Stories by Emily Woodruff

How Much Should You Really Be Spending on Beauty Products?

There's nothing quite like the feeling of purchasing a new beauty product. In part, it's a gamble. (Will this lipstick shade work with your skin color?) It's also a way to improve or even redefine yourself. (New highlights will show your ex that you're a mysterious lady he never had a handle on anyway.) It's a thrill that never really gets old.   read more

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9 Best Sunscreens for Your Face

Not to rain on your sun-filled, summer parade, but here are a few facts that should make you wake up from your margarita-and-sun-induced coma and force you to take a big whiff of the sunscreen: The incidence of melanoma (a deadly form of skin cancer) is on the rise -- an estimated 76,690 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the US in 2013. 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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The Shelf Life of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery isn't exactly a small undertaking. Unlike Botox, which fades over time, plastic surgery is considered permanent. It's a once-and-you're-done procedure -- a smart long-term investment, which is why those of us willing to go under the knife will swallow the hefty price tag. But, as it turns out, a nip and tuck meant to erase the hands of time can defy age for only so long. And, often, patients who thought their first procedure would be their last find themselves shelling out for a tune-up. According to Chicago board-certified plastic surgeon Peter Geldner, M.D., so-called plastic surgery revisions may be inevitable -- because no one, not even your surgeon, can say whether your procedure will stand the test of time. "You cannot predict what will happen. We take you as you are now, and we change you as you are now," says Geldner.   read more

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Connie Britton's Secrets to Being a Do-It-All Single Mom

Connie Britton may be the star actress of ABC's hit show "Nashville," but playing country music legend Rayna James may not be Britton's most important -- nor most challenging -- role. That distinction goes to her fairly recent job as a single mom. Three years ago, the 47-year-old actress adopted a baby boy, Yoby, from Ethiopia. It wasn't her plan, but when she lost both of her parents within a few years of each other, she decided she didn't want to put off having children any longer. We recently caught up with the "Nashville" star to find out what every mom on the planet would like to know: The secret to juggling a successful career and a baby without going crazy.   read more

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Why Are So Many Mormons Getting Boob Jobs?

What do you think of when you hear the term "boob job"? Inflated, oversize breasts? New divorcees flaunting perkier chests? Beverly Hills housewives? Whatever your answer, it's probably not Mormons. That is, unless you happen to have driven down Interstate 15, the highway that passes through the so-called "Mormon corridor" in Utah, named for its path through some of the most populated Mormon areas. Billboards advertising plastic surgery are "everywhere," according to residents.   read more

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Add These Spring Vacay Beauty Game-Changers to Your Packing List

Is there anything better than spring vacation? Jetting out of town during this time of year does wonders for your mind, body and spirit. But with every vacation comes the not-so-fun chore of packing the perfect beauty bag -- after all, you don't want to be tempted to go on a picture-deleting spree once you realize all your vacation pics feature frizzy hair and an oily visage. When you're heading off to your destination of choice, don't put a damper on your trip by packing the wrong products -- or, worse, forgetting some essentials entirely. We've put together a must-have list for four different types of locales with tips on how to make these products work specifically for your spring vacation destination.   read more

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Who Wants What Done? The Most Popular Plastic Surgeries, by State

You probably think Los Angeles is the plastic surgery capital of the country, right? Wrong. New data from RealSelf, an online forum for plastic surgery patients and hopefuls, suggests that former geographic stereotypes about plastic surgery might be pretty far off the mark.   read more

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Bad Haircut? What to Do When Your Stylist is Convinced It's Great

"It'll grow back." When you're brimming over with tears at the sight of a new head of hair you didn't ask for, that's the last thing a woman wants to hear. My first bad haircut was at age seven, and I can still recall bursting into tears in the back of my mom's minivan after shyly nodding that, yes, I liked my new bangs, to the stylist moments before. Decades later, and I still haven't learned the art of politely informing a stylist that I hate what she's done to me. When I wondered out loud how to fix a bad haircut, my coworkers had plenty to say. We've all had bad cuts over the years, so we had a hair stylist expert, Chris Petroff (he's done Jared Leto's hair, and we're all jealous of those locks), weigh in on when to speak up and what to say.   read more

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12 Perfume Bottles Even Prettier Than Their Scents

Even if you hate the smell of perfume, you can't deny the timeless beauty of a grouping of a few gorgeous perfume bottles. Design no-brainer: Group a few bottles of classic perfumes (you can never go wrong with Chanel, Burberry and Guerlain) in any room except, maybe, the kitchen, and you add instant elegance and sophistication. Design not-so-no-brainer: You don't have to actually wear the perfume you're displaying. Think of it as cheap, multi-purpose artwork that doesn't require a hammer and nail.   read more

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High-End Workout Clothes You'd Wear Anywhere (Except Maybe the Gym)

If you're anything like us, your yoga pants probably see the inside of Home Depot and the post office more often than they see the inside of a yoga studio. And we can't blame you (or ourselves), since they're just so darn comfortable. Lucky for us, designer workout clothes are on the rise, so we can look and feel amazing. No longer do you look the harried woman, rushing from errand to errand in stained sweats and scrunchied hair. Thanks to the rise in popularity of flattering workout clothes (activewear sales are up 9 percent, whereas traditional jeans actually fell 1 percent), we're seeing track pants and baseball caps on the runway. High-end designers are catching on to the fact that women want to be comfortable and look good, and as a result fashion is experiencing a trend in casual, activewear that won't look out of place on the street or in the gym. Want to know the track pants you can pair with your heels and the sweatshirt-pencil skirt combo you can pull off with sneakers? We curated a high-end, designer workout clothes lookbook so you can go the gym (or anywhere else) in comfort and style.   read more

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