January beauty essentials: What you need this month

Get luscious lips, flush cheeks, and more with the latest beauty finds

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All-natural wild berry lip balm

Inspired by one of Rachel Roy's favourite travel spots, this easy-to-tote wildberry balm is all-natural and protects lips with vitamin E and jojoba oil.

EOS Limited Edition Lip Balm by Rachel Roy in Barbados Heat, $4

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Extra creamy matte lipstick

Get the look of a shine-free pout minus the dry-feeling texture with this matte-finish lipstick that still feels creamy to the touch.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Faint for Fuchsia, $10

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A conditioning lipliner

This universal lipliner conditions your kisser with shea butter while making any lipstick shade go the distance (minus the feathering).

Rimmel Moisture Renew LipLiner, $8

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Perfect cream blush

How to apply: "Smile to find the apples of your cheeks, then use two fingers to mimic a wide face brush and gently pat the cream blush from the apple of your cheek to the temple," says Maddox Lu, education and artistry manager for Benefit Canada. For cheek colour that really pops (and lasts all day), Lu suggests layering a cream blush under your usual powder formula while buffing the cream colour on top to give you a more fresh-faced, dewy finish.  When choosing a shade, remember to coordinate the colour - whether it's adding more pink, coral or berry to your chosen lip shade for an all-over, flattering glow.

Tory Burch Lip & Cheek Tint in Cat's Meow, $46; Lise Watier Blush Fondant Suprême in Naturel, $30; Benefit Majorette, $36

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Date-worthy blush duos

Sweeten up your complexion just in time for Valentine's Day with one of these date-worthy blush duos. Use the slanted blush brush to buff a combination of both shades onto your cheeks for a healthy glow, or create a subtle contoured effect by using the darker shade just under your cheekbones and the lighter shade on top to highlight.

Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Duo Blush in 01 and 02