Beauty On Repeat: Those Top Items You Can't Be Without

We all have our favorite beauty items, you know the ones we can't be without perhaps faithfully used for years or have definitely been repurchased several times. Tell me yours in the comments below I would love to discover new items. While I have a lot of faves and items I rotate with, here are a few top faves that I have personally repurchased.  

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Carmex lip balm Not the prettiest packaging but I've been purchasing it over 25 years - there is always a tube of it in coat pockets, purses and the night stand. I use the squeeze tubes at home and the pot version in my pro makeup kit. I use original formula only, the one with salicylic acid because it is the ONLY thing that will get rid of my chapped lips not cover up the problem. Plus it gives shine.

Black eyeliner is a makeup bag staple for me and my artist pro-kit. This has to be my favorite eyeliner pencil to date. The Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl pencil is the creamiest texture, it glides on and you can smudge it so it is the sexiest smokey eye look hence the shade name 'Bedroom Black'. I do have other shades but it is the black that I have purchased 7 of since its launch in the US. 

L'Oreal mascara It's usually the Voluminous version I tend to repurchase although I have tried the Lash Paradise and like it and have bought a few. Voluminous is the brand you will find in my professional makeup kit. It's the creamy texture I love that layers easily and the price point is pretty good. 

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AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Cleansing Foam - I've bought this 3x (each tube lasts me 7-9 mths) and have a few friends hooked on it too. A foaming cleanser that doesn't strip my normal to dry skin type, smells wonderful and feels so luxurious on skin. A little bit is all you need.

Kypris Antioxidant Dew - if you are hesitant on using facial oils (I adore them) with your moisturizer, then perhaps you would love this instead. It is a wonderful light lotion that lightly hydrates the skin plus floods it with antioxidants in a natural and organic formula. I'm on my second one and it last about 10 months for me. Just a few drops spread on skin before my moisturizer. It's one of Kypris' top sellers and I found mine at The Cure Apothecary Toronto.  

Since I've discovered Guerlain Terracotta bronzers, there is always some version of one in my makeup bag. I highly recommend this little addition of luxury to yours too. Guerlain continues to create beautiful formulas and shades and finishes of these, these are worth owning. 

Tell me what are your repeats and can't be without items??

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3 Ways to Wear a Bolder Lip

Lipstick is one of the easiest ways to update your makeup look or simply freshen it up season to season. I'm typically a nude lip girl for day to day style, but some how wearing a bolder lip can give you just that extra kick to your day and attitude. Check out my beauty segment from CTV Ottawa Morning Live for my Bayshore Shopping Center finds, picks and tips on going bold for yourself. 

"Beauty to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick" ~Gwenyth Paltrow

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Model 1:  The Dark Bold Lip ~ from Bite Beauty - Matte Crème Lip Crayon in 'Truffle' a lush deep black violet. $28CAD  Available individually in or online Sephora Canada (the holiday set shown is in very limited quantities)

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Model 2:  The Classic Hollywood Red Lip ~ from MAC Cosmetics - 'Dionysus' Lipstick $25CAD and same name matching 'Dionysus' lip-liner $25CAD from the Liptensity collection.

Model 3:  The Bright Bold Lip ~ MAC Cosmetics Lip Scrubtious, $19CAD a sugar scrub with hydrators to prep lips.  Sephora Color Lip Last $18CAD in '12 Royal Raspberry'. Tidy up using Cover FX Contour (cream foundation) Palettes $58CAD at Sephora Canada

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