Stories by Allie Flinn

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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The Foundation of Your Beauty: 10 Makeup Tips That Will Change Your Routine

Introducing part three of our three-part series, The Foundation of Your Beauty, designed to help you feel gorgeous from the inside out.   read more

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Why You Need to De-Germ Your Gym Bag ASAP

Avoiding illness at the gym is a bit like driving defensively: You need to anticipate that other people will make mistakes, leading to dangerous (read: germ-y) situations. But while most of your attention is focused on the germ-ridden elliptical machines and free weights, you're completely overlooking a sneaky, disease-harboring source: your gym bag.   read more

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10 Stunning Bollywood-Inspired Eye Makeup Looks

Singing, dancing and happy endings define Bollywood (Bombay's version of Hollywood) films. Grand, sweeping musical numbers fill the screen and suspend moviegoers' reality for three to four hours (unlike "Lord of the Rings," Bollywood films kindly have an intermission).   read more

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6 Women Who Inspire Us to Work Out Harder

Forcing ourselves to hit the gym is not always an easy feat: Who actually wants to pound the treadmill after work when we could settle down on the couch with some wine and Netflix? Sometimes we need a little extra nudge to get us to set down the vino and lace up our shoes.   read more

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15 Best Brow Enhancing Beauty Products

In case you haven't heard, full eyebrows are the hottest trend. And for good reason. Well-groomed brows can make you look polished and bring focus to your eyes, while un-groomed brows can make your overall look messy. Overplucked brows are just, well, scary.   See products

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16 Best Body Scrubs

We love a rich, moisturizing body scrub. Unfortunately, exfoliating in the shower can take circus-like stability to avoid slipping on the layer of oil that many body scrubs leave all over the tub. That's why an excellent scrub must have great balance, too: the right ratio of skin-sloughing and moisturizing elements and an amazing fragrance that's not too strong, is energizing, and still relaxing enough to feel like you've stepped into a luxury spa. Sound like a tall order? That's why only 16 scrubs made the cut. Click through to see which reader-reviewed products stand up to the challenge.   See reviews

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The Amazing Beauty Trick You Haven't Tried: Acupuncture

I'll admit it: I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes to things like acupuncture. I'd rather deal with headaches and stress by popping a couple of Aleve or working my way through a heart-pounding Crossfit workout than "focusing on my breathing" or trying "healing yoga." But, could taking a more rounded and holistic approach be the way to go?   read more

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Steal These Fitness Gurus' Gym Bag Beauty Essentials

How do these beauty-conscious fitness gurus stay gorgeous, even after a tough workout? We asked them to spill the contents of their gym bag to see which products they keep on hand at all times so they can look good during an intense sweat session, and after. Here, the beauty products that belong in every woman's gym bag.   read more

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