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25 03, 2011

Review: Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey

By | March 25th, 2011|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

As a child, my big curls were brushed and bushy. When I got to junior high, my big curls became tight curls and I had to learn how to take care of them on my own. There was a lot of experimenting going on! My father was especially helpful: “You keep messing with it and it will all fall out!” Eventually, I became a cosmetologist myself, and vowed that my curly kids would have a momma who knew how to take care of their hair! A curly husband and five curly kids later, we are doing pretty well. Yet, Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey was still able to give me even more great tips and suggestions for the care and keeping of our curls.

Overall, Massey does a great job explaining why curls are

12 01, 2011

Review: Beauty Rules by Bobbi Brown

By | January 12th, 2011|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, For the Glamour Girl, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Wendy Fitos

Makeup Artist Bobbi Brown’s 6th book, Beauty Rules: Fabulous Looks, Beauty Essentials, and Life Lessons, begins with Brown sharing her experiences from her teens and twenties; these experiences motivated her to write the book. She remembers her awkwardness through the years and how that awkwardness helped her grow and inspired her to become a makeup artist.

Beauty Rules touches on all areas of beauty including skincare, makeup, diet and nutrition, hygiene and exercise. Although Brown’s areas of expertise are makeup and skincare, she enriches the book by bringing experts to discuss the other aspects of the book to enhance the knowledge she is sharing.

The book reaches a diverse audience as she covers looks for women of all ethnicities, which is a specialty she achieved through her makeup line several years ago. She also

20 12, 2010

Review: Beautiful Skin Revealed by Dr. Paul Friedman, Dr. Joy Kunishige and Dr. Kristel Polder

By | December 20th, 2010|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

When I received Beautiful Skin Revealed, I was expecting a typical guide to good skin care: stick to a regular regimen, stay out of the sun, use SPF, etc. However, this book, penned by three doctors, offers a refreshingly different format that pairs difficult skin care conditions with specific cosmetic procedures.

Beautiful Skin Revealed is divided into 12 chapters that cover a single skin problem or a group of related problems. Topics covered include acne scars, birthmarks, rosacea, spider veins, stretch marks, wrinkles, and so on. Each chapter features a real-life case of one of Dr. Friedman’s patients who was treated with laser or light-based technology. The skin conditions and the treatments used are well explained and give the readers an idea of pricing, down time, and the level of discomfort possible. The before and

31 08, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder and Susan Campos

By | August 31st, 2010|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, For the Glamour Girl, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , , , , |201 Comments


Reviewed by Abby A.

Babushka’s Beauty Secrets: Old World Tips for a Glamorous New You by Raisa Ruder and Susan Campos was a great read, in every single way, and I haven’t even gone into the details yet.

Raisa Ruder provides us with all the secrets her Ukranian grandmother shared with her at a young age. These secrets brought me down a road of nostalgia very quickly and back to a time when I would watch my grandmother improvise curls by tying up my cousins’ hair with paper towels. That was the only way she had learned and figured it worked ten times better than the curling irons and manufactured rollers of today. If you’re looking for a natural way to stay beautiful, this book is perfect for you.

Saving money is a given as it provides recipes for everything

20 02, 2010

Beauty: Brow Tips

By | February 20th, 2010|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Etc., Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: |1 Comment


I love writing and talking about books (if you haven’t noticed), but I thought I’d take a post and discuss something that is off topic for Luxury Reading. I hope to continue doing “off topic” posts at least a few times month to bring some variety to the usual topics of discussion.

EPM_3925Wendy Fitos is a great make-up artist and I was fortunate enough to find her for my wedding back in September. She did a beautiful job on the entire bridal party – guys included! I’d like to share a short article she wrote on brow tips.

Guest post by Wendy Fitos

It is true – eyebrows can make or break a look. When shaped and filled in correctly, you can look 10 years younger or more sophisticated and polished. Here are a couple of my favorite tips:

When filling in the