24 Products That Seriously Elevated Our Beauty Regimes And Looks This Year

24 Products That Seriously Elevated Our Beauty Regimes And Looks This Year

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1.

Lanolips 101 Fruities Ointment — $14.99


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This ointment may look small, but it packs a punch of hydration during every application. It’s got a thick consistency and coats your lips in a generous gloss, protecting and nourishing them from the elements or that harsh air conditioning in the office. Plus, it smells absolutely AMAZING and will last you ages because a little goes a long way.

—Isha Bassi

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2.

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser — $13.49


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It is really hard to find an affordable cleanser for sensitive skin that doesn’t leave you stinging, but actually cleans your skin. I read a review of CeraVe Foaming Cleanser — which you can get for less than $15 — and I now use it every day.

—Gina Rushton

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3.

MAC Liquidlast Eyeliner — $39


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If you’re looking for a bulletproof eyeliner, look no further than this baby. I put it on the morning of a 11 p.m. long haul flight and it lasted throughout the entire day, the flight, then the whole time I was at work the next day. Be careful though because when this stuff is on, it’s not going anywhere!

—Hameda Nafiz

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4.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 — $12.90


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I was told that hyaluronic acid was a must-have in my beauty regime to help my skin hold moisture. After researching different brands, I found The Ordinary to be highly rated and I have to say, I absolutely love it! My skin feels supple after applying it and while it’s a little sticky at first, it dries up into the skin, quickly leaving it feeling fresh and full of moisture. It’s such good value for money, too!

—Catherine Scro

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5.

KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Oil — $85


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This is, hands down, the best skincare product I own. It is literally LIFE JUICE for my face. The consistency is the same as the oil your face naturally produces, so it doesn’t clog you up or make you look oily (this is coming from someone who has oily skin!). Yes, it is a little pricey, but it’s worth every cent.

—Sohan Judge

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6.

Ultra Violette “SkinScreen” Collection — From $42


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I’m a shameless SPF addict and this year my obsession has been the Ultra Violette “SkinScreen” (geddit?) range. Aussie born and bred, all of the products are lightweight yet super durable — and they won’t pill, ball or leave a heinous shine all over your face. I love the 50+ Supreme Screen for daily use — it has a light tint to it, so my face never looks chalky or gravely ill. And the Queen Screen is what I pop on for the beach or any outdoor activity. VIVE LA VIOLETTE!

—Julia Willing

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7.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser — $11.90


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As I edge closer to 30 and become more aware of my mortality with every passing second, it has occurred to me that I ought to take better care of my skin. The ensuing resolution — to wear sunscreen every day, as well as a “serum” that I am unconvinced does anything at all but continue to slather on for vanity’s sake — came with a problem, namely, that I have to wash this additional layer off each evening. Enter Cetaphil – it is relatively cheap, available in large quantities, gentle enough to use twice a day and probably on the shelf at a supermarket near you.

—Lane Sainty

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8.

Glossier Boy Brow — $23.27


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I’ve enthusiastically bought nearly every Glossier product ever created, but it’s only Boy Brow (and the sunscreen) that I truly rate. Boy Brow fills in and styles your brows with an easy flick and looks much more natural than other eyebrow products I’ve tried, like pencils and gels. I wish it came in a bigger size and sometimes it can clump on the brush – but otherwise it’s perfect.

—Hannah Ryan

Get it here. FYI Glossier don’t currently ship to Australia, but you can get it in your hands by using ShopMate.

9.

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation — $52


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I still love my Fenty, but if I want something that’s going to provide a decent amount of coverage and still feels light and breathable, this Benefit foundation is fantastic. It’s so comfortable on the face, blends out like a dream and lasts the entire work day with minimal touch ups!

—Isha Bassi

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10.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil — $61


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I love, love, love this oil! The moment I apply two drops to my pre-washed skin, I feel like a new woman. Pair it with some hyaluronic acid and an SPF50+ moisturiser, and there’s your skincare regime.

Plus, if I wear this morning and night, I’m almost guaranteed to be asked for ID when going into pubs. It’s a sheer winner!

—Nicki Williams

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11.

Hot Tresses Rehab Shampoo and Conditioner — $24.40 each


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I’m always on the lookout for products with natural ingredients, so I was excited to give this shampoo and conditioner duo a try when I received it as a PR gift. After my first run at it, I was pleasantly surprised! The smell is lovely and fresh, although I did find myself using more shampoo than usual as it was a bit difficult to use a lather. But that aside, it left my hair feeling clean and moisturised, without any of that “leftover residue” you sometimes feel.

This brand is also Aussie owned, cruelty free and vegan, which is always a bonus in my books!

