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Finishing Touches to Set You Apart

Best Deodorant

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Winner: Secret Natural Mineral Invisible Solid ($4; drugstores)

Why it won: The mineral-activated odor protection in this stick uses Febreze technology to neutralize smells instead of masking them. Plus, it goes on clear, so no streaks on your LBD.

Best Nail Color

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Winner: Essie Nail Color in Nice Is Nice ($8; essie.com)

Why it won: Move over, Mademoiselle. This delicate, lavender-hued lacquer is the new go-to shade for readers and staffers alike.

Best Nail Treatment

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Winner: Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum ($10; drugstores)

Why it won: Used daily, the biotin-fortified formula strengthens weak, peeling nails. Our expert was amazed by how quickly it worked its magic.

Best Mouthwash

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Winner: Listerine Zero Mouthwash ($4; drugstores)

Why it won: This alcohol-free swisher kills germs and fights plaque for a clean mouth—minus the sting.

Best Toothpaste

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Winner: Colgate Max Clean SmartFoam Toothpaste ($3; drugstores)

Why it won: This minty paste impressed our dentist. Tiny bubbles from the foam loosen up plaque between teeth and around your gums, leaving your mouth with that just-had- a-pro-cleaning sensation.

Best Toothbrush

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Winner: Philips Sonicare EasyClean ($90; drugstores)

Why it won: The one- mode wonder offers the same thorough brushing as a more expensive model—but with a smaller price tag.

Best Tooth Whitener

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Winner: Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips ($55; drugstores)

Why it won: Testers saw a huge difference in their tooth color after just one use.

Best Tweezer

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Winner: Sally Hansen See the Light Slant Tip Lighted Tweezer ($12; drugstores)

Why it won: Testers plucked with precision when wielding this tool. A built-in bulb illuminates every stray hair.

Best Men’s Scent

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Winner: Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Eau de Toilette ($57; macys.com)

Why it won: Spicy notes of pink pepper and patchouli exude sophistication, making it ideal for occasions that call for a coat and tie.

Best Women’s Scent

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Winner: Calvin Klein Beauty Eau de Parfum Spray ($65; sephora.com)

Why it won: The powdery, lily-laced fragrance is feminine without being cloying or overly girly.

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