Stories by Erica Smith

10 Acupressure Cures You Can Do at Your Desk

You've popped the ibuprofen, but your headache is still pounding; you've chugged Pepto-Bismol, but you still feel like you're going to hurl; you've tried your trusty hangover cure, but you still feel like you got hit by a car. If supplements have failed you, it may be time to listen to your chi and go au natural with acupressure.   read more

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The Best Beauty Looks From the 2014 Emmys

We've spent all year DVR-ing, binge-watching and avoiding spoiler alerts like the plague, all in the name of good TV. Tonight, our hard work finally pays off at 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.   read more

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7 At-Home Color Kits Perfect for African American Hair

Switching up your hair color is tricky enough. ("Will it be flattering? Will I hate it? Will it fry my hair?") Factor in fragile curls, relaxers and the naturally dark shades that come with African American hair, and the difficulty skyrockets. Still, coloring your hair at home can be done -- you just need to know what to look out for before heading to the store and which products to pick up once you get there.   read more

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11 All-Black Outfits That Are Anything But Boring

We all knew it would happen sooner or later: Summer is coming to an end. But instead of piling on graphic prints and bright colors in a desperate attempt to hold onto the season, celebs are taking the more mature route and bidding it adieu with all-black ensembles.   read more

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8 Fast Fixes for More Energy

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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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10 Pick-Me-Up Products for National Coffee Month

Caffeine addicts rejoice: August is National Coffee Month. In our drowsy, heavy-lidded eyes, every month is technically National Coffee Month (the baristas who know our orders by heart would agree). But we wouldn't pass up a chance to celebrate the beloved beverage that's a pick-me-up for both our brains and skin. In honor of the month-long celebration of our favorite caffeinated beverage, we present 10 beauty products filled with and inspired by the buzzy brew.   read more

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9 Embellished Looks That Will Make Your Wardrobe Pop

Decorate your outfits with elaborate bejeweled separates that will make a statement well past the end of the summer season   read more

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Beauty Junkies, Meet Your New Favorite Photo Book

We all know the power of a statement lip -- a swipe of color and a touch of gloss can give your entire look a timeless je ne sais quoi. Is there anything more seductive than a pair of kissable lips? Author Alice Harris' latest photo book, "Blow Me a Kiss," $35, is proof that no, there is not. With a curation of classic images by visual artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein (no selfies here), Hines tracks the allure of luscious, legendary lips throughout history, from Audrey Hepburn's rosy pair all the way to Lana Del Rey's talked-about pout. If these gorgeous snaps don't inspire you to reach for the lipstick tonight, we don't know what will.   read more

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How to Wear Summer's Hottest Trends at Work

Dressing for the summertime and dressing for your nine-to-five often means living a double life. In a sad twist of fate, all the joys of summer dressing -- flip flops, crop tops, spaghetti straps, cut-offs -- can make your boss frown and give HR a heart attack. That's why we chatted with an expert, style consultant and "Styletini" author Ashley Martini, who revealed exactly how to pull off this summer's stylish trends and still earn your boss' respect. Here, office-chic pieces that will not only earn you a thumb's up from HR, but get you from work to summer night soirees sans a wardrobe change.   read more

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8 Stay-Dry Solutions for Every Sweaty Scenario

Some sweat buckets when working out. Others get drenched when the mercury climbs. There are those who perspire when a deadline looms. And then there are those who sweat pretty much all of the time. Whichever camp you fall into, slyly sniffing your pits when no one's looking or shedding a tear for all the white shirts you've ruined doesn't have to be your daily routine. According to Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City, finding a stay-dry solution that works depends on the reasons behind your clamminess.   read more

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