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Dec16
Battle of the Bases: Foundation Primers for Every Skin Type

Battle of the Bases: Foundation Primers for Every Skin Type

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Ahh, foundation primer. I remember my exact thoughts the first time I looked at the wee sample of Smashbox Photo Finish in my Sephora bag. “This,” I thought, “is a load of horseshit.” And then I tried you, cynically and with a nasty-looking crease in my forehead, and behold! I loved you. I loved how […]

Dec03

The Product Graveyard: What to Do With the Stuff That Sucks

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Hi Amy! What do you do with products you tried but did not like? Or products that worked for awhile, but not long enough to use all of? My current product graveyard is a drawer- I can’t bring myself to throw out some of these products — the really offensive ones I can toss, but […]

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 […]

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. […]

Aug06
Lost in the Skincare Jungle

Lost in the Skincare Jungle

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Dear Amy, I have recently decided that: A – I am getting old B – My skin has always sucked C – Well, I want better skin now – that’s all. I’ve never had much of a “skin care routine.” I have been using random drug-store, cheap-as-can-be-because-it’s-there-in-front-of-me cleanser and moisturizer, never the same stuff twice […]

Jul02
Price Tag Cage Match: Drugstore vs. Salon Shampoos

Price Tag Cage Match: Drugstore vs. Salon Shampoos

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“I can’t spend $20 on shampoo. I just can’t.” I get this a lot. And I understand! I do! And yet…I kind of don’t. I mean, have you ever spent $20 on a shirt? That you maybe wear once or twice a month? You wear your hair everyday. And you will wear your hair for […]

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