Stories by Emily Woodruff

The Foundation of Your Beauty: 10 Tips for a Healthy Glow

Introducing part one of our three-part series, The Foundation of Your Beauty, designed to help you feel gorgeous from the inside out.   read more

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The New Way to Keep Chapped Lips at Bay

Cleansing oils, dry oils, face oils, body oils ... After years of stripping our skin in pursuit of a squeaky-clean visage, we've finally caught on to the fact that oil is a good thing. Loaded with antioxidants, botanical oils soothe skin and prevent moisture loss -- giving us a glowy, not greasy, complexion.   read more

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The Makeup Tricks You Need for Brighter, Whiter Eyes

Bloodshot eyes are never cute. Whether you've been burning the midnight oil, fighting off the flu or sneezing your way through allergy season, bloodshot eyes are a dead giveaway that you're not feeling (or looking) your best. A recent study found that people with red eyes appear sadder, less healthy and less attractive than those with clear, white eyes.   read more

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12 Best Shine Serums and Sprays

Have you decided that your lackluster hair is a lost cause? Well, you might want to rethink that conclusion. A good-quality shine serum or spray should be your first line of defense in the war on dull hair -- just ask any hairstylist or beauty salon owner. Whether you're a curly-haired gal dealing with frizz or a straight-haired chick looking to minimize static, a shine serum can help smooth strands and even treat common hair problems. Above all, they create serious shine.   See list

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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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