September 2021

PageDaily Awards: Best Drugstore Makeup

By Daniela Apeloig & Lindsay Leff

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Have you ever walked into a drugstore to buy shampoo and only shampoo? Suddenly, you find your hands full of new lipstick shades, a mascara you just read about, colored eyeliner, even bronzer (summer is only a few months away!). Days later, you look over your new purchases and realize you will never wear that electric blue eyeliner or too-bold lipstick. We’ve been victims of the beauty aisle vortex, too. Instead of falling under the influence of makeup, makeup, and more makeup, just buy the best. The PageDaily Awards for the Best Drugstore Makeup—from the winning lipstick to the perfect skin-matching foundation—mean no more drugstore makeup mistakes. Bring a copy of these beauty awards and get ready to hit the drugstore!

And the PageDaily Awards for Best Drugstore Makeup Go To . . .

Best Drugstore Lipstick: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge
Clear away your lipsticks, glosses, and stains because we found the ultimate in lipcolor—1 lipstick that covers all of your lipcolor needs. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge conditions lips with vitamin E and ceramide 5, while supplying long-lasting color for up to 10 hours. (The lipstick goes for a suggested retail price of $9.95. All prices shown here are suggested.) With 30 different shades, ranging from vibrant reds, ladylike pinks, and bold plums, there is a color for everyone.

Best Drugstore Foundation: Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation
The Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation, $7.99, replicates the exact shade of your skin, giving you natural and breathable coverage. Like a miracle camouflage, no one will be able to tell you’re wearing foundation. Fit Me! is available in 18 shades that match even subtle variations in skin tone. An added bonus—its sun-safety rating is SPF 18, which is a must-have in your everyday foundation.

Best Drugstore Mascara: Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara, $9.99, is a 2-in-1 mascara and lash-lengthening treatment. The formula promotes fast-growing lashes, promising a fuller, stronger, lusher lashline in just 30 days. Ingredients darken lashes while conditioning and protecting them from further fall-out and breakage. The mascara is available in 2 shades, Extreme Black and Black.

Best Drugstore Bronzer: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Bronzer
A healthy-looking tan and natural glow is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with the help of the Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Powder, $14.95. The bronzer comes in 3 shades from light to dark so you can get your desired level of color. Formulated with vitamins, moisturizers, and antioxidants, this bronzer gives skin foolproof color for the perfect looking tan.

Best Drugstore Blush: Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush
Formulated with Olay Regenerist serum, this Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush, $10.99, is creamy and lightweight. It not only gives cheeks a pop of color but also strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier and protects against free radicals. This power-packed blush comes in 4 skin-flattering shades for a defining, even look.

Best Drugstore Eyeliner: Milani Liquif’Eye Liquid-Like Eyeliner & Eye Liner Pencil
We can’t get enough of Milani’s eyeliners! If you feel adventurous and want to test the waters with spring’s color makeup trend, try Liquif’Eye Liquid-Like Eyeliner, $6.99. In blue, purple, and green, the smooth formula glides on, leaving a shimmering finish. If you prefer classics like black and brown, Milani Eye Liner Pencil, $3.99, in true black and dark brown is the winner. These eyeliner pencils go on extra-smooth to give eyes that wow factor.

Best Drugstore Eyeshadow: Revlon Colorstay 12 Hour Eyeshadow Quad & Revlon Luxurious Color Satin, Perle, & Matte Eyeshadows
Revlon won over our hearts and our eyelids with its shadows. We chose not 1 but 2 different styles and formulas to match your makeup personality. The quad, $6.99, is perfect for the girl who likes to use them all or isn’t sure which shades to wear together. The 12 hour shades won’t crease, smudge, or fade and glide on easily for long-wearing color.

If you like to match your own shades, or always wind up with 1 color used up and the other 3 never touched, the singles are for you. In satin (a smooth, shimmering finish), perle (a sparkling, crystallized finish), or matte (a creamy, rich finish), these shadows, $4.99 each, are rich in pigment and blend well for even color.

Best Drugstore Concealer: Almay Smart Shade Concealer
Finding the perfect shade of concealer is like finding a needle in a haystack. Well, we found that needle with Almay Smart Shade Concealer, $8.99. Made with shade-sensing technology, this concealer transforms itself to match your skin tone, concealing dark circles and blemishes. The lightweight formula comes in 3 shades to match all skin colors.

