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 tend to spend far too much time dutifully performing each of the six steps in our skin care regimens.   See lotions

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9 Best Drugstore Acne Products

The war against pimples can be ongoing, but some of the best acne products on the market can be found at the drugstore -- for as little as $1. But between the hundreds of acne treatments out there, how do you know which of these acne products really work? That's where our readers come in.   See products

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21 Best Drugstore Shampoos

There are hundreds of shampoos in the drugstore -- but how can you tell which one is the best drugstore shampoo? That's where these reviews from our readers come in. 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 the best drugstore shampoo picks.   See shampoos

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11 Best Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair

A quality deep conditioner can make all the difference for ladies with natural hair. Hitting your strands with a rich dose of moisture once a week or so can help nourish, strengthen and moisturize, repairing any damage from heat styling or the elements. The best deep conditioners for natural hair can also help enhance curls, increase shine and protect hair from future damage, keeping it healthier (and prettier) for longer.   read more

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10 Best Heat Protectant Products

Any hair care expert will tell you that in order to prevent hair from becoming damaged and broken, it is crucial to apply some sort of heat protectant, like a heat protection spray, serum or cream. You've missed a step if you subject your strands to high temperatures from irons and dryers without one.   See products

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9 Soothing Face Masks to Help Kill Your Hangover

So, you went a little crazy last night. You said "yes" to a few too many rounds of flaming shots, performed a few too many whips and far too many nae naes, and now you've found yourself with a splitting migraine and zombie-like complexion. We've all been there.   read more

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14 Vegan Makeup Brands You Need to Know About

Not long ago, the term vegan makeup triggered visions of unwashed hair, bare feet and the inescapable scent of patchouli. We get it. But today, vegan makeup brands are rolling out cosmetics, skin care and hair products that look beyond the Burning Man contingent.   read more

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8 Meditation Hacks for People Who Suck at Sitting Still

When we hear the word meditation, it's hard not to picture some hippie dippie type in a cross-legged posture, spending two hours a day trying not to scratch her nose. Maybe that's our cynicism talking; maybe it's the fact that we read "Eat, Pray, Love" one too many times. Whatever the reason, meditation often seems totally out of reach for us normal, busy people.   read more

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8 Badass Ways to Pull Off Dark Lipstick This Winter

Remember when you were 16 years old? That night you swiped a six-pack from your parents and snuck out in the middle of the night to split it with your best friends? Remember how invincible you felt? That rebel still lives in you somewhere, and though it's no longer cute to engage in juvenile teenage behavior, we can all benefit from a little darkness here and there.   See Tips

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21 Best Eyebrow Products

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21 Best Eyebrow Products

The best eyebrow products can be the difference between a polished look and a messy, dated one. Look back at old photos of yourself from the '90s, and you'll undoubtedly find a pair of over-plucked brows that made you look permanently surprised. We used to tweeze the living daylights out of our eyebrows. ("Eyebrows on fleek" hadn't yet been introduced to our vocabulary.)   See products

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