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"I've been a beauty writer for 6 years. Here are 11 products that have stood the test of time."

While I love a shiny new hyped-up product just as much as the next beauty nerd, I gotta say - there are some tried-and-true products you just can’t beat. You know, the kinda stuff you always go back to because it's Just. That. Good.

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From an iconic mascara to a multi-tasking balm and a cult blush - there are certain products that are absolute classics. And it's far more than a case of nostalgia, Jessica. These products really work.

So, I thought I'd pull together a list of the best beauty products we've all used, loved, and cherished to this day.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $12.95.

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Don't even try to SUGGEST you haven't used this before, because you are almost certainly lying. Goodness, it's almost a rite of passage. 

In case you weren't already aware, Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara has been kicking around since the ‘70s, and it's one of those mascaras that ticks all the boxes. It's an easy-to-use, clump-free, waterproof formula, with a price tag under $13. 

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $30.

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This legendary balm was created by Elizabeth Arden HERSELF, over 90 years ago. NBD. 

Since then, it's won over 22 international beauty awards and become a staple in everyone's beauty cupboard - including mine.

I use it for *everything* - dry patches, irritation, bad cuticles, unruly brows, on my morning toast, etc. etc.

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette, $83.

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If you have a set of eyes, you 100 per cent have this palette kicking around somewhere. You do! You really do. 

I'm a beauty editor who gets to try HEAPS of cool new products, including some very incredible eyeshadow palettes. Yet my Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette which I've had for like, 82 years, is still my go-to. Why? Cause it's bloody good. It has all the best shades. Is difficult to f**k up. Never talks smack about you behind your back.

Beautyblender Original Makeup Sponge, $28.

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Take a peek into any makeup bag and we guarantee you'll find a colourful beauty sponge kicking around in there somewhere. 

Beautyblenders (and replica beauty sponges, in general) have become such a staple in our beauty routines, it's almost hard to remember what life was like pre-2003. Yes, they only came out in the early naughties!

They're such a game-changing beauty tool, and while I like to dabble between brushes and using my hands - I can honestly say these little egg-shaped delights always help me achieve the most natural and seamless base.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $72.

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Touche Éclat is the president of the highlighting world. The cult highlighting pen was launched almost 30 years ago, and at the time, it really was the first of its kind. 

These days, it's just as impressive, with six Touche Éclat pens being sold every single minute somewhere around the world. With its radiance-boosting formula and convenient click-pen, it's no wonder Touche Eclat is still so iconic.

Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, $6.25.

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It's boring, but it's true! Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly is iconic (FYI: it's been around since 1870), and we've all had it in our beauty cupboards before. It's a serious multi-tasker that can be used for EVERYTHING. From healing dry skin to repairing split ends and removing makeup, it's a serious over-achiever.

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Mason Pearson Hairbrush, $309.

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Ask any hairdresser for the best hairbrush money can buy, and they'll point you in the direction of Mason Pearson. Known as the crème de la crème of hairbrushes, this British design has been loved by generations of women. But coming in at a three-digit price tag (*eyes watering*) - it's an investment to say the least.

So, is it worth it? Find out in our Mason Pearson Hairbrush review.

Nivea Crème, $3.99.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, dammit - this little tin is the jam. Known as ‘the mother of all modern creams’, Nivea Creme first arrived on the scene in 1911 and since then, it's remained as popular as ever. 

At $4, the formula in this blue pot has pretty much remained the same since it launched - with mineral oil, petroleum jelly, glycerin, wax and lanolin as its key ingredients. It's also one of the closest dupes for the iconic Crème de la Mer.

NARS Blush in Orgasm, $43.

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Launched in 1999, NARS Blush in Orgasm is arguably the most iconic blush of all time. To this day, it’s still the number one blush sold in the US. At MECCA it’s the bestselling blush, with the liquid blush version sitting at number two. 

ICYMI, the peachy/pink/gold shade is inspired by the natural flush that occurs when you have an actual orgasm. It's versatile, flattering, and famous for all the right reasons.

Thayers Rose Petal Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner, $14.49.

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This guy's been slinking around our beauty routines since 1847 - it's a tried and true classic. At just under $15 a bottle, it doesn't break the bank either, which is PREFERABLE. 

Containing ingredients like organic witch hazel, aloe vera, glycerin, citric acid, and grapefruit seed extract, this product has been loved by thousands of beauty aficionados and has racked up more than 10,000 reviews on iHerb and 48,545 on Amazon Australia.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, $160.

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What would a list of iconic beauty products be without a mention of Biologique Recherche Lotion P50? A pretty s**t list, friends. 

Born in 1970, this iconic toner has attained cult status for its glow-inducing abilities along with its infamous funky scent (you can blame the sulfur and vinegar combo for that). Pretty much every celebrity, ever, swears by it. And if it's good enough for them...

Do you use any of the cult beauty products above? Share with us in the comment section below.

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