Stories by Allie Flinn

These Are the Most Flattering Highlights for Your Hair Color

Did you ever go through a gothic phase in high school, when you couldn't stand even a slight fade to your jet black hair color? Those days, you probably thought highlights were meant only for the carefree blondes or the sun-kissed brunettes of the world -- tortured soul, much?   Lighten up

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9 Best Drugstore Hairsprays

In our list of vital hair products, hairspray is number one. After all, what's the point of creating perfect curls or a gorgeous updo if it just falls flat an hour later? Hairspray prevents our hair from drooping, but that doesn't mean just any old spray will do. In addition to keeping our hairstyles in place, it shouldn't make hair feel crunchy, crispy or sticky.   read more

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11 Full-Coverage Foundations That Feel Like Nothing

Full-coverage foundation has come a long way from its heavy, pore-clogging, I'm-clearly-wearing-makeup predecessors. Featuring lighter-than-air formulas and skin-perfecting ingredients, the newest crop of full-coverage foundations will give you the coverage you crave without making you look like an '80s newscaster.   read more

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12 Amazing Gifts for Mom

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12 Amazing Gifts for Mom

This Mother's Day, show Mom just how much you appreciate her with one of these uplifting, pampering picks   read more

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The Color-Correcting Technique You Need More Than Contouring

If 2015 was the year of contouring, we're calling 2016 the year of color correcting. From the slew of YouTube tutorials to the uptick in searches for "how to color correct," it's obvious this is the trend to try. In recent months, every major brand has released a color-correcting product -- giving you no shortage of options to dabble with. But what exactly is color correcting, and -- most importantly -- why should you do it?   read more

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21 Must-Have Natural Beauty Products (That Cost Less Than $25)

Until recently, it seemed like natural beauty products just couldn't compete with the results of your department store moisturizer. Now, everyone from Kristen Bell to your meat-eating coworker is switching out their conventional products with all-natural ones. The downside: Overhauling your entire routine can get pricey.   read more

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9 Best Drugstore Nail Polishes

The best drugstore nail polish should be long lasting, have a gorgeous selection of colors and work just as well as their high-end counterparts for a fraction of the cost. But figuring out which drugstore nail polishes deliver on those promises can be tricky -- after all, there are tons of nail polish brands out there and even at drugstore prices, it would cost one person a fortune to test them all.   read more

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18 Things 'The O.C.' Taught You About Beauty

Our obsession all started with a simple line: "Welcome to the O.C., bitch."

Even now, nine years off the air, "The O.C." has defined a generation (or two). We followed the characters for four seasons, rooting for Seth and Summer, ugly-crying over Marissa's death, seeing true love in the form of Sandy and Kirsten and, of course, obsessing over the hair and makeup of our favorite characters.   read more

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30 Award-Winning Beauty Products That Cost Less Than $10

You don't need to spend your entire paycheck in order to purchase high-quality, amazing beauty products. The proof? These 30 (yes, you read that right) inexpensive products that are TotalBeauty Award winners and cost less than $10. Cue the swooning.   read more

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9 New Beauty Trends to Obsess Over

We've spent countless hours (and a few sleepless nights) testing hundreds of new beauty products for our 2016 TotalBeauty Awards. And once the testing was completed, we spent even more hours locked in a conference room, battling it out for our favorite products. Now that the winners are announced, we'll let you in on a secret: Discovering the latest beauty trends is just as exciting as choosing the year's best mascara or breakthrough hair product. And now, we're letting you in on the seven hottest trends we saw. If these products aren't on your vanity already, they will be soon.   read more

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