FACE & BODY

You, the readers, cast votes for your beloved face and body products in March to determine the Readers' Choice winners below. A second type of award for each category -- Rising Star Editors' Pick -- was based on months of testing done by our editors on new-to-the-market products. And now, on to the winners ...

Other award categories:
Hair | Makeup

 

Brand of the Year

Urban Decay

At the ripe old age of 15, this makeup brand continues to wow us launch after launch. Recent noteworthy goods: the False Lashes collection, Curling Mascara, Cheek Tint and 24/7 Shadow Pencils.

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John Freida

This brand has been squirreled away creating breakthrough products to help make our lives easier. From at-home hair color to the Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer and 3-Day Straight spray, our hair has never looked better.

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Brand winners were chosen by our editors based on their excellence in creating innovative products.
 

Acne Fighter

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment

"The most effective spot treatment I have found. It's clear so you can wear it on your skin during the day. It's also relatively cheap." -- CariAnn

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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Acne

Loaded with tea tree oil, this third generation ExfoliKate is the most gentle making it better for acne-prone and reactive skin types. Leaves skin smooth and glowing.

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Anti-Aging Treatment

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum Fragrance Free

"The difference was apparent within a few days. The reduction in the 'laugh' lines is amazing and my skin looks and feels so much smoother!" -- DeeKK44

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Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

If dealing with come-and-go acne or sun damage, this corrector actually helps fade scars and spots. Prayers were answered when this new larger size was introduced.

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Bath Product

Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment

"If you have any type of skin rash irritation, this is wonderful. Leaves skin feeling great and helps to greatly calm a rash." -- BamaGourmet

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NP Set Bath Salts

No time for a vacation? These salts instantly transform your bath into a tropical local. Infused with lavender oil and sage they also help relax your bod. Fave scent? Moroccan Citrus.

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Body Lotion

Olay Quench Daily Lotion

"This is the perfect all over body lotion! It goes on and quickly absorbs, leaving a light fresh scent and NO GREASY FEELING!" -- Valmart149

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Burt's Bees Fragrance Free Shea Butter & Vitamin E Body Lotion

Most lotions deliver instant relief then wear off during the day. Not this puppy -- after 12 hours, skin feels hydrated but not sticky.

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Body Oil/Cream

The Body Shop Body Butter

"Absorbs very quickly and is never sticky or oily/greasy. It's a bargain, the tub is large and [you] don't have to use a lot to [reap] benefits." -- lesa5363

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Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

Butter is an accurate description for this thick and creamy product. Skin feels silky soft for hours and the honey scent is sweet but not overpowering.

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Body Scrub

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sugar Scrub

"I absolutely love this product. It lasted longer than any scrub I have ever used. My whole body felt smooth and luxurious." -- AmyB58

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St. Ives Fresh Skin Warming Scrub

Perfect mix of gentle and exfoliating -- you can use this every day if you want. Plus, the smell is so light, no one would be bothered by it.

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Body Wash

Dove Creamy Cream Oil Body Wash

Great inexpensive body wash. This product adds the daily moisture your skin needs and desires. Dove has really stepped up on this product. A must-have in your shower. --Stef42678

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Olay Luscious Orchid Moisturizing Body Wash

This lives up to its "luscious” name. While affordable, it feels so luxuriously rich and creamy. Leaves skin feeling squeaky clean yet hydrated.

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Cleanser

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel for Face and Eyes

"Removes every trace of makeup, dirt and stubborn waterproof mascara. Leaves skin feeling totally clean, fresh and not dry/stripped in any way." -- MakeupSearcher

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Amala Soothing Cream Cleanser

Expensive but worth every penny. Creamy and luxe but totally effective -- especially at makeup removal. Plus, it smells fab.

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Deodorant

Secret Original Solid

"I've tried other deodorants over the years, but Secret works so well (and smells so good) that I've decided to stick with it forever." -- debdobalina

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Secret Natural Mineral Invisible Solid

Instead of masking stink with a strong scent, the naturally derived mineral calcium carbonate (kudos for thinking greener) attacks stench without irritation.

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Exfoliant

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

"This scrub is great because it's both inexpensive and very effective. I use it once or twice a week to keep my skin glowing." -- cardan

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StriVectin-SD Instant Retexturizing Scrub

Perfect-size grains and reviving (yet mellow) minty aroma ready our skin for heavy duty anti-aging concoctions.

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Eye Treatment

Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum

"By far the best eye lifting product I have found. It reduced visible wrinkles (crow's feet) within seven days with no redness or irritation." -- JennyT

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Darphin Anti-Fatigue Smoothing Eye Gel

Lightweight, gentle and non-irritating. Makeup worn over it stays intact. But packs enough moisture to dial back crepey lines and under-eye puff.

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Foot Treatment

Ahava Mineral Foot Cream

"I've tried a lot of foot creams and nothing compares to Ahava's Mineral Foot Cream! It lasts a long time and I no longer have dry, cracked feet." -- prettyfaye

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Sally Hansen Pedicure Essentials Moisturizing Foot Creme

Just in time for sandal season, this luxurious yet lightweight moisturizer smoothes weathered heels for instantly softer feet. Smells sweet, too.

