Stories by Amanda Montell

Dita Von Teese Spills Her Secret to Looking Sexy in Real Life

Dita Von Teese is not a myth. She's not an angel, not a doll, not an alien from outer space. To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure that someone so airbrushed and poised could be 100 percent human. That is, until I sat down with Von Teese at the Beverly Hills M.A.C. boutique to find out everything about her new tomato red lipstick, her new book, "Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour" and if she really is as unattainably perfect as she seems.   read more

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20 Harry Potter Spells Every Beauty Junkie Wishes Were Real

Though the credits have rolled on the final Harry Potter film, J.K. Rowling's world lives on forever in the hearts of true, ride-or-die Potterheads. The wizards and witches among us know the core Harry Potter spells better than we know our own country's state capitals: "Wingardium Leviosa" levitates; "Expelliarmus," disarms; "Expecto Patronum" defends against Dementors and Lethifolds. Come on, we speak fluent Hogwarts.   read more

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16 Best Celebrity Eyebrow Transformations of 2015

Brows are always at the center of the beauty conversation. The ever-evolving trends breed "brow gurus" like Anastasia and Benefit, as well as new tweezing, waxing and futuristic brow-building technology all the time. Why? Because brows make the single biggest difference in how we look.   See eyebrows

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10 Things That Will Kill You, According to Women's Magazines

It's a common scenario: You're at the nail salon waiting for your pedi to dry, when you flip open a magazine to find a deluge of stories like "My Flip Flops Almost Killed Me," and "Here's How Diet Coke Ruined My Life."   read more

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11 Best Instagram Beauty Moments of 2015 -- Ranked

Let's talk Instagram. Odds are you've got it pulled up on your phone right now. On average, people spend just over 21 minutes every day scrolling through their college friends' brunches and favorite celebrities' selfies. And for us beauty gurus and pop culture junkies, Instagram is also where we get a ton of hair and makeup inspiration.   read more

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Why You Should Be Putting Probiotics on Your Face

You've probably overheard one of your skin care-obsessed pals exalting the wonders of using yogurt as a DIY facial. Maybe your instinct was to call B.S. But recently, research has found that there are actually compelling benefits to the "good bacteria" in yogurt -- beyond what it can do for your insides.   read more

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15 Best Eyebrow Products

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15 Best Eyebrow Products

The best eyebrow products can be the difference between a polished look and a messy, dated one. Look back at old photos of yourself from the '90s, and you'll undoubtedly find a pair of over-plucked brows, drawn on messily with poor quality eyebrow pencils. We used to tweeze the living daylights out of our eyebrows ("eyebrows on fleek" hadn't yet been introduced to our vocabulary). Today, the trends have shifted to fuller, bolder brows; and in order to recover from the great over-plucking of 1999, we must rely on the best eyebrow products. Any hope of returning to natural, perfect eyebrows depends on it.   See products

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8 Meditation Hacks for People Who Suck at Sitting Still

When we hear the word meditation, it's hard not to picture some hippie dippie type in a cross-legged posture, spending two hours a day trying not to scratch her nose. Maybe that's our cynicism talking; maybe it's the fact that we read "Eat, Pray, Love" one too many times. Whatever the reason, meditation often seems totally out of reach for us normal, busy people.   read more

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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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