Stories by Allie Flinn

8 Ways to Prevent (and Treat) Old Lady Hands

You could do everything else right: eat the best foods for your skin, be up to date on the latest in anti-aging skin care and tirelessly slather on sunscreen -- but if you're neglecting your hands, all your efforts to harness the fountain of youth are for naught.   read more

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8 Best Curling Irons -- and the 2 Worst

There are a few things you should look for in a curling iron: One, does it get hot enough to adequately curl your hair? Two, is it the right size barrel for the curls you want to create (smaller barrels mean tighter curls, looser barrels mean bigger curls)? Three, is it easy to hold and use? And four, is it a high enough quality iron to last you a long time?   See curling irons

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10 Swoon-Worthy Braids for African American Women

Everyone may be buzzing about lobs and pixies, but one hairstyle that's perpetually trendy? Braids. From pretty, plaited buns to structural cornrows to fabulous box braids, we've rounded up our favorite braided African American hairstyles. We scoured Pinterest and Instagram to find the trendiest, most-liked ways to braid your hair. Check out the swoon-worthy braids you need to try this season. Bonus: Some of these braids you can leave in for weeks to give your hair a break from damaging heat styling.   read more

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9 Best Face Cleansing Towelettes

There's nothing better than a splash of cold water on your face in the morning, or washing away the day's grime with your favorite skin care products. But sometimes life happens; you're on the go and it's just not possible to do the whole soap-and-water routine. In this scenario, your best and easiest skin care option is to use a face wipe.   See products

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8 Gentle, Hydrating Cleansers You Need for Winter

Hybrids are everywhere: The freeway, the grocery store (tangelo, anyone?) and, now, in our skin-care routine. Melting cleansers give us the best of both worlds: An easy-to-apply gel makeup remover that transforms into a cleansing oil that rinses away as a silky milk.   read more

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How to Get the Hair of Your Dreams? Ditch Your Shampoo

The quest for shampoo-commercial-worthy hair is often driven by the mantra "lather, rinse, repeat" and gallons of shampoo. But in a cruel twist of fate, some experts believe that shampoo is the very thing that's holding us back from the hair of our dreams. Normal shampoos are designed to remove dirt and oil from the hair, by way of detergents and chemicals called sulfates. Sulfates give us that rich lather and squeaky-clean feeling we all crave. However, says New York-based dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum, MD, FAAD, they're also stripping our hair of natural oils that keep it shiny and healthy.   read more

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The Best and Worst Holiday Cocktails

Per serving, some of these yummy drinks have more sugar than a Milky Way bar (and, let's be honest, who's stopping at one?). So we talked to nutrition expert Rachel Scherdin, MS, RDN, who recently gave the menu at the Four Seasons Miami a healthy makeover, and Nicole Silber, RD and founder of Nicole Silber Nutrition in New York City, to help us lighten up the most indulgent holiday cocktails.   read more

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12 Best Primers for Long-Lasting Eye Makeup

If you don't prime before applying eye makeup, you're committing a serious makeup crime. If you aren't convinced that you need (or have time for) this crucial step, maybe this will do it: Experts say that the No. 1 way to prevent makeup from melting and smudging is to prime. (Think about it this way: Taking an extra 10 seconds in the morning to apply eye primer is quicker than spending five minutes wiping eyeliner off your lower lids in the afternoon.)   See them now

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Holiday Cocktails for the Hostess Who Hates to Cook

I love the holidays, and I love playing hostess. But one place where my enthusiasm wanes is the kitchen. I don't know about you, but sweating off my makeup over a pan of gravy or spending the next day scrubbing turkey gizzard out from under my nails does not say "fun" to me. Course, that doesn't mean the holidays have to be a total party bust.   read more

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7 Steps to Perfect Foundation Application

Foundation sets the stage for all the other players in your makeup routine. When applied correctly, foundation evens out your skin tone, conceals imperfections and gives you a natural-looking radiance. In the case of Estée Lauder's new Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25, it can even give your skin anti-aging benefits. When you properly apply your foundation, it enhances the rest of your look: Your lipstick appears more vibrant, your blush has more "pop" and your eye makeup looks more radiant.   read more

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