Kiss and ‘Makeup’

While shopping at Costco last month, this weighty book caught my mascara-ed eye:

I flipped through the book–it’s huge and comprehensive–but couldn’t warm to the idea of parting with almost $30 for it.  Serendipitously, I came across the book the very next day at my library.

I positively adore makeup and the magic it can work on my face.  I buy cosmetics by the truckload–drugstore mascara, department store blush, specialty store lipstick.  Sephora is a wonderland to me; I own one of their makeup cases and it’s filled to brimming.

Just like mine! Sephora Train Case

But here’s the irony: Despite my arsenal of beauty products, I rarely wear a full face of makeup.  Most days I just moisturize and wear concealer under my eyes, a hint of neutral eye shadow,  a swipe of  brown mascara, a touch of blush, and tinted chapstick.

But back to the book.  Begoun is nothing short of thorough in her research and presentation.  This book, the 8th Edition, is easy to use and offers great buys at drug stores, department stores, and specialty stores.  Begoun also dispels many beauty myths–including this one that I’ve been (literally) buying into for years:

Eye moisturizers are virtually no different from face moisturizers; they just have different packaging and price tags!

Begoun’s information is also available on her website, Beautypedia, but there is a membership fee to join.  On the plus side, it’s more current than a book ever could be.

Don’t Go To the Cosmetics Counter Without Me is a great reference tool, and I picked up some valuable information.


  • At 2010.06.04 10:39, Meg said:

    Sounds useful, but you’re right: I couldn’t shell out $30 for a book like that!

    I never leave the house without makeup — heck, I never really leave my room in the morning without makeup. I don’t wear a ton but, like you, have the requisite concealer/mascara/lip gloss combo. I add in my dark brown eyeliner, too. Without my eyeliner, I literally don’t look like me. (That’s what everyone tells me, too. Eek.)
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Book review: ‘Life After Yes’ by Aidan Donnelley Rowley =-.

    • At 2010.06.06 16:24, Unapologetically Mundane said:

      Oh, weird, I thought I was the only one who literally looks like an entirely different person without eyeliner. I tried going without it a few days last week, actually, just to try to train myself to think differently, but every time I looked in the mirror at work, I freaked myself out; I look like a BABY.
      .-= Unapologetically Mundane´s last blog ..The Case for Gagging Subway Passengers =-.

    • At 2010.06.04 11:47, dw said:

      i probably need to pick up that book or at least a book that teaches me how to use make up.
      i’ve never learned how to use makeup (and the thought of sticking something close to my eye freaks me out), so i usually leave the house without it. although i do have to admit makeup makes a huge difference. the few times i had friends put makeup on me i couldn’t even recognize myself.
      .-= dw´s last blog ..Review: Bitter is the New Black =-.

      • At 2010.06.04 12:24, Rambleicious said:

        I wonder what she says about Clinique stuff – that’s what I use. I will have to flip through this in my local Chapters!

        Good to know about eye moisturizer too – those scam artists!
        .-= Rambleicious´s last blog ..I can now face the day =-.

        • At 2010.06.05 01:00, Kathleen said:

          This sounds like an indispensable reference to all of the makeup junkies like me. I’ve gotten much better about collecting so much stuff but have to confess to owning one of the Sephora trunk cases also!
          .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Commentary: Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg =-.

          • At 2010.06.06 00:24, Lahni said:

            She also has her own line of skin care products and makeup. I LOVE her skin care stuff. I’ve been using it for a few years now and my skin has never been better. Also, she has a LOT of information available for free on her website:
            I’m not sure what you pay to access on the other site but she has really extensive product reviews on this site.
            .-= Lahni´s last blog ..Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel =-.

            • At 2010.06.06 09:39, bybee said:

              I suspected that about the eye moisturizer!
              .-= bybee´s last blog ..May 2010 Reviews =-.

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