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May07
Smackdown Field Trip: Makeover on a Budget

Smackdown Field Trip: Makeover on a Budget

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Amy, Alright, here’s the skinny. I decided around the new year that a woman quickly approaching 30, who has a professional-type job working with the community (I’m a newspaper editor) should sort of look like a grown-up. You know the deal, jewelry every day, clothes that match (the horror!) and are at least a little […]

May02
Stopping the Slippity Slide

Stopping the Slippity Slide

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Dear Amalah, I consider myself a well educated consumer of “the product.” You know, anything that can be purchased on the ground floor of a department store, at Sephora or in aisle 3 of your local Walgreen’s. I am currently a devotee of Laura Mercier and have had great success with the www.acne.org “regimen” (a […]

Mar28
The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

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I might be camping this summer and I am already stressing about being make up free for a few days. I don’t normally pile it on, but I’m pretty dreary looking without anything. Are there any products out there that could do double duty – like a sunscreen / moisturizer / light foundation or lip […]

Mar07
Various Issues of the Head Area

Various Issues of the Head Area

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(A couple more short ones. Less words for you, plus a wicked case of topic whiplash. Bonus!) Amalah, Is is true that your hair becomes “immune” to a shampoo after you use it for awhile? I freaking love my shampoo (Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing), but my hairdresser says I should alternate shampoos to get rid […]

Feb21
Burning Eyes of Hate

Burning Eyes of Hate

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Hi- My eyelids are sensitive and have been for awhile. In the past I bought higher-end shadow and been ok. Until recently. The shadow I was using was making my eyelids red, puffy and itchy. So I stopped using it- problem solved. This weekend I bought new shadow -Clinique- and about two hours later- puffy, […]

Feb16
Price Tag Cage Match: Lengthening Mascaras

Price Tag Cage Match: Lengthening Mascaras

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Happy Friday! And welcome to a new occasional-totally-not-on-a-regular-schedule feature here at the Advice Smackdown: the Price Tag Cage Match. This is where I’ll use two products — one expensive and one from the drugstore — that promise the same results, and see if the expensive version is really any better. Then I’ll lock them in […]

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