Allure Magazine – Best of Beauty Awards 2009

In the movie industry, the Academy Awards is the largest and most prestigious award show around, and winning a shiny gold statue is the ultimate goal for any struggling actor in Hollywood.

For beauty, it's all about the Allure's Best of Beauty Awards. Each year, Allure has "the beauty expert" test thousands of products and then tell us – the end consumer – which products rule.

Here is a list of the best products in four categories: Best Splurges, Big Breakthroughs, Skin and Hair.

And the winner goes to …

Best Splurges – Know What's Important

Shower gel? For $ 28? Yes, it is worth it. Molton Brown Bath & Shower Gel is a splurge for a reason. It uses real plants and natural ingredients which leaves skin in its best shape. Did we mention that sweet and subtle smell it has?

Big Breakthroughs – You Don't Have to 'Go Under' To See Results

It's quick, it's easy, it works. Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads wipe away all those gross particles that sit on your face and then gently exfoliates your skin. So you're left with a natural sheen that will have people asking, "What's your secret?"

Base – Fake Flawless Skin

My skin usually looks okay enough for me to go out in public – minus that blemish that pops up every so often. Thankfully, Murad Acne Treatment Concealer helps hide and get rid of those nasty red spots. Finally, a product that both heals and conceals!

Hair – No Salon Needed With The Right Products

Regardless of the kind of hair you have, we all know finding a good hair care routine is downright difficult. Allure decided that Kérastase Resistance Bain Volumactive Shampoo is the shampoo winner – plain and simple. It moisturizes hair, creates volume, and brings dead hair back to life!

We're already gearing up for next year awards – who will reign?

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