- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Seal Press (April 9, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580054900
- ISBN-13: 978-1580054904
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 224 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+ Hardcover – April 9, 2014
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"Finally! A marvelous and charmingly illustrated book on beauty for all of the millions of us women who are over fifty and longing to look our very best without resorting to the pathetic solution of over-painting ourselves to pretend we are still thirty-five. Andrea Robinson has a lifelong list of the most distinguished credentials in the beauty business, and no one could be a better, more inspiring mentor. With Toss The Gloss, she has given us an exceptional guide to help us look and feel our very best."
This is, surely, a book for a very savvy woman written by Andrea Robinson, a leader and expert in the beauty world and a good looking woman who obviously follows her own advice. [Toss The Gloss] is a very smart book: straight talking and thinking, and thoroughly engaging with colorful anecdotes and charming drawings. You will want to read this book, learn from it, and enjoy it.”
"My longtime friend Andrea Robinson’s Toss the Gloss cuts through the noise surrounding the discussion of beauty after 'a certain age.' With her trademark candor, she demystifies best over-50 beauty practices, giving women the gift of her decades’ experience in the industry she has done so much to elevate. With this book, Andrea shows the world what she has always been to her friends, colleagues and admirers: a singularly honest authority with women’s well being and best beauty interests at heart. Looking and feeling BETTER, not younger, is the thing!"
Filled with fresh, innovative tips, fun anecdotes, and product suggestions, Toss the Gloss urges women to forget about reclaiming their youth with expensive skincare products that never deliver what they promise and to instead pick the right cosmetics that reclaim features most affected by time.”
"In her first book, beauty industry executive Robinson (who has served as president of Tom Ford Beauty and Ralph Lauren Fragrances, chief marketing officer of Estée Lauder, and beauty editor at Vogue) uses her experience to debunk myths and offer a straightforward, insider’s perspective behind the often indecipherable potions and lotions in our medicine cabinets. Many of her tips, including when to throw out various makeup products like mascara (every three months) and cream blush (every six months), are useful for women of any age. Even though the book is targeted to readers over 50, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for younger women to purchase this book as a guide for how to make better use of their makeup. How many of us wished we understood how to read the claims and lingo on product packaging or decipher ingredients such as antioxidants, retinoids, and alpha hydroxy acids? Robinson clearly and efficiently explains it all, while providing the product advice and application tips (with a nine-step guide for applying lip liner) you would expect of a woman who has devoted her life to beauty."
About the Author
Andrea's mission in the beauty business has always been to help women look like and be themselvesonly better. This concept has driven her creation of revolutionary industry trends and fostered her passionate interest in cosmetics for her generation. She has been recognized as an innovative business leader whose skill set has helped redefine the concept of beauty for the modern woman. Andrea has served on the boards of Cosmetic Executive Women and The Fashion Group International and has received multiple awards such as Cosmetic Executive Women's "Legends and Leaders" award, Women’s Wear Daily's "Marketing Innovator of the Year" award, and several back-to-back FiFi awards (the Oscars of the beauty industry) for "Fragrance Star of the Year."
Andrea has two children and lives in New York City.
Chesley McLaren is a designer and illustrator whose clients include Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, Bergdorf Goodman, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Carlyle. She is based in New York City.
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First off, when I was reading the sample portion on the kindle, I was caught by the author's comment on how middle aged men run the makeup industry and decide what the biggest demographic wants to buy without any reality check whatsoever. They design their products, and market to teens, and the over 50 crowd which actually has the money to spend is relegated to high priced largely ineffective wrinkle products. Or as another author put it, paying for pearls and getting the same old ineffective garbage.
Since I just finished a cranky rant on Makeupalley complaining about the lack of satin matte eye shadows and the glut on the market with shimmery evil bombs of glitter fallout that make my aging wrinkly eyelids look like metallic lizard skin (so attractive no?), this author was speaking right to me!!!!
So of course I bought the book, if only to read more of her funny and accurate comments on the state of makeup for real women, in the biggest demographic of all-- the aging boomers, of which I am one. It certainly explains why several high end brands seem to concentrate on shiny glitter bombs whether it's eyeshadow, blush or foundation. That, or it's a suck the life out of your face matte version intended to mop up the oil slick prone teen to twenty something.
I have only gotten to the eye makeup technique of Mrs. X and I HAD to write a 5 star review. This is fantastic stuff in here. I concur with a lot of her recommendations (and respectfully disagree with some)! There is SO much new stuff in here on applying makeup, buying it, what to do and not to do--it is a must have.
