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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452287650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452287655
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After a few dozen whirlwind pages, the dizzying array of treatments contained here-apparently necessary to stay atop Hollywood's pecking order-may send even the most fashion-savvy readers scurrying for a nap. It's good news, then, that napping is encouraged-for beauty's sake, of course. Taken in small doses, this jam-packed inside look at the surprising beauty rituals of A-list stars serves as a funny, fascinating wake-up call to the harsh reality of celebrity self-maintenance. Image consultant Douglas and freelance writer Pearlman reveal the staggering lengths to which some stars go, including everything from pre-Oscar night colonics to the anatomically incorrect deployment of lip plumpers. While there is a great deal of sensible advice included, there's also some deliciously bizarre rituals on display, such as Kate Beckinsale's three-baths-a-day regimen and Cindy Crawford's secret to beautiful skin, a regular dose of "leftover milk from her kids' bottles and equal parts mineral water," applied with a spray bottle. Packed with insider trivia, readers will be pleased to find their favorite actresses and celebutantes-and those that style them-spilling the names of their favorite beauty products and enumerating quick-fix solutions to common beauty woes. The best element of this insider's guide is the winning tone of self-described "former dorks" Douglas and Pearlman, who keep things light, dishy and fun.
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About the Author

Kym Douglas is the host of the upcoming Lifetime Television makeover show, Queen, airing in October and the image consultant on The View. She appears regularly on Soap Talk, Good Day Live, Before & After’noon, and Your Weekend with Jim Brickman.
Cindy Pearlman is a nationally syndicated writer for the New York Times Syndicate and the Chicago Sun-Times. Her work has appeared frequently in Entertainment Weekly, People, Self, In Touch, and National Geographic among others.

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In my opinion produce is much too expensive to be used as beauty products.
adobe goddess
There's lots of great tips for using simple ingredients and items to enhance your beauty routine.
Cissy
It is a funny read that makes you laugh and tell's little insider Hollywood stories too.
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217 of 225 people found the following review helpful By H. Swearingen on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
Alright, I have never written a review before but I just had to after receiving this book. I read it cover to cover in one day and it was redundant. They mentioned about five different "secrets" throughout the book more than once. Let me save you the fourteen bucks and give you the skinny on the "secrets"

1) Egg White Mask :Tightens pores

2) Baking soda :Gentle microdermabrasion

3) Strawberry Jello :Lip and nipple stain...I kid you not!

4) Wine in the Bath :Good for skin

5) Ice Cube in Mouth :Press it to the roof to reduce puffiness in face.

These "secrets" were mentioned numerous times. The "authors" talked to stars and make-up people and they either said they used Creme De La Mer or were trying to push their own products. It seemed like one big ad. All in all, I'm really disappointed...95% filler...5% meat!
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A. Boston TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 28, 2007
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I thought this book would be entertaining with a lot of tips and tricks for making beauty fun and easy. I love makeup and skincare. People's go-to "I didnt know what to get" gift for me is usually a sephora gift card, so you can tell this type of book should be straight up my alley. I'm overjoyed to be poking around Sephora or Ulta, but I can also be happy wandering the makeup/skin care aisles of Target or Walmart.

When this book is not spitting out designer labels left and right, they really don't have super secrets. Most is stuff you can find online about home treatments that you can mix together yourself. It also asked a lot of "professionals" and beauty gurus their "must haves" and what would they buy if they ONLY had 100 dollars. These people are spoiled brats in my opinion. 100 bucks could buy a heck of a lot of beauty stuff. One woman's answer when asked what she would do if she only had the 100 dollars was "first, I would cry...". This really just put the stamp of stupidity on this book. Don't waste your money!
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Wylesing on February 13, 2007
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I'm a stylist who collects beauty books. I was greatly disappointed to open this book and find information taken from earlier beauty books or fashion magazines. Save your money, you've read this all before.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eva McCleland on March 26, 2007
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From the woman's interview on television and what I had read, I expected it to be more tips. Entirely too much focus on celebraties. It was a waste of time and money.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tracy M on March 26, 2007
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Not that fond of the book. It's basically an extended tabloid. A few good tips but most is about celebs and the tools and resources they have. The average everyday mother doesn't have a stylist, a fitness trainer, a make up artist or time to spend hours at the gym daily. I would not have bought it had I been able to read a few pages in a book store.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lee A. Chiaro on March 15, 2007
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This book is a fast, fun and an informative read. Regardless if the stars are doing these at home tricks and bargain beauty buys are true; these beauty secrets work. My girlfriends and I have been doing them AND THEY REALLY WORK. We have saved money by using many of the products that are recommended. Plus, we have had fun girl-time doing it. I am prone to acne, so the trick of washing with my face with plain yogurt has made my skin smoother and helped with cleaning up my pores. I do it once a day.Bye bye acne pads. Useing baking soda with my actual face wash every few days,WOW, better than facial scrubs. By the way, a box of baking soda is $1.29. I used to love a face dermascrub kit from a top company that is over-the-counter for $25.00. Cha-ching a lot of money saved.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Consumer on July 30, 2007
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If you've ever read any beauty/fashion magazines on any type of a regular basis, spoken in friend circles about beauty tricks, or are over 13 and have been wearing makeup for a few years, etc. then you already know all of this. Puffy eyes: cucumber or potato slices, chilled spoons, tea bags Zits: dab of toothpaste or tea tree oil Shiny, build-up free hair: apple cider vinegar rinse

Unless you're a newbie to the beauty world or like the 40-something year old woman I met that had no idea that clear mascara can be used to groom brows and that the tanning beds were making her liver spots worse, then save your money.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Judy C on April 10, 2007
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This is a great book to take to bed, don't forget a pad and pen because you'll make loads of notes.. I loved it and highly recommend it for oodles of good tips; plus, it's fun to look up products the 'stars' use, see what kind of deals are out there, great, little, black book:-)
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