Best Drugstore Makeup Remover: Andrea Eye Q’s Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads
After you spent the day looking and feeling great, don’t wake up the next morning looking not so great. No going to bed with a face full of makeup. Treat your skin well while keeping it healthy with the Andrea Eye Q’s Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads, $5.29. The pads quickly and effectively remove all types of eye makeup and dirt while conditioning the most sensitive area on our faces. Each jar contains 65 pads.

Best Drugstore Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
Are you a girl on the go with no time for your nails to dry? Us too! To the rescue—Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, $9.99. These peel-and-apply nail strips come in hot neons, shiny metallics and glitter, and fun patterns like lace and leopard. Kit includes 16 nail polish strips, a cuticle stick, and mini file/buffer.

Arm yourself with this list, or better yet memorize the PageDaily Awards. The next time you are in line at the drugstore and feel the need for a little something pretty, you’ll know the drugstore makeup brands that won’t create buyers’ regret!

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PageDaily Awards: Best Bras, Body Slimmers & Body Shapers

By Daniela Apeloig

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No Need for Girdles Here!
Wish you rocked your own personal runway with a body like the Victoria Secrets Angels? Not all bodies are created equal—or proportionate. We know, life is unfair! To level the field—and our tummies—most of us need to tame what nature intended. Think body slimmer to hold in a muffin top or saddlebags, bras that minimize your bust or enhance it. Bodies bulge where they shouldn’t, clothes don’t lie right—fashion emergencies that are easy to fix. To the rescue: the PageDaily Awards for Best Bras, Body Slimmers & Body Shapers. You’ll lose inches and look sexy without going on a diet. We know, you love us. Share the love, and the skinny on these PageDaily Awards, with your friends.

PageDaily Awards for Best Bras, Body Slimmers & Body Shapers Go To . . .

1. Best Waist Cincher: TC Fine Intimates Just Enough Hi-Waist Shapewear Brief
The only muffin tops you want near you are 100 calorie VitaTops. If your mid-section is the source of all of your fashion-fit trouble, go with the TC Fine Intimates Just Enough Hi-Waist Shapewear Brief for $36. This comfortable high-waisted underwear gives you firm control for a flatter stomach and a smooth silhouette under clothes. It has silicone grippers inside so the briefs don’t ride up. And no visible panty lines! This tummy tucker has a cotton lining so you can wear it as underwear.

2. Best Thigh Slimmer: Spanx Slim Cognito Shaping Mid-Thigh Bodysuit
Kiss those saddlebags goodbye with the Spanx Slim Cognito Shaping Mid-Thigh Bodysuit. Not only will this slim your thighs, but you won’t have to worry about those stomach, rear end, and hip bulges either. This body shaper runs $72–$76 and comes with removable straps that attach to any bra. We may never take it off.

3. Best Back Smoother: TC Fine Intimates Even More Firm Control Torsette
Back fat? It only sounds like something from a Seinfeld episode until it happens to you! And when it does, you won’t be laughing. Don’t cry either. You can wear your own bra while smoothing any spillage with the TC Fine Intimates Even More Firm Control Torsette, $59. Wear that clingy dress you love and hide the back-fat bulge with this body shaper that holds in your waist and flattens the areas around your undergarments.

4. Best Minimizer Bra: Maidenform Lilyette Custom Fit Lace Minimizer Bra
To those of you on the more flat-chested end of the spectrum, you may regard the well-endowed with envy. But the grass is always greener, as those with large breasts will tell you. Common complaints: back pain and inadequate support from their bras. If you have a large chest and want to appear smaller while getting the right support and coverage, then this Maidenform Lilyette Custom Fit Lace Minimizer Bra is the best bra for large breasts. Its lace and crisscross detail will hold you in sexy style, and its budget-friendly price, $18.99, will make you smile.

5. Best Push-Up Bra: Maidenform Like Magic Extreme Push-up Bra
If your small breasts make you feel ho-hum, make them go va-va-voom with Maidenform Like Magic Extreme Push-up Bra, $27.20. This push-up bra instantly adds 2 cup sizes with its extreme padding. The plunging neckline and straps that convert to a crisscross back make this push-up bra versatile. So, go big and go out wearing a variety of shirts, dresses, tank tops, and more.

