Total Beauty editors use drugstore makeup and hair products to recreate celeb looks
Budget Beauty Special: Secrets to Looking Luxe
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We each selected a celeb beauty look that we covet and then tried to copy it -- minus a hair and makeup team. How'd we do?
See which low-rated makeup products you should avoid
Cheap Makeup Gone Wrong
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Total Beauty readers give us the lowdown on 16 low-rated drugstore makeup products. average reader rating: 5.9
No. 16: Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara, $6.94
"I know hate is a strong word but ... I hate this mascara! …" average reader rating: 5.6
No. 15: Milani Loose Makeup, $7.99
"The coverage is horrible: it looks patchy and uneven …" average reader rating: 5.6
No. 14: CoverGirl Trublend Microminerals Foundation, $10.99
"It clogged my pores …"

If You Can't Travel The World, Experience It...

Bring the rest of the world to you with....

Summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean it's too late to nab the latest beauty finds from all over the world. So swap your suitcase for your credit card and head online to find the best the world has to offer in beauty.

Visit for tens of thousands of the best beauty products from the industry's hottest brands.

Unless the rest of your summer plans include jetting off on a wild safari, pick up one of these products online and bring Africa home to your version of the jungle.
MoLo Africa Room Spray, Cape Fynbos, 8.33 fl oz (250 ml) (Pack of 2), $18.21 -

Out Of Africa Unscented Shea Butter, 5-Ounce Tin, $14.99 -

Nippon Kodo Pelican Deitanseki Soap Clay & Charcoal Facial Cleansing Bar 150g/5.3oz, $8.64 -

Out Of Africa Body Lotion, Lemon Verbena (260 ml), $8.99

Bonjour, mes amies! If you want to be tres chic and rock beauty products like all the French femmes, choose these products and embrace your ooh-la-la!
Pre de Provence Mint Leaf Body Lotion, $16.75 -

Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream SPF 15, $68.00 -

Rene Furterer Fioravanti Shine Enhancing Shampoo 5.07 fl oz (150 ml), $22.90 -

Mistral Foam Bath in Lavender, $17.50 -

Phyto Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm, $31.00 -

Italy isn't just a world leader in pizza, pasta, and vino - now its beauty products are a notch above the rest too! Check out these Italian treasures and say arrivederci to boring beauty products!

Borghese Fango Active Mud for Face & Body 17.6 oz (500 g), $61.00 -

ACCA KAPPA White Moss Shampoo, $16.00 -

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray $18.53 -

Olivella Moisturizer Oil, $14.99 -

Greece has some of the most mesmerizing scenes in the world - and now it's offering beauty products to match. Grab some olives and ward off the evil eye with these finds.

Tact Olive Oil & Chamomile Soap, $3.50

Adonia LegTone Serum, $98.00 -

Greek Olive Oil Soap, $6.00 -

Korres Materia Herba Moisturizer, Normal/Dry 1.69 fl oz (50 ml), $39.00 -

These beauty products will transcend barriers, so say Konnichiwa to your next obsession.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream, $23.75 -

Seikisho Mask White 2.7 oz (75 ml), $28.00 -

Mandom Simplicity Disposable Powdered Deodorant Wipes, $3.00 -

shu uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O, $70.00 -

Japanese Facial Massage Roller by KAI, $7.25 -

Josie Maran Argan Oil Review

I have been wanting to try the Josie Maran Argan Oil.  I asked for it for my birthday and was sooooo pleased to find it wrapped in a little gift bag!  Thank you BFF!!

This stuff is amazing.  Yes, it's oil.  Yes, it did not make my face break out!!  It made my face smooth and clear and glorious.  I have been using it for a few weeks now.  I also tried a little on my split ends and learned a little goes a long way. 

I just ordered the tinted moisturizer with sunscreen (and argan oil).  I will report back.  I based my purchase on reviews on 

Check out the line here:;jsessionid=CA1JXYQ5Y3WPQCV0KQRQ5UQ?brandId=Josie%20Maran

What it is:
A lightweight oil that can be used as a daily moisturizer and skin treatment.
What it does:
Josie Maran Argan Oil is a legendary oil that's rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and grown organically in Morocco. Argan oil is known to have many treatment benefits, including hydrating and nourishing skin, as well as toning and firming. It's gentle enough to use on all skin types and is believed to help with skin conditions including acne.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens

- Sulfates

- Synthetic Fragrance

- Synthetic Dye

- Petro-Chemicals

- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
The oil is housed in a recyclable glass bottle, and purchased from women's cooperatives in Morocco to support their social and economic welfare. These cooperatives work within a UNESCO biosphere reserve that ensures the protection and reforestation of Argan trees.

Summer Makeover?

Check out these women's transformations and get wallet-friendly beauty tips on how to give your look a boost
Summertime Makeovers
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Three working mothers were pampered and given a makeover by team of experts. They came out on the other side with an extra bounce in their step.
Enter for a chance to win an Yves Saint Laurent handbag
Total Beauty's Make Your Face Jealous Sweepstakes
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Want to get a handbag that's worth over $1,300 … for free? We thought so. Enter our sweepstakes and you could be sporting some Yves Saint Laurent arm candy come September.

