Stories by Erica Smith

13 Inspiring Hispanic Women We're Celebrating This Fall

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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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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 Uses For Coconut Oil That Might Just Change Your Life

The beauty world has countless miracle oils. Moroccan argan oil had its moment of glory, and coconut oil quickly followed for its 15 minutes of fame -- but after a good long run, it's still all anyone can talk about. Everywhere you look, endless uses for coconut oil are being pinned and posted and Instagrammed. It removes makeup! You can shave with it! It'll whiten your teeth! Uses of coconut oil even came up when we interviewed both Giada De Laurentiis and Miranda Kerr, surrounded with the words "love" and "favorite."   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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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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