Stories by Emily Woodruff

20 Clever Ways to Organize Your Makeup Clutter

Fact: Makeup is fun. Another fact: When you have more makeup to choose from, makeup can be even more fun. Every makeup junkie knows the thrill of adding a beautiful new palette or an ah-mazing new eyeshadow or lip gloss to her collection. But when collections turn to clutter, there's a problem. If your makeup has taken over every last inch of counter space, it's time to invest in some clutter solutions. Once you know how to organize your makeup, you can make the most of it. You'll know exactly where your best smoky eyeshadow is, and where to find that perfect shade of blue-red lipstick.   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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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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Brilliant Ways to Organize Your Nail Polish Collection

Of all the shelf lives of cosmetic products, nail polish sports the longest lifespan. Though experts suggest tossing it two to three years after opening, there's no real reason to throw it out -- it won't grow bacteria like a face wash from junior high might or coagulate like sunscreen from 2005 will. "Nail polish is naturally inhospitable to microorganisms due to the solvents in it," says cosmetic chemist Don Frey. Though it might get goopier over the years, it's not a danger to your health.   read more

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Orange Crush: 9 Pumpkin Products We Love

Come October, our second favorite thing (behind "Hocus Pocus" on TV 24/7) is the presence of pumpkin.   read more

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The Vacuum Facial That Clears Out Pores Painlessly

You know those little pinprick-sized dots that cover your face? I'm not talking about freckles. I'm talking about the 20,000 tiny indentations that morph into gigantic craters every time you look into a magnifying mirror. They're called pores, and some women are so concerned about their size (bigger is definitely not better), there's even a term to describe their pore neurosis (porexia).   read more

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Steal These Amazing Metallic Looks

Forget beige and black -- metallics are the new neutral. Besides the standard trio of gold, silver and bronze, variations like gunmetal and rose gold have been making their way down the runway and into our wardrobes -- and the best part about them is that they go with everything. Here's how to really make your metallic accessories shine.   read more

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How to Pull Off Vampy Lips, Eyes and Nails

Vampy makeup and nail polish came into fashion in the '90s, but we've always loved the sexy air of mystery it provides. Now, the trend is back. Done right, dark makeup and nails can add a subtle sense of rebellion. Get vampy makeup and nails the right way with these simple tips.   read more

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Beauty Secrets From Around the World

Women have been passing down beauty secrets from one generation to the next from the dawn of time. From Cleopatra's milk bath habit to Aboriginal tribes using berries as a lip stain, different nations have cultivated beauty secrets based on their cultural values and natural resources. However, they all have one thing in common: Women swear by them. We researched those obscure global beauty secrets women have relied on for generations, and the modern-day product that will get you the same results. Whether it's glossy hair from the Mediterranean or perfect skin from Japan, these are the beauty secrets that have been keeping women beautiful for centuries.   read more

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8 Mind Tricks to Get the Most out of Your Workout

You know that little voice in your head that whispers annoying things like "you can't do it" and "just give up" when you're uncertain about accomplishing a goal?   read more

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