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    26 Multi-Use Beauty Items That'll Keep Your Drawers From Overflowing

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    1. The Two Faced Born This Way concealer that'll cover up any spots (and the fact that you only got two hours of sleep last night). It's also great for highlighting or contouring, since it comes in 30 shades.

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    I've read reviews saying that this is a good dupe for the cult-favourite Tarte Shape Tape (which we can't get in Canada for some reason). So, if you've been getting concealer FOMO with that product, you should probably check this one out.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $19+. Available in 30 shades and in two sizes.

    2. A tube of clear gel that'll keep your eyebrows and eyelashes in check on days you don't feel like wearing makeup at all. It's double sided, so you won't cross contaminate between your brows and eyes.

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    "This is my favourite quick-fix product for when I want to feel a little bit more put together, but don't want to go all out with my 52-step beauty routine. It also doesn't leave my hairs feeling crispy or flake off after a few hours of wear."—Alice Prendergast

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $2.97.

    3. A bottle of jojoba oil that'll help nourish your nails, hair, and skin. Add in a drop or two to your favourite foundation and watch it transform into a dewy finish.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.37.

    4. The Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade that'll help you fill out the sparse areas in your brows and act as a primer for powder. It's very pigmented, so you can emulate the big, bold brows of your dreams (or blend it out with a spooly for a more natural look).

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    I've had my jar of the ABH Dipbrow for years (sorry if that's gross), but it's seen me through the Instagram brows of 2015 to the more natural fluffy look that's trending now. It's water and sweatproof, so you won't have to worry about it running down your face if you get wet (I've literally gone swimming with this stuff on). And when I'm in a pinch, I'll use it as eyeliner, too. I use the shade Dark Brown.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $24. Available in 11 shades.

    5. A mini Milk lip and cheek stain that'll give you a glowy pop of colour. It's great for those "no makeup" makeup days, and is packed with hydrating ingredients like mango butter, avocado oil, and apricot oil to keep your lips and skin nourished.

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $24. Available in six colours.

    6. This Verb hair oil that'll make your hair feel soft and silky. It's a little thicker than a regular oil, so it'll help smooth down flyaways and frizz, too.

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    I bought this because I saw my beautiful colleague Alice's review (look at her hair in #27!) of it. And lemme tell you, it delivered. It's packed with argan and moringa seed oils, so it's really hydrating. It’s thick but somehow feels super lightweight at the same time.

    Get it from Sephora for $20.

    7. A good ol' budget-friendly tub of Vaseline, because you can’t go wrong with this OG product. When your skin is feeling extra sensitive, sometimes it’s better to go back to basics.

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    You can even put it on cuts and scrapes to help them heal faster.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $3.99.

    8. This Wander Beauty cream lip and cheek tint that'll give your face a healthy glow. It has a pigmented balm to add colour and a clear balm to help blend it out (or add a very natural glassy effect to your skin).

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    Get it from Sephora for $31. Available in two colours.

    9. This nail cream that'll finally help stop your nails from chipping. Because of its thick consistency, it's also great for slabbing onto your calluses.

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    "I bought this because the winter got the best of my nails, leaving me with hangnails galore. I actually saw results after one use, and now my nails are tough enough to not break every time I crack open my laptop and start typing (an actual problem I was having)."—Alice Prendergast

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.99. Also available in a larger size.

    10. This elf mineral primer that smooths pores, hydrates skin, and beats oil. Say goodbye to foundation and powder, because you'll look airbrushed without needing any pigment at all.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $7.47.

    11. This Burt's Bees lip scrub that’ll exfoliate and hydrate your kisser. You won't need to follow up with any balms or glosses, since it'll leave you with perfectly plump and flushed lips.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.48.

    12. A jar of 2-in-1 styling cream and dry shampoo that'll help you beat grease while keeping your locks in place. Rub it in your roots to achieve some serious volume.

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $15.50.

    13. This double-ended elf brow pencil that'll come in handy, even when you're touching up on the go. Forget packing a brush, spoolie, and powder — this baby has everything you need in one place.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $2.97. Also available in taupe.

    14. A pigment-free foundation that's like an Instagram filter for your skin. It'll help smooth out texture and block out oil without feeling heavy (or smudging all over your mask).

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $47.

    15. This 2-in-1 cheek and lip tint that packs a punch when it comes to pigment. A little goes a long way, though, since it'll blend like a dream (even over foundation).

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    "Whoever developed this formula deserves all the awards, because it is lighter than air and actually feels conditioning on the skin. I love that the shades are designed to be versatile, which means I don't have to keep 101 different products in my makeup bag. I'm pretty sensitive to fragrances, too, so I can appreciate that these gels are pretty fragrance free. It doesn't just work on cheeks, either — I like dabbing a few drops onto my smoocher to give it a natural flush whenever I don't want to commit to a full lipstick look."—Victoria Kuglin

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $29. Available in three shades.

