Stories by Hayley Mason

Position Yourself for Better Sleep

Sleep is in short supply these days. An eight-hour workday is a thing of the past -- eight hours of sleep seems like an absurd dream most nights. And if busy schedules and constantly beeping devices aren't enough of a disruption, it turns out that even the position you sleep in may be affecting the quality and quantity of shut-eye you get.   read more

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6 Protective Hairstyles to Eliminate Shedding

As excited as we get about changing leaves and fall fashions, the colder temperatures in fall and winter certainly have their downside. Brittle temperatures dry out skin and hair, and can be particularly damaging to natural hair, causing shedding, breakage and greater difficulty in growing hair longer and stronger. To lock in moisture to your natural hair, opt for twisted hairstyles with hidden ends. These protective hairstyles from our favorite natural hair bloggers will keep your hair long and strong throughout the cold seasons -- with zero shedding.   read more

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The Blush Trick You Need to Try ASAP

When it comes to applying blush, the method pretty much seems like a no-brainer, right? Swirl, tap and swipe. But a pro will tell you this isn't quite true. Just like you'd never consider the same eye makeup look for hooded eyes as you would for monolids, the shape of your face plays a major role in the way blush can make your face look. If you apply your blush any which way, you run the risk of making your face appear rounder, too severe and pointy, or older. We spoke to makeup artist Kirin Bhatty, who's beautified stars like Jessica Paré, Alessandra Ambrosio and Jenny Slate, to learn best (and worst) blush techniques for your face shape.   read more

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13 Best Hair Gels

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13 Best Hair Gels

We love hair gel because it's such a versatile product. Use it on straight hair to add dimension and shine. Apply some to your natural curls to boost volume and keep frizz in check. But if you choose the wrong hair gel, you'll be stuck with a crunchy, greasy mess that smells like alcohol or bad perfume to boot. We're here to eliminate the trial-and-error process for you. Click through for 13 of our readers' top-rated hair gels.   Read reviews

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Jewel-Encrusted Accessories to Jazz Up Our Outfit

The holiday season has officially started (at least according to the displays at every major retail store), and we're already in the mood for festive attire. While this time of the year usually has us wanting anything with a splash of sparkle or glitter, this year we're opting for a more sophisticated trend straight from the runways of New York Fashion Week: jewel-encrusted accessories. Jewel-encrusted clutches, footwear and hair accessories give your outfit the perfect dose of sparkle in a more understated way. Choose one accessory or pile on multiples for a look that is surprisingly versatile.   read more

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16 Game-Changing Beauty Gadgets That Save You Money

The best beauty products save you time and money, and these 16 devices do just that. (Some even knock a few years off your appearance.) The new crop of electronic gadgets, at-home lasers and microcurrent therapy devices utilize the latest technology to deliver better-than-ever results. We tried dozens of beauty devices -- zapping, prodding and poking our skin to find the best gadgets that smooth skin, erase wrinkles, refine pores and even annihilate cellulite. Here, the top 16 beauty gadgets that made the cut.   read more

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10 Luxe Basics You'll Keep in Your Closet Forever

1. Vince Camuto Amori Pointy Toe Leather Bootie, $179
I love when classic pieces have a unique twist, and the gold hardware on these ankle booties makes them anything but basic.   read more

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Tyra Banks' Secret to Not Aging a Day

Tyra Banks -- whether you know her as the drop-dead gorgeous supermodel who graced the pages of Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated, as the kooky host of "America's Next Top Model" (ANTM) or as the talk-show host with a big personality, everyone can agree -- Banks is a powerhouse of talent. And now, Banks is bringing her supermodel knowledge and "smizing" (Tyra speak for smiling with your eyes) beauty advice to the cosmetics world with her new makeup line, Tyra Beauty, available on HSN.   read more

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Readers' Choice: The 12 Best Mineral Makeup Products

From powders to liquids, these mineral makeup formulas were voted most impressive (and least irritating) by TotalBeauty.com users. Check out their reviews to find the perfect match for your skin -- and budget.   read more

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Is This Brightening Serum Your Skin-Care Savior?

For every woman with a bathroom cabinet full of once-used products, it's clear finding a skin care regimen that fulfills individual needs is not an easy process. We all want to find that one magic product that does wonders for both our complexion and our self-esteem. And for many women who suffer from hyperpigmentation -- a darkening of the skin caused by overproduction of melanin resulting in patchy dark areas or small spots -- this requires a do-it-all brightening serum and dark spot corrector.   read more

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