tanning Spray, $49
  • BEST SHAMPOO: L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Delicate Color Shampoo, $23
  • BEST SHINE BOOSTER: Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil, $24
  • BEST TINTED LIP BALM: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, $6.99
  • BEST MOISTURIZER WITH SPF: Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30, $14.99
  • BEST VOLUMIZER: Privé Concept Vert Volumizing Froth, $24

Needless to say I am giddy with excitement – can’t wait to try them all out!!!

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  1. kelbel wrote:

    Oh my, now that is a nice little gift bag! Super jealous haha!

    Posted 5.3.11
  2. fritter wrote:

    Wow- great stuff!!!!! Is that the biggest gift bag you have ever gotten?

    (TykeRider comment))

    Posted 5.18.11

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