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Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me [Paperback]

Paula Begoun , Bryan Barron
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10 Dec 2009 Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me
In this completely updated edition of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me", Paula Begoun offers straightforward, specific product evaluations and an easy-to-use rating system. This book helps women find products that make them look great without spending a fortune. From drugstores and home shopping to department stores and catalogues, Paula Begoun reviews all of the major cosmetic and skin-care lines, product by product (that's more than 30,000 products in all). Regardless of the price tags, there are good and bad products in almost every line and with the turn of a page, readers can get concise reviews and fast answers in this completely revised and expanded edition. A user-friendly rating system makes it easy to find items worth trying.

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  • Paperback: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: Beginning Press; 8th Revised edition edition (10 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877988340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877988349
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paula Begoun has been reporting on the beauty industry for more than 25 years. Her unique angle on the cosmetics industry has earned her the nickname of "Cosmetics Cop". She is an internationally-recognised authority as a consumer advocate for the beauty industry, and is called on regularly by reporters and producers from television, magazines, and radio. Paula has appeared on hundreds of US talk shows including Oprah, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The View, the Today Show, CBS This Morning, and Good Morning America. Paula Begoun is recognised by women all over the world as the most reliable source for answers to all of their beauty-related questions.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Paula Begoun is a woman on a mission. That mission is to provide the as much information as possible on cosmetics and skincare. I, for one, think she succeeds.
I have to say, I didn't feel entirely happy after I had read the first two chapters, aimed at demystifying skincare and make-up myths: I realised that I have been entirely taken in by extravagant claims made by cosmetics companies, not to mention the pretty bottles, nice colours and lovely smells that draw you over to make-up counters.
Some of the other reviews have said that Ms Begoun is not completely objective - well, she never claims to be - and that she has an irritating "attitude." I think I'd have an attitude if I had spent twenty years reading claims like "See a 154% improvement in wrinkles in only three days!" when I knew that no such thing was possible!
While Ms Begoun might have some personal biases, such as not recommend using bright colours (apparently a heading from an earlier edition was "Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal"), that doesn't change the fact that if she recommends a certain line's eyeshadow, that eyeshadow is going to have good application and texture whatever colour it is. This book is not the law - the make-up police will not be knocking at your door because you wear metallic green nail varnish! (Yes, that's another of her pet hates.) You don't have to follow her advice to the letter - or even at all.
Admittedly, the product reviews are based on ingredients - but a review of 30 000 products that she has personally tried would be an impossible feat. Besides, what works for one woman does not work for another, as Ms Begoun so often states. What the reviews do help you do is make an informed choice. I was considering spending £22 on a new moisturiser, a treat after the £2.25 stuff I've been using.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
When this mighty tome arrived I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd bought it on the spur of the moment after seeing it recommended on a website. Despite the fact that I'm unlikely ever to heave this weighty book around Boots or SuperDrug, I'm glad I bought it.
Paula Begoun confirms a lot of what were already my suspicions, ie that a lot of beauty counters sell us creams and potions that promise the world and don't come near to delivering.
What's special about 'Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me' is that Paula Begoun has done the ground-work, she's had the ingredients of said creams analysed and tried the make-up out on real people so that what she writes is something we can all relate to.
Obviously there's a certain amount of subjective opinion but that's something she admits to and recommends that we use our own judgement along with hers.
The book has easy to follow icons that guide you along so you can sit and dip in and out of the book or if you're a real make-up freak like me have a good peruse.
My only criticism is that for us Brits a lot of the product we know and love aren't included and there are some which sound great but aren't available in the UK.
Paula- PLEASE BRING OUT A BRITISH VERSION- I think it will be snapped up like the proverbial hot cake or should that be pan-cake (excuse the pun).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another very helpful book to Paula's credit 5 Jan 1999
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Paul Begoun is the only person out there providing unbiased information about the cosmetics industry. She does have some of her own biases, but she always explains why she holds these. Her information is based on research, not hype. I have all four editions of this book and have found all of them to be useful. She has definitely saved me money on products I buy, and I don't end up with many totally wasted products. I use her books as a handy reference. Without her books, one is out there on her own, listening to the department store sales associates' information or totally on her own at a drugstore. I do not always 100% agree with everything she says, (I can't get eye makeup off without slight help from eye makeup removers), but overall her advice is the only advice out there. She's always the first to say that if something she recommends does or does not work for you, stay with what is working. This book is a worthwhile addition to any woman's library as a handy reference. My daughter also finds this a handy reference book, and she's 27 years younger than I, so I'd recommend this book for all ages.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best consumer book on cosmetics! 25 Aug 2003
First of all, it should be noted that Paula clearly admits that the reviews in her book are her opinions. However, I've been reading her books for over a decade, and her opinions are based on solid, thorough, scientific research NOT funded by anyone other than herself. I don't know of another book that can make that claim. She mixes her opinions with facts that few others dare because she has nothing to lose in the process. When she tells the truth, we all benefit. Articles in women's magazines stand to lose an enormous amount of advertising revenue if any editorials threaten to blow Estee Lauder, Lancome, Clinique, Maybelline, or any cosmetics company that spends literally millions of dollars in ads off their solid gold pedestals. Paula also states quite clearly that if a certain regime or product works for the consumer, then the consumer should stick with it.
However, for the rest of us who need guidance in choosing what is best for our skin and make-up routines, this book is a godsend. She rates products on the ingredients they contain, their effect on the skin, and how well they work. She never claims that all products purchased in a drugstore are as good as those purchased at expensive prices in department stores. She freely acknowledges some poor products that are inexpensive do exist. And she also acknowledges that some poor products which are expensive also exist. In other words, the price of the cosmetic has nothing to do with its effectiveness, safety, or application.
What this book really does is give facts to help the consumer separate fact from fiction. One time when I was shopping for a toner, the cosmetics woman at the department store told me that the alcohol contained in her product was "cosmetic" alcohol - not the alcohol that would dry the skin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY USEFUL INFORMATION
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Having bought lots of cosmetics and skin care ranges over the years, this book was an interesting buy. Read more
Published on 6 April 2010 by Mrs. Heather Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
This book is really good and tells you without marketing crap what you are actually getting for your money. Read more
Published on 7 May 2009 by S. Tomankova
2.0 out of 5 stars not impressed
I work in the industry and while i work for a particular brand, am always on the look out for books like this so i can reccomend a different brand if we dont sell something... Read more
Published on 21 April 2009 by Mrs. CA Hayday-Myers
2.0 out of 5 stars Irritants?: Paula Begoun should be listed.
I had high hopes for this book when I bought it; I have been an avid skin care fan all my life and thought that the info in this book would be a huge benefit to me. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2008 by M. D. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
As a self professed beauty junkie I had high hopes for this book, and amazingly these were surpassed! Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2008 by Lucy1038
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