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Nadine Haobsh is a former beauty editor and author of the popular beauty blog "Jolie Nadine." She works as a marketing consultant, has written for Lucky, Cosmopolitan, the Huffington Post, and the New York Daily News and regularly appears on television as a beauty expert. Haobsh currently lives in Los Angeles and is working on her next book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061128635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061128639
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,579,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karin on January 2, 2008
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I picked this up on a whim from the library, and had a blast reading through it. I am a mom of 4 kids between 4 months and 7 years old. I DO NOT get a chance to take time to make myself presentable more than a couple of times a month. What's really great about this book is she gives you the tips to do it right. Some of these things I learned the hard way after many years of trial and error, so it's nice to see it in print (and sometimes with diagrams!). The other thing that I enjoyed about this book is the tone. My best friend sounds like this when she's giving me a verbal slap upside the head as needed. :D
Lastly, she gave me names of products that there is No Way On this Green Earth that I would have looked for or tried. So, I'm here on Amazon to buy a copy for my sisters' birthday. They will love it! Thanks!
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The only virtues about this book are that it's a quick read and that it's cheap. For women who have even the most rudimentary understanding of beauty in the western world (i.e. knowing what a cleanser/toner/moisturiser is), however, this book offers almost nothing. Nadine Haobsh's premise is that, as a beauty editor, she's done the work for you; on her countless trips to Sephora she's sorted the gems from the cobblestones, and she's here to tell you what the picks of the bunch are, thus saving you time and money.

However, even as a moderately beauty conscious woman, I had heard virtually all this before. Go on youtube and you'll hear countless 'Gurus' talking about YSL Touche Eclat, Narciso Rodriguez For Her, Frederic Fekkai, Diorshow mascara etc. All this information is conveniently available in the public domain, for free. There are no breakthroughs here whatsoever. Also, 50% of this 'catalogue' (because it's hardly a 'book'), is about the vacuous pleasures of being a beauty editor, i.e. dousing yourself in perfume, getting massages etc -- useless and irritating to the common reader.

This book promotes mediocrity and product-hoarding, much like a beauty magazine. For example, it touts ideas like "it is accepted in the beauty industry that EVERYONE looks better with fake tan. There are, however, exceptions." These "exceptions" aren't explored at all, so a girl like myself with English Rose skin is meant to just go with the party line and get her orange on, I suppose.

The positives about this book: I did benefit from reading the study on the twins -- one wore sunscreen assiduously, the other lead a beach bunny lifestyle. At 20, there was no perceptible difference, but at 50, there could have been a 15 year age difference between the two women.
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I got this book from the library. I thought it was about clothing style. When I started reading it, I realized I'd chosen a "BEAUTY" book, just like the title suggests. The book is totally interesting to read. The author has a great sense of humor and is down-to-earth in her evaluations and writing style. Within the first couple of chapters I thought, oh no, this is for 20 and 30-somethings and not for a 50+ stay at home woman who Tim Gunn would rip apart my wardrobe. I decided to keep reading. Boy, I am sooooo glad I did.
Did you know you should not dry your hair by rubbing the towel all over your head--it disturbs your hair and you get major frizzies. I cannot wait to just throw my hair into a towel and get the water out without rubbing.
Did you know, you don't have to buy expensive moisturizer, that one of the best is sold at a drug store.
The author suggests products from all spectrums from drug store to sephora and gives her suggestions about which are best.
You will not regret reading this book. It is chock full of great information, even for non-fashionista women! ENJOY......
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Being a fan of beauty products since the wee age of five, I've always thought myself a beauty afficionado. That was until, I met my match--Ms. Nadine Haobsh. I've turned to her blog for advice on self tanners without the orange face effect, face moisturizers that don't make you break out, and foundations that are worth spending a quarter of that paycheck on. Now, with "Beauty Confidential", I can take her advice with me wherever I go. I love Ms. Haobsh's fun, witty and honest writing style and her unflinching devotion to her favorite products (ahem, Bare Escentuals.) I especially appreciate the way she breaks down each chapter by affordable products. If "Cosmo" is a girl's Fashion Bible, then "Confidential" is the new Beauty Bible.
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I love this book! Beauty Confidential has become my go to resource when I want to know what to do with my hair, or what kind of makeup will work best for me, or how to wash my dry clean sweaters. My husband has commented that my hair looks better than it has for years. I am using some of the products that the author recommends, but I am not spending a fortune on them, unless they are really worth it. The author has done all of the testing, so I don't have to. It is like having a girl friend who tells you all of her secrets for looking great. I save money on the items that I can, then spend money on things that really matter, like getting really good haircuts. This book was well worth the money!!!
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