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on 22 October 2014
Delightful and important - a must-read! This book, written by a forty-something former model living in California, is a very welcome antidote to the all the messages that the media put out for older women. They tell us that we're unattractive and not worth looking at unless we submit to surgery or Botox, or whatever the latest expensive and potentially harmful "treatment" may be.

Ms Shull describes, with well researched references, the problems that such procedures can cause. You might end up looking older after Botox than you did before, and that's the least harmful result! People have died on the operating table having face or neck lifts, and been left permanently deformed after Botox and other injections. And all for what? Because the truth is, you certainly can be attractive and even beautiful as an older woman. Many European countries already know this. Go to France and women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and more receive honest compliments on their attractiveness. But in the USA and the UK, we've fallen prey to the anxiety and self-hatred induced by advertising, which wants us to spend huge amounts of money and risk our lives and our looks for the sake of appearing a few years younger. What's more, these procedures don't do what they say they will - usually people who've had them end up looking weird and deformed afterwards, not younger or more attractive.

Ms Shull's book is a plea from a warm-hearted, wise woman not to fall for all that nonsense. She doesn't think we should all slouch around with no makeup and baggy clothes, and she gives common sense advice about beauty and fashion, but the best things we can do for our looks are free or very cheap. She recommends really inexpensive creams and other beauty products that really work, and she advocates meditation, self-acceptance and self-affirmation as the antidote to the damaging messages the media would have us believe.

Here in the UK, I've never heard of people having vitamin shots and don't know how or ever whether you could get them. But otherwise, this book is full of excellent advice.
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on 6 January 2014
Middle Age Beauty is a valuable beauty bible for women of all ages. Holistic in nature, it is concerned with the care of body, mind and soul as the author firmly places the emphasis on the cultivation of inner beauty before all else. Written in an engaging conversational tone, Machel Schull is like a big sister whispering her cherished beauty secrets, while offering down to earth advice in the most honest and direct manner.
Early in the book, Ms. Schull presents a winning argument for the reasons a woman should never lie about her age, backed up by an interview with Dr. Tess Hightower. The aging process and women's attitude to it, is naturally the central focus of the book.
One of my favorite quotes is from Chapter 9, which deals with positive thinking: "When you struggle against reality you cause inner turmoil to your soul".
This phrase resonates with me as I have personally learned that acceptance is the first step to addressing any issues that arise in our lives.
Meditation, the benefits and how to do it are all explained in very simple terms. An interview with Zen Master Michiko Rolek provides further encouragement and helps demystify `mindful breathing'.
There is also a lot of fun in this book, as the author throws cold water on the hype fed to women by society and the beauty industry.
This is a lovely girly book that is also gutsy and full of cheer. In fact I would recommend it to anyone in need of a good boost to their self esteem. Definitely a winner!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 February 2014
I liked reading this book and I enjoyed hearing about her life in her sunny climate! As someone who has has never been temped to have botox it was comforting to read a book where someone agrees with you! I especially enjoyed reading the author's recommendations for budget beauty products at the end. Most of these products are available in the UK, but not all. However, I wasn't sure about her recommendations for having vitamin injections? I don't know anyone who has had these vitamin injections - let alone afford this private treatment.

The meditation tips were very worthwhile.
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on 28 December 2013
I enjoyed this book immensely. it was a very good mix of advice for the beauty of the soul mixed with practical health advice and some very interesting beauty tips. This mix optimizes our potential to look and feel good in our forties and fifties, although a lot of the advice would be great for younger women too.
The author is firmly against Botox and poisonous fillers and it was good to hear her words and I applaud her bravery for saying what needs to be said. The first section of the book is about our inner soul and how we can access the strength to feel good and to have the confidence in ourselves to say No to society's obsession with youth. The other sections are a mix of body and diet advice and beauty tips. So this book is neither all about 'soul journey' nor 'beauty tips'. It is a mix up of lots of things and this keeps it interesting.
it also gives insights into the world of modelling and its weird ideas of how women should look. I found the advice about natural ageing great especially as it comes from a former model. just a great wee book!
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on 28 June 2015
Beautifully written soulful book. Buy it and copies for family and friends!
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on 11 November 2015
An excellent informative book. Reassuring and encouraging to all those approaching, going through and even been through, middle age. No need to worry about fading looks..They don't fade they can improve with lots of tips on how to appreciate yourself, nurture yourself and take care of your skin. Highly recommended.
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