Stories by Erica Smith

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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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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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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Thigh-High Slits: The Sexiest Way to Show Some Skin This Fall

Even before the temperatures began to drop, we couldn't escape maxi, midi and tea-length dresses and skirts. Though modest hemlines have made a comeback this year, fall 2014 is all about sultry, strategically placed slits. The fashion statement is a welcome reminder that we don't have to sacrifice sex appeal in our fall wardrobes.   read more

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FYI: Fermented Beauty Products Are the Next Big Thing in Anti-Aging

Fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut are probably the last things that come to mind when you think of beautiful skin. But these smelly snacks are packed with probiotics -- anti-inflammatories that help balance your gut and keep pesky skin conditions like acne and dryness at bay.   read more

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8 Crazy Things That Happen When You're a Hand Model

While most of us have a cabinet full of skin-care products for our faces, professional hand models pour the same amount of attention into their poreless, baby-bottom-smooth hands. When your hands are your livelihood (raking in $1,000- plus in a single day), you're going to treat them to some serious TLC. We talked to professional hand models Carrie Jacobson (whose hands grace the Orly French Manicure Kit) and Ashly Covington (the hands of Sephora by O.P.I.) who spilled their serious -- and sometimes silly -- skin-care secrets for keeping their hands smooth, soft and flawless.   read more

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20 Groundbreaking Style Icons of Color Through the Decades

Half-shaved heads, asymmetrical haircuts, head-to-toe animal print ... we see these beauty and fashion trends on the runways of Fashion Week, the red carpet of the Grammys and in gorgeous, street style snaps. Sure, they're all the rage now, but the majority of these looks began with fashion icons who spearheaded these styles decades ago. What's more, many of these legends were also women of color, who often found it difficult to find mainstream success during their time.   read more

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