The Woman’s Wakeup book review and RoC skincare giveaway

The Woman's Wakeup by Lois Joy Johnson on Amazon.com

The Woman’s Wakeup by Lois Joy Johnson on Amazon.com

If you are an over 50 year old woman then you are in a new stage of your life. Turning a big number can get you down but there’s no reason to feel that way. The book The Woman’s Wakeup by Lois Joy Johnson will inspire you to live the most exciting and best life you can. I was sent the book by RoC Skincare and I zipped through the book. It’s a fun, enjoyable, and extremely useful book.

This book is a guide for women to help remind them that age is just a number. There’s advice for you on things like dating again, reviving your wardrobe, being a glam grandmother, making new friends, working in a new environment. Everything you need to liven up your life as a true adult.

The Woman's Wakeup

The Woman’s Wakeup

Here are some of my favorite pages:Roc The Womans Wakeup sayings 1

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You are probably asking yourself what this has to do with RoC Skincare. Lois Johnson, the author, mentions very few products in the book but she does give some suggestions on a few with RoC being the star! In the section about a low cost wrinkle cream she specifically mentions RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Cream and Roc Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer. The section “Your Neck is Gorgeous” recommends RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream.

RoC Skincare Correxion products

RoC Skincare Correxion products

RoC is thrilled to be the brand recommended by The Woman’s Wakeup so in celebration of that they are offering a giveaway to 2 Beauty Info Zone readers. The winners will receive Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Serum, Retinol Correxion®Eye Cream and Retinol Correxion®Deep Wrinkle Cream. Prizes will be sent by RoC and this is a US only giveaway. This giveaway is open through 2/8/16. If comments close just email me at [email protected], label it RoC giveaway and leave your comment there. You can continue on with the other options that way.

Both RoC and I recommend that you read The Woman’s Wakeup which will inspire you to feel more confident, stylish, and evolved than ever. — Marcia

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Book review: ‘The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here’ by Paula Begoun

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here

If you are like me, you’ve turned to Paula Begoun many times for accurate, straightforward information on skin care and cosmetics. Her books have long been bibles in the industry and while she tends to be conservative (so anti-shimmer!) she is extremely knowledgeable and always has information on the latest cutting edge ingredients.

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here

Her reviews of particular products are all online now and I thought her days of publishing hard copies were probably over. Luckily I was wrong, and I was recently sent her latest book for review – The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here ($16.95) co-written with Bryan Barron and Desiree Stordahl.  This book focuses on busting all those skin care myths that just don’t seem to ever go away.

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here mostly features the rules for beautiful skin, such as the importance of using a leave-on exfoliant and how to layer products. There are tons of excellent tips on figuring out your skin type as well as all the steps to putting together a truly effective skin care routine. Each chapter concludes with a curated list of recommended products for specific skin care concerns. Yes, the lists do include Paula’s own products – but in my opinion, why would she even have a skin care/cosmetics line if she couldn’t also highly recommend her products? Besides, she also recommends lots of excellent alternatives from other lines.

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here

The information in The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here is technical and will make any skincare nerd happy, yet it’s also written in a manner accessible to everyone. Chapter highlights include the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, cosmetics alternatives like botox and surgery, professional makeup tips, and an awesome cosmetic ingredient dictionary.

From understanding where wrinkles really come from to learning the truth about 5 retinol myths, this book has everything a good consumer needs to know. I think The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here is a beacon of light in an often confusing skin care world. I highly recommend it and have no doubt that it should be on everyone’s shelf.

You can find this book online at paulaschoice.com. If you are new to Paula’s Choice, click HERE for $10 off your first order!   – Lisa

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Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill is glamour personified

Smply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill

Smply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill

I collect beauty books and enjoy reading them to learn new techniques, use of colors in a different way, reminders on how to properly use products and to simply enjoy the pictures. SIMPLY GLAMOROUS by Gary Cockerill has all this and more. When I was sent this book for review I had no idea what a treat I was in for. The subtitle “Make-up transformations to make you look & feel fabulous”, captures the essence of this book in a few words yet you need to experience the book and photography to truly understand how amazing the book is and how it can help your cosmetic life.

Gary Cockerill, author of Simply Glamorous

Gary Cockerill, author of Simply Glamorous

Looking at Gary Cockerill himself isn’t too shabby either. Gary is a U.K. Makeup Artist who is known for his artistry. He works with the media, entertainers, celebrities, as well as real life people like you and me. He’s sharing his expertise in his book so that we can learn to not only look our best but also to feel our best.

