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'It literally SAVED my skin': 23 beauty products the Mamamia team loved most in 2021.

Mamamia’s beauty roundup series is your monthly look at the beauty products our team are loving - from the latest launches in skincare, hair and makeup to the old faves we've fallen for all over again.

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It's been a big year for beauty launches.

In 2021, the Mamamia team tried a lot of makeup, skincare, body care and haircare products. And there were a handful we loved more than the rest.

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In our yearly wrap-up, you'll find reviews of the best new beauty products we tried in 2021, as well as the products we rediscovered and fell back in love with.

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Biologi Restore Face & Body Serum, $34.

"This serum and my face are besties now. It slicks on like a dream and got me through lockdown without looking like a splotchy troll. I think I will always have it in my routine now because I'm scared of what my face is without it." - Katie Stow, Evening Editor.

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True Me Original, $179.

"This has to be the best hair straightener I've used - it's so gentle but effective. It has a bunch of different heats so I don't fry my hair and the curls hold for DAYS. Plus, it has a hibernation mode which kicks in after 20 minutes of inactivity (phew!). - Charlotte Begg, Lifestyle Writer.

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Medik8 Oxy-R Peptides 2 x10ml, $124.

"One of my favourite products this year would have to be Medik8 Oxy-R Peptides. Packed with powerful skin brightening peptides, it's helped revive my dull lockdown skin without a slick of irritation (different!). If you struggle with pigmentation or dark spots, or your skin is just a little... bleh - I highly recommend!" - Erin Docherty, Senior Beauty Writer and co-host of You Beauty.

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Stila One Step Correct, $51.

"This year I got back into Stila's One Step Correct primer - I used it a few years ago and forgot how much I love it. It colour corrects my skin, and with a bit of cream blush and bronzer it just looks like I have flawless skin, without having to wear foundation. It also hides a tired or hungover face particularly well." - Rose Kerr, Podcast Producer.

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Beauté Pacifique Créme Paradoxe Night Cream, $145.

"This night cream is literally heaven. It is so hydrating and makes my face feel so fresh and smooth." - Nicolle Stuart, Head of People & Culture.

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Morphe The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette, $59.

"I am convinced this is the only palette I'll ever need. It's Jaclyn Hill's first palette collab with Morphe and has all of your staple neutrals with some cheeky pops of colour if you so please. Blends like a dream and is so versatile, as well as being EXTREMELY reasonably priced considering the quality and amount of colours you get. You can see that mine has been VERY loved." - Maddie King, Social Media Executive.

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Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious Treatment, $32.

"This saved my lips, particularly during winter and all of my lockdown walks. My lips were truly suffering and putting this on every night was instant relief." - Nicolle Stuart, Head of People & Culture.

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Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, $35.

"Currently obsessed with this cleanser! I've got super oily skin and it's been super helpful controlling those oils but doesn't leave my skin feeling too stripped back. It also has peppermint in it which is so nice to use in the morning to help wake me up!" - Cristina Aguilar, Commercial Video Producer.

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L’Oreal Paris True Match Nude Tinted Serum, $23.99.

"As someone who rarely wears foundation, this product has been an absolute favourite for me this year! It's really sheer but evens out my skin tone beautifully, applies like a serum, and the hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates my skin. It's everything I've been looking for and I will definitely keep repurchasing." - Simone Masci, Sales Manager.

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Maison Margiela Beach Walk EDT, $90.

"I've been through a couple of bottles of this perfume this year. It smells like fresh, salty beach air and makes me instantly feel like I'm on holiday. I'm constantly getting compliments about it and it comes in a little baby bottle too - perfect for your handbag." - Caitlin Bailey, Head of Partner Strategy.

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Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+, $58.45. 

"It's a creamy and light formula that's slightly tinted and incredibly easy to layer with makeup and other products." - Jacqui Capel, General Manager, Squad.

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The Jojoba Company Australian Jojoba Oil, $19.95.

"The holy grail of all face oils - cheap, effective and always leaves me feeling glowy even when I'm tired." - Lily Allsep, Audience Development Manager.

