The 21st Century Beauty Bible Paperback – 23 Sep 2004
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This book cuts through the hype to show you the best ways to look beautiful and glowing -- Health & Fitness, 2004
packed full of beauty tips and the low-down on products that
really work. -- Slimming World, March, 2007
this is the ultimate guide for any woman interested in how she looks... lots of exclusive tips from the experts -- Sunday Express, December 2004
From the Publisher
The indispensable guide to looking good for every woman. The most comprehensive tried and tested survey of beauty products makes this the guide to follow when buying face creams, mascara, foundation and many more products. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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In the dark days, before I was converted by this bible, I used to raid cosmetics counters optimistically but randomly and throw half the stuff in the bin after the first use or first skin reaction. No matter how I tried, nor how much I spent, I couldn't seem to find anything that suited me. I always looked orange, became smudged, and smelled of chemicals.
I always, always wanted to know what other people used, people who weren't wearing neat white coats and too much lip liner behind the sales counter. But when you live in a house full of men and boys, and work alone all day? Well, what to do?
Reading this book was one of the best girly experiences I have had in my life. All the makeup was tested by hundreds of intelligent women (I loved some of the comments!), and when winning products emerged, they emerged emphatically. I have been lucky enough to try most of those winners. With the exception of one rather alarming face toning product, which turned me instantly into my death mask, I have loved EVERY single other thing I was bought.
I now own great moisturiser, superb foundation, elegant blusher, luscious mascara, enlivening cleanser, and some bath stuff that is totally addictive and practically an aphrodisiac. Need I go on? I look about ten years younger thanks to the astonishing miracle cream they discovered, which also turned out to be the cheapest of all. (Worth buying the book for that tip alone.) And I will always thanks the authors for introducing me to a very famous German brand of natural cosmetics, which for some reason had escaped my notice. I now cannot function unless I have a nightly Lavendel bad. Two capfuls and you no longer care about anything - anything at all. It's blissful.
The book is wonderfully written by two natural beauties - seemingly inside as well as out. I really liked the style - a bit like being counselled by two elder sister super models! I count it as the best beauty investment I have made in eons.
There are main sections on MAKEUP, SKIN, FAST FIXES (eg. botox, minimising wrinkles), BODY, HAIR, FRAGRANCE and 'WELLBEING' (ways to stay healthy and happy). It also provides food for thought with articles like the one from Aveda's Horst Rechelbacher about whether or not we should try and use more 'natural' lip products (did you know that in a lifetime a woman swallows the equivalent of about four tubes of lipstick? Ergh!) and also a list of specific names of ingredients that are considered to be natural, and of course, those that aren't.
The main difference between this and other beauty/makeup books is that it includes an abundance of home made beauty recipes for facial oils, natural masks, body scrubs, body oil, hair rescue remedies, fragrances made from essential oils, bath oils and fruit juices. If that wasn't enough there are methods on how to use some of these with facial massage techniques, two minute face de-stressers and a scalp massage (I have yet to experiment with all of these!)
There are little 'tip' boxes dotted around the pages for quick reference and the vast majority of advice is given by professionals in the field they're discussing (like Stila's Jeanine Lobell on makeup!) I loved all of the pictures included as they were well chosen and not as in-your-face with the makeup and beauty aspect, not like other books which just show boring model after model being made up just to fill extra pages. The directory of cosmetic suppliers at the back of the book is also a welcome addition as it is convenient having them all listed in one place, as is the 'bookshelf' at the back with suggested reading titles.
Although there wasn't an exhaustive amount of information I did appreciate the inclusion of advice on makeup for coloured women (by Iman) as it's a subject not many books even attempt to include. There were also a few pages on solutions for ethnic hair given by leading London stylist Errol Douglas which I think was great because I guess it would provide ideas on what to do or where to go for more advice.
This book has got me reading the ingredients labels of my cosmetics with genuine interest and scanning products in the aisles of Boots before buying (which has also enabled me to determine which things aggravate my skin, something I've never done before - so thanks!)
The website is [...] and it gives you lots of brilliant advice, much of which actually expands on the book. The book would be a perfect gift for most beauty-conscious ladies, but it could be particularly valuable to a girl/lady in your life who likes her beauty things and also has a vague interest in staying healthy in other ways.
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