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Kate Raftery

Kate Raftery

Guide Staff Writer

Kate reads just about everything she lays eyes on, especially when it regards style and beauty trends. Despite this, she is still totally inept at applying eyeliner.


Latest articles by Kate Raftery


A Holiday Survival Guide for Worst-Case Scenarios

A Holiday Survival Guide for Worst-Case Scenarios

11.8.2016

Illnesses. Burnt meals. Forgotten gifts. Be prepared for the worst with our holiday survival guide.


How to Break Up with Your Hairstylist

How to Break Up with Your Hairstylist

9.19.2014

Breaking up is always hard, especially if you’re leaving someone who you’ve trusted for years … with your hair.


Three Ways Engagement Rings Can Go Beyond a Diamond Solitaire

Three Ways Engagement Rings Can Go Beyond a Diamond Solitaire

2.11.2015

Diamond rings may seem timeless, but the tradition dates back less than 100 years. You’re not beholden to it.


What to Wear (and Not Wear) to a Job Interview, with Tips from a Career Coach and a Tech Recruiter

What to Wear (and Not Wear) to a Job Interview, with Tips from a Career Coach and a Tech Recruiter

4.3.2015

We put together potential job-interview outfits for conservative and casual fields.


11 Gadgets That Will Modernize Your Spring-Cleaning Checklist

3.5.2015

Nearly every appliance in our homes is considered "smart." Can't brooms have their moment in the sun too?


Don't Let the Results of Your Teeth-Whitening Treatment Fade Away

Don't Let the Results of Your Teeth-Whitening Treatment Fade Away

5.5.2015

Keep your teeth looking white long after your trip to the whitening clinic. You don’t even need special toothpaste.


The Fittest Cities in America, Ranked

The Fittest Cities in America, Ranked

5.8.2015

Groupon sales data found the fittest cities in America, calculating just which Americans most love yoga, CrossFit, and other activities Groupon sells deals for, including trapeze (which is totally an activity).


How Los Angeles Residents Can Keep It Clean While Conserving Water

How Los Angeles Residents Can Keep It Clean While Conserving Water

7.7.2015

From golf courses to gardening, the drought has affected a lot in Los Angeles. House cleaning is no different.


Why Back Pain Is More Avoidable Than You Might Think

Why Back Pain Is More Avoidable Than You Might Think

7.15.2015

A Denver chiropractor identifies several causes of back pain and what you can do about them.


How to Spend All Day at the Slots and Only Feel It in Your Wallet

How to Spend All Day at the Slots and Only Feel It in Your Wallet

7.16.2015

Your bank account may suffer, but there's no reason to inflict pain on your spine, too.


A Most Spiritual (But Accessible) Yoga Teacher

9.3.2015

She loves seeing students open themselves up to new experiences, but she also knows how to make them sweat.


How Women Over 50 Get Fit (and Kick Butt)

How Women Over 50 Get Fit (and Kick Butt)

9.10.2015

You’re never too old to build muscle and improve your aerobic fitness. Here are some tips for exercising in your 50s.


Why LA Commutes Are Painful—Literally

Why LA Commutes Are Painful—Literally

7.15.2015

A Los Angeles chiropractor explores residents’ unhealthy habits and treatments that relieve the pain they cause.


How Both IndyCar and Minivan Drivers Can Prevent Lower-Back Pain

How Both IndyCar and Minivan Drivers Can Prevent Lower-Back Pain

9.10.2015

Spending hours sitting in a car isn't good for anyone, even pro drivers. Here's how you can prevent and treat back pain.


Our Staff Picks Their Favorite Things to Do, Eat, and See in Five US Cities

10.5.2015

Heading to New York, LA, Chicago, Dallas, or Boston? Read our list of staff picks for the best things to do in each city.


Doing DC by Foot Is Surprisingly Easy

Doing DC by Foot Is Surprisingly Easy

12.8.2015

Museums, restaurants, and cultural experiences abound in Washington, DC—and you can walk to all of them.


