Stories by Amanda Montell

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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August 30, 2013  |  11:08 AM  |  59 COMMENTS
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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August 27, 2013  |   5:08 PM  |  76 COMMENTS
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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August 26, 2013  |  12:08 AM  |  123 COMMENTS
21 Best Soaps

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21 Best Soaps

Ladies, it's 2013 -- 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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August 23, 2013  |   1:08 PM  |  37 COMMENTS
'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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August 23, 2013  |  10:08 AM  |  COMMENT
14 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 a 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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August 22, 2013  |   4:08 AM  |  32 COMMENTS
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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August 14, 2013  |  12:08 AM  |  39 COMMENTS
3 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 products

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August 5, 2013  |  10:08 AM  |  59 COMMENTS
12 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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July 25, 2013  |   4:07 PM  |  65 COMMENTS
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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June 7, 2012  |   2:06 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
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