Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums $5 Off Fire TV Stick Subscribe & Save Shop Popular Services pivdl pivdl pivdl  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation STEM Toys & Games
blush:: the unbelievably absurd diary of a gay beauty junkie and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.99
  • Save: $1.80 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
blush: the unbelievably a... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by SFGoodwill
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Used - Very Good. Fast Shipping - Easy Returns. Your purchase creates jobs and transforms lives, thank you! =)
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

blush: the unbelievably absurd diary of a gay beauty junkie Paperback – May 31, 2012

18 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$16.19
$13.17 $5.70

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$16.19 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 54%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477508813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477508817
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,591,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Harvey Helms is a beauty culturist and writer, drawing on 30 years of experience in cosmetics, fashion and design. Harvey has held positions ranging from Global Director of Beauty for Revlon Cosmetics to Executive Director of Special Events for Donna Karan Beauty. Harvey currently lives and works in Silicon Valley, where he just finished writing his first book in a trilogy: an engaging tell-all on the beauty industry.

Customer Reviews

5 star
78%
4 star
22%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 18 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Firefly on September 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
We all need a friend like Harvey! I must confess that I'm not much of a casual reader...most of what I read falls on the heavy side, and should not be taken after a big meal, too close to bedtime, or during a sunny afternoon while relaxing on the sofa with a sleeping cat in your lap...ahhhh, but Blush? This I could read anytime. I don't think Mr. Helms will mind too much, if I say his book was for me a sugary sweet indulgence--my own RC Cola with a Moon Pie, please! (If you're over forty and from the South, you'll know my meaning here.)--"Oh pinch me, I must be dreaming! I put on Ralph Lauren beige everything with chocolate crocodile loafers. Ralph with crocodile is always appropriate, you know."--So, funny! And I think to myself, if Harvey says so, it must be true!

Blush, though, is ever so much more than entertaining...we get a glimpse into the private world of someone who can't have had an easy life: a young, gay male, living in the South, trying to succeed in a highly competitive, mostly female-based business--the challenges must have been daunting. I say we get a glimpse because Blush never dwells on the ugly or the cruel; it lets us know it's there, and then moves on quickly--or we could say Blush rises above it, like a bubble. Either way Harvey Helms is a true indomitable spirit! So indulge yourself a little, read Blush--the way you look at the cosmetic's ladies in Macy's will never be the same!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Macdonald on July 6, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this for fun, on a hunch. I'm so glad that I did as it turned into a wonderful bit of fun with some really touching moments to make it real. No one who grew up gay in the South in the 80's could escape without some challenges but Harvey let us into his world through a wonderfully amusing and heart warming tale. Kudos!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Sturges on February 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What a fun book. I have no idea how I stumbled upon it but I'm glad I did. Harvey, you had me talking out loud to the book! "No!" "Really?!" "You can't be serious!" I feel like I was sharing the time with a good friend and I'm sad that its over. (That last chapter went by so quickly and then "poof" you disappeared. Really, do you have a blog? I need to know what happened next and I need more on that last chapter!!!) Money and time well spent.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By edith on January 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very well written and extremely entertaining. Loved his sense of humor, most revealing. Suitable reading for all.
There was nothing I disliked about the book. Highly recommended.
Edit.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison Hyder, LICSW on January 30, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The coming up story of a gay southern boy is full of funny events and beauty secrets. Harvey's life is a upward spiral told with joy and no little drama. A fun read poolside or at your hair salon. It's like I've made a new friend.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
A super-fun read, Harvey Helms' Blush reminds me a bit of that long-ago, guilty-pleasure Coffee, Tea or Me? and the not-so-long-ago The Devil Wears Prada. Rather than the airline or fashion industries though, Blush is a boozy, flirty romp that takes us behind the scenes of the department store cosmetics business.

Helms' insider tales of the industry's quirks, secrets and people behaving badly are highly entertaining and sometimes shocking. He engages us with his self-deprecating wit and cheerful disposition and somehow manages not to sugarcoat the blatant bigotry he faced both in college and in the early days of his career.

Helm's also generously gives us a glimpse into the quintessential, dysfunctional Southern family (bless their hearts!) and his own quest for the ideal beauty regimen and the perfect man. There are angels and villains and--spoiler alert--a happy ending. I'll never again step up to the Lancome counter without thinking of Harvey!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I first read Blush (in the bathtub), I was getting all pickled and could not put it down. It is so funny, yet so real! It would be what Woody Allen would write if he was gay (and as funny as Harvey). (Ok. I had a brain freeze and couldn't remember Woody's name so I had to google "movie director, married daughter. I only thought of that clever google search based on his Son's post on Father's day: "Happy brother-in-law's day."). Harvey has such an amazing voice and his analogies just hit home. You feel like you are in the book with him and want to give him advice. "I know Tammy Faye spends gads of money on make-up, but just don't do it! Harvey: Step away from the blonde!" Harvey has an incredible, engaging voice. He'll be your new BFF in no time. I'm buying this for all my friends. (What more can you offer your own BFFs than laughter and friendship). And, I've got my copy to read again!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Harvey Helms takes us on the very human journey of becoming the man of his dreams. With lots of humor, beauty tips, and '80s outfits, we follow this young man from North Carolina as he ascends the Revlon beauty ladder. He survives death threats, corporate prejudice and oily T zones to make a name for himself in beauty. At the end, you'll feel like you just spent all night with your best friend giving each other facials, doing your nails, and crying over old boyfriends.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
blush: the unbelievably absurd diary of a gay beauty junkie
This item: blush: the unbelievably absurd diary of a gay beauty junkie
Price: $16.19
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com
Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: cruella hair