AND THE OFFICIAL 7TH ANNUAL TOTALBEAUTY.COM WINNERS ARE...
We tried and tested thousands of beauty products to bring you our Editors' Picks – the holy-grail items that really work. And we asked you, our readers, to weigh in with your must-haves for our Readers' Choice Awards. Here, we bring you the 2016 TotalBeauty Award winners – the best of the best beauty products that are sure to give you your best selfie yet. No filters necessary, because these products are that good.
EDITORS' PICKEssie Gel Setter Top Coat
This top coat gives you a thick, incredibly glossy finish reminiscent of a gel manicure. It also helps a manicure last a few extra days, yet it's as easy to remove as regular polish.
READERS' CHOICESally Hansen Dries Instantly 30 Second Top Coat
I can't imagine what Sally Hansen puts in this powerful potion, but I use this after polishing my nails, and the color sets almost instantly. I never have to worry about smudges.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONFormula X The Fix Nail Treatment
This is the ultimate nail detox treatment. Take a break between manicures and use this to brighten, strengthen, protect and smooth nails with a pink, filtered finish.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONEssie Good to Go Top Coat
I absolutely cannot live without this product. In years of using it, it has never cracked on me, and never let me down in terms of shine, drying time or durability.
EDITORS' PICKSol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Don't let the name fool you: This mica-infused cream isn't just for your bum. Slather it on from the neck down for soft, smooth, glowing skin that smells incredible. The sweet, nutty, beach-y scent will elicit compliments all day long.
READERS' CHOICEBath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream
I love this because the formula is thick, making the scent last longer on my skin. Even 12 hours later, my skin is soft -- no need for reapplication.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONPalmer's Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Body Lotion
This lotion smells like a bona fide coconut -- light, crisp and not at all cloying. It's also made with sustainably sourced ingredients, and the price point can't be beat.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONCeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
This lotion is light and gentle and great for all skin types. It goes on smooth and cooling, and absorbs completely within a few minutes.
EDITORS' PICKAveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Body Wash
This body wash is so hydrating, you can skip lotion completely. It lathers to a rich cream -- you can even use it for shaving -- and leaves behind just a hint of pretty fragrance (We prefer the coconut scent). At this price, it's almost too good to be real.
READERS' CHOICEDove Sensitive Skin Body Wash with NutriumMoisture
My dermatologist told me to try this, and I am so glad I listened. It moisturizes my skin so well. I use this every day, and it leaves my very dry skin moisturized and beautiful.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONVictoria's Secret UltraRich Cream Wash
Creamy and hydrating, this body wash feels rich and luxurious when you use it, and the sweet packaging is definitely a draw.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONAveeno Stress Relief Body Wash
This body wash has one of the best lathers. It's so creamy, and my skin feels so soft after I shower. It has a calming scent and is great for shaving.
EDITORS' PICKSecret Outlast Xtend Invisible Solid Deodorant
This deodorant fights smelliness and sweat all day -- even during tough workouts. The scent is barely there but pretty, and refreshes itself throughout the day.
READERS' CHOICEDove Advanced Care Cool Essentials Antiperspirant
This product works really well as a deodorant and for keeping sweat at bay. It makes underarms smell fresh, and the scent won't clash with any fragrance you're wearing.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONLavanila The Healthy Deodorant Sport Luxe
In the bleak natural deodorant landscape, this stick is a beacon of hope. It's aluminum-free, glides on easily and really works -- just be sure to give your body about a month to adjust to a natural formula.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONSecret Clinical Strength Smooth Solid Deodorant
I really love this deodorant because it is strong against sweat and keeps me dry at work as well as working out. It has a light and fresh scent for all-day protection.
EDITORS' PICKMaison Martin Margiela Replica Lipstick On Eau de Toilette
This fragrance is feminine and unique -- it actually smells like lipstick in the most glamorous and beautiful way. It's hard to put a finger on the scent, which is powdery and floral, but that's what makes this perfume so special.
READERS' CHOICEChanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Spray
I love Coco Mademoiselle because it makes me feel feminine but powerful at the same time. It lasts up to six hours and has the most mesmerizing yet delicate smell.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONTocca Isabel Eau de Parfum
Soft and pretty without being too floral or girly, this fragrance brings to miand a spring morning on tulip-lined cobblestone streets. And the bottle is pure perfection.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONPhilosophy Pure Grace Spray Fragrance
This is my all-time favorite fragrance; I discovered it two or three years ago, and it was love at first sniff. It's a nice clean scent that smells like soap and water, and I love that I don't have to worry about it overpowering the people around me.
EDITORS' PICKSilk'n Flash & Go Express Hair Removal Device
This compact hair removal device is basically foolproof. It uses light technology to eliminate hair, and testers noticed a difference after just a few treatments. Hair comes back sparser and individual strands are finer. If forgetfulness is your primary obstacle when it comes to at-home devices, download the app -- it reminds you when you're due for a treatment.
READERS' CHOICEGillette Venus Embrace Razor
With the five blades (don't be scared) and the moisture strips, I get a close shave every time with no irritation whatsoever. It's the only razor my daughter and I use.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONParissa Organic Wax
This simple, organic, microwaveable wax is easy for a do-it-yourselfer to master. It heats up without getting too hot, and stays melted and pliable while you work -- even on large areas.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONAveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel
I have not gotten any razor burn or cuts since using this, and my skin feels soft and smooth. It truly moisturizes and conditions skin after each use.
