Stories by Erica Smith

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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13 Inspiring Hispanic Women We're Celebrating This Fall

September 15 marked the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the heritage and culture of Hispanics and Latinos who have made a difference in the United States. In honor of the month, we're celebrating the influential and inspiring Latina women who have made their mark over the years by breaking records, beating the odds and standing out.   read more

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A-List Latina Beauty Secrets From Zoe, Demi, Naya & More

Actresses, musicians and TV personalities have plenty in common -- designer gowns and hall of fame hairstylists -- but in the beauty world, all eyes are on their flawless skin. With their access to top skin care professionals and expert makeup artists (not to mention their always-knowledgeable mothers) celebrities can be a great source for transformative beauty tips.   read more

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Face Mists: The Summer Skin Saviors You Need Now

In the quest for fresh, dewy skin, one product delivers instantaneous results like no other: face mists.   read more

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11 Ways To Lose a Few Pounds Without Really Trying

You can look high and low for a magical pill, squeeze out a few more juice cleanses, or drift from fad diet to fad diet, but at the end of the day, we all know the only way to lose weight is through a healthy diet (or "lifestyle" if you're not a fan of the D word) and exercise.   read more

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