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Allure 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards: Cosmatics, hair & body products

Published on 10/22/2013 in Uncategorized

readers_choice_07.28.11As one of the most famous magazines and beauty websites, Allure amassed the favorites of Allure readers and distilled their picks down to the year’s ultimate winners. Click here for a full list of Allure 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards recommended products.








revlon-colorburst-lip-butter-peach-parfaitRevlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait:A sheer, radiant peachy pink lip color that shines like a gloss but has the color intensity of a lipstick.










AllureM.A.C. Matte Lipstick in Russian Red:The secret of this matte red’s success is its burlesque-dancer sexiness on everyone—light, medium, and dark skinned alike.









AllureMaybelline New York Baby Lips in Peach Kiss: This gerbera-pink tinted balm is not at all sticky (really) and does an exceptional job of saturating lips with moisture, shine, and SPF 20.









loreal-paris-colour-riche-le-gloss-peach-fuzzL’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Glossin Peach Fuzz: So sheer and juicy, you can easily wear it alone. For extra oomph, layer it over your favorite lipstick, and maybe even rub some on your cheeks.









AllureNars Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight: What looks downright bubble-gum-ish in the tube transforms into a sheer, sophisticated pink on lips.










AllureM.A.C. Tinted Lipglass in Nymphette:Pink pigments and a delicate gold shimmer work together to create big, pouty lips.










AllureMaybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in Rose Petal: A squishy gel so fun to use, you’ll be tempted to keep reapplying it all day. Go for it—you really can’t overdo this sheer pink.












Nars Blush in Orgasm: There’s a warm, breathless flush that can be reached in Bikram class, between the sheets, or with this iconic blush.










Maybelline New York EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in Bad to the Bronze: This creamy shadow sounds like it should be hanging out at a biker bar, but the diffused metallic shade is actually soft and luminous.







M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Shroom: Somewhere between gray and beige, it’s the ideal shade for daytime smoky eyes.








revlon-colorstay-liquid-eye-pen-blackRevlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Black:This felt-tip pen is so easy to control, even newbies can master flips and wings. Plus, its quick-dry formula means no smears.









urban-decay-247-eye-pencil-zeroUrban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero: Those who do the crossword puzzle in pencil, be warned: After a few seconds of drying time, this gel-like liner won’t budge—or smudge—until you remove it.









maybelline-new-york-great-lash-very-blackMaybelline New York Great Lash in Very Black: You can’t pry these ubiquitous pink-and-green tubes out of readers’ hands—this glossy mascara is an everyday essential that doesn’t get stiff or flaky.










Dior Diorshow Buildable Volume Mascara in Black: Layers so well, you can go from office-appropriate to va-va-voom with a few strokes of the supersize wand.









Benefit They’re Real Mascara: As dramatic as falsies but without the glue, patience, and steady hand.











Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Treatment Concealer + Treatment: This concealer doesn’t just hide dark circles and brown spots; its concentrated vitamin C formula visibly lightens them over time.








CoverGirl + Olay Concealer Balm: This concealer-meets-serum gives full coverage and glides on smoothly to temporarily erase dark circles and crow’s-feet.









Benefit Boi-ing Industrial-Strength Concealer: The color-correcting balm famous for wiping out ghoulish undereye circles now comes in two additional shades, so women of all colors won’t be mistaken for members of the zombie apocalypse. Or insomniacs.







L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17: Impressive blendability and 33 shades mean there’s a bottle for every possible skin tone.










BareMinerals Original Foundation: We’re pleased this skin-perfecting mineral powder is a Readers’ Choice winner in the Tour de Face—no chemical enhancements involved.







        Body Products


Bath & Body Works Golden Sugar Scrub in Japanese Cherry Blossom:The ingredients for a beach-ready body: smoothing sugar crystals, softening apricot and sweet almond oils, and the intoxicating scent of sweet cherry blossoms.








Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion:This oatmeal-spiked lotion hydrates dry skin all day—and even soothes stubborn cases of eczema and psoriasis. (It’s like treating your skin to an oatmeal bath­, minus the gunked-up drain.)









Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Lotion:Sure, it moisturizes. But it’s the sweet springtime scent (cherry blossoms, Asian pear, mimosa flowers) that makes this lotion so addictive year-round.










Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer:Even the most slapdash application builds a dewy bronze over several days. Plus, it moisturizes gorgeously while it performs its self-tanning magic.








St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse:This brown-tinted mousse stays thick and foamy when you slather it on, so spotting streaks and missed areas is a cinch. Plus, it smells like a floral body lotion, not stinky self-tanner.









Secret Clinical Strength Soothing Stress Sweat Protection Deodorant:This ultrastrong antiperspirant keeps you from sweating and stinking, even when you’re stressed.









Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips:No matter what happens with Obamacare, you’re never getting dental coverage for teeth whitening. A cheaper at-home option? These 30-minute strips, which get teeth brilliant in 20 days.








Essie nail polish in Mademoiselle:On one end of the manicure spectrum are the bonkers nail-art people; on the other, wearers of this barely there glossy pink. It makes nails look clean, elegant, and somehow a smidgen longer.






opi-nail-lacquer-bubble-bathOPI Nail Lacquer in Bubble Bath:This milky pink shade is the Ryan Seacrest of nail polish: pretty to look at and suitable for any conceivable occasion.











Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Back to the Fuchsia:This hot pink lacquer just wants to have fun— and it wants it now. That’s why you don’t have to worry about a basecoat or topcoat—they’re already included.









OPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red:Ditch the cocktail rings and file down the dagger manicure—this sex-bomb polish in cherry red is simple, pure, and decorative enough on its own.









Chanel No. 5 Eau de Toilette:No perfume better represents the hopes, dreams, and wild fantasies of little girls—and grown women.











Coach Poppy Eau de Parfum:Lush jasmine and gardenia are punctuated by sweetness (marshmallow, vanilla, crème brûlée).









Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò Eau de Toilette Pour Homme:With notes of bergamot, citrus, jasmine, and cedar, this fragrance is sexy and summery, like that Italian fling you’ve kept secret since college.







   Hair Products


Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Volume Silicone Free Shampoo: This silicone-free formula leaves fine hair fresh and glossy without dragging it down.










Redken All Soft Shampoo:Argan oil and keratin build the strength and flexibility of brittle hair; the honey-and-lemon fragrance boosts your spirits in the shower.









Biolage Hydrathérapie Hydrating Shampoo:Aloe leaf, sage, and algae sound like ingredients for a cold-pressed green juice. As it turns out, they help moisturize and add shine to dry hair, too.








Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Volume Conditioner:The volume-boosting polymers help wispy strands become full, swingy hair.












Redken All Soft Conditioner:Too impatient for a hair mask? This daily deep conditioner treats frazzled hair with soy protein and argan oil.









Biolage Ultra-Hydrating Balm:Shea butter and aloe lock out frizz-inducing humidity without becoming an albatross for fine hair.










John Frieda Luxurious Volume Blow-Dry Lotion Root Booster:Blow-Dry Lotion Root Booster. Rubbed into the roots, this heat-protective styling lotion gives hair megabody.









Aveda Volumizing Tonic:The natural ingredients in this serum (organic aloe, wheat amino acids) are supernaturally great at increasing thickness and shine.









John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Formula Hair Serum:A breakout star on the 1990s defrizzer scene, this classic serum continues to revolutionize blowouts for women with wild, unruly hair.








Moroccanoil Treatment:Banishing frizz, defining curls, adding crazy shine—is there anything a few drops of this orange-blossom-vanilla-and-lavender-scented oil can’t do?









L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Color & Shine System:The problem with most single-process kits is the “single” part: Allover color can look one-note and flat. This formula imparts depth and shine that stays rich for up to two months (available in 47 shades).

