Alyssa Strickland

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We Swapped Beauty Products With Our International Editors—Read Our Reviews

On most days, I test out more products than I know what to do with. No, really—my desk is currently overrun with essential oils, magic balms, …

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The 10 Best-Selling Beauty Products at Sephora This August

We’re holding on to every last bit of sun with the unofficial end of the summer shrinking into the distance. Although we don’t want the barbecues, tiki bar nights, and dining alfresco to end, September brings new beginnings to our routines. We're bracing ourselves for that transitional weather that …

20 Braided Updos That Are Fire for Fall

The past few weeks have been full of the back-to-school (for some) and back-to-fall (for others) shopping rush. They’ve also been filled with hours spent scouring Pinterest and Instagram searching for the perfect autumnal hairstyles — we’ve got a sartorial rep to protect, y’know. With summer …

Meals in a Mug

Microwave-safe, nutrient-packed and perfect for any time of day.<p>Breakfast: Chocolate Raspberry French Toast<p>Kickstart your day with whole grains, which can lower heart disease and cancer risk.<p><b>Ingredients</b><br>2 slices of whole grain bread<br>½ cup raspberries<br>1 egg<br>⅓ cup milk<br>1 Tbsp. cocoa powder<br>½ tsp. cinnamon<br>½ …

10 New Beauty Products to Try This Month

September is here, and it’s time to usher in a whole new class of fresh, fall-focused makeup products. While we’ll always love the colors of summer (the bolder and brighter, the better), we’re ready to bring on the burgundy and welcome 10 new beauty products that will totally earn a coveted spot in …

How I Packed for a Three Week Trip With Only a Carry-On

While attending the Women’s Travel Fest earlier this year, I asked a handful of experts to share their biggest travel mistakes. All of them said overpacking. As I started planning for my big summer trip to Europe, I knew that if I was going to be able to afford to go everywhere I wanted to go for …

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The 8 Best Skin Tips You've Never Heard

Simple? Yes. Predictable? Hardly. There are a multitude of ways to make skin look younger, fresher, and brighter—and they're things you never would have guessed.

The Most Underrated Places to Shop for Beauty Products

One of the harsh realities of womanhood is realizing that life isn’t just one continuous trip to Sephora. And while we wish we could shell out the cash for every lovely little item in the beauty mecca, that’s just not going to happen unless we magically secure our spot in the Kardashian dynasty. …

*This* Is How to Wear Makeup to the Gym

We know, we know. Makeup while working out is supposed to be a definite no-no. Adding foundation and eyeliner to the trio of heat, sweat and open pores is seemingly a recipe for skin disaster, but with all the beauty advances being made, getting dolled up to get in shape isn’t as big of a faux pas …

Healthy Fat Burners

Fat heating elements are supplements that help in weight loss by decreasing or removing fat from the body system. How they work differs with each …

H&M’s New Beauty Collection Goes for the Gold

You can never shine enough, at least not this year. Metallic, shimmer, and glitter are necessary for your look. (Hello, Simone Biles’s eye makeup? Want.) And, depending on how you layer them, a little shimmer can take your daytime look to a solid ten. Now, thanks to H&M’s latest beauty collection, …

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3 Favorite Products Sephora Employees Always Buy for Themselves

Let's be honest, shopping at Sephora can be stressful. It's fun to look at all the eye shadows and hair oils, but when it comes time to shell out your hard-earned money, choosing the right product can feel like selecting only one item to eat at a buffet. So what do you do when you're stumped? You …

Hack a Braided Topknot in 4 Simple Steps

Hey girl! The dog days of summer are upon us, and this time of year, it’s hot hot hot! The warm weather is great and all, but it can totally mess with our hair game. Sometimes, all we need is a sweat-free style to get it out of our face, you know? Enter the perfectly pretty topknot — but with an …

The Drugstore Vs. High-End Makeup Showdown You've Been Waiting For

You're standing outside of Sephora, striped bag looped over your wrist, red tissue paper tickling the back of your hand as you unfurl a comically long receipt. What have I done? you think, watching the seemingly endless list of items and prices dance in the breeze like the tail of a kite. Sure, …

