Stories by Erica Smith

The Product Makeup Artists Swear by for Dewy, Luminous Skin

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

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Are You Really Removing All of Your Makeup?

We all have our own, particular routine for how to remove makeup. I'm strictly a cotton ball and liquid remover type, my older sister believes in makeup remover wipes and my college roommate would always resort to washing her entire face with a cleanser -- who's right? I asked Annet King, Director of Global Education at Dermalogica, to break down the makeup removal process and, although it's not what my fellow lazy girls want to hear, removing makeup truly does take time and a combination of techniques to get your face makeup-free before you go to sleep. Not convinced you need a new cleansing habit? The alternative should be enough to scare you straight.   read more

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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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11 Best Hand Creams

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, the best hand creams are some of the most powerful defenses against aging.   See hand creams

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6 Ways to Keep Cellulite From Ruining Your Summer

Orange peel skin, cottage cheese thighs ... no matter what food item or snack you try to associate it with, cellulite still sucks. And the majority of us feel the pain -- about 80 percent of women (of every age and every size) have some form of cellulite on their thighs, butts, legs and arms. What's a girl to do? We talked to Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist in New York City, who revealed why we're plagued with skin dimples in the first place and what we can do about it. Here, what works, what doesn't and everything else you need to know about getting a smoother tush and thighs.   read more

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10 Buzzworthy Beauty Products for Coffee Junkies

Our drowsy, heavy-lidded eyes will be the first to tell you: Coffee is the best way to jump-start any day. And caffeine addicts, rejoice -- getting your fix doesn't have to stop at your barista. Coffee is also a great pick-me-up for your skin and your beauty routine. To help you steer clear of caffeine-induced jitters, we present 10 beauty products filled with and inspired by the buzzy brew we sip (or guzzle) every morning.   read more

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'Orange Is the New Black': The Weirdest Place You'll Find Rad DIY Beauty Tips

The first thing I learned while watching the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black": Be thankful for bathroom stalls with doors. The dramedy, about a waspy New Yorker who gets busted for being a drug mule and ends up behind bars, is packed with teachable moments and covers the gamut of jailhouse clichés (Lesbians! Contraband! Shifty guards!), but what really stuck out was the inmates' undeniable ingenuity -- these women are the reigning queens of DIY. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade ... and when prison gives you maxi pads, make flip-flops (or upgrade to duct tape if you're fashion forward). Stole a screwdriver? Fashion a makeshift dildo!   read more

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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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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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