Stories by Erica Smith

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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Would You Buy or Swap Used Makeup Online?

Reddit is a great resource for many things: Discovering new memes, uncensored interviews with celebs (Snoop Dogg is a fan of K Pop, FYI) and, believe it or not, scoring sweet makeup deals. Yep, this stripped-down dude bulletin board is also home to the Makeup Exchange, a forum where users can sell, request and even swap products for free. Picked up the wrong shade of M.A.C. foundation? No problem, Julie in Montana will trade you for her Stila lipstick in Phenomenal. Sounds like a makeup junkie's dream ... except for one teensy, tiny, problem: The majority of products being passed around have all been used.   read more

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Makeup Tricks Before & After: Can You Tell The Difference?

Almost every makeup tutorial comes with a little nugget of advice that you can tack onto your routine and claims to make a world of difference. Want eyes as big as Zooey Deschanel's? Line your waterline with a nude eyeliner! But is the difference between normal eyes and gorgeous doe-like eyes really as simple as a few swipes? Is it a placebo effect? Or are your eyes just watery and full of liner?   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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8 Ways to Take Your Everyday Ponytail to the Next Level

Sleek, stunning and sophisticated ponytails dominated the runways of Fall 2014 Fashion Week, presenting us with new ways to transform the style we usually reserve for the gym or errands into head-turning updos fit for the office and even a night out. Here, we present the eight high-fashion ponytails we can't wait to wear this fall.   read more

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How To Clip Your Nails In Space & More Gravity-Defying Astronaut Beauty Secrets

To nail her role as an astronaut in the film "Gravity," Sandra Bullock turned to astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman, who spent 180 days in outer space, for advice. A retired US Air Force colonel and 21-year NASA veteran, Coleman e-mailed and chatted with Bullock while on her third space mission, where she served as a flight engineer aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft and spent 159 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as the lead robotics and science officer.   read more

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