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Fragrance

Clinique Happy

"One of my all time favorites. The scent is light and crisp with a hint of citrus. A little [spray] stays with me all day." -- toddfan

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Halle Berry Fragrances Reveal Eau de Parfum

A soft and sexy scent -- in a nutshell, it smells like someone you want to be (perhaps, Halle Berry). It's like confidence in a bottle.

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Hand Treatment

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

"Once a week I rub a tiny bit on my cuticles and my nails always look like I've just had them done. The best!" -- darcybell

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(seed) Healthy Hand Cream

Dry and cracked hands are a thing of the past with this hand cream. Fragrance-free, hassle-free, just smooth and beautiful hands.

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Lip Plumper

Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine

"This makes my lips look great. My lipstick stays on longer and looks richer. Great colors to wear alone and the perfect shine." --JamieAdkins

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AminoGenesis Lips to Love Instant Lip Plumper

Bigger, pinker, plumper lips without the painful sting -- oh, and it has to be mentioned that the applicator vibrates in three speeds.

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Makeup Remover

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

"Gentle enough for those of us with sensitive eyes. It removes your eye makeup without having to pull or tug your eye." -- Miss Marisol

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Lierac Paris Dioptidémaq Eye Makeup Remover

Unlike many makeup removers, this doesn't leave behind an oily feeling, and doesn't irritate eyes.

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Mask

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

"It smells amazing, feels amazing, and really deep-cleans my skin. I see so much less oil, clogged pores and breakouts when I use this regularly." -- corizotti

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Arbonne RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Masque

After a couple of weeks, visible sunspots were dramatically reduced. Goes on smoothly, works like a charm.

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Microdermabrasion/Peel

Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel

"This is the best peel I've ever tried. My skin is soft, not itchy, not red, not dry. And it smells great." --oscart

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Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go

The easy-to-tote and super-cute-in-a-clinical-way delivery system had us at hello, but the results we got (glowing skin minus irritation) kept us coming back for more.

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Moisturizer with SPF

Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - Normal

"My skin is soft, supple, and I think I look younger (less wrinkles and sun damage) after using it every day for 20 years." -- Kdvani1

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Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer with SPF 30

This fast-absorbing SPF-infused lotion leaves behind a light floral scent, but never a greasy, slippery feeling. 

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Moisturizing Cream

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

"Simply amazing. The ultimate for anyone with dry skin, cracked heels, rough elbows -- anything." -- radar626

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Amala Soothing Moisture Cream

Delivers a noticeable calming to sensitive skin; rich in antioxidants, super for all skin types. We noticed less redness and a smoother texture.

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Moisturizing Lotion/Serum

Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid Lotion - Original

"This is truly ageless. A beauty fluid for all ages. I have used it for years and it has kept me looking fresh and beautiful." -- MASHAKES

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Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Skin-Hydrating Serum

Skin feels young, rejuvenated and revitalized -- a fabulous product that's sensibly and tastefully packaged and delivers the goods.

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Night Cream/Treatment

Olay Total Effects Night Firming Treatment

"Love what it does for my face. No more waking up with creases, or crepey skin. Also, no more dry/tight feeling." -- LJHatcher

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Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir

Warning: It'll become a staple of your daily regimen. Replace your night cream with this and get smooth, exfoliated, glowing skin in the AM.

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Oral Care Product

Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste

"Awesome product that does everything it claims to. My teeth feel squeaky clean most of the day, and my dentist visits are always good." -- sunshinejo

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Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Enamel Renewal Toothpaste

You can get rid of coffee stains and see brighter teeth -- just by brushing. This made our teeth sparkle despite the fact that we haven't whitened properly in months.  

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Self-Tanner

Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Body Moisturizer

"Very impressed. It has a pleasant smell and the consistency of a rich cream. It absorbed quickly and gave me awesome color after just one use." -- beautyqueen29

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Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Adjustable Self-Tan Lotion with Shimmer

Smells amazing (like the beach) and the adjustable color dial helps you get an ideal hue while keeping bathroom clutter to a minimum.

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Shaving Product

Gillette Venus Embrace Razor

"This razor definitely leaves my legs smoother, and I haven't nicked myself once since using it. Worth the money." -- Italica

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Aubrey Organics Creme de la Shave

If a super smooth, nick-free and moisturizing shave is what you're looking for, this is your razor's new favorite companion. No rusty can of foam necessary.

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Soap

Dove White Beauty Bar

"This soap is the best I've found out there when it comes to being gentle but effective." -- rodal77287

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365 Everyday Value Moisture Bar Soap

This isn't your dad's bar of soap. It lathers well (no loofah needed) and leaves skin feeling soft, supple and above all … clean. Oh, and the price can't be beat.

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Sunscreen

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45

"Best bang for your buck. It isn't greasy and wears beautifully and the scent is light and easy, which is a bonus." -- libbirk

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Australian Gold Sheer Coverage Sunscreen

Smells and feels so good that most days we use it in place of our post-shower moisturizer.

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Toner/Astringent

Clean & Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Astringent

"Very good for sensitive skin and does not irritate. Keeps pores clean. Good price and a little goes a long way." --SusanLA

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Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2

Using this newly-reformulated "lotion" every day helps rebalance skin and combat oily T-zones.

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