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    18 Beauty Products That Will Actually Do What They Promise

    Got to love a beauty product that actually works!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. This makeup brush cleaning and drying machine that will leave your brushes feeling brand new.


    This machine comes with eight holders to fit each one of your makeup brushes. All you have to do is pour some water and makeup brush shampoo mixture into the bowl, then you let the battery powered wand work its magic. After rinsing with water until the water runs clear, spin the wet brush in the air to dry.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $50.88.

    2. This hot air brush that makes it easy for you to give yourself volume and dry your hair without it getting poofy as heck.


    The brush uses hot air and ionic technology to get rid of frizz and leave your hair looking and feeling as smooth as silk.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $45.07.

    3. These Face Halo makeup remover cloths that can clean your face with just water and little-to-no scrubbing.

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    These makeup remover cloths replace up to 500 single use wipes, so not only will you be reducing your waste, but you'll also have no excuse not to get your eyeliner and mascara off before bed.

    They reach deep into your pores to remove makeup and impurities and when you're done using it, just toss it into the wash up to 200 times. You can get the remover cloths in black or white on Amazon, or you can get them in dark red from the Face Halo website.

    Buy a pack of three from Amazon Australia for $30.

    4. These Cosrx acne pimple patches that you can use during all your virtual meetings without anyone catching on to your beauty routine.

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    These patches are super easy to use and are designed to heal breakouts overnight. They use hydrocolloid, tea tree oil and calendula oil to get the job done. They're also very thin and barely noticeable when in use, which makes them perfect to use during all your online catch ups.

    Read our in-depth review on these patches here!

    Buy a pack of 24 from Amazon Australia for $5.60.

    5. This Aztec Secret Healing Clay that I encourage you to try if you have problematic skin.

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    This mask draws out all the gross gunk that's been caught in your skin. Just mix a bit of the powder with some apple cider vinegar and you'll be all set.

    You can read all about how magical this stuff is here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.90.

    6. This Thayers Witch Hazel that will soothe and tone your skin on a truly magical level.

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    This witch hazel is made from rose petal, aloe vera, vitamin E and witch hazel extract. You can also use it to remove makeup and it'll make your skin look clean and fresh AF.

    Promising Review: "I have combination skin that's prone to redness (especially around my cheeks and nose, with the latter being really annoying), plus the occasional pimple. After two weeks of regularly using this toner in my evening routine, I barely need concealer to cover the Crayola redness under my nostrils. PLUS! It's super effective as spot treatment. This stuff attacks your pimples with the same vendetta that Buffy used to destroy vampires: It works that well."

    AnaMaria Glavan

    Read the full review for this product by AnaMaria here!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $31.95.

    7. This HappySkinCo IPL hair removal device, so you can continue your road to becoming hair free, even when you can't make it to your laser appointments.

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    This handheld device is struggle-free and allows you to get a laser treatment at home with little to no hassle. It's safe to use, as it will only activate when pressed against the skin. This little device will last you over 20 years and comes with a one year warranty and lifetime servicing.

    Buy it from HappySkinCo for $239.

    8. This cleansing bar by Carbon Theory that will have your skin squeaky clean and ready to absorb all your various serums and moisturisers.

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    I've been using this cleansing bar for about a month now and I think it's the product that has single-handedly saved my skin from stress acne. This bar contains charcoal to draw out bacteria and excess oil, shea butter to keep everything moisturised and tea tree oil to fight inflammation and target breakouts. Carbon Theory products are also all vegan and cruelty free!

    Buy it from Priceline for $14.99.

    9. This Sand & Sky Australian pink clay kit that will rid your skin of dirt, pollution and makeup that may have built up.


    This kit includes the exfoliator, which will gently scrub away your dead skin cells and leave your skin fresh and clean. Plus, the pore-refining face mask will tighten your pores and leave your skin silky smooth.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $110.50.

    10. This Bed Head detangling spray that will make it super easy to get rid of the knots that have appeared because you've had your hair in a top bun for a week straight.


    This moisturising detangling spray is silicone free, so it won't leave any residue or make your hair feel greasy. It lubricates your hair strands to make it easier for your brush to run through without causing you a world of pain. It also smells incredible, which is always a plus.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.38.

