A peek inside our beauty bags gallery

After that perfect day-to-night lippie, or a quick way to dewy, model-esque skin? We've found the answers this month.

Want to know what products the Stuff team currently can't live without? Then read on.

Two life-changing words 

Swapping "the best" for "good enough" may increase our chances of happiness.

They might not sit well with perfectionists, but they could increase your chance of success.

A world without bubble wrap video

Bubble wrap

Just what will we use for stress relief when the poppable packaging disappears from our shelves?

'Pretty girls not usually funny'

Michael Eisner was the head of Disney from 1984 to 2005.

Ex-Disney boss knew as he said the words they wouldn't go down well. Now he's paying for it.

15-minute labour for 'Fitmum'

'Fitmum" Sharny Kieser, pictured at 40 weeks pregnant with fifth child, Hugo.

After four kids Sharny Kieser felt like a "fat old woman", so for her fifth she tried a different tactic.

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love & sex

Is love worth the heartbreak?

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. have separated after 10 years of marriage.

It may feel like the end of the world, but you can recover after a divorce followed by a break-up.

When laws of attraction are wrong

It's called the slow-burn. And it is the calmer counter to love at first sight.

Beyonce's hilarious marriage equality video

The best break-up text of all time?

food & wine

Roast fish with gluten-free crust

Hazelnut crust makes a tasty alternative to bread crumbs or batter.

This hazelnut and parsley coating makes a tasty alternative to breadcrumbs or batter.

A quick 25-minute roast

This oregano chicken with pumpkin and cauliflower makes a tasty midweek alternative to a full roast.

Jelly Tip chocolate - could this be the end?

Jelly Tip block set to sell out

New Zealand's fleeting love affair with the latest Whittaker's offering is set to end this week.

beauty

In our beauty bags gallery

THESE SHADOW STICKS: Struggling to master the perfect smoky eye? So were we, until we found Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Sticks. These nifty things - basically powder eyeshadow in pencil form - are gamechangers. Just swipe them across your lashlines or eyelids for instant smoulder, and you're done. There are six shades to choose from; we recommend 'Slow Burn' (second to right) for just the right amount of natural smokiness and subtle sparkle.

Want to know what products the Stuff team currently can't live without? Then read on.

'You look disgusting' video

This beauty blogger's powerful video highlights the double standards women face with wearing makeup.

Michael Eisner was the head of Disney from 1984 to 2005.

'Beautiful women are not usually funny'

Ex-Disney boss knew as he said the words they wouldn't go down well. Now he's paying for it.

fashion

Lookalikes: Prince George & Prince Will gallery

Like father, like son - rocking smocks and shorts, blonde locks and furrowed brows during the terrible twos (well, George is two in two weeks).

Prince George takes major style inspiration from his dad for his little sis' Christening.

The week's best & worst dressed gallery

Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks and Sandra Bullock look classy, while Demi Lovato wears a torn-up nursing bra.

Changes ahoy in the underwear world: A Triumph International Amourette bra.

Smarty pants: The science of undies

Making a bra, says one designer, is harder than building a bridge: there's a thesis in biomechanics in your undies drawer.

well & good

Disability won't stop their dance

The New York City Ballet held four classes for children with disability after receiving a mum's heartfelt email.

Mum whose daughter was born with cerebral palsy reached out to the New York City Ballet ... and the results were wonderful.

The IUD has a lot going for it

The Mirena has led to a contraception mini-revolution, especially for those suffering painful periods.

The scary sunburn art trend

Meet NZ's horse whisperer gallery

life

All in your mind

Meditation is not for everyone.

7:34 AM  The trendy cure-alls of meditation and mindfulness can come with a few downsides.

Two words could change your life

They might not sit well with perfectionists, but they could increase your chance of success.

Meet NZ's horse whisperer gallery

Hillary & Ellen support gay boy

home & property

On women tradies in NZ

The author, Michelle, sanding back the filler on the fascia boards of her house so they're ready for their final coat.

Can I get that tool belt in pink? Are women welcome in the building trade?

Grow an edible vertical garden

When it's too chilly to be out in nature, bring it inside with exotic blooms and fresh herbs on the walls.

This 7.9sqm apartment on Mount St sold for $104,000 in Auckland.

Tiny apartment's big profit

There's no room to move, no proper kitchen and no toilet, but this Auckland apartment sold for $104,000.

luxury

Pencil-drawing sells for six figures

'Dinner Time' by British artist L S Lowry commanded $95,000 at Dunbar Sloane's Wellington auction on Wednesday. The work beat Lowry's previous record for a work on paper of AUD $38,000, setting an Australasian record.

Pencil-drawing of working class men eating dinner snapped up for six-figures in Wellington.

Kim K's $2600 make-up routine

It starts with a $600 moisturiser...

A top dog life - A pup at Somerset House during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015.

Crazy new must-have of the super-rich

A dog nanny: akin to that of a governess, but entrusted with a slobbering pug in a pink diamond-studded collar.

weddings

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis marry

Mila Kunis (L) has reportedly married Ashton Kutcher.

That '70s Show stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are reportedly married.

Wedding without hair no drama for cancer patient

Paula Connon says her wedding was "a great opportunity to celebrate something good".

Alexis Roderick and Billy Joel have been dating since 2009 and are expecting their first child together.

Billy Joel's surprise wedding

Billy Joel has married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual July 4 party.

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A world without bubble wrap

Just what will we use for stress relief when the poppable packaging disappears from our shelves?

Parenting

Twins give birth on same day

Katie, left, with daughter Ella, and Amy with her son, Henry.

Like many twins, these two have shared a lot of milestones throughout their lives.

Should men freeze sperm?

Is it time men started freezing their sperm like women freeze their eggs?

Just a spoon full of sugar ... Prince George and Princess Charlotte's nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

Is royal nanny Mary Poppins?

7:26 AM  Princess Charlotte's christening was "modern". No one told the nanny.

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Why dogs make us smile gallery

Dog

Whether it's their knack with selfies or a love of cushions, they're guaranteed to do something cute every day.

My toastbusters mission

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Moata Tamaira
Blogger for STUFF

Try as I might, I struggle to be served bread items at cafes that aren't flattened into a melty oblivion.

The super-secret life of pets

The Secret Life of Pets

It's my conviction that a pet spends part of every day practising to be more adorable.

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