Maura Anderson

Maura Anderson
Unique, Cheap Places to Stay on Vacation

Unique, Cheap Places to Stay on Vacation

From a spare bedroom in Paris to a luxurious vacation home in the Catskill Mountains that sleeps 20, nontraditional lodging options are easier than ever to book. Travelers who opt for non-hotel stays do so for several reasons: unique…

Best Money-Saving Travel Apps of 2015

Best Money-Saving Travel Apps of 2015

Savvy travelers know that the right app can make any vacation easier and more affordable. But how to pick when there are almost three million apps to choose from? We rounded up seven free apps to use through any phase…

The Truth About DIY Beauty Tricks

The Truth About DIY Beauty Tricks

In the world of beauty, it’s the tips, DIY tricks, and backstage secrets that have real currency. We asked dermatologists and aestheticians to weigh in on some of the more popular products that were never intended to be put…

Affordable Makeup Brands to Buy

Affordable Makeup Brands to Buy

Some of the best-kept secrets in the beauty industry swirl around duplicates (or “dupes”) of a high-end product. There are plenty of drugstore cosmetics out there that perform just as well as pricier versions in fancier packaging, and…

How to Cover Gray Hair on a Budget

How to Cover Gray Hair on a Budget

We’ll all go gray eventually, but how you handle it is up to you. I have friends who rocked a full head of white highlights in their 30s and others who never wavered from their “natural” color seven decades…

Beauty Products You Don’t Need

Beauty Products You Don’t Need

Do you ever snoop around other people’s bathrooms? Surveys say that anywhere between 40 and 70 percent of us do, and there are scientific reasons why. While I’d never admit to the practice, if I did happen upon…

Sites to Find Affordable Travel Deals

Sites to Find Affordable Travel Deals

How does four nights with monkeys and macaws at the most remote ecolodge in South America sound? Dreamy, right? How about an oceanfront resort in Antigua? Not too shabby, either. What if you could get the trips for a quarter…

Affordable Makeup for Women Who Hate Makeup

Affordable Makeup for Women Who Hate Makeup

This may sound ironic coming from someone who writes about beauty, but there are certain cosmetic products I loathe. I’d rather go without mascara than deal with clumpy lashes, for instance, or suffer dark circles under my eyes instead…

How to Use Summer Beauty Products in Fall

How to Use Summer Beauty Products in Fall

It’s September, which means the month of the 50-pound magazines is upon us. You know the ones: with cover models cozied up in autumnal cashmere and headlines that bleat “The New Fall Lip Look!” and “Cold-Weather Skin…

20 Affordable and Exceptional Vacation Ideas

20 Affordable and Exceptional Vacation Ideas

It’s right around the time of year when I hit my “Yikes! Where did the summer go!” phase. All of the ambitious plans I made at the beginning of the season — practice my Italian, go on a bike tour…

Summer 2014 Best Sunscreens Under $20

Summer 2014 Best Sunscreens Under $20

It used to be that drugstores offered a small selection of sunscreens every season, and the biggest decision was between Coppertone or Hawaiian Tropic. Nowadays, some drugstores have entire aisles devoted to sunscreen: lotions, creams, sprays, dry oils, SPF 8…

Summer 2014 Beauty and Makeup Products

Summer 2014 Beauty and Makeup Products

Confession: I’m not much of a summer person. Sticky, sweaty days aren’t enjoyable, and I tend to think of the sun as a rapid-aging machine. Living in a city without a car means by the…

Which Spa Services Are Worth It or Not

Which Spa Services Are Worth It or Not

Want to know one of the stupidest things I’ve done lately? Almost as stupid as texting while walking down Broadway in NYC even though I swore I’d never be that person? (A near-collision with a…

How to Correctly Store Your Winter Wardrobe

How to Correctly Store Your Winter Wardrobe

Even though spring has finally sprung in most parts of the country, I’ve been thinking about fall. In particular, the moment when the temperatures drops enough to justify a cozy cashmere sweater and I get to unearth my…

Spring Travel Ideas and What to Pack

Spring Travel Ideas and What to Pack

There’s nothing better than a spring getaway to lift your spirits after the long winter we’ve had, and it’s a great time to travel: airfares to Europe are generally cheaper than during the high…

De-Winterize Your Makeup Bag

De-Winterize Your Makeup Bag

It’s the little things I love that herald the coming of spring, like the first few crocuses poking out of the snow or the chatter of birds. I also love being able to put away the heavy creams…

Don’t Let Anyone Buy You Perfume

Don’t Let Anyone Buy You Perfume

Fragrance is one of those small, beautiful things that can have a big effect on the way you feel and present yourself. The right perfume or eau de toilette can make you feel soothed and relaxed, ready to take on…

Do Expensive Beauty Ingredients Work

Do Expensive Beauty Ingredients Work

One of my most memorable Christmas parties occurred in college, when I was introduced to a certain sickly-sweet cinnamon schnapps that featured real gold flakes in the bottle. Real gold flakes! I marveled. To drink! I was so taken…

Make Airport Travel Easier

Make Airport Travel Easier

There’s a lot to dislike about the modern airport experience, and a lot of it is simply out of our control — security screenings, flight delays and cancellations, the people who insist on loudly subjecting the entire gate…