Stories by Katie McCarthy

This Is Your Perfect Perfume, Based on Your Favorite Wine

If you have a favorite wine, you probably know just where to point your cart in the booze aisle at Trader Joe's. But your favorite wine can also help you find the perfect bottle somewhere else: at the perfume counter.   read more

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9 Cooling Eye Treatments to Calm Eye Bags and Puffy Eyes

The skin around our eyes doesn't take up much real estate on our face, but damn it if it doesn't cause half of our skin woes: puffy eyes and eyelids, eye bags, dark circles and fine lines. Eye cream is a good start for dealing with some of these problems, but you need a potent product in order to holistically treat the inflammation, dryness and dullness at the root of your issues.   read more

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9 Under-$35 Perfumes You'll Actually Love

Cheap perfumes have always been the butt of jokes in beauty. Although some of the best mascaras, lipsticks and nail polishes can be found on drugstore shelves, we'd be happy to wipe certain cheap perfumes from our scent memories. (Mom: If you find my collection of Designer Imposter Perfumes in my childhood bedroom, please burn.)   read more

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Fake News Exists in the Beauty World, Too. Don't Believe These Viral Headlines

Sorry, Mr. President: When it comes to fake news, CNN is not the problem. But the internet is pretty rife with inaccurate, sensationalist content. In the shadow of the 2016 election, fake news with political motivations has gotten a lot of attention and media coverage, raising our collective awareness of the insidiousness of false news content. However, fake news isn't just a problem in the realm of politics -- it's also a problem in the beauty-and-health world.   read more

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11 Game-Changing Foundations That Live Up to Their Hype

Foundation isn't just the base of your makeup look -- it can make or break your whole damn face. What good are perfect smoky eyes or impeccably lined lips if foundation isn't high-quality, natural-looking, suited to your skin type and the precisely perfect shade?   read more

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17 Holy Grail Skin-Care Products the Experts Swear By

You can get skin-care products at Sephora or Ulta, in drugstores or department stores, online or IRL. Hell, you can even swap for products on Reddit. With so many skin-care products within reach, how do you know what's great and worth the money -- the products you absolutely have to try?   read more

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7 Reasons Your New Vaginal Care Regimen Is Dangerously Nuts

Our vaginas are dirtier, smellier and more toxin-filled than ever -- or at least that's what the personal-care industry leads us to believe. A quick Google search can acquaint you with more vaginal cleansing products and treatments than you probably knew existed. You can make your vagina smell like fruits and flowers with deodorizing washes, sprays, wipes and suppositories; clean it with probiotic douches; "detoxify" it with herbal sachets; balance its "hormonal levels" with a steam treatment; and "clear" your "chi pathways" by sticking a jade egg in it.   read more

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7 Self-Care Habits That Will Make You Glow From the Inside Out

In the past few years, self-care has been occasionally and incorrectly equated with self-indulgence. Sure, self-care can mean throwing down for spa treatments, a new wardrobe or fine leather goods, but there are plenty of other ways to "treat yo' self." Some of the most powerful and healthy self-care habits for your mind and body are actually pretty simple, not to mention free (or pretty close to it).   read more

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8 Superfood Salad Recipes for Glowing Skin

On a hot day, or after a weekend of unrestricted brunching, a salad starts to look like the perfect meal (or perfect penance). And if you give any thought to the food pyramid, a salad is a super-easy way to squeeze in your daily rec of four servings of vegetables.   read more

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9 Sheer Blushes That Are Just as Good as Glossier's Cloud Paint

The hype about Glossier's newest makeup product, Cloud Paint, was practically predetermined. After all, only once in recent memory has a brow gel had a 10,000-person wait list. And Cloud Paint is everything fans expected it to be.   read more

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