Stories by Amanda Montell

10 Stylish Beach Bags to Carry All Summer

A day at the beach is impossible without sunscreen, shades, beach reads, towels, lip balm, sun hats, sandals and myriad other necessities that let you enjoy the sun, salt and sand. Now, all you need is the perfect beach bag to tote around your summer swag in style.   read more

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14 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.   See the products

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18 Best Night Creams

Getting your eight hours of beauty sleep is great, but what if we told you there's a way you can do even better? What if we told you there's one simple step before you crawl under the covers that can give you the complexion of your dreams?   See night creams

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25 Ways to Step Up Your Ponytail Game for Summer

Ah, the ponytail: The no-frills hairstyle we wear to the gym, around the house or running errands. At least that's what it used to be. Unlike the plain Jane ponytails of the past, this summer's ponytail hairstyles are turning heads. Inspired by the runway, the blogosphere and the city streets, we're seeing voluminous texture, woven details and other creative elements that are taking the age-hold ponytail to 2015. Here, we present the 25 ponytail tutorials we're most excited about this summer -- from high-fashion styles to quick looks anyone can master.   read more

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9 Stylish Flip Flops You Can Wear Anywhere

The comfier our feet, the better our lives. (Isn't that an ancient proverb?) Don't get us wrong -- we love our heels. But we can all agree that things are easier when we don't have to worry about blisters, foot cramps and falling over. Sadly, it's a touch too casual -- and often against the employee handbook -- to wear flip flops on a daily basis. Until now. Keep scrolling for nine pieces of style inspiration that prove you can wear flip flops anywhere. Click on the links throughout to snag each style.   read more

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18 Scents for People Who Hate Perfume

Culturally, women are taught to love perfume. A pink, vanity-top spritz bottle is a classic feminine image. The scent that the bottle holds, however, may not be so universally appealing. While most of us love spritzing our way through the department-store counters, there is a minority of women who can't stand perfume.   read more

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11 Gorgeous Dresses to Wear to a Summer Wedding

It's officially wedding season, and the question on all our minds is what on earth to wear. While it's tempting to throw on the same little sundress for every event, it's so much more fun to mix it up. And thanks to these affordable wedding outfit ideas, you'll never have to wear the same dress twice. Click through for 11 lovely looks for every wedding occasion -- from laidback beach weddings to fancier affairs.   read more

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10 Foundations for the Most Youthful Skin of Your Life

The search for the perfect foundation is a constantly evolving quest. "As women age, they need to adjust their makeup products and application accordingly," says Jill Glaser, makeup artist and owner of Collage of Life   read more

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A California Blogger's Beachside Basics

1. Drybar Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner, $29

Keep your hair from drying out with a shimmering leave-in conditioner. Comb this through after you get out of the water for flawless summer hair.   read more

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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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