Stories by Emily Woodruff

10 Impossibly Pretty Braids You Need Now

Just when you think you've finally got the hang of braiding (fishtail braid: mastered), some hair-for-days Instagrammer with more followers than Taylor Swift reinvents the wheel and comes up with a complicated, drop-dead-gorgeous type of braid that you must learn how to replicate immediately.   read more

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The Best Men's Colognes for Women

Whether out of curiosity or necessity, we've all stolen a squirt of a male counterpart's toiletries. A little pilfered shaving cream here, a filched swipe of deodorant there -- the bathroom is a communal place, after all.   read more

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Get Demi Lovato's Glowing-Skin Secrets

If you had a skin-care line, do you know what you'd call it? Pretty tough decision, right? Demi Lovato didn't know either, which is why she named it Devonne. "Devonne is my middle name," says Lovato. "I honestly didn't know what to call it," she laughs.   read more

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11 Skin-Improving Sunscreens You'll Be Excited to Wear

Putting on sunscreen is right up there with brushing teeth and applying deodorant: We primarily do it because we're terrified of what will happen if we don't. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if smearing on sunscreen didn't make your hands greasy, your face break out and your skin chalky and white? What if applying sunscreen wasn't motivated by fear, but by the same joy we get from our favorite mascara or lipstick?   read more

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The Best Neck Creams for Turning Back the Clock

"Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth. You have to cut open a redwood tree to see how old it is, but you wouldn't if it had a neck." So said the late Nora Ephron in her best-selling memoir, "I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman".   read more

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11 Awesome Ways to Spend Your Summer Friday

Ah, summer Fridays. If you're lucky enough to work at a company that closes shop early on Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you know that deciding what to do with those precious few hours is not to be taken lightly.   read more

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16 Best Toners and Astringents

Everyone likes a good debate, right? Coffee lovers argue with tea aficionados on what's a better source of caffeine; children fight over the virtues of chocolate versus vanilla ice cream; and in this office, we have lively discussions (alright, they're fights) about toners: Do they play a critical role in a skin care regimen or are they an unnecessary step in the cleanse-tone-moisturize process?   See products

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Diane Keaton's Life-Saving Beauty Advice

Diane Keaton is the epitome of style. She makes popped collars, conservative turtlenecks and classic blazers look chic in a kooky, on-trend way, but it turns out there may be another reason for her covered-up style: Keaton is a skin cancer survivor. Diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma at age 21, Keaton has had numerous run-ins with skin cancer, making her a hat-wearing, sunscreen-toting advocate for sun care. We recently sat down with her at a L'Oréal and Melanoma Research Alliance event, and here's what she had to say about the sunscreen she keeps in her pocket, how she picks her clothes and her secret beauty weapon.   read more

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12 Best Sunscreens for Your Face

Not to rain on your summer parade, but here are a few facts that should wake you up from your margarita-and-sun-induced coma, forcing you to take a big whiff of sunscreen: The incidence of melanoma (a deadly form of skin cancer) isn't going anywhere -- an estimated 73,870 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the US in 2015. If that doesn't scare you, this will: 80 percent of the aging that dermatologists see is due to excess sun exposure, since it can break down the collagen and elastin in your skin and cause more wrinkles.   See products

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Road Test: The Best New At-Home Gel Nail Polishes

In the two weeks after I first tried gel nails, I thought my life was changed forever. Cursed with dry, flimsy nails, I can't get a normal polish to stick around for two days -- let alone the two weeks that my gel nails lasted. It was only when I went to get it removed that I realized this gift from the nail gods was too good to be true. The gel formula had ravaged my delicate nails, leaving every last one of them peeling and weaker than ever.   read more

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