Stories by Hayley Mason

13 Best Drugstore Hairstyling Products

Turns out, the commercials were right: you actually can get salon-worthy hair with drugstore hairstyling products. At least, that's what TotalBeauty.com readers say about these gels, serums, hairsprays and mousses. All of them gave our readers gorgeous 'dos -- without breaking the bank.   See products

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March 21, 2014  |   9:03 AM  |  24 COMMENTS
10 Discontinued Products You Loved Back to Life

You spend years and a good chunk of change searching for the perfect lipstick -- the one that complements your skin tone, stays on and doesn't run -- and you find it. Two tubes in, it vanishes, and you discover the brand discontinued that particular shade. It's my nightmare. I buy in bulk and hoard my favorite beauty products in fear of my violet eyeliner or date night perfume being discontinued. And apparently, I'm not alone. When brands discontinued these beauty products, fans and loyal customers lost it. They launched e-mail campaigns, begged and threatened boycotts. They did everything in their power to let the cosmetic company know just how much they loved these beauty products. And their efforts paid off. These discontinued beauty products saw so much love the brands brought 'em back.   read more

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March 19, 2014  |   9:03 AM  |  COMMENT
Two Jaw-Dropping Smoky Eyes You Can Do at Home

Smoky eye makeup is a standard look for a night out, a special occasion, or hey, just because you're feeling sexy. However there's a fine line between a masterfully smudged and blurred smoky eye and an eye makeup look that's simply a mess.   read more

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March 17, 2014  |   1:03 PM  |  1 COMMENT
10 Teas to Help You Burn Fat, Slim Down and Sleep Better

Green tea is great for you, this we know. But there are also teas to help boost your burn at the gym, stop you from grabbing that candy bar at 3pm and even chill you out when you're feeling stressed. Rather than reaching for your morning coffee click through for our top 10 teas to help you drink your way slimmer, happier and healthier. No detoxing necessary.   read more

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March 14, 2014  |   9:03 AM  |  9 COMMENTS
The ABCs of Anti-Aging

You know those stories about the latest, greatest breakthroughs and research into anti-aging -- the ones that make you feel like you need a masters degree in chemistry, biology and dermatology to understand? This isn't one of them. Because creating an amazing anti-aging skin care regimen isn't about knowing every nuance behind the science of anti-aging. It's about distilling all of the research and how-to tips out there into a plan that suits you -- a plan that fits your life and your unique skin care needs.   read more

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March 13, 2014  |   3:03 PM  |  5 COMMENTS
9 Best Deodorants and Antiperspirants -- and the 4 Worst

We've all been there: You're giving a presentation/on a first date/at an outdoor wedding and instead of focusing on the moment, all you can think is, "Do I have sweat stains? Is this deodorant going to last? Am I getting white stuff on my dress? Is my dry cleaner going to think I'm stalking him?" In order to find the right 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. Read on to see the 13 best and worst deodorants and antiperspirants.   See products

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March 12, 2014  |   5:03 PM  |  54 COMMENTS
A Mind-Blowing Step-by-Step Guide to the Cut Crease

The cut crease eye makeup look is on par with a killer smoky eye, the perfect red lip or those loose, beachy waves everyone (but me) seems to be able to perfect. In other words, you see it everywhere, but it's more difficult than it looks to do by your own hand. If you're thinking, 'Uh, what's a cut crease?', it's a technique that contrasts eye shadow color in the crease of your eye for a sharp, defined look.   read more

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March 11, 2014  |   1:03 PM  |  3 COMMENTS
The Blush We're Buying in Multiples

We see our fair share of makeup at Total Beauty headquarters, and truth be told, it takes a lot to get all of us excited about a single product. But when the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, $45, were passed around for TotalBeauty.com Award nominations, we spent a little too much time oohing and aahing about the way they made us glow. And not a disco shimmer kind of glow. The powders are made with "photoluminescent technology" designed to mimic your skin's best qualities in the most flattering light (think diffused light, candlelight and dim light). We loved the silky texture and perfect amount of shimmer in these finishing powders.   read more

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March 10, 2014  |  11:03 AM  |  COMMENT
Sun Damage Pics That Will Scare You into Using SPF

We could tell you all of the gory side effects of spending too much time in the sun. We could list all of the harm sun damage causes (wrinkles, freckles, tumors, skin cancer). We could scare you with statistics about melanoma and skin cancer (two million people are diagnosed every year). We could tell you the number of people who die every year because of this horrible, mostly preventable disease (as many as 8,800 in 2012). And how's this for terrifying: every year, there are more new cases of skin cancer diagnosed than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer ... combined.   read more

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March 10, 2014  |   9:03 AM  |  8 COMMENTS
We'll Have One of Each, Please

1. Old Navy Textured Fold-Over Clutch, $22.94
This gold clutch is equal parts glam and functional. I love metallics (especially gold), so this bag has gotten tons of mileage. It can dress up a casual look or balance out a dressier ensemble.   read more

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March 7, 2014  |   1:03 PM  |  COMMENT
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