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10 08, 2015

Review: Natural to Knockout by Carol Brown

By | August 10th, 2015|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: |4 Comments


natural to knockout book coverReviewed by Wendy Fitos

Carol Brown is an Emmy Award winning makeup artist and her book, Natural to Knockout, proves that she deserves the award. After reading her introduction, the study that she puts into creating her looks is so advanced from the makeup artists being featured currently as celebrity artists that I couldn’t wait to delve into her techniques. I wasn’t disappointed. She takes each feature on the face and discusses how to enhance the feature if it is a favorite or how to minimize the feature if it isn’t the most flattering to the face. She studied physiognomy, also known as face reading, which is the art of using the features of one’s face to learn about their character. She uses this knowledge to create

4 12, 2014

Review: Coconut 24/7 by Pat Crocker

By | December 4th, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , |3 Comments


coconut 24/7 book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

For those who love to cook and try new things, Coconut 24/7 by Pat Crocker is an excellent cookbook full of tasty and unique food, drink and skincare concoctions. Included are over 100 recipes which all use at least one coconut-based ingredient. Focusing on the health benefits of coconut, the author does an excellent job of describing all the different coconut derived products available and the advantage (or disadvantages) of each one.

Over the last few years, our family has switched over to coconut oil as one of our main cooking fats, but I really enjoyed learning about the health benefits of other coconut ingredients. Besides coconut meat, she discusses coconut water, oil, cream, vinegar, sugar, nectar, milk, flour and more. Many of her recipes have a distinctly Polynesian flair, but I so appreciated that most of

11 09, 2014

Review: 10-Minute Makeup by Boris Entrup

By | September 11th, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, For the Glamour Girl, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , |2 Comments


51CniB4KIRL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

10-Minute Makeup is a fun, bright and easy-to-follow how-to for any makeup lover. The tutorials are well-written and understandable; even without a full arsenal of makeup brushes, expensive products, or an advanced skill set, anyone can easily replicate the looks. I was surprised to find that many—if not all—of the looks contained items that I already owned. If I did not have the particular color or item listed, I could quickly determine another color or product that would work in place.

Author Boris Entrup is a professional makeup artist, and his love of the art is clear. He is passionate about his career and also seems to see makeup as an art form, which is evident from the collection of fifty different looks and stunning images in 10-Minute Makeup. There really is something for everyone in these

2 09, 2014

Review: The 5-Minute Facial Workout by Catherine Pez

By | September 2nd, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: |4 Comments


Final5MinuteFacialWorkoutCoverReviewed by Meghan Hyden

When my sister and I were younger, we always played around with beauty items my mom had in her bathroom. We didn’t need ‘em, but it was fun to play with them and try them out. As we got older, we were lucky enough to not have the problems that our friends complained about – blame it on good genes and the experimenting we did when we were younger. We learned in our early 20s that the preemptive strike was the way to go, so when I saw The 5-Minute Facial Workout on the list of review books that Luxury Reading was offering, I had to pick it up. I mean, what could it hurt, right?

When the book came in the mail, I opened it right away and was highly impressed: beautiful pictures, concise writing, great information

20 06, 2014

Review: TimelessYou Siminar: Changing Perceptions by Deepak Chopra, MD

By | June 20th, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Etc., Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Self-Help|Tags: , , |1 Comment


What if you could change the way your body ages without surgery or medication? What if you could actually make yourself younger?


Dr. Deepak Chopra has facilitated a series of Siminars called TimelessYou in conjunction with Grandparents.com. These five courses, available for $29.99, are designed to help users adapt the way they think about their body, time, and the aging process, and to apply new understanding to developing the mind, body, and relationships to stay healthy and vibrant long into “old age”.

There are six courses that each take approximately an hour to complete and tackle the individual components of embracing the timeless self:

  • Changing Perceptions
  • A Youthful Mind
  • Healthy Relationships
  • The Mind-Body Connection
  • Mindful Eating
  • Joyful Exercise

This review covers the first course, “Changing Perceptions”.

