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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9 Best Lipsticks

We kiss with them, we sip with them, we angle them with finesse to create coy little smiles -- they're one of the sexiest parts of the body, and paired with the right gloss, balm, stick or stain, can make an onlooker weak at the knees.   See the products

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9 Best Nail Care Products

Raise your less-than-TV-ready hand if you suffer from dry cuticles, hangnails or constant chips in your freshly lacquered manis. That's what we thought -- you can put your hand down now.   See nail products

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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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The Best Dry Shampoo -- and the Worst

The best dry shampoos are absolute game changers. They amp up volume, increase freshness, absorb oil and smell great. Not to mention, they can extend the life of a pricey blowout or hide a dirty head of hair.   See dry shampoos

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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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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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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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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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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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