Stories by Hayley Mason

14 Best and Worst Deodorants and Antiperspirants

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? 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.   See products

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12 Best Skin Brightening Products -- and the 3 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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22 Swoon-Worthy Nail-Art Ideas for Valentine's Day

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

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The No-Exercise Trick to Looking Better Naked

When we first heard about the dry brushing trend, we thought it was too good to be true. I mean, you can see why we'd be skeptical about the idea that something as simple as a soft-bristle brush could help us look better at the beach. But it turns out, apart from improving circulation and ridding the body of toxins, dry brushing really does solve some of our biggest beauty dilemmas. Painful ingrown hair? Dry brushing helps to reduce that. Need a quick tone-up before bikini season? Dry brushing will give your skin a glow while helping to firm your behind and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Not to mention celebrities like Elle Macpherson are on board (the secret to her nickname, "the body," perhaps?) Just look over our easy-to-follow infographic, then get brushing!   read more

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12 Best Makeup Finds for $5 or Less

If your budget's more beer than champagne, your makeup doesn't have to suffer. Take comfort in these consumer-approved, high-quality finds, available online and at your local drugstore.   Makeup finds

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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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14 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 Hair Care Products Under $10

There's a misconception that you have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks -- 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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The Best New Beauty Brands of 2014

This year was a big one in the beauty world. We finally saw our dream of wearing Louboutin come true (on our fingertips that is), Tyra Banks taught us the secret to her killer cheekbones and our beauty arsenal got a whole lot bigger with the launch of several new brands. The best beauty launches from 2014 include European beauty brands whose arrival in the U.S. we've been anxiously awaiting, luxe lines from designer labels and gorgeous packaging worthy of any vanity. If you haven't tried one of these new brands yet, you're missing out.   read more

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10 Spa Treatments to Try Before You Die

These insanely indulgent spas are home to treatments so luxe and unbelievable, we're creating a whole new category for our list of bucket lists -- the spa treatments you've gotta try before you die. If you don't want to add at least one to your lifetime bucket list, you're not dreaming big enough.   read more

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