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  • 7 New Treatments that Reverse Summer-Fried Hair

    Totalbeauty.comReality check: Labor Day is around the corner and that inevitable back-to-school anxiety will hit soon. Of course you have a million things to do to get ready, so let's ignore the things you don't want to do (like putting your summer stuff in storage and breaking out those scarves) and let's talk about your hair. Your poor, poor hair.



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    For all of the bliss and fun of summer, your hair takes a serious beating from so much exposure to sun, salt water and chlorine. The good news? While retailers fill the aisles with 3-ring binders, salons rack up on new damaged hair treatments and hair care brands launch amazing products for at-home use, as well.



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    We tested the newest hair treatments -- from the salon splurges to the best drugstore buys -- and rounded up the seven we're in love with. Find one that suits your hair and budget now! (At least your hair will be ready for the first day of

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  • The Benefits of Coconut Oil in Your Beauty Routine

    Coconut Oil | Totalbeauty.comThe fashion world has "It" models, the health world has trendy, hard to pronounce superfoods ("ah-sah-EE" anyone?), and the beauty world has miracle oils. Moroccan and argan oils had their moment of glory, but they're old news now. Coconut oil is next in line for 15 minutes of fame -- it is to beauty what Cara Delevingne is to fashion. Everywhere you look, coconut oil is being flogged as the next best thing. It removes makeup! You can shave with it! It'll whiten your teeth! It even came up in our 5 Questions interviews with both Giada De Laurentiis and Miranda Kerr, surrounded with the words "love" and "favorite."

    Should everyone run to the store and buy gallons of it? Before you fall for all of the hype, see how coconut oil fared in our rigorous road test. We dropped $20 for a big jar of Nutiva Coconut Oil (organic, extra virgin, and cold-pressed) and shared it around the office to find out if coconut oil lives up to its reputation as the new "it" oil for hair, skin, nails and

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  • Cosmetics Company Chooses Quadriplegic Model

    TotalBeauty.comCongratulations to Jessica Kruger, a Canadian beauty and quadriplegic wheelchair rugby player, who was chosen as the new beauty ambassador for Canadian beauty brand Lise Watier. Kruger was chosen as a finalist in an online competition, and then selected as the winner by a panel of judges. Kruger became a quadriplegic after falling off a ladder when she was 15.

    The 21-year-old beat out over 400 other competitors to become the face of Lise Watier's "Something Sweet" perfume.

    According to a spokesperson for Lise Watier, Kruger was chosen because "She is someone that we can all look at and learn from." She notes that Kruger wasn't chosen for her disability, but because of what she made out of it.

    "We definitely chose her because she has just been so positive about everything that happened to her," said the representative for Lise Watier.

    Kruger herself has plans for influencing the idea that models are just a pretty face.

    "I want people to understand that I'm more than just a face,

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  • Perfect Your Pout: 6 Best Lip Plumpers

    Totalbeauty.comQuick, what do Lindsay Lohan, Heidi Montag, and Pamela Anderson have in common?



    Answer: Addictions to bleach-blonde hair, poor life decisions, and awful lip injections. Even with all the advancements in cosmetic surgery and the best surgeons money can buy, these celebrities can't seem to get a lip enhancement that looks, well, natural. Is there really no way to get plump-looking lips à la Angelina Jolie without ending up with overly-injected duck lips?



    Actually, yes, there is. Enter lip plumpers.



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    A good lip plumper can subtly add shape and volume to your lips without making you look like you got punched in the kisser. A bad lip plumper, on the other hand, can leave you with red, flaky, burning lips.



    So admittedly, even with non-surgical lip plumpers, there's a bit of risk involved. That's why we had our most courageous readers review hundreds of lip plumping products to find the best. Read on to find out which ones are worthy of your

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  • 11 Best Facial Sunscreens

    Best Sunscreens | Totalbeauty.comNot to rain on your sun-filled, summer parade, but here are a few facts that should make you wake up from your margarita-and-sun-induced coma and force you to take a big whiff of the sunscreen: The incidence of melanoma (a deadly form of skin cancer) is on the rise -- an estimated 76,690 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the US in 2013. If that doesn't scare you, this will: 80 percent of the aging that dermatologists see is due to excess sun exposure since it can break down the collagen and elastin in your skin and cause more wrinkles.



    Yikes. Okay, enough of the doom and gloom-y news report, let's talk safe sun. Luckily, there are a slew of facial skin care products that have SPF in 'em and our readers have put them to the test. Shelve bad memories of your parent's smearing thick, white, pasty zinc oxide on your nose and put aside the idea that you can't wear sunscreen on your face if you have oily skin -- these are the new generation of facial sunscreens, baby.

