Stories by Amanda Montell

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
11 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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November 13, 2013  |  12:11 AM  |  98 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
16 Best Night Creams

Getting your eight hours of beauty sleep is all well and good, 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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September 19, 2013  |   9:09 AM  |  73 COMMENTS
2 Best Teeth Whiteners -- and the 4 Worst

Gleaming, white teeth are what separate the beautiful people from the peasants. You'll notice -- the first physical transformation TV producers give to new starlets is a $500+ teeth whitening treatment. But there's even more to our obsession with pearly canines than the desire for celebrity good looks. According to a study from researchers at the British universities of Leeds and Central Lancashire, teeth are   read more

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September 17, 2013  |   7:09 PM  |  29 COMMENTS
10 Best Nail Polishes

Like a killer scarf or one-of-a-kind necklace, your nail color can be a key accessory. Whether you get your nails done at a beauty salon or DIY them at home, the key to the ideal mani/pedi is polish, polish, polish. And there's really nothing like the feeling of freshly-lacquered nails (that is, unless you fish through your purse too soon and ding one of them; don't you just hate that?).   See polishes

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September 13, 2013  |  11:09 AM  |  157 COMMENTS
11 Haute, Not Hippie, Vegan Beauty Products

No animals were harmed in the making of this makeup   read more

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September 9, 2013  |   8:09 AM  |  1 COMMENT
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