Stories by Hayley Mason

22 Sunscreens for People Who Hate Sunscreen

Frankly, sunscreen is a pain in my tuckus. It's sticky, it smells bad and just one day by the pool with multiple reapplications to my face leaves my chin a battle zone of acne for the following week. Since forsaking the sun and becoming a hermit didn't work out, I moved on to a new plan: Find a sunscreen that doesn't suck. Luckily, I have a fairly large beauty closet and a team of editors always willing to try a new product at my disposal. We worked tirelessly attending pool parties and outdoor barbecues weekend after weekend -- all to find the best sunscreens that aren't sticky, don't stink, play nice with makeup, are kind to sensitive skin and won't make you break out. Try out a few of our new "holy grail" sunscreens for yourself. We recommend your testing be conducted on a balcony with margaritas -- for the sake of science, of course.   read more

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Ditch the French Mani and Try These 13 Wedding Nail Ideas Instead

You go all out when it comes to searching for the perfect wedding dress. You tear out photo after photo of wedding updos, down 'dos and curly tendrils before deciding on the right hairstyle. And makeup artists -- forget it, you lost count. So why settle for a boring French manicure or simple pale pink polish on your wedding day? Your wedding nails should complement that gorgeous dress, show off your ring and of course, look great in the billions of photos you'll be posing for. We scoured Pinterest and the nail art blogs for the best wedding nail designs and nail art ideas for your big day.   read more

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14 Best Green Beauty Products

What's the hot trend in beauty? Going green. And we don't mean emerald eye shadow (though we're all for that). We're talking environmentally friendly and plant-based beauty products that not only do wonders for our skin and hair, but are also saving our planet -- one beauty product at a time (how's that for shopping motivation?). Whether you're on the market for natural makeup or are seeking out organic skin care products, we've got the entire organic cosmetics branch covered.   See products

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5 On-the-Go Snack Mixes to Fuel Your Day

Let's face it -- we don't always have time to whip up a healthy snack, and more often than not, we turn to the quickest, easiest and not-so-healthiest solution (read: something from the nearest vending machine). In lieu of that solution we spoke with nutritionists and dieticians Franci Cohen and Nicolette Pace, who created five easy, healthy snack mixes you can take anywhere. "Snack mixes are ideal because you get a concentration of energy and calories," says Pace, "but they don't take up much volume in your stomach so you don't bloat." So instead of reaching for a snack-size candy bar when you're crashing at your desk midday, swap it out for one of these snack mix recipes you can make in bulk and eat all week long (just don't go too crazy with portion sizes).   read more

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11 Best Deodorants -- and the 4 Worst

We've all been there: You're giving a presentation or you're on a first date and instead of focusing on the moment, all you can think is, "Do I have sweat stains? Am I getting white stuff on my dress? Is my dry cleaner going to think I'm stalking him?" In order to find the best deodorant, you've got to go through a lot of bad ones. Luckily, TotalBeauty.com readers aren't shy about sharing what deodorants and antiperspirants work -- and which ones are a (floral-scented) hot mess.   See products

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34 Oh-So-Tiny Tattoos We Love

We've all wanted a tattoo at one point or another. Usually, it's because we're going through a life crisis/rebellious phase, or are sentimental/drunk enough to think a matching best friend or sister tattoo is a good idea (It never is). The thing is, going under the needle is a huge commitment, and ink is (mostly) forever.   read more

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12 Best Mineral Makeup Products

The best mineral makeup is the gift that keeps on giving. Unlike traditional makeup products, the best mineral makeup lines are free of preservatives and chemicals -- like parabens, dyes and fragrances -- that can wreak havoc on sensitive skin. They can be a lifesaver for women with skin conditions like eczema or rosacea who don't want to give up makeup. And, because most formulas don't contain oil, they also won't exacerbate acne-prone skin.   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, a good curling iron can add volume to stick straight hair and a superior flat iron can take curly hair to superstraight, sleek new territory.   See tools

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12 Best Skin Brightening Products -- and the 2 Worst

We know glowing, radiant skin is the result of a good skincare routine, and one of the first steps you should take in your routine is addressing how to even out your skin tone. These reader-approved skin lightening creams and skin brightening products do just that, giving you smoother, brighter skin and lessening dark spots caused by sun damage and scarring. (There are also a few skin lightening creams that just don't live up to their name.)   See products

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11 Best Drugstore Hair Products

Turns out, the commercials were right: you can actually get salon-worthy hair with drugstore hairstyling products. At least, that's what TotalBeauty.com readers say about these budget-friendly gels, serums, hairsprays and mousses.   See products

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