2013 Awards: Beauty Essentials

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There are some products that you just can’t be without. You count on them for their tried-and-true results that constantly deliver. These standouts may sound simple, but they’ve earned top spots for one reason: They work.

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The Best Nail Polish Remover: Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover

Chipped polish disappears with this time-tested polish remover. It takes off even the darkest blacks, purples, reds and blues without staining skin. $3.50, cutexshop.com
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The Best TopCoat and Base Coat: Orly Bonder and Polishield

Whether used together or solo, this topcoat and base coat duo allows polish to better adhere and locks in color with a megawatt finish. $10 each, orlybeauty.com
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The Best Self-Tanner for Easy Application: TanTowel Classic Formula Self-Tan Towelettes

Just one fell swoop of this self-tanner drenched towelette delivers a believable golden glow in a few hours without looking streaky, orange or fake—and it lasts several days, too. $24, tantowel.com
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The Best Makeup Brushes: Bobbi Brown

These brushes provide precise blending, shading, sculpting and lining every time without fail. The bristles never fall out, fray or break down. Starting at $26,  bobbibrowncosmetics.com
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The Best Flat Iron: FHI Heat Platform Tourmaline Ceramic Styling Iron

The patented heating technology is the secret to sleek, straight hair and unmatched shine. $120, fhiheat.com
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The Best Makeup Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smooths skin impeccably and fills in those little lines that makeup often settles into—and, your makeup stays exactly where you put it. $36, smashbox.com
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The Best Body Wash: Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash

So luxurious and creamy, this shower essential is a simple yet effective body wash that gives a good lather and doesn’t strip the skin of much-needed moisture. $5, dove.us
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The Best Anti-Cavity Toothpaste: Colgate Total

Brushing is essential, so make the most of it and get the added benefit of a healthy mouth and fewer cavities. $3.50, colgatetotal.com
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The Best Self-Tanner for a Natural Look: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

This gradual moisturizer delivers natural color that develops the more you use it. $9, jergens.com
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The Best Body Lotion: Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion

Moisturizer is essential to fight off dryness and this scented body lotion offers the added benefit of vitamins C and E and antioxidants for a tightening effect. $22, philosophy.com

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The Best Strong-Hold Hairspray:

The hairspray of choice for many red-carpet events, L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hairspray delivers a soft, shiny finish yet keeps your style 
in place all day. $15, target.com
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The Best Dry Shampoo

Klorane Dry shampoo with oatmilk soaks up dirt, oil and odors while giving a boost of volume—all without using water. $18, klorane.com
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The Best Style Extender

Living Proof Prime Style Extender helps prolong the lifespan of your hairstyle while maintaining a clean look and ultimate shine. $20, sephora.com
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The Best Light-Hold Hairspray

A versatile hairspray, Sebastian Professional Shaper has been a cult favorite since 1985. It’s formulated with a polymer blend to lock in your look without leaving your hair sticky or stiff. $19, sebastianprofessional.com

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The Best Whitening Strips: Whiter + Brighter

Two hours of using Crest 3D Whitestrips is all it takes to get a brighter smile and remove years of stains from your teeth. $55, 3dwhite.com
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The Best Face Mask: Calming Protector

Infused with almond oil and vitamin E, Guinot Hydra Sensitive Face Mask, claims to reduce redness, protect and nourish skin. $39, guinotusa.com
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The Best Bath Soak

Herbal Booster
Stressful days don’t stand a chance against Kneipp Eucalyptus Sinus Relief Herbal Bath. Whether you need help sleeping or want to relax your muscles, the pure botanicals in it deliver a ton of well-being benefits. $20, kneippus.com

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