Stories by Allie Flinn

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
Laura Geller's Spring Collection is Virtually Goof-Proof

The real beauty in Laura Geller's spring collection (besides the covet-worthy colors) lies in the fact they are virtually foolproof. The refreshing cream eye shadows glide on with ease and allow for buildable color, while the lip liners go on without tugging for an easy application. And don't be afraid of the baked shadows -- these made-in-Italy palettes may be highly pigmented, but the bold shimmer and spring-ready colors go on silky smooth. But our favorite part of the collection has to be the lip crayons, which come in six hydrating shades and make getting the perfect pop of color easy, thanks to the chubby size and smooth formula.   read more

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March 24, 2014  |   2:03 PM  |  COMMENT
8 Ways to Get Your Glow Back

We get it: Winter can suck the glow right out of your skin. But that's no excuse to settle for dull skin. That's where highlighter comes in. Applied correctly, highlighter can give you luminous, radiant skin in practically an instant. Put it on wrong, and you'll look like you're sweating glitter. When walking such a fine line between gorgeous and crazy, it's best to turn to the experts for advice. We promise these tips will help you look like you just chugged a gallon of water and spent the weekend on a juice cleanse (minus the hunger pangs).   read more

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March 24, 2014  |  10:03 AM  |  2 COMMENTS
The Cheeky New Multitaskers 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 multitasking 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 the 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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March 21, 2014  |  11:03 AM  |  1 COMMENT
Gorgeous Bangs for Every Face Shape

Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by bad bangs. Oh, everyone? My very own bad bang story goes back to high school, when too-short and too-blunt bangs made my round face look even wider. It was then that I swore off bangs forever. Fast forward a few years later, and the high rise of celebrities getting bangs convinced me I needed to try again ... with a shape that was more flattering to my face. Voila! With soft, side swept fringe my face magically looked slimmer.   read more

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March 20, 2014  |   2:03 PM  |  1 COMMENT
Master the Matte Finish

Move over, dewy skin. Matte makeup has been all over the runways and red carpet, leaving the shimmery look popular in years past in, well, the past. But this isn't your '80s pancake makeup or the kind of spackle that you'd see on a Broadway performer. This season, the matte look is all about getting a velvety-smooth finish that doesn't look heavy. Sound like a tall order? We got the scoop from Rimmel London makeup artist Kirstin Piggott about just how to master the matte finish.   read more

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March 18, 2014  |   8:03 AM  |  4 COMMENTS
17 Best Blushes

A good blush gives a lit-from-within, healthy-looking glow, something we all strive for with our makeup. A bad blush gives a streaky, sparkly, clownish look -- not attractive. Luckily, our reviewers have tried tons of blushes, and here we share their favorites. They guarantee you won't look like you're auditioning for the circus. (Just remember to use a real blush brush with all of them, not the little ones that come in the package, OK?)   See blushes

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March 13, 2014  |   3:03 PM  |  32 COMMENTS
6 Ways to Give Winter the Finger (and Lip)

Illamasqua has a rep for producing vibrant, theatrical makeup looks, and believe it or not, they actually toned things down a bit for the new Glamore collection. But you wouldn't know it by looking at these bright, color-saturated lipsticks and grownup-glittery polishes. Not only are the colors brand-spanking-new, the formulas have been changed up, too. Instead of the signature matte lipstick, the new shades come in a satin finish that is creamier and less drying, but still highly pigmented. And those glimmer-packed polishes? Well, see for yourself.   read more

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March 12, 2014  |   5:03 PM  |  COMMENT
22 Braids to Start Your Spring Hair Fling

Sure, the hairstyle gods have spoken and they're forecasting everything from low ponytails to lobs (and don't forget the pixie!) in hair trends, but we're just not ready to give up the classic, gorgeous and totally practical braid as the easiest and prettiest hairstyle upgrade in the book. From tousled fishtails and loose chains to intricate reverse braid top knots (*swoon*), these pretty plaits and easy braids are just a few of our absolute favorites. But here's the thing we love most about these braids: as complicated as they look, you can whip together a few of these easy braids in five minutes or less.   read more

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March 6, 2014  |   9:03 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
13 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. Reviewers agree that these makeup tools do the job.   See tools

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March 4, 2014  |   4:03 PM  |  63 COMMENTS
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