Stories by Katie McCarthy

Feng Shui Your Life

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Feng Shui Your Life

Practitioners of the Chinese art of feng shui believe that the placement and state of objects in a space affect the energy, fortune and health of the people around them.   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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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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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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11 Genius Bathroom Organization Ideas

So there I was, lingering in a steamy, fragrant bubble bath, mulling over which of my dozens of TotalBeauty.com Award-winning products I was going to try, when my new plastic shower caddy broke under the weight of my bath product bounty and a family-size bottle of DHC shampoo fell on my head. It was my Isaac Newton-apple moment: I was suddenly, and literally, struck by the limitations of most manufactured bathroom organization products.   read more

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17 Unbelievable Wedding Beauty Looks Around the Globe

When you imagine a bride getting ready for her wedding day, you probably envision a mother-daughter trip to Kleinfeld to pick out the perfect white gown, or an inspiration board of bridal updos that she tries out weeks in advance. But if you're a bride in West Sumatra, Bulgaria or Morocco, that routine might look a little different -- like an eight-pound-crown, face-paint, tinsel-veil kind of situation. One thing's for sure: Beyond the Western world, bridal beauty has a million definitions. Here are some of the world's most amazing bridal 'dos, makeup and accessories we've ever seen.   read more

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We Tried 10 Weird Hangover Cures. Here's What Happened

So you drank too much. We've all been there (plenty of times). Welcome to the hell otherwise known as a hangover. Whether you're suffering from a throbbing headache, an upset stomach or an all-around feeling that you'd be better off dead, you need a hangover cure stat. But how far are you willing to go to feel better?   read more

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Makeup Transformations That Totally Trump Your Halloween Costume

Talk about a makeover! These internet makeup stars pull off believable celebrity-inspired makeup transformations with amazing skill. Here are six of our favorite makeup artists -- Michelle Phan, Promise Phan, Carly Paige, Kandee Johnson, Lucia Pittalis and Anastasiya Shpagina -- and their best makeup transformations.   read more

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The ABCs of Acne

SKIN CARE

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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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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