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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dunham Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616235764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616235765
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kym Douglas is a regular beauty expert on The Ellen Show and has been called The MacGyver of Beauty and The Hollywood Beauty Go-to-Girl. Cindy is one of the country's most respected film and entertainment writers whose work appears in both the New York Times and the Chicago-Sun Times. Her celebrity interviews appear in her syndicated column, The Big Picture.

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Very well written!
Jim M. Leary
Kym and Cindy have several simple recipes that are time tested and guaranteed to produce results, without all the filler and junk in fancy creams.
E. Prather
Very great buy and totally worth every penny (especially now that I'm on my way to saving so much money on beauty products!)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. Prather on February 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Every single woman needs to own a copy of The Beauty Cookbook. Young or old, wealthy or not, high-end cosmetics maven or naturalista, this book is for you.

The Beauty Cookbook is the most comprehensive and practical beauty book I have ever come across. Chock full of recipes for everything (and I mean everything) you can imagine, Kym and Cindy offer women a fun and fabulous read as well as easy-to-make recipes to improve and beautify their hair, skin, nails, teeth, and body.

Have wrinkles but don't have hundreds of dollars to buy a fancy wrinkle cream? No problem. Kym and Cindy have several simple recipes that are time tested and guaranteed to produce results, without all the filler and junk in fancy creams. Dry skin? Got that covered, too. Want to create a romantic, relaxing, or stress-relieving bath? Check out the chapter on bath salts. Hair too processed, dry, damaged, oily, flat, frizzy, or dull? There's a solution here for you. Yellow teeth, yellow nails, yellow hair? The fix is in the book. The Beauty Cookbook even offers tips for a better night's sleep, improved memory, and fresher breath!

While one wonderful aspect of this book is the sheer volume of recipes it contains, women will be gratified to discover that the ingredients for these recipes can all be found right in the kitchen pantry. Seriously. A kitchen pantry stocked by Kroger. You don't have to find some local, exotic market or drop hundreds of dollars on hard-to-pronounce ingredients at Whole Foods. To make these recipes you need basic things like grapes, pineapples, oranges, cocoa powder, grapeseed oil, strawberries, honey, and baking soda. For mere dollars, you will look like a million bucks.

Please don't miss this book. It is THE book on beauty, and it has everything a woman could want: natural, affordable, easy, comprehensive, and effective recipes to enhance mind and body.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Martin on October 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a beauty recipe book with tons of really great natural ingredients, this probably isn't it. With recommendations to put petroleum jelly in and on things, as well as chapstick, "your favorite eye cream," Cheerios, and the initial recipe, which includes liquid soap for your face, this book doesn't really try to be truly natural or organic.

That said, it is chock full of incredibly easy (often one- or two-ingredient) recipes that nearly anyone can put into action immediately. It reads like a tabloid sidebar, so it's definitely not heavy or too in-depth.

Who this book is for: Anyone who's never made their own beauty products but is slightly curious. Also, any desire for in-depth information will lead to disappointment here. This book is for you if you just want a fun little compilation of elementary ideas to flip through every once in a while when you're in the mood.

It would have been so very helpful if the publishers would have made sure there was a comprehensive index (that listed by either need or ingredient) instead of just a total repeat of the table of contents for an index. I still don't understand that part. :)

All in all, this book makes a concentrated effort to be easy, silly, and on par with magazines like Cosmo or Glamour. And it succeeds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 319 VINE VOICE on June 24, 2010
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This book is full of really great, inexpensive beauty tips. My favorite tip is for brunettes: rinsing your hair with coffee to bring out the luster and shine of dark hair (that can sometimes look really dull). Great book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 11, 2010
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Thousands of dollars in beauty supplements isn't the way to health, but what you eat may be. "The Beauty Cookbook: Over 200 Recipes to Make Your Kitchen Your Own Personal Spa- for Your Face, Your Body, and Your Hair" is a guide to greater cosmetic and natural health through the use of natural items using ever day food items that are commonly around one's house. Promoting countless tips and tricks, "The Beauty Cookbook" is a top pick for the cosmetic conscious shopper on a budget.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim M. Leary on October 9, 2010
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I bought this for my girlfriend who already dabbles in the kitchen and tries to make her own masques. Hers are basic and I thought this would help her expand the ingredients as well as the benefits. After thumbing through the book, I was intrigued and decided to browse but ended up reading it from cover to cover.

The recipes for facial treatments are easy and they vary depending on what you're wanting to do (rehydrate, relive sunburn, etc.) However, on page 36 and 37, there are two treatments: "No-shine complexion treatment" and "Cornstarch facial." Both require 1/2 c. orange juice, 1 tbl. cornstarch and a dash of salt. Two different names..... same ingredients and measures. "Leave on the skin for 10 minutes." I'm not sure if they repeated this because they needed a filler for the book, or if they thought that nobody would notice. Pages 36 and 37 face each other and when you close the book, the receipes are right on top of each other.

Bad editing? Trying to trick the public? Oversight? Do the authors sincerely believe these are two separate treatements? (Or being a guy, am I missing something that only ladies know?)

For whatever reason, I just find it a little odd. That is the only reason I gave it 4-stars. The receipes themselves, though, get 5-stars.

You'll also get a huge laugh out of the introduction - the mental image it will create in your head is sheer genius. Very well written!
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