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Women forsake frills but spare no expense for skin

Feb 24, 2009

Women forsake frills but spare no expense for skin

When Miwako Taniuchi’s income slumped 30 percent last year, out went the expensive dinners and new Gucci and Louis Vuitton handbags. One purchase that didn’t get axed: a skin cream worth its weight in gold. “I’ll cut back spending on other things, but not ...