Beauty and the Best of 2013

Our Favorite Picks from Allure’s Best of Beauty Award Winners

Every year, the editors of allure lather, spritz, brush on and glam up, searching for their “Best of Beauty” award winners. This year, they’ve chose 246 exceptional beauty and skin care products to award—and we have taken their list and trimmed it down even more, selecting our very own “best of the best.”

Here are our staff picks from allure’s “Best of Beauty” award winners—the products that we believe are worth every dime we spend on them. Welcome to our beauty obsessions.

cheryl picks

Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara. This is a great choice for applying mascara because of the unique curved brush that forms with the shape of your lashes. Being a long-time fan of Dior Show, I can say that this mascara really arches your eyelashes while also providing a long-lasting, defined look.

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Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips. As an avid user of nail strips, I can certainly say that these have come in handy for the times when I’ve been running late with only a few minutes to spare for an at-home manicure. The strips are fairly easy to use, have virtually no drying time and last for about two weeks. New Customers: Save $5 off $30+ Exp. 12/31

Eucerine Eczema Relief Body Crème. This is a must-have skincare product for me because I do have dry skin that is particularly sensitive in the colder seasons of autumn and winter. Having a fragrance-free moisturizer like this keeps my skin feeling smooth, day after day.

laurie picks 1

NARS Lip Gloss. This lip gloss may seem expensive at $20, but it is the perfect color and long lasting, not only on your lips, but also in the tube. I apply several times a day and have had the same tube for over 3 months now. Bonus: They have blush that matches for a great natural look.

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Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer. This stuff is utterly amazing. It completely covers my dark circles and goes on so clean you can’t tell it is there (even at 42!). My 19-year-old daughter tried it once a few years ago and is fiercely loyal as this product thoroughly covers her acne. This is a must-buy in our household.

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Biolage Ultra-Hydrating Balm. What can I say? I’ve been using this since high school. I’ve tried everything under the sun, including the latest rage of cleansing conditioner, and I always go back to this for the best hydration for my colored hair.

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jeanette picks

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser. I love all the Regenerist products. They keep the wrinkles at bay and I have such sensitive skin, but I get no adverse reaction from their products.

Fekkai Perfectly Luscious Advanced Curls Shampoo and Conditioner. When I want the natural curl in my hair to come out, these products always do the trick.

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Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup. I love that this has SPF and works well with my skin. Great selection of colors!

lisa picks a

Caress Tahitian Renewal Exfoliating Body Wash. I am a sucker for a great smelling body wash, and this one fits the bill for not a lot of money. The grainy pomegranate seeds are excellent for exfoliating, and every time I shower, it’s like a trip to the tropics. Smells so good, I wish I could drink it.

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Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks. I absolutely love eye makeup, whether it’s an awesome lengthening mascara or a smoky eyeliner. But I hate it when I mess up during application. These little eraser sticks are so brilliant, I wish I had invented them! If your mascara smudges or you get a little wonky with your eyeliner, these babies will clean up the mess with ease. They’re amazing.

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Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick in Iconic. Disclaimer: This color is not for the faint of heart. It’s red. Really red. But oh, so gorgeous and perfect for a date night or a girls’ night on the town. It’s glossy, so it doesn’t feel dry, but it lasts and it looks amazing with my favorite little black dress. This little tube fits nicely in my sparkly black clutch whenever I’m heading out for a fancy evening.

Check out the full list of allure’s 2013 “Best of Beauty” award winners here.


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