AND THE OFFICIAL 8TH ANNUAL TOTALBEAUTY AWARD WINNERS ARE...
We put the year's most exciting makeup, hair, face and body launches through the ringer to determine which products were truly worthy of our Editors' Picks seal. And because we trust you, our beauty-obsessed readers, we asked you to place your votes for our Readers' Choice Awards. The result? Our list of 2017 TotalBeauty Award winners – otherwise known as the only products you need on your vanity and in your bathroom this year.
EDITORS' PICKLondontown Gel Genius Top Coat
This easy-to-apply, thin, lustrous topcoat helps extend your manicure without the LED light or chemicals. The glossy formula mimics the look of gel nails, and it's non-toxic to boot.
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 MENTIONMorgan Taylor ReactMax 2-in-1 Nail Strengthener + Extended Wear Base Coat - Original
A base coat that doubles as a nail strengthener? We're in. This double-duty nail product prevents nail breakage and chipping.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONRevlon Quick Dry Top Coat
I swipe this on when I'm serious about having pretty nails. It prevents chipping for several days and gives polish a nice, finished feel.
EDITORS' PICKVaseline Intensive Care Mature Skin Rejuvenation Lotion
Your dry, sensitive, uncomfortable skin has finally met its match. This body lotion is intensely hydrating, but doesn't leave skin sticky or greasy. A no-frills drugstore moisturizer that still manages to feel like a treat is a must-have in our book, regardless of age or skin maturity.
READERS' CHOICEAveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
It's perfection in a bottle. It keeps my skin silky smooth and incredibly hydrated for 24 hours. It's easy to apply, absorbs quickly and doesn't rub off on clothing.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONAcure Dry Oil Spray
We found it: the perfect post-shower body oil. A blend of argan, sandalwood and sea buckthorn stave off dry skin, while the dreamy scents make moisturizing a sensual experience. The spray bottle all but eliminates spills and mess.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONNivea Creme
How could such a decadently rich cream not be moisturizing? I love the thick, lush texture. It is non-oily, but it seeps into dry areas and leaves them ultra-silky.
EDITORS' PICKExuviance Age Reverse Hand Rejuvenator
Turn back the hands of time -- literally -- with this two-step hand peel/cream. A 10% ciitric acid gently exfoliates and lightens dark marks, and the rich, thick cream makes hands soft, smooth and moisturized. If hands are the first thing to give away your age, this is the most powerful anti-aging treatment out there.
READERS' CHOICEPalmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter
I used this before and after I was pregnant to reduce skin stretching, and it works great. It helped reduce the appearance of my stretch marks, and I could see and feel a difference in my skin.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONProcure Bruise Remedy
This certainly isn't the sexiest product, but it is one of the most practical -- and it really works. Active ingredient arnica keeps bumps and bangs from turning into full-on purple bruises, and an easy-to-use sponge head makes application a breeze. Even if you're not a klutz, arnica has been shown to work wonders on spider veins, too.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBurt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
I have a ton of stretch marks, and this seems to have faded them a bit. It also makes my skin feel oh-so soft.
EDITORS' PICKAveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash
Rich lather, decadent scent and skin-saving ingredients, like soothing oatmeal and lactic acid -- what more could you ask for from a body wash? The luxurious texture and scent feel far more expensive than the $7.49 price tag, and a dab goes a long way on your loofah.
READERS' CHOICEDove Go Fresh Cool Moisture Body Wash
It immediately makes me feel fresh, and after the first wash you can feel its softening effects. Plus, it helped clear up the acne on my back, and it smells amazing.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONLe Petit Marseillais Extra Gentle Shower Creme
This fancy-pants-looking body wash seems like it belongs on the shelf of a sophisticated French pharmacy, but you can pick it up at Target for around $5. Besides the bang for your buck, the gentle formula leaves skin soft and smells like real essential oils -- no cloying, artificial scents here.
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' PICKSchmidt's Sensitive Skin Deodorant Stick
If you were iffy about hopping on the natural deodorant train, this product just might convince you to make the switch. In a convenient traditional stick form made without baking soda (a skin irritant for some), this creamy formula glides on just like your drugstore standby and smells like a tub of flowers. While it's not meant to stop sweat altogether like an antiperspirant, it does nix odor all day long.
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 MENTIONDove Sheer Fresh Invisible Dry Spray Antiperspirant
The aerosol can contains a formula that is truly invisible -- it doesn't even show up when sprayed directly on dark clothing. The perfume-worthy scent neutralizes odor, and the wetness protection is a force to be reckoned with.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONSecret Outlast & Olay Smooth Solid Deodorant
It goes on clear, smells fresh, and it claims to last 48 hours, but I believe it lasts longer. It even withstood my sweaty fitness bootcamp.
EDITORS' PICKAnnick Goutal Tenue de Soiree Eau de Parfum
Don't let the playful (yet chic) pouf fool you: This sophisticated scent is sultry and sexy -- think sex kitten, but classy. The powdery, floral scent is balanced with berry notes and patchouli, a unique combination that commands attention.
READERS' CHOICEVictoria's Secret Heavenly Eau de Parfum
It's a heavenly, sophisticated and seductive mix of white musk, sandalwood, vanilla and white peony. I always get a lot of compliments when I wear this, and it's hard to keep my husband away (not that I want to).
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONJo Malone London Basil & Neroli Cologne
A charming, wearable scent that is sure to incite the ultimate perfume compliment: "What are you wearing?" This citrus-y, yet spicy fragrance smells like a day spent basking in the warmth of the afternoon sun.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONJuicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum
This is the sweetest, most irresistible girly scent I know. I feel so giddy wearing it. It's a perfect combination of girly yet classy, and it lasts a long time.
