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By Candice Sabatini

Photo by Patricia Willis

Recently, at NY’s famed Waldorf Astoria, Cosmetic Executive Woman (CEW) named this year’s winners at their 19th Annual CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards. As an official CEW Ambassador, I was invited to attend and managed to score one of the coveted gift bags just for one of you! More about how to win this great big bag of beauty products is at the end of the post.

The awards ceremony was hosted once again by the outrageously funny comedian and actor Mario Cantone. Mario kept the audience laughing hysterically and made sure the winners kept their acceptance speeches short and sweet, by threatening them, of course. However, this event is serious business to those in the beauty industry. 5500+ CEW members tested and tried 650 product entries in 30 product categories, which was then narrowed down to 185 finalists, and then finally 36 winners were chosen. That’s a lot of professionals judging their peers and the competition is tough! These coveted awards let consumers know who the crème de la crème in beauty products are and as Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW says, “A CEW Beauty Award seal stands for the best innovations in beauty, helping consumers make informed decisions when purchasing a product.” Along with awards for best products in cosmetics, hair care, bath & body, there were new categories of skincare tools and lip treatments. Additionally there were awards for Best Seller, Indie Beauty, Eco Beauty, and QVC Beauty Quest Award.

Photo by Patricia Willia

The list of presenters reads like a who’s who list of movers and shakers in the beauty industry and included execs from Amazon, Saks Fifth Ave, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Givaudan, QVC, Walgreens, Proctor & Gamble, Conair, Kimberly Clark, Arcade, NPD, IRI and Allure Magazine’s Linda Wells. Shameless plug: I’m proud to say I was a presenter last year with some other well known digital beauty editors.

To view a list of all the winners, please go to

Now, about that gift bag you ask? Wow it’s also a winner! It’s chock full of beauty products from many of the finalists and winners and includes items from: Maybelline, L’Oreal, Birchbox, Aerin, philosophy, Sally Hansen, Nivea, Poise, Murad, Dove, Pantene, Aveeno, LA Fresh, Lubriderm, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, LaRoche-Posay and Shiseido. Please note: Gift bag may differ slightly.

Enter to win this incredible prize by letting us know that you really want it!
First send us an email, complete with name, address, phone number, email address and Facebook ID to, Tweet us at @BeautyNewsNYC, or Like the BeautyNewsNYC Facebook page and sign up for a free subscription to BeautyNewsNYC in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Open to US residents only. No purchase necessary. Contest ends: June 10th, 2013.

NOTE: This contest is now CLOSED.

Originally published June 2013
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