Stories by Allie Flinn

4 Essential Acne-Fighters for Latina Skin

Getting acne to do a disappearing act is never an easy task, but in Hispanic women, it can be David Blaine-tricky. According to Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, acne in Latina skin has to be treated quickly to reduce the risk of dark spots.   read more

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10 Beauty Hacks That Would Make MacGyver Proud

What do hand sanitizer, dryer sheets and baby powder all have in common? Aside from their conventional uses, they moonlight as quick fixes to many of your beauty-related issues. We pored over hundreds of so-called "life-changing" beauty tips and makeup tricks to find the most bizarre ones -- and then, of course, we had to test them to see which ones actually worked. Here, find the 10 beauty hacks that made the cut. (You can thank us later.)   read more

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7 Best Cream Blushes

Can't stand powder blush? You're not alone. But cream blush isn't without its own set of problems. It can be hard to blend, greasy or fade away as the day goes on. But not these cream blushes. Our reviewers swear that these blushes are super-easy to apply, last all day and give cheeks a healthy flush of color without veering into clown territory. See the best cream blushes, as chosen by our readers.   read more

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M.A.C.'s Latest Collection Is the Stuff Romance Is Made Of

When you think of romance novels, the first thing that comes to mind are the book covers featuring Fabio (or a Fabio-esque man) with his shirt off and a busty, swooning woman. But would you think they would be a great inspiration for your makeup? Probably not. Well, the folks over at M.A.C. beg to differ, and those novels served as the inspiration for their latest collection aptly called, "A Novel Romance." (AKA "a colour collection teeming with luscious shades that will have you feeling overwhelmed with desire.")   read more

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The Designer Collab We're Coveting for Fall

Designer Roland Mouret is known for dressing some of the most glamorous celebrities in Hollywood in curve-hugging, ultra-flattering outfits. So it's no surprise that his new collaboration with Banana Republic, launching August 7, features elegant, fitted and (suprisingly) work-appropriate finds --think sheath dresses and pencil skirts. The best part? Prices range from $49.50 to $140, meaning your fall wardrobe can get an update on a budget.   read more

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The 3 Moves You Need to Get Maria Menounos' Amazing Beach Body

You don't need a fancy gym membership or tons of expensive equipment to get in shape. Gorgeous celebrity-news correspondent and "Dancing with the Stars" alum Maria Menounos is proof. In her new book, The Everygirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness, she gives tips and tricks for getting healthy that require minimal time and money -- just like she did. (That sizzling bikini body is the result of dropping 40 pounds.)   read more

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We Made the Impossible Happen: 7 (Work-Appropriate) Days of Glitter Makeup

I'm a firm believer that there is no bad time or place to wear glitter. So when Urban Decay's Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive landed on my desk, I pronounced that I would wear it (and the Heavy Metal Loose Glitter it works with) every single day if I could. And thus, a challenge was born.   read more

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Got Freckles? You're Probably Making These Makeup Mistakes

For anyone, finding the perfect foundation shade is about as easy as following a rainbow to its end. Add freckles to the mix and, well, you might as well be looking for a leprechaun and pot of gold, too. You're faced with issues like whether you should match your foundation to your freckles, to the rest of your face or to some shade halfway between the two.Then, there's the question of coverage: Should you completely cover them? If you don't want to conceal them, will your freckles look strangely muted? The list of questions goes on and on, making it easy to give up on makeup altogether. So we turned to Katie Jane Hughes, makeup artist and Global Colour Ambassador for Butter London, and Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist Taylor Babaian to answer all our questions about applying makeup to freckled skin.   read more

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11 Sexiest Swimsuits You Need Now (But Can't Have 'Til Next Year)

Note to self: start working on my abs now, because next year's swimsuits just showed at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week: Swim in Miami, and they're looking as itsy-bitsy as ever. And while I'm at it, I'm going to be bathing in vats of the best self-tanners, because a golden glow is the perfect accessory to some of these bright, patterned swimsuits.   read more

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10 Powdered Cleansers for Glowy Skin

Some powders, like those found in envelopes circa 2001, make us want to run in the other direction. Others, like the new class of exfoliating face cleansers, make us want to dive into a vat of it, face-first (and emerge softer, smoother and glowier than ever).   read more

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