EDITORS' PICKBic Soleil Shine Disposable Razor
This no-frills drugstore option gets the job done, which is what you want when it comes to the tedious process of shaving. A five-blade razor offers an impossibly smooth shave, without leaving any nicks around the hard-to-navigate knee area.
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 MENTIONTweezerman Expertweeze Lighted Slant Tweezer
So simple, yet so genius. The light attached to these slanted tweezers makes for a superprecise tweezing experience -- a really good thing, considering how long it takes to grow out overzealous eyebrow mistakes.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONEmjoi Light Caress Rechargeable Epilator
This is a great epilator. It pulls out even the finest hairs very efficiently.
EDITORS' PICKFictions Hand Cream London, She Knew He Was Forever
From the luxe, gift-worthy packaging to the rich, non-greasy texture, this hand cream feels every bit as upscale as it looks. The scent is heavenly, and the size is perfect for on-the-go hydration.
READERS' CHOICEAvon Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair Hand Cream
I have severely dry, cracked and bleeding skin on my hands in the winter. I usually put this on at night and wake up in the morning with hydrated, smooth hands.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONCutex All-in-One 24 Hour Hydration Hand & Cuticle Cream
The instant absorption of this insanely hydrating drugstore find won editors over. The fact that it lasts through a hand wash? Well, now you're just showing off, Cutex.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONC.O. Bigelow Lemon Hand Treatment
This hand lotion has the best natural smell, and it doesn't bother my allergies. I love that it makes my hands soft and smooth.
EDITORS' PICKDeborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Color
No UV lamps, no problem. This 7-free polish is formulated without many common toxins found in nail polish, but that has no effect on its staying power. The shiny, thick lacquer lasts all week.
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 MENTIONSally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish
Not only does this polish come in dozens of gorgeous colors that stay put on nails for up to a week, it's also formulated with nail-nourishing ingredients like argan and evening primrose oil.
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' PICKC. Booth Charcoal Foaming Dry Body Polish & Cleanser
Holy exfoliation. This dry scrub, made from real bits of pumice stone, is everything you've been searching for if you're in need of some tough-love sloughing. The sand-like granules suds up when they come in contact with water, but not so much that they dissolve before they go to work removing patchy dryness. Hello, glowing skin.
READERS' CHOICEClinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream
The scrub beads are not rough and are perfect for buffing and polishing skin. It leaves my skin smooth and less flaky, and the minty scent is so refreshing.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONTreets Traditions Healing in Harmony Body Salt Scrub
With a perfect grain-to-oil ratio, this salt scrub is as gentle as it is effective. The grit of the salt gets the job done without rubbing skin raw, and the grapeseed oil leaves skin smooth, not greasy.
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' PICKSt. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion
This foolproof self tanner won't leave you orange, smelly or streaky, but it will give your skin a gradual golden glow that looks 100 percent natural. Instead of taking time to develop like most self-tanners, this effect is instant -- which means you can correct your mistakes before they have time to leave their mark.
READERS' CHOICERodan + Fields Essentials Foaming Sunless Tan
This is the best self-tanner I've ever used. It's easy to apply and doesn't leave streaks or an orange tint. It has no smell, but more importantly, it looks so natural.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONJergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer
File this under: Where has this been all your life? Applied to wet skin in the shower, this gradual tanner completely removes all of the mess and fuss associated with adding a little fake glow. Plus, the color looks completely natural.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBanana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion
This is the perfect self-tanner for impatient folks. It's easy to apply, the formula is very forgiving on the knees, ankles and elbows, and it doesn't streak if not blended well.
EDITORS' PICKLive Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap
Let this hand soap take you on a temporary Tahitian getaway every time you suds up. With hand-softening ingredients, like vitamin E and apricot oil, using this is a vacation for all of your senses.
READERS' CHOICEDove Beauty Bar Go Fresh Cool Moisture
Like all the other Dove bars, the moisturizing quality of this soap is off the charts. What I love the most is the wonderful scent of this line. It's the cleanest scent around.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONNubian Heritage African Black Bar Soap
Eczema, scabs, acne, rashes -- the laundry list of skin afflictions cleared up by this skin is long. Considering the ingredients list, it's no wonder: Shea butter and coconut oil nourish and hydrate skin, and aloe juice and oat kernel soothe inflammation.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONLush Soap
I am in love with Lush's organic and handmade products. The "Karma" soap smells incredible, softens my skin, lathers well and the fragrance really lasts.
EDITORS' PICKMyChelle Sun Shield Clear Spray SPF 30
A scentless physical sunscreen that rubs in clear and leaves skin soft to the touch? If we didn't try it, we wouldn't believe it either. The spray formula makes for easy application, but it definitely needs to be rubbed in -- not a bad thing when you consider you'll be better protected that way.
READERS' CHOICENeutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray
I can rely on this to prevent me from getting burnt, but I can still get a bit of a tan. It sprays as a mist, so it's easy to apply thoroughly. It's not greasy, and you can apply it even when you're wet.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONBanana Boat Suncomfort Lotion Sunscreen
This lotion-like sunscreen is so sheer and lightweight, it almost feels like you're not wearing sunscreen at all. Even sand is no match for this sunscreen's wearability -- it just brushes right off.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBanana Boat Sport Performance Lotion Sunscreen
I love this product because you can wear it year-round -- not just in the summer. It protects skin and contains no greasy residue. It's perfect for on-the-spot applications.