Stories by Amanda Montell

The 10 Best Facial Firming Skin Care Products

Wouldn't it be nice if all the secrets to younger-looking skin were hidden in lotions, potions and OTC creams? There are plenty of game-changing products out there, but our lifestyle habits have an enormous effect on skin health, too -- for better or worse. A well-rounded skin-care routine involving UV protection, healthy eating and the right skin care products can slow down or even reverse the signs of aging like fine lines, sagging and wrinkles.   See products

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9 Best Hair Dryers for 2014

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.   See blow dryers

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9 Best Drugstore Acne Products

The war against pimples can be ongoing, but some of the best acne products on the market can be found at the drugstore -- for as little as $1. But how do you know if these acne products really work? That's where our readers come in. They reviewed the top acne products and told us what cured their oily skin, reduced redness and made their pimples disappear for good. These are their tried-and-true picks for the best drugstore acne fighting products.   See products

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10 Best Nail Polishes

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

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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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6 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 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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