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"It brought my crusty face back to life": 18 beauty products we're loving sick this month.

Well, November went bloody quickly, didn’t it?

Before we know it, it’ll be 2055, but before we get that ahead of ourselves, we need to talk about the products in this month’s beauty wrap up.

Every month, the Mamamia team share the skincare, makeup, haircare, body care and fragrances they’ve been loving sick.

Here you’ll find reviews of the most exciting new November beauty launches from our lifestyle writers and in-house beauty junkies.

So sit back, get your debit card ready and enjoy.

Before we get into it, here’s exactly how to do a bronze smoky eye makeup look. Post continues after video.

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1. Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Liquid Foundation, $25.95 (but you’ll always find it cheaper).

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"This product ticks all the boxes. Full coverage. Lightweight. Luminous. SPF. It applies more like a lovely tinted sunscreen than a foundation and is the easiest thing to blend in with your fingers. Plus, you can’t beat the price AND I got a nice amount of compliments while wearing it. Win." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

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2. Essano Advanced Brightening Concentrated Serum with Vitamin C, $24.99.

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"This new serum from Essano is a great price for anyone who wants to get into Vitamin C. The five per cent formulation works to even out skin tone and combat pigmentation, which are my current skincare buzzwords. I apply it after my toner, and the formula is quickly absorbed into my skin, leaving it hydrated and ready for moisturiser." - Jess Wang, Lifestyle Writer.

3. Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color, $40.

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"Nudestix is one of my favourite new (well, to Australia) beauty brands because it's no bullsh*t and no fuss. The cream eyeshadow sticks are so easy to apply and don't crease and turn into clumpy lines, even after hours of wear. My favourite shade is the iridescent lilac that comes in their new gift set designed by Hilary Duff (!!!)." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

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4. NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate, $100.

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"OK so... this WORKS. I have pretty dark under eyes due to thin skin, being translucently pale and definitely not sleeping enough, and this is the first eye cream (serum) that I’ve seen a visible difference from." - Lucy Neville, Executive Assistant.

5. Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, $49.

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"I recently starting using this cleanser and I’m loving it. It’s foaming but not too much, it smells incredible and leaves my skin feeling really clean. I haven’t been using it long enough to see brightening results, but so far I love the way it makes my skin feel. Plus, it’s free from all the nasties!" - Charlie Begg, Editorial Assistant.

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6. Tanologist Face & Body Drops, $19.99.

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"Can confirm these tanning drops are some of the easiest and most effective tanning drops I've tried. Great for lazy people who can't be effed tanning because you can mix the drops into your nighttime moisturiser. But be warned, the colour is full-on so although the packaging says between one and 12 drops, go easy. I used five and should've used three." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

7. EGO QV Face Gentle Cleanser, $21.99 for 500 ml.

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"I've just started using this cleanser after using a much thicker more gel-like one. I prefer the consistency of this soap-free cleanser because it's super-soft and liquidy, and it doesn't irritate my face." - Adam Bub, Commercial Editor.

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8. Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream, $91 (or $41 for 15ml).

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"Friends with dry skin, this moisturiser was made for you. Everything about the product feels nourishing and wholesome - the 'natural' (but not stinky) scent, the whipped texture and the finish that sinks in but not so much you feel like you need another layer. I use at night and am loving it." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

9. Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia Cologne, $99 for 30mL.

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"I'm not normally a fan of 'sweet scents,' but I could immediately see why 'English Pear and Freesia' is one of the brand's best-selling scents. The sweet and floral notes of pear and freesia are perfectly balanced with the sharper pear tones. I imagine this to be the fragrance equivalent of a picnic in a fruit orchard in spring." - Jess Wang, Lifestyle Writer.

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10. BYBI Beauty Babe Balm Bronze Highlighting Balm, $24.

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"Balm highlighters are on high rotation in my beauty bag (well, sprawled all over my bathroom) right now and I didn’t think I would love this little balm bronzer/highlighter from BYBI as much as I do. Initially, I didn’t really know how I would use it because I like using a champagne/amethyst balm highlighter on the high points of my face, but I’ve been dabbing this bronze shade over the apples of my cheeks, down the bridge of my nose and even on my eyelids. The texture of this product is incredible, so light, smooth and silky. It glides on and blends in beautifully, and the packaging is also adorable." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

11. Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleanser, $34.30.

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"I'm admittedly a bit of a princess when it comes to cleansers. I need something that is effective enough so my skin feels clean afterwards, however, I hate that 'stripped' feeling you can get with harsher formulations. This gel cleanser sits perfectly in-between those two extremes. It's gentle enough to use morning and night, and I love that you get a boost of lactic acid for some extra chemical exfoliation. On days when I have a bit more time, I'll let the cleanser sit on my face for up to three minutes to get the full, glow-giving effects of the L-Lactic acid." - Jess Wang, Lifestyle Writer.

12. Models Prefer Tanya Hennessy I Can't Apply False Lashes Waterproof Mascara, $16.

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"This is a great lengthening mascara, and it's super dark black and waterproof. It doesn't smudge, which usually happens to me on my lower lids." - Ella Hanley, Online Course Manager.

13. Bourjois Always Fabulous Extreme Resist 24 Hrs Concealer, $23.

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"This is a brand new concealer exclusive to Priceline and I’m really enjoying it. It comes in quite a small tube and the formula is thin and lightweight but blends so well with a high coverage finish. A few dots right in the inner corner of the eye where I’m darkest is enough to even out the skin both under my eyes and over my eyelids. It only comes in four shades, which… yeah, not OK. But on the plus side, you can probably pick it up even cheaper half price." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

14. Sukin Nourishing Cream Cleanser, $13.95.

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"I will never not enjoy a good cream cleanser and this one is just that - non-irritating, smells nice and actually removes my makeup. It's especially great for anyone with dry skin who needs all the nourishment they can get." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

15. Rubi Highlighting Stick, $12.99.

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"This cheap-as-chips highlighting stick is, for me, a pretty decent dupe for the NARS Multiple highlighting stick in the shade Cococabana. It's a great product for travelling as you can use it as a highlight and an eyeshadow, it stays put and it doesn't matter so much if you accidentally leave it somewhere because it's basically free." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

16. Ella Bache Superfluid Great SPF50+, $55 (launches Dec 26, sorry!!).

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"This is a brand new, yet-to-be-released tinted sunscreen and I will be wearing this whenever I leave the house this summer. It sinks into the skin so well and has a semi-matte finish with a luminous undertone, so it's brightening and makes you look glowy, but not in a glittery way. It's also water-resistant, so I save my Ultra Violette sunscreens for office days and grab one like this for outdoor days." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

17. Beauté Pacifique Instant Hydrating Mask, 100ml for $73.

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"I've been slathering myself in a thick layer of this hydrating mask from Beauté Pacifique and it's like someone throwing a bucket of water on my face (without actually… throwing a bucket of water on my face). It contains Squalane, Collagen, Lanolin and Vitamin A, C and E for an instant hydration boost and applies so beautifully - not stingy or irritating at all so great for sensitive skin. You can wash it off or sleep in it and  the result is really soft skin that just feels better." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

18. Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush, $70.

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"I've never been a blush person - until now. This one from Chanel has the most beautiful peachy-bronze tone that complements my olive skin (brighter pink-based blushes are far too intense for me). I sweep it over my cheeks and use it as an eye shadow for a subtle, warm glow." - Tamara Davis, Commissioning Editor.

These products have been editorially curated because our team love them and reckon you will too.

Have you tried any of our favourite products from this month? Tell us in the comments!

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