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EatingAwareness

Coming Clean

This year marks the 40th anniversary of my dance with the proverbial devil – my body – or, more appropriately, my body image. In 1973, at the tender age of 12, I was diagnosed with an eating disorder. In December of this ye...

MakeupLogos

The Business of Powder and Paint: Part One

I am frequently asked about the real difference between a drugstore and department store cosmetic brands. Isn’t it really all the same stuff? I always hesitate when I answer – (in my mind) a complex question just materializ...

CND SHELLAC

(Gel) Nail It!

I started painting my nails when I was 11 years old – somehow, my mother agreed to this, but not any type of other make-up until I turned 13. In hindsight, I find this choice rather odd because I distinctly remember the shade...


mascara

Lash Out!

A few years ago, Ellen Bryon of the Wall Street Journal interviewed me about consumer buying trends in the mascara category. What was hot? Mega-brush mascaras, primers, eyelash curlers, eyelash growth serums, etc. If it goes on...

French Beauty

Winter Must Haves: Viva La France!

This relentlessly cold and windy Chicago winter sucked all the hydration out of my body in late December. My skin, hair, and even nails transformed into brittle replicas of themselves turning me into nothing more than a walking...

Woman-arms-outstretched

Straighten Up and Spread Out

We have all heard the expression ‘fake it until you make it.’ For many years, I lived my life using this mantra – not so much because I didn’t know what I was doing in a certain situation, but because I did not believe ...


images

Reward Offered: Please Return My Jawline!

Someone hi-jacked my jawline and I want it back! A few months ago I popped on a pair of earrings and asked my gal-pal to snap a profile picture of me, so I could send it to my stepdaughter. (Erin was preparing for an upcoming e...

Rose6692am

The Faces of Beauty

As I’ve noted before, I struggle amongst my “selves” writing a post focused on appearance. I walk a fine line between promoting ways to enjoy our God-given beauty and contributing to the assault of messages women receive ...

birchbox

A Skinny Scent?

Typically, I delight in receiving my Birchbox treasure trove each month and hold the founders of the company in high regard, but I have am anorexic bone to pick with them this week. If you’re not familiar with Birchbox–...


Lip-gloss-diet

How Green Is My Lipgloss?

Not very – as a matter of fact one of my all-time favorite glosses evidently contains some pretty nasty ingredients such as mineral oil, which is a by-product of petroleum, otherwise known as crude oil. I typically avoid ing...