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what stops you from hiding under the bed when your mood is less than bright?
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We interrupt our 2015 Academy Awards beauty coverage with the Lipstick League's newest question: what’s your favorite beauty pick-me-up? A new fragrance? New lipstick? New nail color?

My first thought is a fantastic bright lipstick. But my second thought is No. As much as I adore a bright red, brilliant fuchsia, outrageous orange, vibrant violet or bold deep berry, lipstick doesn't lift my spirits as instantly as one of my favourite fragrances will. Right now, the sun-dappled citrus notes of Orange Sanguine by Atelier Cologne (travel spray, $25 at sephora.comis my Stay-Sane-and-Smile-Big jam. It makes me feel instant joy. I have a proper-sized bottle (from $105 at, but a handy little spritzer lives in my purse for a quick mood lift (and defense against stinky taxi cabs).

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine's sun-dappled citrus notes = my fave pick-me-up or mood booster right this minute

Oh Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine -- you make me feel instant joy.

I also love this little spray version of Orange Sanguine because Liza and I each picked one up at Sephora in the meat-packing district in New York, before an epic dinner adventure that involved fresh lobster and then pork tacos at the Chelsea Market (well, that may have been a different NYC trip, but I like remembering it this way).

What's your favourite beauty mood lifter?

In their own words:

Clumps of Mascara – is running! Literally. The Iron Girl Clearwater race is in April and I can’t wait to run, walk and wog my way to the FINISH line.

EauMG – I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of posts featuring makeup products that match Pantone’s color of the year. Now let’s talk fragrance. Here’s my guide to perfumes that remind me the color Marsala.

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m not a pink lipstick kind of girl. But lately, everything is reach for is pinky pink. You’ve got to check out my favorites that are rocking my world.

Love for Lacquer – Looking for amazing Spring nail polish? The new KBShimmer collection will rock your world!

My Beauty Bunny – Is your skin revolting against this harsh, cruel winter? We amped up our hydration routine with Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture – it’s a great cure for dry, winter-ravaged skin!

My Newest Addiction – Laura shares with us #allthethings she carries in her Tory Burch Robinson Open Dome Satchel. The hand cream is pretty fabulous.

Nouveau Cheap – Did you know that Wet n Wild has released new blushes in their Fergie line? Take a peek at all three of these lovely shades here.

Prime Beauty – shares her love for the February POPSUGAR Must Have box. Seven full-sized products that captures a beauty junkie’s heart and then some!

Phyrra – shares her best tips and tricks for How to Wear Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows, as well as other glittery and duochrome shades!

we heart this – Would you believe us if we told you we fell in love with a lipstick that sells for just $2.49? You should, ’cause it’s true!

Beautygeeks – has the BEST-EVER advice on anti-aging hair colour, guidelines from veteran celebrity hair colourist Christophe Robin (row-ben), who is the best in the world.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber tried an eyebrow product that’s only $4.88, thinking it was way too good to be true. The good news: it’s not! See what it is!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – Are you a lover of gel nails? If so, check out those Gellac Glitter Effects Sprays that Chickettes featured. I’m just so amazed at how far gel nails have come!

So again, what's your mood-lifting beauty hero?

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