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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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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...


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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...

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(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...

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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...


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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...

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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 ...

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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–...


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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...