Health and Beauty

As a former beauty editor (I covered the topic on-staff for Allure, Elle and InStyle, and was People magazine’s first-ever beauty editor), I should, by rights, take the time to put on makeup every day. The truth is, I’m lucky if that happens even three days a week. But even if applying the stuff can seem like a chore not worth waking up early to accomplish, the rituals of making ourselves look lovely and, even more importantly, feel good, never cease to fascinate me.

My favorite part about researching health and beauty articles is learning from the experts—whether that means a makeup artist, nutritionist, or a sleep specialist. One thing I’m convinced of—sleep is the new sex: no one can get enough of it, and everyone thinks they’d be just a little bit better at it with some expert advice. I’m not going to post every product round-up or fall colors story I do here, but will happily include links to articles I think are particularly helpful.

Cover Stories:

“Energize Your Life: 25 Bright Ideas to Recharge Your Mood, Routine, and Rooms,” Real Simple, July 2010

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“How to Snack Smarter,” Real Simple, August 2009
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Recent Articles:

It’s not easy being green—because no one’s really clear on what “green” means, at least when it comes to cosmetics. Here’s an article I wrote for Good Housekeeping about which ingredients you may want to avoid when it comes to beauty products. And there’s also some product recommendations which I had nothing to do with, but which were vetted by the uber-reliable Good Housekeeping institute.

“Green Beauty Decoded,” Good Housekeeping, April, 2012

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Even though it’s endless summer in Miami Beach, where I now live, I had a lot of fun researching and writing “Cozy Chic”, an article about staying warm without looking like the Michelin Man, for Reader’s Digest Health. The best part was interviewing the stylists who were as funny as they are fashionable. This new “bookazine” is not online but will be on newsstands through November, so if you see this cover, take a look.