Stories by Allie Flinn

9 Next-Level Mason Jar Recipes for Your Best Lunch, Ever

We get it: It's way easier to hit up the local salad bar or raid the communal snacks in the office kitchen than to pre-make something to nosh on for lunch -- even though packing a lunch is almost always the healthier option (and, in the case of eating out, cheaper, too).   read more

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11 Best Mousse Products

Big hair, don't care: That's what you'll be saying when you try out one of these reviewer-approved mousse products. When it comes to creating larger-than-life hairstyles, teasing combs and hairspray usually get all the attention in your hairstyling arsenal. While they can get you some momentary height, nothing beats a volumizing mousse for all-day sculpt and hold.   read more

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9 Stunning Ads That Showcase Beauty of All Colors

Scoring a spot as the face of a beauty brand's ad campaign is a major coup, whether you're an up-and-comer or a bona fide superstar. But beauty doesn't come in only one shade -- and these ads from big-time brands like Estée Lauder and Lancôme prove it by featuring models and actresses of all different skin hues. From Dolce and Gabbana's romantic skin care ad to Lancôme's striking series with Lupita Nyong'o, these are the gorgeous beauty ads you need to see now.   read more

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The Crucial Makeup Step That Can Solve All of Your Skin Woes

Primer is a magical step that creates a smooth, even canvas for your makeup. Adding another step to your already-rushed morning routine may seem like a hassle, but it's time well-invested. Because it keeps your makeup on longer, there are no need for touchups throughout the day, says celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh.   read more

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9 Must-Copy Looks From the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

This awards season, we've seen a lot of pretty smoky eyes and nude lips on the red carpet. But the beauty looks at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards felt fresh, thanks to bold lipstick and eyeliner choices (you've got to see "Pitch Perfect" star Anna Camp's graphic purple liner.) Here, the celebrity beauty looks we'll be copying all spring and summer long.   read more

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How to Find the Best Mascara Wand for Your Lashes

You can't get the lashes you want without the right tool. But with all the wand shapes to choose from, picking out the perfect mascara can feel a bit like 9th grade geometry class (and nobody wants to relive high school, especially when it comes to something that's supposed to be fun like makeup). So how exactly does one go about deciphering all of the hourglass, spherical and wavy shapes to find the right mascara for your lashes? We're here to break it down for you -- with a little help from the experts, of course.   read more

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25 Cult Beauty Products From Around the World

Love knows no distance -- especially when it comes to beauty products. Because even though there are millions of hair products, body lotions and brow pencils available in the U.S., there's still a veritable treasure trove of products available in other countries just waiting to be discovered.   read more

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15 Best Eye-Catchingly Cute Beauty Products

You only get one shot at making a first impression. Whether it's meeting your future in-laws for the first time, walking into a big corporate office for an interview or going out on a first date, presentation is half the battle with winning people over (sad but true). And the same holds true with beauty products. Why can't the things that make us look beautiful also be attractively packaged? Well, we believe they can be and very well should be, hence this list of top-rated beauty products with the prettiest packaging.   Get products

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8 Products to Get Salon-Worthy Hair Color at Home

Thanks to Pinterest, choosing a new hair color is easy. The hard part? Executing of-the-moment sombré, babylights or one-dimensional color in the confines of your bathroom.   read more

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The Unexpected Print That Will Take Over Your Spring Wardrobe

"Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking," deadpanned Miranda Priestly in "The Devil Wears Prada." Flowers are classic, to be sure, but we're beyond excited that designers are taking a more creative approach to prints this spring. Not only are they focused more on fauna than flora, they also feature unexpected animal kingdom motifs that go way beyond basic leopard. We're talking monkeys, birds, insects and just about every creature in the jungle. Unleash your wild side with these bold, animal-inspired fashion picks.   read more

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