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mostly good, but a little disappointed
on October 4, 2006
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!