Stories by Katie McCarthy

Can Pickle Juice Cure a Hangover?

In Mexico, it's tripe soup. In Japan, it's salted plums. And in the United States, aka the Home of Intellectual Giants, it's rabbit poop tea. It would seem that there's no solution for "curing" a hangover that doesn't involve swallowing something totally nasty and/or inflicting additional suffering upon your wizened, wasted body. So we're here to help you sort hangover-cure fact from fiction. We consulted with Nicolette Pace, a dietician/nutritionist, and conducted our own (very unscientific) study to find out what weird hangover remedies really work. Here are the hangover cures that soothed our symptoms -- and the ones that sent us to the ninth circle of hangover hell.   read more

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7 Secret-Weapon Ingredients For Making Your Skin Glow

Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are the workhorses of your skin care routine. They exfoliate dull skin and fade imperfections, minus scratchy microbeads. Pretty much everyone can benefit from having acid in her routines -- but you shouldn't pick just any ol' AHA cleanser. If you wanna get nerdy about it, the various alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids (like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid) work differently on a molecular level, and choosing which one to use can make or break your skin. We asked Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., a Washington, D.C.-based dermatologist, to decode some of the most common AHAs and BHAs and tell which one you should be using.   read more

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8 New Tinted Lip Balms That You Might Love More Than Baby Lips

Every 15 seconds, seven tubes of Maybelline Baby Lips are sold. Maybe it's Maybelline, or maybe it's that the best tinted lip balms offer complexion-brightening, unfussy color plus tons of moisture. While we don't dispute the amazingness of Baby Lips, we wonder how other, new tinted lip balms stack up against the most popular brand. These eight new lip balms -- which deliver a kiss of color, a heaping dose of moisture plus long-term benefits including age-fighting antioxidants -- are about to up your tinted-balm game, big time.   read more

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The ABCs of Acne

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The ABCs of Acne

What causes acne, how to prevent acne from forming, and how to treat existing acne are three of the most mystifying issues in dermatology today. That's because acne can be influenced by such a weird amalgamation of factors -- from major influences like lifestyle, heredity and stress down to seemingly insignificant details like what you pour over your cereal in the morning. Here's everything we know about acne and how to cure it, from the foods that cause acne to pimple home remedies to antibiotics for acne.   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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9 Negative Space Nail Art Looks to Copy Now

The trends of nail art and nude-colored polish aren't going anywhere this season, but the fall/winter 2014 runway shows showed a new style of manicure that combines the look of both. Manicurists are dubbing this hot look the "negative space manicure": minimalist, often geometric-looking nail art that lets slivers of your naked (or nude-polished) nail peek through. Check out these inspirational negative space manis, and tips on how to DIY them.   read more

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Look 10 Years Younger by This Weekend

Most women think that looking years younger is going to cost them: time, money and/or pain. And anti-aging products and cosmetic procedures cost. But the truth is that looking more youthful -- by years, even a decade -- is much more about tweaking perceptions. These 10 science-based tips show how simple changes can help you turn back the clock by a decade or more.   read more

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4 Apps That Give You a Virtual Makeover

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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Should You Try Clairol Professional FLARE Permanent Cream Color?

Some women find DIY too intimidating to try, but coloring your hair at home with the right product can help you achieve professional results at home while giving yourself to an instant makeover. Nevertheless, you might wonder: Will a drastic color change be too hard to pull off? Will you get the shade you see on the box? Will it damage and dry out your hair? Will it cover dark roots or grays?   read more

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17 Instagram Beauty Gurus You've Got to Follow

Your Instagram friends' #nomakeup selfies and the pics of the amaze burritos they had for lunch are great. But your feed could use a little more glamour. A little more pizzazz. A little more prettiness. The following beauty gurus and tastemakers make Instagram look like an art form, with amazingly gorgeous, well-curated feeds. From beauty product porn to braids for every occasion to enviable nail art, the images in these Insta feeds are the prettiest things you'll see all day.   read more

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