EDITORS' PICKFresh Seaberry Nourishing Hand Cream
For plump, soft, moisturized hands, this cream is a revelation. It does all that and more without any sticky or greasy residue, and it has a subtle spa-like scent that's pretty without being too much. Even hand cream skeptics will be converted.
READERS' CHOICEEucerin Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Hand Creme
A pea-sized amount covers both my hands, and the cream spreads evenly, moisturizes well, and sinks in to provide completely non-greasy comfort. The texture is rich and silky-soft, and my skin is so soft, hydrated and comfortable.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONMarlowe No. 023 Hand Cream
Chic packaging? Check. Moisturizes hands without feeling greasy? Check. A pretty fragrance? Check. A price so low you can stash one in every handbag? Check. This cream meets all the criteria.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONL'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
The shea butter deeply moisturizes. Honey and sweet almond extracts help to hydrate, while the gentle scent of ylang-ylang and jasmine soothe your senses. This absorbs easily, resulting in smooth skin, and is never greasy.
EDITORS' PICKButter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer
With just one coat, this nail polish deposits tons of shiny color. And it really lasts -- after five days, your manicure will still be going strong.
READERS' CHOICEOPI Nail Lacquer
OPI means quality, rich and long-lasting colors in a variety of vibrant shades. The polishes go on smooth and leave a beautiful finish.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONZoya Satin Formula Nail Polish
Two coats of this nail polish will make your nails look pretty and polished with the ideal satin finish -- not too shiny, not too matte. It's easy to apply and looks great for every occasion.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONEssie Nail Polish
Essie has a color for everyone. It is a rich formula, easy to apply and resists chipping for a long time, especially when worn under a top coat.
EDITORS' PICKSt. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Body Scrub
Like the cult favorite apricot scrub for the face, this body version can slough away even the driest, roughest skin, leaving it soft and touchable. The jumbo tube comes at a shockingly affordable price so you can exfoliate with abandon.
READERS' CHOICESt. Ives Smoothing Apricot Body Wash
I love this body wash. Just enough friction to make my skin smooth without irritating it, and the lather is so soft and creamy. The smell is refreshing and light, but not too sweet and fruity.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONTata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub
This gentle scrub simultaneously exfoliates and moisturizes without leaving behind a heavy, oily residue. The ingredients are natural and responsibly sourced, and the hefty glass jar is utterly luxe.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONTree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub
This scrub is great. It smells like a tropical oasis and leaves my skin silky and smooth. I wouldn't use anything else.
EDITORS' PICKComodynes Self-Tanning Intensive & Uniform Color
These self-tanning towelettes simplify the bronzing process: You only need one to cover your entire body, the resulting tan is miraculously streak-free, and the self-tanner smell is minimal. Bonus: It fades evenly, which is a feat unto itself.
READERS' CHOICEJergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer
This lotion not only moisturizes your skin, but after a few uses, it leaves skin a few shades darker in a natural-glowing way. I also like that it evenly distributes on your skin and is extremely difficult to mess up.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONXen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mousse
This fluffy mousse makes self-tanner application a cinch. Try it with a mitt for maximum evenness and perfectly buffed ankles and knees.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONClarins Self Tanning Instant Gel
This is my favorite self-tanner; it looks very natural and goes on evenly. It is also very easy to apply. I am pale, and this self-tanner is the only one that gives me a natural tan.
EDITORS' PICKSenteurs D'Orient Hammam Soap
Glamorous soaps are hard to come by, yet this one has glamour in spades. It comes in fancy, herbal, hammam-inspired scents that linger all day and perfume your bathroom for weeks. If you never thought soap could take you on a mental vacation to Turkey or Marrakech, you were wrong.
READERS' CHOICEDove Sensitive Skin Unscented Hypo-Allergenic Beauty Bar
This is an amazing bar. It's very moisturizing and safe to use anywhere on your body because it's unscented and formulated for sensitive skin. This mild bar lathers well, and cleans wonderfully without drying out my skin or leaving any residue.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONFirst Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Gentle Cleansing Bar
This simple bar soap is gentle enough for sensitive skin and moisturizing enough that it won't leave dry skin feeling tight or stripped.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONAveeno Moisturizing Bar
This works wonders for me. I love the feeling of cleanliness that it leaves on my skin, as well as the scrubby texture that the soap itself has. I also use it as a body soap, and it leaves my skin baby-soft.
EDITORS' PICKKiehl's Activated Sun Protector Water-Light Lotion For Face & Body Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This sunscreen is so light it's almost serum-like, and it absorbs lightening-fast. Still, it offers tons of lasting sun protection and bonus moisture.
READERS' CHOICENeutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45
This is the first drugstore sunscreen I have found that isn't greasy and doesn't leave a white cast on my skin -- I love it. Being so lightweight, it really makes you forget you're wearing any sunscreen at all. I have never had a sunburn with this.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONBanana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist Sunscreen SPF 50+
As the name promises, this is a fine mist that goes on completely clear, and it doesn't leave behind any residue -- in fact, it feels invisible and dries matte, so sand won't stick to it -- or you. With an SPF of 50, that's an impressive feat.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONHawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum
Love the smell — it will make you constantly reapply for this purpose! I haven't had a sunburn for two summers now, all because of this product.