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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 […]

Nov26
Smackdown Field Trip: ISO the Perfect Concealer

Smackdown Field Trip: ISO the Perfect Concealer

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Well. Whew! What a week last week was, with all the not-updating I did. However, a true advice columnist never rests and never stops bossing people around, and last week was no exception. I went to New York to meet up with AlphaMom’s own Isabel Kallman and was promptly dragged — dragged! — into the […]

Oct24

Mystery Meat: Deciphering Cosmetic Ingredients

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Hi, Amy! First of all, you are amazing! You’re funny and interesting and helpful. So thank you for that. Now to my question. I’ve been looking at reviews for hair products (namely conditioner) and some stuff gets great reviews. “Amazing for my wavy hair!” I have wavy hair! I want amazing! But then I look […]

Oct03

The Smackdown Checklist

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Hi Amy! I decided, somewhat randomly, at the beginning of July to start a program of Improving Myself, with a goal of adding one new thing to my routine every two weeks that is good for me in some way. First it was flossing (surprisingly successful!), then eating breakfast in the morning, and I’m currently […]

Sep19
Get This Actual, Real-World Look: Bare Minerals for Day & Night

Get This Actual, Real-World Look: Bare Minerals for Day & Night

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While I have still not personally used the INSANELY POPULAR Bare Minerals line (I’ve had weird itchy reactions to bismuth in the past and am just a little askeered of what slathering it all over my face might do), when Tara volunteered an eye-makeup demo using the line, I knew a lot of y’all would […]

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