Stories by Emily Woodruff

Road Test: The Best New At-Home Gel Nail Polishes

In the two weeks after I first tried gel nails, I thought my life was changed forever. Cursed with dry, flimsy nails, I can't get a normal polish to stick around for two days -- let alone the two weeks that my gel nails lasted. It was only when I went to get it removed that I realized this gift from the nail gods was too good to be true. The gel formula had ravaged my delicate nails, leaving every last one of them peeling and weaker than ever.   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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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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11 Self-Tanners That Take the Hassle Out of Getting Glowing Skin

The first sunless tanners I ever tried were smelly, streaky and orange -- and definitely did not give me the bronzed goddess look I was going for.   read more

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7 Household Plants to Soothe Your Health & Beauty Woes

You may not be a witch doctor or herbalist, but that doesn't mean you've never used a plant to heal your body. In fact, some of the most common modern medicine is plant-based -- aspirin contains salicylic acid, the active component of willow bark, and penicillin was made from fungi. While we're not suggesting you start growing mold cultures in your kitchen, you can benefit from many easy-to-grow, easy-on-the-eyes indoor plants. Some of the prettiest perennials are hiding some of the best health and beauty remedies. Based on scientific studies, we found the healing plants that help you look and feel your best. These indoor plants will turn your home into the pharmacy version of the great outdoors.   read more

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8 Mind Tricks to Get the Most out of Your Workout

You know that little voice in your head that whispers annoying things like "you can't do it" and "just give up" when you're uncertain about accomplishing a goal?   read more

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17 Easy Nail Art DIYs That Anyone Can Pull Off

Easy nail art may seem like a beauty myth to anyone who has ever spent time scrolling through the many nail art masterpieces on Pinterest and Instagram. And while many nail designs can seem impossible to recreate without the help of a salon professional, there are indeed easy nail art looks that you can pull off yourself.   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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Here's How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes -- and Never Look Tired Again

"You look tired." It's probably a woman's least favorite thing to hear, because it tells us we did a miserable job of hiding our puffy eyes and dark circles this morning.   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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