Contributor Beauty Awards: the best of the best in makeup, hair, skin, and nails

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Contributor Beauty Awards: the best of the best in makeup, hair, skin, and nails

Kerastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Luminous Perfecting Shampoo

"While I love having thick long hair, styling it can be a real hassle since I have to tame my frizz constantly. While using Kerastase Luminous Perfecting Shampoo my hair was fresh and smooth immediately after drying. It made my hair so much easier to style!" - Emilee, Emilee Anne

"I could tell a noticeable improvement in my hair's shine after using this shampoo. I also thought the smell was divine." - Meghan, Wit + Whimsy

Davines LOVE Smoothing Conditioner

"This did wonders for my hair! It literally got rid of my dead ends." - Kat, With Love From Kat

"Over the past decade, my hair has seen it all. From highlights to bleaching and back to adding color, it is easy to get fried hair. Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner really revitalized my dry ends and brought them back to life! After trying multiple 'color treated hair' conditioners over the years, I am happy to find one that actually reverses the damage." - Emilee, Emilee Anne

Drybar The Chaser Shine Pomade

"The Drybar Chaser was the best of all worlds in terms of a hair treatment. It added shine and texture, didn't have an overpowering smell, removed flyaways and came in the perfect sized container." - Meghan, Wit + Whimsy

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

"Living Proof PHD all the way. I lather this stuff on my hair when it is slightly damp. I love how it tames my fly aways and instantly adds shine to my hair." - Kailani, Kailani's Korner

"The Living Proof PHD was great when I cocktailed it with a hair oil to beat frizz and style." - Meghan, Wit + Whimsy

Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray

"It's always hard to find a dry shampoo for dark hair so I rarely use it unless it is completely necessary. But on days I feel like I need that extra oomph I reach for the Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo. It smells amazing and really soaks up the oil and allows your to achieve that extra volume you are trying to achieve." - Kailani, Kailani's Korner

Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hair Spray

"I used this product after curling my hair and the consistency of the product was strong enough to hold my curls without leaving my hair sticky and stiff." - Kailani, Kailani's Korner

"It smelled good and was a nice, light hairspray. It didn't leave my hair stiff." - Kat, With Love From Kat

Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray

"Most brands that I have experience with leave my hair feeling crispy, crunchy and everything else that gives hairspray a bad rep. With Living Proof Flex Shaping hair spray I barely even noticed it, except for the fact that my hair held its shape with a natural look. Simply amazing." - Emilee, Emilee Anne

"This spray was lightweight and had the perfect amount of hold. Also loved the sleek packaging." - Meghan, Wit + Whimsy

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum

"Made my hair shiny and healthy." - Kat, With Love From Kat

"Josie Maran's Argan oil is a great do-it-all for hair both before and after drying." - Meghan, Wit + Whimsy

Lorac Cobra Mascara

"The design of this mascara wand gives you a lot of product. Many times with mascara, you simply don't get enough of the product onto your lashes, but this one really deposits a good amount of mascara, thus giving my lashes dramatic volume." - Teni, Miss Maven

Tarte Mineral Bronzer

"The color is perfect for contouring, not too red or orangey, and the matte finish typically works best as a bronzer." - Teni, Miss Maven

Tarte Amazonian Clay

"It's probably the best blush I've used. I'm very particular about blush, too." - Teni, Miss Maven 

"The Tarte blush was the easiest to apply and stayed on all day." - Molly + Sally Miller, A Piece of Toast

AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Lip Treatment

"The formula gives my lips not only the moisture they need, but it leaves a high-shine look without being sticky. I find myself using it every single day, several times a day!" - Teni, Miss Maven

"I love the formula and my lips felt moisturized all day." - Donna, Donna Daily

Clinique Airbrush Concealer

"We loved the application brush and the color matched our skin perfectly. The brush made it really easy to get small spots and cover below the eyes." - Molly + Sally Miller, A Piece of Toast

Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel

"This is just a cool beauty product in itself -- I love the texture and how just a tiny bit goes a long way." - Donna, Donna Daily

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow

"The cream texture actually worked wonderfully without a base- when I put powder shadow on top it also kept the shade long lasting." - Donna, Donna Daily

Kate Somerville Daily Detox Cleanser

"Managed to remove all of my makeup the first wash and didn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight at all afterwards! I could easily go without moisturizer after if I wanted to. It left my skin clean and bright, loved it!" - An, Haute Pink Pretty

Fresh Seaberry Restorative Body Cream

"It's very light, smells amazing, and instantly smoothed and moisturized my skin." - Sabrina, A New Mode

Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub

"My skin looked INCREDIBLE after only one use. It was fresh, dewy, and and I was glowing. I went out that night and people were complimenting me on my skin non stop." - Sabrina, A New Mode 

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

"Boscia's Black Mask was so fun to use! I loved how baby soft my skin was after removing it. It's perfect to pair with a night cream afterwards." - An, Haute Pink Pretty

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

"I absolutely swear by this. Since trying it, it has been my go-to makeup remover. It is really soft but tough on make-up and sunscreen. I am a huge sunscreen junkie, but sometimes it is hard to get off and the products you normally use to take it off at the end of the day can dry your skin out. Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm did all of the above without drying out my skin. It actually made it softer and more nourished. I am fully impressed!" - Mary, M.A.S. Fashion

Murad Perfecting Night Cream

"Some people tend to confuse break-outs with oily skin when really, your body produces more facial oil because your skin is too dry. That is why I love the Murad Night Cream. It is skin perfecting, and also incredibly hydrating." - Kendal, Metropolitan Thread

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Top Coat and Base Coat

"The base coat acts as a true primer -- nail polish applied over it is smooth, doesn't alter the shade of the nail polish, and dries quickly." - Serena, The Spicy Stiletto

"It remained shiny the entire time and kept my pedicure chip free for three weeks and counting." - Natalie, Natalie Dressed

Essie 'Luxedo'

"With just one coat, Essie Luxedo gets the job done. The full color isn't like other dark nail polishes which sometimes require more than one coat or can sometimes come off as sheer." - Serena, The Spicy Stiletto

Butter London 'Yummy Mummy'

"Neutral shades can be tricky -- sometimes leaving streaks, not fully covering the nail bed evenly -- but this one doesn't have that problem. Also, this neutral has a unique sheen to it, leaving nails looking fresh rather than ash-y." - Serena, The Spicy Stiletto

Butter London 'Come to Bed Red'

"It's a womanly red. Not too much orange and very velvety." - Nikia, Model Liberation

Essie 'Jazzy Jubilant'

"It's everything you hope glitter to be. Sparkly chunks of confetti on your fingertips. It's a party!" - Nikia, Model Liberation


Over the past 4 days, we've revealed every single nominee in the Makeup, Skin, Hair, and Nails categories of our first-ever Contributor Beauty Awards. 88 products and 20 bloggers-turned-judges later, it's safe to say we've found our winners.

From cleansers, to mascaras, to body lotions, and hair sprays, click through the gallery to see what our contributors have deemed their top picks in beauty right now.

And most importantly, try not to blame us if you overspend at Sephora this weekend.
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