- Series: Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me
- Paperback: 1362 pages
- Publisher: Beginning Press; 6th edition (January 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1877988308
- ISBN-13: 978-1877988301
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 2.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,428,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me Paperback – January, 2003
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Women spend an extraordinary amount of money on cosmetics--$45 billion a year in the U.S. alone. Now in its fourth edition, Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me strikes fear in cosmetics-counter consultants everywhere. First off, Begoun has deconstructed ingredient lists. Ever wonder what methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben are doing in your mascara? And what is diazolidinyl urea? All four are potential irritants, and the latter is a preservative that can release formaldehyde, a class A carcinogen. Buyer beware.
Begoun also lists which companies are cruelty-free and which continue to conduct animal testing. The majority of the book--and that's nearly 800 pages--is devoted to reviews of thousands of cosmetics, from cleansers, foundations, alpha-hydroxy acids, and moisturizers to lip liners, eye shadows, and concealers, all of which Begoun has personally tested. (There are no hair care products listed, as that warrants another book entirely: Don't Go Shopping for Hair Care Products Without Me.)
She's perfectly frank and tells it like it is. (On Revlon's ColorStay Makeup: "goes far beyond the claim of 'It won't come off on him.' It won't come off when you want it to.") You'll learn how to tell when you're being boondoggled by a salesperson, what's overpriced and overhyped, as well as what's overlooked. More than 200 brands are included, along with a helpful summary at the end that lists the best products for each cosmetic category. It should be noted that not only is Begoun a fine consumer advocate, she's also a self-esteem advocate: she mentions time and again that even the best cosmetics won't necessarily improve your life, and that's a point well taken. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Paula Begoun has been reporting on the beauty industry for more than 25 years. Her unique angle on the cosmetics industry has earned her the nickname of "Cosmetics Cop". She is an internationally-recognised authority as a consumer advocate for the beauty industry, and is called on regularly by reporters and producers from television, magazines, and radio. Paula has appeared on hundreds of US talk shows including Oprah, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The View, the Today Show, CBS This Morning, and Good Morning America. Paula Begoun is recognised by women all over the world as the most reliable source for answers to all of their beauty-related questions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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She has also helped me pick out the perfect skin care for my very fair, sensitive skin (and stopped my dry spots), and helped my mum pick out the perfect cosmetics and skincare to deal with her rosacea (she also lists dermatological and surgical options for conditions, citing the latest medical and scientific journals - no Allure or Cosmo style "oooh it smells so minty it must be good!" here.)
Before the kindle, I had to print out pages from her subscription-based website (beautypedia.com and cosmeticscop.com), or lug her very heavy printed edition around (I used to keep a copy in the car just in case I went shopping). Now If I'm in the department store or drugstore, I can look up a product straight from my kindle!
My paperback editions (I bought every update of this and Don't buy haircare products without me) have been donated to my dentist (he specialises in cosmetic dentistry). The books were so wanted, my dentist office has started a lending library of my donated copies!
I came across the 6th edition at the library. I checked it out so many times I knew I'd buy the 7th edition if she ever published one. Although the information in the 7th edition is updated, it is not as good as the 6th edition. The 6th edition discussed products for men and children; this does not. It's also evident this was written hurriedly.
Still, this book is a far more reliable resource for good skin care and makeup products than any magazine I've read. They're all flavor-of-the-month. Sure, you can find out about some new products, but have you ever seen a magazine PAN a product it's featuring?
I've been following Ms. Begoun's advice for about 5 years now. Full disclosure: I do use a few of her products. I do a better job applying and removing makeup, I choose better colors, and I get better results from my skin care products, and EVERYONE who knows me can see the difference. That is reason enough to invest in the book.
I did not want to subscribe to the companion, paid website, but I did, and I'm glad I did. Ms. Begoun does change her mind about products and ingredients on further review, and of course, new products are constantly being introduced on the market.
The benefits of being able to find good products and not waste money on cosmetics and skin care far outweigh the price of the book. You've paid more for a face cream, haven't you? Highly recommended.
The deal breaker was when reviewing makeup, she used her tastes and prejudices about colors to evaluate products: I can't trust she's not doing the same when it's not a matter of taste, for example when discussing potentially dangerous ingredients. Most of the public talk about cosmetics is not based on facts, but beliefs ("n women saw improvements": do people around them saw those improvements as well?): if Paula can't separate her beliefs from facts, then she's not better than the big cosmetic brands and her book is not for me.
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