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Get Positively Beautiful: The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Gorgeous Hardcover – October 7, 2008

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'In a perfect world, Carmindy would make house calls ... ' -- The New York Times

About the Author

Carmindy was raised in Southern California, where she started doing makeup fifteen years ago. Today she is the makeup artist on TLC's #1 show What Not to Wear and has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CBN, as well as in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Elle, O, Glamour, Self, Lucky, GQ, Essence, Details, Marie Claire, and InStyle. She lives in New York City with her husband.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599951436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599951430
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is amazing! Talk about diversity. All types of skin... light to dark. African American, Asian, Latin, Caucasian and all ages from teen to 60's! All types of face shapes and features. The models are just every day people like us. It is well written, down to earth and easily understood. I have ordered several of these books and am giving them as Christmas presents to several people and also to my friends who have pre-teen and teenage girls. A wonderful message for them and all of us who need to be positive about who we are instead thinking we have recreate ourselves in some magazine or celebraty image. I love the fact that she gives product recommendations because it is difficult to weed through the many choices out there. I often waste money getting the wrong things. Sometimes you see her use something on the show and want to know what it is to achieve the same results. She names the affordable to very high end products so we can make an informed choice or find something similar. Also, the book layout and photography inside and out is just beautiful!
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Carmindy's message is so perfect for right now when we're all looking to focus on what's important and want to spend our energy, money and time wisely. Skip the celebrities and celebrate your own beauty [and that of all women.] Dump the tired [and tiring] "flaw focus" and learn how to light up what you love about your own darn face.

In this book, Carmindy takes you in hand and shows you both practical makeup tips and positive ways to THINK differently about your own beauty. I love the stories and makeovers of the real women in the book. Aged 18 to 60+, each lady said something I could relate to. After reading GPB, I can honestly say I've stopped looking at my "big" nose and started playing up my big brown eyes with abandon. Thanks, Carmindy!
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This comprehensive book is every woman's dream for how to properly use make-up. Chapters include tips for each separate area (eyes, skin, lips,) along with separate chapters for tools and travel. I especially like the before/after full size color photos and tips chapter called, "Everyone Loves a Makeover." A shopping guide is located at the end.
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By L. M. Kesh on December 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book would be a nice purchase but I was disappointed. Basically, I was looking for straight forward make-up tips but what I mostly got from Carmindy was a self-esteem builder. It is very nice, but if that is not what you are looking for, like me, I wouldn't buy this book. I plan on giving it to my 13 year old cousin because it would be a great beginner book into the world of make-up.
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This is a superb book for women who feel out-of-touch with beauty products, colors and trends, or struggling a little with self esteem. If you look in the mirror and think, "Why bother?" or "Where do I start? What do I do?" this is the book for you.

Carmindy's advice is heavy on pep talk. It's a very positive book.

She also delivers precise, clear tips (with a product list at the back of the book) for specific issues. The question-and-answer sections -- broken into sections such as eyes, skin, etc. -- are also helpful and cover a wide range of ages, skin types, and skin tones and colors.

I'm a former model and now "of a certain age"... meaning over 50. While I have some "Where do I start?" issues, and her Q&A section answered several questions for me, this wasn't my favorite makeup book. (I highly recommend The Makeup Wakeup: Revitalizing Your Look at Any Age for anyone over 40, and certainly for 50+, 60+, and beyond.)

In "Get Positively Beautiful," I really liked Carmindy's photo illustration showing exactly what makeup she carries when she travels. I also appreciated her advice for air travel, including getting on board wearing no makeup and lots of moisturizer. (I routinely do that, knowing I don't look my best at the boarding gate.)

Carmindy's five-minute face advice was intriguing enough that I've ordered her book, The 5-Minute Face: The Quick & Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman to learn more.

My favorite part of this book included the before & after photos.
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Get Positively Beautiful is a fantastic book that entertains as it educates. With a very straightforward yet glamorous layout, this makeup guide will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in an otherwise confusing jumble of brushes, blushes, creams and powders. With very detailed and concise descriptions of different makeup, tools and their uses, Carmindy puts her proverbial arm around your shoulder and shows you just how you can enhance your inner beauty and help it shine outwardly. With many stunning, colourful, close-up photographs and more then 10 dramatic before and after makeovers, this makeup guide gives you all the knowledge and confidence necessary for you to be able to tweak and/or improve your personal makeup regimen and add a little flare for those special occasions.
Have you always wondered how some women get the flawless looking skin and those luscious, dramatic lips and eyes? With straightforward and motivational guidance from Carmindy, you will soon have all the necessary hints and tools to have confidence about your own makeup application.
This book includes a suggested shopping guide for makeup, tools and Carmindy also includes intriguing questions and answers, from her fans. This is a great makeup guide for women of all ages and walks of life.
I highly recommend it!

(9 out of 10 Diamonds) - Loved it!

© 2008-2009 Bobbie Crawford-McCoy (Book Reviews By Bobbie).
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