Stories by Erica Smith

Healthy Swaps for the Junk Food We Have a Kung-Fu Grip on

It's common knowledge that the more delicious a snack is, the more terrible it is for you. Case in point: junk food. We all know it's bad news. Heck, the name itself implies that there's unnecessary stuff hanging around. And in this case, that unnecessary stuff is extra fat, sugar, salt and calories.   read more

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12 Best Leave-in Conditioners

For soft, manageable, beautiful strands, it's important to choose the best leave-in conditioner for your hair type. A good leave-in conditioner can help detangle strands, reduce fly-aways, tame frizz and keep curls soft and smooth; a leave-in conditioner that's too heavy can weigh it down or leave it looking greasy.   see products

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10 Feel-Better Yoga Moves

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10 Feel-Better Yoga Moves

Thanks to desk jobs, sky-high shoes and fitness classes gone awry, it seems like there's always some body part that's aching or out of whack. While it's tempting to find relief inside your well-stocked medicine cabinet, sometimes all your body needs is a little finessing, by way of some quality time on the yoga mat.   read more

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The Best HD Makeup Products For Your Next Close-Up

Before you get ready for your next close-up, you're going to want to make sure that you're makeup bag is stocked with the best HD makeup. Sure, most of us are never on TV or the silver screen, but we are the stars of our own reality show. Social media updates, selfies, wedding pictures, your professional LinkedIn profile pic ... there are plenty of photo ops around the corner and you want to look great because let's face it: thanks to the internet, those unforgiving, high def photos are going to be around forever.   read more

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How to Get Rid of Back Acne for Good

Breakouts can put a damper on just about anything, but back acne is especially loathsome. Spot treatments and expert concealing can help camouflage the red bumps on your nose, but covering up and getting rid of back acne is exponentially harder.   read more

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9 Heavy-Duty Concealers That Can Cover Up Tattoos

Tattoos have their time (spring break, mid-life crisis, life-changing moment) and their place (small of the neck, ankle, back), but a job interview rarely qualifies as either. Instead of fretting over strategically placed jewelry or how you're going to pull of a turtleneck, turn to your makeup bag to cover up tattoos. The proper full-coverage makeup can make your ink do a disappearing act. Here, we've compiled the best heavy-duty concealers that can temporarily camouflage any permanent work of art to help you snag that new gig.   read more

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Genius Beauty Products Our Editors Are Thankful for

You have enough to worry about on any given day -- "Is this crop top office-appropriate?" "Did Kimye really deserve that Vogue cover?" -- that getting prettified every morning should not be one of them. Put your beauty routine on auto-pilot with these seriously smart beauty products whose innovative packaging take all the guesswork and fuss out of getting gorgeous.   read more

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8 Fast Fixes for More Energy

Sometimes that 3 o'clock feeling starts way before the usual afternoon slump -- and sometimes it lasts longer than quitting time. A good night's sleep is a great weapon against that sluggish feeling, but sometimes it's not enough. Pesky energy zappers are hiding in your everyday routine.   read more

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The 10 Best Hands Cream -- and the 2 Worst

Quality hand cream might not seem totally necessary -- but with all the typing, styling and high-fiving we do, our hands go through a lot on a daily basis. Still, hand cream usually ends up at the bottom of our list of beauty priorities. We spend hundreds of dollars on anti-aging face serums and hydrating masks for our hair, but hands also show signs of aging -- sometimes even more than your face. So in some ways, hand cream is one of the most powerful defenses against aging.   See hand creams

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10 Healthy Breakfast Smoothies That Taste Like Holiday Desserts

Holiday desserts are arguably one of the best parts of the holiday season. As much as we'd love to gorge on all our favorite treats until New Year's, it's not exactly the best idea for your waistline.   read more

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