Stories by Marissa DeSantis

The 9 Best Shampoos for Fine Hair

Show me a girl who says she doesn't want the full-bodied hair of a Victoria's Secret model, and I'll show you a liar. This is where volumizing shampoo comes in. There's something about a voluminous blowout that really boosts your confidence -- along with your formerly flat roots. Readers say these 9 volumizing shampoos for fine hair add weightless volume and thickness instantly. Try these and you'll be one step closer to the Gisele Büdchen hair of your dreams.   read more

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The Must-See Beauty Looks from the 2014 VMAs

The MTV VMAs aren't a regular awards show -- they're a cool concert with some awards. Lacking the formality of shows like the Grammys, you can expect the performances to be a little wilder, the clothes skimpier and the lipsticks bolder. From Katy Perry's revival of the all-denim ensemble, to Ariana Grande's head-to-toe leather and every crop top in between, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were no exception.   read more

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5 Fall Colors Anyone Can Wear

Among the blacks, grays and camels on fall runways were some super-memorable, powerful statements of color. Here are the top five colors trending for fall and simple ways anyone can incorporate them into her wardrobe and beauty looks.   read more

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Try the Rainbow Hair Trend for the Weekend

All summer, celebs have been stepping out with rainbow-bright-pink or cool, pastel-purple hair. (We're looking at you, Nicole Richie.) While we're tempted to test-drive it for a girls' night out or weekend music festival, it's not necessarily a look we're comfortable keeping come Monday morning.   read more

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Alexa Chung for Nails Inc. Means Some Seriously Fashionable Fingertips

She's already a go-to girl when it comes to setting fashion and even makeup trends (just check out her secret to the perfect cat eye), but now Alexa Chung is setting the trend in nail polish, too.   read more

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The 6 Best Hair Oils

For anyone with fine or thin hair, the phrase "best hair oil" probably sounds like an oxymoron. We may stock up on dry shampoos to combat greasy roots, but the addition of oil can be an asset to your hair-styling routine. With ingredients like vitamins A, B and E, hair oils are like superfoods for your hair, making hair look healthier immediately while protecting it from future damage caused by the environment and heat and styling tools.   read more

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A Newbie's Guide to Meditation

The Beatles made it popular in the '60s and celebs like Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow do it on the regular, but practicing meditation has some serious physical, emotional and spiritual benefits in addition to upping your hipster cred. Luckily, you don't have to travel to India or have your own television network to practice meditation.   read more

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7 Stellar Makeup Brands for Dark Skin

When it comes to finding the best makeup for dark skin, there's an ever-expanding range of liquid foundations, BB creams and powders. Sure, there are limitations, but the offerings are growing.   read more

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Here's How Your Next Sunscreen Purchase Can Help Underprivileged Families

By now you know enough about the skin damage sun exposure causes to sneak in extra SPF whenever you can -- whether it's investing in makeup with SPF or slathering on sunscreen every time you head outside. But for families just making ends meet, if the choice is between putting food on the table and buying sunscreen, well, let's just say a rumbling stomach usually wins out.   read more

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5 Beauty Vending Machines That Let You Touch Up After Takeoff

Attention mani girls: Essie's latest foray into the world of beauty vending machines will actually have you looking forward to your next three-hour flight delay. The Essie Color Boutique is a self-service kiosk that gives you instant access to cult classic shades like Mademoiselle and Mint Candy Apple, as well as their seasonal collection (48 polish choices in total).   read more

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