Stories by Amanda Montell

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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9 Soothing Face Masks to Help Kill Your Holiday 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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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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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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Would You Bathe Your Face in Semen For Perfect Skin?

We beauty junkies are known to go to extremes for flawless skin: dropping $85 on the latest peptide-packed night creams, clearing out our fridges to concoct trendy DIY elixirs. But beauty blogger Tracy Kiss (yes, that is her real name) has won the wacky award on her quest for a clear complexion with -- wait for it -- semen facials.   read more

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The 'It' Girl Hairstyle That Takes Less Than 10 Minutes

Oh, the half bun. You've seen it. It's that hairstyle all the girls on Pinterest are wearing -- the one that looks like you tried to throw your hair up into a top knot, but forgot most of it? Over the past two years, we've seen the half bun everywhere -- on celebrities from Ariana Grande to the Olsen Twins. But how did the half bun first come to be?   read more

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10 Hot Chocolate Recipes That Put the Store Brand Stuff to Shame

When we think of hot chocolate, we picture our eight-year-old selves in footie pajamas, crowded around a microwave, waiting for that sacred ding telling us to snatch our Swiss Miss and load it up with marshmallows. Oh, childhood. All it took was a little hot chocolate mix and some milk to make our entire night.   read more

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11 Best Eye Shadow Palettes

There are few beauty products that look prettier on our vanities and makeup counters than eye shadow palettes. The sleek packaging, the assortment of pretty matte colors and shimmery shades -- a good eye shadow palette is like an artist's palette of paints, but better, because, well, eye shadow.   read more

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The Real Difference Between Affordable and Expensive Skin Care

Skin care products give us hope -- hope that with the next night cream purchase our fine lines will disappear; that with the perfect eye cream our dark circles will crawl back into the Hellmouth they came from. No matter how savvy we are as consumers, our optimism is sometimes enough to lure us into dropping a couple Benjamins on the latest-and-greatest serums and lotions.   read more

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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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