—Isha Bassi

Get the shampoo here and the conditioner here.

12.

ORIGINS Original Skin Rose Clay Mask — $41


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I love how clean my face feels after using this mask. It’s so good that my partner keeps stealing it, too! Plus, it’s got a lovely, fresh mint smell that’s perfect for unwinding after a long day.

—Amelia Stanojevic

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13.

Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray — $15.99


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Alas, I wish I was born with gorgeous beachy waves, but sadly, that is not the case. To help perfect my waves, or give more of an oomph to my natural hair, I’ve been doing a couple of spritzes of this bad boy. It’s the cherry on top to an ~effortless~ — cough I just spent 10-15 minutes curling my hair cough — look and it doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy!

—Isha Bassi

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14.

ColourPop “Colour Outside The Liner” Collection — $80


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These liners are the easiest thing you can add to your makeup kit that will make you stand out. An extra 10 seconds in the morning and bam! They’ve honestly changed the way I view makeup — now, it’s more of an accessory to match my outfit or mood for the day rather than a way to cover up imperfections. Plus, I always get compliments when I wear these and who doesn’t love to be gassed up?

—Sohan Judge

Get it the entire collection here or individual colours here.

15.

Lush “Rub Rub Rub” Shower Scrub — $18.95


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I’m a big fan of easy, fuss-free products that’ll give me results ASAP and this Lush product fits the bill. It looks simple, but it’ll give your body a lovely scrub, leaving you with soft, gorgeous skin. Plus, it’s great value — this bottle has lasted me months!

—Isha Bassi

Get it here.

16.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light SPF50+ Sunscreen — $20.15


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Living in Oz, I’ve learned that wearing sunscreen everyday is super important. This one by La Roche-Posay is my favourite because it’s really light and absorbs easily into my skin and doesn’t feel oily and thick. I wear this everyday under my makeup and haven’t had any issues!

—Christelle Quillien

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17.

QV Face Nurturing Night Cream — $16.19


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I am at the enviable age of being just old enough to be told by beauty magazines and websites that I need to “invest in a night cream” or I’ll end up a shrivelled sultana, but just young enough that I need to choose rent over luxury serums. So for now, I can’t see myself ever replacing QV Face Nurturing Night Cream. It’s affordable, super moisturising and doesn’t make me break out!

—Gina Rushton

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18.

Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil — $43


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Although I’ve been blessed with thick brows (praise be to the Indian genes), I still still have some sparse areas that I like to fill in. Now, I’ve experimented with more than a few different brow pencils and the Goof Proof one by Benefit is, hands down, my favourite by far. It has such a fantastic shade range — think heaps of warm and cool toned colours, including one dark enough for my brows — and is super easy to use for beginners.

—Isha Bassi

Get it here.

19.

Bangn Body Firming Lotion — $48


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This is a MIRACLE cream. I use it on my face as a moisturiser, as well as on my legs and feet. It’s beautiful and has helped fade my acne scars and transform my dry feet.

—Natalia Krslovic

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20.

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum — $34.80


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So, I’ve been getting serious about my skin this year. Part of that included doing a Korean skincare challenge for a month, which led to me discovering this green tea serum. Besides from smelling fresh and fantastic, this product feels like absolute heaven on my skin — especially after washing my face. It moisturises, hydrates and has became a staple in my skincare regime. I don’t think I could live without it!

—Isha Bassi

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21.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen — $40


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This Mecca “SuperScreen” is SPF50+ and doesn’t smell like you’re about to go to the beach. It’s lightweight and is great for wearing underneath makeup.

—Natalia Krslovic

Get it here.

22.

Edible Beauty Glowing Skin Smoothie — $54


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Give your skin a drop or two of this serum and your skin will be absolutely GLOWING. It’s like a glass of water for your face and honestly feels so luxurious and hydrating. But my favourite thing about this product? The smell! It’s kind of got a fruity, banana-like fresh scent that will have you sniffing the bottle like a madman. Oh, and it’s also vegan, Aussie made and cruelty-free!

—Isha Bassi

Get it here.

23.

Antipodes Joyous Protein Rich Night Replenish Serum — $49.99


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The entire Antipodes line is gorgeous, but this serum has such a lovely texture and smell. I even mix a few drops into my foundation, because why not glow a bit more, right?

—Amelia Stanojevic

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24.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask — $25


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I am freakin’ in love with this mask! It not only smells fantastic and takes 10-15 minutes to dry, but it seriously helps when with acne and when you’re breaking out. Also, I love pretending to be Shrek when I’m wearing it…only me? Cool!

—Isha Bassi

Get it here.

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