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blush: the unbelievably absurd diary of a gay beauty junkie Paperback – May 31, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dana K
Very cute story, but the writers' style is somewhat choppy and disjointed. I enjoyed reading it, but if I had to compare him to someone like David Sedaris, I'd have to say it was a... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by JTHSF
Incredibly entertaining. When it came out in paper print I purchased several copies and gave them as christmas gifts with wine and chocolates.Published on January 4, 2014 by N Mosier50
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. Read more
This was such a fun diversion from life. Took me back to the 80s with hilarious stories that seem impossibly untrue, yet, because it's Harvey I know it is all sadly true.Published on November 27, 2012 by Eric C Kennedy