Stories by Amanda Montell

14 Vegan Makeup Brands You Need to Know About

Not long ago, the term vegan makeup triggered visions of unwashed hair, bare feet and the inescapable scent of patchouli. We get it. But today, vegan makeup brands are rolling out cosmetics, skin care and hair products that look beyond the Burning Man contingent.   read more

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8 Meditation Hacks for People Who Suck at Sitting Still

When we hear the word meditation, it's hard not to picture some hippie dippie type in a cross-legged posture, spending two hours a day trying not to scratch her nose. Maybe that's our cynicism talking; maybe it's the fact that we read "Eat, Pray, Love" one too many times. Whatever the reason, meditation often seems totally out of reach for us normal, busy people.   read more

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8 Badass Ways to Pull Off Dark Lipstick This Winter

Remember when you were 16 years old? That night you swiped a six-pack from your parents and snuck out in the middle of the night to split it with your best friends? Remember how invincible you felt? That rebel still lives in you somewhere, and though it's no longer cute to engage in juvenile teenage behavior, we can all benefit from a little darkness here and there.   See Tips

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21 Best Eyebrow Products

HEALTH & BEAUTY

21 Best Eyebrow Products

The best eyebrow products can be the difference between a polished look and a messy, dated one. Look back at old photos of yourself from the '90s, and you'll undoubtedly find a pair of over-plucked brows that made you look permanently surprised. We used to tweeze the living daylights out of our eyebrows. ("Eyebrows on fleek" hadn't yet been introduced to our vocabulary.)   See products

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18 Best-Smelling Hair Products Ever, Ranked

Let's be honest -- when it comes to hair products, our favorites are always the ones that smell the best. You know, the dry shampoos and hair oils we reach for every single time just to catch another addictive whiff.   read more

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7 Best Flat Irons for 2016

Don't get us wrong -- we love our curls. Learning to embrace your hair's natural texture is a valuable thing, and we encourage you to let your kinky-curly flag fly. But sometimes, a girl's just got to go sleek. After all, a streamlined hairstyle equals a streamlined life, doesn't it?   read more

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10 Body-Positive Celebrities Who Are Shutting Down Body Shamers

Historically, there are a few key, off-limit behaviors women everywhere are taught from birth. "Lady no-nos," if you will. We're not supposed to talk about tampons in mixed company or enjoy casual sex -- and we're definitely not supposed to express confidence in our bodies.   read more

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8 Best Hair Dryers

HAIR CARE

8 Best Hair Dryers

Hair dryers are like bottles of wine -- some cost $15, some cost $500, and it's often unclear whether or not you're truly getting what you pay for. Some hair dryers can leave your hair damaged and frizzy -- not exactly what you set out to achieve when doing your blowout. And that's where this list of the best hair dryers comes in.   See blow dryers

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13 Best Deep Conditioners

Let's be honest, ladies -- every single time we flip it mid-conversation, shyly tuck it behind our ears or peek through it when it falls before our faces like a curtain, we know exactly what we're doing: making the stone cold heart of every onlooker melt like butter on the sidewalk in the middle of July. Whether you're rocking a face-framing pixie or waist-length layers, gorgeous, healthy hair is a gal's greatest accessory. But ironically, we often damage it in the process of getting it to that gorgeous state.   Get products

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Can You Really Get Rid of Crow's Feet?

It's happened to all of us: That one fateful morning when you wake up, catch yourself in the mirror and notice a pair of crow's feet -- those telltale wrinkles that branch out from the corners of your eyes. Welp, it finally happened, you say to yourself, deciding whether to accept your crinkly lines or start obsessively Googling how to get rid of crow's feet.   read more

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