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    While my cosmetics bag has a few drugstore beauty products in it, I'm a bit of a makeup snob, with a growing addiction to more expensive brands. Between my sensitive skin, my friends' must-have recommendations, and I admit, an obsession with style blogs, I can easily plop down a pretty penny for an awesome mascara or blush.

    I honestly didn't think too much about it until my kids got into my makeup bag, destroyed my brand new lipstick, and lost my favorite blush brush. I might as well have just flushed $75 down the toilet.

    So that's why I started taking stock of the cost of my makeup bag to see if it's really worth spending all that money on my face.

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    'Tis that spooktacular season again! Halloween is coming up fast, ladies! Whether you like to get all-out scary or want something fun and festive that won't scar the children for life, we've got some great Halloween nail art looks for you.

    So grab the candy corns, throw on that old witch's hat, and get into the spirit as you peruse these super fun Halloween nail ideas. And pass the fun-sized Snickers while you're at it, will you?

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    The domestic abuse scandals plaguing the NFL have just gotten a lot uglier, and they're dragging many moms' favorite cosmetics into the mud. Makeup brand CoverGirl signed up as the NFL's beauty sponsor long before the Ray Rice abuse video surfaced. Their original concept was fun: Match your makeup colors to your favorite team's colors.

    But over the weekend, a photoshopped version of CoverGirl's NFL ad went viral. It shows the model with a violently bruised eye and calls for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's resignation with the hashtag #GoodellMustGo. Have you seen this picture?

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    It's that time of year again! With all the back-to-school shopping you've been doing for your kids, you deserve some new supplies too, don't you think? And by supplies, of course I mean ... beauty supplies!

    From pencils to highlighters, here are some gorgeous products to replenish your book beauty bag, along with some time-saving tips for those stressful, rushed mornings. Because isn't that what we really wish we could shop for ... more time?!

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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 got my first gel manicure a couple summers ago. As someone whose manicures typically last about two days I was thrilled that the new treatment lasted a whole month. But when I showed my sister she said, "Lovely! Promise me you'll never do it again."

    Why? Because the downside of gel manicures is that removing the enamel is rough on your nails. Plus, the in-salon curing process exposes you to UV rays, which are a slight skin cancer risk. And finally, the manicures are pretty dang expensive.

    It was just a matter of time before smart beauty companies came up with the ultimate compromise: At-home gel manicures that don't require a special UV lamp. Here's how they work.

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    Back in my day, only the wild, punky girls with dyed black hair and -- gasp! -- double-pierced ears! at my junior high wore blue nail polish. Oh the times, they have a-changed. Blue polish is totally mainstream and is, in fact, tres on trend. You can't throw a bottle of nail polish remover without hitting a celeb sporting a blue manicure.

    Now, I'm all for wearing whatever darn color of nail polish you want, no matter how old you are! But, if you're feeling a little unsure about straying into the blue zone, I've got some starter steps you can take. With these looks, you'll be stylish and hip but feel like a grown-up person (versus the girl in detention coloring the ends of her hair with a black Sharpie).

    Come on in, the water's blue!

    Do you wear blue nail polish?

     

    Image via EssiePolish/Instagram

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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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    You know how when you're, like, a teenager, and you see something that say, your step-mom does, and you're all I WILL NEVER DO THAT because it looks so goofy and suburban and will totally never fit in to your future jet-setting life of glamour and mystery?

    Yeah, so ... about that. Turns out, something I used to snicker at in that way only teen girls can do, is now something I can't live without. Why? Vanity, obviously. Because these babies are the secret to your manicure lasting more than a day. Three words:

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    You say Rachel McAdams and I think two things: The Notebook movie and eyeliner. That sharply defined eye is practically her signature look. And it's fine -- it's been working for her. But in her latest magazine cover, she took it all off -- and we barely recognize her! McAdams is gorgeously eyeliner-free on Allure. She positively glows with a no-makeup look -- well, of course she's still wearing some makeup. But it's a fresh, barely there look that's perfect for summer. Is this something the rest of us could pull off?

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