2012 Wrap Up: Best Beauty Products of the Year

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2012 Wrap Up: Best Beauty Products of the Year

Take a peek into any beauty editor's bathroom and you're more than likely to find a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush. The patented sonic technology, which was developed by the lead inventor of the Sonicare toothbrush, deep-cleans pores without irritating skin and is waterproof, so it can be used in the shower. Now the brand has released the Mia 2 ($149), which features two speeds.

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A dry, itchy scalp is a constant irritation, but just a drop of Clear's Ultra Shea Nourishing Scalp and Hair Oil ($5.99) will stop the madness — and offer the welcome side effect of gorgeous, glossy strands. The treatment features the "Nutrium 10 Moisture Lock" system, a blend of shea butter, vitamin E, and sunflower, coconut, almond, argan, and palm oils, to nourish your scalp and treat your hair.

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There's nothing more embarrassing to a beauty editor than waking up with a massive pimple. Enter Clearasil's Ultra Rapid Action Seal-to-Clear gel ($9.99). This fast-drying product, which contains 2 percent salicylic acid, forms a barrier over a zit to seal in the acne-fighting ingredient.

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Think you can't pull off vibrant lip colors? CoverGirl's double-ended Blast Flipstick ($8.49) won high praise from editors for allowing women to customize and blend colors easily. The 13 complementary shade duos were inspired by Pat McGrath, makeup artist and global creative design director for Proctor & Gamble.

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Here's a reason to smile: It's now possible to whiten your teeth effectively at home without pain or sensitivity, thanks to the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device ($275), created by aesthetic dentist Jonathan B. Levine. Here's how it works: You coat your teeth with a peroxide gel and wear a mouthpiece for eight minutes that activates the gel's whitening power with heat and light.

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Lack of time and money can keep even those who'd otherwise be diligent about haircuts away from the salon. John Frieda offers a shortcut with Full Repair Heat Activated Styling Spray ($9.99). This spray contains Inca inchi oil to protect hair from breakage and heat damage and add body, flexibility, and shine.

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You'll give limp hair instant oomph with just a little bit of Matrix's Design Pulse Mega Dust Volume Texturizer ($12; visit matrix.com for buying info). This lightweight powder gives wimpy strands heavyweight lift.

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Beauty editors will tell you that creating volume that lasts is a lot harder than it seems. That's not the case, though, with Redken's Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Spray ($18; visit redken.com for buying info). The spray features a high-speed nozzle that helps target the mist for easy teasing.

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With so many new products spilling from shelves and counters, finding the best items for the money can feel overwhelming. But for beauty editors, there's nothing like the thrill of trying a new serum or shampoo - and finding one that really works.

After testing thousands of mascaras, hair sprays, body scrubs, and the truckloads of other products that arrived on our desks throughout the year, we've narrowed it down to nine of our favorite products.

Click through our list above to see the best beauty products of 2012.

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