Stories by Amanda Montell

21 Best Drugstore Shampoos

There are hundreds of shampoos in the drugstore -- but how can you tell which one is the best drugstore shampoo? That's where these reviews from our readers come in. Hair products, shampoo in particular, are of the utmost importance to our TotalBeauty.com readers. This will become clear as you peruse these glowing reviews of the best drugstore shampoo picks.   See shampoos

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13 Best Nail Polishes

Like a killer scarf or a one-of-a-kind necklace, your nail color can be a key accessory. Whether you get your nails done at a beauty salon or use a drugstore nail polish, the secret to the ideal mani-pedi is great nail polish. Because there's really nothing like the feeling of freshly lacquered nails.   See polishes

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26 Best Drugstore Makeup and Beauty Products

We can all agree -- there is something deeply satisfying about saving money. And nothing gives us more of a rush than scoring an amazing lipstick or mascara without spending a fortune. See, drugstore-aisle enthusiasts like us believe that it is possible to improve your look and trim your budget at the same time.   See bargains

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17 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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16 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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11 Best Drugstore Moisturizers for Great Skin on the Cheap

Think you can't find an amazing moisturizer at the drugstore? Think again. From rich creams to silky lotions, the best drugstore moisturizers address every skin concern and texture preference.   read more

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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

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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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