Stories by Katie McCarthy

Should You Try Clairol Professional FLARE Permanent Cream Color?

Some women find DIY too intimidating to try, but coloring your hair at home with the right product can help you achieve professional results at home while giving yourself to an instant makeover. Nevertheless, you might wonder: Will a drastic color change be too hard to pull off? Will you get the shade you see on the box? Will it damage and dry out your hair? Will it cover dark roots or grays?   read more

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17 Instagram Beauty Gurus You've Got to Follow

Your Instagram friends' #nomakeup selfies and the pics of the amaze burritos they had for lunch are great. But your feed could use a little more glamour. A little more pizzazz. A little more prettiness. The following beauty gurus and tastemakers make Instagram look like an art form, with amazingly gorgeous, well-curated feeds. From beauty product porn to braids for every occasion to enviable nail art, the images in these Insta feeds are the prettiest things you'll see all day.   read more

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15 Ways to Wear Hair Ribbons

The schoolgirl fashion trend -- plaid kilts, collared blouses -- is going strong, so it's only fitting that hair ribbons are also back in style. The problem: Unless you're Alexa Chung or Brigitte Bardot 50 years ago, you feel kind of silly wearing a hair bow.   read more

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Makeup Transformations That Totally Trump Your Halloween Costume

Talk about a makeover! These internet makeup stars pull off believable celebrity-inspired makeup transformations with amazing skill. Here are six of our favorite makeup artists -- Michelle Phan, Promise Phan, Carly Paige, Kandee Johnson, Lucia Pittalis and Anastasiya Shpagina -- and their best makeup transformations.   read more

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13 Best Microbead-Free Exfoliators for Face and Body

Your beloved face and body scrubs are about to get a huge makeover:   read more

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Get Your Glowiest, Most Radiant Skin Ever

Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are the workhorses of your skin-care routine, exfoliating dull skin and fading imperfections minus scratchy microbeads. Yep, pretty much everyone can benefit from having acid in their routines -- but you shouldn't pick just any ol' AHA cleanser. If you wanna get nerdy about it, the various alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids (like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid) work differently on a molecular level, and choosing which one to use can make or break your skin. We asked Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., a Washington, D.C.-based dermatologist, to decode some of the most common AHAs and BHAs and tell which one you should be using.   read more

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Feng Shui Your Life

Practitioners of the Chinese art of feng shui believe that the placement and state of objects in a space affect the energy, fortune and health of the people around them.   read more

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Steal These Nail Art Trends for Fall

When the New York City's cool girls treat themselves to a mani, they head to one place: Paintbox. Founded by former Cosmopolitan beauty editor Eleanor Langston, Paintbox changes the game of the nail salon experience, offering a seasonal menu of on-trend nail designs for a reasonable price in a chic setting. The salon's expert artists rely on Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes to execute their seasonal, ripped-from-a-fashion-editorial nail art looks. Langston gave TotalBeauty.com this exclusive look at the salon's new fall designs and how you can create them with Sally Hansen products.   read more

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8 New Tinted Lip Balms That You Might Love More Than Baby Lips

Every 15 seconds, seven tubes of Maybelline Baby Lips are sold. Maybe it's Maybelline, or maybe it's that the best tinted lip balms offer complexion-brightening, unfussy color plus tons of moisture. While we don't dispute the amazingness of Baby Lips, we wonder how other, new tinted lip balms stack up against the most popular brand. These eight new lip balms -- which deliver a kiss of color, a heaping dose of moisture plus long-term benefits including age-fighting antioxidants -- are about to up your tinted-balm game, big time.   read more

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5 Nail Polishes That Look Like Nail Art

If you don't have the time or know-how to do your own nail art, a slew of ingeniously formulated polishes are making it easy. Thanks to these cool textures, multichrome colors and chunky glitters, you can get a nail-art look with just one high-tech polish. Here, the sneaky multitaskers that are about to up your nail game.   read more

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