Cheer on Netflix Review: If You’re Not Watching This Show, What Are You Even Doing?

Cheer on Netflix is everything I look for in a show: emotional, compelling, addicting, and incredibly well-made. The six-episode documentary series (from the team behind another favorite, Last Chance U) takes you inside the world of competitive cheerleading at Navarro College, a small junior college in Corsicana, Texas.

Perhaps you’re telling yourself that you aren’t interested in cheerleading—and I’m here to tell you that you’re mistaken. Even if you’ve never tumbled, done a herky, or stood atop a pyramid, this show is utterly fascinating. First off, these young people are incredible athletes of the highest order, and getting to see what they put their bodies through for the sake of their sport is incredible. (Once you see a single practice, you’ll never question whether it’s a sport again.)

The Navarro squad is preparing for the National Championships, and the school has a storied history of winning under tough-but-kind coach Monica Aldama, who I kind of wish I could hire to make all my important life decisions.

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You get to see lots of the whole squad, but the story focuses on a few main members (and Monica). And let me just say they will find a way into your heart almost immediately⁠—like, you will want to drive down to Texas and give them hugs. I devoured the show in a day over the weekend, and I already miss Jerry, La’Darius, Morgan, Lexie, Gabi, and even Sherbs so much. A number of them come from tough backgrounds, and Navarro has offered them a home and a safe space to be themselves, live their truth, and be a part of a family.

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Prince Harry Reportedly ‘Cut Off’ Some of His Close Friends During Meghan Markle’s Pregnancy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior members of the British royal family has obviously had tremendous ripple effects across the monarchy and the media. There has been an emergency summit with the queen, public statements refuting “bullying”, and so many rumors about how this all went down and exactly why the Sussexes wanted to carve out a “progressive new role” for themselves within the monarchy.

A source recently told People that Prince Harry “cut off” some of his close friends “about six months” into Markle’s pregnancy with baby Archie, who was born in May. “Most no longer even have his cell number,” the source said. “They totally understand that men often drift from their friends after marriage, but there’s still a lot of resentment because they had been so close for so long.”

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Obviously, there could be a million reasons for this—assuming it’s even true. Who among us has not grown apart from friends we had in our youth, especially as lives start to diverge and people start their own families? It’s a totally natural (and not at all shady) thing to have happen. People also notes that the Duke of Sussex is still very close with his pal Charlie van Straubenzee. They attended each other’s weddings, and van Straubenzee is rumored to be one of Archie’s godparents. (In one of their many moves to do things differently, the Sussexes did not release the names of the godparents.)

While we await final decisions about the details regarding what Prince Harry and Markle’s future will look like as they divide time between the U.K. and North America, the duchess was spotted out and about visiting Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre on January 14, and Harry is scheduled to appear at an event at Buckingham Palace tomorrow (January 16).

Elizabeth Warren Leaves No Doubts About A Woman’s Electability in 2020

Last night marked the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses next month, and the six leading candidates—including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden—took the stage in Des Moines hoping for a final boost in the polls. The night included several discussions about foreign affairs and health care, but one of the focal points of the conversation surrounded the electability of the people onstage—and, in particular, the electability of women in general.

Tensions rose after the debate turned to a recent CNN report that claims Sanders told Warren during a private 2018 meeting that a woman could not win the White House, a claim he vehemently denied both in that report and again last night. (A 1988 video of him maintaining a woman could be president has also surfaced). CNN moderator Abby Phillip didn’t ask Warren directly if Sanders had made the comment, but instead asked how it made her feel.

“I disagreed,” Warren replied, but she moved on fast from the particulars of their conversation, pivoting to a larger point about the fact that some still do think women can’t win the Oval Office. She noted that of the candidates in attendance, she and Senator Amy Klobuchar are the two whose records prove there’s no question that a woman can beat Donald Trump. “Look at the men on this stage,” Warren said. “Collectively, they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women: Amy [Klobuchar] and me.”

Warren continued, “And the only person on this stage who has beaten an incumbent Republican anytime in the past 30 years is me.”

Klobuchar later used the moment to highlight her own record. “When you look at what I have done, I have won every race, every place, every time,” she said.

Both of their comments reflect the sexism that’s surrounded the political conversation since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the election in 2016. There have been constant questions about the electability of women, but people should look to actual studies, as well as performances of politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar. Particularly in 2018, when women campaigned in droves, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University found that non-incumbent women did better than non-incumbent men in primary and general elections. Apart from that, as the New York Times has observed, studies have shown that when women do run for office, they win at the same rates as men. Warren’s answer makes it clear that it’s time to put the entire question of the electability of women to bed.

“The real danger we face as Democrats is picking a candidate who can’t pull our party together or someone who takes for granted big parts of the Democratic constituency,” Warren said. “We need a candidate who will excite all parts of the Democratic Party, bring everyone in, and give every Democrat a place to believe in. That’s my plan, and that is why I’m going to win.”

Shop All the ‘Glamour’ Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Skin-Care Nominees

For the past 16 years, the Glamour Beauty Awards have celebrated the products that have changed our routines forever: conditioners that transform curls, eye creams that reverse time, lipsticks that make us feel ready to take on the world. But if there’s one thing that makes us even more excited to rummage to through thousands of products (yes, thousands, and trust us, we do), it’s hearing the feedback from you.

That’s where our Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice nominations come in. From foundation to nail polish to fragrance, our editors narrowed down a list of the products you can’t stop talking about, and now we’re asking you to vote on your all-time favorites of the bunch. The polls are open for the next four weeks—click here to cast your votes!—then we’ll tally up the winners. They’ll be announced on March 23, along with the rest of the Glamour Beauty Award honorees.

In the meantime, you can study up on—or shop—all the products up for nomination in our Readers’ Choice skin care category. Check them out, below, then don’t forget to vote.

Best Cleanser

Wanted: A cleanser that easily removes makeup—no elbow grease necessary—without leaving skin feeling tight or squeaky clean. We’ve found that these deliver every single time. In fact, the Cetaphil wipes wowed the judges in last year’s Beauty Awards. “I travel all the time, and these wipes make it easy to remove my makeup quickly and effectively,” said celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

Ulta

$14.99

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Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Removing Wipes

Ulta

$8.99

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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

Ulta

$8.99

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Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Ulta

$9.99

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Best Essence

For years, essences and toners were considered a nice-to-have product, but these have been upgraded to absolutely necessity—mostly because they can make all the difference in your skin. “I was hesitant to buy it because it’s pricey, but it’s done wonders for my cystic-acne-prone skin,” said reader Brianna Arrighi about the SK-II Facial Essence, which is up for a Reader’s Choice award again this year since the fan-fare for it just won’t quit.

Tatcha The Essence

Tatcha

$95

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

Nordstrom

$99

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Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist

Dermstore

$32

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Essence

Dermstore

$49

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Bioré Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Toner

Ulta

$7.99

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Best Acne Treatment

Nothing ruins a good day quite like a budding breakout or a single big zit, which is why acne treatments are so essential. And these days, there are more than ever to choose from, including salicylic acid-packed pimple patches and spot treatments designed to take down even cystic pimples. These are best for taking skin from congested to clear.

