Stories by Hayley Mason

Wear These Picks to Your Next Holiday Party

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Baker Leather Strap Watch, $132
You can't go wrong with this watch. The black and gold is a classic combination, and it goes with practically any outfit.   read more

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10 Makeup Picks in Pantone's Color of the Year 2015

Just when we finally figured out how to successfully pull off purple lipstick, the Pantone Color Institute announced their 2015 Color of the Year -- marsala. And we couldn't be more excited (about a color). Pantone describes the shade as, "a naturally robust and earthy wine red." The rich red is easy to pull off whether you're wearing a marsala blush, marsala lipstick or perfect-for-holidays marsala nail polish. But who are we kidding -- we're snatching up all three.   read more

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8 Pairs of Leather Gloves Worth Splurging On

At TotalBeauty.com, we love fashion, but winter attire and outerwear aren't our faves. Bulky winter coats, hats that mess with our hair and scratchy woolen gloves just don't scream "sexy." That being said, this year's fall/winter 2014 shows at New York Fashion Week made us think about outerwear in a whole new light. Luxurious (and dare we say sexy) leather gloves complemented the looks at Carven, Missoni and more. Here, eight pairs that changed our mind (and lightened our pocketbooks).   read more

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CoverGirl Janelle Monáe Isn't Afraid to Fail

Janelle Monáe is not your typical music artist. In music videos and on the red carpet, she shuns revealing outfits in favor of her signature tuxedo look; her music is empowering, almost futuristic; and she's not trying to lead anyone to believe she's anywhere near perfect. When I interviewed Monáe at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Ray, California, she was in her bathrobe still getting her hair styled, but she didn't apologize or seem at all embarrassed to be less than fully done up (although let it be said, her makeup was as flawless as one would expect from a CoverGirl). Along with chatting about her new #GirlsCan video for CoverGirl, Monáe spoke about the importance of being one's genuine self and of breaking barriers.   read more

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The Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

After a full weekend of gorging ourselves on turkey, mashed potatoes and way too much pumpkin pie, we like to work off the extra calories with a strenuous cardio workout -- otherwise known as Black Friday shopping. And if you hate the crowds and subsequent elbowing that occurs at the mall, there are always Cyber Monday deals to fall back on (the gym can wait). Here, the beauty deals we're most looking forward to this holiday weekend -- and a few extra special deals just for Total Beauty readers.   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, curl and volume can be added to stick-straight hair with rollers or curling iron action, and wavy or curly hair can miraculously be straightened with a solid blow-out and flat-iron finessing.   See tools

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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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