Blog Posts by The chicks at TotalBeauty.com

  • Why Do Women Pay More for the Same Drugstore Products?

    I am woman hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore …

    Yeah, yeah, while that's all well and good, Ms. Helen Reddy, we have some sobering news for you. Despite your empowering 1972 anthem, Gloria Steinem's women's lib-ing, and Oprah's glass ceiling-shattering, there's still one place where we female types remain abject second-class citizens: the drugstore.

    Related: Beauty Editors' Favorite Drugstore Products


    We're not talking Viagra and Propecia and the fact that there are nary any feminine counterparts to those medications. Nah, today we're talking plain old beauty products -- everyday items that women cough up way more for than our bigger, smellier, hairier, Y-chromosomed counterparts.

    For example, Dove's Men + Care Clean Comfort Deodorant/Antiperspirant and Dove's Go Sleeveless Beauty Finish Deodorant contain the exact same ingredients yet at my local drugstore, the men's version costs $4.99 for a 3-oz size while the women's is a dollar more and is only 2.6-oz. And

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  • 7 Beauty Products to Steal from Babies

    In my group of friends, most of us are still single and kid-less. So when one of our posse announced she's pregnant, I didn't have much advice to give. I couldn't even tell her what mom-to-be beauty products she should stock up on.

    After all, my single-lady status means I get giddy when YSL's new nail polish collection hits my desk, not Mustela's latest stretch mark cream.


    Related: Best Beauty Products for Pregnant Women

    So, to help my pregnant friend out I decided to be an intrepid beauty reporter and do what I do best: try beauty products -- even the ones meant for pregnant ladies and babies. And guess what? I found a few newborn must-haves that I'm now using on myself. Every day.

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    Whether you've already entered mommyhood or you're like me and barely have babysitting credits to your name, these are the seven baby products you should snag for yourself. Because if it's good for baby, it's got to be good for mama … and her

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  • 5 Best Sunscreens for SPF Haters

    Confession: I hate wearing sunscreen.

    I realize that as a beauty editor, I should be fired for this statement. And to be clear, I do wear sunscreen. Lots of it. I know as well as the next girl that sun protection is the single best way to avoid look ing like a ruddy, wrinkled lady in my older age. And of course, it's the only way to prevent skin cancer.

    Related: The 15 Sunscreen Mistakes You're Making

    But here's the thing: I've tried every make and model of SPF 15 and higher over the years and I've yet to find one I actually want to wear under my gorgeous makeup. They all feel so thick. Or oily. Or they're loaded with chemicals that make me break out.

    On a mission to shoot down my litany of excuses for why all sunscreens suck, my co-workers dared me to try these new picks for the season. Every time I'd utter a sunscreen gripe over the last few months, they'd toss me a new bottle that they promised would wow me.

    Related: Our Editors' Favorite BB Creams


    And you know

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  • 5 Shortcuts to Speed Up Your Morning Beauty Routine

    I have a dirty little secret: I don't brush my teeth on days when I don't have plans.

    Gross? Maybe a little. But here's the thing: I spend so much time getting ready for work on weekdays, that when a Saturday or Sunday rolls around and I'm not headed out with friends, I skip my usual beauty to-dos in protest.

    Related:
    Busy Gal's Guide to Skin Care

    Maybe the real solution to fixing my (borderline unhygienic) habits on mellow weekends is to not spend so much time getting ready for work during the week. My co-worker is a master at this. She talks about hitting the snooze button three times and getting out of her apartment in 15 minutes flat. And she always looks pulled together and really pretty. How does she do it?

    Related: 8 Makeup Tips You Can Do on Your Way to Work

    She filled me in on her secrets. May these surprising ways to get ready faster help you, too.


    USE A SCENTED DEODORANT

    Spritzing on perfume is one grooming step that often falls by the wayside

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  • Pinterest Dos and Don'ts when You're Planning Your Wedding

    I was never one of those little girls who played "Pretend Wedding" with a pillow case veil and Ring Pop on my finger. What can I say? I just never cared about all the little details that would eventually create my dream nuptials.

    Related: The Best Bridal Hairstyles Right Now

    And then I got engaged … and found Pinterest.

    There is something so addictive about scrolling through hundreds of inspiring images, from starfish-adorned cupcakes to peony bouquets in mason jars. I quickly found myself creating multiple boards for wedding-related pins -- dresses, hairstyles, makeup, floral arrangements, you name it, I was pinning it.

    Related: How to Look Amazing in Every Photo

    I had an online scrapbook of inspiration photos so massive and overwhelming, I practically broke out in hives every time I logged on. How was I going to sort through all of the images to find the winners? What was I going to be able to pull off -- and what was better left in my virtual scrapbook?

    In the

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  • 7 Diet Tips that Work Better Than Allergy Meds

    When it comes to purse essentials, some girls always carry lip balm or sunscreen. Me, I tote around Claritin.