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment

Amazon

$6.47

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Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment

Amazon

$14.99

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Paula’s Choice CLEAR Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

Paula’s Choice

$18

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Renée Rouleau Anti Bump Solution

Renée Rouleau

$49.50

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Best Exfoliant

Dull, flaky skin has nothing on these exfoliators, which strike the ideal balance between effective and gentle. And Drunk Elephant’s BabyFacial, which won a Reader’s Choice award last year, is back again for seconds. “It takes away dull and dry skin and brings out a natural healthy glow,” said reader Samantha Crompton. But with cult-favorites like Tatcha’s The Rice Polish (which counts Meghan Markle as a fan) and Dr. Dennis Gross’s signature peel pads (which top makeup artists swear by), it’s going to be a tight race.

Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder

Tatcha

$65

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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

Dermstore

$88

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Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial 25% AHA + 2% BHA Mask

Sephora

$80

Buy Now

Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic

Target

$15

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Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment

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Best Antiaging Serum

Since the fountain of youth doesn’t seem like it’s going to reveal itself anytime soon, opt for the next best thing: Serums packed with reparative and protective ingredients, such as probiotics in Lancôme Advanced Génifique and key peptides in Olay Regenerist to firm and smooth skin. These cover a wide range of budgets without skimping on the results—win-win.

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

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Joanna Vargas Daily Serum

Dermstore

$85

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La Prairie Anti Aging Rapid Response Booster Gel Serum

Nordstrom

$330

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Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum

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Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum

Olay

$25.12

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Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum

We all know and love hyaluronic acid, the moisturizing molecule beloved for its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. That’s why entire serums are based on the stuff, with L’Oréal selling a bottle of Revitalift every minute (!) and Eminence Organics pairing its with a light exfoliant. These powerful hydrators all offer something a little different.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Ulta

$6.80

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SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

Dermstore

$120

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L’Oreal Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Ulta

$29.99

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Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum

Dermstore

$48

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

Nordstrom

$300

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Best Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C can brighten skin, even out skin tone, and even stimulate collagen production—all good things. The downside? It can break down super-fast, which is why the formula really matters for these serums. With perennial favorites, like InstaNatural Vitamin C (one of the top-selling serums on Amazon), and newcomers like Glow Recipe’s pineapple-infused serum, you’ll get only the perks.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Serum

Dermstore

$85

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SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

Dermstore

$166

Buy Now

InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum

Amazon

$17.97

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Glow Recipe Pineapple Glow Serum

Sephora

$49

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Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules

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Best Retinol Product

If there’s one thing all derms agree on—behind sunscreen, maybe—it’s retinol. This form of vitamin A is an antiaging MVP for its ability to renew skin cell turnover and stimulate collagen production, leading to a decrease in wrinkles and breakouts alike. These are as powerful as you’ll get without a prescription—across a range of price points.

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

Ulta

$19.99

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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream

Ulta

$27.99

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RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Anti-Aging Retinol Night Cream

Ulta

$24.99

Buy Now

Shani Darden Retinol Reform Serum

Shani Darden

$95

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Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0 Night Cream

Dermstore

$88

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Best Moisturizer

Most moisturizers, well, moisturize, but really good ones can transform. Take 2019’s Best Moisturizer winner, Augustinus Bader The Cream, which is one of five above-and-beyond formulas. “My skin tone became perceptibly more even and subtly glowy; my post-breakout dark spots faded faster. My skin texture even felt bouncier and smoother,” said writer Sarah Wu of its effects in her review. Its price, of course, isn’t for everyone, and that’s where these other top-sellers come in. The only hard part is choosing.

Augustinus Bader The Cream

Violet Grey

$265

Buy Now

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Amazon

$18.99

Buy Now

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Buy Now

St. Ives Hydrating Daily Face Moisturizer in Avocado

St. Ives

$5.99

Buy Now

Best Eye Cream

Even if you’re one of those unicorns who can sleep for eight sweet, uninterrupted hours, aging is very much a democratic process that’s going to get every last one of us—which is all to say that a great eye cream certainly doesn’t hurt. Burt’s Bees gets a jump on wrinkles with bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol alternative, while Lina Hanson’s antioxidant-packed formula (a 2019 Natural Beauty winner) comes back for round two.

Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream

Dermstore

$65

Buy Now

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème

Sephora

$39

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Lina Hanson Global Treasures Eye & Neck Balm

Violet Grey

$105

Buy Now

GlamGlow BRIGHTEYES™ Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream

Sephora

$39

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Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Eye Cream

Target

$19.99

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Best Face Mask

What’s Romeo without Juliet, Lucy without Ethel, and (gasp) Netflix without a good face mask? Face masks are like a welcome reset for your skin, delivering more moisture or better exfoliation than your average, everyday formula. With charcoal, hyaluronic acid, and pore-clearing clay to choose from, it’s going to be a nail-biter.

Yes To Tomatoes Charcoal Detoxifying Paper Mask

Walmart

$2.50

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Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks

Nordstrom

$25

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Tatcha Violet-C Vitamin C Radiance Mask

Tatcha

$68

Buy Now

Peach & Lily Pore Proof Perfecting Clay Mask

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Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask

Sephora

$45

Buy Now

Best Lip Treatment

Your lips don’t have the plentiful oil glands that the rest of your face does, so they need a little TLC year-round (not just when they’re visibly chapped). These ultra-nourishing balms are brimming with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and more to keep them healthy, soft, and plump.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Sephora

$20

Buy Now

Nars Afterglow Lip Balm

Nordstrom

$28

Buy Now

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Treatment

Amazon

$7.12

Buy Now

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster

Dermstore

$45

Buy Now

Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

Tatcha

$28

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Best Sunscreen

Chalky? Greasy? Not anymore. These sunscreens have repaired the reputation of this essential product, which is your number-one defense against signs of aging. Elta MD’s is a favorite among derms, while REN’s gives a mineral option that doesn’t leave a white cast. They’re so good, you’ll actually want to slather them on.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense Radiant Protective Veil SPF 30

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Biossance Squalane + Mineral SPF 45

Sephora

$39

Buy Now

EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

Dermstore

$28.50

Buy Now

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Cooling Water-Lotion

Amazon

$35.99

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REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30

Dermstore

$38

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Best Natural Skin Care Product

Natural skin care products used to be the sort of crunchy, inelegant formulas that only might work. That’s no longer the case, as the all-stars in this category prove. With luxurious facial oils and a True Botanicals serum so good that Olivia Wilde swears by it, you can’t go wrong with these.

Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil

Dermstore

$72

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Kjaer Weis Facial Oil

The Detox Market

$225

Buy Now

Seed Phytonutrients Body Moisturizer

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True Botanicals Renew Repair Serum

True Botanicals

$140

Buy Now

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Nordstrom

$185

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Best Skin Care Tool

From cleansing to tightening, skincare tools can supplement every step of your routine. Take the Clarisonic, which won a 2019 Reader’s Choice award. “It has changed my complexion dramatically. I no longer break out and always have smooth skin,” says reader Lauleh Aslani. Meanwhile, NuFace upped the ante by putting microcurrent power in your hands. These are the ones we would never stop using.

NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device

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Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar

Violet Grey

$195

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Clarisonic Mia Smart Cleansing Brush

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BeautyBio GloPRO Microneedling Facial Regeneration Tool

Nordstrom

$199

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Best Razor

Not all razors are created equal, and this lineup is proof of that. Venus’ is a boon for anyone with so-dry-it’s-itchy skin, while Flamingo’s luxe design includes a five-blade cartridge with rounded edges to easily glide around curves and bumps. Wherever and however you choose to shave, these razors have got you.

Billie Starter Kit

My Billie

$9

Buy Now

Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club

$10

Buy Now

Gillette Venus Sensitive Razor

Amazon

$12.97

Buy Now

Schick Intuition f.a.b. Razor

Amazon

$4.12

Buy Now

Best Body Lotion

For a body lotion to be one of the best, it has to do more than moisturize. It has to soothe. It should repair and renew. It’s got to put dry, flaky skin into retirement. And it has to do all of that without feeling greasy or sticky for the next hour. Fortunately, we managed to find five that check off the boxes—so all you have to do is pick your favorite.

Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief Cica Ointment

Amazon

$7.61

Buy Now

Eucerin Roughness Relief Lotion

Amazon

$9.97

Buy Now

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

Ulta

$10.99

Buy Now

Kiehl’s Creme de Corp Nourishing Dry Body Oil

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Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Dermstore

$45

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Best Body Wash

A great body wash or scrub can turn your shower into a mini meditation, cleansing and softening skin in equal measure, and these offer no less. The Right to Shower upgrades mornings with a cheerful citrus scent (and puts profits toward organizations that provide shower access to Americans experiencing homelessness), while The Seaweed Co. offers a deep clean with clay and seaweed. With picks like these, your average bar of soap is going to be obsolete soon.

Dove Shower Foam Deep Moisture Foaming Body Wash

Target

$5.99

Buy Now

St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Body Wash

Target

$3.99

Buy Now

The Right to Shower Joy Body Wash

Amazon

$11.99

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The Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Scrub

Amazon

$14.99

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Olay Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Wash

Olay

$9.99

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Best Deodorant

It’s hard for a deodorant to be standout—they’re more function than form, TBH—but these five get pretty close. Dove deodorant, a 2019 Beauty Award winner, got raves from Potempa, who said, “I love this deodorant! It feels refreshing and offers a cool sensation thanks to the infusion of cucumber.” Meanwhile, Megababe’s sold out in minutes and drew a 13,000-person waiting list—a deodorant, people. Consider it a lesson not to underestimate the underarms.

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid

Amazon

$11.97

Buy Now

Schmidt’s Deodorant in Rose + Vanilla

Amazon

$7.98

Buy Now

Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant

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Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant Cucumber and Green Tea

Walmart

$6

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Degree For Women MotionSense UltraClear Black + White Pure Clean Dry Spray

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Daytime Fragrance

Narciso Rodriguez’s for Her is just one of the classics that never gets old. “Men and women alike always comment when I wear it,” says photographer Elizabeth De La Piedra, who’s worn it for years. With Chloe Nomade, Burberry Blossom, and other office-appropriate scents, they’re enough to make a statement but won’t clear out your open floor plan or bother a client.

Burberry Her Blossom Eau de Toilette

Buy Now

Chloé Nomade Eau de Toilette

Nordstrom

$132

Buy Now

Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum

Buy Now

Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur Eau de Parfum

Nordstrom

$95

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Narcisco Rodriguez for her Eau de Parfum

Nordstrom

$126

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Nighttime Fragrance

Mysterious. Warm. Nighttime fragrances are the sultry ones of the bunch, better suited to a wine bar than an office. And these don’t disappoint: Nars’s first-ever scent, Audacious, has notes of incense and white musk to make a strong first impression, while Thierry Mugler Angel’s rich, caramel-soaked gourmand is an old-school favorite. There’s no better way to bring out your inner night owl.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum

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Dior JOY by Dior Eau de Parfum Intense

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Giorgio Armani Sì Passione Eau de Parfum

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Thierry Mugler Angel Eau de Parfum

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Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum

Nordstrom

$65

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Check out all the makeup and hair products that were nominated for our 2020 Readers’ Choice awards, then cast your vote for your favorites here.

Shop All the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Makeup Nominees

For the past 16 years, the Glamour Beauty Awards have celebrated the products that have changed our routines forever: conditioners that transform curls, eye creams that reverse time, lipsticks that make us feel ready to take on the world. But if there’s one thing that makes us even more excited to rummage to through thousands of products (yes, thousands, and trust us, we do), it’s hearing the feedback from you.

That’s where our Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice nominations come in. From foundation to nail polish to fragrance, our editors narrowed down a list of the products you can’t stop talking about, and now we’re asking you to vote on your all-time favorites of the bunch. The polls are open for the next four weeks—click here to cast your votes!—then we’ll tally up the winners. They’ll be announced on March 23, along with the rest of the Glamour Beauty Award honorees.

In the meantime, you can study up on—or shop—all the products up for nomination in our Readers’ Choice makeup category. Check them out, below, then don’t forget to vote.

Best Foundation

Fact: No one wants to hear “your foundation looks so good today.” And that’s where these ace of bases come in. Each act like a filter for your skin to cover redness or dark spots, blur away lines and pores, and they don’t get dry or patchy before 3 P.M. Another non-negotiable? A wide range of shades. These all have over 30—and then some.

BareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15

BareMinerals

$31

Buy Now

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

Lancôme

$47

Buy Now

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation Makeup

L’Oréal Paris

$11

Buy Now

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani

$64

Buy Now

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Fenty Beauty

$35

Buy Now

Best Powder

Wanted: A powder that doesn’t cake, settle into lines, or make your face look flat. Found: The powders that deliver. Whether you prefer an option that’s pressed (like Burt’s Bees’ compacts), tinted (like Maybelline’s Fit Me), or translucent—like Ilia’s natural formula, Marc Jacobs’ satiny finish, and Laura Mercier’s loose powder, which also comes in a deep translucent shade to prevent white casts—these powders meet all our incredibly tough standards.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier

$39

Buy Now

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder

Maybelline

$8

Buy Now

Ilia Soft Focus Finishing Powder

Buy Now

Burt’s Bees Mattifying Powder Foundation

Burt’s Bees

$17

Buy Now

Marc Jacobs Beauty Finish-Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty

$44

Buy Now

Best Concealer

For something so basic, finding the perfect concealer can often feel like signing up for every dating app at once: overwhelming. That’s where online reviews can be particularly helpful. These five standouts consistently top best-seller charts and get five-star ratings from shoppers around the country. Charlotte Tilbury and YSL are famed for their lightweight coverage that blurs everything away, while CoverGirl, Maybelline, and Too Faced give full, non-cakey coverage.

Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

Too Faced

$29

Buy Now

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

Charlotte Tilbury

$32

Buy Now

CoverGirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer

CoverGirl

$12

Buy Now

YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch All-Over Brightening Pen

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline

$10

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Best Primer/Setting Spray

Does primer actually make a difference? It’s a question our beauty team [is asked time and time again, to which we always respond, “If you try one of these.” Within the mountains of options, the workhorses below actually make good on their claims to keep your foundation smooth and in place for hours. Still not sold? ABH’s and Urban Decay’s setting sprays have got you.

Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Mattifier

Bobbi Brown

$40

Buy Now

e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer

e.l.f.

$10

Buy Now

Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer

Smashbox

$36

Buy Now

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray

Anastasia Beverly Hills

$26

Buy Now

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay

$33

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Best Mascara

Narrowing down a singular mascara as the best is tough task, given that the criteria for what “works” is so intensely personal. But after reading pages of reviews and testing our way through every mascara that lands on our desks, we’re confident these nominees check whatever box is important to you—whether that’s drama, definition, or a formula that won’t smudge under your eyes 10 minutes later.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

L’Oréal Paris

$11

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Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara

Maybelline

$11

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Clinique High Impact Mascara

Clinique

$20

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Wander Beauty Mile High Club Mascara

Wander Beauty

$26

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Best Lash Serum

Once something you could only get with a prescription, you can now get longer, stronger lashes with a click of a button. Packed with proprietary blends of vitamins, peptides, and amino acids, these treatments go to work to help enhance short lashes and repair any brittleness. Grande Cosmetics has been getting a ton of hype among bloggers, while Meghan Markle herself swears by Revitalash.

Grande Cosmetics GrandeLash-MD Lash Enhancing Serum

Grande Cosmetics

$65

Buy Now

Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner

Revitalash

$98

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Vegamour Vegalash Volumizing Serum

Vegamour

$80

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Milk Makeup Kush Growhouse Lash + Brow Serum

Milk Makeup

$48

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Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For Turbo Nighttime Eyelash Treatment

Peter Thomas Roth

$85

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Best Highlighter

A killer highlighter can be the difference between radiant, dewy skin—and, well, a streak of sparkle. These formulas would never. Whether you prefer a creamy texture like Pat McGrath’s balm, a liquid consistency like L’Oréal’s Glotion (it deserves a win just for its name alone), or a classic powder that melts into your skin instead of sit on it (sup, Dior and Fenty), these five are the highlights of all the highlighters out there.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer

L’Oréal Paris

$15

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Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Highlighter & Balm Duo

Pat McGrath Labs

$48

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Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Fenty Beauty

$36

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Jelly Highlighter

e.l.f. Cosmetics

$6

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Dior Diorskin Nude Luminizer Shimmering Glow Powder

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Best Blush

One of the most severely underrated products in our humble opinion, blush has the ability to completely transform your face. With the right placement and shade, it does the job we all really wanted contour to do—in a much more natural way. It wakes up your complexion, makes cheekbones pop, and can make an intimidating lipstick shade instantly more wearable. Plus, just look at this packaging—it’s fun! Go for a rose palette or a stamp that presses on like a heart, or stick to a tried-and-true fave like Tarte or bareMinerals.

Flower Beauty Flower Pots Blush

Flower Beauty

$9

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Milani Rose Powder Blush

Milani

$10

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

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BareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush

BareMinerals

$24

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Kaja Beauty Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blush

Kaja Beauty

$24

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Best Bronzer

Gone are the days when brands tried to pass off three pale shades as bronzer for all. The latest iterations don’t read chalky on dark skin or muddy on pale skin because there are now more colors to choose from. Benefit, for example, recently expanded its reader-beloved Hoola line to include two deep shades and one fairer option, while every Insta-girl will talk your ear off about the magic Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi (mix it in your foundation for an instant back-from-vacation glow).

Maybelline New York City Bronzer

Maybelline New York

$10

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Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder

Benefit Cosmetics

$30

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Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Physicians Formula

$16

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Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops

Drunk Elephant

$36

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Perricone MD No Makeup Bronzer

Perricone MD

$35

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Best Nail Polish

For a nail polish to be one of the best, it has to do more than look great on. It has to be easy to apply (no glops, no streaks). It needs to last for longer than 36 hours. And the colors to choose from have to be good—whether you’re feeling a baby pink or a dark blue. Fortunately, we managed to find five that are up to the task—so all you have to do is pick your favorite.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish

Sally Hansen

$8

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Olive & June Nail Polish

Olive & June

$8

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Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish

Essie

$11.50

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OPI Nail Lacquer

OPI

$10.50

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Smith & Cult Nail Polish

Smith & Cult

$18

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Best Lip Color

Ruby Woo. Pillow Talk. Wild Ginger. Some lip colors are so iconic, they’re known alone by sight, number, or name. MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, and Tom Ford most certainly fall into the category of “cult classics,” but don’t sleep on the number of really solid drugstores options that are also coming out. Case in point: one of our editors fell asleep in Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink and woke up to a perfectly precise lip. That’s how long-lasting it is. Whatever way you go here, though, you really can’t go wrong.

Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Maybelline New York

$8

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MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick

MAC Cosmetics

$19

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Tom Ford Lip Color Lipstick

Tom Ford

$55

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury

$34

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Best Brow Product

Remember when brows were something you just tweezed occasionally—that didn’t have their own full routine? Yeah, us neither. You can thank Cara Delevingne and the surge of pencils, pomades, gels, and powders made specifically to address whatever hyperspecific need you have for that. It’s hard to beat out the cult of Boy Brow (and the fluffy, full look it delivers), but then again the others all landed on best-sellers lists last year, so the competition is stiff (unlike these formulas).

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer

Anastasia Beverly Hills

$23

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CoverGirl Easy Breezy Brow Draw and Fill Brow Tool

CoverGirl

$12

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Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

Benefit Cosmetics

$24

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Glossier Boy Brow

Glossier

$16

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Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara

Essence

$3

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Best Eyeshadow

Is there any makeup product more fun than eyeshadow? Take a look at the colors below and tell us you don’t feel just a little more happy. Kylie Jenner landed a nomination on her packaging alone (the Momager palette, we mean…), while Kim Kardashian’s new KKW formulas stack up with the best of them. Like Tom Ford’s and Huda Beauty’s, all the shades you’ll find here are rich, buttery, with intensely beautiful color payoff. In other words: They’re what your Friday night is missing.

KKW Beauty Classic Eyeshadow Palette

KKW Beauty

$45

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Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty

$65

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Tom Ford Eye Color Quad Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford

$88

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Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

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Kylie Cosmetics Momager Kit

Kylie Cosmetics

$49

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Best Eyeliner

We’ll get right to the point: A great eyeliner needs to be sharp, easy to apply, and survive a day of staring at a screen (or a sweaty night out). That’s where these overachievers come in. Even the drugstore steals are worthy enough to make it on the red carpet, like last year’s Beauty Award winner. “I love that this is long-wearing and smudge-proof,” says celebrity makeup artist Kira Nasrat says of Revlon’s Colorstay. “It’s an essential for the red carpet, especially under those bright lights and long press days!”

