Stories by Amanda Montell

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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17 Sexy Pairs of Granny Panties We'd Actually Wear

It's official: The days when unbearable, stringier-than-floss thongs were the only sexy kind of undies are gone. What's taken their place? Granny panties. It's true. The undies of today are high-waisted, full-coverage and doused in flowers and lace. Skeptical? Scroll through for our 17 favorite pairs of granny panties, which you don't have to be a lingerie model to pull off. Let's all join hands and thank the undie gods.   read more

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16 Tattoo Rules Every Woman Needs to Know

Feeling the itch for some permanent body art? Lots of us are. While tattoos used to be the crests of bikers and criminals, over the last decade or two, attitudes have changed -- especially for women.   read more

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15 Best Foundation Products

Complaints about foundation? We've heard them all -- from too heavy and drying to too light and oily, not to mention "too few shades" and "too expensive." But thanks to our TotalBeauty.com reviewers, we've managed to curate a list of foundation products you can't live without. Discover which brands and formulas received the most upward facing thumbs -- you just might discover your new foundation fix.   Best foundations

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The Best Bath Bomb for Every Occasion

A bath bomb gives your average at-home soak an unrivaled upgrade. If you dare to bathe without one, reconsider -- just pop one of these fizzy, fragrant bath accessories in your tub and it'll instantly fill the water with delicious scents and vivid colors. Um, magical.   read more

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9 New Ways to Rock the Nautical Trend

There's a reason nautical never goes out of style: The sailor-inspired trend, with its structured jackets, striped tees and navy and white color scheme, is one of summer's most universally flattering looks.   read more

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12 Gorgeous Beauty Looks From Cannes 2015

For some, the Cannes Film Festival is a time for filmmakers to celebrate their newest innovations in cinema. But for us, it's a time to geek out over the breathtaking summer red carpet looks of Hollywood's artsiest beautiful people. Keep scrolling to discover the best celebrity makeup and hair from Cannes attendees like Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong'o. Major summertime beauty inspiration lies ahead.   read more

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7 Best Teeth Whitening Products -- 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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The Sandals You'll Want to Wear all Summer

With summer comes the perfect excuse to makeover your shoe collection. Last year, our feet rejoiced when history's comfiest shoe, the Birkenstock, made a major comeback. This summer, designers are taking the flat style and laidback attitude of the Birk and elevating it -- literally.   read more

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25 Best Drugstore Beauty Products

We can all agree -- there is something deeply satisfying about saving money. And nothing gives us more of a rush than scoring an amazing lipstick or mascara without spending a fortune. See, drugstore-aisle enthusiasts like us believe that it is possible to improve your look and trim your budget at the same time.   See bargains

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