Stories by Emily Woodruff

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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Your Most Embarrassing Beauty Problems - Decoded

When I was in third grade, I had a wart on my inner knee. I wanted to die every time I had to sit Indian-style, which was about seven times a day. Though I didn't know it at the time, I began practicing yoga -- assuming creative positions that allowed me to cover my wart. But it was no use. One afternoon, while waiting for the bus, I began bickering with my brother. In an effort to one-up me (and apparently scar me for life, as I'm writing about it nearly two decades later), he shouted, "Emily has warts!" to anyone who would listen. The horror!   read more

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13 Best Face Scrubs

We tend to stick to the same three skin care basics: cleanser, moisturizer and sun protection (if we remember). Sure, a lot of women do the occasional face mask or splurge on a facial, but there is one superimportant step many tend to forgo too often: exfoliating.   See face scrubs

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The Only Way Ever to Apply Your Skin-Care Products

If you're slapping on your skin-care products in any order, you're missing out on a lot of the benefits those pricey potions have to offer. Products should be layered depending on the consistency of the formula and active ingredients to get the biggest beauty boost. Here, the only way ever to apply your skin-care products.   read more

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Holiday Nails for Every Party This Season

The best way to showcase your festive flair this holiday season? With your decked-out, covered-in-holiday-nail-art digits. We've put together the ultimate advent calendar of nail art for the days of December, and it's got enough holiday nail ideas to keep you busy from now until January 1 -- whether you spend it curled up watching "The Christmas Story" for the umpteenth time, sipping hot cider by a crackling fireplace, or jetting from one champagne-fueled fete to another.   read more

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Find Your Birthstone Beauty Products

The month you were born determines a lot of things: June and July babies will have a decade of pool parties to look back on, September babies will always be the oldest in their class, and December babies can always look forward to a year-end gift giving bonanza in which they get twice the gifts as everyone else. Another thing your birth month determines? Your birthstone.   read more

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Holidays' Worst Food Bombs -- and How to Defuse Them

Who wants to diet during the holidays? Thanksgiving, New Year's and every party in between revolves around food (well, okay, family, but food's a close second), so counting calories or carbs during these months feels like a task better suited to the Grinch. Still, no one wants to greet the New Year in pants two sizes too small, either.   read more

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The Beauty Advent Calendars on Our Wish List

A thing of beauty is a joy forever, no? Give the gift of joy and beauty this year with an adorable beauty advent calendar. Packaged with individual compartments waiting to be opened in the days leading up to Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, these calendars from our favorite beauty brands are filled with the best kind of treats -- nail polish, perfume, makeup, skincare and hair products galore. Perfect for holiday travel or sampling a brand's best products, you'll get on everyone's good list this year with this gift. Of course, we wouldn't fault you if you broke down and got one for yourself -- these charming calendars are just too cute to pass up.   read more

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The Foundation of Your Beauty: 10 Tips for a Healthy Glow

Introducing part one of our three-part series, The Foundation of Your Beauty, designed to help you feel gorgeous from the inside out.   read more

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The New Way to Keep Chapped Lips at Bay

Cleansing oils, dry oils, face oils, body oils ... After years of stripping our skin in pursuit of a squeaky-clean visage, we've finally caught on to the fact that oil is a good thing. Loaded with antioxidants, botanical oils soothe skin and prevent moisture loss -- giving us a glowy, not greasy, complexion.   read more

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