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Beauty: The New Basics Paperback – Unabridged, January 1, 2000
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If the author's knowledgeable-without-being-patronizing and pleasant tone doesn't make your reading fun. If the great illustrations and paper quality doesn't make you fall in love with this book. If the easy-to-use index and cross-referencing doesn't make you come back to it for endless checkups and casual browsing. Then the information contained in the book, the author's use of personal experiences to illustrate particular points and the vast amount of practical advice for you to try out will.
The book is divided in three sections that cover: The Face, The Hair and The Body. The Face includes information on the basics of cleaning and caring for your skin, the benefits of facials, advice on aging-skin and techniques for choosing and applying makeup. The Hair section deals with the basics of hair care, coloring and styling (from cuts that fit the shape of your face and body to styling solutions for perfect hairstyles). In the Body the author explains the many rewards of bathing and the care of hands and feet, and gives you the inside scoop on spas.
Every section tells you everything you need to know to create and customize your own beauty regimen for each part of your body. Includes special advice for different types of skin and skin tones, different hair colors and textures, eye shapes and colors, body types and beauty techniques (from cleansing gel to surgery). The accurate and up-to-date product recommendations let you easily find tried-and-tested products and worthy splurges without having to go through innumerable tryouts, and her explanations on product ingredients allows you to make a preliminary elimination of harsh or unfavorable new products.Read more ›
A minus is if you are a woman of color. She tries... she really does to address some of the specifics of women of color but it's woefully lacking especially about hair. I have Asian friends that have lots of issues that weren't addressed as well as African American friends that could not follow the advise given in this book because it would either damage their hair or just plain couldn't be done. I am not sure how Rona should have addressed such broad topics but maybe disclaimers would help. She does however give nice tips for what she does include that might be viewed as traditionally African American such as braids. Her info is right on but there's so little of it and at least 4 or 5 more pages would be needed to tell enough to someone that was trying to find enough not to do something foolish.
It can be used as a nice reference book but understand you may have to do further research on some topics because they just aren't covered in enough detail. All in all I am not sorry I bought the book it's worth the money.
This is a no-nonsense guide by a down-to-earth, sensible woman who simply has an interest in beauty. I trust her research and advice more than I do that of most of the shallow, celebrity-loving beauty editors out there. Beauty doesn't have to be silly and expensive.
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I bought this as a gift because the one I have had for years serves me so well. Lots of detailed information on skin and hair care, and makeup techniques and fashion. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nonanon
I bought this as a gift for my daughter and she loves it. I found myself drawn to it for it's beauty wisdom and recipes for masks.Published 16 months ago by A customer
I learned a lot, and I use the techniques everyday. Well worth the money so I recommend this and now I'm using up word.Published 19 months ago by Megan25
It was cheap and used so I wasn't expecting much. Got it quickly...This book is a bit dated, but I'm happyPublished on April 25, 2013 by cabogrl
Like wishing to be more creative, I suspect that wishing to be more beautiful is pretty common. Personally, I'm not unhappy with how I look; it's more that I wish I knew more ways... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by K. Wilkins