Stories by Allie Flinn

6 Moisturizing Gels for People Who Hate Body Lotion

What do you reach for when it's still too warm for body butters, but you need extra moisture to help keep your skin soft through the colder months ahead? Answer: One of these body gels. They're nourishing and hydrating without being sticky or greasy -- and they'll keep your skin cool and refreshed through the (numbered) warm days. Plus, each gel boasts a different benefit, from soothing muscle aches and pains to firming up your skin.   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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We Tried It: A Split-End Salve That Fakes a Fresh Haircut

When it comes to my hair, I am unapologetically lazy. I haven't had a haircut in, oh, eight months, and unless I'm going out somewhere fancy, my hair routine takes fewer than 10 minutes.   read more

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Make Your Haircut Last Six Months -- and Still Look Fab

Let's be real: Many of us don't have the time or money (or both) to keep up with hair trims every six to eight weeks. At the same time, no one wants to sport fried, limp hair that's overrun with split ends -- an inevitable side effect of skipping salon visits for too long.   read more

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4 Essential Acne-Fighters for Latina Skin

Getting acne to do a disappearing act is never an easy task, but in Hispanic women, it can be David Blaine-tricky. According to Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, acne in Latina skin has to be treated quickly to reduce the risk of dark spots.   read more

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10 Beauty Hacks That Would Make MacGyver Proud

What do hand sanitizer, dryer sheets and baby powder all have in common? Aside from their conventional uses, they moonlight as quick fixes to many of your beauty-related issues. We pored over hundreds of so-called "life-changing" beauty tips and makeup tricks to find the most bizarre ones -- and then, of course, we had to test them to see which ones actually worked. Here, find the 10 beauty hacks that made the cut. (You can thank us later.)   read more

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7 Best Cream Blushes

Can't stand powder blush? You're not alone. But cream blush isn't without its own set of problems. It can be hard to blend, greasy or fade away as the day goes on. But not these cream blushes. Our reviewers swear that these blushes are super-easy to apply, last all day and give cheeks a healthy flush of color without veering into clown territory. See the best cream blushes, as chosen by our readers.   read more

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M.A.C.'s Latest Collection Is the Stuff Romance Is Made Of

When you think of romance novels, the first thing that comes to mind are the book covers featuring Fabio (or a Fabio-esque man) with his shirt off and a busty, swooning woman. But would you think they would be a great inspiration for your makeup? Probably not. Well, the folks over at M.A.C. beg to differ, and those novels served as the inspiration for their latest collection aptly called, "A Novel Romance." (AKA "a colour collection teeming with luscious shades that will have you feeling overwhelmed with desire.")   read more

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The Designer Collab We're Coveting for Fall

Designer Roland Mouret is known for dressing some of the most glamorous celebrities in Hollywood in curve-hugging, ultra-flattering outfits. So it's no surprise that his new collaboration with Banana Republic, launching August 7, features elegant, fitted and (suprisingly) work-appropriate finds --think sheath dresses and pencil skirts. The best part? Prices range from $49.50 to $140, meaning your fall wardrobe can get an update on a budget.   read more

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The 3 Moves You Need to Get Maria Menounos' Amazing Beach Body

You don't need a fancy gym membership or tons of expensive equipment to get in shape. Gorgeous celebrity-news correspondent and "Dancing with the Stars" alum Maria Menounos is proof. In her new book, The Everygirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness, she gives tips and tricks for getting healthy that require minimal time and money -- just like she did. (That sizzling bikini body is the result of dropping 40 pounds.)   read more

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