Six Must-Knows Before Your Date-Night Cooking Class

Six Must-Knows Before Your Date-Night Cooking Class

7.14.2015

Whether it’s your third date or a couples getaway from the kids, we’ve got you covered on everything you need to know.


The 10 Friendliest Cities, Ranked by Customer Satisfaction

The 10 Friendliest Cities, Ranked by Customer Satisfaction

1.21.2016

A year’s worth of customer satisfaction data has crowned a new center for friendly servers and custodians.


Wedding Invitation Ideas from Three Designers to Help Match Your Theme to Your Invite

Wedding Invitation Ideas from Three Designers to Help Match Your Theme to Your Invite

10.23.2015

Is your wedding classic or contemporary? Will the invitations be sleek and modern or stick to convention and include no fewer than 15 pieces of paper?


Your Skin Is Mature, So Your Skin-Care Regimen Should Be, Too

Your Skin Is Mature, So Your Skin-Care Regimen Should Be, Too

11.3.2015

Aging and hormone changes can mean wrinkles and, yes, adult acne. Lessen the effects of time with these skin-care tips for women over 50.


Which Cities Are Best at Keeping Their New Year’s Resolutions?

1.18.2016

Most of us make New Year's resolutions to get fit and healthy. But only some of us, including Groupon users in these cities, actually do something about it.


Prescribe Your Loved One a Spa Gift With This Diagram of Common Ailments

Prescribe Your Loved One a Spa Gift With This Diagram of Common Ailments

1.25.2016

Where does it hurt? We map out common bodily complaints and the massage and spa gifts you can provide for a treat.


The Most Romantic Cities in America May Surprise You

The Most Romantic Cities in America May Surprise You

2.4.2016

It’s not all about tropical getaways in Maui and fireside cuddles in Vail. Even St. Louis can be romantic.


What Gold, Wine, and Caviar Can Do for Your Skin

What Gold, Wine, and Caviar Can Do for Your Skin

3.15.2016

Precious metals, fine wines, and other luxe ingredients are frequent components of high-end facials. But what exactly can they do for your skin?


Even Diehards Dread These CrossFit Workouts

4.13.2016

These CrossFit workouts are intimidating, no question. But with the help of a CrossFit coach, we explain why they’re popular and how even beginners can do them.


The Beauty Treatments to Help Your Skin, Hair, and Nails Bounce Back from Winter

3.15.2016

We’re itching for spring to start, but first we have to reverse the effects of dry, cold weather with these beauty treatments.


The Best Nail Polishes, Ranked Across 7 Categories

2.26.2016

Our beauty editors’ comprehensive guide to the best nail polishes, including the top brands for base coat, affordability, nontoxic formula, and more.


Gift Ideas for Mom, According to Her Yearbook Superlative

4.19.2016

Is the lady in your life Class Clown or Most Likely to Succeed? Applying high-school superlatives may help with your shopping list.


A Guide to LASIK Eye Surgery for People with Eye Phobias

4.12.2016

Is LASIK eye surgery permanent? How well does it work? Does it hurt? A squeamish Groupon beauty editor had the same questions and sought out the answers.


Five (New) Ways to Pamper Mom

4.25.2016

These spa gifts for mom make Mother’s Day an opportunity to unwind in new, unexpected ways.


What Qualifies LASIK’s Ideal Candidates?

6.17.2016

Done with your glasses and contact lenses? Use this article to find out whether you could be an ideal LASIK candidate.


What Is LASIK and How Does It Work?

6.20.2016

Learn about what LASIK is, how the surgery works, and whether you’re an ideal candidate.


Three of the Best Short Hairstyles for Women

6.10.2016

Short hairstyles are popular among celebs, but us long-haired regular folks are rightfully circumspect. That’s why we selected favorite cuts that would look at home on nearly everyone.


