17 DIY Bath Bomb Recipes to Revolutionize Your Bath Time

We all love Lush bath bombs, but we're also well-acquainted with the fact that they can get expensive -- which is where DIY comes in, of course. It turns out that it's actually pretty easy to make your own bath bombs -- most are made with baking soda and citric acid (which is what makes it so satisfyingly fizzy) and not much more. Plus, with dozens of aromatic essential oils to choose from (not to mention fun add-ons, like cosmetic grade glitter and dried flowers), there's a ton of room for customization. That said, you can basically create the DIY bath bomb of your dreams with a little practice... and once you've perfected it, you can start gifting it to all your friends.   read more

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7 Reasons Your New Vaginal Care Regimen Is Dangerously Nuts

Our vaginas are dirtier, smellier and more toxin-filled than ever -- or at least that's what the personal-care industry leads us to believe. A quick Google search can acquaint you with more vaginal cleansing products and treatments than you probably knew existed. You can make your vagina smell like fruits and flowers with deodorizing washes, sprays, wipes and suppositories; clean it with probiotic douches; "detoxify" it with herbal sachets; balance its "hormonal levels" with a steam treatment; and "clear" your "chi pathways" by sticking a jade egg in it.   read more

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9 Products That Are Better Than a Butt Lift

If the term "skin care" conjures images of complexion-correcting serums, scrubs, and all other kinds of magical, skin-saving sorcery, we're totally in the same boat. In fact, when it comes to our never-ending quest to attain an acne-free, lit-from-within, soft-as-a-baby's-bum glow, we've tried just about every product and gadget on the market. For our face, that is.   read more

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17 Best Body Washes

We're the first to admit we have a serious addiction to bath products. There's just such a wealth of amazing body washes out there -- at really reasonable prices -- to resist buying one too many shower gels, creams or oils.   See list

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Neck Hair Is the New Thing the Internet Wants You to Be Self-Conscious About

Women's body hair has been on the table for discussion and analysis -- as well as the pressure to do something with it -- pretty much since the dawn of time. Specifically, the female form in many ancient cultures has historically been shown as fully hairless from the eyebrows down. In ancient Egypt, shaving (with a sharp piece of flint, yikes) and sugaring were the preferred methods of hair removal, and in the Middle Ages, European women removed their eyebrows and forehead hair to create a larger brow.   read more

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8 Best Razors for Women

For most of us, shaving isn't exactly the highlight of our beauty routine. If you're not armed with the best razor for women, razor burn, nicked skin and allergic reactions can be common occurrences. Fortunately, our trustworthy TotalBeauty.com reviewers have shaved their way through the masses to identify best razors on the market.   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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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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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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