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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Beginning Press; 2nd edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877988294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877988295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am very, very glad I bought this book, and I wish I had bought it the very first time a shampoo made me break out!
Reading this book and her other book, Don't go to the cosmetics counter without me, has completely changed how I care for my skin.
O. Zinn
Bear in mind that although Begoun does every cosmetics-buying woman a justice with this book, she is NOT a dermatologist.

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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Beth Cholette #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Beauty Bible is meant as a companion volume to Paula Bogoun's Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, and it does contain some unique information not found in Don't Go..., including advice on overall body care and tips on makeup application. However, the most helpful sections of this book--eg, instructions for blemish/acne treatment, inside information about product ingredients, etc.--are covered more succinctly and clearly in Begoun's other work, which also includes a ton of useful information on specific skin care and makeup products. I recommend that you first purchase Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, and if you then require additional information, consider buying this book.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I think this is a very informative book. Paula explains why fashion magazines will never give an honest critique of beauty products - they can't say anything negative and risk angering the cosmetics companies who advertise in their pages - so you will rarely see anything there but glowing reviews. She explains how most moisturizers are the same, and how any claims that they can lift, firm, or tone the skin are a bunch of BS. She explains why so-called "botanicals" or "natural" products have no special benefits for the skin and are only used as a marketing strategy to make products seem more interesting or glamorous. (By the time the "natural" elements are extracted and bottled, there is hardly anything "natural" left in them. Plus they are only added in teeny-tiny amounts, just enough so that the company can say that the product contains natural ingredients.) She explains how toners/astringents and most products that supposedly help acne contain extremely irritating ingredients that can make your pimples worse. She also explains why the terms "hypoallergenic" and "dermatologist tested" are meaningless hype, and how the cosmetic companies can get away with misleading advertizing because cosmetics are not regulated by the FDA.
Paula also includes a lot of information on skincare and makeup application. I didn't always agree with her opinions about application, but it's still refreshing to see someone willing to speak out against the downright dishonest claims made by cosmetics companies, and to educate us consumers. Every woman who uses cosmetics or skincare products should read this book, as well as _Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me_. These two books will pay for themselves when they save you time and money. You'll learn to be a smart consumer and see right through the marketing hype and ridiculous claims that the cosmetics companies would have you believe.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Angelaustin on August 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Does this scenario sound familiar to you? You pick up a copy of you favorite magazine, and when you flip through the pages, you find an article on skin care. In it, you are told that if you have oily skin (and just for the sake of this arguement, let's say you do ), you still need to use a moisturizer, because oil is not a moisturizer, really, and you need to protect your skin. They tell you that you need one that is light and oil free, and usually name one or two that they recommend. So, even though you have never used one, you figure that hey, they are the experts so they should know. You go right out to buy one, start to use it, and notice that your skin seems even oiler than before. Before long, you start to break out. The next month, when you once again pick up this magazine, there is another article on skin care by someone else, only this time, they tell you NOT to use a moisturizer if you have oily skin, because oil is the skin's own natural moisturizer, and if you use one, it can cause problems, like breakouts. Now you are mad, confused, and at a total loss. Just what is going on here?
As far-fetched as it sounds, this happens all the time. And until I found this great lady, Paula Begoun, I didn't know what to believe. If you are fed up with conflicting advice, then read this book,and be confused no longer.
Paula is not a quack who decided one day to write a book. She has been at this for a long time. She does very thorough research, interviewing cosmetic chemists ( the people who formulate cosmetics ), dermatologists, she reads cosmetic industry journals and papers, medical journals and papers, etc., etc. She really is the Ralph Nader of cosmetics. She cuts through the crap that the magazines and cosmetics companies and their salespeople try to tell you.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Egger, author of Grave Accusations on February 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just love Paula Begoun. The strides she's made possible for women everywhere is beyond belief. I loved her first edition of this book, and now this one brings so much more.

One of the newest strides Paula's brought out in this book is new research on chemical exfoliants to help people with oily skin and those with wrinkles. She reminds us that THERE IS NO WRINKLE CREAM that can erase a single wrinkle. Yet here we are with options to improve the skin we have through AHAs and BHAs, AND she reminds us of how to prevent wrinkles in the future. Sunscreen! Worn daily, under makeup. One simple step to prevent those wrinkles that make us cringe when we look in the mirror.

But that's not all. She talks about her newsletter, where people can get the latest info before her next book edition comes out. She talks about advertising hocus-pocus and why there just IS NO WRINKLE CREAM. Sure, they've created creams with the claim of getting rid of wrinkles, but they don't work. So what does that mean? Women everywhere can save their money and forgo such creams!

Paula gives us the hope that a wrinkle cream might come out in the future -- anything's possible -- but until she tells us, don't spend money on that.

She talks about ingredients in products and what they do and don't do. She describes how smoking affects one's skin and makes a person age prematurely. She describes skin care for every skin type.

But she's not done! She talks about cosmetic surgery, the types that are out there and the prices. She even describes personal experiences with different types.

She gives a detailed description of how makeup should be applied and why shiny eyeshadows and BLUE should be avoided. Pictures are included of makeup application on a woman.
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