Stories by Amanda Montell

Shocker -- Katy Perry Is Way More Relatable Than We Thought

Known more for her cupcake-shaped brassieres and cotton candy lyrics than her grounded character, we were delighted when we sat down for an interview with Katy Perry to find that the pop sensation is really just one of the girls. Or one of the gurls, as it were.   read more

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17 Galaxy Hair Ideas That Bend the Space-Time Continuum

Over the last few seasons, we've become well-acquainted with offbeat, colorful hair trends: pastel hair, rainbow hair, granny hair. But this winter, it's all about the galaxy hair. And, yes, for the record, it is out of this world.   read more

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15 Best-Smelling Hair Products Ever, Ranked

Let's be honest -- when it comes to hair products, our favorites are always the ones that smell the best. You know, the dry shampoos and hair oils we reach for every single time just to catch another addictive whiff.   read more

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13 Mind-Blowing Desserts You Can Make in Your Microwave

There's something about fall and winter that makes us instantly crave comfort food -- pie, pumpkin loaf, Christmas cookies and cakes. And though it's no longer bikini season (congratulations on surviving this year, by the way), all those high-sugar desserts consumed in ill-advised portions can creep up on you pretty quick.   read more

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8 Genius Ways to Lose Weight Without Giving Up Booze

So, you've decided to go on a diet. Welcome to the club. An estimated 45 million Americans are trying to lose weight right now, as you read this. Though the weight-loss industry is constantly booming, I think we can all agree that dieting isn't exactly fun. Reason No. 1? Whether you've decided to get old school and join Weight Watchers or get new school with raw food, the first thing to go when you start any diet is, of course, the most fun: booze.   read more

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7 Best Flat Irons for 2015

Don't get us wrong -- we love our curls. Learning to embrace your hair's natural texture is a valuable thing, and we encourage you to let your kinky-curly flag fly. But sometimes, a girl's just got to go sleek. After all, a streamlined hairstyle equals a streamlined life, doesn't it?   read more

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7 Best Hair Dryers

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7 Best Hair Dryers

Hair dryers are like bottles of wine -- some cost $15, some cost $500, and it's often unclear whether or not you're truly getting what you pay for. Some hair dryers can leave your hair damaged and frizzy -- not exactly what you set out to achieve when doing your blow-out. And that's where this list of the best hair dryers comes in.   See blow dryers

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9 Chic Ways to Reinvent the Denim Skirt

Ten years ago, most of us were plenty familiar with denim skirts. Remember those cut-off jean minis we wore with graphic T-shirts and Uggs? Well, just when we thought we'd finally moved on from that cringe-worthy era, denim skirts are back on runways and red carpets. But don't worry -- this season's jean skirt revival is one you'll look back on with pride.   read more

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12 Best Drugstore Blush Products

The best drugstore blush has a few key characteristics. Not only is it under $15, the best drugstore blush is also easy to blend, highly pigmented, creamy in texture and offers a wide selection of shades. So, how hard is it really to find a quality drugstore blush?   read more

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Which Perfume Matches Your Signature Style?

Makeup and clothes tend to get all the attention when it comes to personal style, but above all else, the perfume you wear is most connected to the fabric of your being.   read more

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