Stories by Emily Woodruff

8 Secrets Cosmetic Companies Don't Want You to Know

Two cosmetic chemists dish on the secrets behind making cosmetics that big name cosmetic companies don't want you to know.   read more

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7 Geometric Nail Art DIYs That Only Require Tape

One word we've never associated with nail art is "easy." "Over-the-top," "time-consuming" and "I could never do that" are phrases we're more likely to use when describing the process of getting your nails to look like miniature works of art. That is, until we discovered these amazing DIY nail art tutorials that all have one thing in common: They use tape to make nail art both easy and gorgeous.   read more

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8 Chic Ways to Wear Sneakers With Everything

Step aside, boots and heels -- there's a new cold-weather footwear contender in town, and it's not to be scuffed, er, scoffed at. Sneakers are back, and "It" girls like Chiara Ferragni, Irene Kim and Eva Chen and are taking to the streets of New York and Milan to show you there's nothing like a sporty tennis shoe to up your outfit ante -- no matter what you're wearing.   read more

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What's Your Astrological Power Scent?

The quest to find your new signature scent can feel staggering. "Do you like florals?" "What's your perfect first date?" "Diamonds or pearls?" The seemingly unrelated questions perfume salespeople pose can leave you sniffing every scent in the store until everything smells like an amalgam of musks, florals, spices and fruits.   read more

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The 4 Beauty Tricks You've Never Heard of That Work Magic on Skin

Ayurveda. It's one of those New Age-y trends that we're still not 100 percent sure we're pronouncing correctly (along with acai and jojoba) -- or clear on why we should care much about it. The 5,000-year-old practice is steeped in tradition, handed down from generation to generation. But it also taps into the very modern and not-so-out-there idea that whatever is going on inside your body shows up on the outside (think: acne, clogged pores and rosacea).   read more

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The Must-Try New Nail Art Trends, Straight off the Runway

Put away your tweezers, magnifying glass, caviar beads and nail glue. The nail art at New York Fashion Week is simple, easy-to-achieve and elegant, while still making a statement. We stalked the runway to find the chicest, trendiest new looks at NYFW, and the verdict is in: elegant, understated nails are replacing over-the-top nail art of yore.   read more

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Warning: This Korean Spa Treatment for Glowing Skin is Anything but Relaxing

I stood in front of my locker in my standard-issue, loose-fitting t-shirt and shorts, paralyzed.
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The Most Gorgeous Beauty Looks We're Stealing From NYFW

Sure, the clothes and accessories of New York Fashion Week have us drooling, but we can't get our hands on those without time traveling into next season (and forking over a month's rent). For us beauty editors, the best part of New York Fashion Week is the gorgeous makeup looks. Our favorite accessory isn't a pair of Loubs or a darling clutch -- it's these of-the-minute beauty looks. Here, the trendy, fresh, need-it-now makeup looks from New York Fashion Week that you can get right this instant.   read more

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How to Defend Against Diet Bullies

Whether it's splitting a pizza over episodes of "The Bachelor," going on late night fro-yo runs after a long day, or nursing a hangover together at your favorite brunch spot, food plays a huge part in our friendships. The operative word being huge, since new research suggests your friends are making you fat.   read more

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7 Insanely Blissful Bath Recipes to Make You Forget Winter

There's nothing like sinking into a warm, aromatic bath to chase away the never-ending winter chills. But the last thing you want to do before drawing a bath is trudge to the store through snow and slush to buy a bath bomb. That's why we put together this list of DIY bath bombs, soaks and salts. With these relaxing, simple recipes, the furthest you'll have to walk for ingredients is your kitchen cabinet.   read more

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