6. Best Strapless Bra: Simone Perele Velia Strapless Plunge Bra
Won’t go braless? Can’t find a strapless bra that stays put? Your days of bypassing a strapless dress or skimpy tank top are history. The comfortable Simone Perele Velia Strapless Plunge Bra, $82, fits so well, you won’t even notice that the straps are missing. And the plunging neckline means this bra also works under low-cut clothes. The bra comes with matching adjustable straps to take you from strapless to crisscross, halter, and traditional. If you’ve got sexy, revealing clothes, this is the strapless bra for you.

7. Best Convertible Bra: Frederick’s Nine World Wonders Convertible Bra Kit
With 2 underwire cups and a variety of removable clear and elastic straps, Frederick’s Nine World Wonders Convertible Bra Kit gives its bra 9 lives—halter, strapless, open back, cross front, racer back, one strap, low front, low back, or asymmetrical. For $39, the price and the versatility along with the fit will have you purring with pleasure.

8. Best Backless Bra: Fashion Forms Nu Bra Ultralite Backless Bra
Want to bring sexy back? There’s nothing sexy about your bra strap showing with clothes that are low-cut in back. Fashion Forms NuBra Ultralite Backless Bra to the rescue. The self-adhesive bra cups, $32, attach to each other with an adjustable front closure, are washable, and can be reused up to 50 times. For a seamless look plus lift, this bra is perfect under backless or strapless tops and dresses.

9. Best Camouflage Lingerie: MySkins Seamless Bra & MySkins Seamless Panties
Want to wear sheer shirts, white jeans, and nude dresses without putting your underwear on display? MySkins Seamless Bras and MySkins Seamless Panties come in 20 skin-matching colors that make you look bare—but you’re not. No matter your skin color, you’ll find your match, from honey, caramel, and toffee to cappuccino, hazelnut, and espresso. Bras, $60, come in 3 styles: tee shirt, plunge, and convertible. For panties, $12, choose from a full-cut brief, girl short, or thong.

10. Best Plunge Bra: Victoria’s Secret U-Plunge Push-Up Bra
Channeling the plunging J Lo look, but double-stick tape isn’t your idea of a bra? You can steal the scene in your deep V-neck ensemble without your bra being seen. The Victoria’s Secret U-Plunge Push-Up Bra, $42, has pads for moderate lift and convertible straps to wear in a halter, crossback, or classic style.

11. Best Seamless Panty: Commando Low-Rise Thong
Visible panty lines? Oh, the horror! Banish the “OMG VPL!” fashion emergency without going commando. The Commando Low-Rise Thong, $20, has laser-cut edges but no elastic or other trim. The result: the thong fits flat against your body, giving you the naked look without the naked.

Now, no matter where baby’s got fat, you can make sure your fab fashion fits the way it should with the best bras, body shapers, and shapewear.

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PageDaily Awards:
The Best Bath & Body Beauty Products

By Lindsay Leff

With tons of lotions, potions, and more flooding the shelves of your favorite beauty product retailer, how do you choose the bath and body products that make it into your beauty artillery? What beauty products will cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize best? Fret no more. Our latest installment of the PageDaily Awards has you covered in all categories, from body butters and scrubs to shower gels and shaving creams. We’ve tested them all—hard-to-find luxury lines, natural and organic beauty products, discount beauty products, drugstore brands, and everything in between. And we’ve weeded out the so-so and not-even-close to give you the best of the best. With our PageDaily Award winners, your bath and body will thank you this winter.

Best Body Lotion: Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion
• Nongreasy formula infused with essential lipids and vitamins B5 and E
• Clinically proven to moisturize and soothe extra dry, damaged skin in 1 week
• Use daily for best results
• Ideal for extra-dry, sensitive skin
Buy Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion, $10.49, at drugstore.com

Best Body Butter: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter
• Shea butter and squalane (a moisturizing oil) heal dry skin, delivering hydration for up to 24 hours
• Enriched with jojoba oil and beta carotene to protect and soften skin
• Ideal as an everyday body butter, applied directly after showering
• Perfect for all skin types
Buy Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, $35, at kiehls.com

Best Hand Lotion: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment
• Fast-absorbing cream formula moisturizes for up to 8 hours
• Soothing emollients smooth and soften rough, dry skin and cuticles
• Reverses damage from winter weather
Buy Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment, $16, at drugstore.com

