Health and beauty: a winning combo, no? At this morning’s Self Magazine 2012 Healthy Beauty Awards, the theme was products that make you look and feel amazing.
The event, held at the Museum of Modern Art, revealed 89 winners across the categories of face, makeup, nails, sun, hair, and body—from Top Acne Spot Solution (hello, Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Spot Stick) to Best Deep Conditioner (woot Ojon Super Sleek Smoothing Conditioner). The products were chosen by a panel of Self readers who tested them in their own homes and submitted their honest feedback. I recognize plenty of favorites on the list, but there are also ones I’m excited to try!
Beyond celebrating the phenomenal products, Self’s Editor-in-Chief, Lucy Danzinger, also set the tone of the event by bringing attention to social media. She told the audience of editors, industry execs, and brand bigwigs that companies shouldn’t try to strong-arm their message—they should just ensure that people are talking about their products and their brands. As a Twitter and Instagram addict, I loved hearing her give a digital call to action.
Check out the Birchbox products that made the Self list!
Associate editor Candice is currently in Belize for a sun-filled vacation laying on the sand, scoping out some amazing wildlife in and out of the water, and tracking down seriously spicy eats. Here’s what she took with her:
The best skincare products may not be cheap, but trust us: they’re worth every penny. Every week, we’ll break down the math and show you exactly why that fancy serum or cream is a smart splurge. This week, we’re showing off one of our brand new products!
Our pick of the week: We’re total sunscreen geeks here at Birchbox HQ, but even the most SPF savvy among us were blown away by NIA 24’s Sun Damage Prevention Sunscreen. As the name suggests, the broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen shields us from both UVA and UVB rays, but it also has the miraculous ability to fade the signs of past sun exposure (read: dark spots) and fortify skin against future damage. How does it work? The brand’s buzzed-about ingredient, Pro-Niacin, is a refined form of vitamin B that sinks beneath the surface to trigger your cells’ natural repair process. It also boosts your skin’s defense barrier, making it better equipped to deflect harmful solar rays. Plus, we’re happy to report that the creamy lotion isn’t greasy at all and works perfectly under makeup. Learn more about this one-of-a-kind sunscreen after the jump!