Maybelline EyeStudio Master Precise All Day Liquid Eyeliner

Maybelline New York

$5

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay

$22

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

Marc Jacobs

$26

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Sephora Collection Fine Line Felt Tip Eyeliner

Sephora

$14

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Best Eyelash Curler

Eyelash curlers are the unsung heroes of our makeup bags. When you have little time or energy for anything more than the bare minimum, they can make all the difference. The same goes for when you’re doing a full face of makeup. One quick squeeze can make your eyes look bigger and brighter in an instant. Looking for the curlers that won’t pinch or tug? We found them.

Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler

Tweezerman

$13.50

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Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler

Kevyn Aucoin

$21

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Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Shu Uemura

$23

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Japonesque Extreme Eyelash Curler

Japonesque

$10

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Shiseido Eyelash Curler

Shiseido

$22

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Best Fake Eyelashes

When mascara or a lash curler just won’t cut it, there’s falsies—and the latest versions look anything but. With genius innovations like at-home extensions and easy-to-apply magnetic closures (which, naturally, took home Beauty Awards wins last year), getting full, thick, dramatic lashes have never been simpler.

Ardell Magnetic Lashes

Ardell

$14

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Lashify The Lashify Control Kit

Lashify

$145

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Kiss Lash Couture LuXtension

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina False Lashes

Anastasia Beverly Hills

$12

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Huda Beauty Classic False Lashes

Huda Beauty

$20

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Best Natural Makeup Product

In recent years there’s been a seismic shift in our collective beauty consciousness—we’re scanning ingredient lists, hunting for organic alternatives, and prioritizing sustainable packaging more than ever before. All that is to say that clean makeup is better than its ever been, as evidenced by this list. We brought back three of last year’s Beauty Awards winners due to the overwhelming love they received, plus added two new faves to the list. If you’re looking to clean up your routine, this is a great place to start.

Kosas 10-Second Liquid Eyeshadow

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RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

RMS Beauty

$38

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Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick

Beautycounter

$32

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Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara

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Honest Beauty Lip Crayon

Honest Beauty

$13

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*Check out all the hair and skin care products that were nominated for our 2020 Readers’ Choice awards, then cast your vote for your favorites here.*a

Shop All the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Hair Nominees

For the past 16 years, the Glamour Beauty Awards have celebrated the products that have changed our routines forever: conditioners that transform curls, eye creams that reverse time, lipsticks that make us feel ready to take on the world. But if there’s one thing that makes us even more excited to rummage to through thousands of products (yes, thousands, and trust us, we do), it’s hearing the feedback from you.

That’s where our Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice nominations come in. From foundation to nail polish to fragrance, our editors narrowed down a list of the products you can’t stop talking about, and now we’re asking you to vote on your all-time favorites of the bunch. The polls are open for the next four weeks—click here to cast your votes!—then we’ll tally up the winners. They’ll be announced on March 23, along with the rest of the Glamour Beauty Award honorees.

In the meantime, you can study up on—or shop—all the products up for nomination in our Readers’ Choice hair category. Check them out, below, then don’t forget to vote.

Best Shampoo and Conditioner

Sure, they’re not the most exciting products out there, but like a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, a great shampoo and conditioner can start your day out right. These shampoos (and their conditioning counterparts) are the ones that come up time and time again as the duos that get the job done (“the job” being making your hair look damn freaking good).

DevaCurl Low-Poo Delight Weightless Waves Mild Lather Cleanser

DevaCurl Low-Poo Delight Weightless Waves Mild Lather Cleanser

$46

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Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smoothing Shampoo With Avocado Oil

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smoothing Shampoo With Avocado Oil

$4.70

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L’Oréal EverPure Moisture Shampoo

L’Oréal EverPure Moisture Shampoo

$7.99

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Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Shampoo

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Shampoo

$4.99

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Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco Repairing Shampoo

Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco Repairing Shampoo

$5.99

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Best Co-Wash

A must for curly girls, co-washes cleanse hair without stripping coils and kinks of their bounce, which is exactly why reader Sasha Bannister loves the DevaCurl No-Poo. “I have 3b curl pattern hair that can be extremely dry and frizzy after a shampoo,” she says. “I switched to DevaCurl No Poo about four years ago, and while it does take a while to get used to the no suds, it’s the first shampoo I’ve found that can cleanse and moisturize my hair.” No surprise it’s looking to reclaim its spot as a Readers’ Choice winner, but it’s got its work cut out for it with so many other faves in this year’s mix.

DevaCurl No-Poo Original Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser

DevaCurl No-Poo Original Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser

$46

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Aussie Miracle Curls Co-Wash

Aussie Miracle Curls Co-Wash

$16.59

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CurlyWorld Terms & Conditions All Inclusive Conditioner

CurlyWorld Terms & Conditions All Inclusive Conditioner

$34

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Mizani True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner

Mizani True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner

$24

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Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner

$10.99

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Best Hair Mask

A good hair mask is the phone-a-friend equivalent of hair care: Slapping one on is an instant lifeline that can bring dull, dry, or heat-damaged hair back from the dead. The following options are the best of the best. Seriously, three of them took home awards for our various hair categories last year (one for straight hair, one for curls and waves, and the last for readers’ choice). Will a newcomer beat them out this year? Well, Briogeo’s hardworking formula repairs stressed-out strands without any sulfates or silicones, while Ouai smells like a fancy L.A. spa.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

$36

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SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

$13.49

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Virtue Labs Restorative Treatment Mask

Virtue Labs Restorative Treatment Mask

$66

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Ouai Treatment Masque

Ouai Treatment Masque

$32

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Carol’s Daughter Coco Crème Velvet Cream Hair Mask

Carol’s Daughter Coco Crème Velvet Cream Hair Mask

$11.99

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Best Dry Shampoo

If you’re anything like us—crazy busy, chronically late, a little lazy—dry shampoo is not just a necessity, but an everyday hero when it comes to making it look like you actually showered. These formulas soak up grease in a flash without leaving a chalky residue behind. Klorane and Batiste lean more powdery, Dove and TRESemmé have more of a micro-mist, while Living Proof has oil-eliminating molecules that actually clean your hair.

Batiste Clean & Classic Original Dry Shampoo

Batiste Clean & Classic Original Dry Shampoo

$8.99

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Dove Care Between Washes Invisible Dry Shampoo

Dove Care Between Washes Invisible Dry Shampoo

$4.89

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TRESemme Between Washes Volumizing Dry Shampoo

TRESemme Between Washes Volumizing Dry Shampoo

$2.99

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Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

$24

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Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

$29

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Best Leave-In

Once considered a curls-only product, the leave-in category has expanded to cater to all types and textures. Briogeo’s lightweight texture makes it ideal for fine hair, while Pattern’s is formulated specifically to give curls and coils the lasting hydration and definition they need. Oh, and did we mention it has Tracee Ellis Ross’s seal of approval? Because she helped make it.

