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

*sent for editorial consideration

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)