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    6 Simple, But Often Ignored, Skin Cleansing Tips

    I know what you’re about to say. “Cleansing is the easiest thing in the world. You can’t do it wrong. Tell me something I don’t know instead, Gio.” Well, I’ll tell you this: You can do cleansing wrong. I did it wrong for years. And, you’re probably doing it the wrong way, too. Or at […]


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    When Do Skincare Products Expire?

    I’m a skincare magpie. Always looking for the next big thing. And when I find it, the old one gets unceremoniously dumped into a drawer. But, after a while, I start to feel the guilt gnawing at me. It’s not like I am emotionally attached to a serum or anything like that (gosh, that would be weird!). […]


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    Is Jar Packaging A Waste Of Money?

    When I was a little girl, I was fascinated by my grannie’s potions and lotions. I would watch as she opened those beautiful jars, picked up a tiny amount of cream with her fingers, and applied them gently all over her face, longing for the day when I could finally do the same. When that […]


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    Do Exfoliating Cleansers Work?

    You need cleanse and exfoliate. These steps AREN’T optional. Why not buy an exfoliating cleanser and do both at the same time? It’ll save you money and time in the evening, right? Not so fast… There are two types of cleansing exfoliants: physical and chemical. One of them doesn’t work. The other one does, but […]


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    Should You Remove Your Cuticles?

    “Gio, I love your nail colou… wait! Why haven’t you removed your cuticles?!” It’s a sin for a beauty blogger to paint her nails without removing her cuticles. But, I don’t care. Cuticles may not look all that pretty. But they’re SO useful, and getting rid of them is never a good idea. Here’s why: […]


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    Do Facial Exercises Work?

    I remember first reading about facial exercise in a teen magazine. I must have been 16 or something. The article mentioned that these exercises helped maintain facial muscle tone and so, I dutifully sat in front of the mirror and started playing with my face. I felt so silly! But, I was more than willing to […]