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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The Best Contour Kits for Every Skill Level

In theory, contouring is a magical makeup technique that makes your face look 10 pounds slimmer and gives you cheekbones that rival those of Angelina Jolie's. In practice, many things can go wrong: choose the wrong sculpting shade and look like an Oompa Loompa; don't blend it enough and wind up looking like you just completed a mud run; use too pale a highlighter and get ghostly half-moons under your eyes. The solution: These genius makeup contouring kits.   read more

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Holiday Gift Guide: 9 Gifts for Beauty Obsessives

There's a chill in the air, gingerbread lattes abound and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas" is on repeat. While the holiday season is magical, it also brings the stress of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. So we curated this list of the best beauty gifts. It'll help you find that perfect present for the person in your life who has 11 lipsticks in every purse and an alphabetized display of nail lacquers.   read more

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9 Best Matte Lipsticks

The matte lipstick trend is making a comeback and we couldn't be more excited. Not only does matte lipstick work well for day and night, it also tends to have longer staying power -- and less of a sticky quality -- than traditional lipsticks and glosses. But one of matte lipstick's biggest downfall is its chalky, patchy application that can dry out lips. That's why our criteria for the best matte lipstick has three parts: It should be highly pigmented, last all day and -- most importantly -- not make your lips feel dryer than the Sahara. According to our readers, these nine best matte lipsticks fit the bill.   read more

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12 Best Face Wipes

SKIN CARE

12 Best Face Wipes

There's nothing better than a splash of cold water on your face in the morning, or washing away the day's grime with your favorite skin care products. But sometimes life happens; you're on the go and it's just not possible to do the whole soap-and-water routine. In this scenario, your best and easiest skin care option is to use a face wipe.   See products

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12 Best At-Home Peels

SKIN CARE

Best At-Home Peels

An at-home peel can uncover brighter, more youthful skin without a trip to the spa or doc. Peels are intended to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells, giving the face a smoother, more radiant appearance. When used correctly, they can minimize pores and even diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.   See peels

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11 Best Drugstore Lipsticks

Finding the best drugstore lipstick can seem like an overwhelming task. After all, the drugstore is packed with endless lipstick options, and it can be hard to choose the best one without trying them all yourself, which kind of defeats the purpose of finding a bargain buy. Luckily, our readers have left thousands of lipstick reviews for hundreds of drugstore lipsticks. We sorted through them all to bring you this list of the 11 best drugstore lipsticks.   read more

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25 Cult Beauty Products From Around the World

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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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12 Best Lip Liners

Lip liners get a bad rap, probably because they make people think of that awful lined-lips-with-nude-lipstick look. But skipping a lip liner is a missed opportunity to make your lips look fuller and more defined. The best lip liners also keep your lipstick locked in place and prevents feathering. With so many options to choose from, it's easy to end up with a liner that doesn't deliver on its promises. So we narrowed them down to only the best lip liners -- as chosen by TotalBeauty readers -- to make you a believer.   See reviews

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8 Best Curling Irons -- and the Worst

There are four things you should look for in a curling iron: One, does it get hot enough to adequately curl your hair? Two, is it the right size barrel for the curls you want to create (smaller barrels mean tighter curls, looser barrels mean bigger curls)? Three, is it easy to hold and use? And four, is it a high enough quality iron to last you a long time?   See curling irons

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