157 of 161 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2001
After rummaging through the first few pages, I knew I wasn't leaving the bookstore without this! Want to know how supermodels attack cellulite? They rub their morning coffee grounds into their problem areas; logic being, since caffeine is the largest ingredient in expensive cellulite creams, this is an inexpensive alternative. Got a big, angry red zit right before a date? Rub some Visine on it- it gets the red out of more than your eyes. How do supermodels' eyes look so rested and refreshed? Break out the Preperation H, my friend. The same "Shrinking of hemmoroidal tissues" can happen to puffy bags underneath your eyes, along the jawline, and on puffy cheeks. These, along with very cool fashion tips ("How to Wear Pants", "Do's and Don'ts of Shopping")and wrinkle fighting tips (sleep with a satin pillow- it won't pull your skin taught like fabric pillow, plus, you won't wake up with bed-head hair)are tips and ideas that Irons, a former model herself, has picked up along the years. She has great and realistic tips that you can actually apply and see results from. It's such a reasonably priced book, you can't go wrong. I refer to it all the time.
75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2001
...save up on beauty magazine expenses and buy this book instead!
Beauty, fashion, and style, tips which you usually see in small portions in beauty magazines are sprinkled all throughout this book. "The World's Best-Kept Beauty Secrets" compiles everything for your easy reference.
Learn what fashion models actually do to look slimmer, or to have glistening pearly whites, or to have flawless complexion. Read and try the beauty tips and recipes that can be found in this book. (Always do a skin patch test first, though to save yourself the trouble of skin irritation later on.) You can see a collection of beauty tips that range from the simple and expected to the downright unbelievable (the kitty litter facial mask, for example). As for me, I found that breaking up a caplet or two of Vit. E and squeezing its contents in my shampoo makes my hair healthier. The recipes with honey in it are also beneficial for me. And I found out that massaging coffee grounds on my body skin is indeed a surprisingly inexpensive way to make it suppler. An entire section is also devoted to simple and healthy meals that you can whip up fast, for you, or for your guests to feast on.
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 1998
Though this book is undersized, it's really huge in content. All the beauty tips and secrets Diane Irons gives the reader are easy to understand and follow. Whether you want to know how to "get the red" out of a surfacing blemish (use visine), or how to soften the skin on your elbows and knees (use a lemon), this book should be on every woman's beauty shelf. Besides the goldmine of beauty tips and secrets, the book also has a section on food and fashion! This book is inexpensive and contains a hundred times as many tips as books costing many times more.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2003
I recently purchased this book because I am a big fan of Diane Iron's books. All of them are filled with interesting, inexpensive, and easy-to-apply tips in diet, beauty, and fashion, and I was very pleased with "The World's Best-Kept Beauty Secrets". Diane compiles over 230 essential pages of tips, advice, and secrets. Besides covering beauty, this book also features hair care advice, very neat fashion tips, delicious recipies all under 200 calories, diet secrets, and much, much more. For example, you can make cleansing masks out of kitty litter and mayonnaise (yes, kitty litter and mayonnaise), that work just as well, if not better, than store-bought masks. What to do if that party information says "Formal Dress" or "City Attire"? Turn to this book to find a description of good things to wear! Also, an entire chapter is devoted to secrets of models that seem to always look perfect. Did you know that many models use toothbrushes to clean their lips?- the bristles help slough off dead skin. Or that small birthday candles can get a stuck zipper to get going again? How about washing that scorched shirt from your iron with a basin of hydrogen peroxide and mild detergent?- it will bring your shirt back to life! Find many more of these useful tips, and much more in "The World's Best Kept Beauty Secrets". It's a great invesment for all women, and will help you look your best no matter what.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2001
This book is fabulous. I was particularly interested in the tip of using coffee grounds for cellulite control. I emailed Diane Irons office regarding a more specific application of the coffee grounds, and this is what she wrote back: "The coffee grounds should be warm when applied. Sit on the edge of your bathtub (or in your shower w/ newspaper beneath you). While you're massaging in the grounds, most will fall to the floor. The residue is what remains, and this should be wrapped (she didn't specify, but I assume any old plastic food wrap will do). Leave on for 5-10 minutes to detoxify and smooth. Rinse off with warm water and a loofah or vegetable brush". I tried this, and after one session, I swear my skin felt taught the rest of the day. Brilliant! If you haven't gotten this book yet, what are you waiting for?!? It's the best book of beauty/diet tips I've seen yet.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 1999
I just received this book after seeing Ms. Irons on The View. I love it! It has beauty recipes, what to wear to a black tie (always wondered about that) as well as diet recipes, model secrets...I can't put it down. Who would believe this small, not flashy book would have so much. I love the travel tips and I love this author!! Can't wait for more books from her.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2001
So, maybe you just woke up and it's plain to see it is going to be a bad hair day! Perhaps, as Dddiane Irons points out, it might have had something to do with the pillow you slept on. It might have had something to do with a few other things to...but we won't tell Diane about that! What about zits, who has not absolutely, positively, never had a zit? Personally, I wish I was young enough to remember the last time I had a zit, but I do remember the feeling. It was one of life's most horrifying moments, when your whole world was about to come crashing down, like losing one of your false eyelashes in the soup while eating dinner with your new boyfriend's parents.
Diane Irons is a fantastic author. She has class, style and charisma, and flair unlimited. Through her books, she has become a woman's best friend (and she doesn't gossip behind your back either!) In this book, Diane has has tons of priceless tips and advice on beauty, fashion and nutrition, some absolutely scrumptous, low-cal recipes, and information on the value of vitamins, minerals and herbs, not only for optimum health, but for weight loss. There are endless books on the market on fashion and every celibrity seems to have his or her trendy new diet that will positively work where all others have failed, but this book has information based on sound practical advice. The author really knows how to make us look like a cool, calm, fashionable, all together person. Great author- great book!
51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 1999
I disagree with the reviewer about the mayonnaise mask. I use it every week, along with many of the other masks in the book. I love it in my hair as a conditioner. Diane Irons herself says to test the various masks on your skin to see if you have a sensitivity. I love her natural masks for skin, hair, etc. Mayonnaise is oil and eggs. They've been used as face masks forever. This book is bursting with ideas. My girlfriends and I have a special night where we try out the tips. It's our Diane Irons pajama party!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2001
I don't think any reader's review will do this great book any justice. I am 56, and remember a lot of my late Mother's "beauty" secrets. Confused as I was, I had no choice other than to let her do whatever she said was necessary. In this book, you will find that home remedies do work. My own experience: Lemon Juice rinse once a month did keep me Blonde all these years(no gray hair & no Miss Clairol necessary*) I doubt that you'll read one page without asking, 'now why didn't I think of that?'. Can't give it enough praise. Give yourself a treat, just Buy it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2003
This book was EXTREMELY interesting. It had fun, and interesting tips for things such as slimming fashion ideas, natural weight loss herbs, relaxing spa tips, and things that every woman should carry in her purse. It was very helpful. It's like the Bible for all women.