Stories by Katie McCarthy

17 Spring Perfumes to Make You Feel Better About 2017

We'll miss 2016 like we miss a searing UTI or a period-week bikini waxing session -- in other words, not one, miserable bit. It was a banner year of upsets, disappointments, tragedies and all-around f$&#ery. It's no wonder so many of us closed 2016 mentally and emotionally hungover, eager for the new year and its attendant promise of change -- whether or not that promise is fulfilled.   read more

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19 Awesome New Target Beauty Buys to Grab ASAP

If you struggle to walk through the Target beauty department without sneaking a new lip color, face mask or hair product into your basket, you're our people. You're also going to freak the $#&@ out the next time you take a trip down the Tar-zhay aisles. Everyone's favorite affordable department store has just added an amazing new selection of boutique beauty products. Now, you can find top Korean makeup and sheet masks; organic, handcrafted skin-care products; exclusive hair products created by a celebrity stylist; and much more.   read more

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23 Cute Relationship Quotes That Won't Make You Hurl

Have you ever read one of those lovey-dovey "birthday for him" greeting cards at the drugstore and shuddered so hard that you melted into a hot puddle of shame on the vinyl floor? Neither have we, but we've gotten close. But, sometimes, we come across relationship quotes for her and him that perfectly articulate the experience of loving and togetherness.   read more

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I Got Eyelash Extensions; Here's What Happened

I got my first set of eyelash extensions eight years ago. What seemed like an innocent adventure in beauty resulted in an obsessive relationship I haven't been able to shake. My whispery lashes -- until then, more functional than decorative -- transformed from brownish-blond and barely there to curled, dark, lush and arresting. They made my blue eyes appear wider, more defined and a trillion times more feminine. I was Bette Davis eyes, all day, every day. I was hooked.   read more

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These Smokin' Bikini Models Are Breaking the Internet

Back in the day, bikini models had to score a magazine cover if they wanted to get famous. Now, all they need is a smartphone, an Instagram handle, and some really, really high-cut swimsuit bottoms.   read more

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The 10 Nail Colors Every Woman Should Own

In 1917, Cutex introduced the first commercially available nail polish -- a rosy pink, the only nail color a proper flapper needed for a bangin' mani. One hundred years later, it's possible to find nail polish in every color of the rainbow. With so many options, how does a gal choose?   read more

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These Are the Virtual Makeover Tools You Need to Try

Sure, the arrival of the new year presents a great excuse for making self-improvements. But if you don't want to spend more time at the gym, do a juice cleanse or buy new mascara, these free smartphone apps are a pretty cool shortcut to your new year makeover (or, at the very least, a bangin' Facebook profile pic). We tried four beauty apps on our road to selfie-made perfection -- and took photos along the way. Here's how they fared.   read more

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Butt-Firming Yoga Poses You've Gotta Try Now

So your bod is pretty fit -- but your butt? It's flat, flabby or generally un-fabulous. Luckily, yoga can help you nip your butt issues in the bud. Exercise and wellness guru Mandy Ingber shares fitness and mindfulness tips with the soft-bodied, stressed-out masses in her new book, "Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover." Since nothing says mind-body balance like a well-toned tush (um, right?), Ingber shows us five yoga poses for getting a firmer butt. Your path to a pert posterior starts here.   read more

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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair, Really?

Every day. Every other day. Every week. As infrequently as possible. Everyone's got an opinion on how often you should wash your hair.   read more

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Wondering What to Wear to a Wedding? Here's Your Ultimate Guide

Even if you're not the one in the big white gown, figuring out how to dress for a wedding is no easy task.   read more

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