Ever since the beauty world's equivalent of the Academy Awards were given out earlier this month, we haven't been able to get enough of the CEW's best picks of 2008. More than 600 of our fave products went head to head for coveted CEW Beauty Awards in 27 categories. The beauty editors, cosmetics industry honchos, and other beauty insiders who make up the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) had the tough task of sorting through all kinds of hair, skin care, fragrance, and other beauty loot to determine the cream of the crop in both mass and prestige categories.
The big winner was Olay, who cleaned up in three "mass" categories. Their soothing, self-heating Thermal Pedicure ($10) took home the best Body Treatment award; the innovative Derma-Pod Anti-Aging eye treatment system ($25) nabbed the top prize for Facial Skincare/Eye Treatment; and firming, amino-peptide-packed Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream ($24) took top honors in the Facial Skincare/Anti-Aging category.
Other "mass" winners we love: Cover Girl's LashBlast mascara ($8) – an Oprah summer favorite – has a precision brush that rivals that of its CG older sister—and SheFinds obsession—Lash Exact. Also, Almay's multi-purpose Smart Shade Blush & Bronzer gel ($9) has an ingenious formula that allows you to match your skin tone flawlessly.
If you want to ante up a little more for a "prestige" winner, plan on ponying up your cash for Marc Jacobs Daisy ($55), the reigning Women's Scent champ. Or perhaps you prefer something more laid back. Origins' Dr. Andrew Weil Way of the Bath Matcha Tea batch scrub ($45), the big winner in the Body Treatment group, is potent and purifying all at the same time.
Dove's SkinVitalizer Facial Cleansing Massager ($11) is a nifty little contraption that won over the judges with its ability to cleanse, rejuvenate, and massage the skin. As for the perfect hairspray, you'll find it with Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray ($4).
And how did SheFinds fare? A few weeks back, we picked our favorite nominees. Two of 'em turned out to be winners: BareEscentuals Rare Minerals Blemish Therapy ($28), a pimple-preventing powder, won the one-and-only award for Facial Treatment/Acne Treatment, and Frederic Fekkai Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening Balm ($25) will likely see a boost in sales when it shows off its new prestige Hair Care and Hair Color award.
For a full list of winners—plus handy links to buy them all—head on over to the CEW Beauty Awards LookBook and start shopping.
And check out our Guide to Beauty Bestsellers.