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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Awards, Prizes and Sponsors For Your Beauty Pageant

Now that you are officially the director of a Beauty Pageant you have to arrange for awards and prizes for your contestants.

Awards and prizes are the physical objects that remind beauty pageant contestants of their night in the spot light.

Sponsors are important contributors to the prizes you can offer contestants.

Pick someone on your staff who is outgoing and good with people. Give them the title of "Promotions Manager". Send them out to local businesses to seek donations of gift certificates or the products they sell.

Good examples are makeup, skin care, flowers, jewelry, and gift baskets. Show the sponsor a dummy Program Book of the event and tell they will receive sponsorship credit in the Program Book, and verbal mentions at the event.

Remind the sponsor that pageants are positive events that help enhance individuals self worth and their participation will reflect their contribution to the community. Plus the people who participate and attend pageants are a good fit for their products.

A large selection of sponsor donated products enhances your "Prize Package", and will attract more contestants.

Awards are another opportunity for exercising your creativity. They can be trophies, toys, knick knacks, and even t-shirts. Figure out what you need for each group. For example in the Baby Miss you'll need a Queen, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award. Give the biggest or fanciest toy to the Queen and smaller toys for the others.

Get a label maker and place the name of the division and placing on each award to make it easy and simple for staff to have it ready for presentation.

Also prepare additional awards so that everyone leaves the place with something. Side awards allow the director to spread the awards out to everyone who participated. Everyone is a winner. Of course only one will win the crown.

Examples of side awards for the Baby Miss:

Prettiest Eyes

Best Hair

Best Smile

Most Photogenic

Best Fashion

Hospitality awards can be given to the contestant who brings the most people to the pageant, or to the contestants who sell the most ads in the Program Book.

The Program Book has the schedule of events, photo galleries and contestants names and pictures. These are also the main value for sponsors who donate prizes. You can also sell advertisements to business that do not contribute prizes.

Encourage your contestants to help sell the ads through their network of family, friends and co-workers by telling them the Hospitality title gets a big Prize Package.

Really load it down with sponsor provided gifts to motivate them to sell.

Some directors order special trophies from a trophy shop for the winners of different divisions. This can become quite expensive and put a big drain on your budget. I produce my own awards using fairly inexpensive items that are classy and appropriate. One award that is well received is a metal serving platter that only cost a few dollars. I personalize it with either an engraving tool of a …