Stories by Emily Woodruff

11 Self-Tanners That Take the Hassle Out of Getting Glowing Skin

The first sunless tanners I ever tried were smelly, streaky and orange -- and definitely did not give me the bronzed goddess look I was going for.   read more

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7 Household Plants to Soothe Your Health & Beauty Woes

You may not be a witch doctor or herbalist, but that doesn't mean you've never used a plant to heal your body. In fact, some of the most common modern medicine is plant-based -- aspirin contains salicylic acid, the active component of willow bark, and penicillin was made from fungi. While we're not suggesting you start growing mold cultures in your kitchen, you can benefit from many easy-to-grow, easy-on-the-eyes indoor plants. Some of the prettiest perennials are hiding some of the best health and beauty remedies. Based on scientific studies, we found the healing plants that help you look and feel your best. These indoor plants will turn your home into the pharmacy version of the great outdoors.   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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17 Easy Nail Art DIYs That Anyone Can Pull Off

Easy nail art may seem like a beauty myth to anyone who has ever spent time scrolling through the many nail art masterpieces on Pinterest and Instagram. And while many nail designs can seem impossible to recreate without the help of a salon professional, there are indeed easy nail art looks that you can pull off yourself.   read more

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Here's How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes -- and Never Look Tired Again

"You look tired." It's probably a woman's least favorite thing to hear, because it tells us we did a miserable job of hiding our puffy eyes and dark circles this morning.   read more

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Holidays' Worst Food Bombs -- and How to Defuse Them

Who wants to diet during the holidays? Thanksgiving, New Year's and every party in between revolves around food (well, okay, family, but food's a close second), so counting calories or carbs during these months feels like a task better suited to the Grinch. Still, no one wants to greet the New Year in pants two sizes too small, either.   read more

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13 Best Dandruff Shampoos

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 13 best dandruff shampoos.   See shampoos

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Mascara for People Who Hate Mascara

Beauty editor confession: I hate mascara. I hate it so much that I frequently spend large stretches of time on a treatment table with my eyes taped shut, getting falsies glued to my lashes. Yep, even the torture of eyelash extensions was preferable to applying and removing eye makeup every day and night. I loved my extensions almost as much as I hated mascara -- until they made my lashes short, stubby and unhealthy.   read more

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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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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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