Stories by Hayley Mason

8 Backpacks Sleek Enough to Wear to Work

After watching all the spring/summer 2014 runway shows from New York Fashion Week I could have kicked myself. I instantly regretted giving away my collection of leather, denim and brightly colored backpacks from my school years. That being said, mine weren't nearly as sleek as the reimagined accessories gracing the arms of celebrities and fashion bloggers today. These chic backpacks will have you wondering if you really need that giant purse that weighs you down and gives you a crick in your neck. Newsflash: you don't. Because a trendy new backpack will fit everything you need (including your emergency flats) and will do so in an effortlessly stylish way. Here's proof.   read more

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July 10, 2014  |   9:07 AM  |  COMMENT
You're Making These Mistakes When Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

We know, we know: Cleaning your makeup brushes can be a major pain. They take forever to wash, even longer to dry, and then the bristles start falling out. But if you were to take a black light to those un-washed makeup brushes, you'd probably never let them touch your face again. Dirty makeup brushes can even be the cause behind acne that won't go away. We spoke with Elaina Badro, internationally recognized makeup artist and the mastermind behind the Elaina Badro Brush Collection, and Lissette Waugh, founder of L Makeup Institute to get the 411 on cleaning makeup brushes (and the mistakes we're all making).   read more

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July 9, 2014  |  11:07 AM  |  2 COMMENTS
The New Statement Necklace You Have to Have

In case you need additional proof that the '90s are back -- we're suddenly lusting after choker necklaces .... again (and Birkenstocks and backpacks ...   read more

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July 3, 2014  |   9:07 AM  |  COMMENT
9 Products for Head-to-Toe Summer Beauty

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9 Products for Head-to-Toe Summer Beauty

Summer is finally here and we're ready for a beauty routine refresh. After long, cold months of dry, brittle hair, dull complexions and pale skin, we're in desperate need of a little ... oomph. Lucky for you, TotalBeauty.com has teamed up with HSN to curate a collection that will get you glowing from head to toe. Our frequent collaborator HSN is home to a huge array of our favorite names in beauty. From these, we curated exactly what you need to turn heads this summer, including a yummy-smelling sugar scrub, a sun-kissed lip gloss and a rich body butter our staff members call "addictive."   read more

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July 2, 2014  |   4:07 PM  |  COMMENT
The 8 Top Resort Wear Trends for 2015

The words "resort wear" tend to mislead people when it comes time for yet another season of ubiquitous fashion shows. But what sounds like the showing of multiple collections featuring swimwear and sarongs (most likely at a time when you're stuck in a hot office dreaming of vacation), is actually a showing of trends appropriate for any season. This year's resort collections features coats we're coveting for the autumn chill, sheer dresses that have us scheduling time at the gym, and, OK, there are also some vacation-worthy pieces. Here, our favorite trends from the resort 2015 Collections. Use them to start your "back-to-school" pre-fall shopping list.   read more

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June 30, 2014  |   3:06 PM  |  COMMENT
Commuter-Friendly Beauty Products You Can (Almost) Apply in the Car

No matter what time I wake up in the morning, I'm running late. Maybe it's because I insist on scrambling eggs every morning, or am trying to fit in a few phone calls before I head out the door that I always run out of time to do my makeup. Fast-forward to me digging through my makeup bag and applying eyeliner on the sidewalk, lipstick in my car (at stoplights!) and bronzer in the office elevator. Over the years, I've come to learn that some beauty products are just not meant for commuting. Enter these on-the-go beauty products that are nothing short of genius. These products come in convenient toss-in-your-bag sizes, no-mess packaging and compact formulas that are so fool-proof you could apply them without a mirror if you had to (though we don't recommend it). Pick up a few and keep hitting snooze, or stash your favorites in your desk to go straight to happy hour.   read more

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June 27, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  COMMENT
The Mirrored Sunnies You Need for Summer

There is no better time than summertime for a pair of new sunglasses -- particularly if you're of the sit on them, forget them in the dressing room, lose them annually variety. This season's hottest shades are mirrored sunglasses and trust us, you'll want to hold on to these highly reflective pairs that instantly up the style ante on any outfit. Whether you try a pair of brightly colored mirrored sunglasses, or a cool metallic pair, let these fashion bloggers, street style stars and fashion week designers show you how it's done.   read more

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June 26, 2014  |   9:06 AM  |  1 COMMENT
How to Pull off These Gorgeous Pinterest Hairstyles

I have a thing for Pinterest hairstyles. I'm constantly pinning red carpet hairstyles, runway ponytails and anything that looks like it could make my hair even remotely resemble that of a Victoria's Secret model. The thing is -- I haven't accomplished a single one of them. Instead, my attempts end with me showing up late to work in a messy topknot ... again. And I know there have to be others who have the same frustrations (there's a whole website dedicated to Pinterest fails, after all). So we collaborated with a team of celebrity hairstylists to break down the products and step-by-step instructions you need to get that perfect Pinterest hairstyle every time.   read more

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June 25, 2014  |  10:06 AM  |  COMMENT
The Only Jacket You'll Be Needing This Summer

After months of seeing these delicate, fanned out earrings all over the red carpet and throughout the blogosphere, I finally found out their proper name: Ear jackets. And while the phrase might not send you running to the nearest jewelry store, these images will. Ear jackets are the slightly subdued, classier version of last summer's big and bold ear cuffs (they were all over the punk-themed Met Gala red carpet). Just slip them onto any earring post. Our favorite thing about this accessory trend? They're appropriate for any occasion, from the red carpet to the boardroom. Here's why.   read more

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June 19, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  1 COMMENT
Color Clash: What to Wear With the Season's Brightest Makeup

This year's Fashion Week trends aren't for the faint of heart. Bold orange lips, vivid cobalt eyeliner ... even purple (yes, purple) lipstick has been leaving impressions both on the runway and off. The only problem -- what does one wear with these brighter-than-bright makeup trends to avoid looking like a circus clown? We spoke with some kings and queens of color in the industry -- Wende Zomnir, Executive Creative Director at Urban Decay, Luke Reichle, celebrity stylist and costume designer, and fashion stylist Kimberlee Tokarz -- for their expert advice in pulling off color, lots of color.   read more

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June 17, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  COMMENT
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