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No costume? No problem. These Halloween makeup ideas are all you need to pull off the ultimate last-minute costume

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Brush on Beauty

Step up your beauty game with these tips and tricks for making the most of your makeup brushes

8 Ways to Take Your Everyday Ponytail to the Next Level

Sleek, stunning and sophisticated ponytails dominated the runways of Fall 2014 Fashion Week, presenting us with new ways to transform the style we usually reserve for the gym or errands into head-turning updos fit for the office and even a night out. Here, we present the eight high-fashion ponytails we can't wait to wear this fall.   read more

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The Case for Throwing Away Your Makeup Brushes

If you look around my bathroom, you'll see makeup brushes spilling out of every container. Some may say I have a tiny obsession with them. But everywhere I turn, makeup artists are using their hands as painter's palettes -- dabbing, pressing and molding faces into perfection with their digits. As it turns out, your fingers aren't just good to use in a pinch -- some products apply better with your fingers than with brushes. I enlisted Gita Bass, celebrity makeup artist and member of the Simple Advisory Board (she also happens to use her fingers to apply the majority of her makeup), to tell me all about this "finger painting" movement.   read more

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Celebrity-Inspired Natural Hairstyles

It's safe to say we're in the midst of a natural hair movement. A slew of African-American stars have been showing off natural hairstyle ideas that prove chic doesn't always mean sleek. We love that these kinky, curly, natural hairstyles are less stressful on the hair and don't require being chained to the flat iron for 20 plus minutes every morning.   See looks

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Get Your Glowiest, Most Radiant Skin Ever

Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are the workhorses of your skin-care routine, exfoliating dull skin and fading imperfections minus scratchy microbeads. Yep, pretty much everyone can benefit from having acid in their routines -- but you shouldn't pick just any ol' AHA cleanser. If you wanna get nerdy about it, the various alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids (like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid) work differently on a molecular level, and choosing which one to use can make or break your skin. We asked Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., a Washington, D.C.-based dermatologist, to decode some of the most common AHAs and BHAs and tell which one you should be using.   read more

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Discontinued Beauty Products That Fetch Crazy Prices on eBay

Every time I crack open a bottle of nail polish, dip into a freshly pressed blush or apply a brand-new lipstick, I'm looking for one thing: head-over-heels, can't-live-without-it, Holy-Grail-status beauty-product love.   read more

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Doobies, Pineappling and Sisterlocks: What Natural Hair Care Really Means

"It's been two years since my first BC, and although my TWA is packed with gorgeous 3AB curls, I can't help but think my transition to long hair will take little more than a protective hairstyle and pineappling."   read more

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8 Best Dandruff Shampoos for 2014

Dandruff. It's one of those beauty ailments that no one really talks about, but it's one that almost all of us will experience at some point in our lives. And since we're no strangers to dishing on the ugly side of beauty (we've tackled ingrown toenails and gross ingredients in skin cream), we're going to get into the nitty-gritty (flaky-scaly?) of what causes dandruff, and how TotalBeauty.com users address theirs with the eight best dandruff shampoos.   See shampoos

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8 Furry Handbags You'll Love

Fashion trends have long been a sign of the economic climate. So when fur purses appeared en masse at the runways of New York Fashion Week, they seemed to signal fortuitous economic times to come. Although those designer fur purses are pricey and luxurious, they've also inspired hundreds more affordable options, as well as a few DIY versions and faux fur handbags. Here, eight faux fur and fur purses on our lust lists.   read more

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How To Clip Your Nails In Space & More Gravity-Defying Astronaut Beauty Secrets

To nail her role as an astronaut in the film "Gravity," Sandra Bullock turned to astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman, who spent 180 days in outer space, for advice. A retired US Air Force colonel and 21-year NASA veteran, Coleman e-mailed and chatted with Bullock while on her third space mission, where she served as a flight engineer aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft and spent 159 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as the lead robotics and science officer.   read more

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Thigh-High Slits: The Sexiest Way to Show Some Skin This Fall

Even before the temperatures began to drop, we couldn't escape maxi, midi and tea-length dresses and skirts. Though modest hemlines have made a comeback this year, fall 2014 is all about sultry, strategically placed slits. The fashion statement is a welcome reminder that we don't have to sacrifice sex appeal in our fall wardrobes.   read more

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