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"I woke up with a new face." 23 beauty products we're loving sick this month.

Somehow, it is October.

On a semi-related note, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the 23 beauty products the Mamamia team have been trying and loving sick this month.

Here you’ll find reviews of the most exciting new September (well, technically October) beauty launches from our lifestyle writers and in-house beauty junkies, and thoughts on the cult products we’ll never not love.

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

Before we get into it, we asked a makeup artist how to contour with your fingers. Post continues after video.

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1. Sephora Collection Glow Peel Pads, $24.

Sephora Collection Glow Peel Pads
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"These pre-soaked mild glycolic acid exfoliating pads are SO CONVENIENT. I swipe one over my nose every night to keep blackheads from spoiling my face." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

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2. Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation, $106.

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation
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"This is the foundation I have looked for my whole life (no really, I have 36 foundations). It's got a light coverage, but simultaneously corrects redness, perfect for summer when you want fresh glowing skin without feeling like your face is going to slide off. It's self-setting (why don't more foundations have this feature??) so you don't have to overload on powder. Heaven in a beautiful frosted glass bottle." - Maddie Swan, Implementation Executive.

3. KORA Organics Amethyst Luminizer, $34.95.

KORA Organics Amethyst Luminizer
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"You'd think a light purple highlighter would look garish on the skin but it's absolutely stunning. The colour picks up the light perfectly and the finish is so natural." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

4.Victoria Beckham Lid Lustre Crystal Infused Eyeshadow in Mink, US$36/AU$53.50.

Victoria Beckham Lid Lustre Crystal Infused Eyeshadow in Mink
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"This is more of a pressed powder than a cream eyeshadow but the texture still feels very creamy. The pigment is INTENSE, you literally only need the tiniest amount to get a stunning deep wash of the taupe, brown and pearl tones. Be warned, if you apply it with your finger, it will stain. It's that pigmented. The formula is also quite delicate, so they advise keeping the little disc it comes with on top of the powder when you're not using it." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

5. MCoBeauty Pout Gloss Ultra Shine Lip Gloss By Sophie Monk in Wonder, $14.

MCoBeauty Pout Gloss Ultra Shine Lip Gloss By Sophie Monk in Wonder
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"Equal parts lipstick and gloss, MCoBeauty's collab with Sophie Monk is amazing. The gloss in the shade 'Wonder' is the perfect rosey, 'my lips but better' shade I've been reaching for, and I love the non-sticky, moisturising formula. Plus, it smells like sour lollies and looks very luxe with its rose gold lid." - Jess Wang, Lifestyle Writer.

6. Benefit Brow Styler Multitasking Pencil & Powder For Brows, $59.

Benefit Brow Styler Multitasking Pencil & Powder For Brows
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"I pretty much love any Benefit brow product. This one is a two-in-one brow pencil and brow powder so you can access the two different formulas in one rather than reaching for separate products." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

7. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish, $49.

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"This is a tiny gold oyster filled with magic. This product is an under eye colour corrector and the peach tone helps balance out any blue/purple in the area. It's very creamy and I like to use this as a concealer, but you can layer your regular product on top for heavy duty days." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

8. Saturday Skin Balancing Act Skin-Smoothing Lotion, $47.

Saturday Skin Balancing Act Skin-Smoothing Lotion
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"I've long been told this Korean brand's skin products are worth splurging on, so I decided to go all out with the lotion. Its mega size makes it look like a body lotion, but it's actually just a huge dose of hydration for your face. I lather it on generously at night for instant moisture replenishment, and by day I mix it with my foundation for a dewy glow and more even coverage. If you haven't found your holy grail moisturiser yet, I highly recommend this one!" - Tamara Davis, Commissioning Editor.

9. Morphe Continuous Setting Mist, $23.

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"THE. BEST. SETTING. SPRAY. EVER." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

10. Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub, $69.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub
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"This scalp scrub is hands down the best I've tried. The thing about scalp scrubs is they seem like a great idea in theory until you've spent far too long in the shower trying to rinse an average one out of your hair. This one combines the best parts of a hydrating shampoo and a scalp scrub. The sea salt cleanses, purifies and restores balance to sensitive or oily scalps, but the creamy formula still foams = you only need a little bit and it's easy to rinse out. The tub is also huge." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

11. Tarte Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette, $55.

Tarte Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette
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"So many looks in one palette! I love blending the pinky/brown shades into the crease and then packing one of the shimmer shades onto the lid. I did this recently for a wedding and got so many compliments. Buildable, check. Blendable, check. Beautiful, check." - Lucy Neville, Executive Assistant.

12. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil, $43.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil
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"A great affordable retinol product. The light oil texture feels lovely to apply at night, I've been doing just once a week but experienced retinol users can do every second night." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

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13. Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, $14.

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
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"I'm a stickler for waterproof mascara, but for all its long-lasting and extreme volumising effects, it's also a pain to remove. However, this bio-phase remover gets the job done quickly and without the need for any tugging." - Jess Wang, Lifestyle Writer.

14. Ellis Brooklyn Sci Fi EDP, 10ml for $46.

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"I picked up this travel size of the Ellis Brooklyn fragrance at Mecca and I'm fast running through it. It's a citrusy vanilla and is heaven."- Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

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15. Circa Home Mango and Papaya Hand & Body Lotion, $19.95.

Circa Home Mango and Papaya Hand & Body Lotion
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"I was at a birthday party (a few champagnes down) and spotted this moisturiser on the counter... it was placed there clearly for guest usage, don't come for me. It smells like a tropical dream and I proceeded to make my boyfriend sniff my legs all the way home. Would recommend for summer!" - Lucy Neville, Executive Assistant.

16. L'Oreal Wake Up & Glow Skin Enhancer, $21.95.

L'Oreal Wake Up & Glow Skin Enhancer
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"I've swapped out my regular illuminating primer for this pharmacy one because it gives the face a bronzed glow that looks great under foundation/tinted moisturiser."- Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

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17. Rimmel Lasting Finish Extreme Lipstick in Snatched, $17.95.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Extreme Lipstick in Snatched
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"If you're on the lookout for a sexy, 90s matte pinky-nude lippie (think: Rachel Green from Friends or Kylie Jenner), give this new release from Rimmel a try. Forget what you might think about matte formulas, this is lightweight and moisturising, while still being longlasting." - Jess Wang, Lifestyle Writer.

18. DB Centre Stage Curl & Volume Mascara, $14.95.

DB Centre Stage Curl & Volume Mascara
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"I rate this mascara if you're into tubular formulas. The curved brush is also a winner because it helps you get right under the lash line to apply mascara from the roots." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

19. Zuii Certified Organic Flora Moisturising Body Wash, $14.95.

Zuii Certified Organic Flora Moisturising Body Wash
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"Went through this body wash far too quickly for my liking. It smells so, so good." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

20. Recreation Bondi Beach STARDUST Woody 2ml Trial Eau De Parfum, $10.

Recreation Bondi Beach STARDUST Woody 2ml Trial Eau De Parfum
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"Aussie brand Recreation Bondi Beach are doing some fabulous vegan and all-natural perfumes and this fresh woodsy number is divine. The fragrance contains notes of Moroccan Cedarwood, Patchouli, and Vetiver, which fade into a lovely citrus scent that stays on the skin for ages. I also love that you can buy a nifty little 2mL sample before committing the the full-size, plus they make great handbag spritzes, perfect for touch ups." - Jess Wang, Lifestyle Writer.

21. Mecca Cosmetica Weekend Skin Hydra Skin Tint, $40.

Mecca Cosmetica Weekend Skin Hydra Skin Tint
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"This product is all over Instagram and rightly so. It's a light coverage, creamy, hydrating base product I'd say sits in between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation. Perfect for beginners or casual days." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

22. MAC Strobe Cream in Pinklite, $56.

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"I'm all for a highlight but I'm not a fan of the metallic sheen finish. This guy allows you to be more subtle or overt depending on your preference. I find mixing a pea-sized amount of it with my moisturiser creates a luminous base which I can wear bare or layer up with makeup. If I'm heading out, I'll add a touch of highlight in my eye crease and above my cupid's bow." - Tamara Davis, Commissioning Editor.

23. Beysis Personalised Candle in Wild Bergamot, $41.90.

Beysis Personalised Candle in Wild Bergamot
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"This isn't a... beauty product. Sue me. But I had to sneak it in because it's so gorgeous. This female-led Aussie lifestyle brand lets you personalise the artwork and monogramming on the candle, making it a bloody lovely gift." - Amy Clark, Senior Lifestyle Writer.

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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