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Taking a break from beauty

Phoebe Baker Hyde spent a year away from makeup and fashion and came away with a book — and a better sense of herself

BROOKLINE — Phoebe Baker Hyde, 38, admits she’s done some ridiculous things in the name of beauty.

She drank so many chocolate diet shakes she constipated herself. She tried to scrub cystic acne off her back with an abrasive foot pumice. She once broke in a pair of uncomfortable high heels by wearing them with hiking socks and jogging around a parking lot. After her first baby was born and her weight didn’t come off as fast as online forums promised, she wore a spandex corset five hours a day.

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