Stories by Allie Flinn

Products That Smell Like a Tropical Vacay

Summer is finally here -- and instead of basking in the sun in some faraway tropical locale, you're marooned in your cubicle, listening to your coworker talk about her cats. To combat dreary summer weekdays spent at your desk (where the air conditioning is turned up so high you think you might be getting frostbite), try one of these tropical-inspired products. With scents of mango, coconut and island blossoms, they'll transport you on a mini-vacay far, far away from your computer screen.   read more

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10 Swoon-Worthy Braids for African American Women

Everyone may be buzzing about lobs and pixies, but one hairstyle that's perpetually trendy? Braids. From pretty, plaited buns to structural cornrows to fabulous box braids, we've rounded up our favorite braided African American hairstyles. We scoured Pinterest and Instagram to find the trendiest, most-liked ways to braid your hair. Check out the swoon-worthy braids you need to try this season. Bonus: Some of these braids you can leave in for weeks to give your hair a break from damaging heat styling.   read more

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The Beauty Products Your Dermatologist Swears By

We got a little voyeuristic and took a peek into the skin care routines of some of the best dermatologists (who also happen to have really, really pretty skin). Ranging from one who absolutely, will not, under any circumstances, leave the house without putting antioxidants on her face to another whose routine is as simple as cleanse-and-moisturize, these top dermatologists spill the products, treatments and injections that keep them looking impossibly young.   read more

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9 Best Acne-Fighting Products -- and the 3 Worst

Adult acne seems like a cruel joke. Weren't we supposed to leave zits behind with our fluffy '90s bangs and high school boyfriend?   See products

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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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