It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Allure’s 2013 Best of Beauty Awards is right up there on the “Awesome List” alongside leftover turkey sandwiches and mistletoe! I always look forward to Allure’s roundup of tried and tested beauty products. All year long, Allure editors scour all that the beauty market has to offer to put together one exceptional list of winners! And let me tell you, their recommendations never disappoint! Get ready to clean out your caboodle … you’re in for a new haul!
Allure’s 2013 Best of Beauty Winners 1 of 38
With 246 winners in all, I've broken it down to 30 of my favorite must-tries by category: face, eyes, lips, nails, beauty bargains, and my top 10 I'm dying to try!
Face 2 of 38
Let's face it (pun intended), we all can benefit from a fresh face! Anyone else game for minimizing pores, airbrushed finishes, and reducing puffy eyes?! I know ... I'm jumping out of my seat, too! Here are a few that called my name from Allure's face department.
De-puff! 3 of 38
Win the battle of the bags with this cooling roll-on eye treatment de-puffer! Plus, it brightens dark circles! Could come in handy for covering up late nights and sleep deprivation (not that I'm talking from personal experience, or anything).
To Purchase: Origins 'No Puffery Cooling Roll-On For Puffy Eyes'
Partner in Prime 4 of 38
Normally, I'm not one for adding another step to my morning routine, but this one has me thinking twice. Slap it on alone or before foundation to disguise pores and fine lines! Might as well nickname it "The Invisible Cloak" — it's kind of magical!
To Purchase: Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer
Mineral Foundation 5 of 38
I've used loose BareMinerals for years, but have yet to try the solid form. It's said to look and feel velvety smooth without heavy cakey-ness! I'm ready to become a believer!
To Purchase: BareMinerals Ready Foundation
Almost Airbrushed 6 of 38
A weightless, translucent powder that complements all skin tones — it's the next best thing to your airbrushed face on a magazine cover! Get a soft matte, flawless finish that extends the wear of your makeup! It's like Photoshop in a jar!
To Purchae: NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
Lips 7 of 38
Lipsticks, glosses, and stains — it can all be a tad overwhelming! Tickled pink (okay, and red too) that Allure did the digging for us!
Naturally Nude 8 of 38
No nudist colonies around here, folks — just beautifully rosy cappuccino brown that looks like you've got nothing on.
To Purchase: Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush 'Twill'
Warm Cherry Red 9 of 38
Anyone else getting whiffs of warm cherry pie? This vibrant opaque red has orange undertones and a shiny finish — sounds pretty delicious to me!
To Purchase: Dolce & Gabbana 'Iconic' Lipstick #210
Chubby Stick 10 of 38
And all this time we thought chubby was solely reserved for baby cheeks! Clinique's Chubby Stick Balm is a luminous beige that makes everyone's lips look luscious. Plus, it never needs sharpening — leave it to the swivel to really up the ante!
To Purchase: Clinique Chubby Stick in 'Heaping Hazelnut'
3D Effects 11 of 38
Put on your 3D glasses — this gloss really POPS! Not only does it have incredible high gloss shine, but also has intense color of a lipstick and staying power of a stain! It's money better spent than on buttered movie popcorn!
Glittery Gloss 12 of 38
I've been wanting to try this gloss since August, when Marc Jacobs debuted his new makeup line! The glitter in this tube is shimmering insanity! If it's THAT pretty in the tube, I can only imagine what it looks like on lips! Oh, it also tingles and smells of mint candy kisses! Bring on the mistletoe!
To Purchase: MARC JACOBS BEAUTY 'Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl'
Eyes 13 of 38
Allure's Eye Winners have me batting mine to try them all!
Sheer Silver 14 of 38
A twistable stick in silvery sheer sparkle! It's long-wearing without the dreaded creases! Plus, it can double as a highlighter for giving a dewy glow to cheek and brow bones! Anyone else seeing New Year's Eve fireworks with this one?
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow 15 of 38
The chubby stick is baaaack! This time, its creamy color is aimed at your eyes! Each stick makes eyes pop with customizable color depending on how you apply it! Like the balm, it never needs sharpening — simply swivel to reveal more color!
Smoky in a Flash! 16 of 38
Make your smoky eye happen in a flash with Rimmel London's Guilty Grey Shadow stick! Draw it on your lids, smudge with your finger, and whoosh! You're smokin!
Kohl Liner 17 of 38
Kohl liner is all the rage! But leave it to Smashbox to really kick all the other kohls to the curb — the cap doubles as a hidden sharpener, creating the perfect point with each application! Individual sharpeners are so 2012!
Overcurl 18 of 38
Is there really such a thing as "overcurl"? I think there is not. Dior offers a revolutionary mascara with a curved brush that creates over the top volume and curling power. You say overkill. I say overcurl!
To Purchase: Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
Gimme Brow 19 of 38
Confession: I haven't jumped on board the brow bandwagon. I know, I know ... it's time. Thankfully, Benefit is making the transition a little easier with this mini spooled brush that takes the guesswork out of adding more color. Simply brush it on for fuller brows that stay put!
To Purchase: Benefit Gimme Brow
Beauty Bargains 20 of 38
Want the real deal without the really outrageous prices? Allure's Cheap Thrills Winners make me want to rummage through my couch cushions for extra cha-ching!
