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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (September 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761520996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761520993
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,556,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the PBS show of the same name comes a guide to help women of all ages create natural-looking beauty with natural products. DuPriest, who's been involved in one way or another with the beauty business for three decades (as model, producer, salon-owner), wants to "bring knowledge to the vulnerable hearts of women" who've found themselves spending too much time and money on the latest potions or procedures. She relates her own experiences with both attractiveness and frumpiness, urges the power of positive thinking and takes a swipe at salon "snake oil" gimmicks such as microdermabrasion. (Anyone can scrub her own face raw, DuPriest notes.) It takes a while to get to the nitty-gritty beauty secrets and recipes, and sometimes one wishes that DuPriest were just a little less chatty. But her obvious knowledge about everything from waxing to massaging to not being taken in at the cosmetics counter, as well as her inventive concoctions (a guacamole-esque conditioning hair mask, homemade hair spray, Aromatherapy Bath Fizzies-all made with easy ingredients) make this a solid beauty resource.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Inside Flap

Salon Secrets at a Fraction of the Cost
Now it is easy to look and feel beautiful, without spending a fortune. Did you know that a mix of equal parts vegetable oil and sugar is not only the cheapest way to exfoliate your face, but it's also the best? Or that by combining specific amounts of sugar, water, and lemon juice, you can create a homemade "wax" and comfortably eliminate unwanted hair for over six?
Beauty expert and aesthetician Laura DuPriest offers countless ideas and recipes that will help you create the natural and attractive look you desire while providing motivational tips to enhance your inner beauty. Inside, you'll find simple recipes and step-by-step directions for:
·Strawberry Citrus Mask
·Egyptian-Style Milk Bath
·Basic Cleanser for All Skin Types
·Homemade Moisturizing Shampoo
·Aromatherapy Bath Salts
·Baby Massage Oil
·Foot-Soaking Fizzies
·Salon-Style Hand Treatment
·And much more!
Pamper yourself, easily and affordably: You'll look better, feel better, and discover that natural beauty is a way of life you love.

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Very straightforward tips with easy "recipes" for beauty.
Stella
I liked the book so much that I decided to buy my own book so I can highlight in it the different things I want to use.
C. Holt
I took my mom to Laura's salon today and she was delighted when I gave her a copy of the book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mom on March 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book could be good for a model wanna-be. It does have a chapter on shaping your eyebrows and waxing your legs - ouch! However, if you want useful recipes and remedies do not buy this book! The author's idea of a recipe for Foot-Soaking Fizzies is Alka Seltzer and your favorite essential oil. Her recipe for Aromatherapy Bath Salts is epsom salt, your favorite essential oil and food coloring! This book lacks useful information and only has a few recipes other than those listed on the back cover. Most ingredients are not natural and most of her "secrets" would irritate my sensitive skin.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Coppedge on September 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
The author, a model turned aesthetician, shares her knowledge about natural body care. She tells how to care for your skin, eyes, and hair and gives recipes for creams, shampoos, conditioners, etc. that have natural and few ingredients, are easy to make at home, and are inexpensive. She also includes a wonderful section about buying cosmetics in stores, how salespeople trick you into buying more than you want and need, and how you can avoid those pitfalls.

Unlike other books that are loaded with recipes and leave you undecided what's best for you, du Priest suggests one or two for each skin and hair type and tells you why they will work for you. For people who may not believe that such simple and inexpensive lotions will work, she points out that her sugar-oil scrub for aging skin, which you can make at home in 1 minute from ingredients in your kitchen, has the same composition as a $15 beautifully packaged mini-tube sold in beauty stores.

Other beauty books require you to buy dozens of basic ingredients before you can start your home cosmetics, duPriest's doesn't. Her ingredients can easily be found in supermarkets.

I liked the author's straightforward way and throughout the book I always felt she was honest
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DNP on July 23, 2003
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Specifically, my review title is referring to three chapters.
One is a chapter on waxing hair. It includes a recipe for making a sugar wax at home. I'm one of those people who just hates paying to have someone else wax my legs and since shaving every day is irksome and time-consuming, I was really happy to find this information. Best of all, the recipe and instructions work great. I figure I paid for the book with my first leg waxing.
The second chapter is the one on shaping eyebrows. I already knew how to determine where the eyebrows should begin and end, but this chapter showed how to shape what's in between. It also showed common mistakes that people make.
Finally, in the hair-care chapter, there were great instructions on how to blow dry hair the way they do in a salon. I've never found such detailed instructions for that before and found them quite helpful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 2003
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I just recently bought this book and I am very impressed! Laura Dupriest offers clear advice on skincare, fashion, make-up, hairstyle, etc. I haven't read the whole book through yet; I've just skimmed through certain parts (like the chapter on facials; the sugar and oil exfoliant leaves your skin baby soft!). She is also honest about things that skincare people try to put over on you (like if you don't buy a moisturizer and toner with a cleanser from the same company, it won't work). I also realize that I was slowly fading into the term she coined as "frumpitis" (as the mother of newborn twins, it's hard not to look frumpy!) The only thing I didn't agree with is that you should throw out anything in your closet that looks remotely masculine. Someone just bought me an Oscar De la Renta lounge outfit that fits into that category, but there is no way I'm throwing it out! Sorry Laura!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2003
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Laura DuPriest does an excellent job of giving you honest beauty advice. Her approach to natural beauty inside and out is refreshing. Women of all ages would benefit from reading this book. The beauty recipes are simple to follow and really do work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ingrid d appelhagen on January 15, 2003
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Laura DuPriest states in simple and refreshingly honest terms
how to look and feel your best without spending a fortune in salons.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2004
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I've had this book for only three days, and already I've put avocado and mayonnaise in my hair (with good results), doctored up some shampoo (with good results), put milk of magnesia on my husband's face, as well as paste made from aspirin and water (for blemishes!) and scrubbed my skin with olive oil and sugar (with good results).
My *only* concern is about hair removal. DuPriest advocates waxing, and I'm going to try it on my legs. But for hair on a woman's chin, I understand it should only be removed by electrolysis in order to stop regrowth, and that waxing or tweezing will stimulate the folicle, affect the hormones that cause chin-hair growth, and cause the hair to grow in thicker. This information came from an electrologist, so it could be a case of she said, she said. Waxing is certainly cheaper than electrolysis, and for many areas of the body, I think it's ideal. I would like to see a future edition of this book address the chin issue.
Apart from that one concern, I am really enjoying the many, many ideas in the book. My wish list has grown considerably to include strawberries for my face, rollers (not hot rollers) for my hair, cornstarch for the waxing process, moisturizer containing glycolic acid for nighttime, another moisturizer containing sun block for daytime and more avocados for my hair. This book has the kind of information that can put a reader in a definite girly phase, which is very handy for enduring a brutal winter.
I would consider giving the book five stars if the editors had caught all the grammatical errors, but several, from basic to obscure, made it through the editing process.
Great ideas, at any rate.
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