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Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 2, 2006

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Erase myths like "dabbing toothpaste on a zit will make it disappear." Remember that face cream, once opened, has only six months to live. It's this type of credible, proven information--and dozens of other tidbits--that'll make anyone's eyes open wide, not shut. From the editorial brains of Allure magazine and its editor in chief, Linda Wells, this candid, no-holds-barred book provides data in an easy-to-digest manner--provocative headlines ("Tricks of the Trade," "Beauty Myths"), 1 commandment for each of 10 chapters, three- to five-step how-tos for basic beauty chores (for instance salon waxing or shaving)--in short, a practical treasure trove from experts. Every page, in fact, should elicit a surprised look, an ah-ha. Antiperspirants do not cause cancer--or Alzheimer's. Shape nails in "squoval" fashion (squared-off ovals). And long hair should not extend past breasts. Skin, facial, and whole-body advice for any age. Barbara Jacobs
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About the Author

Linda Wells is the founding editor-in-chief of Allure. She began her journalism career at Vogue before joining the New York Times, where she was the beauty and food editor. Her work has helped redefine the once highly traditional genre of women's magazines.

Allure is the only magazine dedicated to beauty. The award-winning Conde Nast magazine has been widely recognized for its intelligent, groundbreaking coverage of beauty. Their circulation is over 1 million.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch (October 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082125779X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821257791
  • ASIN: B00342VFVO
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,316,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I could give this book NO stars, I would. I feel so gypped -- this has NO new information unless you are an absolute beginner. Even my 14 year old daughter couldn't believe how remedial this book is. There are NO secrets or inside information here about the beauty industry, or a collection of beauty editors' favorite products and little known miracle workers, which was what I thought I was getting. Instead I get stupid stuff like: exfoliation is good for the skin!, dilute heavy foundation with a little bit of moisturizer! Deep conditioning your hair once a week really helps! Don't pop your pimples! Tip your stylist 15%!

I'm serious, this is about as detailed as this book gets -- they don't mention ANY product names or lines, so please don't waste your money and get this book. I agree with an earlier poster who said this is a complete waste of time, and I have to wonder at reviewers who gave this a good review. I don't get it.
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I'm a regular reader of Allure, and I've always felt like Linda Wells is more approachable and humane--less judgmental, less attitude--than the typical fashion/beauty diva. I still believe that. However, if you read the magazine, you've probably read just about everything that's in this book. Even the 10 chapter openers come straight from the pub letters. In addition, there are 66 full-page color photos that have little or nothing to do with the text--they're basically decorative. Pretty 20-something faces. The book could have benefitted from some serious how-to photos or diagrams in a few places. The layout is a little hard to follow in some areas as well. I suppose that there's really not that much new under the sun in the world of beauty basics--I just expected more. I wish, for example, that she'd addressed the issue of leg/body makeup. But maybe that's a different demographic!
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I don't know what I was expecting from Linda Wells' book. I think I must have been execting (hoping, more like) that it would be full of arcane makeup application techniques. After all, Linda Wells is the beauty editor of "Allure" the magazine that promoties itself as "the beauty expert." If anyone who should know magical makeup application techniques, she should. She has had the opportunity to see many fine makeup artists at work (Bobbi Brown and the late Kevyn Aucoin to name a couple.) Having raised my expections high, they weren't met.

What the book does deliver is solid, basic advice on makeup and hair and a lot of pretty pictures.

The recommendations for color choices are accurate and useful. Many women will be able to relate to Ms. Wells' affinity for a natural look. All things considered, this book is more helpful than most of it's kind. It would definately be of most use to newcomers to the world of makeup. There isn't much here that someone experienced with makeup wouldn't know.

The photographs in the book are beautiful. Previous reviewers point out that the models in the book are all young and mostly white. This is true. Most books on makeup and hair have some tips for women of color and older (meaning over the age of thirty) women. To me, this lack of diversity in this book's models is a real shortcoming.

I would recommend this book to a teen-ager, early twenty-something who doesn't know much about makeup, or to someone who just likes pretty picture.
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In "Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor," Linda Wells, the editor of Allure, provided beauty tips for skincare, makeup, and hair. Not having read the reviews, I had intiailly thought it was a book about the life of an editor in a beauty magazine, sort of like the other "confessions of a..." books. I was quite disappointed with this book as Linda Wells offered nothing new here, especially for readers who read fashion and beauty magazines. There were a few useful tips here and there but as a whole, it wasn't anything you have not heard of. It definitely did not justify the retail price of $24.99. If you would like to purchase this book, I suggests that you get it from the library or at the very least browse through it from a bookstore to see if it would really be worth your money.
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If you don't like reading beauty magazines every month, this book might be for you. Minus the product promotions, it tells you how to cleanse and moisturize your face and apply make-up properly. If you do read beauty magazines regularly, there is nothing new here, and if you like learning about new products, you may want to keep your magazine subscriptions instead of buying the book. The title "Confessions" is misleading because it makes it sound as though we are going to learn some new and startling information that we would never have learned from a magazine, and that's simply not the case. That said, the information in the book is solid if you're tired of reading the product hype and flipping through page after page of advertisements to get to the next article in a magazine.
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The one star is for the pretty cover because after you open the book it's downhill. This book contains nothing but beauty practices that even a teenager already knows. It really is a total waste of money. If you want a really informative book, read Total Beauty, which is filled with research on skin care, makeup application and product ratings.
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