Amanda Richards
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The 29 Best SPF Products You Can Buy, Because The Sun Is Actually Kind Of Shady

At this point, you're probably well aware of the reasons why you need to wear sunscreen — if not, let these sunburn horror stories be a place to start. However, even if you've educated yourself on what broad spectrum means, the difference between…
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How To Find A Sunscreen You Actually Want To Wear

Imagine yourself standing in the aisle of your local drugstore. You've got one mission in mind: Finding the absolute best sunscreen you can. In that moment, you're an almighty skin protector and defender of all things dermal — you've been burned…
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16 Sunscreens That Actually Work For People With Darker Skin

It's a misconception that many women of color — and particularly, black women — have heard before, especially during bright and sunny summer months. That is, if you have darker skin, you can't get sunburned — and subsequently, sunscreens for dark…
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These Sunburn Horror Stories Will Remind You That SPF Is A Blessing

As a child, I never got stitches. I never broke a bone, either. Like many uncoordinated, unathletic bookworms, the probability of bodily injury was low. However, one place I loved to read books in dweeby solitude was the beach. As a result, a…
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Swimsuit Competitions Can Stay, But Why Not Put Some Fat People In Them?

When I heard Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, announce on Good Morning America on June 5 that Miss America will eliminate its swimsuit competition and open it to "all shapes and sizes," I wasn't as excited as…
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I Wanted To Save A Dog With "Issues." Really, I Was Trying To Resolve My Own.

There have been times over the last decade when I was convinced I'd never be stable enough to take care of myself, let alone anyone else. I traveled, adapted to a career abroad in Seoul, met my boyfriend, and lost myself to a years-long episode of…
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These Are The Beauty Products That Came Out In May That You DEFINITELY Need On Your Radar

For beauty lovers, months aren't just months: They're 28 to 31 day periods, wherein any and all product and brand launches can happen — and when they do, it feels like your birthday, no matter what time of the year you were actually born. The May…
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Nick Jonas Brought His Arms To The Billboard Music Awards, But He Left His Flair At Home

When the time comes for another awards show like the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, you can be sure of one thing and one thing only: If a celebrity wears something on the red carpet with any small or unusual detail, Twitter will notice and love it. At…
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BTS' Billboard Music Awards Outfits Prove That Boy Bands Can Still Be Cool AF

If you're not familiar with the Korean boy band BTS yet, perhaps it's time to get familiar before they take the stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. After all, it might take awhile to get to know every member of the seven person K-pop group.…
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All The Looks At The 2018 Billboard Music Awards That You Won't Want To Miss

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC. Just like BBMAs in years past, the show promises to be an entertaining celebration of music's…
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Here's The Special Meaning Behind Harry & Meghan's Wedding Rings

On May 19, American actor Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will marry at St. George's Cathedral in Windsor, England. The nuptials are highly anticipated across the globe, and the potential fashion choices of the happy couple on the big day are at the…
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Celeb Stylist Brad Goreski Is Convinced This Royal Wedding Moment Will Make Everybody Gasp

OK, fine: The glamour and intrigue of the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has officially captured my attention, washing over me in waves of centuries-old tiaras and tulle. I wouldn't say I'm emotionally invested in their love story…
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I Tried Brooklinen's New Towel Collection & I Have Never Been More Excited About Towels

I am the child of financially sensible Polish and German parents, sturdy people who know when to splurge and when to save. When it comes to everyday home goods, my instinct was always to save — until, of course, I tried Brooklinen sheets for the…
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These Are The Best Swimsuits For Small Boobs — And No, They're Not All Push Up

For many women, the search for a swimsuits for small busts can feel like it's about one thing and one thing only: Making that small bust look bigger. In the past, brands marketed swimsuits as "creating the illusion" of a large bust, or "accentuating…
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The Best Swimsuits For Big Boobs Don't Always Have Uncomfortable Underwires

Finding the perfect swimsuit is always a challenge, but shopping for swimsuits for large busts is a process — one with its own highly specific (and often frustrating) set of criteria. Sometimes, the styles you love don't offer much support — and if…
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The Best Swimsuits For Plus Sizes, Because We've Got More Options Than Ever

If you've ever had a difficult time shopping for a plus size swimsuit, you're certainly not alone. It's a soul-sucking voyage that I am intimately familiar with. I've been plus size my entire life, all the way back to childhood. Shopping for a…
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Cardi B's Met Gala Look Is So On Theme It Hurts

The Met Gala is one of the holiest, most hallowed nights in fashion, and Cardi B is one of the most exciting artists in the music industry. How perfect, then, is their spiritual union? Cardi B's 2018 Met Gala dress is truly iconic — some may even…
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This Show Takes On The Challenge Of Finding A Sexy Gown In Plus Sizes

Shopping for bridesmaid dresses is often described as its own special kind of hell. With so much pressure to find the perfect look for the bride (not to mention so many styles and price points to contend with), it's easy to get overwhelmed. If…
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Amy Schumer's Movie 'I Feel Pretty' Makes A Point About Confidence That No One Is Talking About 

Amy Schumer's new comedy I Feel Pretty, premiering nationwide on April 20, has already started plenty of conversations about women and confidence. After watching the trailer, some were concerned that the movie reinforces negative ideas about weight…
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These New Beauty Products Will Keep Your Hope For Warm Weather Alive

I know, I know: Considering the frigid weather we're having in the northeast, it's hard to convince yourself that it's actually spring. Fair enough: I haven't put my winter sweaters away, nor have I totally buried the idea that I could go for an…
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