Stories by Hayley Mason

Can This Whopper Perfume by Burger King Possibly Be Real?

There are some beauty products that are so crazy/awesome/amazing, we just can't believe the world went on spinning without them. Powdered cleansers that get past TSA -- so handy! BB cream for your body -- how did no one think of this sooner? And then there are some beauty products that are so crazy, we can't believe they exist. Take for instance edible deodorant. Not only did someone dream up this concoction (and think it was a good idea), its inventor also managed to convince financial backers and stores that people need this product. Yes, we wish we could say it's an April Fools' prank, but trust us when we say it's legit. Here, 11 unbelievable beauty products that seem like a joke, but aren't.   read more

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Best Drugstore Dupes for High-End Beauty Products

You fall head over heels for a $58 BB cream that leaves your skin soft, dewy and impossibly clear -- and you're quite sure there's no other product in the world that will make you look so youthful and radiant. So you do want any beauty-product-obsessed girl on a budget would do: splurge on another bottle and eat ramen for the next week. No matter how much you love a product, it can be hard to justify the price tag, especially on day six of shrink-wrapped noodles. While there truly are some magical beauty products out there for which there is no substitute, plenty of expensive department store beauty products have a drugstore doppelganger that works just as well -- and for a lot less money. We road-tested every popular beauty dupe on the market to find out which high-end beauty products are worth the splurge and which ones you may want to reconsider.   read more

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9 Best Products for Natural Hair

Finding the best products for natural hair isn't easy. You want the best hair products for tamed edges, defined curls, moisturized ends and a long list of other requirements. And for every "must" on your list of hair care demands, there are hundreds of products on the market that say they do just that -- but do they? To help you find the best products for your natural hair we enlisted our favorite natural hair bloggers, natural hair vloggers and product enthusiasts to share what they use and love.   read more

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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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8 Glamorous Box Clutches to Wear With Your Party Dress

This year we're taking a vow: We're cutting down on the clutter we lug around in our clutches and purses on nights out. After all, do you really need four lipsticks for one evening? One way to stick to this promise: Downsize your bag. Louis Vuitton, J. Mendel, Lanvin and other fashion houses sent tiny, structured box clutches -- with just enough room for your cellphone, credit card and one lipstick -- down the fall runways.   read more

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8 Jumbo Jewelry Pieces For the Bold Fashionista

Fashion Week is never just about the clothes. But at the fall/winter shows, we couldn't help but notice the scene-stealing accessories. These on-trend, oversize necklaces, earrings and collars are eye-catching and easier than you would think to pair with your existing wardrobe. Pair any oversize jewelry piece with a solid top to make your look instantly dressier. Here are eight ways to wear the trend.   read more

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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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