Stories by Katie McCarthy

The Mika for Shu Collection = Makeup in Technicolor

Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa's work pops with punchy colors, natural forms and colorful creatures. Her third, limited-edition cosmetics and skin care collab with Shu Uemura, Mika for Shu features these super-happy, eye-catching motifs. Check out the Mika for Shu Summer 2014 Collection here.   read more

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July 25, 2014  |   1:07 PM  |  COMMENT
How to Ditch Your Curling Iron Forever

The last time I/the world used foam hair rollers was probably right around the time that blue eye shadow was still a definite fashion "do" and Jessie Spano was tweaking on caffeine pills. But like crop tops and Doc Martens, what was retro yesterday is hot today. To whit, women in beauty-product-obsessed Korea are all over sponge rollers right now. And when summer temps are soaring, getting gorgeous hair without wilting under a curling iron or blow-dryer starts to sound pretty fab. Here's how to get the curly, wavy or voluminous look you're after with foam rollers.   read more

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July 24, 2014  |   2:07 PM  |  COMMENT
The Real Deal About Body BB Creams

I'm not sure why I didn't take notice when Jergens' breakthrough BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream came out last year -- when women were paying three times the retail price on eBay/selling their first-born children to get the stuff. I guess I was too busy smearing diluted tinted moisturizer on my legs. (It's just for special occasions! Don't judge me!) Suffice it to say when word of this body BB cream came my way, I was intrigued. I've spent so many cumulative hours trying to elevate this mug of mine from "blotchy Northern European pale-face" to "Christina Hendricks alabaster" that taking a few seconds to apply a tone-enhancing, skin-perfecting product on my body seemed completely appropriate.   read more

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July 9, 2014  |  12:07 PM  |  1 COMMENT
13 Super-Chic Bikinis for Women Who Hate Bikinis

Did you know that three out of five women would rather have a Pap smear every day for a week than wear a triangle top bikini in public? Probably not, because I made that up, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were true. Even if you are totally cool displaying swaths of skin to the sun and your fellow man -- comfort and freedom of movement aren't hallmarks of itsy-bitsy two-pieces. (Just try diving into a strong wave if you don't believe us.)   read more

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July 1, 2014  |  12:07 PM  |  COMMENT
10 BBQ Dishes That Won't Make You Bust Out of Your Bikini

Remember that summer barbecue where you stuffed your face with ribs, potato salad and ice cream and left feeling light, unbloated and without any regrets? Me, either. There's nothing like downing a sodium-bomb burger with a side of coleslaw and potato chips and realizing the gravity of your actions 10 minutes later, while you're nursing a food baby in the hot sun and pulling at your ever-tighter bikini bottoms. Get your grub on, no regrets, with these health-conscious barbecue dishes, which taste great while cutting carbs, fat and calories.   read more

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June 30, 2014  |   4:06 PM  |  COMMENT
9 Amazing Asian Eye Makeup Tutorials

Maybe you're a total makeup novice who thinks tightlining is the name of a circus act. Or maybe you're so advanced you can draw a cat eye in your rearview mirror on a bumpy road. (Don't judge me, you've tried it, too.) Fact is, we all have some things to learn about makeup application, especially when it comes to the eyes. These Asian eye makeup tutorials walk you through how to create a variety of looks and how to complement your unique lid shape, lashes, and eye and skin color.   read more

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June 18, 2014  |   2:06 PM  |  COMMENT
13 Ways to Work Messy Bedhead Hair

It takes a special kind of gal to wake up in the morning, give her hair a quick fluff or twist and head out the door looking genuinely hot. Most of us would get a sympathetic look, an inquiry about our general health or possibly a request to undergo a drug test. That's because that just-rolled-out-of-bed hair usually translates to just-rolled-off-a-garbage-truck hair in real life. But what if you could make bedhead work for, not against you? What if you could take that natural-texture, cool-fuzziness thing you've got going on in the A.M. and make it look chic -- without a lot of fuss? Try these quick styles and little tweaks for making the most of your slept-in locks.   read more

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June 9, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
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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April 25, 2014  |   2:04 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
The Beauty Products You Need, Like, Yesterday

Trends, by their very nature, are fleeting. What's fresh and innovative today turns tired tomorrow. While some beauty trends, like stiletto nails and undercuts, can't seem to go fast enough, there are plenty more that we'd like to see stick around forever. Never has that been truer than in this year's TotalBeauty.com Award submissions, where we spotted so many emerging trends and technologies that have kind of become our beauty BFFs.   read more

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April 8, 2014  |   3:04 PM  |  COMMENT
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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March 14, 2014  |   4:03 PM  |  COMMENT
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