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WHO Review: The Top Beauty Products We’re Adding to Cart This Month

Our top picks to make everyday a self-care day.

Whether it’s the latest TikTok hack for healthy hair, hidden high-end dupe, or an endless list of celebrity beauty recommendations, there’s no greater satisfaction than finally discovering your next holy grail beauty buy.

While many may try and keep their top-tier self-care products a secret, the team at WHO are not ones to gatekeep their latest beauty obsessions (we’ll probably spend hours talking about them instead to be honest).  

Whether you want to discover your new skin saviour or unearth some inspo for your next self-care day, we’ve got you covered with our monthly favourites to help you shop the newest beauty shopping trends – plus all our favourites from the year so far.  

WHO’s Beauty Recommendations  2024

Gracie Boyle – Digital Content Producer

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(Credits: Krave Beauty)

Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Serum

$45.00 at Krave Beauty

I first tried the Great Barrier Relief Serum years ago and after a few months of my skin not playing nice, I decided to give this one a long overdue repurchase.

I don’t know how this serum does it, but my skin instantly looked better the next morning. My breakouts appeared calm and my dry, itchy skin was left super hydrated and glowy.

Key Features:

  • Nourishing serum for skin-barrier repair. 
  • Soothes the appearance of redness and calms itchiness and sensitivity. 
  • Formulated with 10% tamanu oil, niacinamide, and ceramides. 
  • PETA-certified vegan and cruelty-free. 

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(Credits: Boring Without You)

Boring Without You For Face Sake Multi Mask

$54.00 at Adore Beauty

I’ve been using the Boring Without You mask for a few months now and I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in my skin every time I use it.

It’s one of the few clay-based face masks that doesn’t dry every ounce of moisture out of my skin when I use it and since it’s a multi-mask situation, I love that I can cater the way I use it to exactly what my dry acne-prone skin needs at the time. 

I love to dot a bit of the thicker butter mask as a spot treatment when I need to calm zits ASAP, but nothing beats the full multi-mask refresh.

Key Features:

  • Formulated for combination skin. 
  • Clay mask for T-Zone, Soothing Jelly for U-Zone. 
  • Minimises the appearance of pores and blemishes in 10 minutes. 
  • Formulated with niacinamide, oat kernel flour, centella asiatica, salicylic acid, and hyaluronic acid. 

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(Credits: Adore Beauty)

Huda Beauty Faux Filler Gloss in Foxy

$28.00 at Adore Beauty

I’m so picky when it comes to lip glosses and lipstick shades, and finding a gloss in the perfect rose brown shade that isn’t sticky and has an opaque colour has been nothing short of a mission.

Fortunately, I was introduced to the Huda Beauty Faux Filler Gloss, and this formula in the shade Foxy has ticked all my boxes. It feels nice and weightless on the lips, but it still offers a healthy dose of hydration and the perfect balance of longevity and pigmentation. 

Key Features:

  • Formulated with Vitamin E, vegan collagen, and plant-based waxes. 
  • Available in seven shades. 
  • Non-stick, hydrating formula.
  • Precision tip applicator. 

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(Credits: Sephora Australia)

Ouai Detox Shampoo

$58.00 at Sephora Australia

As someone who styles their hair every day, I certainly get my fair share of product build-up by the time my weekly hair wash day rolls around. 

After hearing so many great reviews, I decided to try out the Ouai Detox Shampoo and it lives up to the hype. I can’t explain how good my scalp feels after using this for my first shampoo, and I’ve certainly noticed my roots looking a lot more voluminous since incorporating this shampoo into my haircare routine. 

Key Features: 

  • Formulated with apple cider vinegar to detoxify and remove product buildup. 
  • SLS, SLES, phthalate, and paraben free. 
  • Cruelty-free and gluten-free. 

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(Credits: Revolve)

Tower 28 Make Waves Mascara in Jet

$33.38 at REVOLVE

On a recent trip to the US, I finally got the chance to pick up the cult fave Tower 28 Make Waves Mascara and I can safely say that it is everything I could’ve hoped for. 

I’m a huge fan of a plastic wand mascara, and this one lifts, separates, and evenly coats my lashes and actually lasts all day! Any mascara that doesn’t give me immediate panda eyes is a win in my book, so safe to say this mascara is my new everyday favourite! 

Key Features:

  • Water-resistant/smudge-free.
  • Cruelty-free and vegan.
  • Contact lens safe. 
  • Safe for sensitive eyes. 

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(Credits: Glossier)

Glossier Pro Tip Brush Point Liquid Eyeliner

$40.00 at Glossier

It’s no secret that I’m a diehard fan of Glossier and the Pro Tip is yet another Glossier product I’m adding to my list of holy grail beauty products.

As a connoisseur of winged eyeliner, I’m always on the hunt for a liquid eyeliner that has a smooth, smudge-free brush tip and the Pro Tip is exactly that wrapped in a perfectly pink package. 

Key Features:

  • Smudge-resistant 12-hour wear.
  • Densely pigmented and buildable formula. 
  • Brush pen tip. 
  • Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. 
  • Suitable for contact lens wearers. 
  • Cruelty-free and vegan. 

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Madison Scott – Senior Digital Content Producer

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(Credits: Emma Lewisham)

Emma Lewisham Illuminating Face Exfoliant

$82.00 at Emma Lewisham

I’ve never been one to stick with an exfoliant, but skipping my semi-regular microdermabrasion facials has meant my face has more texture and breakouts than usual.

Enter this illuminating face exfoliant, also known as ‘Your facial in a bottle.’ I’ve been using it once a week and have instantly noticed a difference!

