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Globe-trotting celebrity makeup artist Vadhera's approach to world-wise beauty is simple: if something tastes good, why not put it on your face? Organized into fun jaunts in each continent, Vadhera kicks off her world tour with makeup tips borrowed from European sisters who "aren't afraid to use a colorful palette to make a statement." It's refreshing (if not exactly groundbreaking) that Vadhera uses a "less is more" philosophy, emphasizing the power of deep sleep over heavy foundations and concealers. Her tour of the East includes the assertion that sake is an "all-around miracle worker" for skin, and insists that readers add a cup of the rice wine to a hot bath for "whole-body detoxification." Even if few blushing brides will be brave enough to faithfully recreate the author's "Indian Bridal Glow Mask" that boasts chickpea flour, turmeric and almond oil, "Jacqueline's Okra Hydrating Mask" at least bears the promise of a few relaxing moments despite what the author concedes is a "slimy consistency." Continuing a world tour with brief stops in Australia, the Americas and Africa (to tout those notorious elixirs of beauty-butter and brewed peel of quince fruit), Vadhera proves herself a fun-loving guide to culinary cosmetics.
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Throughout the world, every country has age-old, time-tested secrets that women use for looking and feeling beautiful. Shalini Vadhera, celebrity make-up artist and internationally recognized beauty expert takes you on an adventure -- to Europe, Asia, Africa, the United States, South America, Australia and beyond - revealing secrets for luxurious hair, glowing skin, and more.

Passport to Beauty features unique, yet simple beauty tips and techniques as well as instructions for creating cleansing masks, exfoliation blends, and moisturizers for hair and body. Learn how women around the world stay beautiful:
· turn back the hands of time with a white clay mask like Australian beauties do
· refresh your complexion with white tea – an ancient Chinese anti-aging secret
· use coconut oil for glossy, shimmering hair as South Asian women have done for centuries
A beauty treatment and make-over with an exotic flair is only as far away as your local grocery store – learn how to unleash the beatifying power of yogurt, lemon, olive oil, honey, and other surprising ingredients. Additionally, Shalini Vadhera will introduce you to the secrets of spices, natural remedies, and spa treatments from around the globe.

And once you've got your skin and hair looking wonderful, Shalini Vadhera dips into her bag of international beauty tricks and reveals a multitude of techniques for selecting and applying make-up and always looking your absolute best.

No matter your latitude or longitude on the globe, by using the information in this book you can truly become a global goddess!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312349629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312349622
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Tokarev on July 5, 2006
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This was a fantastic book that went through all six inhabited continents and shared all-natural beauty remedies that I was very excited to try. I'm a believer in natural recipes for masks, lotions, serums, etc. and this book was full of them. It was refreshing to have a book that allows me to do nearly everything in it without it shoving brand names with sky-high prices down my throat. The only thing that I found that I wasn't particularly fond of was that some of the recipes are repeated through the book in various contexts, and also because Shalini Vadhera has her own makeup line, she ends up touting it a bit.

It's a great find if you're looking for some back-to-mother-nature beauty rituals and tips.
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This book isn't quite what I was hoping for. I'm interested in the beauty ideals of other cultures and was hoping Vadhera would go a little further into each culture's perspective of beauty, such as by providing a few pages of narrative in each chapter in addition to the "beauty tips and techniques". (For example, how does what the culture found beautiful in the past compare to what it finds beautiful now?) But that isn't really what the book is about. It's a lightweight, breezy collection of face and hair masks used by women in other countries.

I found some of the tips interesting, but other advice appears numerous times throughout the book, worded differently. Drinking a lot of water, eating a healthy diet, portion control, and exercise are mentioned constantly, which of course are good tips, but not really anything new. Vadhera has a perky style of writing, such as "African gals say walking is not only a way of life but also a great way to keep their lean physiques. Walking around town is an easy path to a tight butt and strong, toned legs!" and "Avoid trying to emphasize all your features at the same time. Overdoing it may label you a makeup misfit!"

I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys making her own skin and face masks and is looking for more receipes. I would also recommend it to someone who wants to learn more about the beauty practices of women in other cultures, as long as they aren't looking for anything too deep.

Someone who is looking to learn more about French or Japanese beauty may enjoy "All You Need to Be Impossibly French" by Helena Frith-Powell or "Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics" by Laura Miller.
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My daughter and I loved this book. We have tried many of the face masks and our favorite was the coconut oil and honey. I also tried putting garlic into my clear base coat nail polish and it worked incredible well. My nails were as hard as acrylic nails after only one use. After using coconut oil for the face mask I started reading other information on this super healthy oil and have incorporated into my cooking.
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I love it, there is something in here for EVERYONE, especially if you are the natural type of woman that isn't stupid enough to spends hundreds of dollars on products in Sephora instead of lovingly making them with your own hands with essentials found right in your kitchen!

With tips and treats from all over the world, and a fun and easy-to-read style, you can use this book to treat yourself like the queen you are and share it with your loved ones as well. GET IT!
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I think this is a wonderful book because it has beauty masks that you can make by yourself at home. It is also fun reading about beauty tips from around the world.
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I saw this book on Dr. Oz and ordered immediately via Amazon.com. i was surprised at how many things are everyday things that beautiful woman around the world use. the book was in great condition. i only wish it came sooner.
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By Kim on December 31, 2015
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Its definitely not an entertaining book bc every single page is some sort of different beauty secret.It has a lot more recipes than what I had thought...a little something for everyone. =If you love beauty treatments and using home remedy recipes...buy it! You wont be sorry.
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This book was really great,one thing I wish is that she could have been more detailed about some of the things, for example like mink oil and where to find it. I do love the fact that she tells the benefits of the remedies and the fact that her words are so enthusiasm so it's hard NOT to try the remedies out, at the end of the day, this book really taught me how much I didn't know about different countries and their little secrets. I will admit, when I got to USA section- I was a little disappointed because it was filled with weight loss tips and diets, and it some what strayed away from beauty remedies- which I really wanted to know since I live in the USA. Other than that, I love the book. It gets straight to the point and is great book for bonding time (doing the remedies together).
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