Stories by Amanda Montell

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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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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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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11 Haute, Not Hippie, Vegan Beauty Products

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

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10 Best Drugstore Acne-Fighting Products

These are the tried and true acne products our readers turn to when they need to zap blemishes in a hurry. Best of all? You can find each one at the drugstore for as cheap as $1!   See products

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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. We want it all when it comes to beauty products for the lips: color, shine, staying power, plumpness, and an affordable price. The good news is we can have it all. There are a ton of lip products out there, but there's nothing classier or more seductive than the market's best lipsticks.   See the products

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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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