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2009 Wrap up! (Best & Worst) + Photos

Please note: The products mentioned below are items bought in 2009, anything prior to that is excluded from the list. Thus, this does not mean that the listed below are my favorites. They are just the best and worsts of 2009.

As a decade is slipping by - I just wanted to rate the best and worst products and events of 2009. These are exclusively my personal opinions and you are very welcome to disagree with me. I will write the product name down and the number in []s are my own ratings based on a scale of 1-10 as 10 being perfect and 1 being a total waste of money accompanied by a bitter experience.

Ratings are based on
- compatibility with my skin tone, features, skin type.
- price
- quality
- how long the product lasts
- packaging
- Functionality
and many other factors :)

Cosmetics bought in 2009

- Best Foundation Experience : Revlon Colorstay [9/10], HERA HD foundation [10/10]
- Worst Foundation Experience : MUFE HD foundation. [3/10]

- Best Eyeliner : MUFE Auqa eyes [9/10]
- Worst Eyeliner : Wild and Crazy eyeliner [1/10]

- Best Mascara : Covergirl Lashblast Mascara [10/10]
- Worst Mascara : Maybelline Colossal Mascara [1/10]

- Best Face Highlighter : MAC MSF (Perfect Topping) [10/10]
- Worst Face Highlighter : TheFaceShop Color to Cheek (BR801) [3/10] & Benefit Moonbeam [1/10]

- Best Face Powder: Beauty Credit Lovely powder pact (matte) [7/10]
- Worst face Powder: Elf Minerals Bronzer (Shimmer) [1/10]

- Best Blush: NYX Blush (PB04 - Silky Rose) [10/10]
- Worst Blush: Beauty Credit Lovely Cheek Color (Pk01 - Vanilla Pink) [4/10]

- Best Bronzer: Benefit Hoola [7/10]
- Worst Bronzer: Max factor color genius mineral bronzer [2/10]

- Best Face primer: Missha Pore Minimizer [10/10]
- Worst Face primer: banilla co. Prime Primer (matte) [5/10]

- Best concealer: Shu Uemura Pro Concealer [10/10]
- Worst concealer: Elf Tone correcting concealer [1/10]

- Best eyeshadow: KATE Dual Carats [10/10] & Lunasol Shadows [10/10]
- Worst eyeshadow: L.A. Girl Mega Pearl Eye Shadows [3/10]

- Best Pigment:
- Worst Pigment:

- Best Mineral makeup: n/a
- Worst Mineral Makeup: Laura Mercier Mineral eyeshadows [1/10]

- Best Glitter: MAC Reflects Gold Glitter [10/10]
- Worst Glitter: Coastal Scents' powder glitter (got it for a sample) [1/10]

- Best eye primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion [9/10]
- Worst eye primer: Benefit creaseless cream shadows [5/10]

- Best cream shadow: MAC Paint Pots [9/10]
- Worst cream shadow: Benefit Creasless cream shadows [5/10]

- Best gel liner: Stila Smudge Pots [10/10]
- Worst gel liner: n/a

- Best false lashes: Revlon Fantasy Self Adhesive Lashes [9/10]
- Worst false lashes: n/a

- Best lipstick: YSL Rouge Purs [10/10]
- Worst lipstick: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks [3/10]

- Best face brush: Sephora Platinum professional #55 brush [9/10]
- Worst face brush: Elf total face brush [1/10]

- Best eye shadow brush: Missha Eye Brushes [10/10]
- Worst eye shadow brush: Jerome Alexander Brushes [1/10]

- Best other brush: Elf small angled brush [10/10]
- Worst other brush: Coastal Scents Foundation Concealer Brush [2/10]

- Best cleanser: Lancome Gel Clarte [10/10]
- Worst cleanser: Kose softymo Medicated White cleansing wash [3/10]

- Best Makeup Remover: Lumene Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover [9/10]
- Worst makeup remover: Estee Lauder Take It Away total makeup remover [3/10]

- Best moisturizer: Aveda Botanical Kinetics [10/10]
- Worst moisturizer: Kose Deep Aquary Moist Essence Lotion [3/10]

- Best Hair dye: Fekkai Salon Color Hair Dye Kit [9/10]
- Worst hair dye: L'Oreal excellence cream [3/10]

- Best hair care product: Jojoba Oil [10/10]
- Worst hair care product: ISO Thermal protective spray [4/10]