Lipgloss Break is having some Contests

Head on over to Lipgloss Break.  They are holding some great contests right now:

Enter to win Peter Lamas Soy Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner here:

Or two winners will win a great pair of Flojos flip flops:

I signed up for the mailing list because I didn't want to miss out on some great upcoming contests.  Just click on the "Giveaways" link on top.
See which skin care products boast anti-aging benefits like more youthful looking skin
10 Top-Rated Facial Firming Beauty Products
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Check out the facial firming products that did smoothing-and-firming wonders for Total Beauty readers. average reader rating: 7.9
No. 10: Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Creme SPF 15 for Dry Skin, $70
"It helps my face and under eyes feel tighter …" average reader rating: 8
No. 9: St. Ives Blue Clay Firming Mask, $4.99
"It really does firm your face …" average reader rating: 8.5
No. 8: Olay Night of Olay Firming Cream, $6.99
"Honestly, I believe this product helps keep your skin looking younger …"

COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Serum Primer

Anti-aging & a foundation primer in one! Simply Ageless Foundation primer by CoverGirl contains Olay Regenerist Anit-Aging Moisturizer.

I finally got to try the CoverGirl Simply Ageless Serum Primer.  I was pretty happy to find that there really are great drugstore primers out there!  This one is on sale on Ulta's website for under $10 and with so many coupons available, this can be a thrifty treat.

I first tried this serum primer right out of the shower as a moisturizer. It worked great under my makeup and really did help in smoothing on my liquid foundation.  It had staying power too and did not run or cake up during the day. 

I also tried this along with some facial oil to see if it would lessen the effect, and it did not.  My face was not greasy and I did not break out.

-Pump Container
-Goes on smooth
- Helps makeup application
-Can be used alone or under makeup
- Did not make me break out
-Gives your face a flawless look after applying makeup


I am hoping CoverGirl will make this with SPF but for now I will keep using it.  For more information, visit:

*I received a sample from the company

Moroccan Oil Review

I am finally reviewing MOROCCANOIL.  I read about it, heard about, saw articles about it, and bought it. I talked about it and thought about it.  I put a lot of thought into this review.  Thank you to Danielle at Studio DMM for suggesting this product.

The product I tested was the Original MOROCCANOIL Oil Treatment.  It comes in a glass jar and has the consistency of olive oil. 

The ingredients include: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional, Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Aragan Oil), Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract, Fragrance Supplement, D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.  Please note it is not pure argan oil as some products.

The website boasts these features:
• Ultra-Light Formula

• Restores Shine

• Strengthens and Conditions

• Reduces Drying Time

I would have to agree.  It is light, non-greasy, and does not weigh your hair down.  It did reduce drying time for my hair (after not using other products in my hair at the same time).  It did seem to strenghten and condition my hair.  I was so pleased that it did not make my hair greasy but smooth. 

I have really thick hair so I used a lot of the product (about a teaspoon).  I applied it to wet hair and styled it after combing it through my hair.  I straightened my hair and used a flat iron.  My style lasted for up to 3 days without washing it and it still was not greasy.  I know that some people have more oil in their hair and this product might not work for them but it worked great for me.

My only complaint of this product is the scent.  I wish it smelled better but for good hair I will gladly suffer. 

I look forward to trying other Moroccan Oil products.  They can all be viewed on their website at:

The website has a store locator so you can find it locally.  I found mine at a local salon in Tucson, AZ.  I would much rather purchase the product locally to make sure it is genuine and also to help the economy in my area.  The salon I purchased mine at Xanadu Salon located at 3250 N. Campbell Road. 

Look for more reviews soon on their other products!

*I purchased this product.

The Beauty Girl

I found a new favorite beauty blog! It is called The Beauty Girl and it is written by Nicole Pearl. Head on over since she is holding some great contests right now. One of my favs was the makeup bag collection which would be great for my upcoming travel plans. She also has some Phyto Anti-frizz products offered in a contest.

I just became a subscriber and you can follow on Twitter or Facebook.  Wouldn't want to miss out, would ya?

Check it out!

Who has Tattoos and Who Doesn't?

See which places are the least tatted up
8 Cities in America with the Least Tattoos
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We geeked out and did the research to find out which cities in the U.S. have the least amount of tattoo parlors. Did your town make the list?
See which celeb-inspired makeup looks will look best on your skin tone
11 Sexy Makeup Ideas for Summer
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Get privy to summer's hottest makeup trends with tips on how to make 'em work for your skin tone.

Sun Protection from Amazon is such a great site to locate beauty products as well as beauty reviews. This summer, keep skin looking sunkissed not sunburnt with advice from the Beauty Store expert, Hannelore Daniel.

When it comes to choosing the right SPF products to protect skin and maintain a healthy glow through the summer months, is the one-stop shop to find it all!

See below for a sampling of Hannelore’s top tips and product selections, and visit to find the complete offerings of SPF and skin protecting products from the industry’s hottest brands.

