Stories by Allie Flinn

13 Best Summer Hair Care Products -- and the 2 Worst

Summer is an invitation for a more lackadaisical approach to hair. (Hallelujah!) It means letting bangs grow out, letting hair air-dry, getting beachy waves from actually going to the beach and covering up unwashed summer hair with floppy hats. But with the season also comes certain summer hair hazards, like chlorine, UV rays, salt water and humidity -- all of which can lead to pool-hair, fried scalps and frizzy, dried-out, damaged strands.   See products

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11 Best Under-Eye Concealers for Fine Lines

Under-eye concealer is the behind-the-scenes workhorse of the makeup world. You only notice it when it's not doing its job. The best under-eye concealer needs to cover up dark circles and brighten tired eyes -- without creasing or settling into fine lines. Unfortunately, finding a truly crease-free concealer is much harder than you'd think.   read more

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6 Epic Pinterest Beauty Fails -- and How to Fix Them

Pinterest is great for many things: finding braid inspiration; planning your fantasy wedding; reading motivational fitness quotes; scoping out your next DIY project. But just because you saw it on Pinterest doesn't mean it's a good idea -- in fact, some of those beauty DIYs can seriously damage your skin.   read more

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10 Life-Changing Kitchen Tools That Will Help You Slim Down

The best way to ensure that you're eating healthy foods without any bad-for-you additives (refined sugar, salt, etc.) is to cook at home. But eating healthy is already rough. Trading pizza and burritos for spinach salads and cauli-rice stir fry is no small feat. Cooking just adds another element to the entire process -- unless you've got the right equipment.   read more

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20 Readers' Picks for Best Hair Shampoo

The best shampoos won't make your hair feel dry, brittle or unhealthy. Instead, a great shampoo has the power to transform your hair and even make your hairstyles look better, no matter if you have straight hair, curly hair or somewhere in between. We scoured the shampoo reviews in our database to find the very best shampoos -- here, the ones our readers swear give them the soft, shiny, manageable hair of their dreams.   Best of

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The Best Tinted Dry Shampoos For Your Hair Color

Dry shampoo is a life-changing hair product. Woke up late? Spray it on and you've got hair that looks better than if you'd washed it (Get our dry shampoo tutorial here). But sometimes, for brunettes especially, dry shampoo can leave a white, powdery cast that's not much better than greasy hair. Enter: tinted dry shampoos. They not only eliminate the whole white-residue issue, they also make hair color look more vibrant -- and can even cover up your roots.   read more

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13 Breathtaking Beauty Looks From the 2015 Met Gala

Celebrities showed up in their finest to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in celebration of this years' Met Gala theme: "China: Through the Looking Glass." Since Met Gala is basically the world's fanciest theme party (it costs $25,000 to score an exclusive ticket), the pressure was on for attendees to show up wearing stand-out outfits and eye-catching beauty looks. Here, our favorite hair and makeup looks from the Met Gala 2015.   read more

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8 Gentle, Hydrating Cleansers for Your Softest Skin Ever

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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The Minimalist Trend You Need to Sport This Spring

"Comfortable" and "stylish" may appear mutually exclusive -- until you take a look at the Spring 2015 runways of fashion's top designers like Philip Lim and Alexander Wang. Jogger pants, flat sandals and dresses in sport-inspired silhouettes and materials make for an ultra-chic -- yet totally comfortable -- spring. Here, nine cool pieces you need to edge out your wardrobe this spring.   read more

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14 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. Luckily, these unique products promise incredible, seemingly impossible results for everything from body acne to stretch marks. And TotalBeauty.com readers say they live up to their claims.   See products

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