Stories by Erica Smith

Face Mists: The Summer Skin Saviors You Need Now

There's a fine line between dewy skin and sweaty skin. And let's be honest, in the summertime, we're almost always sporting the latter. In theory, strategically placed sweatbands, a gym towel and a portable fan would pull the whole look together, but alas, '80s athletic wear isn't completely on-trend this season. The best accessory for the sweltering months ahead? A refreshing facial mist.   read more

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The New 'It' Ingredients for Treating Hyperpigmentation

Treating hyperpigmentation is tricky and often frustrating, so it's no surprise that Latinas cite hyperpigmentation as one of their top skin care concerns. Hyperpigmentation is caused by overproduction of the pigment melanin, and refers to any area of skin that's darker than surrounding skin. It can be caused by anything from a mosquito bite to hormonal fluctuations, says Miami-based Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D.   read more

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Just Pleat It: 9 Origami-Inspired Picks for Summer

Fine tune your summer wardrobe with crisp creases, folds and pleats inspired by the runways   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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16 Sandals You'll Want to Walk in All Summer Long

After months of boots and closed-toe shoes, you can finally let your toes wriggle out of hibernation (and show off your new pedi). But strappy sandals and more time gallivanting outdoors also mean a greater chance of blisters, chafing, rubbing and just as much heel pain as your high heels. Thankfully, you don't have to turn to Crocs to make your feet happy this season. The latest summer shoe trends are less about intricate designs and height and more about wearable, walkable sandals that are also super stylish.   read more

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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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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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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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'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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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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