Stories by Emily Woodruff

8 Natural Sleep Aids to Help You Fall Asleep (and Stay Asleep)

Sleep and hydration are the two basic tenets of beauty. It's annoying, but true: Press almost any beauty guru for the secret behind her glowing skin and bright eyes, and drinking water and getting enough sleep will inevitably make the cut.   read more

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16 Best Toners and Astringents

A common debate rages in the beauty world: Do toners 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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10 Products for Totally Pain-Free Hair Removal

Beauty routines should be as restorative and fun as they are necessary -- after all, there's a deep satisfaction in selecting a lipstick to pull together your look or patting in your beloved serums at the end of a long day. Even the not-so-glamorous process of using a nose strip to clear out your pores can be oddly satisfying, if just slightly off-putting.   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 this year. 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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13 Sunscreens That Take the Hassle Out of Reapplying

Remembering to apply sunscreen daily makes you feel pretty darn good about your skin-care routine -- and general adultness level. If you're applying SPF every day (or close to it), we suspect you also regularly contribute to your 401K and eat vegetables with most meals.   read more

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Tan Commandments: Everything You Should Know Before Getting a Spray Tan

There's nothing like the feeling of stepping out after a flurry of beauty appointments, feeling fresh to death -- your manicure unchipped, your hair cuticles sealed, your pores purged of whatever gunk they've been collecting... and not an errant brow hair is in sight. Adding a spray tan to the mix is like layering the fondant frosting on top of a perfectly baked cake. A faux golden glow can smooth any imperfections and bring the whole thing together, giving you the perfect canvas for any outfit and makeup look you can imagine.   read more

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The Best New Lip Oils for a Gorgeous, Glossy Pout

First, we got into body oil. Then came face oil and hair oil. Now, there's a new oil in town: lip oil, the prettiest new way to lube your lips.   read more

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14 Best Redness-Reducing Products for Your Face

Millennial pink, pale dogwood, rose quartz -- whatever you want to call it, there's no doubt about it: blush-pink is in. In its rightful place, such as on the apple of your cheeks, a flush of color can work wonders. But when a natural flush covers your face, thanks to redness-prone skin, your complexion can read more ruddy than rosy.   read more

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14 Best Shine Serums and Sprays

Have you decided that your lackluster hair is a lost cause? Well, you might want to rethink that conclusion. The best shine spray or serum can 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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Fake a Face Lift With Makeup

Search "#makeuptransformation" on Instagram, and you'll understand the full power of makeup. Just a little (OK, a lot of) well-placed bronzer and eyeliner can change a normal-looking girl into anyone from Captain Jack Sparrow to a real-life Disney princess.   read more

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