Stories by Marissa DeSantis

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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The Only 3 Moves You Need to Get a Dancer's Body

There's a reason the dancers you see on stage (or on TV shows like "So You Think You Can Dance") look so good: They work hard … like 12-hours-a-day hard. Since most of us don't have the time or desire to work up that kind of sweat, we talked to former New York City Ballet (NYCB) dancer Rachel Piskin and celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser of AKT In Motion to find out how us regular folk (you know, those not training for reality TV stardom) can get the body of a Balanchine muse -- in just three easy, do-anywhere moves a day.   read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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