Stories by Amanda Montell

Your Be-All-End-All Guide to Treating Keratosis Pilaris

On the street, we call it chicken skin. But in the dermatologist's office, they call it Keratosis Pilaris (KP) -- pronounced "Pie-LAIR-is," like the "pie" you eat and the "air" you breathe. Odds are you're familiar with this skin condition: KP consists of those little red bumps that commonly speckle the back of the arms and thighs, and it effects a whopping 40 percent of the population. Though it's not a dangerous or painful condition, KP is an international enemy purely for its stubbornness -- medical science has yet to find a cure.   read more

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8 Bronzing Hacks for Women With Dark Skin

By now most fair-skinned women are well versed in the beauty of bronzer. After all, it's an easy way to add a boost of the color their skin naturally lacks. But the value of bronzer doesn't end there. Women with dark, caramel and olive skin stand to gain just as much from this makeup wonder.   read more

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19 Best Drugstore Shampoos

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 their favorite drugstore shampoo picks. That's right, these products are all from the drugstore -- and many are under five bucks. After reading this, if you feel compelled to run out and stock up on the best drugstore shampoo from Pantene, John Frieda, Dove and others, do it. You won't even have to feel guilty.   See shampoos

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10 Suede Accessories We're Loving Right Now

The '70s are back in a big way for spring 2015, and that means lots and lots of suede accessories (sorry, PETA supporters). From the runways to the NYC streets, we're seeing fringe, platforms and now suede -- all proof that the decade of long hair and general grooviness has resurrected in the fashion world.   read more

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17 Best Movie Makeovers of All Time, Ranked

Did your favorite on-screen transformation make the cut?   read more

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8 Examples of Clogs Done Right

There are so many ways to feel about clogs: Some women love them, others love them ironically and still others think they're an insult to footwear.   read more

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16 Best Celebrity Eyebrow Transformations of 2015

Brows are always at the center of the beauty conversation. The ever-evolving trends breed "brow gurus" like Anastasia and Benefit, as well as new tweezing, waxing and futuristic brow-building technology all the time. Why? Because brows make the single biggest difference in how we look.   See eyebrows

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'Why I Stopped Shaving My Armpits' and Other Stories From Women With Body Hair

The year is 2015. And so far, we're seeing something of a hair trend. We're not talking sombre or silver dye jobs, though. We're talking body hair.   read more

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10 Rainy-Day Essentials You Need This Spring

1. Cheap Monday Chunky Cat Sunglasses, $45

Rainy, overcast days can bring the worst sun glare. I always have at least one pair of large sunglasses ready in my handbag. This pair from Cheap Monday looks great and doesn't break the bank.   read more

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Christopher Kane's Nars Collection Is Already Our Summer Obsession

Forever turning out bold, eye-catching colors, Nars is the perfect accomplice for neon enthusiast and Brit "It" boy Christopher Kane. Case in point? The unexpected eye, lip and cheek pigments of their new summer line.   read more

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