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Allure 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards: Skin Care

Published on 10/17/2013 in Uncategorized

neutrogena-ultra-gentle-daily-cleanserNeutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser: A dermatologist developed daily cleanser for sensitive skin, which rinses clean without over-drying your skin. The product is mild but also strong enough to erase the day’s makeup.








philosophy-purity-made-simple-facial-cleanserPhilosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser: With its natural ingredients, the milky, rose-scented face wash dissolves dirt and impurities. It acts as a cleanser and makeup remover, while making your skin softer than ever.







st-ives-fresh-skin-apricot-scrubSt. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub: This oil free scrub contains 100% natural exfoliants which give you the scent of fresh fruit, and instantly leaving skin smooth and glowing.








clinique-7-day-scrub-creamClinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula: Still looking for a gentle skin polisher? You may end your search here. This daily scrub is suitable for all skin types and clears they way for moisture with its creamy texture.








olay-complete-all-day-moisturizerOlay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15 Normal:With its non-greasy, light texture, this oil-free product is not your ordinary moisturizer. It provides you with broad-spectrum sun protection and moistures for all day hydration without clogging your pores.







clinique-dramatically-different-moisturizing-lotionClinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: Like it or not, as the Step 3 in Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System, this moisturizer has been proven to work well with dry to dry combination skin by giving the leaving a silky texture on your skin.







olay-regenerist-micro-sculpting-serumOlay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum: This fast-absorbing serum claims to give your skin a younger look in just 5 days. So what are you still waiting for?








lancome-genifique-youthLancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate: Inspired by cutting-edge science, this powerful serum creates more radiant and firm skin by eliminating fine lines, wrinkles and sagginess.








olay-total-effects-7-in-one-anti-aging-eye-treatmentOlay Total Effects 7 in One Anti-Aging Eye Treatment: The rich cream fights against 7 signs of aging, including shadowy circles, fine lines, and puffiness, while giving you a radiant glow.








clinique-all-about-eyes-caffeineClinique All About Eyes: While you are having your cup of coffee in the morning, your eyes also need caffeine to wake up! This light weight product is suitable for both morning and night, and even for all skin types.

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Allure 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

Published on 01/25/2013 in Uncategorized


Allure is one of the most famous magazines and beauty websites.

We amassed the favorites of Allure readers and distilled their picks down to the year’s ultimate winners. Full list clink here.

Skin Facial Cleanser

Drugstores, discount storesNeutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash $7.29


This cleanser shows zits no mercy, scaring them off in just a few days with salicylic acid. But it also has a compassionate side, so it leaves skin fresh.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salons Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser $32/16 oz


The creamy formula melts away makeup and clears pores while rosewood, sandalwood, and sage oils calm prickly skin.

Skin – Facial Scrub

Drugstores, discount storesSt. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub $4.29


All-natural exfoliants clarify skin without scratching.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsClinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula $19.5


There’s no need to take a day off from this gentle scrub—its smooth buffing beads are encased in a creamy base that quenches as it cleans.

Skin – Facial Moisturizer

Drugstores, discount storesOlay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15 Normal $10.99


Spiked with SPF but so lightweight it feels like nothing at all, this is one of the best-loved moisturizers out there. And it’s refreshingly inexpensive.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsClinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion $25/4.2 fl oz/125ml


Don’t look to this lightweight hydrator for bells and whistles (no anti-agers or SPF). But it plays nicely with others, so you can layer it under makeup and sunscreen with no fear of pilling.

Skin – Anti-Aging product

Drugstores, discount storesOlay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream $22.39


With hyaluronic acid to plump skin (immediately) and amino acids to tighten it (over time), this cream is an anti-aging twofer.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsLancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate $100/1.7 fl oz/50ml


It takes just two weeks of diligent application for this Wellsian serum to time-travel skin back to its original vigor.

Skin – Eye Cream

Drugstores, discount storesOlay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum $17.59


Amino acids trick the skin into making more line-smoothing collagen while antioxidants, depuffers, and light reflectors fool you (and everyone else) into thinking you’re five years younger.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsClinique All About Eyes $30/0.5 oz/15g


Until it becomes acceptable to wear our giant, dark-circle-hiding Jackie O. sunglasses indoors, sign us up for a steady supply of this tightening, hydrating, and brightening eye cream.

