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Natural Beauty: Pamper Yourself with Salon Secrets at Home Paperback – September 24, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
From the PBS show of the same name comes a guide to help women of all ages create natural-looking beauty with natural products. DuPriest, who's been involved in one way or another with the beauty business for three decades (as model, producer, salon-owner), wants to "bring knowledge to the vulnerable hearts of women" who've found themselves spending too much time and money on the latest potions or procedures. She relates her own experiences with both attractiveness and frumpiness, urges the power of positive thinking and takes a swipe at salon "snake oil" gimmicks such as microdermabrasion. (Anyone can scrub her own face raw, DuPriest notes.) It takes a while to get to the nitty-gritty beauty secrets and recipes, and sometimes one wishes that DuPriest were just a little less chatty. But her obvious knowledge about everything from waxing to massaging to not being taken in at the cosmetics counter, as well as her inventive concoctions (a guacamole-esque conditioning hair mask, homemade hair spray, Aromatherapy Bath Fizzies-all made with easy ingredients) make this a solid beauty resource.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
Salon Secrets at a Fraction of the Cost
Now it is easy to look and feel beautiful, without spending a fortune. Did you know that a mix of equal parts vegetable oil and sugar is not only the cheapest way to exfoliate your face, but it's also the "best? Or that by combining specific amounts of sugar, water, and lemon juice, you can create a homemade "wax" and comfortably eliminate unwanted hair for over six?
Beauty expert and aesthetician Laura DuPriest offers countless ideas and recipes that will help you create the natural and attractive look you desire while providing motivational tips to enhance your inner beauty. Inside, you'll find simple recipes and step-by-step directions for:
-Strawberry Citrus Mask
-Egyptian-Style Milk Bath
-Basic Cleanser for All Skin Types
-Homemade Moisturizing Shampoo
-Aromatherapy Bath Salts
-Baby Massage Oil
-Salon-Style Hand Treatment
-And much more!
Pamper yourself, easily and affordably: You'll look better, feel better, and discover that natural beauty is a way of life you love.
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Top Customer Reviews
One is a chapter on waxing hair. It includes a recipe for making a sugar wax at home. I'm one of those people who just hates paying to have someone else wax my legs and since shaving every day is irksome and time-consuming, I was really happy to find this information. Best of all, the recipe and instructions work great. I figure I paid for the book with my first leg waxing.
The second chapter is the one on shaping eyebrows. I already knew how to determine where the eyebrows should begin and end, but this chapter showed how to shape what's in between. It also showed common mistakes that people make.
Finally, in the hair-care chapter, there were great instructions on how to blow dry hair the way they do in a salon. I've never found such detailed instructions for that before and found them quite helpful.
Unlike other books that are loaded with recipes and leave you undecided what's best for you, du Priest suggests one or two for each skin and hair type and tells you why they will work for you. For people who may not believe that such simple and inexpensive lotions will work, she points out that her sugar-oil scrub for aging skin, which you can make at home in 1 minute from ingredients in your kitchen, has the same composition as a $15 beautifully packaged mini-tube sold in beauty stores.
Other beauty books require you to buy dozens of basic ingredients before you can start your home cosmetics, duPriest's doesn't. Her ingredients can easily be found in supermarkets.
I liked the author's straightforward way and throughout the book I always felt she was honest
She also talks about -waxing-how to do it at home and make your own wax; -clothing, what works and doesn't
-shopping for things, especially cosmetics
-different tricks played on you by salons
-how a positive attitude makes you shine on the outside
-is expensive make-up better than cheap?
-how to properly shape lips and eyebrows
-how to massage
A basic cleanser for your face (all skin types): 1t yogurt, 1/2t honey. Mix and massage onto face. Rinse with warm water.
I liked the book so much that I decided to buy my own book so I can highlight in it the different things I want to use.
My *only* concern is about hair removal. DuPriest advocates waxing, and I'm going to try it on my legs. But for hair on a woman's chin, I understand it should only be removed by electrolysis in order to stop regrowth, and that waxing or tweezing will stimulate the folicle, affect the hormones that cause chin-hair growth, and cause the hair to grow in thicker. This information came from an electrologist, so it could be a case of she said, she said. Waxing is certainly cheaper than electrolysis, and for many areas of the body, I think it's ideal. I would like to see a future edition of this book address the chin issue.
Apart from that one concern, I am really enjoying the many, many ideas in the book. My wish list has grown considerably to include strawberries for my face, rollers (not hot rollers) for my hair, cornstarch for the waxing process, moisturizer containing glycolic acid for nighttime, another moisturizer containing sun block for daytime and more avocados for my hair. This book has the kind of information that can put a reader in a definite girly phase, which is very handy for enduring a brutal winter.
I would consider giving the book five stars if the editors had caught all the grammatical errors, but several, from basic to obscure, made it through the editing process.
Great ideas, at any rate.