Stories by Emily Woodruff

A French Fashion Curator's Wish List

1. Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise, $133
If I were a scent, I'd be vanilla. Vanille Exquise by Annick Goutal is my favourite perfume; the bottle is sublime and the scent delicate. I feel so special when I wear it.   read more

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October 7, 2013  |  12:10 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
We Tried It: A Tree Hugger-Friendly Replacement for Cotton Balls

I like to think of myself as environmentally conscious. I recycle religiously, my t-shirts are made of organic cotton, and when I drive, (nerd alert!) I play a little game with my gas pedal to see how high I can get my miles per gallon.   read more

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October 3, 2013  |  10:10 AM  |  2 COMMENTS
The Real All-Star Makeup Bag Essentials from TotalBeauty's Top Reviews

Real, honest reviews about beauty products -- that's what you'll find in our one-of-a-kind beauty product database. It's pretty much the most comprehensive list of every beauty product on the face of the planet and it delivers the real scoop on how a product works (or doesn't) for women.   read more

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September 23, 2013  |  12:09 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
46 Shades of Gray

We're calling gray, patron color of gym class sweatshirts everywhere, the "it" color of the season -- Apple even announced "Space Gray" as the newest color for the latest version of the iPhone. From moody, almost-black charcoal to misty, barely-there hues, we are smitten with the shades of gray we're seeing everywhere -- from New York Fashion Week to Estee Lauder's eye-popping new metallic collection . Neither black nor white, this hue walks the line between striking and ethereal -- and we love it in every gradation. Called a fashion "palette cleanser" (by fashion people who use such terms), we think it's the perfect hue to transition into fall. So we rounded up 46 of the most striking shades of gray in beauty and fashion -- a bit of eye candy for the upcoming season.   read more

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September 12, 2013  |   6:09 PM  |  COMMENT
Summer 2013 Best (and Worst) Beauty Moments

Fall is here, but that doesn't mean we can't revisit this summer's greatest hits in beauty   read more

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September 3, 2013  |  12:09 PM  |  COMMENT
The Next Reality TV Star: Nail Art

What do Honey Boo Boo and nail art have in common? Soon, both will feature prominently in your nightly guilty pleasure reality TV veg-fest. Variety reports that Oxygen network is jumping on the tippy-tail end of the extreme nail art bandwagon with "Nailed It!," a new competition pitting breakout nail designers against each other for worldwide nail art domination.   read more

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August 21, 2013  |   4:08 PM  |  COMMENT
We Tried It: At $21/oz, Is This Sunscreen Worth It?

As a kid, I despised being smeared all over with sunscreen. Along with mandated life jackets (thanks, Mom) and the span of scorching hot parking lot pavement (seriously, why is it so hot?!), it seemed like just another obstacle between me and the sandy, sunny beach.   read more

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August 13, 2013  |   9:08 AM  |  COMMENT
8 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, gross ingredients in skin cream, and even our own nasty beauty habits), we're going to get into the nitty-gritty (flaky-scaly?) of what causes dandruff, and how TotalBeauty.com users addressed theirs with the eight best dandruff shampoos.   See shampoos

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July 24, 2013  |   9:07 AM  |  34 COMMENTS
11 Best Sunscreens for Your Face

Not to rain on your sun-filled, summer parade, but here are a few facts that should make you wake up from your margarita-and-sun-induced coma and force you to take a big whiff of the sunscreen: The incidence of melanoma (a deadly form of skin cancer) is on the rise -- an estimated 76,690 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the US in 2013. If that doesn't scare you, this will: 80 percent of the aging that dermatologists see is due to excess sun exposure, since it can break down the collagen and elastin in your skin and cause more wrinkles.   See products

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July 17, 2013  |  12:07 AM  |  45 COMMENTS
The Best Beauty Salons in Los Angeles

Ah, Los Angeles. Land of bountiful beaches, ripe avocados, and beautiful people. Everywhere you look, you see toned, tanned blondes running around in yoga pants, toting their detox juice in compostable containers. However, it's not just a healthy lifestyle that makes these folks glow. Being a woman of LA means that you are well-versed in upkeep. Whether it's a life-changing mud mask, or the latest in hair color technology, you can bet your $600 hair extensions that Los Angeles is home to some of the best beauty salons in the world. But sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the real deal and the imitators (much like an expertly executed dye job). That's why we've put together a list of the best beauty salons in Los Angeles, based on customer experience, Yelp reviews, and our own hair care success (and horror) stories. You'll actually start looking forward to your roots growing out, as long as it means you get to visit one of these transformative salons.   read more

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May 3, 2013  |   2:05 PM  |  COMMENT
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