Stories by Emily Woodruff

We Tried It: Primer for Your Perfume

So many things about genetics just aren't fair. For instance: My brother has amazingly long eyelashes, while I got stuck with short stubby ones that mascara can barely cling to. Also: body chemistry. Whereas my friend's chemical makeup makes her smell delicious no matter what fragrance she chooses, when I spray the same perfume on my skin, I smell like I just ran through the woods in the rain ... with a wet dog by my side.

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December 27, 2013  |   9:12 AM  |  COMMENT
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 of 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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December 12, 2013  |  10:12 AM  |  COMMENT
15 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 super important step many tend to forego too often: exfoliating.   See face scrubs

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December 9, 2013  |  10:12 AM  |  93 COMMENTS
22 Best Toners and Astringents

Everyone likes a good debate, right? Coffee lovers argue with tea aficionados on what's a better source of caffeine; children fight over the virtues of chocolate versus vanilla ice cream; and in this office, we have lively discussions (alright, they're fights) about toners: Do they 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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November 26, 2013  |   9:11 AM  |  42 COMMENTS
Lethal Beauty Product Combos

Really, who doesn't have "combination" skin? I'm not talking about T-zones or the amount of oil one's skin produces. I'm talking about the battalion of products the average woman needs to combat her myriad of skin problems. When you've got wrinkles, breakouts, age spots and chapped lips at the same time, it's hard not to pile on a slew of products aimed at fighting different skin issues. But according to New York City dermatologist Jeannette Graf, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, the concoction of products we layer on our face may not be the best recipe for great skin -- in fact, it could be a recipe for disaster (kind of like the time you blew up the living room with your chemistry set).   read more

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November 25, 2013  |   5:11 PM  |  4 COMMENTS
Get Makeup Out of Anything

Makeup looks great on your face. You know where it doesn't look so hot? Anywhere else. But since putting on makeup is sort of the grown-up version of finger-painting, it's bound to get a little messy at times. We've dealt with pretty much every makeup disaster you can think of -- the lipstick tube that came uncapped in a pocket, the Chanel powder that burst in the Chanel purse (oh, the irony), the nail polish bottle that fell on to the carpet-- you get the picture. Since there's no way we're giving up our makeup any time soon (or, like, ever), we got the dirt from cleaning experts and makeup artists on how to get even the toughest makeup stains out of everything.   read more

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November 22, 2013  |   3:11 PM  |  COMMENT
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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November 22, 2013  |   9:11 AM  |  1 COMMENT
12 Best Shine Serums and Sprays

Have you decided that your less-than-glowing hair is likely the shiniest it will ever get? Have you given up on trying anything new to up your shine factor? Well, you might want to rethink that conclusion. A quality shine serum or spray should 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. But above all, they create serious shine.   See list

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November 14, 2013  |   9:11 AM  |  41 COMMENTS
It's About Time: Rachel McAdams Through the Years

When we heard Rachel McAdams was in "About Time," her third movie about time travel, we were sure that this time, she'd be the one skipping through the centuries. After all, she's paid her dues. In "The Time Traveler's Wife," she played a wife often left in the lurch by her time-traveling husband. Her "Midnight in Paris" role, as the fiancée (turned ex-fiancée) of a time-traveling writer, left her similarly stranded.   read more

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November 11, 2013  |   7:11 AM  |  30 COMMENTS
A Spray-on Clay Mask? This We Had to Try

Clayspray's ingenious spray dispenser takes dirt to a whole new level -- even for a jaded face mask junkie   read more

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November 1, 2013  |   9:11 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
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