Stories by Marissa DeSantis

The Best Frizz-Fighters for Summer

Everyone deals with frizz on some level, but not all frizz is created equal -- and neither are the products used to treat it. For instance, serums that keep coarse curls defined and smooth all day weigh down fine hair and make it look greasy in a matter of minutes.   read more

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12 Unexpectedly Chic Fourth of July Nail Art Ideas

I love anything Fourth-of-July themed (hello red, white and blue cupcakes!), but when it comes to nails, I'm declaring independence from cheesy patriotic nail art designs. The founding fathers totally would have wanted it that way.   read more

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14 Best Shampoos for Fine Hair

Show me a girl who says she doesn't want the full-bodied hair of a Victoria's Secret model, and I'll show you a liar. This is where volumizing shampoo comes in. There's something about a voluminous blowout that really boosts your confidence (and your formerly flat strands). Readers say these 14 volumizing shampoos for fine hair add weightless volume and thickness instantly. Try these and you'll be one step closer to the Gisele Büdchen hair of your dreams.   read more

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15 Best Classic Beauty Products

We call them classic beauty products for a reason. They've been around for ages and have become staples in our makeup bags and bathroom cabinets. You know the beauty products we're talking about -- the ones your mother (or even grandmother) used that eventually (against your strongest will) became your favorites.   See products

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10 Best Beauty Products for Pregnant Women

If you're pregnant, you're likely bombarded with so many do's and don'ts according to everyone's opinions -- from your great aunt Susie's to your yoga teacher's to your co-worker's. Not to mention that you have to read about how everyone from Gisele to Kourtney Kardashian lost their baby weight in a few short weeks after giving birth and look better than ever post-baby.   See products

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8 Best Foot Treatments

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8 Best Foot Treatments

They may look nice sitting in their Jimmy Choos, but after eight hours at the office and a sweaty gym sesh, your feet look less than stellar once the shoes come off. Cracked heels, seriously dry skin and rough calluses are proof that your feet take a serious beating every day. Still, it's easy to forget them in your nightly beauty routine of moisturizing and conditioning, especially when tights and closed-toe shoes are still options.   read more

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7 Best Toothpastes

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7 Best Toothpastes

A mega-watt, movie-star smile adds glamour to any beauty trend -- I mean, try pulling off a bright orange lip with yellow teeth. If your toothpaste isn't doing its job, you might be reluctant to get on board with a bold lip or even flash a smile.   read more

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16 Best Anti-Aging Serums

Finding the perfect balance of moisture and effectiveness in an anti-aging treatment isn't easy, but with the help of TotalBeauty.com product reviews, you can pinpoint the right skin-care serum for your budget and skin type. See which products, both in the bargain and splurge categories, generated top ratings.   Product reviews

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8 Best Lip and Cheek Stains -- and the 2 Worst

There's a certain je ne sais quoi to the natural glow of flushed cheeks and rosy lips. Of course, not all of us are blessed with a perpetual glow and just-bitten pout. But the good news is that the makeup industry has done its best to give us what nature should have through the ingenious invention of lip and cheek stains. That said, while some of these products have forever earned a place in our reader's makeup bags, others have wound up in the trash.   See products

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The Dreamiest Pastel Nail Polish Colors for Spring 2015

Nothing puts us in a better mood than a brand-new manicure in one of the season's freshest colors. And this spring, those colors are pale pastels. While this isn't exactly a groundbreaking seasonal trend, the newest colors for 2015 are much more modern than the Easter egg shades of years past.   read more

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