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Jan21
Price Tag Cage Match: Boots No7 Make-up Base vs. Everything Else

Price Tag Cage Match: Boots No7 Make-up Base vs. Everything Else

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Review of Boots No7 Make-up Base So I was wandering the cosmetics aisles in Target the other day and came across what looked like one of my 2008 wishes come true — a drugstore-brand foundation primer. Specifically, Boots No7 Mattifying Make-Up Base, priced at a delicious $9.99. Now, Target brags that Boots is the U.K.’s […]

Jan18

Not About My Hair: Depression & Hospitalization & Work

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Dear Wise and Wonderful Amalah, I’ve written to you before about hair and skin and the like, but this time I have a question that may actually mean something. I’ve been following your blog for a while, and I remember when you had problems with depression. I always respect, and almost always agree with your […]

Jan16
Moisturizer Junkie: How Much Is Too Much?

Moisturizer Junkie: How Much Is Too Much?

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Hi. I go through a small tub of moisturizer (nivea Q10) every 2 weeks and I’m beginning to think something is wrong. When I was at the Clinique beauty counter at a store recently, the saleslady tested the moisturizer by applying a teeny tiny amount to the tip of a Q-tip and then proceeded to […]

Jan14
What I Wore: Company Holiday Party

What I Wore: Company Holiday Party

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So after the flurry of cocktail-dress discussions, I’ve gotten a couple emails asking to see pictures of MY little black dress. Which has not been outside of the back of my closet since January 2006. That was the last time Jason’s company threw a big employee holiday party. This year, however, Jason started a new […]

Jan11

Trying to Conceive: Infertility Before Age 30

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Dearest Amalah, I’ve been reading Amalah and the Smackdown for quite a while now and I’m hoping that maybe you can help me. I’m pretty sure you can relate to what I’m about to say. For many, many years I swore that I just wasn’t the kind of person who would want to have kids. […]

Jan09
Teenage Wasteland (of Stretch Marks)

Teenage Wasteland (of Stretch Marks)

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Dearest Amy, I’m pretty sure you have probably addressed the issue of stretch marks due to pregnancy, but I have a different question regarding stretch marks. My 15-year old daughter has gained quite a bit of weight in the past year and has rather large, gaping stretch marks on the sides of her waist. They […]

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