Stories by Allie Flinn

6 Moves to Get Crop-Top-Worthy Abs

Thanks to the return of skin-baring trends like the crop top, the desire for killer abs is no longer dependent upon whether you're hitting the pool in a bikini or not. Yep, abs are back in a big way. Simone De La Rue, celebrity trainer (she works with stars like Anne Hathaway and Camila Alves McConaughey) and founder and creator of Body by Simone, is here to help us achieve the toned tummy of our dreams through her new book Body by Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan.   read more

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Is Your Diet Making You Fat?

Nothing is more frustrating than sticking diligently to a diet and seeing no results -- or, maybe even worse, seeing awesome results only to plateau a few weeks later. But it can be hard to pinpoint what, exactly, is going wrong. So we chatted with Vandana Sheth, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, author of the New York Times best seller S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches, to give us the skinny on the surprising mistakes people make on popular diets -- see if one of these sneaky saboteurs is messing with your weight loss goals.   read more

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7 Best Summer Hair Care Products -- and the 3 Worst

Summertime is an invitation for a more lackadaisical approach to hair care (hallelujah!). It means maybe letting bangs grow into a long cheek-bone-length layer; not being in curly or wavy hair denial anymore (well, at least for a few months anyway) by skipping the blow dryer and letting hair air-dry; rocking summer-appropriate updos and braids; getting beach hair from actually going to the beach; and covering up three-day unwashed hair with hats and scarves. But with this season also comes certain hair hazards like chlorine, UV rays, salt water and humidity -- all which can lead to pool-hair, fried scalps and frizzy, dried out hair.   See products

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12 Beauty Products That Work On Everyone -- Yes, Everyone

Beauty product purchase fails: We've all been there. The amazing skin cream the saleswoman swore up and down by, the neon berry lip your best friend promised you could pull off, or the latest and greatest face oil your facialist admonished you for not owning. Make bad beauty purchases a thing of the past with these one-size-fits-all hair, makeup and skincare products that flatter everyone.   read more

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New Interactive Tool From RoC® Lets Us in on Their Anti-Aging Know-How

Aging is an inevitable and, dare we say, enviable byproduct of living a long and joyful life. But showing the signs of that forward-moving clock? Well, that is something we have control over. As they say, knowledge is power -- and here at TotalBeauty.com, we are always on the hunt for info that will help us help you look and feel your best. Recently, we were invited to study with the RoC® Academy™, a new online tool from the skin-care brand RoC® that explains some common misconceptions about retinols and tested our anti-aging IQs. (We're happy to report: We passed with flying colors!)   read more

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9 Best Body Oils

You might think of body oils as being slick, sticky or heavy. Not so, say our reviewers, who report that these body oils moisturize their dry skin without staining their clothes or leaving their skin greasy. Check out the nine top-rated body oils.   read more

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9 Best Mousses

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9 Best Mousses

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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17 Best Short Hairstyles for African American Women

Short hair, don't care -- that seems to be the motto these days. Everyone from celebrities to women on the street seems to be making the cut, and we love it. These short African American hairstyles are perfect for keeping cool in the warm months ahead, and show that just because your hair is short doesn't mean there aren't a million ways to wear it. Here, the hairstyles for short hair that we're obsessing over.   read more

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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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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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