Stories by Emily Woodruff

13 Best Face Scrubs

We tend to stick to the same three skin care basics: cleanser, moisturizer and sun protection (if we remember). Sure, a lot of women do the occasional face mask or splurge on a facial, but there is one superimportant step many tend to forgo too often: exfoliating.   See face scrubs

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The Only Way Ever to Apply Your Skin-Care Products

If you're slapping on your skin-care products in any order, you're missing out on a lot of the benefits those pricey potions have to offer. Products should be layered depending on the consistency of the formula and active ingredients to get the biggest beauty boost. Here, the only way ever to apply your skin-care products.   read more

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Holiday Nails for Every Party This Season

The best way to showcase your festive flair this holiday season? With your decked-out, covered-in-holiday-nail-art digits. We've put together the ultimate advent calendar of nail art for the days of December, and it's got enough holiday nail ideas to keep you busy from now until January 1 -- whether you spend it curled up watching "The Christmas Story" for the umpteenth time, sipping hot cider by a crackling fireplace, or jetting from one champagne-fueled fete to another.   read more

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Find Your Birthstone Beauty Products

The month you were born determines a lot of things: June and July babies will have a decade of pool parties to look back on, September babies will always be the oldest in their class, and December babies can always look forward to a year-end gift giving bonanza in which they get twice the gifts as everyone else. Another thing your birth month determines? Your birthstone.   read more

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Holidays' Worst Food Bombs -- and How to Defuse Them

Who wants to diet during the holidays? Thanksgiving, New Year's and every party in between revolves around food (well, okay, family, but food's a close second), so counting calories or carbs during these months feels like a task better suited to the Grinch. Still, no one wants to greet the New Year in pants two sizes too small, either.   read more

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The Beauty Advent Calendars on Our Wish List

A thing of beauty is a joy forever, no? Give the gift of joy and beauty this year with an adorable beauty advent calendar. Packaged with individual compartments waiting to be opened in the days leading up to Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, these calendars from our favorite beauty brands are filled with the best kind of treats -- nail polish, perfume, makeup, skincare and hair products galore. Perfect for holiday travel or sampling a brand's best products, you'll get on everyone's good list this year with this gift. Of course, we wouldn't fault you if you broke down and got one for yourself -- these charming calendars are just too cute to pass up.   read more

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The Foundation of Your Beauty: 10 Tips for a Healthy Glow

Introducing part one of our three-part series, The Foundation of Your Beauty, designed to help you feel gorgeous from the inside out.   read more

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The New Way to Keep Chapped Lips at Bay

Cleansing oils, dry oils, face oils, body oils ... After years of stripping our skin in pursuit of a squeaky-clean visage, we've finally caught on to the fact that oil is a good thing. Loaded with antioxidants, botanical oils soothe skin and prevent moisture loss -- giving us a glowy, not greasy, complexion.   read more

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The Makeup Tricks You Need for Brighter, Whiter Eyes

Bloodshot eyes are never cute. Whether you've been burning the midnight oil, fighting off the flu or sneezing your way through allergy season, bloodshot eyes are a dead giveaway that you're not feeling (or looking) your best. A recent study found that people with red eyes appear sadder, less healthy and less attractive than those with clear, white eyes.   read more

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12 Best Shine Serums and Sprays

Have you decided that your lackluster hair is a lost cause? Well, you might want to rethink that conclusion. A good-quality shine serum or spray should be your first line of defense in the war on dull hair -- just ask any hairstylist or beauty salon owner. Whether you're a curly-haired gal dealing with frizz or a straight-haired chick looking to minimize static, a shine serum can help smooth strands and even treat common hair problems. Above all, they create serious shine.   See list

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