    11. This Go-To cloth face mask to breathe life into your poor, tired skin in just 10 minutes — which makes it ideal for those of us who are too lazy for clay masks.

    Go-To Skincare

    Promising Review: "Go-To is one of my favourite-ever Aussie beauty brands. One product that is definitely a must for winter is the Transformazing face mask. Deeply hydrating, packed with antioxidants and vitamin C (as well of lots of other great stuff), this product makes my face feel soft, bright and rehydrated."

    Natalia Krslovic

    Buy it from Go-To Skincare for $9.

    12. This light therapy Neutrogena acne spot treatment, which uses dermatologist in-office technology (no UV rays!) to treat mild to moderate acne.

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    Promising Review: "I DEFINITELY did not think this would work. How can light get rid of pimples? Well, after only using it a couple of times my mind was completely changed. It's good at making big, sore pimples smaller overnight. I also had a red mark on my skin from a giant pimple I'd had two months ago that I couldn't even get rid of with microhydrabrasion. After about a week of using this light pen on it twice a day, it was way smaller and lighter. This pen is true magic."

    Jemima Skelley

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.99.

    13. This Lush bubble bar that will turn your bath into the energising tub of soup you need.

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    I'm sure I'm not the only one finding it hard to focus lately. This bubble bar contains grapefruit oil and lemon myrtle oil to uplift your mind and have you ready for the day, no matter what you'll be doing. It also contains fair trade organic cocoa butter to moisturise and nourish your skin.

    Buy it from Lush for $11.95.

    14. This Mario Badescu lip wax that's the answer to all the prayers that have ever passed your chapped lips.

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    This one is enriched with jojoba oil, vitamin E and beeswax, which means your lips are going to have a healthier diet than you (probably).

    Promising Review: “I’ve tried so many different lip balms that seem to dry up my lips instead of actually making them softer. This stuff was the answer to ALL MY PRAYERS. It’s smooth as velvet going on and tastes and smells like literal buttercream. There’s also an unscented one if you prefer, but I’ll probably judge you.”

    Hameda Nafiz

    Buy it from Mecca for $10.

    15. This Innisfree serum, which uses green tea extract and seed oil to hydrate the crap out of your skin, which is perfect with winter on our doorstep.

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    Promising Review: "So, I've been getting serious about my skin this year. Part of that included doing a Korean skincare challenge for a month, which led to me discovering this green tea serum. Besides from smelling fresh and fantastic, this product feels like absolute heaven on my skin — especially after washing my face. It moisturises, hydrates and has became a staple in my skincare regime. I don't think I could live without it!"

    Isha Bassi

    Buy it from Innisfree for $39.

    16. This dry shampoo for when washing your hair for a virtual meeting sounds like the worst idea in the world.

    Hask Haircare

    This dry shampoo will remove excess oil and grease from your roots without drying your hair out. It contains coconut oil and monoi oil to moisturise and rejuvenate your hair while keeping it from looking like an oil slick.

    Buy it from Priceline for $9.99.

    17. This cleansing egg by Peppy Co that will ensure your skin is cleared of all of life's nasties and ready to drink up all your serums and moisturisers.

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    This cleansing brush uses sonic vibrations to get rid of dirt, oil, makeup and dead skin cells. The vibrations also encourage blood circulation, which will keep your skin firm and elastic.

    Buy it from Peppy Co for $119.

    18. And finally, this Sleepy lotion by Lush that will make you feel relaxed and ready for your eight hours.

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    This body lotion contains lavender to calm your mind, oatmeal to soothe your skin and jojoba oil to moisturise the heck out of your skin. It also smells absolutely phenomenal.

    Promising Review: "I kid you not, this lotion has changed the quality of my sleep. It's this heavenly mix of oatmeal, lavender oil, organic cocoa butter and a bunch of other natural goodness, plus it smells divine. My colleague swore up and down I would never sleep better than getting out of the shower, lathering this on, then jumping under my covers – and he was not wrong."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy for it from Lush for $17.95.

    You, feeling yourself after using these products.


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