Stories by Amanda Montell

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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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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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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10 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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2 Best Teeth Whiteners -- and the 4 Worst for 2014

The best teeth whitening products will give you a brighter, whiter smile, remove stains from your teeth with ease and won't cost a fortune. But it takes time (and a lot of trial and error) to find the best teeth whitening products on the market. And we don't want to spend a big chunk of our beauty budget on some unpleasant, bank-breaking teeth whitening system that doesn't produce results. To help you navigate the ever-increasing number of teeth whitening products out there, we had Totalbeauty.com readers test a range of teeth whitening products. Check out their reviews to find out which teeth whitening products will whiten and brighten your grin, and which will give you nothing but trouble.   read more

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11 Haute, Not Hippie, Vegan Beauty Products

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

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20 Best Drugstore Beauty Products

We can all agree -- there is something deeply satisfying about saving money, no matter how subatomic the amount. Think about the last time you were at the grocery store and the sales clerk handed over your receipt saying, "Thank you Miss [Bargain Huntress], you've saved so-and-so dollars." You get kind of a rush, right? That's because knowing you're getting what you need for cheaper, for even pennies less, is a triumph. Now imagine snagging your beloved beauty essentials for a fraction of the price. If you're anything like us, saving a dead president or two on beauty products feels way better than saving on tomatoes. Are you with us?   See bargains

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'Ladies leave yo weave at home' and Other Hilarious Celebrity Hair Tweets

Congratulations on your 100th follower and those five re-tweets of the 112-character shade you threw about Lady Gaga's hand bra. You're a great tweeter, really. But not as great as @BeyonceCutHair   read more

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14 Foundations You Can't Live Without

Complaints about foundation? We've heard them all -- from too heavy and drying to too light and oily, not to mention "too few shades" and "too expensive." But thanks to our Totalbeauty.com reviewers, we've managed to curate a list of foundations you can't live without. Discover which brands and formulas received the most upward facing thumbs -- you just might discover your new foundation fix.   Best foundations

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The Best Hair Salons in Pittsburgh

Okay, Pittsburgh ladies -- let's talk hair. All any gal wants is to find that perfect salon, where the stylists are superhuman, the vibe is relaxed, and a decent haircut costs no more than the price of nose bleed seats at a Thursday night Steelers game. Finding a gem amidst the countless salons around the 'Burgh can be tough. But never fear! We've combed through Yelp reviews, sifted through the Yellow Pages, consulted locals, and the verdict is in -- here, find your ultimate roundup of the best hair salons in Pittsburgh. Whether you're lost in a sea of snooze-worthy stylists or under a head of untamable curls, don't miss this list of Pittsburgh's best-kept secrets in hair care.   read more

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