Stories by Amanda Montell

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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The Best Hair Salons in Nashville

There's always an occasion to get your hair done in Nashville -- the Cheekwood Swan Ball, a show at the Grand Ole Opry, a festival, a block party, the to-do list is never short. We all know hair is big is in the South, in every sense of the word, and finding a salon that's your perfect match can be harder than a stiff Dickel whiskey. Whether you're a rocker with some edge or a sweet Southern belle, look no further for your essential guide to the best hair salons in Nashville. We've consulted locals and raked through Yelp reviews by the hundreds to put together this short list of Music City's finest stylings.   read more

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The Best Hair Salons in Seattle

Oh, Seattle -- our darling town on the upper-left coast where every store doubles as a coffee shop, and it's not uncommon to stumble upon multiple book club meetings in a single day. What is uncommon in the Rainy City, however, is to chat over double espressos about where you get your hair done. Seattle's anti-umbrella culture doesn't exactly lend itself well to perfect hair, so you might wonder where to go in the Pacific Northwest when you need some serious salon time. Whether you're looking for a simple root touch-up or a rockin' cut for that upcoming show at El Corazon, look no further for your ultimate guide to the best hair salons in Seattle. We've polled Seattleites and scoured Yelp, so you don't have to be left out in the rain when it comes to finding Seattle salons you'll love.   read more

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The Best Beauty Salons in Baltimore

They call it "Charm City" -- a town of roughly 620,000 that sometimes flies under the national radar, but is known among devoted locals for its delicious Chesapeake Bay crabs, thriving art culture (John Waters anyone?), and hidden gems, from happy hours to hair salons. Figure it out yet? We're talking about Baltimore. This urban hub within America's 4th original colony may not have the clout of New York or LA, but Baltimore's best beauty salons provide equally stellar services, from organic color treatments to in-demand extensions. Eager to explore the best-kept secrets in hair care? Look no further than our list of the best beauty salons in Baltimore.   read more

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