OK I have a growing bookshelf on this subject ranging from Anne Barone's Chic & Slim Toujours: Aging Beautifully Like Those Chic French Women, Mireille Guiliano's French Women Don't Get Facelifts: Aging with Attitude, to Tish Jett's Forever Chic: Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance.
This is a useful addition to the shelf! This author adds a whole lot more to the discussion including how menopause changes the skin colour, tone and texture and why even if you bought rosy tinted foundation in the past, you may want a bit more of a golden tint now. Edited to add, she covers why you may wish to switch from powders and matte formulas to a satiny version without shimmer or shine but with a glowy life to it. And she gives brand name suggestions to try at all price points. Her skin care advice is excellent, and again she gives good product advice for all price ranges.
I started buying Allure magazine to help me figure out what to buy and how to apply makeup as I turned 45. I couldn't get away with the no makeup beyond a little brow powder anymore. I needed help. I'm 57 turning 58 this year, and I've spent a lot of money learning the hard way since then. While I like Allure magazine, they don't give good advice for 50 plus in makeup either products or application techniques or skin care for that matter. If you aren't a makeup maven from your early teens, and like me are just getting back into more makeup to help combat age, there is a real lack of practical advice. Allure markets to 30 somethings. Their cover looks are often grayish and matte. Inside stories concentrate on glitter bombs and bright colours. NOT the best for a 50 plus. Where do you go, if you are over 50 and don't want to spend buckets of money testing out various products only to dump them in the trash?
This book and the ones I mention above, help fill the void. Whether it is skin care or makeup, things change after 50 and it's helpful to have this kind of guidebook. I really like her emphasis on doing what you can with a cheap eyeshadow; versus going for expensive Botox and surgery. Even if you CAN afford it, lots of us don't want to bother. Age isn't a problem, it's just how on earth do you look your best lately with the new laugh lines, wrinkles, redness and blotchy bits?
WAY TO GO ANDREA! Love this book, I will add more to this review later.
Oh and for anyone else fussing like me over the cost of another book, well, ease your mind, this author will save you mega bucks on your skin care and makeup budget so don't worry. Well worth the purchase.
Adding more here:
Her advice is superb. I've had more time to read this carefully & it is one of the best! It is the quickest & simplest guide to using makeup and skin care products after 50. I checked her recommendations & I've used many of them. My experiences line up with her observations. I found after 56 my skin changed and the usual skin care anti aging stuff that worked well for me from 46-56 suddenly started irritating my skin instead. I switched to CeraVe in the large jar, not the stuff marked am or pm and my skin calmed down. Unsurprisingly I found it listed in her recommended creams.
That chapter on eye makeup is worth the price of the book ten times over. Many books recommend the Incognito quint eyeshadow set by Dior as an ideal neutral toned set for older women. That will cost 60$ or so last I checked. I had it for a few years & tossed it because the shine got to be too much & it gave me an odd metallic lizard skin glow on my wrinkly eyelids. It also irritated my sensitive skin. Not good. She doesn't even mention it.
One of HER recommendations is the Maybelline Expertwear Browntones duo which is a matte satin finish that doesn't accent a single wrinkle, feels like butter & covers all the veins, redness & dark shadows. It doesn't irritate, it lasts all day AND IT COSTS 1/10th of the Dior product. I already owned that duo, & its one I've recommended to friends. A REALLY good product! I suspect Mrs. X used the Madrague duo by NARS but it costs a mint. Try Maybelline first, then NYX mattes next to save the budget.
For the eye technique of Mrs. X it's the best one to play with. Amazing. For a slightly lighter flesh tone beige try NYX matte eye shadows (she doesn't mention these but I am because that Mrs X eye technique is a winner and if you need something good, cheap but a tad lighter then here is is) in the unfortunately named Lapdance and for an ivory cream to beige also a satin matte the shade Leather and Lace is superb. Neither cost a mint, and I found them for 8$ each at Target.
Speaking a little more on Mrs. X and the mascara technique, I tried the windshield wiper move and it really DOES lay down the mascara in a flash. Bit heavy so it's helpful to have one of the newer brushes such as the Clump Crusher one by Cover Girl which is the mascara I used. Combs out the heavy deposit and smooths it all out. LOVE IT!
As I said, the eye technique of Mrs. X is worth the price of the book, ten times over. Get it, and use the technique on your own stuff, before buying anything new. It really is a great eye makeup lesson for those of us over 50 with crepey lids, and lots of veining, redness, dark circles, laugh lines and other detritus earned in a full rich life.
