Stories by Allie Flinn

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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12 Best Hairsprays

HAIR CARE

12 Best Hairsprays

When it comes to finding the best hairsprays, you want the ones that keep your 'do in place without making it look like a helmet, right? Luckily, the light, flexible formulas of today's best hairsprays bear little resemblance to the hair-stiffening hairsprays of yesteryear.   See products

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12 Best Highlighters

Not to be a Debbie downer, but it's a fact of life that with each passing year, time takes its toll on our complexions. Our cheekbones become more sunken in, our under-eye bags get darker and lower, and our skin turns sallower.   See list

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17 Best Body Scrubs

We love a rich, moisturizing body scrub. Unfortunately, exfoliating in the shower can take circus-like stability to avoid slipping on the layer of oil that many body scrubs leave all over the tub. That's why an excellent scrub must have great balance, too: the right ratio of skin-sloughing properties to moisturizing elements, and an amazing fragrance that is energizing, yet relaxing enough to make you feel like you've stepped into a luxury spa. Sound like a tall order? That's why only 17 body scrubs made the cut. Click through to see which reader-reviewed products stand up to the challenge.   See reviews

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9 Best Cream Blushes

Can't stand powder blush? You're not alone. But cream blush isn't without its own set of problems. It can be hard to blend, greasy or fade away as the day goes on. But not these cream blushes. Our reviewers swear that these blushes are super-easy to apply, last all day and give cheeks a healthy flush of color without veering into clown territory. See the best cream blushes, as chosen by our readers.   read more

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The Color-Correcting Technique You Need More Than Contouring

If 2015 was the year of contouring, we're calling 2016 the year of color correcting. From the slew of YouTube tutorials to the uptick in searches for "how to color correct," it's obvious this is the trend to try. In recent months, every major brand has released a color-correcting product -- giving you no shortage of options to dabble with. But what exactly is color correcting, and -- most importantly -- why should you do it?   read more

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20 Best Makeup Removers

HEALTH & BEAUTY

20 Best Makeup Removers

As total product junkies, we tend to spend a lot of time putting stuff on our faces. So at the end of the day, a good makeup remover is just as important as the makeup we're taking off.   See products

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10 Best Drugstore Eye Shadows

Forget diamonds -- eye shadow is a girl's best friend. The best eye shadow can enhance the color of your eyes, make your eyes look wider and even take your look from everyday to date-night ready (hello, smoky eye makeup).   read more

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Move Over, Bulletproof. This Is How You Should Be Drinking Your Coffee

If you're a coffee lover, you know exactly how you like your morning cups to be made (black; cream and sugar; cappuccino-style, etc.), and you're obsessive to the point of being fanatical about your java. I hate to say it, but as a fellow person dependent on coffee, that's so boring. At this point even using almond milk instead of cream is kind of basic.   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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