Stories by Kristen Oldham Giordani

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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13 Most Outrageous Celebrity Updos

Most celebrity hairstyles garner praise and admiration, but these horrible hairstyles left us scratching our heads. Why on earth would any A-list celebrity take such a crazy risk by sporting one of these over-the-top styles? Probably because they wanted to stand out in the crowd, right? Well, we guess it worked -- just not in a good way!   See hairstyles

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11 Best Ways to Get Gorgeous in Minutes

Who honestly wants to spend an hour getting ready each morning? Or should we say, who has an hour to spend primping? Between jobs, kids, pets, workout routines, Facebook updates and significant others, there's never enough time to fit everything in. Here, we share expert tips for saving time on your hair and makeup routine -- now you won't have to sacrifice looking great for that daunting to-do list.   See Tips

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Ditch Dark Circles and Puffiness for Good

When eye cream or concealer alone won't do the trick, you may need to look into other options when it comes to treating and masking dark circles and puffiness. Whether they're a result of genetics or lack of sleep, too much sun or alcohol, these tricks -- courtesy of dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf and New York City-based makeup artist Tina Turnbow -- will help you zap them for good, and disguise them like a pro until they're gone.   See tips

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10 Best Emmy Awards Looks You Can Wear Now

Sure, it would be nice to walk the red carpet like Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian or Drew Barrymore, but most of us will never get the chance. However, that doesn't mean we can't have red carpet-worthy style every day, right? That's why we pulled together easy-to-do tips from celebrity hair and makeup artists for our favorite Emmy Awards looks. Now, you can feel like an A-list star whenever you want, even if the only one fawning over you is your pooch.   See looks

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Best and Worst Celebrity Fall Beauty Trends

Red lips, statement-making hair accessories, tousled waves and defined brows are some of the most copy-worthy trends of the season. But just because they're trends doesn't mean everyone should try them -- as these celebrity photos prove. See which A-listers mastered the looks and which ones should stick to their classic hair and makeup styles next time.   See photos

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Anti-Aging Secrets of Top Dermatologists

Dermatologists, especially the esteemed docs mentioned in this piece, have access to all of the latest and greatest lasers, skin care products, fillers, you name it. So when it comes to taking care of their own skin, we wondered what they do to prevent aging, or even better, reverse it. Here's what they had to say -- we recommend you make their habits your own.   See tips

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10 Best Ways to Repair Hair from Summer Damage

With summer fun unfortunately comes post-summer hair damage. After spending time in the wind, sun, chlorine, salt water and air conditioning your hair may be dull, brassy, frizzy, dry or brittle. Follow these expert tips from stylists Rodney Cutler, owner of the Cutler salons in New York City and Barry Reitman of the Kevin Josephson Salon in Beverly Hills, Calif. to make your hair look healthy and gorgeous again.   See tips

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19 Best Ulta's Skin Care Products

If you feel overwhelmed by the massive amounts of products at Ulta, you're not alone. We thought we'd make your selection process easier by sharing these skin care product reviews from our trusted TotalBeauty.com readers. These are the goods they swear by, so you might like them too.   See products

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Quiz: What's the Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Your Hair?

Smoothing, volumizing, moisturizing, color-safe, straightening -- with so many shampoo and conditioner formulas on the market, deciding which one is best for your hair can be a challenge. Thankfully, Erin Anderson, co-owner of the Woodley & Bunny Salon in Brooklyn, New York helped us direct you to the right products for your hair type and issues. Ready to meet your perfect match? Find the best shampoo and the best conditioner for your hair type by taking this quiz.   Take the quiz

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