Best Bar Soap

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The lather is lush, and the rounded nubs act as tiny massagers, turning your shower into a spalike experience. The net sponge? A bonus!


Body Benefits Aqua Beauty Sea Foaming 2-in-1 soap and sponge, $6; at Walmart.com


Best Body Lotion

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It doesn't sit, sticky, on the skin's surface, our testers confirm. Ultra hydrators, including glycerin, and nourishing fatty acids make skin butter-soft.


Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Relief Healing serum, $7; at Amazon.com


Best Body Wash

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Gentle on skin but tough on grime, this worthy wash doesn't strip the body of its natural oils.

TESTER'S TAKE: "I felt fresher, and my skin was much softer, even when I forgot body lotion."

—Katrina Rasnake, 25, Lexington, N.C.


Dial Omega Moisture body wash, $4.49; at Harmondiscount.com


Best Antiperspirant

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An invisible force field between you and your clothing, this spritz blocks sweat and odor without leaving any telltale residue.


Dove dry spray, $6; at Amazon.com


Best Sunscreen

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The clear mist dries in a unique mesh pattern, so sweat can escape and pores can breathe while still keeping you cool and shielded from harmful rays.


Neutrogena CoolDry Sport spray, SPF 70, $9.99; at Hharmondiscount.com


Best Shaving Cream

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One pump makes a surprisingly thick lather, allowing the razor to slide over skin. Moroccan and sunflower oils prevent irritation.

TESTER'S TAKE: "Because it didn't slip off the second that water hit, there was less waste."

—Katie Grim, 37, Ocean City, N.J.


Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin shave gel, $2.99; at Harmondiscount.com


Best Razor

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The pivoting head glides gently over tricky spots, including knees and ankles, and the blades adjust to deliver a close cut—so much so that our testers were able to go longer between shaves.


Gillette Venus Swirl, $13; at Walmart.com


Best Hand Cream

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This fast-absorbing fix packs the moisture of an ointment without the greasy feel. Keratin strengthens nails.


Sebamed hand and nail balm, $13.90; at Amazon.com


Best Self-Tanner

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The golden glow it imparts looks incredibly natural, our testers say, with no orange cast. Better yet: Color shows up in as little as an hour and continues to build until you take a shower.


Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun sunless tanning mousse, $12; at Amazon.com


Best Toothpaste

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This minty paste is a multitasker: It replenishes calcium for stronger enamel, relieves sensitivity and removes surface stains.


Colgate Enamel Health Multi-Protection toothpaste, $4; at Drugstore.com


Best Mouthwash

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It makes good on its promise of fresher breath and brighter teeth. Plus, it has fluoride and bacteria busters. That's something to smile about!


Crest 3D White Luxe Diamond Strong mouthwash, $6; at Crest.com


Best Hair Mask

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A weekly slather of this honey-infused mask makes brittle hair twice as soft, testers report.


Hair Food Moisture hair mask, $12; Target.com


Best Volumizer

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This weightless spray results in unparalleled fullness on the spot (plant proteins lift hair at the root) and over time (omega-3s, which decrease breakage).


Tresemmé Youth Boost Youthful Fullness emulsion spray, $5.99; at Harmondiscount.com


Best Mousse

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This mousse gives hair remarkable body and shape without a hint of tackiness.


Göt2b Mind Blowing Quick Shape mousse, $4; at Walgreens.com


Best Conditioner

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Loaded with amino acids, botanical oils and other nourishing ingredients, it solves all sorts of hair problems including dryness, split ends and frizz.


Aussie Total Miracle 7N1, $3; at Amazon.com


Best Dry Shampoo

The extra-fine mist absorbs oil and revives limp locks between washes, plus it leaves a subtle just-shampooed scent.

TESTER'S TAKE: "A lot of dry shampoos feel like hairspray, but not this one. It disappeared with the grease!"

—Sarah Davis, 26, West Mifflin, Pa.


Clairol Professional iThrive dry shampoo, $9; at Sallybeauty.com


Best Blow Dryer

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It's a splurge, but this high-wattage machine can cut drying time in half. Our reviewers also found it comfortable to hold and much quieter than standard dryers.


Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q, $70; at Walmart.com


Best Blow Dry Cream

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It gives supreme conditioning and control without weighing down hair. Soy, cocoa and argan oil help protect against flatirons and curling wands.


Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal crème oil, $23; at Ulta.com


Best Curl Enhancer

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You no longer need multiple products to achieve frizz-free, shapely spirals. This champ combines the moisture of a serum with the hold of a gel.

TESTER'S TAKE: "My curls held two days without getting frizzy or poufy."

—Mary Gainor, 39, Atlanta


Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining gel serum, $5; at Amazon.com


Best Hair Serum

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According to testers, even the wispiest strands can handle this weightless wonder. A couple of drops seal up frayed ends and add glossy sheen.


Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating Oil Elixir, $6; at Amazon.com


Best Hairspray

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It's the lightest mist we've tried, yet it still gives impressive hold. The conditioning formula leaves hair touchable, not shellacked.


Rusk Working spray, $19; at Ulta.com


Best Texturizer

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Testers say this gel-cream is not too sticky or too creamy, so it's ideal for creating tousled waves sans stiffness. Styling polymers retain the texture until your next shampoo.


Toni and Guy Classic Wave Memoriser, $15; at Target.com


Best Shampoo

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This gentle—but still sudsy—shampoo leaves hair fresh, bouncy and smelling great.

TESTER'S TAKE: "I love products that really lather up and give a thorough cleanse. This one lived up to my expectations."

—Nancy Meng, 23, Fountain Valley, Calif.


Pantene Pro-V Full and Strong Body Building shampoo, $4; at Harmondiscount.com


Best At-Home Color

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Gel-based pigment provides salon-worthy color that covers grays completely; a keratin complex helps prevent damage during the process.


Schwarzkopf Keratin Color anti-age hair color, $10; at Walmart.com


Best Eyeliner

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You can create precise lines with the thin side or dramatic looks with the thick edge. Either way, this liner glides on easily—no tugging or slipping—and the color doesn't budge.


CoverGirl Intensify Me! eyeliner by LashBlast, $7; at Walmart.com


Best Lip Gloss

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These liquid colors provide glasslike shine, making lips look instantly plumper.


Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer, $10; at Ulta.com


Best Lip Balm

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The all-natural balm harnesses the power of vitamin E to soften lips, plus beeswax to lock in moisture. There's no need to reapply every few minutes, our testers say.


Burt's Bees squeezable beeswax, $4; Burtsbees.com


Best Powder

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It's practically undetectable! The full-cover powder smooths skin and dials down on oil without clumping or caking.


Pixi by Petra Correcting powder foundation, $22; at Target.com


Best Eye Shadow

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This pretty palette packs everything you need: a base, highlighter and contouring shade for standout eyes.

TESTER'S TAKE: "I love that I didn't have to pack on a lot of shadow for color to show up."

—Carmelita de Leon, 21, Everett, Wash.

Circa Color Focus eye shadow palette, $12; at Walgreens.com


Best Blush

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This breakthrough blush looks like a loose powder but melts into cheeks like a cream, imparting a natural flush.


Flower Transforming Touch Powder-to-Crème blush, $10; at Walmart.com


Best Brow Filler

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The small, rounded spoolie brush sculpts arches while coating them in tinted gel for born-this-way fullness.


Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow mascara, $7; at Amazon.com


Best Bronzer

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This golden powder brightens skin in just one sweep. According to our testers, it has the slightest amount of iridescence, which lends a sunlit glow without looking too shimmery or fake.


Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing argan oil bronzer, $15; at Physiciansformula.com


Best Foundation

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This light base goes beyond amazing coverage—it has sunscreen to ward off skin damage, plus antioxidants and vitamin E to keep skin supple.


Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR foundation with Comfort Serum, SPF 20, $8; at Ulta.com


Best Makeup Brush

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Its dense bristles deposit an even layer of foundation, and the rounded brush head makes it easier to blend over tricky spots such as the eyes and the nose.


