Stories by Marissa DeSantis

The 5 Things We Need From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The most important anniversary is finally here (no offense to your husband or boyfriend): Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale runs nationwide online and in stores today through August 3rd. As if early access and discounts on your favorite designer fall clothing, shoes and handbags weren't enough, they're also offering crazy good beauty deals … like more than 50 percent off in some cases.   read more

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July 18, 2014  |   1:07 PM  |  COMMENT
Cute Rompers That Won't Make You Feel Like An 8-Year-Old

Rompers, playsuits, jumpsuits … call 'em what you want, they're hard to pull off. A one-piece outfit is great in theory -- you can throw it on and go, and you don't have to worry about having a Marilyn-Monroe moment on a windy day. Add floral prints, frills and bows to that outfit, and you're creeping into "Toddlers & Tiaras" territory. Luckily, there are plenty of chic, fashion-forward rompers out there that are breezy, functional and, most importantly, won't make you feel like a preschooler.   read more

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July 15, 2014  |  11:07 AM  |  1 COMMENT
Green Your Cleaning Routine

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Green Your Cleaning Routine

Your heavy-duty household cleaners might be bad news for dirt and germs, but they're also a bummer for the environment. Think about it: If you have to open a window every time you scrub your shower so you don't pass out from fumes, what's this product doing to you and the Earth in the long run?   read more

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July 15, 2014  |  10:07 AM  |  1 COMMENT
6 Makeup Tricks for the Best Summer #Selfie

Selfies aren't a new phenomenon. "Selfie" was named the 2013 word of the year by Oxford Dictionary, and you'd be hard pressed to find any bar that isn't playing some electronic version of the "Selfie" song (if you can even classify it as a song).   read more

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July 10, 2014  |   1:07 PM  |  COMMENT
Why Kat Von D Doesn't Give Makeup Tips

She may look as intimidating as the needles she uses to tattoo on shows like "Miami Ink" and "L.A. Ink," but Kat Von D made me feel comfortable immediately. "I'm warning you, I talk a lot," she said with a laugh.   read more

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July 10, 2014  |  10:07 AM  |  COMMENT
12 Unexpectedly Chic Fourth of July Manis

I love anything Fourth-of-July themed (hello red, white and blue cupcakes!), but when it comes to nails, I'm declaring independence from cheesy patriotic designs. The founding fathers totally would have wanted it that way.   read more

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July 2, 2014  |  10:07 AM  |  COMMENT
7 Best Olay Products

With over 1,000 reader reviews for these seven products alone -- three of which were winners in our Total Beauty Awards -- it's no surprise that Olay has been at the forefront of skin care for over 60 years.   read more

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June 12, 2014  |   7:06 AM  |  COMMENT
5 Things We Ask Everyone: Whitney Port

Reality TV stars are notorious for briefly entertaining us with their wild antics and lavish lifestyles before drifting off into obscurity (or "Dancing With The Stars"). Then there are celebrities like Whitney Port, who use their time at the top to build an impressive resume and carve a niche for themselves in the fashion world. After jobs with Teen Vogue and Diane von Furstenberg, the former star of MTV's "The Hills" launched her self-titled clothing line of graphic prints and loose silhouettes, Whitney Eve.   read more

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June 11, 2014  |  10:06 AM  |  COMMENT
7 Best Dove Beauty Products

Dove's unprecedented Campaign for Real Beauty celebrates bodies of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. It employs plus-size models, women of different races and those with wrinkles and sun spots to inspire us real women to feel more comfortable in our own skin -- so to speak. Dove continually creates memorable, groundbreaking (and at times controversial) ads and commercials; they make pro-age beauty products instead of anti-aging ones; and now, with their "Movement for Self-Esteem", they're trying to reach a younger generation by helping instill confidence in adolescent girls. However, 13- to 93-year-old women can resonate with this poignant slogan for the movement: "Imagine a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety."   See products

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June 5, 2014  |  12:06 AM  |  11 COMMENTS
Sneaky Ways to Squeeze in Extra SPF

You know you should wear sunscreen (every single day), and avoid prolonged sun exposure. Somehow, skin cancer is still on the rise -- even though it's the one form of cancer that can be prevented simply by applying a cream.   read more

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May 20, 2014  |  11:05 AM  |  COMMENT
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