Stories by Kristen Oldham Giordani

Quiz: Is That Mole Skin Cancer?

Have a funny looking mole that you've thought twice about? Worried that it might be cancerous? The following questions (based on information provided by the American Academy of Dermatology and The Skin Cancer Foundation) will help you determine if it's time to see a dermatologist.   Take the quiz

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June 11, 2009  |  12:06 AM  |  40 COMMENTS
Celebrities with the Best and Worst Skin

Celebrities have some of the best skin gurus in the country at their disposal, and plenty of cash to splurge on skin-perfecting treatments. But why then do some of them have less than perfect skin? Could it be the late-night partying? Too much fun in the sun? Read on to find out -- you may just learn a thing or two about how to take better care of your own skin.   See celebrities

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May 20, 2009  |  12:05 AM  |  30 COMMENTS
Seven Deadly Skin Sins

We hate to get preachy on you, but if you want your skin to look great well into your 80s, you'll follow this advice, courtesy of Audrey Kunin, M.D., founder of DERMADoctor; David Bank, M.D. author of "Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age" and Olga Lorencin, owner of Kinara Skin Care Clinic in Beverly Hills, Calif. When asked what the worst possible things for our skin are, these topped their lists. So now, repeat after us, "thou shalt not" ...   Read sins

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May 13, 2009  |  12:05 AM  |  42 COMMENTS
Tricks to Giving Your Hairstyle a Mini Makeover

You don't have to dramatically cut or color your strands to work your way out of a hairstyle rut. These celebrities prove that even something as simple as changing your part or pinning back your bangs can give your hair the makeover you've been craving. Click on to see photo examples and suggestions of easy changes you can make.   See tips

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April 29, 2009  |  12:04 AM  |  11 COMMENTS
Stretch Mark & Cellulite Repair

Many of us are genetically destined to get stretch marks and cellulite. (Yeah, thanks, we know!) But thanks to expert help from two of the country's most famous rock star-level skin gurus and 200,000 unbiased beauty product reviews from TotalBeauty.com readers, you can effectively prevent and minimize the appearance of these bummer issues. So here comes the scoop from Howard Murad, M.D., dermatologist, and CEO/founder of Murad, Inc., and Ronald Moy, M.D., UCLA dermasurgeon and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine.   Read tips

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April 8, 2009  |  12:04 AM  |  11 COMMENTS
15 Best MAC Cosmetic Products -- and the 4 Worst

Before you buy your next eyeshadow or makeup brush -- check out these unbiased reader reviews. They reveal that of all (and there are thousands) of the MAC products available, the brushes top every makeup-lovers list. But not all MAC products are perfect -- so be sure to steer clear of the ones that made our readers' do-not-buy lists.   See products

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March 31, 2009  |  12:03 AM  |  35 COMMENTS
Hair Removal 101

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Hair Removal 101

Razor burn. Ingrown hairs. Those ouchy little nicks you get on your kneecaps. Does hair removal have to be such, like, medieval torture? Turns out no. So here's our guide to getting better results with shaving and alternative hair removal, with help from industry experts Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare Spas, Janette Barredo, brand manager for The Art of Shaving and Kristina Vanoosthuyze, senior scientist for Procter and Gamble.   Read tips

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March 27, 2009  |  12:03 AM  |  28 COMMENTS
Sexy Redhead Celebrities

Celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Isla Fisher and Debra Messing are making us dream of becoming redheads (and I'm sure we're not alone). So before you head to the beauty salon, check out these tips (courtesy of celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham and makeup artist Beau Nelson) and photos to help inspire your red shade, and prepare you to maintain your new color.   See redheads

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March 11, 2009  |  12:03 AM  |  22 COMMENTS
Celebrity Hairstyle Trend: '60s Inspired 'Dos

Some celebrity hairstyle trends (like stripey highlights) should never be copied, but these retro '60s looks are pretty enough to recreate. The essentials needed to master the looks are hairspray, a teasing comb or brush and bobby pins. Pair the style you choose with black liquid liner and soft pink lipstick and you're good to go.   See hairstyles

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March 3, 2009  |  12:03 AM  |  21 COMMENTS
Best Valentine's Day Gift Buys for Your Guy

Stumped on what to get the guy in your life for Valentine's Day? Look no further. We dug up gift sets that will appease every guy -- from the classic soap-and-water type to the totally hair-obsessed. As a bonus, all of these products are sold online -- and many of the stores are offering free shipping and more!   See products

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February 7, 2009  |  12:02 AM  |  COMMENT
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