There is so much to the cosmetic world and we often get stuck in a rut. Simply Glamorous not only gets me out of a rut but reminded me of so many tips I thought I was using and realized I hadn’t. I was taking for granted that I knew a lot about the cosmetic world so I was thrilled what I could learn from this simply beautiful book.

inside cover of Simply Glamorous

inside cover of Simply Glamorous

Get ready to look at just a few of the many pages that totally impressed me.

Concealer and Corrector placement

Concealer and Corrector placement

step by step to glamorous eyes

step by step to glamorous eyes

Each transformation is a chapter with step by step pictures and directions. You can walk your way through what Gary did to try it on you. You can learn what essential tools and products you need too.

before and after of a Barely There transformation

before and after of a Barely There transformation

Girl Next Door Transformation

Girl Next Door Transformation

Sun Kissed Goddess Transformation

Sun Kissed Goddess Transformation

All age groups and ethnic groups are represented in Simply Glamorous. There are chapters on Contouring, Blush, Foundation, Face Shapes, Bronzer and more. If there’s something you want to learn about, it’s in this informative book.

Lip Textures and finishes

Lip Textures and finishes

concealer placement

concealer placement

If I could have taken a picture of every page in the book I would have. But you need to own this book to fully appreciate it. Whether you want to have a sleek unmakeup makeup look or become a sex kitten, you’ll find a section that’s perfect for your needs.

We’ll be talking a lot about holiday gifts for the next month and this is one I think you should consider. Even with someone like a beauty blogger who owns it all, this is a rare treat and one I’d love to find under my tree. Amazon has this discounted from $26.99 to $18.74. It’s a beautiful reference book that you’ll enjoy over and over. I love it and am sure you will too. — Marcia

*received for consideration

back cover of Simply Glamorous (St. Martin's Press)

back cover of Simply Glamorous (St. Martin’s Press)

 

Two great DIY books: Stunning Braids and Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs

For someone who loves playing with makeup, I am not much of a do-it-yourselfer. I can’t get into scrapbooking, I’d rather buy a jar of tomato sauce than make my own and my Pinterest boards are full of projects I know I will never undertake. But I was sent two books that inspire me every day to do something with my hands, and my little projects always turn out great.

Stunning Braids

Stunning Braids

Stunning Braids:  Gorgeous Hairstyles for Any Occassion from Work to Weddings ($17.95) was written by Monae Everett, a fabulous hairstylist/blogger who has worked on lots of celebrities and has been featured in major publications like the Huffington Post and Redbook. Her book is fantastic for those just experimenting with braiding, although seasoned braiders will find lots of great styles to try as well.

Stunning Braids

Stunning Braids

The book starts with the basics, including specific product recommendations for everything from hair spray and serums to flat irons and hair dryers. Monae starts with braiding prep, and includes tips for creating styles like loose romantic waves and flat iron curls. Then she gets down to braiding business.

Each style has a large photo of the finished product, step by step photo instruction, plus additional tips and tricks. It starts with the basic three strand braid, ‘the mother of all braids’, and goes all the way through complicated knotted updos. It also has a great section for African-American hair.

This is one of the best braiding books I own. It’s amazing for working on someone else – my poor daughter is my guinea pig way more often than she would like – and it’s clear and simple enough for working on your own hair.  Stunning Braids is a great staple book to keep right on your vanity.

Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs

Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs

Another super fun book that I don’t use daily but that makes for some awesome weekend fun is Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs ($14.95) by Kate Bello. This book has 300 recipes for luxurious soaks. While you might have some ingredients around the house like baking soda, coconut oil, and cornstarch, there are other ingredients to plan for like essential oils, Himalayan sea salt, rhassoul clay and flower petals.

Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs

Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs

There aren’t pretty pictures inside, but there are tons of easy to make recipes that address ailments like fevers, asthma, and cystic fibrosis. There is a section of recipes for skin and beauty concerns like acne, oily skin, and sensitive skin; plus recipes to use for meditation, chakra cleansing, and aphrodisiac baths. There are even recipes for men and for pregnancy, plus a cool section with recipes for baths from ‘around the world’. Here is one that I have made several times that I just love:

Clary Sage Uplifting Salt Soak

2 cups Himalayan salts

1 cup of coarse sea salts

1/2 cup of baking soda

1 cup rhassoul clay

5 drops of clary sage essential oil

5 drops lemongrass essential oil

2 drops of benzoin essential oil

I get a lot of my ingredients, including essential oils, from Whole Foods. Another great online source is Mountain Rose Herbs. I tend to go for the bath salt mixtures, but there are also great recipes for bath bombs and scrubs in this book as well. All of the creations make terrific gifts and Kate has suggestions for packaging and storing your creations as well.

Both of these books are terrific fun and I highly recommend them! They are published by Ulysses Press and can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Pick them up for some DIY that you will actually enjoy!   – Lisa

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