Stories by Erica Smith

The 6 Best -- and 5 Worst -- Hand Creams

Holding, typing, styling, high-fiving -- your hands go through a lot on a daily basis. But they usually end up at the bottom of the totem pole that is our beauty routine. Even though we spend hundreds of dollars on anti-aging face serums and new-and-improved heat protectants for our hair, it's easy to forget that our hands also show signs of aging -- even more than our faces.   See hand creams

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How Beauty Is Defined Around the World

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you don't have to look too far to realize that's true. We've all done some things in the name of beauty (eyelash extensions, Brazilian waxes and tanning beds, to name a few) that probably seem crazy to people in different cultures who define beauty much differently.   read more

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5 Fashion-Forward Beauty Looks for Your Holiday Parties

Thanks to social calendars filled with back-to-back appearances at swanky soirées and cocktail-laden gatherings, the holiday season calls for statement-making beauty looks. That's why we gathered up five glamorous holiday makeup looks that can be done in a snap. Straight off the runways, these looks will add a dose of high fashion to any cocktail dress, menswear-inspired suit or Christmas sweater you wear this holiday season.   read more

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The Best Beauty Looks From the 2014 American Music Awards

The year is quickly coming to an end, but last night, the American Music Awards gave us one last look at red carpet glamour before we settle in with turkey, pie and wrapping paper. Some of music's biggest stars slipped into slinky gowns, stepped into heels and served up some serious beauty inspiration for the holiday season. From dark, wine-stained lips and seriously smoky eyes to the perfect ombré and on-trend babylights, see the best beauty looks and hairstyles to walk the red carpet of the 2014 AMAs.   read more

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The Head-Turning Texture You'll Want to Wear to Every Holiday Party

When the holidays roll around, we instinctually reach for glittery holiday dresses, sequined skirts and glitzy jewelry. But this month, celebs are making a convincing case for wearing less-obvious fabrics, like jacquard and brocade, in preparation for the holiday party circuit.   read more

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fashion

Sleek and chic picks for the luxury enthusiast who is fluent in haute couture   read more

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Cute Hat! But Your Hair Is a Train Wreck

Summertime hats are built for covering up -- those floppy hats and fedoras shield your face from scorching UV rays, and hide those sweaty, salty "beachy waves" or your chlorine-crunchy mop. But when cool weather hits, hats are all about keeping your noggin' warm. Problem is, the minute you set foot inside and take off that beret, the damage is done: Your hair looks like it's been run through a turbo engine.   read more

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The Best Makeup Look For Your Eye Shape

Ever wonder why that smoky cat eye on Pinterest looks completely different (read: wrong) on you? It may be less about your shading and blending skills (we know you followed the directions to a "T") and more about choosing looks that complement your natural eye shape.   read more

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9 Stylish Knits to Bundle Up With This November

It's no surprise that our wardrobes become more knit-heavy in November. But chilly weather doesn't mean we're bound to frumpy knit sweaters and bland, blasé pieces we pull out simply for the sake of warmth.   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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