DevaCurl Leave-In Decadence Ultra Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner

DevaCurl Leave-In Decadence Ultra Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner

$26

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Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In

$2.99

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Briogeo Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Briogeo Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray

$20

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Pattern Leave-In Conditioner

Pattern Leave-In Conditioner

$25

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Oribe Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler

Oribe Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler

$38

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Best Scalp Treatment

Here’s something we never thought we’d say: Dandruff shampoo is officially chic now. In the past year, scalp treatments went from being an embarrassment we pushed to the back of the shower to the prettily packaged bottles we bragged about—and it’s for the better, since having a clean, hydrated scalp directly relates to healthy hair. Past Beauty Awards winners like Leonor Greyl (which Violet Grey beauty director Maureen Choi calls “the scalp equivalent of an antioxidant serum”) and Head & Shoulders go up against the classics, including Christophe Robin’s scrub literally every hairstylist is obsessed with.

Leonor Greyl Huile Apaisante Soothing Treatment for Sensitive Scalp

Leonor Greyl Huile Apaisante Soothing Treatment for Sensitive Scalp

$48

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Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

$53

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Kristin Ess Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

Kristin Ess Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

$14

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Head & Shoulders Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

Head & Shoulders Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

$12

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Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo

$42

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Best Texturizer

The quickest way to add a some lived-in cool to your hair is a texturizing spray. A good texturizer should add grit and body without weighing hair down—a hard balance to nail, but these options do. New kid on the block, Sexy Hair Surfrider, has actual moonstones in the formula (to keep your hair shiny, not matte), while perennial top-seller Living Proof gives ample hold and piece-y texture without any crunch. Meanwhile, Joico smells like a day at the beach—and makes your hair look like you’ve been there too.

Bumble and bumble Bb. Thickening Go Big Treatment

Bumble and bumble Bb. Thickening Go Big Treatment

$30

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Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

$29

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Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Surfrider Dry Texture Spray

Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Surfrider Dry Texture Spray

$18.95

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Joico Body Shake Texturizing Finisher

Joico Body Shake Texturizing Finisher

$19.95

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AG Hair Tousled Texture

AG Hair Tousled Texture

$26

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Best Shine Serum

Shine serums do more than what their name implies; they’re the perfect finishing touch to smooth frizz and flyaways in seconds. These picks go above and beyond: John Frieda’s Dry Oil nourishes dry ends with acai and avocado oil, while Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum uses weightless silicones to stop frizz in its tracks.

John Frieda 2-Day Revival Smoothing Dry Oil

John Frieda 2-Day Revival Smoothing Dry Oil

$8.99

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Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

$21

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Leonor Greyl Paris Sérum de Soie Sublimateur Nourishing Hair Serum

Leonor Greyl Paris Sérum de Soie Sublimateur Nourishing Hair Serum

$46

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Kérastase Nutritive Oleo-Relax Hair Oil

Kérastase Nutritive Oleo-Relax Hair Oil

$37

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Bumble and bumble Bb.Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

Bumble and bumble Bb. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

$28

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Best Wave Spray

Even if you’re landlocked you can still get the mermaid waves of your dreams thanks to these easy formulas. While wave sprays traditionally use sea salt to give hair that fresh-out-of-the-ocean vibe (like 2019 Readers’ Choice winner Bumble and bumble), brands like Ouai and Amika have recently brought new innovations to the category with salt-free sprays that mimic the beachy look without the stickiness typically associated with them.

Ouai Wave Spray

Ouai Wave Spray

$26

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Bumble and bumble Surf Spray

Bumble and bumble Surf Spray

$27

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John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air Dry Waves Styling Foam

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air Dry Waves Styling Foam

$11.99

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Amika Bushwick Beach No-Salt Wave Spray

Amika Bushwick Beach No-Salt Wave Spray

$25

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O&M Surf Bomb Sea Spray

O&M Surf Bomb Sea Spray

$28

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Best Curl Booster

Gone are the days of taming your curls into submission. These products maximize coils to their full glory. Take, for instance, SheaMoisture’s hair mask, a 2019 Beauty Awards winner and fave of cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson’s. “The level of moisture and curl definition that it delivered made my hair feel like a million bucks—for less than $20,” she said. Even better? The past few years have seen a surge of new WOC-owned brands that celebrate texture. Among them include Tracee Ellis Ross’s Pattern and Afro-Dominicana founder Lulu Cordero’s Bomba Curls.

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Hair Masque

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Hair Masque

$13.49

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Ouidad VitalCurl + Soft Defining Mousse

Ouidad VitalCurl + Soft Defining Mousse

$26

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SGX Frizz-Fighting Nourishing Curl Cream

SGX Frizz-Fighting Nourishing Curl Cream

$9

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Bomba Curls Dominican Forbidden Oil

Bomba Curls Dominican Forbidden Oil

$18

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Pattern Argan Oil Hair Serum

Pattern Argan Oil Hair Serum

$25

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Best Edge Control

When it comes to slicking down baby hairs, laying edges, and sculpting swoops and spirals, an edge control with serious hold but none of the crunch is a must. This year’s competitors include drugstore classics and a brand-new Instagrammable brush that’ll keep your edges firmly in formation.

Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Edge Tamer

Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Edge Tamer

$8.99

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Baby Tress Edge Styler

Baby Tress Edge Styler

$15

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Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Edge Control

Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Edge Control

$9.49

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Creme of Nature With Argan Oil Perfect Edges Extra Hold

Creme of Nature With Argan Oil Perfect Edges Extra Hold

$6

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Cantu Extra Hold Gel

Cantu Extra Hold Gel

$3.97

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Best Hairspray

The ’80s (and its crispy, crunchy updos) undoubtedly gave hairspray a bad rap, but stiff hair is a thing of the past. These formulas nail the balance of being lightweight, non-sticky, and crunch-free while still keeping styles in place, and then some. Whether you’re looking for an option that’s safer on the planet (meaning aerosol-free) or a price that won’t set you back too much during your next Target run, there’s a little something for everyone.

TRESemmé Tres Two Extra Hold Hair Spray

TRESemmé Tres Two Extra Hold Hair Spray

$5.99

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Nexxus Finishing Mist Hairspray

Nexxus Finishing Mist Hairspray

$13.99

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Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray

Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray

$4.88

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Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Frizz Control Hair Spray

Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Frizz Control Hair Spray

$4.99

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Redken Triple Pure 32 Hairspray

Redken Triple Pure 32 Hairspray

$24

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At-Home Hair Color

Boxed hair color has come a long way since your last attempt, we promise you. Not only are the off-the-shelf options so much more intuitive to use (like 2019 Beauty Award winner, Clairol, which celebrity hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew called “gentle” and “vibrant”), but also there’s a whole new slew of customizable kits you can choose from, like Madison Reed’s at-home balayage kit and eSalon’s custom color set. With the latter, for example, you take an online quiz and upload photos of what you want and what your hair looks like now, and the brand will hook you up with a DIY kit that’s individually tailored to your desired look and hair type. The future is here.

