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June 4, 2008
Allure's most alluring products

I confess, I'm a cosmetics junkie!

So I always look forward to Allure magazine's Readers' Choice Winners, which are announced in this month's issue. (Jessica Alba is on the cover.)

Readers submit their picks for the products they can't live without. And this time, they got specific. Not just a Vaseline body lotion, but the particular formula. Not just any lipstick, but the particular brand and color. And there are products listed in both the drugstore and department store categories.

For example, the hot pick for a drugstore brand blush was Cover Girl Cheekers Blush in Natural Twinkle. The department store winner was NARS blush in Orgasm - always a winner in spite of the name.

One category that always amazes me is the drugstore mascara. Maybelline Great Lash continues to dominate. I thought for sure L'Oreal's Voluminous would give the pink and green tube a run for it this year.

Yeah, I know this isn't rocket science. But, given the tough economic times, checking out just the drugstore winners might save you money, especially on items like facial cleansers and lipstick.

Neutrogena's Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes and L'Oreal's lip color in Mica were drugstore favorites.

Had I voted, I would be sharing the self-tanner banner for Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (pictured). I still say it's the best way to get a subtle color, and now it comes in a variety of shades to suit any skin tone. It's safe, and there's no better way - other than stupid lunges - to make even leg imperfections go poof!

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