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The Calyxta Crew’s Top Pick from Every Category of the Calyxta Beauty Awards

An unspoken part of being in the Calyxta Crew entails raising an ever-growing collection of precious beauty products that we treat as dearly as our own children. But unlike our parents, we’re allowed and unashamed to pick favorites. Sorry not sorry, kids! After our team (and our lovely customers) scoured through products to find the best of the best to award in the 2019 Calyxta Beauty Awards, we’re narrowing them down to just one absolute essential from each category.

Choosing from the best skin care products wasn’t easy. Our team had such split answers! But in the end, this gentle cleanser from CosRX reigned supreme, proving exactly why it deserves its second Beauty Award win. We love how this low pH gel cleanser takes such great care of sensitive skin, all while removing makeup and other impurities with ease.

This cleanser is super gentle and doesn’t strip my skin. I always feel so clean afterwards, but never dry nor irritated!

– Julia

It’s very gentle on my skin—no breakouts at all!

– Mabel

A specific product may have been hard for us to agree on. But picking a skin care brand we all loved was easy. With their variety of gentle yet effective products, how could we not pick CosRX?

I have dry to combination skin, so it’s a little tricky to find products that don’t exaggerate the oil on my T-zone while keeping my dry forehead and chin from flaking. I’m always impressed by how most of their products work well for me! They have a wide assortment of gentle treatments, and I’ve never had a problem with breakouts from this brand.

– Julia

Whenever I want to introduce a new step to my routine or try out a new ingredient, CosRX’s catalogue is the first one I go to. The product names are straightforward and simple enough that you know exactly what it’s for, the packaging and user experience is fuss-free, and their formulas never have unnecessary ingredients. I’ve yet to try a CosRX product I didn’t like!

– Shawn

These two powerhouses from Maybelline came head-to-head, and we just couldn’t pick one over the other! So, we thought, why not both? After all, these two babies are so affordable and stay on for ages; they deserve the tie.

The Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is the one lipstick that stays on for more than the number of hours it says it will.

– Gretchen

An eyeliner that withstands crying at romcoms and emotional life moments? We HAVE to stan.

– Shawn

Our Glossier products are always flying off our shelves, so we know you love these babies as much as we do! They’re all easy to use, beginner-friendly, and so beautifully packaged that it’s hard not to fall in love.

Not just hype. It’s the only brand I wear on my face daily.

– Gretchen

It’s not heavy and perfect for creating natural, no-makeup makeup looks.

– Dani

This top pick was also tricky. K-Beauty houses so many amazing products that choosing just one had us all scratching our heads! In the end, because this cleansing balm has been tried, tested, loved, and repurchased by the team more times than I can count, we happily present this beauty from Banila Co. as our winner. It easily breaks down waterproof makeup and leaves the skin feeling healthy and smooth!

Clean It Zero is a go-to makeup remover and cleanser!

– Margaux

After using this cleansing balm, my skin always feels so supple and fresh!

– Dani

This year, we’ve come across so many local products that now sit pretty in our kikay collections. While we definitely butted heads trying to figure out which one we liked best, this product from Detail Makeover eventually won us over!

I adore being shining, shimmering, and splendid; this highlight does exactly that without looking chalky in the slightest. It’s my go-to for a gorgeous glow and borderline wet look on a night out (or just days I’m feeling a little extra)!

– Julia

I love that it’s not too blinding and that I could use it also as an eye shadow! It lasts a long time for me, too!

– Dani

More and more local brands are popping up and we’re obsessed! It was a great year of finding new local favorites, and Painted Cosmetics stole the show.

The products are affordable without sacrificing the quality they offer. I also like that they provide a wide range of multi-use products! They’re so versatile to use for the eyes, lips, and cheeks.

– Anne

There have been so many impressive local products that I’ve gotten to try this past year, but the only two products have managed to become mainstays in my daily makeup kit and that I can confidently say I use every single day are from Painted Cosmetics (their Lip Serum, and Rose Mist!). I’ve even turned some of my family and friends to fans of their products!

– Shawn

Because the crew has such varying tastes in lippies, it was impossible to agree on one specific product. However, as a brand, this brand won us over by a landslide.

It’s budget-friendly and really sticks to what they claim on their packaging

– Dani

The brand offers both on-trend and classic shades, which makes it easy to upgrade their makeup routines without going over budget.

– Anne

Written by:
Julia Benito

Julia is Calyxta’s resident crazy plant lady with an unstoppable caffeine addiction and an ever-increasing love for glitter eye shadow. When she’s not staring out the window mulling over the correctness of her grammar, she can be found drawing on eyeliner, watching anime, reading books, or petting strangers’ dogs.

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