Stories by Allie Flinn

Get-Every-Last-Drop Container Hacks Everyone Should Know

Want to bust into your foundations, shampoos, lotions, lip glosses and conditioners? Here's how to get every last drop out of your containers.   read more


January 15, 2014  |  12:01 PM  |  1 COMMENT
The Case for Throwing Away Your Makeup Brushes

If you look around my bathroom, you'll see makeup brushes spilling out of every container. Some may say I have a tiny obsession with them. But everywhere I turn, makeup artists are using their hands as painter's palettes -- dabbing, pressing and molding faces into perfection with their digits. As it turns out, your fingers aren't just good to use in a pinch -- some products apply better with your fingers than with brushes. I enlisted Gita Bass, celebrity makeup artist and member of the Simple Advisory Board (she also happens to use her fingers to apply the majority of her makeup), to tell me all about this "finger painting" movement.   read more


January 10, 2014  |  12:01 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
13 Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, a fountain of youth overflowed abundantly -- bubbling out refreshing sips of anti-aging magic. One gulp or quick splash filled in lines and wrinkles, lifted saggy bits, de-puffed eyes, evened out skin tones and textures and reversed sun damage.   See products


December 27, 2013  |   9:12 AM  |  76 COMMENTS
Find the Right Mascara Wand

You can't get the lashes you want without the right tool. But with all the wand shapes to choose from, picking out the perfect mascara can feel a bit like 9th grade geometry class (and nobody wants to relive high school, especially when it comes to something that's supposed to be fun like makeup). So how exactly does one go about deciphering all of the hourglass, spherical and wavy shapes to find the right mascara for your lash? We're here to break it down for you -- with a little help from the experts, of course.   read more


December 23, 2013  |   4:12 PM  |  6 COMMENTS
Pack These Minis and Breeze Through the Security Line

The first time I traveled without checking a bag, I was going to Hawaii, and the prospect of spending a week in 100-percent humidity without my favorite hair products was beyond stressful. Fast forward five years later, and I can successfully pack for a 10-day trip to Italy in only a carry-on -- but it takes some meticulous planning. TSA rules don't make jet-setting easy for those of us who think "packing light" means shampoo, conditioner, hair serum, face wash, moisturizer, eye cream … you get the idea.   read more


December 21, 2013  |   8:12 AM  |  1 COMMENT
8 Best Curling Irons -- and the 3 Worst

Whether you curl your hair daily or only on very special occasions, a good curling iron is a very handy thing to keep stashed in your bathroom. Not only can it give you tight spirals, but also loose waves and it can even work as a hair straightener in a pinch.   See curling irons


December 18, 2013  |  10:12 AM  |  28 COMMENTS
Holiday Forecast: You Need to Try a Metallic Eye

Whether you like subtle sparkle or want to bring the drama with tons of shine, consider this your guide to the season's metallic eye trend   read more


December 13, 2013  |   4:12 AM  |  COMMENT
We Tried It: Color-Correcting Primers in Every Shade of the Rainbow

You know you've got a problem when you briefly consider both bribing a TSA agent and/or missing your flight because you think you packed an illicit, full-size tube of expensive foundation primer in your carry-on. Throw it away? When hell freezes over. (True story.)   read more


December 10, 2013  |   3:12 PM  |  1 COMMENT
We Tried It: The Hairbrush to End All Detangling Wars

I was blessed with super-manageable hair for the first 19 years of my life -- so manageable that, while other girls on the dance team complained about how they were going to get the teasing out of their hair after a performance, I was worried my hair wouldn't hold the tease for the time it took to get to the basketball court and perform.   read more


December 3, 2013  |   4:12 PM  |  COMMENT
Your Foundation Soul Mate Has Arrived

We're not sure which is tougher: finding your perfect foundation, or your perfect man. Like the afterglow of a great first date, you stroll out of the makeup store with only the highest expectations. Then you spend a day -- maybe a week -- with your perfect match, only to find out that, under broad daylight? Major flaws.   read more


November 26, 2013  |  10:11 AM  |  1 COMMENT
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