Stories by Hayley Mason

8 Glamorous Box Clutches to Wear With Your Party Dress

This year we're taking a vow: We're cutting down on the clutter we lug around in our clutches and purses on nights out. After all, do you really need four lipsticks for one evening? One way to stick to this promise: Downsize your bag. Louis Vuitton, J. Mendel, Lanvin and other fashion houses sent tiny, structured box clutches -- with just enough room for your cellphone, credit card and one lipstick -- down the fall runways.   read more

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Yoga Poses to Tame Holiday Stress Instantly

The holidays are a joyous time filled with treats, gifts and togetherness; it's also filled with company that stays too long, nosy in-laws and some stress on the checkbook. The American Psychological Association reports that, during the holidays, 69 percent of people are stressed from lack of time, 69 percent from lack of money and 51 percent over the pressure to give or receive gifts.   read more

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8 Jumbo Jewelry Pieces For the Bold Fashionista

Fashion Week is never just about the clothes. But at the fall/winter shows, we couldn't help but notice the scene-stealing accessories. These on-trend, oversize necklaces, earrings and collars are eye-catching and easier than you would think to pair with your existing wardrobe. Pair any oversize jewelry piece with a solid top to make your look instantly dressier. Here are eight ways to wear the trend.   read more

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9 Best Drugstore Foundations Under $15

When it comes to the best drugstore foundation, it really pays to find the perfect product for you. After all, all the eye makeup and lip products in the world won't make you look gorgeous if your skin looks blah. On the bright side, TotalBeauty.com reviewers have found that you don't have to spend a fortune to get flawless-looking skin. In fact, there are plenty of drugstore foundation products that will give you just that. Here are some tips to find the best foundations for your skin -- even when you can't sample them ahead of time.   Drugstore Foundation

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Wear These Picks to Your Next Holiday Party

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Baker Leather Strap Watch, $132
You can't go wrong with this watch. The black and gold is a classic combination, and it goes with practically any outfit.   read more

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10 Makeup Picks in Pantone's Color of the Year 2015

Just when we finally figured out how to successfully pull off purple lipstick, the Pantone Color Institute announced their 2015 Color of the Year -- marsala. And we couldn't be more excited (about a color). Pantone describes the shade as, "a naturally robust and earthy wine red." The rich red is easy to pull off whether you're wearing a marsala blush, marsala lipstick or perfect-for-holidays marsala nail polish. But who are we kidding -- we're snatching up all three.   read more

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8 Pairs of Leather Gloves Worth Splurging On

At TotalBeauty.com, we love fashion, but winter attire and outerwear aren't our faves. Bulky winter coats, hats that mess with our hair and scratchy woolen gloves just don't scream "sexy." That being said, this year's fall/winter 2014 shows at New York Fashion Week made us think about outerwear in a whole new light. Luxurious (and dare we say sexy) leather gloves complemented the looks at Carven, Missoni and more. Here, eight pairs that changed our mind (and lightened our pocketbooks).   read more

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CoverGirl Janelle Monáe Isn't Afraid to Fail

Janelle Monáe is not your typical music artist. In music videos and on the red carpet, she shuns revealing outfits in favor of her signature tuxedo look; her music is empowering, almost futuristic; and she's not trying to lead anyone to believe she's anywhere near perfect. When I interviewed Monáe at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Ray, California, she was in her bathrobe still getting her hair styled, but she didn't apologize or seem at all embarrassed to be less than fully done up (although let it be said, her makeup was as flawless as one would expect from a CoverGirl). Along with chatting about her new #GirlsCan video for CoverGirl, Monáe spoke about the importance of being one's genuine self and of breaking barriers.   read more

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The Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

After a full weekend of gorging ourselves on turkey, mashed potatoes and way too much pumpkin pie, we like to work off the extra calories with a strenuous cardio workout -- otherwise known as Black Friday shopping. And if you hate the crowds and subsequent elbowing that occurs at the mall, there are always Cyber Monday deals to fall back on (the gym can wait). Here, the beauty deals we're most looking forward to this holiday weekend -- and a few extra special deals just for Total Beauty readers.   read more

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11 Best Hot Styling Tools

Heat styling is a necessary evil in the world of hairstyles. With sleight of hand, curl and volume can be added to stick-straight hair with rollers or curling iron action, and wavy or curly hair can miraculously be straightened with a solid blow-out and flat-iron finessing.   See tools

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