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Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority Hardcover – April 15, 2008
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About the Author
Melissa Schweiger is a freelance writer and editor. Her articles have appeared in Women's Wear Daily, Interview, Marie Claire, Redbook, Hamptons, Seventeen, and In Style, and on Sephora.com. Most recently, she was a fashions feature editor at Marie Claire. Prior to that, she was a beauty editor at Sephora.
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The bulk of the book is devoted to products that are, not surprisingly, available at Sephora outlets. Lists of the contributors' favorite products scarcely justify the cost of the book. What works for them may not work for you, although you might be tempted to check out a Sephora store.
If you are thirteen and a makeup newbie, you will most likely enjoy this book. It is beautifully photographed and written in a light, easy style. However, if you wish to take your makeup to the next level or are seeking to address a cosmetic challenge, you will be disappointed.
If you want to have a makeup book that's focused on how-to's and which-color's, order Makeup: The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris.
Most of the negative reviews I saw were people unhappy with the amount of products featured. For me, that's why I bought the book. All makeup is not created equal. You will get a better result from a jar of Bare Minerals foundation than you will from a jar of Cover Girl. I'm not saying something has to be expensive to be good, because there are some really great drug store products out there, but sometimes expensive does mean better. It's hard to figure out what stuff works well, and when it comes to the more expensive brands, I want to make sure it works before I buy it. That's why I loved all of the products featured. It saves me time. Sephora lets you try out just about every product for yourself but testing out every brand of lipstick can be time consuming and with some things like acne treatment, trying in the store doesn't help much. It's nice to have recommendations.
It is true, the book is much like a much-expanded version of the store's catalog. The tips there are sound, there just isn't any information in the book that will be new to someone who is not a complete beginner to the world of makeup.
On a positive note, I was glad to see model Maggie Rizer on the book's cover.
Bottom line: if I had the opportunity to look at the book before I bought it, I would not have bought it. As it is, I expect it will languish in my bookcase. If I had a friend or young relative who was new to the world of makeup, I would be glad to pass it on to her.
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I checked turnabout attack he library and couldn't wipe the great advice from this book out of my head so I purchased it for my collectionPublished 2 months ago by Ciara Janay Jenkins
Found it first at the library then got it at a great price used! Check it out if u can't live without then I recommend u getting ur own. New not needed u can save with used!Published 3 months ago by Melinda
This is more like one big giant ad for Sephora. That's all fine and good but it seemed less to me about giving major cosmetics tips and more about featuring their popular brands. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nicole
So sad to say I'm disappointed in this book. The useful information is few & far between. There are product suggestions for items that are outdated & unavailable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amber Willow Steiner
This book is amazing. I am a huge Sephora junkie and thought this book might be interesting. This book is the best book for beauty philosophies, how-to's , problem solvers and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by victoria