Stories by Emily Woodruff

Add These Vacay Beauty Game-Changers to Your Packing List

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Add These Vacay Beauty Game-Changers to Your Packing List

Is there anything better than vacation? Jetting out of town during this time of year does wonders for your mind, body and spirit. But with every getaway 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 next vacation destination.   read more

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20 Secrets to Getting People to Like You

Everyone wants to be liked. From the day we start school to the day we enter the workforce, we yearn for approval. Even the most cynical types secretly care about how they are received. If you don't believe that, science backs it up. Psychologist Abraham Maslow points out that humans are social creatures; we need each other to survive. As a result, the need to feel love and belonging are programmed into our DNA.   read more

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11 Things to Put on Your Summer Beauty Bucket List

Ah, summer Fridays. If you're lucky enough to work at a company that closes shop early on Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you know that deciding what to do with those precious few hours is not to be taken lightly.   read more

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15 Homemade Face Masks That Will Make You Glow

A small-batch, locally sourced, artisanal beauty product is to me what Christmas is to five-year-olds.   read more

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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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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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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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