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We Tried 5 Beauty Products And Here's What's Worth Your Hard-Earned Money

Because no one wants to buy a lipstick and only use it once.

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All prices in this post are quoted in Australian dollars.

1. Frank Body Shimmer Scrub – $19.95

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I only recently jumped on the ultra-trendy Frank Body Scrub bus but, oh boy, what a bus it is. This limited-edition scrub is pretty similar to the original scrub, but is more sugar-based than coffee-based, and is filled with "glow dust" which makes you so damn shiny. I know that photo of my hand looks like it's just oily, but it was SILVER. I left the scrub on for about five minutes before washing off, and I can't even tell you how good my skin felt afterwards. So smooth and soft, but also slightly glittery. Not like, '90s body glitter, but more of a subtle glow like a good highlighter. It'd be a perfect scrub to use just before going out for the night. Tbh, I just got into my pyjamas and went to bed, but at least I felt like a glittery queen while doing so. – Jemima

2. Skin Republic Bubble Purifying Charcoal Mask, $7.99

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I am all about face masks. I do at least one a week, while watching my stories, and it makes me feel like a real deluxe bitch. I've seen a lot about bubble masks lately and they seem like they'd be right up my alley. This one is a sheet mask, which has ingredients that interact with the air so bubbles and foam form on your face as you sit there with it on. This foam is supposed to get right into your pores and dig out all the gross stuff that lives in there. And when they say that it foams, they are NOT exaggerating. After 15 minutes, the foam was so heavy that it was almost sliding right off my face. Once I washed it off, my skin felt hella clean and looked a bit brighter and healthier. Though the results aren't different from any other sheet mask I've tried, the novelty factor of the foam was worth it. – Jemima

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3. Revlon Professional Blending Brush – $15.95

This Beautyblender-brush hybrid is actually pretty cool because it keeps your hands from getting dirty. The sponge is tapered, so it's really good for putting product in those hard to reach places – like concealing under the eyes or putting foundation around your brows (if you’re on team brows before base like I am). Just like a Beautyblender, the sponge doubles in size when you wet it, and it becomes bouncier. Plus, the heads are interchangeable when its time for a replacement so you don’t have to waste money buying a whole new set. – Michelle

4. BDB Brow Buddy Kit – $28

As someone who covets other people’s eyebrows (what, that’s not weird right?), I’ve spent countless hours watching YouTube tutorials and trying out different products to get the perfect pair of brows. I would say I’ve been happy with them about 1% of the time.

So when I saw the Brow Buddy Kit I hoped this was my holy grail. The product itself looks like something you’d use in maths, and it’s basically just a way to measure out where your brows should start, arch, and end. It took me two tries to get the white markings in the right spot and then it was a matter of filling in my brows as usual. It definitely helped to guide me and I was pretty happy with the results. My brows are definitely sisters, not twins (on some days they’re barely even cousins), but this tool made them seem more closely related than ever. I don’t know if I’d bother using it everyday, but it’d be good for when I want to take extra care. – Jenna

5. Benefit They're Real Double The Lip – $36

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This is a lipliner and a lipstick in one, which is honestly such a brilliant idea and I'm not sure why I've never seen it before. I am a Big Lipstick Fan™, but don't often bother with liner unless I am using a liquid lipstick which tends to bleed. That's pretty much just because I cbf carrying around and applying two products. This dual liner and lipstick was super easy to use, and both colours work really well together. The liner is a bit darker, but it just gave my lips a nice three-dimensional colour, rather than looking like that gross '90s trend of dark lipliner and nude lips. – Jemima

Some of the products in this post were provided to BuzzFeed free of charge for review.

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