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Not as good as The Makeup Wakeup
on January 25, 2013
This book was such a disappointment. The book is a collection of tips and tricks, very few of which I'd ever use. (Wear a cardigan with sleeves tied around your waist instead of a skirt?! C'mon.) The tone and voice in this book was completely different from The Makeup Wakeup, which she co-authored with makeup artist Sandi Linter. While The Makeup Wakeup offered straightforward and no-nonsense practical advice for a variety of specific issues, this book was full of fluff delivered in a cloying "girlfriend" tone. The author's favorite catchphrase was, "Me too! Same thing!" which was repeated many times, even when it didn't make any sense in the context. I guess that was meant to communicate, "See! You and I are exactly alike! Except I am a former fashion editor! Let me show you my scrapbook! That's me with Lauren Hutton. . ."
There were one or two women in the book whose styles I admired, but many looked like they need a fashion makeover. (Me too! Same thing!)
Unlike The Makeup Wakeup, which was full of specific, step-by-step advice, this book offered almost nothing about about color, body type, fit, or different types of cuts/fabrics in skirts or jackets. . . really nothing that I would expect to see in a fashion advice text. Instead, there were a lot of little fashion-mag style blurbs, like "stop wearing short minis" and "leopard is the new neutral." (I guess so, if you want to look like a cougar.)
I bought this book after borrowing (and reluctantly returning to the library) The Makeup Wakeup. I wish I'd bought that book instead.