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Generations of Beauty

I drew in a quick breathe of delight as I looked down at my May InStyle magazine – finally they smartened up and put Isabella Rossellini back on a cover. Sanity returned to the media industry and they remembered who the true ...

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Who Defines Real Beauty?

It’s official. I’ve turned into a conspiracy theory-ed, middle-aged female who believes the entire mediated world is plotting to reverse women’s meager progress in this God Forsaken patriarchal society. Case in point R...

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Top Beauty Bargains

Last week, I wrote about Walgreen’s new approach to the beauty business in Beauty Unites. This past spring, I traveled through two states conducting training sessions for Walgreen’s Senior Beauty Advisors. To kick off each ...


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Beauty Unites

I came full circle this week – I began my beauty career in the corner drugstore of my hometown, and this week I ended up back there – in a manner of speaking. I led several days of beauty training for our hometown drugstore...

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Leaving 7-Eleven

I basically ate my way through last week, and opted not to exercise because I was too busy eating and feeling lousy about myself to possibly squeeze in something as mood elevating as exercise. Three days in row I started off wi...

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Tails for the Urban Cyclist

It finally happened. That resplendent moment each year when the temperature warms ever so slightly, the sun feels warm on our face, and we remember why the hell we live in Chicago in the first place: a blessed day of spring wea...


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Our Third Act

I fully intended to write about two skincare gadgets this week, but divine guidance, (or procrastination) interceded on their behalf.  Instead, I offer a public service announcement of sorts, a ‘wow I needed that’ kind of ...

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Feeling Fat

A funny thing happened to me on my way to work this week….somewhere between my home and the client site I ballooned into a grotesquely overweight version of myself. This explosion of body mass sat quietly in the background sl...

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Alphabet Soup: BB and CC Creams

Almost two years ago, BB Creams made their debut in the U. S. and quickly created a new morning ‘must-have’ category. BB stands for ‘Beauty Balm’ or  ‘Blemish Balm.’ They arrived via the Asian market and appeared a...


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The Business of Powder and Paint: Part Two

In our previous episode, a seemingly innocent question was posed: Is there truly a difference between a drugstore and department store cosmetic brand? The short answer: Yes, there is a difference between a drugstore (mass) prod...