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The last thing I pack before a trip is my makeup bag. I'm always running behind, so I inevitably throw things in a bag in a panic and forget something I need, and take at least three things I don't. I have a couple of trips planned, but there are always road trips and weekends away that come up last minute, so it's good to have a bag on reserve ready to grab at a moment's notice, or at least have the travel-friendly products hashed out so I know what to take in a rush.

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You wouldn't know it from looking at my face, but I buy and own a lot of makeup. I don't really wear a ton of it; I just enjoy having it around. I also enjoy shopping online, eliminating the need to go out into the world and interact with other people. These two factors make me the target demographic for Sephora's Virtural Artist, and yet it did not inspire me to buy cosmetics.

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When you think of makeup, you think of lipstick -- lipstick and blush, probably. Lipstick is a cornerstone of everyone's beauty routine and an essential to every beauty bag. It's one of the few products that can finish a look, or be a look all on its own. With so many lip products available, finding the right product for you can be a challenge, but finding the perfect shade and formula is always, always worth the leg work. Let me help!

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Finding the right foundation isn't easy. With so many options available, it's almost impossible to know where to start. If you narrow down what you're looking for from your foundation, the level of coverage and type of finish you want, it can make finding the perfect base a lot easier.

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Marketers will have you believe natural or organic is synonymous with healthy, but that's not always the case. (As one clinical professor put it over at INSIDER, "Poison ivy's organic and it's not good for you.") Even more innocuous ingredients like tea tree oil and rosemary can irritate your skin, though.

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Your lips are dry, so you apply a little something soothing from a tube or a tiny jar or one of those weird golf ball things. Aah, relief. But as soon as it wears off, you need more. The cycle repeats all throughout the colder months. Are you practicing responsible skin care, or have you become addicted?