Stories by Katie McCarthy

9 Cleansing Balms That Take Off the Entire Day

Got dry skin? How about sensitive skin? Or oily skin? Because you might need a cleansing balm -- and they're coming out in droves.   read more

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6 Meditation Room Ideas to Help You Chill Out

If you meditate, you know that an A-plus effort doesn't always lead to success. Even if you succeed in clearing your mind -- pushing away the concerns of your day, running through your mental to-do list -- your so-called meditation session may just turn into an accidental nap.   read more

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The 12 Best Hair Rollers for Lazy-Girl Curls and Waves

The last time I/the world used 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.   read more

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14 Cult Beauty Products You've Never Heard Of -- But the Pros Swear By

When you pack a makeup kit, it probably fits inside a purse or tote. When makeup artists pack a kit, it fills a plane's cargo hold. Suffice it to say that makeup artists know cult beauty products -- and they're hip to all kinds of amazing beauty products that you may not find on a drugstore endcap or in a Sephora check-out line. They know the products that work miracles on every skin type -- and can stand up to glaring flashbulbs, high-def camera lenses and scrutinizing fans. So when they say a product is holy grail, we take it as gospel.   read more

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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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