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The History of Compacts and Cosmetics: Beauty From Victorian Times to the Present Day (Women with Style) Paperback – 19 Nov 2009


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Remember When (19 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844680495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844680498
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Madeleine Marsh is renowned for her quirky style as well as expertise which has seen her star in several TV series, including 20th Century Roadshow and write several best-selling books for Miller s. Madeleine is passionate about vintage clothes and accessories, not just for collecting but wearing and using. This is the first in her series on Women with Style. The next book in the series will be Women s Hats.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shop Girl on 29 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I saw the video interview of Madeline Marsh with Lisa Eldrige on youtube and HAD to get my hands on it after that. It does not disappoint. Marsh knows her field to a tea and touches on all areas of make-up history, and the book is full of mouth-watering pieces of vintage compacts, that will inspire you to start you own collection!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DECOGIRL on 18 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
When asked by Pen and Sword Publishers to review Madeleine Marsh's book Compacts and Cosmetics I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Somehow this one had escaped me and wasn't in my collection! Smaller and more compact than many of it's type, this tactile book is a wealth of information on a subject that is arguably closer to a girl's (and increasingly guy's for that matter) heart than any other - how we look, the lengths we go to to improve on what mother nature has given us and what we use to achieve the desired effect. Remarkably, our obsession with cosmetics hasn't changed for thousands of years. From the ground malachite used by ancient Egyptians to colour their eyes to the Maybeline mascara we use today, Madeleine March takes us on a historic journey of beauty rituals through the decades (did you know that Parisian ladies bound their faces with strips of raw beef as a nightime moisturiser!) Filled with an abundance of photographs from compacts to gruesome looking hair crimpers that would look more in place in a torture chamber, there are also some fabulous period advertisements, both for brands we know and still use today such as Coty and Rimmel, to the more obscure such as Harriet Hubbard Ayres' freckle lotion. Though compacts feature fairly strongly, this book is about much more and should appeal to anyone with an interest in cosmetics, vanity items and social history alike. Anyone else remember using Aqua Manda talc and Kiku cologne in the 70's?
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I didn't realise what this book was actually about until I got nearer to the end.

It is about how beauty industry hypnotises us into buying more and more and wasting both our money and the products we bought in persuit of unachievable forever youth and beauty.

It just supported what I started to suspect several years ago - we are manipulated into buying stuff we don't really know about the same way Victorians were manipulated into believing arsenic was safe and ladies of a later era were led to believe radioactive materials were good for you!

Granted, today's regulatory measures will probably save you from dying due to lead in your cosmetics, but do we really know what is there and what is a long term effect of this?

As the book put it: "The pressure to keep young and beautiful was perhaps more intense than ever and the methods used to achieve this goal were just as time consuming , painful and potentially dangerous as they ever had been in the past".
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By Lynne Gadd on 6 May 2014
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Bought as already had the Hardbacked book, this kindle version makes it easier to refer to when out and about.
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By Mr. Kenneth D. Jones on 26 April 2014
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an engrossing insight into the history of the beauty bussiness. well worth a read. full of facinating facts. good value
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By M E Henry on 14 Mar. 2014
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Found this very informative and a good cheap buy. I put what I want and no more. Sorry if this upsets you.
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