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The Secret Behind Cameron Diaz's Shiny Lids

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I've been searching high and low for the perfect product to give me that Cameron Diaz shiny lid look. I can't be the only one who has noticed her look. It's almost always the same--shiny lid, long lashes (unless it's that golden bronze all over shadow look--she does that a lot too).

The shiny lid is so pretty, so simple and so perfect. Sure, it could be a shadow and the accent in the corner is most likely indeed a shadow. But watch for it. The texture of the almost-nude sheen isn't a powder. It's not a white, but rather a nude shimmer. It's almost a clear gloss with a touch of iridescence. I've asked makeup artists, cosmetic counter associates and the answer I most commonly get is,

"It must be something unusual for camera only."

Completely refusing to believe that bunch of bullcorn, I mentioned it at Thanksgiving. I've looked at cream shadows, sheer, light pigments, gloss sticks and highlighters. You name it, I've tried it and couldn't replicate the exact look. During our turkey day meal, my sister AbbyDazzle said, "What about that Chanel primer you were into a few years ago? I still use that and it looks just like that."

She's totally right. That must be what it is. Except it wasn't technically a primer. Ombre D'Eau Iridescent Fluid Eye Shadow was meant to be an eye shadow. I say "was" because it's no longer available. Just as I discover what I was looking for was under my nose the entire time, it's gone.

So back to the drawing board I went, and that's when I had the most basic of revelations. If you use a good primer like Too Faced's Glitter Glue, everyone's first must-have highlighter does the job perfectly. If you are like me, your first highlighter was probably Benefit's High Beam. It's so obvious, I can't believe I didn't think of it first.

Add a brown eyeliner (or skip it!) and a lush lash and let your inner Cameron loose!

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Six Things You Can Only Buy If You Are A VIB

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I know you are busy holiday shopping and looking for other people, but that isn't stopping Sephora from pre-releasing loads of goodies you need now.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar, $49. It's a little deeper, a little warmer and still smells oh so good.


Tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette, $44. This palette contains twelve all new matte shadows that have never been seen before.

Kat Von D Interstellar Eyeshadow Palette is a cool palette that has nothing to do with saving the world, as the title implies. That said, I'm certain Matthew would give this an "alright, alright, alright." It's yours for $46.

YSLs' Volupte Tint -In-Oil is a new kind of lippie, part oil and part tint, that delivers hydration and color. It's available in eight shades for $32.


Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio gives you the easiest way to contour your cheeks with super simple pencils. Just please be sure to blend, blend, blend. $45


Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More is something I really wish would work. I have my doubts, but I'm so tempted to try it. Be your own guinea pig for $89.

Let me know if you grab anything early...after I caved on the Naked On The Run palette, I'm standing down until the new year.

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Get Flawless with It Cosmetics New Brushes

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I've been telling you about the amazing brushes of It Cosmetics for years. And while we've discussed their new collections, we haven't talked about why you might need to upgrade a few of your brushes. It Cosmetics launched three specific lines of brushes earlier this fall:

Velvet Luxe Brushes are anti-microbial, densely packed, custom-molded and made to blur imperfections. 

This is the most luxe of the three collections. These brushes feel amazing in your hands and you can't help but want to toss all of your other brushes and use these exclusively.

Airbrush Essentials Brushes are synthetic, anti-microbial, lightweight and crafted to give you an airbrushed finish. These are the perfect brushes to keep in your makeup bag, take with you on trips or leave behind at your weekend home. These brushes give amazing results and feel beautiful in your hand.

Live Beauty Fully Brushes are brushes after my own heart. For each brush purchased, It will donate one brush to the charity Look Good, Feel Better, which helps women face cancer with confidence. Each handle is weighted to help you with perfect application and the streamlined finish feels luxe. These brushes are a joy to use and you'll feel good knowing your simple choice gives back to women who need it.

All of the It Cosmetics brushes are amazing. While the Velvet Luxe brushes feel like the most luxe pampering you can get, my favorites have to be the Airbrush Essentials. I'm replacing all of my brushes (well, almost all of them) with these. They are that good!

Not sure what to get? Try these collections of brushes; they are a perfect start towards a flawless face!

Your Airbrush Masters gives you everything you need for a flawless face for only $65! You'll get all of the brushes shown below, plus a gorgeous case  to keep on your vanity (grab this one. You won't be sorry!).

Need something a little smaller for your desk or car? Your Beautiful Basics Travel Brush Set gives you three multi-tasking brushes for under  $20.

These brushes are perfect for  taking with you or for stashing in that special  place where you know you will need them.

Have you tried these? Which is your favorite collection? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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Lipstick League: What's Your Favorite Holiday Lip Look?

Question of the Week: What is your favorite holiday lip look? My favorite holiday lip look is a bold, matte red. I'm loving Clinique Matte Crimson. Hands down, it's the prettiest matte red on the  market. 