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Mecca Max Off Duty Glow Stick in Original, $18.

"This Glow Stick has been my makeup MVP for 2021. It is the most beautiful dewy highlighter I've ever used and so versatile. It's the perfect shade - just makes me look a little sweaty (in a GOOD way) and EVERY time I use it I have friends asking me why I look so glowy. It's definitely not your typical sparkly highlighter, just straight dew. Delish." - Emma Gillman, News Writer.

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Cancer Council Raspberry Lip Balm, $8.

"There are two things I look for in a lip balm: The first is SPF coverage and this is a whopping factor 50 so I know my smackers are protected for at least two hours at a time. The second is... tastiness - and this legit tastes like raspberry jelly babies." - Katie Stow, Evening Editor.

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Good Girl Gone Bad by Kilian - Extreme, $285.

"If you've ever wanted to be stopped by people on the streets saying 'wow you smell so good!' this is your girl! It's quickly becoming my favourite perfume and probably my signature scent. I also got told by a friend that this is what Rihanna smells like? I can't find any sources to corroborate this information, but I'll take it!" - Mikayla Floriano, Podcast Producer.

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CeraVe Hydrating Cream To Foam Cleanser, $15.99.

"So simple. So Wonderful. So many of the cleansers I used before this stripped my skin but this left my skin feeling the perfect combo of clean and hydrated. I tried a few throughout the year but any time my skin was out of whack I’d come back to this and it fixed everything." - Gia Moylan, Senior Podcast Producer.

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Gucci Rouge A Levres Lunaison in 402 Valentine Fuschia, $59.

"I’m not usually a lippie gal so putting this one on was a huge step for me. But you know what? It’s sparkly and glam and I love it! I really only bring it out for special occasions but it gets so many compliments and really makes my lips stand out." - Leah Porges, Podcast Producer.

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Rimmel Magnifeyes Eyeshadow Palette Spice, $14.39.

"Also this palette! It's been my go-to eye palette this year. I'm a big fan of pink shades and the pigment on these is SO good." - Leah Porges, Podcast Producer.

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Sabbia Co Matcha Clay Mask, $49.99.

"This mask literally SAVED my skin from so much congestion after wearing masks non-stop. I can't speak highly enough of it!" - Madeleine Balkwell, Senior Content Executive.

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Mecca Max Off Duty Blush Stick in Pinch, $18.

"After failing to use blush for 26 years, I decided to take the plunge and went on the prowl for a cream blush - because those seemed like the easiest to use. And HOT DAMN this one is delightful and makes my face look alive. So creamy, the perfect tone and lasts all day. And it's only $18. Win, win, big f**king win." - Katie Stow, Evening Editor.

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Sol De Janiero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $64, and Body Scrub, $60.

"I have loved these products. They have a strong but calming scent and immediately make you feel relaxed and like you're on vacay - which has been especially great when we've been stuck at home all year. Even though they haven't given me Alessandra Ambrosio's bottom (wtf!) I just love them." - Isobel Paine, Head of MPlus.

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Coconut Oil + Manuka Honey Moisturising Castile Body Wash, $14.

"I'm really into castile products at the moment as they are made from safe, simple plant oils and are considered safe for most sensitive skin types. I've also been trying hard to buy local so when I stumbled across Freshwater Farm Australia I had to have this body wash. It feels so nice on my skin - doesn't lather up out of control and leaves my body feeling clean and moisturised rather than dry and dehydrated like many body washes do." - Rikki Waller, Strategic Partnerships Manager - Safe On Social.

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Josie Rose Dream Mask, $126.80.

"I’ve been using this mask every night for the last two months and, oh my, I can't rave about it enough. Hydration-wise, my skin has been soaking it up and it’s really helping with those fine lines. But the biggest game-changer has been that my nightly skincare routine after cleansing now is only one step. Retinol, Vitamin C serum, moisturiser and sleep mask - all in this one little glass bottle. My 2021 winner, for sure!" - Michelle Fry, Senior Strategy Manager.

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