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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 […]

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 […]

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