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'I'm a beauty editor. Here are 10 products that totally changed the game for me.'

In news that surprises absolutely no one, I try beauty products for a living. At the risk of bragging, it's a bloody great job. It is, though! It really is.

Sure, I test heaps of stuff that my skin hates, foundation that goes patchy, mascara that buggers off at 3pm. But then there are the nuggets. The golden nuggets. The stuff that is so spectacularly good, it makes a big ol' dent in my beauty world.

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So, in the interest of helping you separate some of the meh products from the Very Good ones, I've pulled together a tight little round-up of the products I've tried and loved again and again.

Behold - some of the best products that seriously changed the beauty game for me. 

SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum, $233.

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Imagine if I DIDN'T mention this cult SkinCeuticals serum? HA! As if. I love this stuff. Whenever I'm using it, it makes my skin look better. Brighter. Healthier.

It's packed with antioxidants like vitamins C, E, and ferulic acid and works to protect the skin from free radicals (nasty buggers that damage your cells). It's expensive as hell, but it ACTUALLY WORKS. You can literally see the difference in your skin after a few weeks. 

Also, I have super sensitive skin that usually hates vitamin C products (she's SO picky), but this serum doesn’t cause any irritation. My skin loves it. My bank account, however... not a fan.

OPI Infinite Shine Bubble Bath, $22.95.

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Whenever I do my nails, 11/10 times I'll use this shade. Yes, I'm eye-roll-worthy boring - but I don't care! 

I buy it on rotation because it's the only pinky kinda nail polish that doesn't make my hands look... dead. Because as someone with cool undertones, I used to find it really tricky to find a nice neutral shade that didn't make me look like a walking vein. But then I found one! And it's great.

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Although, an honourable mention to Essie's Ballet Slippers, here - she's another goodie!

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume, $19.95.

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Will I ever stop talking about La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume? No. The answer is no. 

Why so much love for one small tube? Because it's the one product I can always turn to when I mess up my skin - which is OFTEN.

A dermatologist recommended it to me a few years back when I did a real number on my skin with acids right before I went on holiday. Like, I literally looked like Two Face. It was bad.

BUT! I pared everything back as per her instructions, used it religiously, and guess what? It bloody worked. It repaired my red, irritated, flaky skin barrier, and returned everything to its smooth and lovely self. 

In the interest of not being a bad beauty editor, these days I try to avoid using too many actives that aren't right for my skin. But whenever it's feeling dry, irritated and uncomfy (especially in winter), I pop this on at night and it just gives my skin a big ol' slurp of hydration, for smooth, plump and happy skin come morning. 

OKAY I'LL STOP. 

Bobbi Brown Skin Corrector Stick, $54.

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Ok, confession time. Gather around. 

Look, I've always found the whole concealer game really hard? Like, I would try so many different products from so many different brands and always felt like they didn't do anything?? The coverage always looked either too heavy and chalky or the formula just did a really shabby job of covering my undereye area.

But then THIS happened. The Bobbi Brown Corrector Stick landed on my desk - and it's literally changed my face. The formula is creamy, non-cakey and *actually* camouflages and neutralises the undertones of my eye area, making me look fresh and awake. Plus, it lasts! 

I'll usually pop this on and then Bobbi Brown Concealer over the top - they're honestly my favourite undereye duo.

JVN Deep Moisture Mask, $37.

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As someone who cuts their hair like once every year (I'm not even kidding, I'm the worst) and uses heat tools on the regular, my hair can get dry. Brittle. Snappy. Unhappy.

I've tried a lot of different moisture masks from many different brands - and have a few I really like (hey, ELEVEN Miracle Hair Mask), but this is one of my most favourite things I've ever used in my hair. EVER.

But! Important note: I don't follow the instructions.

So, here's the deal. You're supposed to apply it in place of your conditioner around once a week, but I usually leave it in my hair a little longer and just throw it all up in a towel post-shower. After 30 minutes or so, I'll then rinse it out - and it makes my hair look the best it's ever been.

It's shiny, healthy, sits nice. Goodness, I rate it.

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation, $49.

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Have you tried this yet? You should! It's one of my favourite foundations, and I talk about it at least once a week (my postman now wears it).

It's a really nice everyday formula that gives you a nice low-key, dewy look, while still tackling uneven skin tone, blemishes and redness. It doesn't go patchy, doesn't feel heavy, and I love how you can still see my freckles underneath.

Sunday Riley Good Genes, $73.

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My skin is super suss on the whole AHA thing. Doesn't like it one bit. Always ends up irritated and cross. So, I jumped on the lactic acid train a while back, as it's a great option for sensitive skin - and this one from Sunday Riley started it all.

Whenever I have this in my routine, my skin looks smoother, fresher and brighter, without the irritation. It's pricey, but love the results!

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Xtreme Precision Liner, $41.

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I've been searching for a good liquid liner for 84 years and then this guy recently launched and - WOAH. 

If you're a gal who loves a winged liner moment, you NEED to try this. The formula glides like an absolute dream, giving you the sharpest, most precise flick. Meaning? You're not wiping your wing off eleventy million times to start all over again - this stuff is foolproof. My liner has never looked better/less shaky.

Naked Sundays SPF50+ Collagen Glow Creme, $34.95.

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Fact: Sunscreen has come a LONG way from that thick, goopy stuff that used to make us all break out. There are so many good sunscreens on the market right now, we're honestly spoilt for choice. But I have to say - this is my most *favourite* formula of the bunch. 

I just find it so incredibly hydrating, plumping and lovely on the skin. My makeup sits like a dream over it and I never have any issues with pilling and all that other jazz.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand Spotlight, $40.

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I used to be ALL about pressed highlighter back in the day, but then I dipped my toes in the liquid/cream game and fell right in - all because of this guy from Ms Tilbury. It's the GOAT.

The formula is creamy and blendable and instantly wakes up my face, making my skin look dewy and fresh. I always have one in my makeup bag.

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