Stories by Hayley Mason

34 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 Mineral Makeup Products

The best mineral makeup is the gift that keeps on giving. Unlike traditional makeup products, the best mineral makeup lines are free of preservatives and chemicals -- like parabens, dyes and fragrances -- that can wreak havoc on sensitive skin. They can be a lifesaver for women with skin conditions like eczema or rosacea who don't want to give up makeup. And, because most formulas don't contain oil, they also won't exacerbate acne-prone skin.   read more

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11 Best Hot Styling Tools

Heat styling is a necessary evil in the world of hairstyles. With sleight of hand, a good curling iron can add volume to stick straight hair and a superior flat iron can take curly hair to superstraight, sleek new territory.   See tools

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12 Best Skin Brightening Products -- and the 2 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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11 Best Drugstore Hair Products

Turns out, the commercials were right: you can actually get salon-worthy hair with drugstore hairstyling products. At least, that's what TotalBeauty.com readers say about these budget-friendly gels, serums, hairsprays and mousses.   See products

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11 Best Hair Removal Products and Creams

When it comes to hair removal products and hair removal creams, a so-so solution just won't cut it. To achieve the softest, silkiest, most stubble-free skin without going under the laser, we need hair removal products that get the job done completely. The balder, the better.   See hair removal

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15 Best Cheap Makeup Finds for $5 or Less

If your budget's more canned tuna than caviar, your makeup doesn't have to suffer. Like the right $5 bottle of wine can taste just as good as a $50 bottle, the best cheap makeup can produce equally high-end results.   Makeup finds

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How to Make Any Headache Go Away

Headaches are more than just a pain -- they can be completely debilitating. And maybe it sounds dramatic, but if you're one of the 45 million Americans suffering from chronic headaches (most of whom are women, by the way), knowing how to get rid of a headache can vastly improve the quality of your life.   read more

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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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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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