Stories by Amanda Montell

10 Reasons You'll Never Look at Selfies the Same Again

I've just landed in New York City for the weekend to visit my best friend. I'm standing outside Terminal 5 at JFK, wearing fuchsia lipstick and blue eyeglasses, and I want my 391 Instagram followers to know I've arrived. I hold up my iPhone, grin sideways and snap. Approve, filter, post.   read more

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7 Trendy New Leggings That Are Anything But Basic

Leggings often get a bad rap -- and for good reason. There are a million ways to style them wrong. After all, it's hard to make something so comfy look chic. But recently, we've seen celebrities and runway designers revamping the style, introducing fun prints, zippers and leather. Styled just right, these leggings can take you from the gym to brunch to the office (depending on your office, of course). Here, our favorite new legging looks for summer and the pieces you need to recreate them.   read more

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7 Best Razors

For most of us, shaving isn't exactly the highlight of our beauty routine. If you're not armed with the best razor, razor burn, nicked skin and allergic reactions can be common occurrences. Fortunately, our trustworthy TotalBeauty.com reviewers have shaved their way through the masses to identify best razors on the market.   read more

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8 Ways to Pull Off Red Lips Once And For All

Red lips are the little black dress of beauty -- glamorous, feminine, timeless. So timeless in fact that the use of red lipstick dates back to ancient Egypt, when Mesopotamian women would decorate their pouts in crushed semi-precious stones.   Get tips

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7 At-Home Teeth Whitening Treatments for a Megawatt Smile

Yellow teeth? Not so much fun to look at -- especially when you're staring into a mirror. A trip to the dentist is also low on most people's list of enjoyable activities. But achieving a movie star white smile is near the top. After all, research indicates that 96 percent of adults believe white teeth are vital to a person's appearance. Luckily, you don't need a session in your dentist's chair to learn how to whiten teeth. Pro-level teeth whitening is something you can take care of at home.   read more

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15 Healthy Picnic Recipes for a Gorgeous Summer Spread

One of the best things about summer: eating outdoors (preferably in the park, on a blanket, with a chilled bottle of wine). Summer is picnic season, and while classic picnic fare is fine for an impromptu gathering, we prefer our picnic dishes to be next-level, Instagram-worthy affairs. Anyone can slap together a basic cheese plate, but these easy, healthy recipes are the kind that taste as lovely as they look against a checkered blanket. Want to put your fellow picnickers to shame without blowing your summer diet? From inventive new recipes to nutritious takes on traditional picnic cuisine, these are all the picnic food ideas you need to have the best summer spread on social media.   read more

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#ManicureMonday: The Best Nail Art of the Week

Stunning nail art ideas -- from easy DIY to crazy nail polish designs -- one week at a time   read more

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7 Seriously Gorgeous Haircuts for Long Hair

So you want to switch up your haircut, but you don't want to go short. We get it. Long hair has been in since before the invention of scissors -- though the decades have shown us myriad ways to rock long hair, from big '40s curls to '90s graduated layers.   See haircuts

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20 Best Soaps

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20 Best Soaps

Soap was probably the first beauty item you were ever introduced to. But what defines the soap of the new millennium? Considering its humble beginnings in the Roman bathhouses of 312 B.C., when soap was made out of goat's tallow, wood ashes and salt, we've come a long way. Now we've got bars that massage, exfoliate, soothe, moisturize and make you smell heavenly (aka, nothing like wood ashes).   Get soap

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8 Lightweight Pajamas to Wear All Summer

The laidback nature of summer means we're spending a lot more time in our PJs. But we're not talking heavy flannels and robes -- the sleepwear of summer is lighter, more breathable and often much prettier. These stylish PJ pairs are so effortlessly put together -- you could (almost) get away with wearing them beyond your bedroom. Here, out favorite sleep sets this season, plus where to snag similar styles.   read more

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