Stories by Hayley Mason

Ditch the French Mani and Try These 13 Wedding Nail Ideas Instead

You go all out when it comes to searching for the perfect wedding dress. You tear out photo after photo of wedding updos, down 'dos and curly tendrils before deciding on the right hairstyle. And makeup artists -- forget it, you lost count. So why settle for a boring French manicure or simple pale pink polish on your wedding day? Your wedding nails should complement that gorgeous dress, show off your ring and of course, look great in the billions of photos you'll be posing for. We scoured Pinterest and the nail art blogs for the best wedding nail designs and nail art ideas for your big day.   read more

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May 6, 2014  |   9:05 AM  |  COMMENT
4 Best Hair Removal Creams -- and the 3 Worst

Our readers reveal which hair removal creams trump razor burn and painful wax kits -- and which ones are just as bad   read more

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May 1, 2014  |   5:05 PM  |  COMMENT
Get to the Mall! Kate Moss for Topshop is Here

Stop what you're working on, step away from your desk and get to the nearest Topshop: Today is the day the long-awaited Kate Moss for Topshop collection launches in stores. And it's everything you ever wanted. Every piece in the Topshop collection simply screams, "Kate." You can see her rebellious, rock-star attitude in heavily fringed pieces and butter-soft suede; a carefree, wandering spirit in her boho paisley pieces; and, of course, the glammed-up model in sleek cocktail dresses worthy of a runway. Click through to see every gorgeous piece, but be warned: Set a budget, because you'll want every item.   read more

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April 30, 2014  |  12:04 PM  |  COMMENT
$14 Million Mascara and 11 Other Crazy, Extravagant Beauty Products

Fellow beauty fiends know that our product "habit" can become a little expensive. Many times I have asked myself, "Do I really need to spend $60 on that night cream just because it promises to erase my every pore?" The answer is typically, "Yes, yes, I do." But even though I'll forgo a morning latte (or let's be real -- a week's worth of groceries), I draw the line at big-ticket items. These luxury beauty products are made up of the finest elements and ingredients on earth, and promise big returns. And although I don't quite have the budget for high-end makeup or luxury beauty products that cost as much as a car -- they are tempting. These high-end makeup brands and beauty brands contain diamonds, gold, even rare flowers from the ends of the earth. If I had money to burn, these would be the luxury beauty products I'd spend it on. A girl can dream.   read more

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April 30, 2014  |   8:04 AM  |  1 COMMENT
5 On-the-Go Snack Mixes to Fuel Your Day

Let's face it -- we don't always have time to whip up a healthy snack, and more often than not, we turn to the quickest, easiest and not-so-healthiest solution (read: something from the nearest vending machine). In lieu of that solution we spoke with nutritionists and dieticians Franci Cohen and Nicolette Pace, who created five easy, healthy snack mixes you can take anywhere. "Snack mixes are ideal because you get a concentration of energy and calories," says Pace, "but they don't take up much volume in your stomach so you don't bloat." So instead of reaching for a snack-size candy bar when you're crashing at your desk midday, swap it out for one of these snack mix recipes you can make in bulk and eat all week long (just don't go too crazy with portion sizes).   read more

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April 24, 2014  |   3:04 PM  |  COMMENT
6 Best Skin Brightening Products -- and the 4 Worst

In the beauty industry, it comes with the territory that we do a lot of research. We talk to the top dermatologists, skin care experts and makeup artists on a daily basis, so when it comes to getting a great, glowing complexion we know it all starts with skin care. Before you can even consider choosing the perfect foundation or covering up those pesky, dark circles, you need to address how to even out your skin tone.   See products

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April 24, 2014  |   1:04 PM  |  41 COMMENTS
A Splash of Carnival in Your Makeup Bag

This summer all eyes will be on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, so perhaps that's where the spark of inspiration came from for Revlon's summer 2014 makeup collection. The collection, entitled Rio Rush, draws on the vibrant, tropical colors of Brazil and will have you instantly dreaming of Carnival, shirtless soccer players and drinks on the beach. This limited edition makeup collection was designed by renowned makeup artist Gucci Westman, Revlon's global artistic director. A peek at her inspiration board for the collection revealed lots of bronzed beach babes and words like "provocative," "energy" and "texture." But personally, Revlon, you had me at Brazil.   read more

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April 23, 2014  |  12:04 PM  |  COMMENT
5 Tutorials to Make Your Acne Disappear

Anyone who has ever suffered from acne knows the solution is not as simple as dabbing on a little concealer. It can takes months, even years, to find the best foundation for acne or to learn about covering acne with makeup in just the right way that your face doesn't look piled in product. To ease your pain we scoured through hundreds of acne coverage tutorials on YouTube to find the beauty bloggers who know acne best. Here, the five best tutorials for concealing even the worst cases of acne.   read more

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April 22, 2014  |  12:04 PM  |  COMMENT
15 Best Earth-Friendly Beauty Products

What's the hot trend in beauty? Going green. We don't mean emerald eyeshadow (although there's nothin' wrong with that). We're talking green as in environmentally friendly and plant-based. Our readers are loving all things eco-conscious, preservative-free and organic, and here they dish on their favorite products. New to the green scene? Use their unbiased ratings to help you know what products to try first.   See products

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April 22, 2014  |   8:04 AM  |  20 COMMENTS
10 Best Beauty Products You Still Worship

Whether it was your first grown-up purchase or a secret passed down through generations, some classic beauty formulas just can't be beat. Read on to see which oldies but goodies fans continue to adore. (Be sure to pick one up during your next beauty emergency!)   See products

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April 17, 2014  |   2:04 PM  |  33 COMMENTS
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