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Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me: A unique guide to skin care and makeup products from today's hottest brands - shop smarter and find products that really work!

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Read the book before believing the false negative reviews

I can't help but wonder if the bad reviews come from people in the advertising or cosmetic industries. First off, as much as Paula may have negative things to say, she backs up every word with scientific, documented research. She reads countless articles and journals wr...
I can't help but wonder if the bad reviews come from people in the advertising or cosmetic industries. First off, as much as Paula may have negative things to say, she backs up every word with scientific, documented research. She reads countless articles and journals written by scientists who study skin care concerns and products, and bases all of her work on that. She does not give just an opinion, but gives real knowledge. Most of the false advertising claims are garbage, not based on any documented research, and she is exposing that. Secondly, it's so convenient how you bash her for saying negative things about cosmetic companies, but you happen to leave out that she PRAISES thousands of their products as well. How many skincare companies do you know that take the time to recommend products from other companies? Even on her website where she sells her product line, she STILL talks about the newest products from other companies that she enjoys. She openly talks about the fact that she uses products from other lines on her own skin. Lastly, the only people who are most angry are those who work for cosmetic companies that make products with bogus claims that don't live up to their hype. Why don't you actually document and publish your 'research' so you can prove your products work? How arrogant to think that just because a company has a reputation, or simply because it charges a small fortune for its products, that it is exempt from criticsm and called out for the lies it feeds its consumers? Paula, march on.

posted by Anonymous on May 31, 2007

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

DO NOT BUY IN NOOK FORMAT!!!

I love the Cosmetics Cop books - very honest, well researched and useful information. I purchase every new edition. HOWEVER, I wish I'd bought the hard copy and not e-book. So far I am enjoying my Nook Color, but unfortunately this book did not format correctly. The sym...
I love the Cosmetics Cop books - very honest, well researched and useful information. I purchase every new edition. HOWEVER, I wish I'd bought the hard copy and not e-book. So far I am enjoying my Nook Color, but unfortunately this book did not format correctly. The symbols all came up as question marks. Also, you can't navigate to a specific brand and have to scroll through all the pages to find what you are looking for. I don't know if I can return a Nook book, but I'm certainly going to try.

posted by 5975866 on January 17, 2011

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    Very expensive!!

    I got this book on March of 2008 and some of the reviews were already out dated. With the industry putting new products on the counter almost every day it is very difficult to keep up with it. So in my opinion an easy solution would be to make more than one volume a year, this away it would cost less (let's hope) and it would be smaller!!
    Have anyone who owes this book actually try to go shopping caring it? That thing weights at least 3lbs!! If you anything like me, who loves to shop for different things at the same time and might get distract by another products that you may not be familiar with, it would make sense to have the book with you, but this thing is simply to big and heavy to carry around!
    Also, I thing Paula should have rated her products, because at the end of the day, she felt not problem in referring them to us!
    I have no problem on paying for the book, but I do have a problem with paying every year for the same info on an unpractical book!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    This book is informative to read.

    This book is useful in some way because it has most of the cosmetics listed. I don't think it useful because it overwhelming for an individual one actually has to looks really careful and when I said careful I mean flipping through each page. As far as organization it really hard to really know which is the best product because it listed by the best product to the worst but it listed from alphabet order of the of the cosmetic product. A lots of question in mind as far as bias. I was really look for the ingredient instant of opinion. To me this book just indicate the general description of the cosmetics of why the product is bad and why is good to use, but that just opinion. It doesn't really prove why is bad for like maybe compare the ingredient so that people would know. I feel it a waste of money buying this book when you can get most of the answer in her website and most of it is free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2009

    Confusing book

    The thing that I don't like about this book is that it can be very confusing. <BR/>Paula rated a lotion that I was interested poor ,then I searched on sephora. com and more than 1,200 people loved the same lotion that she rated low. Another thing that I REALLY DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS THE FACT THAT PAULA was BRAGGING ABOUT HER SKIN CARE LINE,( ALWAYS THE BEST PRODUCT IN EVERYTHING) I DON'T KNOW , THAT'S SOMETHING THAT REALLY bothered me, she kind of seems PHONY to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    More ad than good info

    I read this book and I think it would be better titled "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Unless It's Mine." What business genius! Write a book critcizing everyone in the business, for things as trivial as "I don't like blue or shiny eyeshadow" then out of "concern" develop and sell your own line that doesn't violate any of your personal peeves (which of course have been potrayed as major health issues.) One should read this book with great discernment and a grain of salt. Must read for cosmetic competitors who need to know how to combat the inuendo,false claims and ridiculous statements made about their product lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    It seems you either love her or just don't care

    Initially very interesting. Until I discovered that Paula sells her own brand of skincare products. Hmmmmmn. So; interesting and addictive reading but as with all fields of research, you must keep your own mind open and decide for yourself. Some products work for some people some of the time. Some products work for some people none of the time. Some products work for some people all of the time. You must decide and try for yourself.

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