Stories by Amanda Montell

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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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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16 Massage Horror Stories That Will Make You Cringe

A massage is supposed to be one of life's simplest and most relaxing pleasures. But put nakedness, body oil and strangers in a dim room, and something's bound to go wrong eventually. Scroll through to read all about the painful rubdowns, reflexology gone wrong and not-so-happy endings that have us cringing. May these embarrassing massage moments serve as cautionary tales for the next time you book your bodywork.   read more

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30 Classy First Tattoo Ideas for Women Over 40

Female tattoos may just be the most badass thing about women over 40, but the Internet has a lot to say about how old is "too old" for a woman to get tattooed. A survey out of the UK last year put the cut-off at 31. But respected tattoo artists will tell you otherwise.   read more

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The 10 Best Skin Tightening Creams for 2017

Wouldn't it be nice if all the secrets to younger-looking skin were hidden in lotions, potions and OTC creams? The good news is that the best skin tightening creams can help prevent saggy skin, but you have to do your part, as well. In order to reap the benefits of the best skin tightening creams and other game-changing products, you have to make sure to have a well-rounded routine involving UV protection, healthy eating and adequate sleep.   See products

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