SPRAY IT ON: Spray sunblocks are more convenient than traditional sunblock which needs to be applied with the hands, sometimes leaving behind a slick film on one’s palms. Make sure when selecting a spray sunblock to look for one that offers the same protection from skin damage as traditional sunblock lotions.

MISSION Skincare All-Sport SPF 50+ Continuous Spray, 5-Ounce Unit, $9.99 -

KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen, SPF 30, Spray, Mango Scent, 4-Ounce Bottles, $17.99 -

Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen SPF 55, $16.00 -

Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray SPF 70, 6-Ounce Bottle (Pack of 3), $31.92 -

LATHER IT ON: Always choose a sunscreen which not only has the proper SPF rating, but also offers both UVA and UVB protection. Both kinds of ultraviolet rays can lead to skin aging and even cancer over time. Remember you need to pick the right time to apply your sunscreen, and that is about fifteen to thirty minutes before you get outside. It takes that long for the skin to properly absorb the cream or lotion.

Alba Botanica Sunscreen, Aloe Vera, SPF 30, Hawaiian, 4-Ounces (Pack of 3), $26.85 -

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Lotion, 1.7-Ounce Bottle, $20.60 -

MyChelle Sun Shield, SPF 28 with ZinClear, 2.3-Ounce Tube (Pack of 2), $30.67 -

Nature's Gate Sport Block Sunscreen Lotion, Dry Finish, SPF 30, 4-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 3), $21.17 -

KISSABLY SOFT LIPS: Don’t forget the lips! This is a common place on the body to neglect when going out into the sun. The lips need protection from heat, humidity, and the sun's rays- just like the rest of the body! Make sure to look for lip products with SPF to minimize damage from the sun's UV rays. The best protection for lips is anything that says sun block but sun blocks made specifically for lips will be less irritating than products made for the skin.
MISSION Skincare Lip Balmer, Sweet Vanilla (Gretchen Bleiler's), 0.10-Ounce Unit, $3.49 -

Fallene Lipcotz, SPF 45, 0.14 oz (4.5 g) (Pack of 3), $21.00 -

Dr. Bronner's & Sun Dog's Magic Organic Lip Balm, Orange Ginger, 0.15-Ounce Sticks (Pack of 6), $13.16 -

*NEW PRODUCT* Nivea a Kiss of Protection SPF 30 Lip Care, 0.17-Ounce Sticks (Pack of 6), $5.99 -

KEEP YOUR FACE WRINKLE FREE: It’s important to protect your face so use a facial moisturizer under your makeup. You can also add another layer to your sunscreen with face makeup that contains an SPF; but remember it is vital to always use a facial moisturizer with an SPF year round.

Kiss My Face Organic Hot Spots Sunscreen, SPF 30, .5-Ounce Sticks (Pack of 3), $23.84 -

Jason SunBrellas Facial Block Sun Block Lotion, SPF 20, 4.5-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2), $10.84 -

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Spf 55, 3-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2), $20.60 -

Kiss My Face Face Factor Sun Screen for Face and Neck, SPF 30, 2-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 3), $34.26 -

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE KIDS! With the temperatures on the rise kids are spending more time outdoors and most importantly, they need extra sun protection just as much as you do! Many child-specific brands have high SPF and special formulations that are designed especially for children's sensitive skin. Because sunscreen can take up to 30 minutes to go into full effect, it’s a good idea to apply it at home before you drive to the pool or beach.

Nature's Gate Kid's Block Sunscreen Lotion, Giggleberry Scent, SPF 30, 4-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 3), $23.51 -

California Baby Basics Tote Suncare Starter Kit, $35.99 -

Coppertone Kids Sunblock Stick, SPF 30, 0.6-Ounce Sticks (Pack of 3), $14.97 -

Neutrogena Baby Stick Spf 60, 0.47-Ounce Sticks (Pack of 2), $16.05 -

Covergirl lashblash length Review

What is the best way to test a water resistant mascara?  Go swimming. Well, yes.  Go water skiing.  Well, yes.  How about sit in the Splash Zone at Seaworld??  YES!  That is the answer I was looking for. 

My sons insisted that we sit in the Splash Zone during a recent trip to Seaworld, San Diego.  We saw the Shamu and Dolphin show.  Actually, we saw all of the shows and they were great.  I was the party pooper who didn't want to get wet until I remembered I had my water resistant Lashblash Length on my eyes! 

Well, truth is, Covergirl made one good product!  My eyes looked great and after getting soaked, my makeup was still shining bright.  I was also wearing my Covergirl Outlast lipstick so even my lips were perfect.  Lashblash length takes your lashes to extreme length by using an Elasta-Nylon formula.  The applicator brush takes a little getting used to but it works well when you layer.  It is almost impossible to put on too much due to the applicator. 

Here are some pictures from the show:

Here are some pictures of me with Covergirl's Lashblast (outside the show).

A close-up

  And one with my sweet son.

So now I am a true believer in water resistant mascara again.  It really works and should be a staple in your makeup bag all summer!

Click here for more information on Covergirl's products:

*This post was made possible by a sample.


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