Stories by Erica Smith

Check, Please: 9 Ways to Wear the Checked Trend

Square off against summer's bright prints with clean-cut and monochrome checks   read more

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7 Beauty Related Lawsuits You Have to Read to Believe

Compared to any given episode of "The Real Housewives," beauty products seem relatively drama-free. So when lawsuits arise, hair extensions and foundation are probably the last things that come to mind. But you'd be surprised to find seemingly harmless things like lipstick and shampoo can land beauty brands and celebrities smack dab in the middle of high-profile litigation. Click ahead to see how these beauty treatments and hair products landed someone in hot water.   read more

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Father's Day Gift Guide

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Father's Day Gift Guide

Everything you need to equip, outfit and reward the No. 1 man in your life   read more

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Sneaky Secrets About Skin Cancer in Dark Skin

There's a handful of things that can scare you into wearing sunscreen: fine lines, age spots, wrinkles on wrinkles, a killer burn. But when you have a darker complexion, it's easy to think that all of these sun-related skin issues don't apply, because you erroneously think you're immune to the sun's aging rays. The harsh reality is, UVA and UVB rays are dangerous to everybody, no matter how dark your complexion is. And where more serious consequences like skin cancer are concerned, dark-skinned people may be at an even greater risk.   read more

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11 Things Causing Your Bacne and Body Blemishes

Breakouts can put a damper on just about anything, but they're especially loathsome in the summertime. Spot treatments and expert concealing can help camouflage the red bumps on your nose, but it gets exponentially harder to cover up body blemishes in hard-to-reach spots like your back.   read more

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10 Reasons to Suit Yourself This Summer

With summertime around the corner, you'd expect an onslaught of delicate sundresses and frilly frocks on the red carpet. Instead, celebs are running in the opposite direction and stepping out in sharp, tailored suits. But make no mistake: they're not simply borrowing from the boys.   read more

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The Ultimate Guide To Sun-Proofing Your Hair This Summer

With skin, it's more obvious: Skip the SPF and you feel it. Thankfully, your hair doesn't sting or turn bright red after you've been baking in the sun. It puts up a good front, but your hair is just as sensitive to sun as your skin, especially if it's color treated or already damaged. According to Dr. Francesca Fusco, a Clear Scalp & Hair dermatologist, the sun, its UV rays and the heat it generates can damage your hair in a number of ways. It can fade your color, burn your scalp and even break down keratin fiber in your hair (translation: brittle, straw-like hair).   read more

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9 Ways to Wear Precious Metals, No Jewelry Required

Make a smoldering statement with high-shine, foil-like fabrics inspired by the periodic elements   read more

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8 Most Iconic Hairstyles Ever -- and How to Wear Them Now

We love a good lob and effortless beachy waves, but some hairstyles are so classic that they deserve a spot in the Hair Hall of Fame. Whether it's Holly Golightly's famous updo or a disco diva's legendary curls, some hairstyles just stick around -- getting copied and reinterpreted again and again. Check out photos of the most popular hairstyles at recent awards shows and Fashion Week presentations and you realize that some 'dos just never get old.   read more

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The Prettiest Powders to Pick Up This Spring

Mother's Day bouquets, painted eggs, pastel everything ... springtime is full of eye candy and beauty products are no exception. Spring lipstick shades and pastel shadows are one thing, but this season's powders (think highlighters, blushes and bronzers) are raising the stylistic bar.   read more

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