Stories by Amanda Montell

16 Best Night Creams

Getting your eight hours of beauty sleep is great, but what if we told you there's a way you can do even better? What if we told you there's one simple step before you crawl under the covers that can give you the complexion of your dreams?   See night creams

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July 10, 2014  |  12:07 PM  |  73 COMMENTS
20 Best Soaps

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20 Best Soaps

Ladies, it's 2014 -- if you can take pro-quality photos, tweet the news, Skype your Mom, and check the weather in Bali all with your phone, why shouldn't your beauty products multitask, too? Sure, you can argue that soap isn't exactly innovative; but sometimes, the most decadent novelties are in the basics -- namely, the ability to wash off the day's grime with nothing but water and a good bar (or bottle) of soap.   Get soap

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July 1, 2014  |   1:07 PM  |  37 COMMENTS
3 Best Dry Shampoos -- and the 2 Worst

I'll admit it -- I'm a busy lady, which means I typically don't wash and dry my hair every morning. And when I do, it's always a long, arduous process full of waiting, heating, and styling. Which is why I don't know what I ever did before the invention of dry shampoos. Talk about an absolute game changer.   See products

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June 24, 2014  |  10:06 AM  |  59 COMMENTS
12 Best Sunscreens -- and the 4 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, she recommends "a higher SPF (30 or above) and a water-resistant formulation." She also suggests choosing a sunscreen containing titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone or mexoryl as its active ingredient.   See sunscreens

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June 10, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  32 COMMENTS
10 Best Deep Conditioners

Let's be honest, ladies -- every single time we flip it mid-conversation, shyly tuck it behind our ears, 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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May 29, 2014  |  12:05 AM  |  98 COMMENTS
12 Best Eyeshadows

It's a familiar scenario: You start your day with perfectly made-up eyes. Your lashes are long and lifted, your cat-eye wings are as symmetrical as they'll ever be and your shadow is blended so skillfully that you wish you could give yourself a high five. But a few hours later, you glance in the bathroom mirror to find a pair of shockingly faded, creased eyelids. What was a makeup masterpiece this morning is now a hot mess. We've all been there.   See shadows

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January 8, 2014  |  12:01 PM  |  74 COMMENTS
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 clock far too much time in the bathroom dutifully performing each of the six steps in our skin care regimens.   See lotions

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November 21, 2013  |  12:11 PM  |  89 COMMENTS
10 Best Facial Firming Skin Care Products

Ah, yes, wouldn't it be nice if all the secrets to younger looking skin were hidden entirely in lotions, potions and OTC creams? Though there are plenty of game-changing products out there, our lifestyle habits have an enormous effect on skin health too -- for better or for worse -- from how much time we spend in the sun, to our diet, to our skin care regimen. The good news is, a well-rounded routine, involving UV protection, healthy eating and the right skin care products, can slow down or even reverse the signs of aging.   See products

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October 8, 2013  |   2:10 PM  |  21 COMMENTS
Is Etsy the Underground Sephora?

Everyone and their mother lusts after iconic, high-end cosmetics. But just like snagging a one-of-a-kind vintage bag or a custom, hand-beaded frock, one of our favorite things in life (and at Total Beauty) is to discover awesome and unique handmade beauty products -- best kept secrets, if you will -- that will have all your friends asking, "Where on earth did you find this stuff? It's amazing."   read more

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September 25, 2013  |   5:09 PM  |  10 COMMENTS
10 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. From the 2-buck Chucks of hair dryers, like bargain models by Conair, to the Dom Perignons, made by the likes of T3 and Chi, the range in price points can be overwhelming. But which ones really offer the best results? Our TotalBeauty.com readers tested the full spectrum of blow dryers, rated their ten favorites and told us why they ranked so high. Check out this list of the top hair dryers, according to their reviews. It might just be your time for an upgrade.   See blow dryers

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September 23, 2013  |  10:09 AM  |  36 COMMENTS
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