    16. A tube of Dr. Pawpaw balm that'll help bring the life back into your lips, cuticles, and hair. Reviewers say it's even helped them heal cuts and wounds faster.

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    "I get really dry lips in the summer and this stuff is a true lifesaver. It's pretty thick, but it gets the job done. I also love using it on my cuticles when they start fraying."—Alice Prendergast

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    17. The NYX Concealer Color Correcting Palette that'll help you address literally any skincare concern from acne to dark circles. You can also blend a bit in with your foundation or concealer when the undertone is just a little off.

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    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    18. The IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream packed with yummy skincare ingredients like collagen, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. It’s full coverage, and it’ll smooth and hydrate your skin, and even help protect it from the sun with SPF 50+.

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $52. Available in 12 shades.

    19. A bottle of dry shampoo that'll keep your hair from getting greasy (and give you a little wiggle room between full wash days). Plus, it'll give you serious volume when you don't feel like whipping out the teasing comb.

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    I'll be the first to admit I'm a little lazy (okay, maybe a lot lazy). So, some days I just really, reeeally don't feel like washing my hair. When I have those days, I just whip out this stuff and with a few sprays, my greasy second day (or third day—okay fine, fourth day) hair looks fresh and clean. It doesn't leave a white cast and it has a nice, fresh scent. And can we talk about the volume it gives?! It'll get your hair looking like you just got a blowout when all you did was cover up the fact that you were too lazy to wash it (a true win, in my opinion).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $4.71+. Available in two sizes.

    20. This Makeup Forever palette that you can let your imagination run wild with. I've seen people mix everything from foundation colours to full-on special effects makeup.

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $115.

    21. A Charlotte Tilbury face palette that'll covers every inch of your face, from crease to contour. It comes in a handy little compact with a mirror, so you won't have to lug around a bunch of other products.

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $75.

    22. These highlighting drops from L'Oréal that'll make your face and body glow. Use it alone as a highlighter or add a few drops into your lotion or foundation!

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $18.97.

    23. A tube of Supergoop sunscreen that'll protect your skin from harsh UV rays without feeling heavy (or making you look super greasy). It also doubles as a primer that'll grip onto your makeup, even on the hottest of days.

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    "I couldn't be happier with it! A dime-size amount covers my entire face, because it's translucent it leaves absolutely no white cast, and 10 minutes after putting it on, my face just feels like I applied a little bit of a nice moisturizer or makeup primer, not anything that's grease-central, like sunscreen usually is. It does pill if I put it on too soon after my morning topical acne prescription, but as long as I give that script about five minutes to sink in I have no issues. I've worn makeup maybe a grand total of seven or eight times over the past year, but every time I have, I've been impressed by the way my matte foundation glides over it, looks with it, and lasts with it. When this bottle runs out — which, despite using it every single day (and sometimes twice a day, if I head out into the sun in the afternoon) for about four months now, it still hasn't come close — I absolutely won't mind treating myself to a new one." —Natalie Brown

    Check out Natalie's full review of the Supergoop suncreen (it's #3 on the list).

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $45+. Available in two sizes.

    24. A dual-ended tube of NYX high shine that'll last all freakin' day and won't transfer onto your mask. Use both ends for maximum effect, but you can also use the matte colour or gloss sides separately for different looks.

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    Get it from Nyx Cosmetics for $12. Available in six shades.

    25. A tube of Maybelline concealer that you can apply straight from the tube, thanks to the handy built-in sponge applicator. It's infused with haloxyl (an ingredient found in a lot of eye creams), making it pretty much a miracle product considering its under-$10 price point.

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    "It blends incredibly well with every foundation I wear (not at the same time, LOL) — and I have a lot of foundations. When I am done with my entire routine, my eyes look lighter and brighter, but not in a way that’s totally obvious — even when photos are taken and the flash is on. Basically what I am saying here is this is a staple beauty product that, IMHO, deserves a place in every makeup bag!" —Kayla Suazo

    Check out Kayla's full review on the Maybelline Instant Rewind Treatment Concealer (it's #4 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.96+. Available in 11 shades.

    26. And lastly, this Revlon one-step hot air brush that'll help you dry AND style your hair all at once. It'll detangle your tresses with its built-in bristles and give you a salon-worthy blowout in minutes.

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    If you're like me, you probably hate how long it takes to do your hair in the morning. Since buying the Revlon one-step hot air brush, I've cut my getting-ready time in half. I can get nice waves if I hold it while my hair is wrapped around it or a gorgeous blowout if I hold it at the roots.

    Check out my full review of the Revlon one-step hair hot air brush.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $58.47. Available in five colours.

    Save your makeup bag from looking like this:

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