Events 2009

Great things that happened to me

. Graduation (May, 2009)
. Parents coming to NYC to visit (May 2009)
. Started Youtube Guruing (April 4, 2009)
. Youtube partnership (November 2009)
. Took the JLPT (December 2009)
. More Penguins~!! (through out the whole year)
. New Camera (October 2009)
. Great trips around the East Coast

Not so good things that happened to me

. No job ( May, 2009 ~)
. Changing to At&t
. Turning down a trip to Korea (Summer, 2009)
. Bad experiences with certain people
. Pajama Pants ripping open -_-; (Summer, 2009)

Extra: Photos of the months :) (click to enlarge)

January: A lot of fun at the American Museum of Natural History

February: Anniversary with the boyfriend

March: A lot of biking at Central Park (that's a dog in the rear basket)

April: First time at Coney Island & the NY Aquarium

May: My Birthday - best appetizer ever!

June: When I was really into making YT videos (I still am!)

July: Kicking myself for not getting this lamb at FAO

August: Best Mac&Cheese at Moma

September: First time recycling a printer at Best Buy

October: Aww..a Pumpkin Penguin for Halloween :)

November: When I did my 160 blocks walk up and down manhattan
This is a picture at the mid-point (80 blocks)

December: PJs just seem to be made for me. haha

So tell me :) what were your bests and worsts of 2009?
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  1. I like how you did your best/worst list :) Please review as many of those products as you can (I'm so greedy :X)!

    You've only been to Coney Island & the Aquarium once? Well TBH I got tired of going there now :X

    I still can't believe you walked 160 blocks up and down manhattan. i wish i had the time and patience to do that :\ great exercise though!

    happy holidays ^__^

  2. i really like your blog
    very informative ^^

  3. i love this! thanks for all the ratings :) now i know what i will try soon!!! btw, are you into nail polishes? ^.^

  4. Oh my such an extenstive make up list! Love reading through your personal list of best and worst too!

  5. Thank you! That was very helpful. I like the detailed list!

  6. Ah, you changed the look of your blog! XD I love it, love it! I'd be kicking myself for not getting the cute little lamb too..c.c All very informative on the products of your best and worst of 2009, Cat. Thanks!

  7. its wet and wild! not wet and crazy hahaha (:

  8. Aahh I like the maybelinne colossal mascara!! XD But only the waterproof one :) The non-waterproof doesn't work at all >_<'

    + I like the new layout :)

  9. Oooh! Totally agree on the Hera HD Foundation :)

    btw, I <3 your blog! ^^

  10. Wow this has got to be the best best/worst list here on blogger! You even did an overview of what you did throughout the year! This is great!

  11. @mandy: sure I'll do reviews, and haha.. it's too far away!! although I do like the penguins at the aquarium since they are not behind glass walls :p and the 160 blocks thing.. I did it twice this year >.<) all you need is music blasting in your years and a good sense of direction

    @Yuri: aww thank you >.<

    @mochi: haha thank you :D and nail polishes.. hehe, I don't even own a single opi, I'll try on that department net year >.<

    @Ashley: thank you :D

    @Tiptoe21: thanks for reading it :P

    @Aika: haha - I got tired of my old layout :p and yeah.. what a huge mistake :'( that lamb was so cute

    @Maggie: no honey :p there's a brand called wild and crazy, they sell it at cherry culture

    @lene: aha.. so waterproof was the trick!! I should try that next time

    @Irene: I know >.<) such a good foundation!!

    @Natalie Nguyen: haha, thanks for reading my blog :p pretty lame year, but I feel good that I had a chance to look back >.<

  12. I lovelovelove reading your blog and watching your make-up tutorials!
    you're so pretty too ^^

    I just have a few questions!

    For your Chanel Blanc essential light reflecting whitening Compact Foundation what color did you get yours in? I bought the third lightest color in Japan but I don't notice any difference t.t plus i lost it in like 2 days so.... i wanted to buy a new one but wanted to ask your advice first! hehe

    Oh and for your Shu Uemura concealer what shade do you use?
    My skin tone is similar to yours!! so i think it'd be fine ~~

    Happy New Years!!!

  13. Have you tried L'oreal Voluminous? Cos I can't choose between that and Cover Girl Lash Blast. I heard they're both good.


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