Though it may seem like a large chunk of time, 85 minutes moves quickly in the “Changing Perceptions” Siminar. The course

13 01, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

By | January 13th, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , |43 Comments


Organic BeautyPlease welcome Rebecca Park Totilo, author of Organic Beauty With Essential Oil, as she tours the blogosphere with Premier Virtual Author Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book below – open internationally (eBooks only for international winners).

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Women everywhere want beauty tips at affordable prices, and what better way to enhance your own personal beauty than to make your own beauty products at home? This book provides instructions for making your own soaps, your own bath mixes and other routine beauty products. After reading this book, the reader will never want to spend $9 on a homemade soap again at a specialty market, especially after seeing how easy it is to scent and make your own at home. According to Titilo, there are two prime benefits to a home based regimen. The

14 02, 2012

Review: Style Me Vintage: Make-Up by Katie Reynolds

By | February 14th, 2012|Categories: Arts & Literature, Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Wendy Fitos

Style Me Vintage: Make Up by Katie Reynolds is the second book in the Style Me Vintage series and covers makeup looks from each decade starting with the 1920’s. The book is targeted for makeup artists as well as women looking to create a look for a party, so the application techniques are very clear and concise.

Many of the looks featured in this colorful book can be easily worn today by slightly changing up the colors and refining the technique if the look needs to be professional. The Marlene Dietrich look from the 1930’s is very classic and would work great for either the office or a cocktail party. The Audrey Hepburn look from the 1960’s can be seen today in many style and fashion magazines. What is refreshing about Reynolds’ technique is that it isn’t picture perfect

31 01, 2012

Review: Express Makeup by Rae Morris

By | January 31st, 2012|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Wendy Fitos

Rae Morris’ third book, Express Makeup, continues to showcase her talent and creativity in the beauty world. Morris hails from Australia where she became an “accidental” makeup artist when she had to assist on a photo shoot with supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Express Makeup is filled with simple and easy tips that can help any woman look beautiful. The first section of the book covers specific makeup products and how to use them properly, while the second section includes numerous finished looks that can be easily recreated.

Here are just a few tips that I found very helpful:

  • Highlighting

Never use white or silver greys to highlight your skin. Only use these colors for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes.

  • Achieving a Glow to the Skin

For youthful, wrinkle-free skin, you can use luminizer all over the face by adding a few

5 08, 2011

Review: What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life by Kim Jonhson Gross

By | August 5th, 2011|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, For the Glamour Girl, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , |11 Comments


Reviewed by Carly Lane

For a lot of people, the idea of being “fashionable” is rather intangible. It’s this nice thing that you might try every now and then, but truly fashionable people seem to live in far off places, drinking martinis and lounging around on the decks of their yachts. I, for one, read the occasional Vogue magazine and get from cover to cover without seeing a single thing that I could incorporate into my everyday suburban life. It’s all just a lot of pretty pictures.

So, you can imagine how delighted I was to find out that What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life: Ageless Secrets of Style by Kim Johnson Gross is actually a fashion guide for the rest of us. The book gives loads of practical tips, such as how to dress for your height and

28 05, 2011

Review: 101 Glam Girl Ways to an Ultra Chic Lifestyle by Dawn Del Russo

By | May 28th, 2011|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

101 Glam Girl Ways to an Ultra Chic Lifestyle is as indispensible as every woman’s little black dress. This book packs a punch in a palm-ful (at just over one hundred pages), and can be easily read in a few minutes. Each tip is carefully highlighted with colorful illustrations and fun sayings, which offer reminders on how to become glamorous.

I imagine that the author and illustrator had the idea to remind all women that easy glamour is well within their reach. This is true on every level, although our stressful lives certainly don’t help our cause! It is difficult to remain beautiful while also keeping up with our harried schedules. Although the tips offered in the book are deceptively simple, I did feel that they were all useful reminders on ways to enrich and refresh my