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This Stuff Works Beauty Awards: Readers' Choice

We shipped more than 250 breakthrough products to 100 LHJ readers who swiped, smoothed, and dabbed themselves silly. These 21 winners earned our beauty ambassadors' seal of approval.

Face Cleanser

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AVON.COM

Avon Anew Platinum Cleanser, $16

Not only did a small dose wash away a day's worth of dirt and oil, the rich lather cleansed without overdrying.

 

Lipstick

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PETER ARDITO

Lancome Paris L'Absolu Nu Lipcolor, $29

Our testers adored everything about this luxe lipstick, from the hydrating jojoba oil and shea butter to the genius magnetic cap. (Available in 16 sheer shades.)

 

Blush Slide

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PETER ARDITO

Laura Geller Air Whipped Blush, $25

Here's a mousse with a gel's lightness, a cream's blendability, and a powder's matte finish. Plus you can apply it with your fingers

 

Night Treatment

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PETER ARDITO

Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir, $25

Testers were willing to permanently swap their regular night cream for a super-hydrating blend of vitamins and peptides.

Reader Rave

"I liked the way it seemed to tighten my skin. When I put the treatment on, it wasn't greasy—and the scent was light and pleasant." 
-Lisa Durrant

Day Cream

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PETER ARDITO

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30, $20

No need to layer on the products—one moisturizer is all you'll need to plump, moisturize, and protect. Unlike most daytime formulas, it contains a significant dose of retinol to clear and smooth skin.

 

Anti-Aging Treatment

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PETER ARDITO

L'Oreal Paris Youth Code Serum Intense, $25

A peptide combo (which should be applied twice a day) helps skin cells to turn over faster. The result? Readers say their skin was luminous and tighter almost immediately.

 

Shampoo and Conditioner

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PETER ARDITO

Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner, $4 each

Free of silicone, dyes, and parabens, this duo leaves behind only the good stuff. Plus the bottles are made of recycled plastic, so you can feel better about your hair and the planet.

Reader Rave

"I loved how well it worked on my hair. But my favorite part was the smell. " 
-Randi Kobielnik

Dry Shampoo

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PETER ARDITO

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Dry Spray Shampoo, $6.50

Here's a no-shower-necessary dry shampoo that removes excess oil without leaving a white residue on strands. The "amazing" scent and thorough cleansing earned particularly high marks.

Reader Rave

"I liked that it blended in well with my hair color. It didn't look powdery like some dry shampoos can." 
-Delissa McDonald

Do-Good Product

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PETER ARDITO

Kiehl's Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream, $46

This is one face cream with big benefits—and not just for your skin. Twenty-five thousand dollars' worth of sales from this lightweight moisturizer will go to amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research).

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, September 2011.

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