Stories by Allie Flinn

I Gave Up Luxury Beauty Products for a Month. These Are the Drugstore Products I Loved

It will surprise none of my friends when I say that I have expensive taste. My boyfriend is in awe of my ability to unknowingly gravitate to the most costly glasses of wine on the list. While my job doesn't pay for my $35 glasses of Chateaneuf-du-Pape, it does allow me access to all the spendy beauty products my heart desires. But if I were forced to actually pay for the luxurious products that I love, I'd be broke in two seconds -- much like 99 percent of the world.   read more

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11 New Perfumes for Every Type of Summer Soiree

Summer break may be a thing of the past for many of us, but just because we don't get three months off doesn't mean our social calendars are less packed. Backyard BBQs, weddings, date nights en plein air ... there's a certain sense of freedom and hopefulness about summer that no other season can match. And since scent is one of the biggest memory triggers, there's no better way to remember these stolen summer moments between work and other responsibilities than a special summer fragrance.   read more

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10 Best Eczema Treatments Under $14

Finding effective eczema treatments is a tricky business. Anyone who suffers from eczema can tell you how hard it is to find a product that will provide more than just temporary relief. When your dry, itchy skin keeps you up and scratching all night, it's time to take some action. For some eczema sufferers, this means turning to prescription creams or even steroids (yep, steroids) to control the pain.   See products

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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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The Korean Trend That's Boot Camp for Your Skin

#Doublefisting doesn't just apply to having two glasses of wine in hand simultaneously. It's a hashtag that's becoming trendy on Instagram with the Korean beauty-obsessed, and it refers to the popular Korean ritual of using two face masks a day. (Yes, you read that right.) It's like bridal boot camp for your skin, helping solve your pressing skin woes in time for a big event.   read more

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I Stuck Hundreds of Tiny Needles In My Face for Better Skin

I am the ultimate lazy girl when it comes to my skin care routine. If I manage to wash my face and slap on some moisturizer at the end of the day, it's an accomplishment.   read more

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10 Lip Glosses That'll Convince You to Give Up Your Mattes

I can't swipe on a lip gloss without singing that Lil' Mama song. Think back to 2008. You know the one. ("They say my lip gloss be cool/My lip gloss be popping.") And I'm about to have it playing in my head on repeat, because lip gloss is back in a major way. (Proof: Kylie recently launched a gloss version of her matte Lip Kit).   read more

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This Is the Lipstick You Should Wear, According to Your Favorite Disney Princess

I grew up on a steady diet of "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast" played on repeat. (I even had my first crush on the Beast, which I won't even try to psychologically unpack here.) Chances are you have a similar Disney-movie-watching experience, and I'm willing to bet you had a favorite Disney princess because she just got you. Maybe you pretended to be on a magic carpet like Jasmine, or decided to take scissors to your hair like Mulan (true story).   read more

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6 Moves to Get Crop-Top-Worthy Abs

Thanks to the return of skin-baring trends like the crop top, the desire for killer abs is no longer dependent upon whether you're hitting the pool in a bikini or not. Yep, abs are back in a big way. Simone De La Rue, celebrity trainer (she works with stars like Anne Hathaway and Camila Alves McConaughey) and founder and creator of Body by Simone, is here to help us achieve the toned tummy of our dreams through her book Body by Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan.   read more

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17 Best Short Hairstyles for African American Women

Short hair, don't care -- that seems to be the motto these days. Everyone from celebrities to women we cross paths with on the reg seem to be trading in long locks for short crops, and we love it.   read more

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