Sarah Carrillo

Posted by Sarah Carrillo on 06/13/12 at 11:26AM

Plus, see which new skin care products and fragrances our staff is completely obsessed with in this week's beauty news

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Posted by Total Beauty on 06/12/12 at 04:51PM

Summer Must-Have: Sonya Dakar Fade Away

Want to know who's behind Gwyneth Paltrow's ageless appearance? Celebrity esthetician Sonya Dakar. The skin care guru has long been the Oscar-winner's secret weapon, so when Dakar announced she was releasing a new product, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Fade Away, $195, hit stores June 1 but I was lucky enough to test the lightening treatment weeks before its release -- and can happily report that I am completely obsessed with it!

Like most of her products, this new addition to her NutraSphere collection is a natural, vegan formula. The gentle serum -- with ingredients like licorice root, lactic acid, and daisy extracts -- faded my sun spots and noticeably brightened my complexion. But that's not the best part. Unlike most bleaching treatments -- which should only be…  See more »

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Posted by Total Beauty on 06/11/12 at 03:36PM

Jessica Chastain is the New Face of YSL Fragrance

From Broadway to the big screen, Jessica Chastain has quickly jumped to the top of the A-list, thanks to her incredible acting chops and stunning natural beauty. Now the Oscar-nominee has completed another celebrity rite of passage: fragrance spokesmodel. Later this summer, she will become the face of Yves Saint Laurent's new scent, Manifesto.

Debuting in France on Aug. 27 and other parts of Europe in September, the fragrance is slated to launch here in the States sometime in early 2013. So keep your eyes peeled for the ad campaign, which we're sure will be nothing short of drop dead gorgeous -- you know, the usual for Jessica.  See more »

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Posted by Total Beauty on 06/08/12 at 04:49PM

Which Celebrity Cologne Should You Gift for Father's Day?

If your dad is like mine he's been wearing the same cologne since you were playing on the jungle gym. But with Father's Day coming up, now's the perfect time to update your dad's signature scent.

What brands immediately come to mind? Burberry, Calvin Klein, and Giorgio Armani, right? Sure, those are classic fragrances but here's the thing: Every guy wears those scents. You might as well get him a tie, it's just as original.

Why not switch things up and opt for a celebrity cologne? I know, you're probably thinking: No way would my dad wear "Success by Donald Trump," or "Unforgivable by Sean John."

But the number of pleasant-smelling celebrity colognes may surprise you. To prove it, I conducted a blind sniff test with all the men and women here at Total Beauty HQ and found three of…  See more »

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Posted by Total Beauty on 06/08/12 at 01:14PM

Fragrance News for

If you're getting anxious for the season premiere of "True Blood" on HBO this Sunday, here's a morsel of Alexander Skarsgard news to help hold you over: It was just announced that the actor (who plays Eric Northman) will be the face of Encounter, a fragrance by Calvin Klein. While the new scent doesn't come out until September, we got a preview of the steamy ad campaign, which features model Lara Stone (a Calvin Klein mainstay).

Skarsgard and Stone also star in a yet-to-be-released short film about the fragrance. While we doubt he'll be wearing his fangs, we hear that the film plays on the theme of unresolved tension between a man and a woman and that it was shot in film noir style. So it should still make "True Blood" fans very happy.

"Alexander Skarsgard perfectly reflects the…  See more »

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