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InStyle Getting Gorgeous (Hardcover) Hardcover – October 15, 2004
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The oversized 190 page book covers a variety of beauty topics in-depth. Chapters include skin care, makeup, lips, body, hair care, teeth and more. The chapter on nails for example details the different nail products on the market, walks you step by step through a manicure and pedicure, discusses nail health - problems and solutions and explores nail color selection.
Though there are a number of beauty books on the market, "Instyle Getting Gorgeous" explores most topics to a greater degree than most others. In the chapter on hair for example, hair style is covered as is the norm but so is hair health and how to trim your own bangs. The skin care selection includes the basics but goes beyond with info on the very latest cosmetic procedures and how to give yourself a facial. Fragrance, "the ultimate accessory of fashion" is also explored so you can not only look terrific but smell delicious too. Tons of info on all aspects of looking gorgeous here!
Photographs in the book are of celebrities. This is Instyle's focus so you will see Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Beyonce Knowles etc but you will not see ordinary every day women. These women are lovely to begin with but they also have learned how to accent their best features and the book points to how they do this. I really enjoyed the section that demonstrates how celebrities change their look and the mood by simply using a different lip color. Little celeb secrets that we can incorporate into our own look to add pizazz!
The book is loaded with step by step illustrations, secrets of the pros, questions and answers, best product choices - and more. "Instyle Getting Gorgeous" is the book to have to answer all your beauty questions and help you glow!
"Getting Gorgeous" uses photographs of some gorgeous people to make its statement; the subjects are all celebrities or professional models, but the book is all-inclusive in its focus on different ages and ethnic backgrounds. Here, besides the usual 20-somethings, are Thandie Newton, radiant in her 30's, Candice Bergen, still drop-dead beautiful in her late 50's, and many other faces of varying ages and colors. "Getting Gorgeous" doesn't promise the reader that she will look anything like them, but the reader is encouraged, after reading this book, to try new and different procedures that will help to make the most of what she has. In terms of what you'll spend on beauty products, consider this book one of the best investments you'll ever make.
I personally am not someone who wears a lot of makeup or spends a lot of time taking care of my looks but generally that is because I am of unsure of how to begin. I now have great notes to take with me when I go to the store the next time.
I was also pleased that the book did not simply serve as advertisements for overpriced prodcuts. They did mention exclusive salon type items but I also found that Clnque Turn Around Cream and Fructis Conditioner (which I already use) are perfect for me.
This is a great resource for such a wide variety of people but I think it would be a terrific gift for a young lady. I would have loved to have had more details then just how to apply blush when developing a daily "beauty" regiment. I think the sections on skin care would be essential for young teenagers who really need to take care of themselves for life.
I highly suggest this item as a great reference too for any woman.
This book doesn't inspire the reader to turn the page. It's dry and clinical and there is nothing unique that sets it apart from similar publications. Aveda Rituals and the Body Shop books like Body Shop Spa are gorgeous to look at, inspiring and make it feel as if you've stumbled upon a secret.
InStyle is a good magazine, not at the same level as Vogue but well done nonetheless. When I purchased this book sight unseen I thought it would take much from magazine, at least provide case studies. It offers none of that and surprisingly makes you feel that unless you want to sink a lot of income into chemicals and plastic surgery, then being beautiful is out of your reach.
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It's a good book for beginners but with my obsession with fashion magazines, i already knew most of the information.Published on January 16, 2009 by Amazon Customer
the title sounds kinda cheesy but it really is an informative book about every last detail of beauty. Read morePublished on September 8, 2005 by NEA
I am glad I did not pay full price for this book. It is geared toward women who know little to nothing about beauty products and make up application. Read morePublished on May 8, 2005 by S. M. Boehmer