Stories by Allie Flinn

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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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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16 Best Blushes

The best blushes give a lit-from-within, healthy-looking glow -- something we all strive for with our makeup. A bad blush gives a streaky, sparkly, clownish look -- not attractive. Luckily, our reviewers have have helped us narrow down the best blushes on the market. They've tried tons of blushes, and we're sharing their favorite picks. The best part? Our readers guarantee you won't look like you're auditioning for the circus when you reach for one of these top ranked blushes. (Just remember to use a real blush brush with all of them, not the little ones that come in the package, OK?)   See blushes

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9 Best Acne-Fighting Products -- and the 3 Worst

The best acne products are essential for adults suffering from bad skin. While some women are lucky enough to outgrow teen acne (or skip it entirely -- jerks), the rest of us need help dealing with the recurring blemishes in our 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. That's when this list of the best acne products -- along with the ones you should avoid -- becomes especially handy. With it, we can navigate the endless acne treatment options out there and hone in on the best acne products that will help us treat everything from cystic acne and the occasional monster zit to chin acne or recurring breakouts.   See products

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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 makeup. Whenever a new glitter product lands on my desk, I can't help but scheme ways to wear these mesmerizing eye shadows and liners all day, every day -- even at the office. And thus, a challenge was born.   read more

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10 Illuminating Face Lotions for Glowy, Gorgeous Skin

Glow is having a serious moment. Brands like Becca and Anastasia Beverly Hills are all about the highlight (see: Becca x Jaclyn Hill and Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit), and even Kim Kardashian has traded her signature contour for strobing (check out our tutorial here). Plus, there's just something so youthful and fresh about dewy, glowy skin. As someone who is a fan of glow, shimmer, sparkle and all iterations thereof, my glitter-encrusted heart skipped a beat when I heard about glotions, the latest way to give your skin a luminous finish. Glotions (sadly, I cannot take credit for the name) are part moisturizer, part luminizer. They make your skin look ethereal without being OTT sparkly (no disco ball effect, scout's honor). Wear one solo for an effortless look, mix it into your foundation for a dewy tinted moisturizer effect or dab some on the tops of your cheekbones to get that Taylor-Swift-post-gym glow.   read more

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14 Best Makeup Brushes

Having the best makeup brushes in your beauty bag can make all the difference in your makeup routine. Just like a great artist uses a brush to create a museum-worthy painting, we wield our makeup brushes to create perfectly contoured and blended makeup masterpieces.   See tools

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14 BB Cushions for Effortlessly Flawless Skin

Just when we were getting a little tired of hearing about double-lettered beauty products (hair BB and CC creams?), BB cushions, the latest Korean import, entered -- and we found reason to be twitterpated again. Like the BB cream did a few years ago, BB cushions are poised to change the way we think about base makeup.   read more

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10 Best Drugstore Primers

Navigating the drugstore makeup aisle to find the best drugstore primer can be tricky -- but it's a necessary process. After all, a makeup primer should be a staple in every woman's makeup bag, because it will keep your eye shadow from creasing and your foundation from dripping down your face halfway through the day. If you're on a beauty budget, never fear -- you don't have to spend tons of money to find a great primer. We scoured hundreds of reviews and pulled together this list of the best drugstore primers for frugal beauty babes. We guarantee one (or more!) of these will be the best makeup primer for you!   read more

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12 Best Body-Transforming Products

Let's face it -- not all of us want to spend a bundle on costly spa treatments to fix our body issues. Whether you want to eradicate stretch marks, body acne, dry skin and nails or any other number of bodily woes, the search for body-transforming products that will actually deliver visible results can prove quite the challenge.   See products

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