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Subject: BLUE EYESHADOW SHOULD BE ILLEGAL
Date Posted: 9/1/2007 8:07 PM ET
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Yes this is the name of a book.  It's a beautifully different makeup manual by Paula Begoun..It was published in 1985 and check out her 80ish hairstyle on the front cover.  When I ordered the book, I thought it was chick lit.  Well, not really.  It's a book that she recommends you read before you buy another lipstick, eyeshadow, or skin care product.  The author gives you inexpensive substitutes for these products and hints on how do use cosmetics.

Did you know hydrogen peroxide can replace astringent?  How milk of magnesia can be used to treat acne?

Find out this information and more in this book.  It's listed on my bookshelf.  It can be a useful book for you or maybe just an entertaining book.  Check it out!

Date Posted: 9/1/2007 9:16 PM ET
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Paula Begoun is the "Cosmetics Cop."  She's done a lot of research into what goes into beauty products.  Her website can be very helpful, too.  I've read a couple of her books, and they're very informative (and funny!).

Date Posted: 9/1/2007 9:40 PM ET
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Yes, it was kind of funny to read...........just because it is an older book and reminded me of earlier days..........:0)

Date Posted: 9/2/2007 7:43 PM ET
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LOL, I had that and read it religiously, although her makeup tips are geared toward her coloring. 

Some of her ideas are great, some not so much.  I haven't kept up with her but my coworker and I had a lot of fun at work trying out new makeup, etc.  It's really worth it to try to find the right foundation, etc.

I do think some makeup is grossly overpriced but sometimes it can be worth it.  I never found a drugstore eye shadow that worked well, except as a liner and that was some really cheap kind that they discontinued, I think.

I suppose there are newer makeup books, but Kevyn Aucoin's Making Faces is great.  I also had Bobbi Brown's book but it didn't work well with my coloring.  I sold it on eBay and I could be wrong but I had reason to believe that a cross-dresser or tranny bought it..  If so, I'd have recommended Kevyn's book instead.

Date Posted: 9/3/2007 12:41 AM ET
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I've never used peroxide as an astringent, but I do use witch hazel. So much cheaper than all the fancy brands.

Date Posted: 9/3/2007 1:26 AM ET
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I use witch hazel with rose petal, smells yummy and is supposed to help rosacea . Not heard of peroxide, cool.

Date Posted: 9/3/2007 9:04 AM ET
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Maybe this would be a good book for someone just entering the cosmetics world?  I wonder what today's teenagers would think about it?

Date Posted: 9/3/2007 11:18 AM ET
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Speaking of blue eyeshadow - I used to wear it all the time (I'm a fair skinned blue eyed blonde.)   When my older DD was a teenager she was always trying to get me out of the blue eyeshadow but I resisted.  So she trained her cat to throw my makeup into the toilet!  Really!  See, our bathroom at the time had this modesty wall between the toilet & sink and I would usully leave my makeup tray on top of it.  One Saturday everyone in the family went out on various errands and the only living creature in the house all morning was Goofball, DD's cat.  Well I got home first and found my makeup tray floating in the toilet.  So I had to go out and buy all new cosmetics, and DD insisted on coming with to approve my color choices.  It did get me out of the blue eyeshadow rut - I still cringe when I come across an old photo of myself especially with the metallic creme blue style eyeshadow.  And to this day DD insists that yes she did train the cat to knock my makeup tray into the toilet.  Cats can be so clever when you're not watching them!

Date Posted: 9/3/2007 11:19 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/4/2007 1:31 AM ET
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As far as teens, I think a good makeup book would be better. 

I'm not up on them, but the Bobbie Brown one was good and perhaps it still is.  If not, perhaps there are suggestions on Amazon for a beter alternative. 

To be fair, there's blue eyeshadow and there's blue eyeshadow :)  I had a blue-gray one from Clinique that I used almost all the way down.  It wasn't glittery or iridescent - just a soft, subtle matte shade. 

Date Posted: 9/4/2007 2:52 AM ET
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I used to be a huge fan of Paula Begoun! I signed up for her newsletters as well. I seemed to have lost interest though but she was a great "consumers reports" person for makeup. I think she came out with her own line of makeup.

jody  CR The Last Town on Earth

Date Posted: 9/4/2007 7:33 AM ET
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Jody,

Your story sounds like the same thing I did.  She came out with her own lines of cleansers and cosmetics.  I bought a couple of things (no makeup) but I never reordered.  They weren't anything special - maybe they worked better for others. 

She did have some good tips though.  I still use Cetaphil for washing for my face.  I think I found Stila eyeshadows through her book and I still use those too. 

As far as the teen and makeup.  If a teen enjoys makeup, Kevyn Aucoin's book is great because you can "play" with it.  I suppose I shouldn't admit this, lol, but I spent my 50th birthday following his directions for the "smoky eye".  I thought it would look like he** but it really didn't look so bad considering my age.  i also learned that trying to duplicate the look by just doing it halfway left me looking like a zombie, but that wasn't until another day.

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 7:58 AM ET
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I use hydorgen peroxide and milk of magnesia....I saw on The Home Show years ago that these two things easily replace the expensive crap from the department store!