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Sep23
Go Gentle Into That Good Night: Rules for Exfoliating

Go Gentle Into That Good Night: Rules for Exfoliating

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Hi Amalah, Love love love love love the smackdown. I followed your foundation routine religiously (including buying a Sephora brush) when I wore makeup… I stopped turbaning my hair as soon as you suggested it (and yes, my hair is happier.) Ok, so my skin has bigger problems than can be solved over e-mail. But […]

Sep07
Do I Really Really Need to Moisturize?

Do I Really Really Need to Moisturize?

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Since I rely on you for skincare advice, and have started using a number of Philosophy products religiously since you recommended them (for which my face totally owes you thanks and possibly a beer), I of course thought of you when faced with a skincare question no one else seemed to be able to answer. […]

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 […]

Jun03
Beauty on a Budget: I Was Told There Would Be No Math

Beauty on a Budget: I Was Told There Would Be No Math

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Amy, I love your smackdown advice – but often times the products you recommend are too rich for my cheaper than 2 coats of paint blood. I value a short beauty routine & want to spend as little money as possible on it; I also want to look like I’ve been pampered by a professional […]

Jun01
The (Halfway Through) 2007 Smackdown Hot List!

The (Halfway Through) 2007 Smackdown Hot List!

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Yet another break in format! A few people have emailed requesting the complete lineup of products I use, or a best-of list, or something along those lines. So…in honor of the somewhat randomly selected date of June 1st, I present: the complete best-of list of things I use, covet and maybe also a thing or […]

May23

Cover(your ass)Girl

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Dear Amalah, Please oh please help me understand something. Why in the world do some daily moisturizers that contain SPF come with a note that sez you should wear a sunscreen while using the product and avoid sunlight for a week during and after using it? Whhhhhyyyyyy?? I guess this is a rhetorical question, because […]

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