  My Beauty Bunny - Still shopping for that perfect gift? Check out the annual My Beauty Bunny Cruelty Free Holiday Gift Guide! You're sure to find that something special to complete your gift buying list!

  My Newest Addiction - Having a hard time picking the perfect stocking stuffers for the beauty lover in your life? Laura has you covered in her!

  Nouveau Cheap - If you don’t normally shop for makeup at discount stores like Marshalls or TJMaxx, you might be missing out, big time.

  Prime Beauty - Prime Beauty reviews the often overlooked NARS Laser Cut Lip and Cheek Palette. Is it truly buzz worthy? Find out!

  Phyrra - Love rich color payoff? You need to see the new Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows!

  we heart this - has been having fun playing beauty mad scientist with the bareMinerals Incerdible Mixologist. Just try to stop us, mwahahaha!

  Beautygeeks - If you haven’t yet seen our manigeek Karen’s swatches of the gorgeous Essie Cashmere Matte 2015 collection due in January, now’s your chance. Even better, we’re celebrating our site makeover by giving away two Essie Cashmere Matte sets: one in Canada, and one in the USA!!

  EauMG - It’s EauMG’s annual holiday gift guide for vintage-loving glamorous types that would be happy to have back-seamed stockings in their stocking! Here’s the lovely Holiday Gift Guide for Vintage Beauties!

  Gouldylox Reviews - Makeup Wars is back this week with bold makeup looks to get you through the holidays.

  Lipglossiping - thinks that Advent is the perfect time for a new candle to light the way to Christmas, on the blog this week is a great festive candle from the Isle of Skye Candle Company.

  Love for Lacquer - High quality eyeshadows & lip products for only $5? Yes please! Jess shows off the new ColourPop Holiday Collection! (Spoiler Alert - They are AMAZING!)

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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I Smell Great is Innocently Delicious

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If you love light, honest, simple fragrances, I Smell Great is the line you've been waiting for. Randi Shinder, creator of CLEAN Perfume, worked with Jane Daly, perfumer extraordinaire, to create a line made of simple notes that play upon the senses, without overloading them.

I Smell Great uses new technology to actually extract scents from simple items that you naturally love. Wild Honey, Angel Cake, Beach Babe and Candy Crush are all lovely scents that won't overwhelm your nose. Each scent also includes some kind of magic that actually refreshes the scent for up to six hours just by applying pressure to the areas you've scented. It actually works!

You can even combine different scents to create your own unique fragrance. Love the beach and the sweet smell of candy? Blend the two to create your very own scent, Beach Crush. The combinations are endless.

The scents:

Wild Honey intoxicates with the gentle yet enticing scents of honey, brown sugar, Tahitian vanilla, sweet nectar and a touch of sexy. This delicious and soothing combination is almost edible, and will kiss your skin with an irresistible and yummy sweetness.

Angel Cake delights in the sweetness of pink icing, powdered sugar, candied almond, with a touch of sweetness. It’s cozy and comforting, with a sweet innocence that wraps around you like a hug.

Beach Babe transports you with the gentle yet enticing scents of tropical breezes, coconut cream, golden suntan oil with a touch of sunshine. Close your eyes and let the warmth of the sun soothe you as the waves and salt air take you away.

Candy Crush entices you with scents of candied flower petals, rose syrup, icing sugar, candy hearts with a touch of love. The fresh and juicy flowers will tempt and tease you with a mouthwatering sweetness that is impossible to resist.

Each scent is available in five products; eau de parfum, hair fragrance, soft body whip, reactive lush lip and wellness water mist.

The eau de parfum is never alcohol-y or overpowering. It's just pure scent encapsulated for a unique olfactory experience. It's available in a 50 mL size for $68.

The hair fragrance is a godsend for any day hair and is so light and gentle that people will wonder from where that intoxicating scent has wafted. Leave them guessing for $32.

The soft body whip envelops your skin in creamy moisture. Skin is left soft and supple in moments. Bask in softly-scented, sexier skin for $28.

The reactive lush lip is a hydrating lip balm that tints the lips. The scent actually refreshes with each kiss. This shiny balm stays in place, tastes amazing and gives me the perfect lip tint.  Kiss this baby hello for $28.

The wellness water contains hydrating and good-for-your-skin aloe and glycerin, as well as a touch of scent that leaves your skin feeling light and fresh. It's a great way to recharge during the day and anytime you're stressed out. Take a refreshing break with wellness water for $32.

If you love scents that leave you wanting more and do not exude some kind of pretend chemical sexiness, I Smell Great is for you. If you want a scent that you can layer that is never too strong, I Smell Great is the line you have been waiting for. If you love the idea of a simple fragrance that isn't pretending to be something it's not, I Smell Great is the fragrance you need now. If you've ever wanted to be the woman in the elevator whose scent captures the attention of everyone in a good way, I Smell Great is for you. Grab any or all of them from

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