Stories by Allie Flinn

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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Holiday Gift Guide: Ultimate Get-Healthy Gift Guide

We all know her: She makes her own almond milk. She doesn't go near sugar. And she always manages to find the time to work out, even when her schedule is hectic. She's a health nut, and she's not ashamed of it. Need to find the perfect fitness gift for your health-conscious loved ones this holiday season? Look no further than this list of fitness gifts, healthy gifts and beauty gifts that will have their recipients looking and feeling their best this holiday season. Here, the healthy holiday gift guide for the woman in your life who lives in spandex.   read more

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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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8 Day-to-Night Holiday Makeup Looks That Take 5 Minutes or Less

It's a (no-so) scientific fact that -- from cookie exchanges to work parties to New Year's Eve toasts -- social engagements increase 1,000 percent around the holidays. It's also a fact (of life) that work can put a serious damper on getting ready for said engagements. After all, the sparkly holiday eye makeup we're donning for our friend's holiday party probably isn't going to fly at the office.   read more

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How to Look Fresh as Hell in Brown Lipstick

Brown lipstick -- yes, the kind you wore in the '90s -- is back, and looking better than ever. Need proof? Just scroll through the Instagram feeds of "It" girls like Kylie Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Joan Smalls, who have all snapped themselves wearing the throwback hue.   read more

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11 Best Primers for Long-Lasting Eye Makeup

If you don't prime before applying eye makeup, you're committing a serious makeup crime. If you aren't convinced that you need (or have time for) this crucial step, maybe this will do it: Experts say that the No. 1 way to prevent makeup from melting and smudging is to prime. (Think about it this way: Taking an extra 10 seconds in the morning to apply eye primer is quicker than spending five minutes wiping eyeliner off your lower lids in the afternoon.)   See them now

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The Product That Will Solve Your Boyfriend's Gross Beard Funk

If you've ever dated a guy with a beard, you're familiar with "beard funk." You know, that vague food smell emanating from your man's facial hair, causing you to wonder WTF he ate earlier. Having spent the last six years of my life with a man with facial hair, I can tell you that you neither get used to it nor learn to love it. You just deal with it, because love. In my experience, this beard funk stems from men thinking that splashing water on their face is equivalent to washing it. (Spoiler alert: It's not.)   read more

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8 Best Curling Irons -- and the Worst

There are a few 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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Road Test: 13 Long-Lasting Lipsticks, Ranked

At the risk of sounding like a tampon commercial, your lipstick should be able to hold up to everything that you do -- especially a lipstick that claims to last six, eight or even 24 hours.   read more

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15 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 and moisturizing elements and an amazing fragrance that's not too strong, is energizing, and still relaxing enough to feel like you've stepped into a luxury spa. Sound like a tall order? That's why only 15 scrubs made the cut. Click through to see which reader-reviewed products stand up to the challenge.   See reviews

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