4 Lip Balms, 16 Days, 10 Sets of Lips: The Panic to Find the Best Lip Balm Before Winter Hits

6.13.2016

We sought lip-balm advice from a dermatologist, then had our beauty team test four different types. The balm at the top of the list? It’s a tie.


Your French Manicure Can Be Way More Fun

Your French Manicure Can Be Way More Fun

3.11.2016

Sometimes you should give tradition the finger. Try these three modern interpretations of the classic manicure.


How Do You Spend 5 Hours at a Day Spa? Toppers Spa/Salon Shows Us How

6.17.2016

Toppers Spa/Salon walked us through one of their best day-spa packages. Spoilers: expect rosemary oils, but no mashed potatoes.


How to Keep a Spa Day Feeling Special

How to Keep a Spa Day Feeling Special

7.26.2016

Your trip to the spa should be invigorating, not boring. Stay away from the usual by booking one of these 8 uncommon yet relaxing treatments.


Modernize Your French-Tip Nails

6.29.2016

Three modern twists on french-tip nails give the traditional look a whole new vibe.


How to Stay Fit and Enjoy Holiday Indulgences

How to Stay Fit and Enjoy Holiday Indulgences

10.25.2016

This holiday season, don’t fret about your food choices. Check out these four fitness routines that countering the calories from four major holidays.


No Childcare, No Problem: Date-Night Ideas for Parents Determined to Get Out of the House

No Childcare, No Problem: Date-Night Ideas for Parents Determined to Get Out of the House

1.28.2016

Don't lose hope when the babysitter cancels—your date night can be saved! Check out these ideas for romantic dates that include the kids.


These Anti-Aging Treatments Help Divert the March of Time

These Anti-Aging Treatments Help Divert the March of Time

8.27.2015

These high-tech treatments make it their job to target wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging.


Choose a Medical-Spa Treatment, Then Learn How to Schedule It

Choose a Medical-Spa Treatment, Then Learn How to Schedule It

10.21.2016

Although these medical-spa treatments don’t usually require downtime, there’s an art to booking appointments for the best results.


7 Workouts with Benefits Beyond Calorie Burning

7 Workouts with Benefits Beyond Calorie Burning

8.9.2016

Workouts as wide-ranging as hot yoga, boot camp, and kickboxing considered for reasons beyond 'most likely to succeed.'


A Frizzy-Hair Guide to Taming the Untameable

A Frizzy-Hair Guide to Taming the Untameable

2.2.2017

We've compiled 10 methods for taming frizzy hair, from easy at-home tasks to more drastic measures that may require a professional stylist’s know-how.


7 Ways to Use the Paintings and Drawings from Your Kids' Art Lessons

7 Ways to Use the Paintings and Drawings from Your Kids' Art Lessons

8.4.2016

Got the kids registered for art lessons? Here are a few ideas for using their surplus artwork—from archiving it to decorating your house (or your skin!).


Date Night Ideas for Parents When the Babysitter Cancels

Date Night Ideas for Parents When the Babysitter Cancels

1.24.2017

Don't lose hope when the babysitter cancels—your date night can be saved! Check out these romantic but kid-friendly date ideas.


How to Have the Most Indulgent Experience at a Four Seasons Spa

How to Have the Most Indulgent Experience at a Four Seasons Spa

7.22.2016

The spas at Four Seasons hotels aren’t just the domain of guests. Regular visitors—including Groupon customers—can take advantage of their luxurious treatments.


Know Before You Go: Microneedling

Know Before You Go: Microneedling

9.16.2016

Microneedling isn’t as alarming as its name sounds. In reality, it’s becoming a popular method at med spas for helping smooth and firm skin.


How to Get Rid of Cellulite: A Cheat Sheet

6.24.2016

Want to know how to get rid of cellulite? We explain the science behind various treatments and tell you which method you should choose if you have a wedding next week.