Benefits of Breakfast Smoothies for Weight Loss

One great way of starting off your day is to have one of the various breakfast smoothies for weight loss. Smoothies are easy to prepare, are very …

10 superfoods that can make you fat

At the end of the day, peeling off pounds requires you to not only pay attention to what type of food goes on your plate, but, more importantly—<i>how</i> …

The 10 Best Celebrity Hairstyles on Instagram This Week

With each passing day, we find ourselves wishing for some of the things that only fall can bring, like the changing of the leaves, pumpkin spice recipes and a new haircut. We’re taking a cue from some of our favorite celebs and getting inspired with their end-of-summer cuts and colors. From …

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6 Weekend Makeup Essentials Under $15

Happy last Friday in July, y’all. Finish out this month by wearing seriously on-point makeup this weekend that works with tricky temps (hi, waterproof eye makeup!). Whether you’re at the beach or dealing with humid, hot weather, these product picks <i>perform</i>. Here are six weekend makeup essentials …

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5 Beachy Beauty Products to Channel Your Inner Mermaid

<i>As a</i> <i>beauty writer</i><i>, I live and breathe products. There is a constant flow of new</i> <i>skincare</i><i>,</i> <i>makeup</i> <i>and</i> <i>hair</i> <i>products making their way into my hands on the daily, so it’s a big deal when I declare that I’m “</i><i>obsessed AF</i><i>” with something. This series will detail the products that are *everything* to me right</i> …

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What Dermatologists Really Think About Flash Tattoo Remover and Sunscreen Remover

We'd like to introduce the Kübler-Ross model of seeing a new product. Stage one: disbelief. Stage two: side-eye. And when you're done feeling all the feels, there's stage three: acceptance—and wondering if maybe, just maybe, you truly need it. We experienced as much when we came across the …

The Japanese Diet Secret: A Natural Drink That Is Effective For Weight Loss

The frequency of obesity is increasing at an alarming rate. Our long working hours and round-the-clock duties and responsibilities make it difficult …

Eight Foods to Eat During Your Menstrual Cycle

This is for the ladies- the best foods to eat during your menstrual cycle. During this time we need extra self-care, self-love and nourishment as our …

16 Boozy Shakes and Sundaes to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day tends to take an alcoholic turn once you reach adulthood. You were first introduced to boozy ice cream by way of wine ice cream recipes and have been experimenting with making your own brown sugar bourbon ice cream ever since. That means it’s time to take things up a notch …

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7 Summer Desserts to Make with Yogurt

Yogurt is great for more than just breakfast.<p>From beautiful fruit pies to the best cookie salad, here are seven ways to use yogurt for dessert this …

The perfect breakfast for people with depression

Antidepressants and therapy, while both effective, are not the only means available to combat depression. Exercise has been described as a “wonder drug” for reducing symptoms, walking in nature reduces negative thoughts, and meditation can have a powerful positive effect.<p>But there’s another, often …

7 Hair and Makeup Looks to Try This Week

We all love the idea of being one of those people who plans out styling in advance, waking up to put on a perfectly coordinated beauty look. Typically we fall more into the "last-minute coat of mascara and a ponytail on the subway" camp. That doesn't mean we can't change. In case you need some …

The 16 Best Sweat-Proof Eyeliners Out There, Hands Down

When it's hot outside and you're rushing around to get out the door, it's easy to just leave eyeliner out of the equation. Old-school formulas can transfer from your lash line to...

Everything You Need for the Best Beachy Waves Ever

Like a red lip, beach waves are a classic style that always looks effortlessly cool. So naturally, we at <i>Allure</i> have spent years (no, really, years) digging up the best tips and tricks from top stylists, testing out the hottest hacks, and spraying and spritzing on every salt spray you can imagine to …

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Why Your Favorite Products Get Discontinued and What Happens to the Leftovers

Here's what some people do when they find out that the last tube of their favorite lipstick has suddenly become discontinued: Take a cotton swab and dig out every tiny scrap from the bottom of the tube, smear it on their lips, and savor that last bittersweet moment of lipstick bliss. Then there are …

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