Stories by Erica Smith

How Much Product Do You Really Need?

If a little bit is good, then a lot must be better, right? Not when it comes to your beauty products. According to experts, the products we use on a daily basis adhere to the Goldilocks principle. Too small of a dollop may mean your anti-aging serum may not work at all, but too big of a blob of deep conditioner could mean greasy hair and split ends (not to mention a depleted bank account).   read more

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June 19, 2014  |  10:06 AM  |  COMMENT
10 Reasons to Hop on the Halter Trend

Spaghetti strap shift dresses, overalls, flannel ... we're still in the middle of a full-on '90s style resurgence. But if you can't get on board with the denim onesies you wore as a child (to each her own), halter dresses, the latest '90s trend to reemerge on the scene, may be more up your alley.   read more

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June 18, 2014  |  10:06 AM  |  COMMENT
Stylish Swimwear Looks for Every Age

You're beyond excited for that boozy pool party or your long-awaited tropical vacay, but there's one thing standing between you and your summer fun. Before you can plop down on the beach and soak up the sun (not to mention half a dozen daiquiris) you have to face off with bad lighting, three-way mirrors and endless options of Lycra. Yep, we're talking about bathing suit shopping.   read more

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June 17, 2014  |  10:06 AM  |  6 COMMENTS
'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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June 13, 2014  |   9:06 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
Why Are More Black Women Going Bald?

Hair loss is no stranger to women. The International Society of Hair Restoration reports that nearly 30 million women in the U.S. are losing their hair (yikes!), and it's an epidemic among African American women in particular. Dermatologists report that they are seeing more and more black women -- of all ages -- complaining of hair loss.   read more

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June 11, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  1 COMMENT
Check, Please: 9 Ways to Wear the Checked Trend

Square off against summer's bright prints with clean-cut and monochrome checks   read more

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June 6, 2014  |   8:06 AM  |  COMMENT
7 Beauty Related Lawsuits You Have to Read to Believe

Compared to any given episode of "The Real Housewives," beauty products seem relatively drama-free. So when lawsuits arise, hair extensions and foundation are probably the last things that come to mind. But you'd be surprised to find seemingly harmless things like lipstick and shampoo can land beauty brands and celebrities smack dab in the middle of high-profile litigation. Click ahead to see how these beauty treatments and hair products landed someone in hot water.   read more

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June 4, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  COMMENT
Father's Day Gift Guide

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Father's Day Gift Guide

Everything you need to equip, outfit and reward the No. 1 man in your life   read more

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May 30, 2014  |   2:05 PM  |  COMMENT
Sneaky Secrets About Skin Cancer in Dark Skin

There's a handful of things that can scare you into wearing sunscreen: fine lines, age spots, wrinkles on wrinkles, a killer burn. But when you have a darker complexion, it's easy to think that all of these sun-related skin issues don't apply, because you erroneously think you're immune to the sun's aging rays. The harsh reality is, UVA and UVB rays are dangerous to everybody, no matter how dark your complexion is. And where more serious consequences like skin cancer are concerned, dark-skinned people may be at an even greater risk.   read more

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May 29, 2014  |   5:05 PM  |  1 COMMENT
11 Things Causing Your Bacne and Body Blemishes

Breakouts can put a damper on just about anything, but they're especially loathsome in the summertime. Spot treatments and expert concealing can help camouflage the red bumps on your nose, but it gets exponentially harder to cover up body blemishes in hard-to-reach spots like your back.   read more

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May 29, 2014  |   2:05 PM  |  1 COMMENT
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