Stories by Hayley Mason

Throw Out All Your Shoes -- This Is the Only Pair You Need

If you haven't heard of "shooties" yet, let us fill you in. A shootie is a cross between a high heel and an ankle boot -- or a full-coverage high heel if you want to think about it that way. And they go with everything. Pair shooties with a blazer and jeans like one of our favorite fashion bloggers did for a super polished casual Friday look. Or, wear a pair of completely badass metallic-accented shooties like the pairs we saw at multiple Fashion Week shows to give a little black dress some major attitude. Need more convincing that your closet is missing out in a big way? Here, eight very compelling reasons you'll want to hightail it to the mall ASAP.   read more

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The Limited Edition Makeup Collection We're Hoarding

We see a lot of makeup brands and new products come through our office. But no matter how often we test out makeup collections, a new product from Nars never gets a blasé reaction. The same can be said for the collection's new shades for fall 2014. Nars' fall 2014 collection, Night Caller, boasts eyeliners flecked with gold, glistening eye shadow combos and the prettiest cranberry lip stain I've ever set eyes on. And that's just the makeup.   read more

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Everything You Need for Your Summer Girls' Getaway

1. NARS Lipstick in Schiap, $26
A bold lip really pulls together a look in my opinion. If I had a signature shade -- this would be it.   read more

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These 'Humans of New York' Photos Redefine Beauty in the Best Way

How often do you log on to Facebook to see yet another engaged friend, or scroll through Instagram wondering how your old roommate got that perfect bikini-ready body? It's easy to get a little jealous of others with today's omnipresent social media. So it was more than a little refreshing when we came across photographer Brandon Stanton's rapidly spreading Tumblr account, Humans of New York. Stanton's photos capture pieces of everyday life from New Yorkers he stops in the street. Stanton's subjects share their happiest moments, their biggest fears, the advice they would share with a large group of people ... anything Stanton thinks others may connect with.   read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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