Thanks to this book, I was able to find economical products at the drug store which make my wrinkles go away. That alone is worth the price!
You might be tempted to just look up the best product in any category and go with it. But I'd encourage taking time with this book. There are too many well-rated products to simply use it as a source for quick lookups. For example, if you are looking for a lipstick guaranteed not to feather, it's best to read through all the lipstick reviews to find those that are exceptional for THAT quality.
You might disagree with these reviews too, and this is another reason to read why something is rated well or not. For example, foundations lacking sunscreen are graded down in this book. I don't like sunscreen in my foundation, so I would ignore a bad rating in that case.
Thanks to this book I was able to advise my husband to stop using alcohol based aftershave, and lavender-scented anything, both of which have been scientifically proven to be bad for skin.
Finally, for mature ladies, I recommend another book in conjunction with this one: "Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45" by Christopher Hopkins. First use Paula's book as a consumer guide to select the kind of products. Then use Hopkins' book for advice about aesthetic choices that work best for older women. The two books cover different topic areas for sure, but the complement each other quite well.
Followup, January 2015:
It's been a couple of years and I still consult this book on a regular basis. Recently I was almost pulled in by a magazine ad for a neck firming cream, costing about $150 per jar. Paula's book revealed the only "firming" ingredient appeared to be egg white!
- Paperback: 1110 pages
- Publisher: Beginning Pr; 9 edition (16 October 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1877988359
- ISBN-13: 978-1877988356
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)