Stories by Erica Smith

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 Best Leave-in Conditioners for Hair

For soft, manageable, beautiful hair, it's important to choose the best leave-in conditioner for your hair type. A good leave-in conditioner can help detangle strands, reduce fly-aways, tame frizz and keep curls soft and smooth; one that's too heavy can weigh it down or leave it looking greasy.   see products

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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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10 Feel-Better Yoga Moves

Thanks to desk jobs, sky-high shoes and fitness classes gone awry, it seems like there's always some body part that's aching or out of whack. While it's tempting to find relief inside your well-stocked medicine cabinet, sometimes all your body needs is a little finessing, by way of some quality time on the yoga mat.   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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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 Stylish One-Piece Celebs Are Wearing This Winter

Jumpsuits are having a serious moment in fashion. Nearly every designer debuted their own version of the one-piece on the runways, and now, starlets are swapping floor-length gowns for the surprisingly chic slip-on. With a variety of necklines from sexy halters to the casual crew, there's a jumpsuit for every style.   read more

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