Stories by Emily Woodruff

6 Dead Giveaways You're Getting a Bad Facial

We've all been there: You glance into a mirror and you're suddenly shocked by the scary state of your skin. Spurred into action by your crossover into bad skin territory, you book the first facial appointment available. Surely, an hour on the table in some able aesthetician's hands will get you back to glowing. You zone out while your aesthetician slathers blissful-smelling concoctions on your face, with visions of clear, lit-from-within skin dancing in your head. You're so relaxed, you barely even remember swiping your credit card and being steered out the door. When you break out a few days later, you wonder: Is it a coincidence? Am I just purging? Or did I put my skin into the hands of a bad aesthetician?   read more

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7 Odd Beauty Jobs You Never Knew Existed

When you think of people who work in the beauty industry, all things glamorous and gorgeous come to mind. But the beauty industry isn't all perfectly pouty lips and tanned, toned bodies. When it comes to the job market, "beauty" is a loosely defined term that can encompass everything from mimicking grotesque wounds, to picking bugs out of hair to getting up close and personal with a stranger's naked body, and these professions prove it. We're turning the spotlight on the less-celebrated beauty jobs that you never hear about -- and they're definitely not boring.   read more

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How to Use Perfume to Get What You Want

Want to win friends, gain confidence and bring happiness wherever you go? Science says scent can help you do all that, and more. Aromatherapy seems like a hippy-dippy concept, but research shows scents evoke strong emotional responses -- and are the key to setting the tone in an environment. It's the reason why retailers, hotels and restaurants use smells to attract customers and even boost spending.   read more

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How to Work out at Work Without Looking Crazy

For our ancestors, "work" was related to basic survival -- hunting for food, toiling away under a blazing sun or lugging water from a source miles away. Sitting, when it happened, was used as a way to recuperate from the tough physical labor required to survive. These days, it's hard to find a job that doesn't involve sitting in a chair and click-clacking away at a keyboard for eight hours a day. But instead of the cushy office chairs leaving us well-rested, our sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll. The truth of the matter is, it isn't just your imagination -- your desk job is slowly killing you.   read more

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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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