Stories by Erica Smith

The Bests, Worsts and Mosts from the 2014 Grammy Awards

Blue was the hue of the evening, and while we saw our fair share of gowns in the cool color, Alicia Keys' form-fitting Armani Prive number took the cake.   read more


January 26, 2014  |   4:01 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
Selfies, Snaps and #NoMakeup Looks You Didn't See at The Grammys

Ever wonder what goes on before celebs pose for the paparazzi? We rounded up our favorite Instagram snaps to get a behind-the-scenes look at how they prep for music's biggest night.   read more


January 26, 2014  |   4:01 PM  |  COMMENT
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 MAC 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


January 21, 2014  |   3:01 PM  |  6 COMMENTS
The Hottest Hair and Beauty Trends From the SAG Awards

The SAG awards gave us three different takes on the 60s bouffant that we can't wait to try: Abigail Breslin did Bridgette proud in a retro half-updo, "New Girl" actress Hannah Simone highlighted her bangs with an voluminous updo and Julie Bowen paired her bouffant with a flirty ponytail.   read more


January 19, 2014  |  12:01 PM  |  COMMENT
Why You Should Never Use Retinoids in the Morning

We're all well-versed in time-related clichés: The right place at the right time, better late than never, time heals all wounds, timing is everything ... as tired as these platitudes are, when it comes to your beauty and health routines, timing really is everything. Did you know that the time of day you rub salicylic acid on your face could be the difference between "meh" and a miracle? And when you decide to go in for your wax can be the difference between a trauma or ... well, waxing is always kinda traumatic, but less so?   read more


January 19, 2014  |   9:01 AM  |  1 COMMENT
Pencil It In: Celebs Love This Slim Silhouette

Over the peplum yet? The A-list certainly seems to be. Everywhere you look, celebs are stepping out in super-sleek and fitted midi dresses that would do "Mad Men" bombshell Joan Harris proud. Short mini dresses are the obvious choice for a sexy look and floor-length numbers are a given in the classic glamour department, but celebs are realizing that midi dresses fall somewhere in between and deliver the best of both worlds.   read more


January 15, 2014  |   8:01 AM  |  COMMENT
20+ Reasons We Tuned in to The Golden Globes

The People's Choice Awards provided a nice little warm up for awards season -- a light 5-minute jog around the track, if you will -- but when the red carpet rolls out at the Beverly Hilton for the Golden Globes, Hollywood knows it's officially time for the big leagues.   read more


January 12, 2014  |   5:01 PM  |  COMMENT
FYI: You're Showering All Wrong

My showers usually fall on either end of a spectrum: they're either super short (like hop in, do one turn under the running water and hop out) or ridiculously drawn out blocks of contemplation -- drawn out to the point that I start getting lightheaded and I risk ending up unconscious, passed out on the shower floor. Turns out, both of these are doing a number on my hair and beauty routine.   read more


January 8, 2014  |   4:01 PM  |  COMMENT
Pile on the Plumage: 9 Ways To Wear Feathers

Fur is usually fashion's favorite texture come wintertime, but this month, delicate feathers are taking flight   read more


January 3, 2014  |  12:01 PM  |  COMMENT
Who Says It's Too Cold To Show Some Skin?

Subtract the last-minute shopping and back-to-back food comas, and you'll come to realize that the holiday season is all about the details: precisely placed trimming, crease-less gift wrapping, meticulously frosted sugar cookies. So it's only fitting that starlets have been decorating the red carpet with the most detailed and delicate fabric of all: lace. Whether it's on a floor-length ball gown or a two-piece suit, lace is everywhere right now. Luckily for stylists and those of us on trend-watch, the pattern is so intricate, each celeb's get-up is completely unique -- like its own special snowflake.   read more


December 18, 2013  |   7:12 AM  |  COMMENT
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