Makeup – Lipstick

Drugstores, discount storesRevlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Softsilver Rose $8.99


Lilac and a shimmery finish give this mauve a bit of an edge.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsM.A.C. Lipstick in Snob $15


Without a trace of little-girl glitter or gloss, this bubblegum pink is all woman.

Makeup – Lip Gloss

Drugstores, discount storesL’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Bloom $8.49


Swipe on this dewy rose gloss, then resist the urge to lick or rub lips together until the pigment sets (about 15 seconds). It returns the favor by staying shiny for hours.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsM.A.C. Tinted Lipglass in Oh Baby $15


Worn alone, this glitter-flecked bronze makes lips look fuller; layered over lipstick, it adds a warm, shiny finish that flickers like candlelight.

Makeup – Blush

Drugstores, discount storesCoverGirl Classic Color Blush in Soft Mink $5.75


Whether your skin is fair or dark, you could apply this subtle peachy gold powder blindfolded and look polished, not clownish.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsNars Blush in Orgasm $28


The multiyear winner gives a certain glow usually earned between the sheets (needless to say, the shimmery peachy pink looks good on everybody).

Makeup – Eye Shadow

Drugstores, discount storesMaybelline New York Color Tattoo by EyeStudio 24HR Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze $7.25


This coppery bronze glides on smoothly, sets in a jiffy, then clings to lids without creasing all day long.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsM.A.C. Eye Shadow in All That Glitters $15


Pop the bubbly! A swipe of this effervescent champagne-colored shadow lights up the eyes.

Makeup – Eyeliner

Drugstores, discount storesMaybelline New York Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx $6.25


This waterproof pencil draws a rich black line that’s smudgeable until it sets. Then it stays put through mugginess, rain—even Lifetime movie specials.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsM.A.C. Technakohl Liner in Graphblack $15


It glides on without tugging, leaves an intensely inky line, and won’t dissolve into a watery mess.

Makeup – Mascara

Drugstores, discount storesMaybelline New York Great Lash Mascara in Very Black $6.25


Readers can’t get enough of this classic pink-and-green tube. The reliable black mascara lengthens and defines lashes without the slightest bit of flaking or clumping.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsLancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara in Black $26


This lengthening formula sits lightly on lashes, so you won’t get that dreaded spidery look.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsDior Diorshow Buildable Volume Mascara in Black $25


The fat, bristly wand and lash-thickening mascara work together to create exaggerated fringe.

Makeup – Concealer

Drugstores, discount storesMaybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer $4.99


Toss one of these lipstick-like tubes in your purse: It’s ideal for erasing zits at a moment’s notice (no blending necessary).

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsM.A.C. Select Moisturecover $18


This ultralight, skin-quenching liquid concealer transforms tired eyes without settling into fine lines.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salons Benefit Boi-Ing Industrial-Strength Concealer $20


Watch color theory in action as yellow undertones in this full-coverage formula cancel out ghoulish purple undereye circles.

Makeup – Foundation

Drugstores, discount storesMaybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation $7.94


Full-coverage matte foundation is usually code for “cakey,” but this air-whipped base deftly conceals dark circles and spots while looking completely natural.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsBare Escentuals BareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation $27


A powder foundation for women who normally avoid the stuff, it veils imperfections and gives skin a pretty glow, but it’s so weightless that you’ll forget you’re wearing it.

Hair – Shampoo

Drugstores, discount storesPantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Flat to Volume Shampoo $5.25


This formula has thickening polymers for a significant body boost that lasts until the next shampoo.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsAveda Color Conserve Shampoo $18/8.5 fl oz/250ml


Gentle organic botanicals cleanse hair without sapping the life from your color; wintergreen and cinnamon-bark oil protect strands from the fading effects of UV rays.

Hair – Conditioner

Drugstores, discount stores Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Flat to Volume Conditioner $5.25


Kudos to this conditioner for adding softness and swinginess without dragging fine hair down. (Even the citrus-floral scent is peppy.)


Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsRedken Color Extend Conditioner $35/33.8 fl oz


Leave the unpredictable hair colors to Nicki Minaj. Broad-spectrum UV filters stop your highlights from turning brassy or ashy; cranberry oil keeps them rich and glossy.

Hair – Volumizer

Drugstores, discount storesJohn Frieda Luxurious Volume Blow-Dry Lotion Root Booster $6.49


A few alcohol-free squirts bolster listless roots, with no hair hangover (i.e., crispiness, stickiness).

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salons – Aveda Volumizing Tonic $17/3.4 fl oz/100ml


Organic aloe and wheat amino acids are like health food for your hair. When zhuzhed into the roots, the results are head-turning body and reflecting-pool shine.

Hair – Defrizzer

Drugstores, discount storesJohn Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Original Formula $7.49


Without this classic frizz tamer, many women we know might just have shaved their head by now. A dime-size amount raked through damp strands works hair-smoothing wonders.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsMoroccanoil Oil Treatment $40/3.4 fl oz/100ml


A dab of this orange-blossom-scented oil thwarts puffiness, which makes all the difference between posting your tropical vacation photos on Facebook and keeping them very well hidden from your friends.

Hair – Home hair color

L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Color and Shine System $8.99


This ultrasimple kit, which delivers a rich hue, also includes a tube of UV-protective, antioxidant-packed conditioner to maintain shine for up to eight weeks.

Body – Body Scrub

Drugstores, discount storesSt. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub $4.29

Readers have relied on this natural scrub since scrunchies and Saved by the Bell were popular—because it actually works.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salons – Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Smoothing Body Scrub $13/11 oz


We love anything with the words “stress” and “relief” in the name. If it smooths our rough patches, we love it all the more.

Body – Body lotion

Drugstores, discount stores –  Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion $9.19


Gentle and safe, it works for everyone. It’s the Switzerland of moisturizers.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salons – Bath & Body Works Signature Body Lotion in Paris Amour $11/8 oz/236ml


With notes of jasmine, sandalwood, and vanilla in the air, you could almost confuse your bathroom with the Tuileries. Almost.

Body – Deodorant

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsSecret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant $9.99


Bring on your silkiest white dress—this superstrong antiperspirant is like a force field between armpits and anything they’re touching.

Body – Teeth whitener

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsCrest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips $40.99/20 ct


In less than three weeks, these tidy no-slip strips erase years’ worth of stains from chugging your morning coffee and sipping your happy-hour red wine.

Body – Pale nail polish

Drugstores, discount storesEssie nail polish in Mademoiselle $8.25


This makes a half-dozen wins (three Best of Beauty Awards, three Readers’ Choice Awards) for the pink shade that (obviously) looks great on everyone.

Drugstores, discount storesSally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shell We Dance? $8.38


What looks basic in the bottle is actually a basecoat, topcoat, strengthener, and sleek pink—all in one.

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsOPI Nail Lacquer in Bubble Bath $8.5


This pretty, sheer pink looks as fresh and clean on fair or dark skin as it does on every tone in between.

Body – Bright nail polish

Drugstores, discount storesSally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Rapid Red $5.75


This old-Hollywood red is as classic as it comes, with a high-tech twist (it dries in just one minute).

Department stores, specialty stores, spas, salonsOPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red $8.5


The perfect shade of glossy red—timeless enough for a black-tie event and trendy enough for Bonnaroo.

Body – Classic fragrance

Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum $98/1.7 oz $130/3.4 oz


With notes of jasmine, rose, and iris, this powdery floral is a perennial favorite, winning a Readers’ Choice Award every year since 1996. (It probably would’ve won since its launch in 1921, but we weren’t keeping tabs.)

Body – New fragrance

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum Spray $70/1.7 oz $90/3.4 oz


The mix of berries, honeysuckle, and mandarin orange is sweet without verging on cloying. Really.

Body – Men’s fragrance

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò for Men Eau de Toilette $60/1.7 oz $75/3.4 oz


One spritz of this crisp, woodsy, and extremely genial scent can actually cure a dude’s cologne phobia. (Trust us, we’ve seen it happen.)

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