Stories by Kristen Oldham Giordani

High Fashion Hair and Makeup Looks You Can Actually Wear

When you think about runway hair and makeup looks, what words come to mind?
Over-the-top? Avant guard? Wacky? Inspirational? Impossible-to-pull-off? Scary?   See looks

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February 23, 2011  |   9:02 AM  |  37 COMMENTS
The Low-Maintenance Hair Color Makeover

We all make sacrifices for various reasons, but the biggest one (as most moms will attest to) is the sacrifice made when you decide to bring a new life into the world. With that responsibility comes the giving up of time. Time to go to the gym, time to shower, time to apply lip gloss, time to eat dinner and, of course, time to have your hair color done and hair cut (among many other things). Because of this fact, many new moms end up with inches of obvious roots and so many split ends that cutting off the non-split strands would take less time.   See makeover

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December 29, 2010  |  12:12 AM  |  34 COMMENTS
Best Hair and Makeup Looks Seen on Real Women at New York Fashion Week

With the explosion of reality TV and the popularity of gossip sites and magazines exploiting "stars" like Kate Gosselin or Kim Kardashian, we all have an undeniable fascination with real people. So this year at New York Fashion Week, we thought that instead of showing off beauty trends seen on models, we'd share our favorite hair and makeup looks seen on real women.   See looks

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September 23, 2010  |  12:09 AM  |  31 COMMENTS
16 Hair and Makeup Shortcuts

Top hair and makeup pros backstage at New York Fashion Week spill their timesaving tricks -- steal them and you might actually make it to work on time   See shortcuts

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September 17, 2010  |  12:09 AM  |  77 COMMENTS
Makeup Looks That Take Less Than 4 Minutes

Our editors smudged, lined, swiped and smiled to prove these six makeup looks and tips will make you look gorgeous -- in a flash   See looks

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June 4, 2010  |  12:06 AM  |  43 COMMENTS
The Facts About Keratin Hair Treatments

If you Google "Brazilian hair treatments" or "keratin hair treatments" you will see hundreds of message board posts, blog entries and articles on the topic. These treatments are truly "the newest trend in defrizzing and smoothing many textures of hair from curly to relaxed," says Ted Gibson, a salon owner who recently starting performing the La Brasiliana treatment.   See facts

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January 15, 2010  |  12:01 AM  |  63 COMMENTS
How to Treat Rosacea -- the Right Way

If you have skin that flushes easily (especially when touched), has obvious red blood vessels and has a smattering of black and whitehead-free pimples around your nose and cheek area, you may have rosacea. This skin problem isn't uncommon (about 14 million Americans suffer from rosacea according to the National Rosacea Society), but it does often require professional help and antibiotics. If you think you may have this skin problem, it might be time to make an appointment with a dermatologist. They will be able to guide you to the best course of treatment for your skin.   See advice

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January 6, 2010  |  12:01 AM  |  22 COMMENTS
Party-Perfect Celebrity Hairstyle How-Tos

When it comes to holiday parties we all want to look our best, or even better than our best, right? Well, that's why we thought we'd share these nine gorgeous celebrity hairstyles. Copy one of these fun, chic or glamorous hairstyles then pair it with a glam makeup look (like one of the ones seen in this celebrity photo gallery), and you're sure to turn heads this season -- even if you don't have money to spend on a new outfit.   See hairstyles

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November 26, 2009  |  12:11 AM  |  17 COMMENTS
The Eyebrow Mistakes You're Making

Eyebrows can make or break your entire look, according to practically every makeup artist and brow expert we've ever talked to. They can make your eyes look droopy when they're not, or make you look angry when, in fact, you're not. This is why it's essential to be very cautious when grooming your own brows. There is a very fine line between a perfectly shaped brow and an overly tweezed brow. If you think about it, your brows (even when big and bushy) have very little real estate on your face. One or two plucks too many can leave you with a pretty scary shape.   See mistakes

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November 20, 2009  |  12:11 AM  |  65 COMMENTS
12 Best Chanel Products -- and the Worst

Just because a product comes with the name Chanel, it doesn't mean it's worth the extra cash you'll shell out for it, then again, maybe it is. Here, TotalBeauty.com readers share skin care product reviews, mascara reviews and more to help you decide which products from the designer brand you should invest in.   See products

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November 3, 2009  |  12:11 AM  |  29 COMMENTS
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