Stories by Emily Woodruff

Korean Diet Secrets for Youthful, Wrinkle-free Skin

We talk a lot about Korean skin care. We look to them for the latest and greatest in all things beauty -- from the newest rendition of BB cream to the latest way to hydrate skin. But after pilfering products from their medicine cabinets, we might want to raid their refrigerators, too. Studies suggest that their glowing, poreless skin might be less about their revered 10-step skin-care regimen and more a product of their low-glycemic, vegetable- and seafood-based diet.   read more

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The Makeup We're Hoarding in Our Fallout Shelters

At TotalBeauty.com, we're (surprise!) total beauty-hoarding junkies. While this means we're constantly running out of counter space (and under-the-sink space, and medicine cabinet space, and pretty much every other space our roommates and significant others allow us), it also means we know what we like. And when we really like something, we find it hard to live without it. Case in point: One member of our editorial team recently bought an entire case of mascara on eBay after she found out it had been discontinued. Turns out, we all have a product we'd secretly like to stockpile in a beauty fallout shelter. Do you have a product you can't live without? Let us know in the comments below, and click ahead to see the one product we just won't give up.   read more

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How to DIY Your Dream Vanity

Lusting after a vanity? You don't have to spend a bundle...you just need a few key elements to create a DIY vanity. We've put together the ultimate inspiration slideshow for the diy vanity of every girl's dreams.   read more

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10 Jaw-Dropping Hairstyles From a Mexican Wedding

No destination wedding? No problem. These Mexican wedding hairstyles will transport you instantly to the vibrant setting of a gorgeous Mexican wedding, no plane ticket required. These show-stealing flower crowns, long, elegant veils and intricate, romantic wedding updos are perfect for any bride, no matter the locale.   read more

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10 Annoying Habits That Drive Gym-Goers Crazy

The gym should be a happy place. According to science, exercise creates feel-good hormones and helps you live longer. But those warm and fuzzy vibes quickly vanish when you encounter a superchatty treadmill neighbor, grunting weight-hog or another equally annoying fellow gym-goer.   read more

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6 Dead Giveaways You're Getting a Bad Facial

We've all been there: You glance into a mirror and you're suddenly shocked by the scary state of your skin. Spurred into action by your crossover into bad skin territory, you book the first facial appointment available. Surely, an hour on the table in some able aesthetician's hands will get you back to glowing. You zone out while your aesthetician slathers blissful-smelling concoctions on your face, with visions of clear, lit-from-within skin dancing in your head. You're so relaxed, you barely even remember swiping your credit card and being steered out the door. When you break out a few days later, you wonder: Is it a coincidence? Am I just purging? Or did I put my skin into the hands of a bad aesthetician?   read more

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7 Odd Beauty Jobs You Never Knew Existed

When you think of people who work in the beauty industry, all things glamorous and gorgeous come to mind. But the beauty industry isn't all perfectly pouty lips and tanned, toned bodies. When it comes to the job market, "beauty" is a loosely defined term that can encompass everything from mimicking grotesque wounds, to picking bugs out of hair to getting up close and personal with a stranger's naked body, and these professions prove it. We're turning the spotlight on the less-celebrated beauty jobs that you never hear about -- and they're definitely not boring.   read more

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How to Use Perfume to Get What You Want

Want to win friends, gain confidence and bring happiness wherever you go? Science says scent can help you do all that, and more. Aromatherapy seems like a hippy-dippy concept, but research shows scents evoke strong emotional responses -- and are the key to setting the tone in an environment. It's the reason why retailers, hotels and restaurants use smells to attract customers and even boost spending.   read more

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How to Work out at Work Without Looking Crazy

For our ancestors, "work" was related to basic survival -- hunting for food, toiling away under a blazing sun or lugging water from a source miles away. Sitting, when it happened, was used as a way to recuperate from the tough physical labor required to survive. These days, it's hard to find a job that doesn't involve sitting in a chair and click-clacking away at a keyboard for eight hours a day. But instead of the cushy office chairs leaving us well-rested, our sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll. The truth of the matter is, it isn't just your imagination -- your desk job is slowly killing you.   read more

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8 Secrets Cosmetic Companies Don't Want You to Know

Two cosmetic chemists dish on the secrets behind making cosmetics that big name cosmetic companies don't want you to know.   read more

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