Stories by Erica Smith

8 Summer Beauty Bummers -- Solved

Heat and humidity, be damned: After what goes down as the worst winter in our memory, we're spending every last second outdoors this summer. And we're not even going to complain about the furnace-like temperatures or the melt-in-a-puddle mugginess that makes us feel less beach babe and more swamp monster.   read more

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8 Best Leave-in Conditioners for Hair

For soft, manageable, beautiful hair, 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; one that's too heavy can weigh it down or leave it looking greasy.   see products

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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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We Tried It: 8 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

The fashion world has "It" models, the health world has trendy, hard to pronounce superfoods ("ah-sah-EE" anyone?), and the beauty world has miracle oils. Moroccan and argan oils had their moment of glory, but they're old news now. Coconut oil seemed like the next in rotation for its 15 minutes of fame -- but after a good long run, it's still all anyone can talk about. Everywhere you look, coconut oil is being flogged as the beauty and health cure-all. It removes makeup! You can shave with it! It'll whiten your teeth! It even came up in our 5 Questions interviews with both Giada De Laurentiis and Miranda Kerr, surrounded with the words "love" and "favorite."   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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12 Sneaky Sodium Traps Sabotaging Your Looks

Salt is so in right now -- as in, in everything you eat. As any healthcare professional will tell you, our sodium intake is out of control. Both the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Americans are swilling as much as 3,600 milligrams of the stuff a day -- more than double the recommended intake of 1,500 milligrams max. We all might as well be walking around with our own personal salt licks. And surprise, surprise: all that salt is not doing your looks any favors.   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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9 White Lies You Need to Stop Telling Your Docs

It starts out innocently enough. "I don't smoke ... " That's technically true -- you just forgot to tack on " ... Monday through Thursday," right? If completing that checklist in your doctor's office means lowballing your vices or glossing over certain unsavory details in your past, those little white lies could lead to major medical issues (yes, we're talking about the c-word).   read more

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9 Best Foundations for Dark Skin Tones

Fun fact: Back in the day, supermodel Iman toted her homemade foundations along to her fashion gigs for 14 years. Why? Makeup artists didn't have anything in their expansive kits to match her darker complexion. Fast-forward to the present and lines like L'Oréal and YSL have added darker shades to their signature products, but black women are still struggling to find the perfect match. Behind all of the "Caramel" and "Coffee" foundation tones, there's a basic lack of knowledge about dark skin tones. Many cosmetic companies only produce one or two dark shades with one or two undertones -- and this is one category where "one or two sizes fits all" doesn't work. At all.   read more

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How to Flaunt Gray Hair Like a Celebrity

Recently discovered a gray hair? Let us be the first to tell you -- it's nothing to stress about. Stressing can actually cause more grays to sprout -- so take a deep breath and relax already. Going gray (and keeping it that way) is becoming more common than ever. Even celebrities aren't hiding their silver hair anymore. Stars like Helen Mirren and Jamie Lee Curtis proudly walk the red carpet showing off their natural hair color, and younger celebs like Ellie Goulding and Kelly Osborne have dyed their hair gray to get the same look.   See photos

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