I've tried all of her 4 best mascaras, along with a whole lot more mascaras that don't quite compete and I think she is quite correct in her 4 winners. The ones she recommends all work with my hooded oily eyelids, don't budge, flake or smear and I don't have to use the waterproof versions either. They aren't irritating or itchy feeling, nor are they heavy and crunchy on the lashes. They all come off easily with cleanser and water, no makeup remover or scrubbing required. I enjoyed her back room stories about how the different companies compete to produce the best mascaras. I'd add one more, High Impact regular mascara by Clinique.
Several of her lipstick recommendations are sitting on my makeup table right now, and again, I think she is quite correct. (In my opinion, one she mentions - Revlon Super Lustrous - beats out the competition from Dior, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Maybelline, Cover Girl, Rimmel and L'Oreal six ways to Sunday! They are creamy, don't migrate into lip lines, moisturize and come in a raft of colours to suit anyone!) Buy the book, try the stuff she recommends starting with the cheaper stuff at Walmart or Target and see what you think. I think you'll be delighted.
Not sure I will toss ALL my lip gloss or switch to cream blush just yet though. I don't use the uber shiny sparkle filled lip glosses, preferring neutral cream types for a bit of colour & extra moisture, and I like my cream foundation (I already had another one of her recommended ones--Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish sponge on cream foundation which I dab on with a concealer brush). I don't like rubbing it off as I blend out a cream blush but honestly THAT is my only quibble and I think she might be right even with my personal gloss and powder blush preferences.
WHAT A GREAT BOOK!!!!! If you want a simple guide to skin care and makeup that keeps you from spending a ton of money on duds, you couldn't get a better book.
I thought there might be some actual useful makeup selection and application advice, but I found it all to be too general and not detailed. I read other reviews about how helpful the eye makeup info was (and this is largely what influenced me to read this), but I was sorely disappointed. It was basically the same techniques I've been told since the age of 13, but in less detail. And not even with decent diagrams, god forbid any kind of actual photos to demonstrate.
If you're looking for a cheerleader, maybe this book will help you. But if you are wanting more substance you will likely be let down.
First, a little background: Robinson along with makeup genius Kevyn Aucoin created Ultima II's successful line called The Nakeds. Back in the early 80's, The Nakeds was a refreshing departure from all the bright colors that dominated a woman's makeup arsenal. I loved it and wore many of the beautiful neutral shades for awhile. But that was then and this is now. Today, The Nakeds seems old fashioned and one dimensional because makeup has evolved, but Robinson hasn't. Robinson is, and obviously always has been, a proponent of makeup that is practical, minimal, and neutral. There is nothing wrong with that except she believes ALL women 50+ MUST adhere to HER esthetic if they want to look attractive. That kind of approach simply isn't true and doesn't take into account the individual needs and attributes of women no matter their age. For example, she says all any woman needs to have is one eye palette in shades of brown for dark eyes or shades of gray for light eyes--nothing else; no color whatsoever, no shimmer, no sparkle. Where's the fun? Where's the joie de vivre? Where's individual expression? I'd never advocate a woman my age ringing her eyes with vibrant glittery colors, but I think it is perfectly possible to work a bit of color and a hint of shimmer with our neutrals so that we look fashionable without trying too hard. But then, I'm nudging seventy so maybe I'm just in the throes of a second childhood! LOL Anyway, Robinson takes the same my-way-or-the-highway approach to other color cosmetics as well. You know the "Toss the Gloss" in the title? That refers to her oft repeated edict that no women over fifty should ever wear lipgloss of any kind. Despite all Robinson's talk about celebrating who we are and our unique beauty, she then tells us throughout the book that we must do this or that in accordance with her beauty rules or we risk looking like "crypt-keepers"! Yes, "crypt-keepers". Those are Robinson's words; not mine.
Now, here's the kicker: Robinson puts forth the notion that makeup should not be used to recapture the appearance of youth; rather it should be used to enhance our aging features. OK so far. But, after giving us a bunch of rules that ignore our individuality and which are guaranteed to fade us into neutrality, she herself owns up to having had a face lift! I have absolutely no issue with cosmetic procedures tastefully done, but Robinson seems hypocritical to decry the use of makeup to regain a more youthful appearance, but then embrace cosmetic surgery to do the same thing.
All considered, I wouldn't advise anyone to pay full price for this. Wait until it hits the libraries or buy it used.
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