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Redbook Crowns its MVPs—Most Valuable (Beauty) Products—of 2011

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This morning, we hightailed it up to Redbook's 2011 MVP (Most Valuable Product) Awards, hosted by model and TV presenter Camilla Alves. Alves told us about how even she, model and mom, has had beauty disasters—one Chanel-inspired haircut gone wrong at age seven and another short-do gone awry when she was pregnant with her first child—and how she and her mom used to mash up avocados, put them in their hair, wrap their heads in plastic bags and go sit in the sun for half an hour. Deep conditioning at its most natural, eh?

Check out this year's top beauty picks from Redbook after the jump.


Best Primer: Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer SPF 21, $30
Best Foundation: DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Crème-Gel Makeup SPF 20, $48
Best Concealer: Revlon PhotoReady Concealer, $10.99
Best Face Powder: Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder, $32
Best Bronzer: Dr. Hauschka Powder Duo, $34
Best Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, $25
Best Tinted Lip Balm: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, $6.99
Best Lip Gloss: Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, $32
Best Lipstick: YSL Rouge Pur Couture, $30
Best Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $20
Best Eye Shadow: Make Up For Ever Professional Aqua Cream, $22
Best Mascara: Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow Mascara, $8.49

Skin and Nails:

Best Makeup Remover: Benefit Remove It Makeup Remover, $21
Best Face Cleanser: Avon Anew Platinum Cleanser, $15
Best Face Exfoliator: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Peel, $85
Best Antiaging Serum: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum, $24.99
Best Night Cream: RoC Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity Night Cream, $29.99
Best Acne Treatment: SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense, $78
Best Eye Cream: Prevage Eye Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer SPF 15, $98
Best Body Wash: Dove Visible Care Renewing Crème Body Wash, $7.99
Best Body Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, $35
Best Self-Tanner: Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush Instant Self-Tanning Spray, $49


Best Daytime Fragrance: Vera Wang Preppy Princess, $60
Best Nighttime Fragrance: Estée Lauder Sensuous Noir, $60
Best Bright Nailcolor: OPI Nail Lacquer in Do You Think I’m Tex-y?, $8.50
Best Neutral Nailcolor: Essie Topless & Barefoot, $8
Best Nail Treatment: Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum, $9.99


Best Shampoo: L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Delicate Color Shampoo, $23
Best Conditioner: Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Frizzy to Smooth Conditioner, $3.99
Best Leave-In Conditioner: René Furterer Okara New Radiance Enhancing Spray, $26
Best Hair Treatment: Fekkai Essential Shea Ultra Rich Mask, $30
Best Shine Booster: Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil, $24
Best Volumizer: Privé Concept Vert Volumizing Froth, $24
Best Flyaway Fighter: John Frieda Full Repair Touch-up Flyaway Tamer, $9.99
Best Frizz Buster: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Smoothing Cream, $4.89
Best Hairspray: Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hair Spray, $25
Best Curl Definer: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk The Original Curl Definer, $20
Best Dry Shampoo: Got2b Fat-tastic Dry Shampoo, $5.99
Best Curling Iron: Keratin Complex 4-in-One Keratin Curling System, $159
Best Blow Dryer: Brazilian Heat After Dark blow dryer, $120
Best Flat Iron: T3 Single Pass Compact Flat Iron, $79

· MVP Awards [Redbook]

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