Stories by Emily Woodruff

5 Things We Ask Everyone: Anna Kendrick

Confession: I used to really like Anna Kendrick. After all, she's an extremely talented Academy Award-nominated actress. But when I started following her on Instagram and Twitter, I found that I actually love Anna Kendrick, and I want this witty, smart lady to be my new BFF. Case in point: Her Twitter tag line is "Pale, awkward and very very small. Form an orderly queue, gents. Location: Probably by the food." She talks about hating pinstriped suits ("The adult version of Ed Hardy. Letting chicks know you're a douchebag from 100 yards away, just more expensive."), when someone actually uses a phone to call you ("I basically assume someone has died."), and jarring alarm bell ring tones ("That damn sound makes my balls jump up into my body. Wait, what?") in a way that makes me want to go stand by the food with her and talk about how we both like to cry on cross-country flights.   read more

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March 26, 2014  |   3:03 PM  |  COMMENT
20 Clever Ways to Organize Your Makeup Clutter

Fact: Makeup is fun. Another fact: When you have more makeup to choose from, makeup can be even more fun. Every makeup junkie knows the thrill of adding a beautiful new palette, or an ah-mazing new eyeshadow or lip gloss to her collection. But when collections turn to clutter, there's a problem. If your makeup has taken over every last inch of counter space, it's time to invest in some clutter solutions. Once you know how to organize your makeup, you can make the most of it. You'll know exactly where your best smoky eyeshadow is, and where to find that perfect shade of blue-red lipstick.   read more

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March 24, 2014  |   9:03 AM  |  10 COMMENTS
8 Best At-Home DIY Beauty Gadgets

Think you're the DIY beauty queen because your Pinterest page is stacked with pins for lemon and honey masks, apple cider vinegar toner and exfoliating coffee bean foot scrub? Before you get started on your papier mâché crown, give one of these DIY beauty gadgets a spin. When used correctly, our readers say these beauty devices saved them tons of time and money -- we're talking thousands of dollars. That's enough to bankroll your own DIY skin care line made from your personal lemon orchard and beehive, ladies. Here's the lowdown on spending a little (these high tech beauty gadgets aren't cheap) to save a lot.   read more

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March 7, 2014  |  12:03 PM  |  1 COMMENT
The Cancer-Fighting, Disease-Preventing Superfoods You've Gotta Try in 2014

"Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food." So said Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. With this list of superfoods, you can toss the contents of your medicine cabinet entirely, and rely on your kitchen pantry instead.   read more

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February 25, 2014  |   6:02 AM  |  COMMENT
Solve Your Winter Skin Issues From the Inside Out

In a perfect world, winter would turn us into totally adorable, fairy-like beings. Pink cheeks, flawless skin and long, dark eyelashes dusted with snowflakes should make up for winter storms and sky-high heating bills. In reality, a long winter takes its toll in other, less desirable ways, leaving us raw, red and sniffle-y.   read more

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February 21, 2014  |   2:02 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
7 Major Workout Mistakes That Keep Advil in Business

You're finally following through on that New Year's resolution. You'll get to the gym, sign up for that 10K and come up with a workout plan. But before you do, consider this: Every year, more than 174,500 women end up in the ER with an exercise-related injury. The No. 1 cause of exercise-related injury? "Overenthusiasm," says Dr. Joseph Horrigan, a board certified chiropractic sports medicine practioner at DISC Sports & Spine Center in Los Angeles.   read more

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February 5, 2014  |   5:02 PM  |  COMMENT
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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February 3, 2014  |  12:02 PM  |  3 COMMENTS
Popping Zits, Tanning & Boozing: It's OK (Sometimes)

Would you rather be four feet tall or eight feet tall? Deaf or blind? Poor and beautiful or rich and ugly? If you've ever played the game "Would You Rather," you've probably contemplated similar hypothetical dilemmas.   read more

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January 24, 2014  |   3:01 PM  |  1 COMMENT
Rethink Pink: 9 New NARS Colors to Blush Over

Looking for a way to switch up your makeup this year? Look no further than NARS' Final Cut Collection, a fierce and edgy take on the most classic makeup hue. That's right, we're talking about the color pink, Ladies.   read more

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January 8, 2014  |  10:01 AM  |  COMMENT
My Slim-Down, Get-Glowing Detox

I knew I needed a change when I hopped on the scale a week after Thanksgiving and the number flashed higher than it had ever been. Granted, it was a few days after I had two Thanksgiving dinners in less than 24 hours, but the persistent tightness of my clothing and my general sluggishness suggested that the extra pounds were more than just a few big dinners. After catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror after a shower one night, I thought to myself, 'I can't possibly be pregnant ... right?' Nope. My food baby had just become a permanent fixture.   read more

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December 31, 2013  |  12:12 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
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