Stories by Allie Flinn

The 8 Stages of Organizing Your Beauty Products (and Your Life)

Anyone who has tasked themselves with organizing knows that you don't get from "determined" to "satisfied with life-changing results" without a lot of inner turmoil. Especially if you follow Marie Kondo's tips from her bestselling novel, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." Thanks to a job that requires me to test out new beauty products (I know, it's rough), my product closet -- er, bathroom -- is bordering on a level that could get me on "Hoarders." So, I decided to put Kondo's tactics to the test. As she says in the book, "When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too." Such is the magic of tidying up. Here's how I (and my beauty product collection) fared.   read more

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This Is Where Cool Girls Get Their Hair Done in L.A.

The power of a great haircut or hair color is undeniable -- as is the opposite. (Holla if you've ever been reduced to tears by a hair disaster!) Which makes choosing the best hair salon a decision that can send you down a Yelp wormhole -- especially if you live in the big city. Yes, finding your hair stylist/colorist match in Los Angeles, a city where they're as plentiful as avocados, is rough. Think: perfect curly haircuts, sunkissed highlights, tousled waves, the latest hairstyles the celebs are wearing ... basically, the stuff Pinterest dreams are made of.   read more

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We Tried It: A Make Up For Ever HD Foundation That Promises a Natural Finish

When it was announced that the OG Make Up For Ever HD Foundation was getting a makeover, I was distraught. I've used the original formula for nearly eight years, since I was a pale teenager struggling with acne. But, because I'm nothing if not product obsessed, I was willing to give the new formula, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, $39, a chance to impress me.   read more

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14 Best Powders

When it comes to face makeup, most of us will go to amazing lengths in order to find that perfect product. That one foundation, powder or concealer that completely hides spots, minimizes lines and creates an overall flawless finish. (Does one such product even exist?!) We will spend a ton of cash -- maybe not on one product, but on the hundreds we've tested in a lifetime -- read reviews until we're dizzy and, of course, allow makeup artist after makeup artist to convince us that their product is the best. That's a lot of work for a category of makeup that shouldn't really get noticed, right? Well, in order to put an end to this madness and to hopefully save you a few bucks, we thought we'd share a list of the top-rated face powders according to our readers.   See powders

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17 Empowering Quotes From Women of Color

Sometimes, we all need a little reminder of just how strong, powerful and beautiful we are. Like those days when we wake up late, dump coffee down our shirt and get chewed out by our boss before 10am. So, we rounded up our favorite empowering quotes from the trailblazing women of color who really knew how to face adversity with defiance or grace. These women discuss everything from beauty to race to womanhood in profound ways that can inspire us all to speak up for what we believe and love ourselves for who we are. Stay positive, focused and happy with these inspiring quotes from Frida Kahlo, Eartha Kitt, Maya Angelou, Zoe Saldana, Malala Yousafzai and more.   read more

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8 Workout Classes That Burn The Most Calories for the Price -- Ranked

Working out used to mean throwing on an old t-shirt and shorts and heading to a globo gym where you could anonymously sit on a recumbent bike for an hour. But times they are a-changin'. Ratty t-shirts are being replaced by stylish athleisure wear, and boutique fitness classes are giving regular gyms a run for their money. People want the close-knit community boutique gyms provide, and they're willing to pay triple the price of a regular gym to get it. But, calorie-burning-wise, are these trendy classes actually worth it?   read more

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8 Truths You Should Know Before You Get Bangs

"Should I get bangs?" It's a seemingly innocent question. But when it crosses your mind, it's liable to send you into a Pinterest wormhole of bang inspiration -- and subsequent indecision. Because, while bangs have the power to transform a hairstyle into a look, they admittedly aren't for everybody.   read more

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13 Unexpected Ways to Wear Gold Makeup

Move over, silver and bronze. It's officially the season of gold makeup. Every winter, we can't help but add a touch of metallic sparkle -- be it gilded lids or glittery polish -- to our makeup repertoire, and this year, it's all about gold, the color of luxury, opulence and #winning (and who doesn't want to go into the New Year with that mindset?). That's why it's the only metallic we're wearing this holiday season, ensuring we'll take first place in makeup at all of our gatherings. Here, take inspiration from 13 of the most gorgeous ways to wear gold makeup.   read more

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Holiday Forecast: You Need to Try a Metallic Eye

Whether you like subtle sparkle or want to bring the drama with tons of shine, consider this your guide to the season's metallic eye trend   read more

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13 Best Makeup Palettes for a Flawless Finish Every Time

There's something about makeup palettes that turns us into giddy schoolgirls. The pretty packaging, the multiple shades, the travel-ready size ... the list goes on. Here, the best new palettes to add to your summer makeup routine, from Urban Decay's latest smokey eye shadow palette to a bronzer palette that's (almost) too pretty to use.   read more

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