Stories by Allie Flinn

M.A.C.'s Latest Collection Makes a Convincing Case for Yellow Lipstick

There's a time and a place for bright lipsticks and lip glosses -- and M.A.C.'s summer collection, Playland, has convinced us that's anytime and everywhere. From vibrant fuchsias, covetable corals and even bright yellows, we're feeling inspired to leave behind our neutral palettes and indulge our wild sides. Pick up these gorgeous shades online April 15th or get them at a M.A.C. counter April 17th.   read more

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April 11, 2014  |   9:04 AM  |  COMMENT
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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April 10, 2014  |   2:04 PM  |  7 COMMENTS
Fake a Full Night's Sleep with These New Super-Concealers

Let's face it: Despite our best intentions, getting a solid night's sleep just doesn't happen all the time. Whether it's a work deadline or a "House of Cards" binge-watching spree that's robbing you of Zzz's, the result is still the same: puffy, tired-looking eyes. When you're already sleepwalking through your morning routine, the last thing you want to deal with is a complicated camouflaging strategy. Slathering on eye cream and a concealer? That's just way too much work. Which is why we're obsessed with the latest crop of concealers. Instead of merely hiding the problem, they contain skin care ingredients that help reduce dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles in the long run, while instantly brightening, de-puffing and covering dark circles (so you don't have to wait for the long-term results to kick in). So leave the raccoon eyes to, well, the raccoons and start fighting dark circles and fine lines as you cover them up.   read more

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April 4, 2014  |  11:04 AM  |  1 COMMENT
14 Best Body-Transforming Products

Let's face it -- not all of us want to spend a bundle on costly spa treatments to fix our body issues. Luckily, these unique products promise incredible, seemingly impossible results for everything from body acne to stretch marks. And TotalBeauty.com readers say they live up to their claims.   See products

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April 2, 2014  |   3:04 PM  |  27 COMMENTS
Fake a Perfect Body With Makeup

It's a fact of life: Our bodies aren't perfect. We're not talking about muffin tops and love handles, but those other annoying body blemishes that make us want to run for cover -- bruises, spider veins, stretch marks and scars. You don't have to give up showing a little skin just because you have a regrettable tattoo or unplanned tan lines on your body. Just take a tip from the flawless-seeming Victoria's Secret models: When they strut down the runway, those amazing bodies are thanks, in part, to layers and layers of body makeup. We're not suggesting you spend all day contouring a six-pack that isn't there, but there are a few tricks you can steal to hide a tattoo from your in-laws or cover up bruises for a big event. Ready for a flawless finish? We've got you covered.   read more

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April 1, 2014  |  10:04 AM  |  2 COMMENTS
The Best Foundations for Really, Really Fair Skin (Like, Glow in the Dark)

What happens when your skin tone is too fair for foundation shades with names like "Alabaster" and "Siberia?" If you have a vampire-like pallor like I do, you know how frustrating it is to think you've found the Holy Grail foundation shade for your fair skin, only to have it turn orangey-pink in natural light.   read more

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March 27, 2014  |   9:03 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
Best Products for Eczema Relief

Anyone who suffers from eczema knows how tricky 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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March 26, 2014  |   5:03 PM  |  15 COMMENTS
Adult Acne? 6 Things Everyone Needs to Know

Like braces and heartbreak, acne is something most of us endured as teens. Eventually, you outgrow those epic awkward years, but in a cruel twist of fate, acne can rear its red, inflamed head well into adulthood -- especially in winter. Cold winter weather means there is less moisture in the air, which leads to drier skin. To compensate for lost moisture, the skin overproduces sebum, which combines with dead skin cells to block hair follicles. Then, boom: You break out.   read more

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March 26, 2014  |   9:03 AM  |  6 COMMENTS
5 Spring Makeup Sets That Make Everything Better

Nothing gets our hearts racing faster than the phrase "limited edition." Those two words can transform a product from one we're thinking about purchasing to one we need to have in our hands that very instant. Because once they're gone, they're gone. From the Derek Lam Estee Lauder collaboration to bling-y, spring-y palettes and fabulous gifts-with-purchases, these spring makeup kits would be covet-worthy even without the limited-edition status. But since they're only going to be around for so long ... you'll want to snap them up before they're gone for good.   read more

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March 25, 2014  |  12:03 PM  |  COMMENT
Cheaper Than Botox: 20 Hairstyles That Will Knock Off 10 Years

The right hairstyle can boost your self-confidence, give you healthier hair and even make you look younger (yes, it's true!). Wondering how to look younger? Making tiny tweaks to your hairstyle can shave off years. By camouflaging wrinkles, drawing attention away from fine lines and wrinkles and adding depth and warmth to your face, your haircut, hair color and hairstyle can work better than the anti-aging serums you're slathering all over your face.   read more

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March 25, 2014  |  11:03 AM  |  4 COMMENTS
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