When it comes to the best beauty products, the perfect place to start your research is with your friends and colleagues. If someone you know loves a product sick, it’s likely to be some good shit.

So for my own sake but also for yours, I asked the entire office for their ride-or-die beauty recommendations. And shit guys, they bloody delivered.

1. Australis Extender Lash & Brow

Australis Extender Lash & Brow, $11.95

According to my colleague Nic, this is the “Best. Brow. Gel. Ever”. She has amazing, natural brows that are always perfectly groomed without looking overdone, so she’s someone worth listening to.

2. Lanolips 101 Ointment Fruities

Lanolips 101 Ointment Fruities, $14.99

This is my colleague Ally’s go-to lip balm, and it’s a favourite among a lot of my Beauty Editor friends, too. I have a different lip balm fave (see later in this list), but I have to admit if you like a slightly glossy finish and balm that actually works, Lanolips is hard to go past.

3. Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food, $14.95

This is my Editor Josie’s so-called “wizard product”. She just told me a mildly gross but also intriguing story about how she had a dry nose from heaps of nose-blowing, and one application of this stuff overnight healed it up completely. That’s pretty impressive.

4. Dermal Therapy Lip Balm

Dermal Therapy Lip Balm, $4.49

I discovered this lip balm a few years ago and have never strayed – I have one stashed in every area of my life. Desk, bedside table, car, handbag, sister’s car. Everywhere. It is THAT good.

5. Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid Liner

Rimmel London Exaggerate Eye Liner, $13.95

Sam in our office easily has the sharpest cat-eye flicks, and this is the liquid eyeliner she’s been using for years.

6. Essence Lash Princess Mascara

Essence Lash Princess Mascara, $7

As Steph, who recommended this product, said – this mascara used to be a mere $4, but now everyone knows how good it is, the price has hiked up. Still, a phenomenal mascara at under $10? Sign me the hell up.

7. Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Mario Badescu Facial Spray, $10

One of the cheapest products you can get at Mecca, Rachael in my office swears by it for dealing with redness and dry skin throughout the day. You can apply it under or over makeup, too.

8. L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Soothing Mask

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Soothing Mask, $19.95

Coming riiiight in under $20, Jess from my office says this cleared up her face eczema in two uses.

9. The Ordinary Vitamin C 30% Suspension In Silicone

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% In Silicone, $12.80

In general I’m deeply obsessed with The Ordinary, but I particularly love their targeted products – this Vitamin C product is silicone-based, which some may dislike but as Captain of the dry skin brigade, I love.

10. Dermaveen Intensive Moisturising Lotion

Dermaveen Intensive Moisturising Lotion, $17.99

I have insanely dry skin, and this shit is my all-over lifesaver. The huge bottle is juuuust over $20 and lasts forever, but this one is pretty massive too.

11. Australis Eyebrow Pencil

Australis Eyebrow Pencil, $8.25

My colleague Shannon swears by this brow pencil, saying she “can’t see the difference” between it and the MAC one she used to use.

12. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, $17.80

My colleague Erin swears by this stuff. She says it keeps any break outs in check, and reduces the size/duration if you’ve got a pimple that just *has* to say hello. She also reckons it balances skin discolouration, and is cheap and quick to use.

13. L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara, $21.95

I’ve let this one SLIDE through because a) it’s often on sale and b) what’s $1.95, you know? My colleague Emma says this has a suuuuper black pigment, and the flexible brush helps you catch top and bottom lashes with ease. She says it makes her lashes look longer and thicker, and as someone who’s tried it in the past, I agree.

14. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Dry Tanning Oil

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold, $19.95

My colleague Claire swears by this fake tanning spray, which she says dries super quickly, looks natural AND lasts forever.

15. Sportsgirl Body Glow

Sportsgirl Body Glow, $12.95

My boss Josie loves this instant bronzer for when you’ve forgotten to tan but need colour. It’s natural-looking, has a little shimmer but isn’t OTT, and is cheap as chips.

16. Essence Eyebrow Stylist

Essence Eyebrow Stylist, $5

My colleague Shannen reckons this is on par with her Benefit and Anastasia Beverly Hills products!

Image: Lanolips