15 Mosquito Repellents to Keep You Bug-Bite Free in Every Situation

Bug bite season is upon us, but that's no reason to hide indoors. There are lakes to splash in, grills to fire up, and starlit soirees to mingle at. Sure, those red welts are unsightly -- not to mention uncomfortable -- but there are plenty of mosquito repellant products on the market to solve your bug bite woes. From natural insect repellants that'll suit most summer needs to DEET bug sprays approved for jungle territory (as well as effective DEET alternatives), here are our top 15 recommendations to keep you bug-bite-free in every situation.   read more

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11 Genius Home Remedies for Bug Bites

For us, summertime is synonymous with barbeques, long nights, beach days, the brightest, punchiest shades of lipstick and breaking out our most adorable summer sundresses. For bugs, summer means one thing: dinnertime.   read more

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9 Things to Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

If you're sick of shaving and way over waxing, laser hair removal offers an appealing alternative, especially if there are parts of your body you'd prefer be fuzz-free for good. But since this hair removal M.O. isn't quite as simple as the others (and is admittedly pricier and more of a commitment), it's important to know your stuff before booking that hair-zapping appointment. Ahead, top experts answer any and every laser hair removal Q, including the most-asked one: Is laser hair removal permanent? Read on to find out.   read more

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19 Amazing Tattoo Artists That Will Change Your Instagram Feed for the Better

If you're a tattoo aficionado of any type, chances are you've probably explored the wonderful world of tattoo artists' Instagram accounts. Their tattoo ideas are stunning, and Instagram happens to be a great way for them to showcase their artistry. Suffice it to say, it's easy to get sucked into some of the more mesmerizing accounts -- you can truly get lost for hours at a time.   read more

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These 7 Foaming Body Washes Will Be Everything This Summer

Showers: If you're anything like us, you've developed a love/hate relationship with them over the years. Yes, they're totally essential to our hygiene and cleanliness (though sometimes our addiction to dry shampoo pushes some serious boundaries), yet all too often, what should be a slow and luxurious routine turns into a race against the clock. Convenience repeatedly overtakes indulgence. As we scramble to deep condition our strands, exfoliate our skin, and -- if we must -- shave our legs, it's easy to forget to enjoy the little things that can relax us before that frustrating 9am meeting or after an overly aggressive barre class.   read more

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12 Best Sunscreens -- and the 2 Worst

Whether we like it or not, sunscreen is a must for all of us. And according to Heidi Waldorf, M.D., of Waldorf Dermatology & Laser Associates in Nanuet, NY, we need "an SPF of at least 15 daily." For prolonged sun exposure (anything more than the incidental exposure you might get from driving or working near a window), she recommends an SPF of 30 above with a water-resistant formula. She also suggests choosing a sunscreen containing titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone or mexoryl as its active ingredient.   See sunscreens

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10 Products for Totally Pain-Free Hair Removal

Beauty routines should be as restorative and fun as they are necessary -- after all, there's a deep satisfaction in selecting a lipstick to pull together your look or patting in your beloved serums at the end of a long day. Even the not-so-glamorous process of using a nose strip to clear out your pores can be oddly satisfying, if just slightly off-putting.   read more

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13 Best Body Lotions Under $10

When it comes to what we put on our faces, we'll splurge on the latest anti-aging cream that promises to work miracles on those crow's feet, and tend to spend far too much time dutifully performing each of the six steps in our skin care regimens.   See lotions

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11 Bust-Firming Serums Better Than a Breast Lift

Firming serums aren't just for your face. There's a whole slew that work below your neck, helping to lift and firm breasts topically, no phone call to the plastic surgeon required. With plunging necklines and breast contouring on the rise (see: Kristen Bell at this year's Golden Globes), there's no better time to maximize what your momma gave you -- and these 11 breast-firming creams make it easier (and cheaper) than ever. Whether you want to feel more confident about your bikini bod or just rock killer cleavage, check out these bust-boosting serums.   read more

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Get Excited: These 11 Self-Tanners Are Total Game-Changers

Self-tanning lotion (once taboo and somewhat traumatizing) has come a long way since the Oompa-Loompa-esque formulas we experimented with in high school. Products that previously resulted in stickiness, streaks and shudders have now transformed into ultra-luxe formulas that drench our skin with hydration, antioxidants and gorgeously streak-free finishes. In fact, the ritual we once avoided like the plague has now become a quintessential part of our beauty routine -- and a basic rite of passage come our (virtually sacred) self-care Sundays.   read more

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Whether you're a diehard nature girl or you're the godmother of your plastic surgeon's children, taking good care of your body is the best way to stay beautiful for life. Eating well and exercising are always a great step in the right direction, but what do you do for your mother's cellulite that has taken up permanent residence on your thighs or a sunburn that just won't quit? Whether chronic or temporary, these beauty issues can put a serious crimp in one's positive body image. Before you get bogged down with the minute imperfections that your best friend swears she can't see, visit the body guide at Total Beauty for expert advice.



Here you'll find articles and galleries on everything from the best beauty products to skin treatments to self-tanner. Using our tools, you'll be able to take care of yourself with confidence. Some of our suggestions are not only effective, but they're fun, too. Treat yourself and your friends to a spa day at home, complete with homemade masks, scrubs, spa water, and treats. Find the best body wash and lotion to toss into your gym bag or take on a trip. Keep your skin soft and supple, even during the harsh winter months. Everything you need to stay beautiful year round can be found right here at Total Beauty.

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