Key Features: 

  • AHA/BHA chemical exfoliant.
  • Formulated with lactic acid, willow bark, vitamin C, vitamin E, and jojoba esters.
  • Fades the appearance of pigmentation, pores, and congestion. 
  • Vegan and cruelty-free. 

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(Credits: Sephora Australia)

MURAD Cellular Hydration Repair Cream + MURAD Cellular Hydration Repair Mask

Cream: $115.00 at Sephora Australia | Mask: From $85.00 at Sephora Australia

It was time for a change in my skincare routine and I’m so glad I stumbled across Murad!

As someone with sensitive but combination skin, this is the perfect pair to add some much-needed moisture to my skin as we head into the colder months.

Key Features:

  • Formulated with refined bilberry seed oil and premium allantoin to enhance hydration and repair skin barrier.
  • Fragrance, silicone, paraben, and sulphate-free. 

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(Credits: Glossier)

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara

$38.00 at Glossier

Me and mascara have not been the best of friends lately. Not only have my poor, sensitive eyes been struggling with mascaras I usually love, but I’m feeling the pull away from mascara to a TikTok-influenced mascara-free look as of late. However, I am pale and blonde, which means mascara-free makeup on me looks very bare.

Enter the Glossier Lash Slick Mascara. I picked it up during a recent trip to LA and it’s a great everyday subtle mascara. No clumping and perfect for sensitive eyes, I have found this product perfect for a one-swipe application for a barely-there everyday look.

Key Features:

  • Formulated with provitamin B5 and Biotinyl Tripeptide-1 for sleek, shiny, and nourished lashes.
  • Japanese fiber technology. 
  • Smudge-resistant 12-hour wear. 
  • Fragrance-free, dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested. 
  • Cruelty-free. 
  • Available in Black and Brown. 

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(Credits: Endota Spa)

Hydro-Microdermabrasion Facial

From $165.00 at Endota Spa

These may be on the more $$$ end of facials, but I swear by hydro-microdermabrasion. I’ve had them every 6-8 weeks for almost two years and notice a visible difference in my skin.

As someone who struggles with hormonal acne and deep, blind pimples, I truly believe this helps keep the congestion at bay!

Key Features:

  • Combined chemical and physical exfoliation. 
  • Minimal treatment downtime. 
  • Helps to minimise the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles and fine lines, age spots, acne scarring and congestion.

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(Credits: MECCA)

Summer Fridays Sheer Skin Tint

$70.00 at MECCA

I know everyone always says that products are the perfect “no makeup makeup” but this really is.

Light on the skin but with that perfect level of glow and coverage, this tint is the perfect base for summer.

Key Features:

  • Free of parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulphates SLS & SLES, synthetic fragrance (less triclocarban, and triclosan.
  • Sheer, buildable coverage. 
  • Cruelty-free and vegan. 

Available at: 

$70.00 at  MECCA 

$70.11 at  REVOLVE

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(Credits: Sephora Australia)

Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener

$46.00 at Sephora Australia

As someone who hates cakey makeup, this is the perfect under-eye product to wear alone or layered under other products.

Silky and light, this has become my ride-or-die product I can’t leave the house without!

Key Features:

  • Formulated with white peony and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturise.
  • Metal-tip applicator. 
  • Paraben-free and noncomedogenic. 
  • Cruelty-free and vegan. 

Available at: 

$46.00 at  Sephora Australia

Tina Burke – Digital Managing Editor

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(Credits: Neutrogena)

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

$35.00 at Neutrogena

When I tell you I’ve been using this Hydro Boost range for a decade, I mean it. I first fell in love with this moisturiser at a [redacted] age while travelling around the US in winter. With the mix of climates, as I travelled, my skin was freaking out until I found this. The instant hydration and lightweight feel made it a must-buy for me in the moment, and 10 years later, I’m still a fan. 

The gel-based moisturiser is supercharged with Hyaluronic Acid and NMFs for 5x hydration and an 80% stronger moisture barrier* for plump, glowing skin. It leaves my dry skin feeling plump and hydrated, and this month, I revisited this favourite as my go-to in the humid Sydney heat. As always, it was the perfect choice. 

Key Features:

  • Formulated with 1% Natural Moisturising Factor Complex to help maintain skin hydration and elasticity. 
  • Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid for long-lasting hydration, Amino Acids to support and strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, and electrolytes to boost ingredient absorption. 

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*compared to untreated control. 

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(Credits: Charlotte Tilbury)

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation

$70.00 at Charlotte Tilbury

I have sensitive (and wildly dry) skin, which means I avoid make-up most of the time now. But with some events coming up, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect foundation that will offer glowy coverage without highlighting my dry patches.

This Beautiful Skin Foundation from Charlotte Tilbury is my new go-to! The lightweight formula is easy to build and lasts through the day, without caking. Charlotte really nailed it with the name, because it genuinely does make your skin look beautiful.

Key Features:

  • 16-hour wear.
  • Formulated with hyaluronic acid, rose complex, and coconut extract for hydration. 
  • Vegan formula.

Available at: 

$70.00 at  Charlotte Tilbury 

$74.00 at  Selfridges 

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(Credits: Kiehl’s)

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane

From $66.00 at Kiehl’s Australia

You get it, I have sensitive and dry skin. So this also means I experiment with gentle moisturisers and face creams all the time in a bid to find the perfect one.

This cult-favourite offering from Kiehl’s has ingredients including squalane, Glacial Glycoprotein and glycerin – which work together to recover the skin barrier and leave your skin softer, smoother and healthier. I’m now onto my second tub of this cream, and can confirm it’s my new holy grail! 

Key Features: 

  • Formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived Squalane.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Formulated without parabens, carbamide, T.E.A., mineral oil, dyes, and fragrances.

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