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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    a must if you buy makeup and skin care stuff

    excellent updated overview of her previous tomes. I have two teen girls and between the three of us we all have different needs and preferences, all addressed here in clear, crisp prose. she offers rationale for her positions, not hyperbole. her suggested steps for various types of skincare issues are esp. good. an excellent author at the top of her game. happy to buy this book. I waste less money on products, get more for my money when making purchases and take better care of my skin thanks to Paula B.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

    Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me

    The information Paula Begoun provides in the book about skin care and cosmetic products is priceless! She has researched the products, their ingredients, and the effects they have on skin appearance and health; I doubt I'll ever use another product on my face without the help of this book. The skin care/cosmetics aisles will no longer intimidate me; thank you, Paula!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2004

    Great tips and info, but are ratings really accurate and fair?

    I love this book since it is chock full of cosmetic information, such as ingredients and their pros vs cons. Lots of tips, and the list of companies that do, do not and ? animal testing is great info to have when shopping. I do however question the product rating system that's in place with the smiley's and such. I don't agree with some of the ratings, but overall, this is an awesome book and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2003

    overall a good guide

    this is an overall good book. although at times it seem too criticizing, and you will find some very ironic and conflicting arguments. according to paula, this is what it all comes down to : most expensive products are not worth it, some inexpensive ones work very well but some are also ineffective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    I Recommend This Book!

    This book is very informative on all the different beauty products out there. 9 out of 10 companies hype up their products, and in the end, most of them don't do what they promise! It's good to know which $3.99 products are just as good as the $65.00 ones. I have extremely sensitive skin and mild rosacea, and every pick Paula lists has worked perfectly for me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    Changed a beauty junkie's views of the beauty industry

    I got this book recently and I couldn't put it down. It totally changed my views of the beauty industry in general. I admit I am a beauty product junkie, and am always trying to find the best product. It made me mad that so many products are out there, but only a handful of them will do any good. I tried some of the products she recommended and my face hasn't been this clear in a long time. However, the author is almost too opinionated on her ideas of 'shiny' makeup, which I know many people with unwrinkly faces like. All in all, this book is worth it if you want to save some money and help out your complexion.

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    Posted August 10, 2009

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