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  • Beauty on the Cheap: The Best Drugstore Eyeliners

    Best Eyeliner Under $10 | Totalbeauty.comOne of the daily morning decisions we must make, along with deciding whether it's a dark roast or an espresso day, is figuring out what kind of eye makeup to wear (hey, we're beauty editors after all). Are we in a fun, daring mood in which case a swipe of purple or aqua-colored liner would be our choice? Or do we want to go for a sexier style and opt for a foxy cat eye? Regardless of the look we choose, we need an arsenal of the right beauty tools, namely a few great eyeliners, to get the job done.



    See the best eyeliners under $10 now.



    Unfortunately though we too often have days when we realize 20 minutes after an important meeting or date that the fabulous liner we applied is running down our faces. Smudged and smeared (in a bad way) eyes are a beauty disaster that needs to be avoided at all costs -- but how much are you willing to spend for a great liner that doesn't budge? Some cost upwards of $58. If we had $58 we wouldn't give it to a pencil, no matter the pigmented

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  • How to Battle Summer Camping Beauty Disasters

    Summer Camping Beauty Bummers -- Solved | Totalbeauty.comWhen you're camping out, you want to be the girl who whips together a tent in 10 seconds flat. The one who knows how to forage for edible berries and start a campfire with twigs and two rocks. Like MacGuyver, with ovaries. What you don't want to be? The girl complaining about mosquito bites, a sunburn or your greasy hair. But there's a fine line between being prepared and packing like a Kardashian. You camp. You don't "glamp."



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    But when you're out in the wilderness for days, with nary a shower in sight, you're going to feel funky. And grimy. And there are the inevitable mishaps that go hand-in-hand with being in the woods, all of which can ruin a great vacation: wandering into a patch of poison ivy, being the all-you-can-eat buffet for a cloud of mosquitos, missing that one critical spot with sunscreen.



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    So how do you pack like a pro -- without turning into a pack mule loaded down with

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  • Sugar: End Your Addiction with These Swaps

    Sugar SwapsAre you addicted to sugar? A new study found that eating high-glycemic foods (think: white bread, potatoes, and corn syrup) can trigger cravings and tweak the parts of your brain linked to addiction, according to a research team led by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center.

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    So, let's take a look at sugar substitutes with a lower-glycemic index. No, we're not talking about Splenda -- there are plenty of sugar substitutes derived from plants. These low-glycemic sweeteners aren't necessarily lower in calories (although some have zero), what's important is the type of calorie when you're consuming carbs. Just like you might trade white bread in for whole grain, think about swapping out the over-processed, empty calorie high-glycemic sweeteners for the low-glycemic and less-processed counterparts.

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    Coconut Palm Sugar

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  • Nasty Cold? Look Gorgeous Even when You're Sick





    Red nose, bloodshot eyes, and the sniffles is never a cute look. When you're sick, the only thing you want to do is curl up in bed with a giant bag of Ricolas and a box of tissues.

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    But Real Life can be demanding, and there's a good chance you'll have to face the day even if you're feeling super sickly. And while you may feel like you're knocking on death's door, that doesn't mean you can't fake it 'til you're feeling fab again. Enter these products, which will de-nastify you instantly.

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    1. La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water

    If you're still fighting off a fever, you'll love this soothing, anti-inflammatory face mist. The facial water is not only cooling and refreshing, but it also doubles as a toner to help with the blotchy skin that often comes with a cold or the flu. For an extra pick-me-up, stick it in the fridge a few hours before you spritz.





















    2. Dove Hair

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  • Mommy Dearest: Most Outrageous Mom Moments of 2012

    For as long as you can remember, you've been told to listen to your mother, right? But what if your mom is a little, um … out there? Let's be real, some moms are completely nuts and way, way off the mark. Just because you have a bunch of kiddos, doesn't automatically mean you know it all.


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    From Tanning Mom to Botox Mom, it seems like 2012 was the Year of the Crazy Mother. So before we officially ring in the New Year, we are counting down the most jaw-dropping mom moments of 2012. If your mom doesn't have a face that looks like an old leather wallet (here's looking at you, Patricia Krentcil, aka Tanning Mom) or has never injected you with Botox, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.

    Keep scrolling to see all the craziest mom moments of 2012.

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    Tanning Mom


    Patricia Krentcil, otherwise known as "Tanning Mom," made waves back in May when she was accused of

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