Clairol Natural Instincts Semi-Permanent Hair Color

Clairol Natural Instincts Semi-Permanent Hair Color

$7.99

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Madison Reed Light Works Balayage Highlighting Kit

Madison Reed Light Works Balayage Highlighting Kit

$45

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Revlon ColorSilk Beautiful Color

Revlon ColorSilk Beautiful Color

$6.11

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Overtone Coloring Conditioner

Overtone Coloring Conditioner

$29

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eSalon Made for You hair color

eSalon Made for You hair color

$20

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Best Hair-Dryer

At this point the Dyson Supersonic needs no introduction. Since it hit—or, more appropriately, dominated—the scene when it launched four years ago, the $400 dryer has remained steady on the best-seller charts (along with winning a Glamour Beauty Award). It’s back to hold down its Readers’ Choice win, alongside a number of stellar, slightly more affordable options. Curly girls will instantly recognize DevaCurl’s famed dryer (its “hand” diffuser brings curls to life like few others), while anyone who occasionally watches YouTube likely knows about the rabid fanbase Revlon’s brush dryer has. If somehow you’ve yet to try any of them, now’s your chance.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

$399.99

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Revlon Pro Collection Salon One-Step Straight and Shine XL Heated Brush

Revlon Pro Collection Salon One-Step Straight and Shine XL Heated Brush

$36

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T3 Featherweight Luxe 2I Dryer

T3 Featherweight Luxe 2I Dryer

$250

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DevaCurl DevaDryer & Devafuser Hair-Dryer Set

DevaCurl DevaDryer & Devafuser Hair-Dryer Set

$159

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Kristin Ess Iconic Style Professional Blow-Dryer

Kristin Ess Iconic Style Professional Blow-Dryer

$100

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Best Flat Iron

If you haven’t fired up a straightener since 2009 (for your side bangs, obviously), we’ve got some good news for you. The latest iterations of flat irons straighten hair without damage or drama. In fact, they often go above and beyond, and can curl, smooth frizz, and even condition your hair. Two 2019 Beauty Awards winners—GHD Classic 1″ Styler and Kristin Ess 3-in-One Flat Iron—go head-to-head with three new options.

GHD Classic 1″ Styler

GHD Classic 1″ Styler

$149

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Drybar the Tress Press Digital Styling Iron

Drybar the Tress Press Digital Styling Iron

$150

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T3 SinglePass Luxe 1” Straightening and Styling Iron

T3 SinglePass Luxe 1” Straightening and Styling Iron

$180

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Kristin Ess 3-in-One Flat Iron

Kristin Ess 3-in-One Flat Iron

$80

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Chi Lava Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

Chi Lava Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

$159

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Curling Iron

It’s hard to reinvent the wheel when it comes to a curling iron—you simply wrap your hair around the barrel, right?–but these contenders do just that. Dyson’s innovative Air Wrap (which uses air to curl hair instead of heat) garnered a waitlist of more than 100,000 people (!) after selling out in 2018, while T3’s top-selling style (and Beauty Awards winner!) features a convertible wand so you can create just about any style of curl you want.

Dyson Airwrap Styler

Dyson Airwrap Styler

$549.99

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T3 Cascading Waves Reversed Tapered Barrel Curling Wand

T3 Cascading Waves Reversed Tapered Barrel Curling Wand

$95

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GHD Curve 1″ Classic Curl Iron

GHD Curve 1″ Classic Curl Iron

$199

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The Beachwaver S1 Curling Iron

The Beachwaver S1 Curling Iron

$129

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Hot Tools Curl Bar

Hot Tools Curl Bar

$99.99

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Check out all the makeup and skin care products that were nominated for our 2020 Readers’ Choice awards, then cast your vote for your favorites here.

Vanessa Hudgens’s First Appearance Since the Austin Butler Split Rumors Is a Total Mood

Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler reportedly went their separate ways after almost nine years together, sending fans into a collective period of mourning. But do you know who seems completely unbothered by all the breakup chatter? Vanessa Hudgens herself, who was living her best life on on the red carpet for the premiere of Bad Boys For Life on Tuesday night (January 14).

Hudgens, who stars in the third installment of the Bad Boys franchise with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was too busy having a good time to address the rumors, which sources confirmed this week. According to someone who spoke to Us Weekly, “Vanessa and Austin are officially broken up, and Vanessa has been telling those close to her about their breakup.” And while she may have been opening up about the sitch to her friends, she clearly was not going to dwell on it at the premiere. The photos speak for themselves, and they’re a total mood.

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Twitter was all about Hudgens’s energy. “Vanessa Hudgens said I gotta go my own way,” one fan joked on social media, referencing her epic breakup song with Zac Efron from High School Musical 2. “She’s clearly unbothered and looks absolutely stunning,” another person said.

Butler and Hudgens started dating in 2011. In 2018, the holiday rom-com star opened up about the relationship, saying of Butler, “He inspires me more than anyone. We both respect, trust, and admire each other. It’s so solid now because I feel strong as an independent woman. I am very self-reliant, but it’s nice to have a best friend you can share victories with as well as losses.”

Rumors of a breakup started swirling after fans noticed Hudgens had posted lots of Instagram photos during the holidays and on vacation that didn’t include Butler. Neither of them have publicly confirmed the breakup, but regardless of what’s going on, Hudgens seems totally fine.

Vanessa Hudgens’s First Appearance Since the Austin Butler–Split Rumor Is a Total Mood

Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler reportedly went their separate ways after almost nine years together, sending fans into a collective period of mourning. But do you know who seems completely unbothered by all the breakup chatter? Vanessa Hudgens herself, who was living her best life on the red carpet for the premiere of Bad Boys for Life on Tuesday night (January 14).

Hudgens, who stars in the third installment of the Bad Boys franchise with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was too busy having a good time to address the rumors, which sources confirmed this week. According to someone who spoke to Us Weekly, “Vanessa and Austin are officially broken up, and Vanessa has been telling those close to her about their breakup.” And while she may have been opening up about the sitch to her friends, she clearly was not going to dwell on it at the premiere. The photos speak for themselves, and they’re a total mood.

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Jemal Countess/Getty Images
FREDERIC J. BROWN/Getty Images

Twitter was all about Hudgens’s energy. “Vanessa Hudgens said I gotta go my own way,” one fan joked on social media, referencing her epic breakup song with Zac Efron from High School Musical 2. “She’s clearly unbothered and looks absolutely stunning,” another person said.

Butler and Hudgens started dating in 2011. In 2018 the holiday rom-com star opened up about the relationship, saying of Butler, “He inspires me more than anyone. We both respect, trust, and admire each other. It’s so solid now because I feel strong as an independent woman. I am very self-reliant, but it’s nice to have a best friend you can share victories with as well as losses.”