EcoTools Complexion Collection Skin Perfecting brush, $8; at Ecotools.com


Best CC Cream

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Don't let its green tint fool you—this cream blends into a universally flattering shade that conceals redness and discoloration. White tea leaves and three vitamins—B3, C and E—promote natural radiance.


Nuance Salma Hayek Color and Correct CC cream, SPF 20, $15; at CVS.com


Best Lipstick

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Made to complement a variety of skin tones, this collection takes the guesswork out of finding a flattering shade.

TESTER'S TAKE: "The color stays true but isn't too intense on lips."

—Marissa Mayhorn, 24, Seguin, Texas


Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipstick, $7; at Walmart.com


Best Mascara

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The magic wand has hundreds of bristles to coat lashes at every angle and inky fibers to amp up length and volume.

TESTERS TAKE: "With just one coat, my lashes looked insanely longer, like I had applied a fake pair."

—Sannie Ng, 25, New York City


Avon SuperExtend Winged Out mascara, $8; at Avon.com


Best Concealer

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The extra-creamy formula covers blemishes and undereye circles without feeling—or looking—like an extra layer under makeup.


Laneige Cushion concealer, $20; at Target.com


Best Nail Art

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Perhaps the quickest way to glam up your DIY manicure, this kit includes two sheets of pretty stick-on designs, one sheet of rhinestones and a clear topcoat.


Kiss Salon Secrets Rococo Veil kit, $4; at Walgreens.com


Best Nail Polish

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A saturated shade on one side; on the flip, a tinted topcoat to amplify shine. The simple two-step process delivers a salon-quality manicure that lasts up to two weeks.


L'Oréal Infallible Pro-Last nail color, $10; at Walgreens.com


Best Face Oil

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It's full of fatty acids and botanical extracts to help replenish natural oils that get depleted with age. The result: major dewiness!


Sonia Kashuk Radiant Boost Restorative facial oil, $15; at Target.com


Best Brightener

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Alpha hydroxy acids remove dulling dead skin for instant glow. Brighteners vitamin-C and lycopene dim dark spots with consistent use.


Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Peel, $16; at Yestocarrots.com


Best Skin Serum

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This powerful serum neutralizes damaging free radicals. It also inhibits the breakdown of healthy tissue in mature skin.


Boots No. 7 Protect and Perfect Advanced serum, $25; at Ulta.com


Best Cleanser

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This wash has salicylic acid to deep-clean pores without stripping skin of oils, plus ceramides to restore moisture.


CeraVe Renewing SA cleanser, $14; at Amazon.com


Best Night Cream

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This product rejuvenates skin while you sleep, almost like an intensive mask. Testers said skin felt noticeably smoother and more supple come morning.


Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping cream, $12; at Walmart.com


Best Gentle Cleanser

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This soap-free cleanser dissolves dirt and makeup while soothing the skin.


Simple Skincare Micellar cleansing water, $7; at Walmart.com


Best Anti-Ager

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The water-retaining formula helps skin maintain volume, resulting in cheeks that have more cushion and bounce.


L'Oréal Revitalift Volume Filler daily moisturizer, $20; at Ulta.com


Best Acne Treatment

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It obliterates blemishes fast, without overdrying. Salicylic acid unplugs pores, sulfur dries up oil and calamine soothes redness.


AcneFree drying lotion, $7; at Amazon.com


Best Day Cream

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The sheer formula delivers maximum hydration with a light touch. Plus, it packs potent anti-aging ingredients including sunscreen to keep skin younger-looking.

TESTER'S TAKE: "It sunk in immediately, layered well under makeup and kept my skin silky all day."

—Maria Ricapito, 51, Philipstown, N.Y.


Olay Total Effects Feather Weight moisturizer, SPF 15, $12; at Amazon.com


Best Facial Mask

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These fast-acting disposable cloths require only five minutes of your time for major radiance.

TESTER'S TAKE: "It felt wonderfully relaxing on, and when it came off, my face was glowing like a child's."

—Julie Traber, 46, Norman, Okla.


Patchology FlashMasques, $50 for a box of 8; Patchology.com