Stories by Allie Flinn

The Unexpected Print That Will Take Over Your Spring Wardrobe

"Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking," deadpanned Miranda Priestly in "The Devil Wears Prada." Flowers are classic, to be sure, but we're beyond excited that designers are taking a more creative approach to prints this spring. Not only are they focused more on fauna than flora, they also feature unexpected animal kingdom motifs that go way beyond basic leopard. We're talking monkeys, birds, insects and just about every creature in the jungle. Unleash your wild side with these bold, animal-inspired fashion picks.   read more

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6 Best Scar Treatments

Scars, like accidents, happen. And whether it's the result of a surgery, a stumble or a pimple-popping session gone awry (come on, we've all been there), getting rid of them is no easy feat. With an abundance of scar treatments in the form of lotions, creams and oils that all promise to eliminate any and all evidence of scarring, it can be hard to tell which ones deliver real, lasting results. That's why we turned to our reviewers to see which scar treatments they swear by to get rid of scars. Keep reading to see which scar treatments aren't a complete waste of your time.   read more

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The 8 Stages of Organizing Your Beauty Products (and Your Life)

Anyone who has tasked themselves with organizing knows that you don't get from "determined" to "satisfied with life-changing results" without a lot of inner turmoil. Especially if you follow Marie Kondo's tips from her bestselling novel, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." Thanks to a job that requires me to test out new beauty products (I know, it's rough), my product closet -- er, bathroom -- is bordering on a level that could get me on "Hoarders." So, I decided to put Kondo's tactics to the test. As she says in the book, "When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too." Such is the magic of tidying up. Here's how I (and my beauty product collection) fared.   read more

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Amazing Lipstick Looks for Dark Skin

Choosing a lipstick that works with dark skin tones can feel like a challenge. It may seem easier to stick to the plum and berry shades you know look fantastic with your complexion, instead of worrying about whether you can pull off an orange lip. (Spoiler alert: you definitely can.) But makeup --and lipstick especially, in our opinion -- should be fun, and more about what makes you feel gorgeous than sticking to a set of rules.   read more

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The Cheeky Multi-taskers You Need for Spring

There's no better harbinger of spring-ready skin than flushed cheeks and just-bitten lips. But as the weather heats up, even the most perfectly applied blush and lipstick can start cruising down your face. These new multi-tasking lip and cheek colors pack a punch in the pigment department, blend easily and impart a long-lasting flush. But here's the kicker: In this new crop of lip and cheek tints, you'll find a few that give your skin that classic luminous, dewy glow, but if you're looking for something with a little less shine, check out the new formulations with a mattified satin finish.   read more

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8 Gorgeously Grown-Up Ways to Wear Ruffles

Ruffles are up there on the list of things that are "extremely girly" -- right behind sparkles and just before bows. But you needn't worry about them coming across as cutesy or fussy. This season, celebrities are embracing the twirl-inducing detail and stepping out in architectural ruffles, loose flounces and fluttery trims that make frills feel fresh again.   read more

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The Best Nail Shape for Every Hand

Nail polish wields transformative powers. It can instantly pull an outfit together and make the wearer look as perfectly polished as her glossy nails. But instead of talking about the "it" color of the season or how to get the best at-home mani, let's talk about the base of any good manicure -- nail shape.   read more

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14 Best Makeup Tools

Imagine a world without makeup tools. Scary, right? I'm sure we could probably survive -- plus, these celebrities show that sometimes being tweezer-less is a good thing. But a simple tool like a foundation brush or eyelash curler can make all the difference in your makeup routine. TotalBeauty.com readers agree that these makeup tools do the job.   See tools

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18 Must-Have Natural Beauty Products (That Cost Less Than $25)

Until recently, it seemed like natural beauty products just couldn't compete with the results of your department store moisturizer. Now, everyone from Kristen Bell to your meat-eating coworker is switching out their conventional products with all-natural ones. The downside: Overhauling your entire routine can get pricey.   read more

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The Only Pair of Pants You Need This Spring

Culottes are to fashion what contouring is to makeup: intimidating to try, but when executed correctly, flattering on everyone. The airy, wide-cut, midi-length pants look effortlessly chic and -- bonus! -- are also ultra-comfortable. Don't believe us? These nine ways to pull off culottes will convince you that you need a pair.   read more

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