Best Hand Soap: Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap
• Lightweight foam washes away dirt, while leaving hands soft and lightly scented
• Formula includes moisturizing honey, coconut milk, and fruit extracts
• Also available in 33 other scents, including a holiday collection
Buy Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap (here in Nectarine Mint), $3, at bathandbodyworks.com

Best Foot Lotion: L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream
• Ingredients include lavender essential oil to purify skin, arnica extract to reduce irritation, and mint to cool feet
• Shea butter increases skin’s softness and comfort
• Best used daily after showering
Buy L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream, $26 (5.2 oz.), at loccitane.com

Best Shower Gel: Philosophy Be Somebody Water Lily Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel
• 3-in-1 shampoo and bath and shower gel gently cleanses skin and hair
• Made of natural extracts and antioxidants to soothe and calm skin
• Scented with citrus and water lily
• Shower gels are light cleansers great for fragrance, as compared to body washes, which cleanse, smell good, and provide additional benefits from moisturizing to anti-aging
Buy Philosophy Be Somebody Water Lily Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel, $16, at philosophy.com

Best Body Wash: Aveeno Positively Nourishing Antioxidant Body Wash
• Available in Blackerry + Vanilla and White Peach + Ginger
• Rich, cleansing formula is fortified with antioxidants to repair cell damage and protect skin from free radicals
• Available starting in February
• Body washes cleanse, smell good, and provide additional benefits from moisturizing to anti-aging, as compared to shower gels, which are light cleansers great for fragrance
Buy Aveeno Positively Nourishing Antioxidant Body Wash, $6.99, at aveeno.com

Best Body Scrub: Fresh Sugar Acai Body Scrub
• Combines sugar crystals to scrub away dead skin cells, hydrating sugar fruit acids to promote new cell growth, and cupuacu seed butter to leave skin silky-smooth
• Gentle enough to use daily
• Scrubs smell great, remove dead skin cells, then pile on the added benefits, as compared to exfoliators, which are all about the scent and the dead skin cell removal
Buy Fresh Sugar Acai Body Scrub, $48, at fresh.com

Best Exfoliator: Carol’s Daughter Sweet Honey Dip Chocolate Brown Sugah Scrub
• Cleans pores, washes away dead skin cells, and leaves skin balanced and hydrated
• Contains proteins, vitamin E, antioxidants, and olive oil to soften skin
• Primrose oil improves skin’s cell rejuvenation and elasticity
• Exfoliators are all about the scent and the dead skin cell removal, as compared to scrubs, which smell great, remove dead skin cells, then pile on the added benefits
Buy Carol’s Daughter Sweet Honey Dip Chocolate Brown Sugah Scrub, $34, at sephora.com

Best Bath & Shower Tools: Earth Therapeutics Bamboo Bath Collection
• Made from eco-friendly, naturally anti-bacterial bamboo fibers
• Collection includes bath & body sponge, bath mitt, complexion mitt, complexion towel, and bath pillow
• Helps unclog pores and stimulate circulation to revitalize the skin on face and body
• Ideal for sensitive skin
Buy Earth Therapeutics Bamboo Bath Collection, $4.99–$14.99, at earththerapeutics.com

Best Body Bar: Sabon Loofah Soap
• Glycerine-based soap poured into a natural loofah
• 2-in-1 skin cleanser and exfoliator
• Also available in Amber, Lemon, and Lavender
Buy Sabon Loofah Soap (here in Lychee), $7, at sabonnyc.com

Best Shaving Cream: Eos Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream
• Nonfoaming cream formula includes aloe, oat, shea butter, and antioxidant vitamins E and C
• Improves skin’s moisture level and prevents razor bumps
• Available in Pomegranate Raspberry, Vanilla Bliss, Lavender Jasmine, and Sensitive
Buy Eos Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream, $3.49, at evolutionofsmooth.com

Best Razor: Bic Soleil Twilight Triple Blade Disposable Shavers for Women
• Perfect for sensitive skin
• 3 blades give a close, smooth shave
• Lubricating strip contains lanolin and vitamin E
• Lavender-scented handle with nonslip grip
Buy Bic Soleil Twilight Triple Blade Disposable Shavers for Women, $5.99, at walgreens.com

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PageDaily Awards: The Best Beauty Gadgets & Tools

By Lindsay Leff

Want to go from just plain pretty to drop-dead-gorgeous? Creams, powders, makeup, and brushes work wonders. But without the best beauty gadgets, you haven’t maxed your assets. We tested the must-have devices, tools, and contraptions to amp up your glam factor. These gadgets are not bargains, but they are the best at what they do. Don’t walk the red carpet—or leave the house—before primping with these PageDaily Award winners! Shop the story, then watch the video.



