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Oct21
How Much Washing Can Dry Skin Take?

How Much Washing Can Dry Skin Take?

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Here’s the deal: I don’t wash my face if I’m not wearing makeup. I know what you’re saying: “gotta wash off the grime of daily life, blah, blah, blah.” But I have dry skin; sometimes so dry that I apply a drop o’ vaseline to the cheeks come the winter. In the summer, when I […]

Oct19

“Damaging” Hair to Make it Better?

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I have fine hair, shoulder-length, with layers. It is pretty hard to style, and I am allergic to a lot of products, including the ones that say hypoallergenic, etc. My stylist suggested that I get it colored, even though I am fine with my current color (light-brown with blond highlights). He said that it would […]

Oct17
Green for a Day: Homemade Beauty Treatments

Green for a Day: Homemade Beauty Treatments

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This morning’s beauty ritual: Yes, really. I’m soooo expensing my grocery bill, y’all. So, as promised, after Googling homemade beauty recipes far and wide (here’s just a sampling of what’s out there), I opted to go with whichever ones I could make without a special trip to the store. This was surprisingly easy — the […]

Oct14
Hope for Heat-Damaged Hair

Hope for Heat-Damaged Hair

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Hi. I’m having a hair crisis. After consulting several friends, one of whom pointed me to your blog, I have determined that somehow I have stressed my thin, typically healthy, but now very dry and broken hair. They all think it is the ceramic flat iron I have been using for the past two years. […]

Oct12

The Everything Maternity Wear List

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Hi Amalah, I have been a loyal reader for I don’t know how long now, and seriously, you have helped me out of many a fashion and styling dilemma (who knew, for example, that I could save myself from looking like I’d just left the gym simply by backcombing the top bit of my ponytail? […]

Oct10
Do-It-Yourself Beauty

Do-It-Yourself Beauty

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Hi, I have heard that people who use natural products instead of moisturizers on their face (olive oil mixed with a herbal essence for example) are always complimented on how young and great they look — does this really work? I like the idea of a cheap and natural moisturizer, but am worried that years […]

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