    Related: 8 Superfoods That'll Boost Your Health

    Whether I'm dealing with an itchy throat or watery eyes, that tiny white pill is my go-to for relief from seasonal allergies. Even if I'm headed for a quick hike and just want to avoid symptoms, I reach for my stash.

    Related: Stressed? These 6 Foods Can Help You Chill Out

    That was, until a friend pointed out that simple changes to my diet can prevent allergy attacks from happening in the first place. Since I was starting to worry about my daily dose of allergy meds, I set up an appointment with a nutritionist and found out these 7 simple diet rules can put an end to seasonal allergies for good.


    Rule No. 1: Stop eating wheat

    The gluten-free movement may be onto something -- particularly in regards to avoiding seasonal allergies.

    Gluten is a protein found in wheat and rye that can be difficult to

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  • 6 Beauty Secrets from the Victoria's Secret Angels

    What comes to mind when you think "Victoria's Secret"? For me: cleavage, pouty lips, wind-blown hair, and the most enviable legs around -- no cellulite or leg dimples. As far as I'm concerned, those Angels are exactly that: celestial beings and not of the human kind, like me.

    Related: Backstage Beauty Tips That Work in Real Life

    So when I was invited to go backstage for a Victoria's Secret photo shoot, I was thrilled. I wanted to see what the Angels really look like -- without hours of hair and makeup, spray tans, diamond-encrusted lingerie, and gigantic wings. Turns out some of them are actually perfect (ugh) -- while others just know how to work their beauty products. See how a Victoria's Secret model turns into an Angel with these 6 backstage secrets.


    THEY ALWAYS USE PRIMER

    Erin Heatherton, Lindsay Ellingson, and Toni Garrn wore minimal makeup. "It's fresh and light and pretty," said Victoria's Secret makeup artist Meredith Baraf. "There's a little color in the

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  • 7 Drugstore Products Beauty Editors Can't Live Without

    NARS.

    Yves Saint Laurent.

    La Mer.

    Did the mere act of reading those names make your pulse quicken? If so, you might be a beauty junkie (like me). And, while I covet all the luxe brands, there's one thing that gets me even more excited: Finding a drugstore product that works just as well.

    Related: 7 Cheap Swaps for Luxe Skin Care Products

    And, I'm not the only one. The other editors in this office feel the same way about their own drugstore faves that give the big name/bigger price tag buys a serious run for their money. See which items from the drugstore's beauty aisle we can't live without now and share your favorites below.


    NO. 1: NEUTROGENA BODY CLEAR BODY WASH PINK GRAPEFRUIT, $7.49

    Bursting with tiny exfoliating micro-beads, this rose-colored cleanser is ideal for fighting body breakouts. "I use it after working out to dissolve accumulated sweat and dirt -- especially on my shoulders and back," says Senior Associate Editor Cinya Burton. Bonus: Despite

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  • Is Your Manicure Ruining Your Nails?

    Ever since discovering the $10 manicure years ago, my natural, bare nails have hardly seen the light of day.

    Related: 10 Best Nail Polishes


    I put on a fresh coat of polish weekly (that way I get to try out all the colors-du-jour), and my ever-changing nails have become somewhat of a signature accessory.



    Related: 12 Secrets Your Nail Salon Doesn't Want You to Know

    But during my most recent trip to the salon, I took a rare break from texting and checking work emails and happened to glance down while the technician was stripping away the previous week's shade. To say I was horrified by what I saw, would be putting it mildly. My nails looked cracked, dry, and flaky around the edges. And, sure, while a new coat of polish would cover the ugly right up, I now knew what was underneath and also that something was not right.

    Related: The Top Nail Art Trends from Fashion Week

    After talking to a doctor, a manicurist, and a spa director to try to find out what was going

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  • Behold: 3 Deserving Moms' Special Mother's Day Makeovers

    With Mother's Day Sunday looming large, we're reminded yet again that mothers tend to put everyone else's needs before their own. And while it's fine and dandy to thank your selfless mom with breakfast in bed and a lovely floral arrangement, we thought we'd up the ante and give three very deserving moms -- and their grateful daughters -- top notch makeovers.


    Related: 8 Mother's Day Gifts Mom Would Never Buy Herself

    And, when we say deserving, we don't just mean that they navigate a rough carpool route or turn out kick-butt cupcakes. From battling cancer to lending time to charitable causes, we figured that these mom-daughter duos (like the rest of them out there) could surely use a day of unadulterated indulgence, so we took them to the famed Warren-Tricomi Salon in New York City where co-owners Edward Tricomi and Joel Warren themselves, and makeup artist Misty Chapman, treated the women to a new hairstyle, a fun makeup look, and a day of mother-daughter bonding time. See

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