Stories by Amanda Montell

9 Best Teeth Whiteners -- and the 2 Worst

The best teeth whitening products will give you a brighter, whiter smile, remove stains from your teeth with ease and won't cost a fortune. But it takes time (and a lot of trial and error) to find the best teeth whitening products on the market. And we don't want to spend a big chunk of our beauty budget on some unpleasant, bank-breaking teeth whitening system that doesn't produce results. To help you navigate the ever-increasing number of teeth whitening products out there, we had TotalBeauty.com readers test a range of teeth whitening products. Check out their reviews to find out which teeth whitening products will whiten and brighten your grin, and which will give you nothing but trouble.   read more

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11 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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9 Workouts for Better Sex

Let's talk about sex. Sometimes, especially as women, we have a rough time fulfilling our potential for pleasure. "It comes down to energy and inhibitions," says sex therapist and author, Dr. Jane Greer, PhD. "For women, inhibitions flow from feeling uncomfortable with our bodies." She says that insecurity is the primary reason why women struggle to enjoy sex. Luckily, there's an easy cure: Exercise.   read more

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10 Best Dry Shampoos -- and the 2 Worst

If you're as busy as we are, you typically don't wash and dry your hair every morning -- after all, it can be a long, arduous process full of waiting, heating and styling. Which is why we don't know what we ever did before the invention of dry shampoo. Talk about an absolute game changer.   See dry shampoos

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8 Best Razors for Women

For most of us, shaving isn't exactly the highlight of our beauty routine. If you're not armed with the best razor for women, razor burn, nicked skin and allergic reactions can be common occurrences. Fortunately, our trustworthy TotalBeauty.com reviewers have shaved their way through the masses to identify best razors on the market.   read more

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25 Ways to Step Up Your Ponytail Game

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-old ponytail to 2016. 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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11 Best CC Creams for Flawless Skin

The best CC creams give you radiant and even-toned skin, and set the stage for the rest of your makeup -- making heavy foundation and layers of powder unnecessary. Over the past several years, the best CC creams have inspired many women to give up heavy foundation, thanks to the natural, skin-perfecting coverage they offer.   read more

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7 Best Travel Blow Dryers for Flawless Vacation Hair

Choosing which hair tools to take on an out-of-town excursion is like choosing between your own children. It's impossible. Which is why it's important to economize space for your curling irons and straighteners by investing in the perfect travel hair dryer. (Heaven knows we're not using that sad excuse for a hair dryer that comes attached to the hotel wall).   read more

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7 Underwear Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

Panty lines, muffin top, back fat, saggy breasts, camel toe... We're talking underwear problems, of course -- the unspoken issues that cause unflattering wardrobe fails from the very foundation.   read more

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12 Best Sunscreens -- and the 2 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 15 daily." For prolonged sun exposure (anything more than the incidental exposure you might get from driving or working near a window), she recommends an SPF of 30 above with a water-resistant formula. She also suggests choosing a sunscreen containing titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone or mexoryl as its active ingredient.   See sunscreens

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