Stories by Allie Flinn

18 Things 'The O.C.' Taught You About Beauty

Our obsession all started with a simple line: "Welcome to the O.C., bitch."

Even now, nine years off the air, "The O.C." has defined a generation (or two). We followed the characters for four seasons, rooting for Seth and Summer, ugly-crying over Marissa's death, seeing true love in the form of Sandy and Kirsten and, of course, obsessing over the hair and makeup of our favorite characters.   read more

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30 Award-Winning Beauty Products That Cost Less Than $10

You don't need to spend your entire paycheck in order to purchase high-quality, amazing beauty products. The proof? These 30 (yes, you read that right) inexpensive products that are TotalBeauty Award winners and cost less than $10. Cue the swooning.   read more

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9 New Beauty Trends to Obsess Over

We've spent countless hours (and a few sleepless nights) testing hundreds of new beauty products for our 2016 TotalBeauty Awards. And once the testing was completed, we spent even more hours locked in a conference room, battling it out for our favorite products. Now that the winners are announced, we'll let you in on a secret: Discovering the latest beauty trends is just as exciting as choosing the year's best mascara or breakthrough hair product. And now, we're letting you in on the seven hottest trends we saw. If these products aren't on your vanity already, they will be soon.   read more

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We Injected Ourselves With Vitamins for Glowier Skin. Here's What Happened

You don't have to look far to find bizarre treatments that women are using to get better skin (bird poop facial, anyone?). But the latest weird beauty treatment to get on my radar: IV vitamin therapy. Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like -- and everyone from celebrities to real housewives to people like you and me are doing it.   read more

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13 Layered Haircuts That'll Give You All the Cool-Girl Vibes

If we were playing a game of word association, the first thing you'd think when we said "layered haircuts" would likely be "The Rachel." Hey, it's not your fault. This style has lived on in infamy (really, there's no forgetting that choppy hairstyle that defined a generation). But this is not 1994, and layers have gotten a major overhaul from the unflattering, Kate Gosselin-esque styles of yesteryear.   read more

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23 Delicate and Oh-So-Pretty Ear Piercing Ideas

Now trending: Multiple ear piercings. A far cry from the punk vibes of yesteryear, the latest crop of multiple ear piercings manages to be at once feminine and rebellious.   read more

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8 Best Eyelash Curlers

Finding the best eyelash curler is a daunting task. Not only is there a smorgasbord of options, but it can be hard to tell which eyelash curler will give you pretty, perky lashes ... without damaging them or breaking them off (*shudder*).   read more

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6 Ways to Become a Morning Person -- and Like It

You can't roll out of bed without hitting the snooze button 632 times first. You share every "I hate mornings" meme that pops up on your Facebook feed. And everyone knows not to talk to you before you've had at least two cups of coffee. Translation: You are most definitely not a morning person.   read more

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15 Cute Beauty Products You Need on Your Vanity Right Now

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 the cutest beauty product packaging.   read more

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9 False Lashes Looks That Will Give You Beyonce-Level Confidence

Proof positive that false eyelashes can be worn anywhere, anytime. Here, the best lashes for every occasion   read more

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