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May 11, 2007
Cosmetic crowns


The Cosmetic Executive Women recently passed out their 2007 awards for best beauty products of the year: makeup, skin care, hair care, etc.

And, unfortunately, Victoria Principal - and her Reclaim Age Braker Enzyme Mask & Peel - didn't win. (Last month, Victoria told me how happy she was to even be nominated. "What's amazing is that no direct-sales product has ever been nominated, so I'm beside myself with joy," she said, calling from her Malibu office. "A (CEW) is definitely the Oscar of skin care.")

In any case, I've tried the mask/peel, and I know it's a great product.

As are the winners, which include some of the most innovative launches last year.

Just so you know: The industry's highest honor, the CEWs, are selected by those-in-the-know beauty professionals. There were 621 products nominated in 33 categories. The awards were announced in New York at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

Victoria was there as well as a ton of other celebs, including former "Sex and the City" star Mario Cantone, who hosted the event. And there was fashion model/businesswoman Ivanka Trump, "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi, model Crystal Renn, "Pirates of the Caribbean" actress Naomie Harris and "Shear Genius" judge and celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger.

The "Indie Beauty Award," the brightest new start-up in the beauty world, went to skyn ICELAND skin-care line.

Here is a partial list of winners. For a complete list and a link to shopping, go

* Facial skin care: Anti-Aging $30 and over - Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Wexler Intensive Night Reversal & Repair Cream; Anti-Aging Under $30 - Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer. Moisturizer $30 and over - Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Cream; Moisturizer Under $30 - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream.

* Makeup: Eye Product $15 and over - Chanel Inimitable Mascara; Eye Product Under $15 - Cover Girl LashExact Mascara.

* Bath and body: Scented Bath & Body $15 and over - C.O. Bigelow Lemon Cream Body Wash; Scented Bath & Body Under $15 - Olay Body Wash Plus Ribbons (shown above).

* Sun: Sun Product $15 and over (tie) - Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX; Sun Product Under $15 - Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 55.

Note to you: Last summer, I touted this Neutrogena sunblock because it can be worn under makeup without that greasy feeling. It's worth a try.

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