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    As a general rule, I don't do eye shadow. The idea of spending 30 minutes every morning contouring my eyes a la the Kardashians sounds like overkill. Who has the time? I certainly don't.

    But then I heard Hollywood makeup artist Pati Dubroff mention how to create bigger eyes with a few simple makeup tricks, and I was hooked. Would I like my eyes to look bigger and brighter? You bet. Especially if it doesn't take me all morning.

    The Stir tapped Dubroff to get her tips on natural-looking, eye-enlarging makeup. Yes, you'll have to use more than one product. But this is a quick, four-step process that should take just a couple of minutes, once you get the hang of it. Here's your new fast, perfect eye makeup routine.

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    I love all those little bottles of essential oils you see at health food stores, don't you? So many lovely smells, so many possibilities! If only I knew what the heck to do with them. I mean, there's the idea of essential oils, and then there's the reality of what happens when you bring home that little bottle of Jasmine oil (because it smelled so good!) and let it sit around, waiting for you to figure out a use for it.

    So I decided to tap an expert to help me figure out what to do with these natural treasures I keep collecting. Which oils do what? How much should I use? And can they be harmful? Here are a few ways to use essential oils for some of your most common beauty problems:

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    I have a beauty secret and her name is Olivia. Olivia is not my beautician. She is not my hairdresser. She is my daughter.

    Ever since she first learned to talk, Olivia has made me feel beautiful.

    “My mommy’s pretty!” she would say to everyone from the grocery store clerk to the mail carrier to friends and family members who came to visit.

    My gut reaction was to shrug off her praises with comments like “Oh, please! With these wrinkles!” or “Not with this flabby belly/blotchy skin/or other defect only I can see.”

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    I put on lipstick every morning before I leave for work, and it usually disappears by the time I get into the office. Obviously I could reapply once I get into work, but then I'd have to 1) remember to bring it with me and 2) remember to re-apply it. Believe it or not, these two things are completely beyond my capability. Help! I need lip color that thinks for me and works overtime.

    Am I asking too much of my makeup? Of course not. I've come across 5 lip products that multitask for me like a busy mama needs them to. I love these lip treatments so much, I could kiss them.

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    Who wouldn't want to look like stunning starlets Megan Fox or Miranda Kerr? But what if achieving their glowing skin and shiny locks meant drinking a pretty distasteful concoction?

    The gorgeous brunettes are among Hollywood A-listers who've put down the juice cleanses in favor of what they believe could be a new magical elixir: vinegar. (Did you just grimace? We did too!)

    But Fox, the 28-year-old mom of two, believes that the bitter beverage is responsible for "cleaning out your system." A self-proclaimed sweets-lover, the star of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles drinks a cocktail of apple cider vinegar and water each morning. 

    As wacky as it may sound, Fox isn't drinking alone!

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    With all the plastic surgeons, cosmetic treatments, and HD-ready FLAWLESS! makeup out there, it's almost like we don't have an excuse for looking like a regular human being. And yet, I am a regular human being who doesn't want to get plastic surgery and does not have time for elaborate contouring. If only there were a mask that would make me beautiful in a snap. But not just beautiful in my own, unique way: No, beautiful in the same way everyone on TV and the tabloids are. Oh wait, there is! The new Ideal-Woman Rubber Mask!

    Okay, I'm joking of course -- and so is The Onion, who made this parody video for a mask that lets you literally "put on your face." It's supposed to be a critique of beauty standards. You know, how our culture pushes this "ideal" image? High cheekbones, white flawless skin, full lips, wide-set eyes, etc. But they've also tapped into something a lot of us find strangely appealing.

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    We all love good quality beauty products, and we like them even more when the company is supporting a worthy cause. And Philosophy's new hope & grace initiative is the perfect combination of both.

    Last month, Philosophy announced the initiative to support women’s mental health and help improve the way society views mental illness. Right on, Philosophy! Through the initiative, Philosophy will dedicate 1% of all its sales to organizations working to empower women through the promotion, prevention, and treatment of mental health. 

    The stars of this initiative are Philosophy's best selling products: Hope in a Jar Moisturizer and Amazing Grace Fragrance. So to take part, we're giving away gift packages of these two products to ten lucky winners! 

    To enter for a chance to win a Philosophy gift package, let us know: 

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    A shopper, offended by an ultra-skinny mannequin on display at a department store in Scotland, took to Twitter to state her case and successfully had the rib-revealing dummy removed.

    Mel Fraser told Primark she'd prefer to see mannequins in "all different shapes and sizes" because she doesn't want "young girls thinking this is the only way to be." As a result of her Tweet, the department store agreed not to use this skeletal mannequin again. 

    But the issue makes us wonder: Are protruding ribs synonymous with beauty? I don't think so. 

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    While vandalism is nothing to be proud of, we can understand why someone may have wanted to deface one particular billboard in Ann Arbor, Michigan

    The original body-shaming message, courtesy of Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, reads: "Friends Don't Let Friends Muffin Top." Or it did, until someone with a can of spray paint decided to issue a more uplifting message to passing motorists.

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    "We should Skype!" Have you ever heard those words and cringed because you just don't look good on Skype? We're not all super confident on camera, especially when it's a webcam. Something about the way it blows up your face to fill the whole screen is just so ... ugh, the worst. But if you want to talk with someone you love and see their face -- yay, the best of technology! -- you've gotta do it.

    It doesn't have to be painful. You just need a few camera tricks, the kind anyone can pull off. Here are 8 essential tips to looking your best on Skype, you superstar, you.

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