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Updated by Brigid McWhirter on Jan 29, 2015
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Make Up I Can't Live Without

These are the make up items I can't live without. What are your favourites? Add your suggestions.
Power Volume Mascara | Marcelle | Navy
I am in love with this mascara. It comes in black and navy, and I find navy perfect for my super blonde eyelashes. It gives lots of volume but doesn't clump, and it washes off really easily. Highly recommended.
Waterproof Eyeliner | Lise Watier Cosmetics | Acajou
Eye make up is a bit of challenge for me because it usually ends up transferring to my upper eyelids...not a good look. But now that I have Lise Watier in my life, that's no longer a problem. This awesome eyeliner comes in a huge variety of colours (I really like "Acajou" for blue eyes) and stays put. Its only downfall is that it's fairly soft, and therefore breaks easily when sharpening.
Moisture Renew Lipliner | Rimmel | Transparent
This invisible lip liner prevents deep shades of lipstick from bleeding - line lips or use it all over as a primer. It's also very affordable.
ColorBurst Lip Butter | Revlon | Juicy Papaya
This shade looks deceivingly orange on the shelf, but is actually a lovely, sheer coral once applied. I have fair skin with pink undertones and usually struggle with coral shades, but this one works well for me.
Long Last Lipstick | Clinique | Pink Spice
I adore Clinique lipsticks, and "Pink Spice" - which apparently is their top seller - is gorgeous. I can see it working with just about any skin tone. I guess I'd call it a lilac-rose shade with a bronze sheen, and it's unscented, which I love.
Almost Lipstick | Clinique | Black Honey
This glossy lipstick is so pretty. It looks really dark in the tube, but is quite sheer when applied. Swipe it on for a subtle stain or apply more to achieve a deeper shade. It's a nice alternative to red lips for those not quite ready to go there.
Box o' Powder | Benefit | Dallas
This is a great, everyday blush - it looks nice and natural on my fair skin. I'm not a huge fan of the brush that comes with it, but that's just a minor complaint. Check out this video from Benefit on how to apply their "Box o' Powder" products.
Studio Liquid Liner | NYX Cosmetics | Extreme Coffee
I generally find liquid liners hard to use, but I'm a big fan of this one. It's affordable, so take a chance and try it...if you don't like it, you won't feel guilty tossing it out. "Extreme Coffee" is a nice shade of brown with a slight pearly finish. Stays put all day.
Eyeshadow | NYX Cosmetics | Rust
This is a slightly-shimmery terracotta-cranberry shade. It's a nice way to add a little colour (for those who prefer to keep their make up on the not-so-bold side) and looks great blended over plum or brown eyeliner.
Stay Matte Pressed Powder | Rimmel | Transparent
This mattifying powder absorbs oil and feels really light - it's a great alternative to foundation and the first thing I apply after I moisturize. Pop it in your purse and reapply throughout the day if shine is an issue.
BONUS: Expert Eyes® 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover | Maybelline
I can't stand sleeping with make up on, so removing it at the end of the day is a must. This 100% oil and fragrance-free eye makeup remover really works. If you're using waterproof eye make up, you'll probably want to try something else (like olive oil...it works).