Stories by Hayley Mason

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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11 Best Hair Removal Products and Creams

When it comes to hair removal products and hair removal creams, a so-so solution just won't cut it. To achieve the softest, silkiest, most stubble-free skin without going under the laser, we need hair removal products that get the job done completely. The balder, the better.   See hair removal

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22 Swoon-Worthy Valentine's Day Nail Art Ideas

Wear your heart on your fingertips this V-Day with one of these flirty Valentine's Day nail art ideas. From subtly embellished nail art ideas to bold patterns and plenty of (non-cheesy) hearts, there are Valentine's Day nails for everyone -- and nail art designs for every skill level. Get Pinterest-ready fingertips with nail-art tutorials, straight from our favorite nail polish brands and bloggers.   read more

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11 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, not even the best eye makeup and lip products on Earth will 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 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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15 Best Cheap Makeup Finds for $5 or Less

If your budget's more canned tuna than caviar, your makeup doesn't have to suffer. Like the right $5 bottle of wine can taste just as good as a $50 bottle, the best cheap makeup can produce equally high-end results.   Makeup finds

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12 Best Hair Care Products Under $10

There's a misconception that you have to spend a fortune on the best hair care products -- so not true. Yes, there's something glamorous about wearing Chanel lipstick and picking up some Kérastase hair care products while you're finishing up at the salon, but there are cheaper products that yield shockingly similar -- if not better -- results.   Get products

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How to Make Any Headache Go Away

Headaches are more than just a pain -- they can be completely debilitating. And maybe it sounds dramatic, but if you're one of the 45 million Americans suffering from chronic headaches (most of whom are women, by the way), knowing how to get rid of a headache can vastly improve the quality of your life.   read more

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6 Winter Hairstyles That Won't Give You Hat Hair

Hat hair -- all winter, it's the bane of our existence. We've tried every trick in the book, from rubbing a dryer sheet over our roots to breaking out the strongest pomades in our beauty cabinets to slick down a style. But truth be told, unless you're willing to ditch your winter hat and risk losing your ears to frostbite, the best way to avoid hat hair is to embrace it and match your hairstyle to your favorite winter hat. Here, five winter hairstyles that work with you, not against you -- so the dreaded hat head will be a thing of the past.   read more

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