Maybelline Baby Lips 21 of 38
Maybelline's Baby Lips has done it again — winning for the second year in a row! These babies come in several different flavors and sheer shades for the perfect "go to" moisturizing balm to have on hand. Easily re-hydrate your precious pout with a quick swipe of the stick, and your lips will feel like butta'.
Pop of Pink 22 of 38
It's one of the few bargains that could easily be fooled for a high-end brand! No feathering, creamy, and perfectly pigmented in every way — Wet n' Wild 'Cherry Picking' will add the perfect pop of cheerful raspberry red to any dreary day.
Wax On! Wax Off! 23 of 38
Oh hair, why must you always grow there? Let's be real, shaving gets old ... REAL old. Thankfully, Veet's Ready-to-Use Wax Strips make it fool-proof, easy-to-remove — leaving your body smoother for significantly longer. Win, win!
Plump Up The Volume 24 of 38
Plump it up, baby! This is for all you fine-hair ladies who are in desperate need of a little extra "oomph" in your mane! Sally Hershberger Plump Up Collagen Volume Shampoo and Conditioner is specifically for you — fattening up the hair cuticle like it's Thanksgiving Day and delivering a fantastic faux lift!
Dry Shampoo 25 of 38
DRY SHAMPOO — anyone else addicted? I mean, who doesn't love a product that adds texture AND helps put off an oh-so-time-consuming wash? Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo is a sulfate-free powder that is it right on the money. Spray at roots to soak up oils and add lift, or spray throughout hair for added texture on first-day hair.
Easy to Apply Liquid Liner 26 of 38
A classic winged liquid liner is always in style, especially paired with a beautiful bold lip! Maybelline New York Master Precise by Eye Studio makes applying liquid liner foolproof with its fine, easy to control, felt tip applicator.
Tidy Up 27 of 38
Mascara smudges, uneven liner, and raccoon eyes — we've all been there. Sometimes we make matters worse trying to clean up our makeup mishaps. Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks take removing makeup flaws to a whole new level. All you have to do is snap the swab, and it automatically saturates to be your right-hand man in easily erasing even the silliest of mistakes.
Coal Face 28 of 38
Naughty or nice, this Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask is for all boys and girls who want to lift stubborn impurities for a fresh face in 5 minutes!
To Purchase: Freeman Facial Polishing Mask Charcoal & Black Sugar
Whipped Foundation 29 of 38
Anything whipped sounds like a treat to me, and this foundation is no exception! The light, blendable, barely-there formula will give you a flawless face — minus the cake! 😉
To Purchase: CoverGirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation
Dark Circles, Be Gone! 30 of 38
I am not surprised one of my absolute favorite concealers for brightening eyes and concealing sleepless nights made the cut! Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting concealer will have you waving buh-bye to dark, tired eyes! Trust me, it really is a dream! Twist the bottom of the applicator for the product to emerge from the brush, dot under eyes, and blend in for a fresh, "I just got 8 glorious hours of sleep" face. It works, I'm tellin' you!
Makeup Remover 31 of 38At the end of a long day, the process of taking off your makeup can seem like a chore — not with these guys. Simply grab a wipe and go to town — you can even do it while you're watching TV, in your bed, on the phone ... the possibilities and ease of these Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads are endless. The best part? These are gentle and kind for your eyes, so there's no need to cry!
Nails 32 of 38
Nail art, gel polishes, glitters, and wraps — the nail world of the 21st century has gone bonkers! Allure's Nail Winners have a little bit of everything for everyone ...
Peel Back The Layers 33 of 38
This. File. Is. GENIUS. Revlon File 'N Peel 6-in-1 File has 6 layers, 3 for shaping and 3 for smoothing. When the file becomes dull, simply peel off the top layer and a fresh new layer is ready to rock and roll! Now that's my kind of file!
Nude Nails 34 of 38
Jinsoon nail polish in "Nostalgia" is the perfect opaque beige to adorn your nails all year long! It has all the qualities I beg for in a polish: long lasting, quick dry time, high-gloss, and most importantly, chip-proof!
To Purchase: JINsoon Nail Lacquer in 'Nostalgia'
Purple + Gray 35 of 38
Leave it to Givenchy to create the perfect balance of edgy and pretty with their Givenchy "Le Vernis Intense Color in Lilas D'Exception 10" — a beautiful marriage of gray and purple. I'm swooning already.
Peach of Cake 36 of 38
Is all this pie and cake talk making anyone else hungry? Sally Hansen is on point with this perfectly pastel peach that's vivid enough to eat!
To Purchase: Sally Hansen 'Peach of Cake'
All That Glitters 37 of 38
With party season right around the corner, it's all about the glitz and glam! Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips make fabulous manicured nails as easy as 1,2,3. Anyone know of a dance floor nearby?
My Top 10 38 of 38
After that beauty boat-load of information, it's time to narrow down my wish list (think it'd be okay to put the rest on another list and send it to Santa?). But if I have to choose just 10, these would be it!
- NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
- Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush 'Twill'
- BareMinerals Ready Foundation
- Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer
- Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
- Freeman Facial Polishing Mask Charcoal & Black Sugar
- MARC JACOBS BEAUTY 'Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl'
- Maybelline New York Master Precise by Eye Studio
- Benefit Gimme Brow
- JINsoon Nail Lacquer in 'Nostalgia'