1. BUY SAM BROCATO VIBRASTRAIT, $199; 2. BUY T3 FEATHERWEIGHT LUXE PROFESSIONAL HAIR DRYER, $250; 3. BUY AMIKA 19MM TOURMALINE CURLER, $189; 4. BUY CLARISONIC OPAL SONIC INFUSION, $245; 5. BUY TANDA CLEAR ACNE LIGHT THERAPY TREATMENT STARTER KIT, $250; 6. BUY NO!NO! 8810, $284.95; 7. BUY BEAUTYBLENDER, $19.95; 8. BUY SHU UEMURA EYELASH CURLER, $19; 9. BUY TEMPTU AIRBRUSH MAKEUP SYSTEM, $225; 10. BUY TWEEZERMAN SLANT TWEEZER, $20; 11. BUY LUSTER 1 HOUR WHITE, $39.99

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Buy Luster 1 Hour White: The Best Tooth-Whitening System, $39.99

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Buy Luster 1 Hour White, $39.99, at target.com

  • PageDaily Award: The Best Tooth-Whitening System
  • Whitens the shade of teeth by 6 times in less than 1 hour
  • Gentle enough for even the most sensitive of teeth
  • Comes with mouth rinse, whitening gel, and activating light
  • Why it beats the competition: Dentist-quality whitening for a fraction of the cost

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Buy Tweezerman Slant Tweezer: The Best Tweezers, $20

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Buy Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, $20, at sephora.com

  • PageDaily Award: The Best Tweezers
  • Slanted to grab every hair with precision
  • Stainless steel
  • Celebs like Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Hurley, and Charlize Theron swear by them
  • Available in solid colors, patterns, prints, even bedazzled
  • Why it beats the competition: Grabs every single hair for perfect, precisely shaped brows

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Buy Temptu Airbrush Makeup System: The Best Airbrush Makeup, $225

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Buy Temptu Airbrush Makeup System, $225, at sephora.com

  • PageDaily Award: The Best Airbrush Makeup
  • Lightweight and easy-to-use
  • Unique trigger for achieving light, medium, or full coverage
  • Includes a how-to DVD
  • Uses disposable pods filled with foundation, highlighter, or blush
  • Foundation pods come in 12 shades ($55 each); highlighter pods come in 6 shades ($35 each); blush pods come in 6 shades ($30 each)
  • Why it beats the competition: Creates flawless, long-lasting, camera-ready skin in minutes

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Buy Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler: The Best Eyelash Curler, $19

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Buy Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $19, at sephora.com

  • PageDaily Award: The Best Eyelash Curler
  • Applies just the right amount of pressure to lashes for the perfect curl
  • Gives the illusion of bigger eyes that pop
  • New and improved silicon pad
  • Curved angle perfect for all eye shapes
  • Why it beats the competition: Boosts the benefit of any mascara for huge lashes

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Buy Beautyblender: The Best Makeup Sponge, $19.95

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Buy Beautyblender, $19.95, at sephora.com

  • PageDaily Award: The Best Makeup Sponge
  • Gives your makeup a professional polish
  • Clean, even finish with no visible edges or streaks
  • Bounce or stipple the sponge (with foundation or concealer) on skin for a flawless application
  • Celeb fans include Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé, and Mariah Carey
  • Why it beats the competition: Creates flawless, expert-looking coverage

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Buy Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment Starter Kit:
The Best Acne Treatment, $250

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Buy Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment Starter Kit, $250, at nordstrom.com
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  • PageDaily Award: The Best Acne Treatment
  • Gently and effectively treats breakouts and acne with LED light therapy
  • The blue LED light kills acne bacteria and inflammation
  • Clinically proven to kill up to 86% of acne-causing bacteria
  • Prevents breakouts
  • Cordless and rechargeable
  • Why it beats the competition: Clear skin from a painless home gadget

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