Rumors of a breakup started swirling after fans noticed Hudgens had posted lots of Instagram photos during the holidays and on vacation that didn’t include Butler. Neither of them have publicly confirmed the breakup, but regardless of what’s going on, Hudgens seems totally fine.

After My Dad Died, I Started Sending Him Emails. Months Later, Someone Wrote Back

As expected, I only found about 10 emails between us in as many years of Gmail use. The revelation was not in anything I read but in the mere typing of his name—an icy wave of relief splashing me in the face. How good it felt to write his name for no reason, in a place that only I could see, and not on some piece of paperwork related to his death or in response to some well-wisher’s post on Facebook. It was like charging a magical sigil. I’d never been one of those writers who attached fetishistic significance to the physical act of writing (or to books themselves, or paper). But I finally understood how those writers felt. Writing to my father, I realized, was a charmed act. It didn’t summon him, but it raised the friendly shadow of him in the room; that was something.

I began writing him emails. I didn’t send them at first. Typing his email address into the “recipient” bar was enough to conjure up his listening presence. For months I transcribed the hostile anguish in my head into emails to my father, which I would then seal off with the addition of his email address and save in my drafts folder. It was the high school diary, unfiltered. He would never find out how it ended now; it felt good to “tell” him.

The first time I pressed “send,” it was by accident, and I was horrified. I was worried not that someone would receive and read the email, but that the recipient address would bounce back a message that the account had been deactivated.

I stared at my inbox for a minute, waiting for the inevitable. It never happened. The email address was still active.

So I continued the ritual, except now I sent those long-winded emails out. I wrote to my father anytime I needed him. In my letters, I tried to talk myself around to whatever he would have said to me, hoping I could reverse-engineer the advice he might have given me. Then I pressed “send,” which never stopped being thrilling—I’d sidestepped the finality of death and found a plane where my father could thrive unchallenged. I put disclaimers at the beginning of every email: Hey, if you can somehow read this, please ignore it; hey, I don’t think anyone’s checking this email, but if you are then please just delete without reading; I’m lonely, I’m grieving, I miss my father, nothing to see here. But nobody ever responded.

One day, a year and a half later, someone did respond—not from my father’s email address, thank God, or I likely would have passed out at my desk. Still, it was frightening to see another email address from the same Workplace suite, with the same subject line. I don’t know what I was frightened of, exactly. Only that the stakes felt terribly high. I’d forgotten the cardinal rule of doing anything online, even sending emails to a dead person’s inbox—everything that happens online can be witnessed by an audience.

The response I received is the reason you’re reading this, because I posted it on Twitter and it went viral. “I’m sure you remember me,” my father’s former coworker wrote. “I want you to know that I never read these emails because I can tell they are very personal. But I do see them coming in and I can see that you must still miss your dad terribly.” There was more; I’m self-conscious about typing it all out, because of how generous it was for this person to not only share memories of my father with me, but to interpret them, color them with our shared understanding of what my father and I had been together. Like, for example: “Watching the two of you together wisecracking…it was like watching a Mel Brooks movie.”

Right after he died, all I ever wanted to do was talk about how great my dad was. People never quite related to that urge properly, leaving me feeling frustrated and thwarted at every turn. I was so dialed into my grief that it was unimaginable to me how people could talk to me about anything else. I wanted other people to tell me funny stories that made my father sound as cool and charming as I’d always believed him to be, without my having to ask for it. That was the thing that my dad’s old coworker did for me. I shot the signals of my mourning into space for months, fully expecting them to die unreceived. And when I least expected it, someone sent signals back that said, “You are not the last living witness to the relationship you had with your father.”

Audrey Hepburn Style: These Audrey Hepburn Style Moments Are Simply Timeless

There’s a reason fashion brands with a classic bent love to reference Audrey Hepburn: True style is more than wearing a couple of ballgowns to a few red carpet events—and Audrey Hepburn had style in spades. Onscreen, Hepburn floated in custom-made dresses by Givenchy founder Hubert de Givenchy. Offscreen, Hepburn made wearing pedal pushers and simple, unadorned tops into an art. So many Audrey Hepburn style moments made history, she was inducted to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

Casual fans know Audrey Hepburn style as the black dress she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But Hepburn’s style was so much more than the costume for one of her iconic roles, however—and Audrey Hepburn style moments are still influencing how we dress today. Just revisit the next several outfits from Audrey Hepburn’s illustrious career for proof.

The Black Sheath

Black sheath dresses figured prominently in the Audrey Hepburn style lexicon. Like this one, they included a handful of chic details including a sleeveless silhouette, a belted waist, and a midi hem. We see echoes this Audrey Hepburn look in the bateau necklines and mid-calf length dresses worn by modern style icons like the royal family today.

Audrey Hepburn style starts and ends with a black dress.

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The Bold Pattern

Fashion authorities recognized that Audrey Hepburn style was special in her time. The spiral-decked dress she wears in the photo below came courtesy of an Amsterdam fashion show she modeled in. As far as Audrey Hepburn’s outfits went, bold patterns like the one on her runway look weren’t the norm—but the curved collar and A-line waist could be spotted in outfits throughout her career. Then there’s her accessories: Elbow-length gloves were the Hepburn must-have for a touch of elegance.

A fashion icon walks in a fashion show.

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The Floral Dress

Oscars fashion hasn’t always been swan skirts and tuxedo-ballgown hybrids. In 1954, Audrey Hepburn attended the 26th Academy Awards in a much more understated look: a tea-length floral dress with another bateau neckline. Hepburn accepted the Oscar for Best Actress in Roman Holiday that night. Maybe it’s just us, but her belted dress wouldn’t have looked out of place in the movie.

An Audrey Hepburn style moment for the ages at the Academy Awards.

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The Sailor Shorts

With all the love Hepburn’s Givenchy dresses receive, you could assume the actress wore them exclusively. But high-waist sailor shorts played a starring role in Hepburn’s offscreen wardrobe. It’s not clear when a photographer captured this glimpse at one of Hepburn’s downtime outfits, but the combination of her crisp shorts, plaid blouse, and raffia slides are easy summer dressing inspiration. Tuck a breezy long-sleeve top into pleated shorts, and you’ve nailed the look.

Even when she dressed casually, Hepburn always looked polished.

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The Travel Dress

Today, celebrity travel style usually involves leggings, hoodies, and sneakers. In Audrey Hepburn’s day, the tarmac was a runway—and demanded more formal attire. She touched down in London on this occasion in a long-sleeve travel dress, worn with—what else?—gloves and pumps. The woman’s style was nothing if not consistent.

You wouldn’t catch Audrey Hepburn in a laid-back look to travel.

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The Twisted Top

Suiting tops and ankle-grazing skirts were always Audrey Hepburn style staples. But for this photoshoot, Hepburn chose an unexpected statement piece. Her black skirt and ballet flats draw our eyes straight to her long-sleeve wrap top. It’s a playful choice in an otherwise buttoned-up outfit, and an outfit that’d look at home on the streets of New York Fashion Week.

Audrey Hepburn style in one word: timeless.

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