Bargain Beauty Secrets by Diane Irons

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  Nonfiction / Beauty

Beauty and industry expert Diane Irons knows the secrets of top models and celebrities, and they are not as expensive as you think! In fact, you can match these insider tricks of the trade with just a quick trip to your grocery or drug store. From professional makeup application to spa facials and runway fashion, you'll learn how to get a top-notch look in the least amount of time and with little or no money--and you'll feel great doing it!
Bargain Beauty Secrets is the perfect guide to an amazing look and a boost of confidence, on your terms and within your budget. What could be better?

This cute book (which is awkwardly designed not to fit right on nearly every bookshelf, I HATE that!), holds within an amazing array of useful knowledge, some common sense tidbits not overly helpful, other things unique and unknown to me.

The first chapter is a mere 3 pages with short tidbits on not believing everything you see and not being tricked by the fashion industry into feeling inferior. The short stroke of ego is a nice boost to begin the rest of the book, yet nothing insightful or heavy. 'Cheap tricks' covers basic shortcuts in the world of beauty, from preventing deodorant stains on clothes with baking soda, red eyes, and cheap hair rinses. Again amazingly short and choppy, this quick guide is almost like a one-page spread in a magazine.

Food for beauty has several paragraphs using different foods for different effect, such as easily combining poppy seeds with jojoba oil for exfoliation and warming olive oil to prevent and treat split ends in the hair. In Ageless secrets, there are some impressive tips on wrinkles, from using preparation H (which we've all heard for the eyes) to a unique twist on glittery foundation versus crows feet. These short tips are followed by a few self-made concoctions to help ward off the effects of aging. Weight loss bargains is a healthier chapter in length, with some of the advice being common sense, while other advice is new and useful to keep in mind to keep pounds at bay.

Personal stuff focuses on those embarrassing dilemmas we hate to talk about, such as white body bumps on the arms, back breakouts and vaginal itch. There are some very useful tricks here, such as orange rinds for stretch marks. Bargain fitness was a fun little chapter, showing some quick everyday exercise routines to tighten and firm without spending money or expending an overt amount of energy. The Do It Yourself chapter has easy-peasy techniques on self-made dandruff treatments, simple lip glosses, ending with paragraph segments focusing on having a realistic self-image and following the 'prevention is the best medicine' train of thought.

Skin savings warns against the use of sun , great facial exercises, more homemade masks, and other various skin ailments. This was a top favorite for me, as some of the advice was quite different. Making up for less was also one of the best sections, giving advice on  self tanning techniques, shopping, bronzers and foundations, and makeup tricks. I did raise a question to myself on self-plumping the lips without collagen by applying a bit of cinnamon oil. It will plump the lips and give them slight color, but real cinnamon E.O. is very strong. After reading on herbalism, I've learned most essential oils should never be applied "neat' (that is, undiluted without a carrier oil) She doesn't instruct on putting it on, leaving the reader to assume to just apply it straight to the lips. I must caution against this as repeated use of an strong essential oil undiluted will eventually numb the area, irritate or burn it. Perhaps for that special night out on the town in a thick oil base would be alright.

Hair bargains follows, leaving the reader with a healthy amount of short tips. While brief, many are useful. I'm sure we've all heard of things like baking soda in the hair to remove excess oil when we haven't had time to shower, and sadly the rest of the hair tricks just aren't that revolutionary. It does end with some homemade tonics that stand out as much more impressive, such as Rhubard highlights and "Adult treatments" using alcohol.

Not shying away from living up to its claim of covering it all, the next chapter focuses on self-made treatments and advice regarding hands, nails, and manicures. It likely won't surprise you that the next chapter is on feet and pedicures then? Spa savings follows, being one of my favorites for nifty advice not seem elsewhere. The blackhead remover was one of my preferred, and one I've already tried. As follows:

Dissolve one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin in two tablespoons of milk over low heat. Let cool and apply to face. Leave on thirty minutes. As you peel off the mask, you'll peel off the blackheads.
Now, I did this but did it incorrectly... of course. Moron me did not dissolve the gelatin right (perhaps mine is old), and I wasn't able to leave it on for thirty minutes. Still it worked some doing it incorrectly, and I can see it would really help if a person with common sense does it the right way. :)

As I've mentioned already, this is a top five chapter of the book, going into more detail and being more beneficial. There are even oatmeal masks, which we've all seen, yet here she shows three different oatmeal masks to match all three skin types. This chapter, the longest, goes into everything from skin chafing and sunburn, to hair and cellulite. I wonder why she didn't just blend some of that into their respective chapters? Oh well, it was a delightful surprise to find the subjects continued.

The Model Savings was a fun chapter showing tricks certain models use, followed by a brief chapter on the same for celebrities. It even includes the beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer's beauty treatment recipe for her hair. How delightful :) Finally the book rounds off with shopping bargains - mainly to-not-do on clothes, drugstore versus discount stores, and saving money. Cheap chic focuses on slimming techniques for plus size women, Accessorizing for less discusses handbags, storing of makeup, and other small misc. tidbits that are always useful to know.

Dressing up for less is very brief and could have maybe been combined elsewhere, just showing some more simple clothes instructions, such as how to wear spaghetti straps. Fast fixes is more like the spa savings, with some advice I've seen before, and others that are surprisingly new and intriguing. I grinned at the advice on no time to touch up roots, then apply sidewalk chalk. Who knows, maybe work well? Finally,  there are some bargain travel secrets, such as beauty on the road, what not to bring, etc, etc.

For only 12 US dollars, this book is a sure pick-up for those into beauty secrets and eager to advance their look in a cheaper, more stylish way. Honest advice that sometimes is too common sense and overheard, mixed in with interesting segments that I'm anxious to try, the book isn't the end-all of beauty advice by far, but it's a book covering a wide variety of things in a short, chopped, easy to reference manner.