The Beauty Buyble [NOOK Book]


This attractive box includes The Beauty Buyble book and dozens of amazing product samples you won’t be able to wait to get your hands on! Indulge yourself--and find out what products work best for your hair, skin, and face!

Going to the cosmetic counter can be one of the most abusive experiences in a woman’s daily routing. Where else do you pay for the privilege of being told, “You need a new look”? The salesperson, who has no clue about what’s right for you, sells you $150 ...

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This attractive box includes The Beauty Buyble book and dozens of amazing product samples you won’t be able to wait to get your hands on! Indulge yourself--and find out what products work best for your hair, skin, and face!

Going to the cosmetic counter can be one of the most abusive experiences in a woman’s daily routing. Where else do you pay for the privilege of being told, “You need a new look”? The salesperson, who has no clue about what’s right for you, sells you $150 worth of makeup and skin care products you may not need or that may irritate your skin. How do you know which mascara truly lengthens, curls, or offers the blackest black? Which lipstick really does stay on all day without drying your lips?

The Beauty Buyble is a one-step reference to the year’s best beauty buys and products. It takes out the guesswork, making it easier for you to find the best hair care, makeup, skin care, and beauty tools available on the market. This helpful, accessible book lists product in the low-, middle-, and high-end price range so you can find the item that’s right for you and that will truly enhance your beauty. The clean, concise format helps you find just what you need -- and the authors offer advice from celebrity hair stylists, makeup artists, and real women to help you get the best out of your beauty purchases!

Includes tips and secrets from the top names in beauty!

Sally Hershberger, celebrity stylist and spokesperson for John Frieda
Oscar Blandi, celebrity stylist
Rebecca Restrepo, New York-based makeup artist
Mark Garrison, celebrity stylist
Katherine Hickland, owner and founder of Cat Cosmetics
Orlando Pita, celebrity stylist
Lorri Goddard-Clark, celebrity colorist
Dr. Dennis Gross, dermatologist in New York City
Carla Kay, Cloutier celebrity manicurist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061738753
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 785,779
  • File size: 612 KB

Meet the Author

Paula Conway is a nationally syndicated beauty writer and has contributed to Fashion Wire Daily, In Style, Living Fit, the New York Post, and the New York Times Style Section. For the past five years, Paula has been a reporter for the April issue of InStyle, their biggest beauty issue each year, and has conducted in-depth research on products and skin care lines. She lives in Westport, Conneticut, with her husband.

Maureen Regan, creator of the concept The Beauty Buyble, is the founder of The Regan Agency, a literary agency. She recently coauthored her first book, A Few Good Eggs, about her struggles with infertility, and spoke to Congress to campaign for better insurance coverage. Maureen has been a guest on Today, ABC’s Your Total Health, and FOX’s Dayside and has been featured in People, Town & Country, and New York. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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First Chapter

The Beauty Buyble

Chapter One


Hair is our crowning glory; it is the swirl at the top of the ice cream. It is the perch for our tiaras (and girls, who doesn't have her "princess tiara" tucked away in the back of the jewelry cabinet somewhere?), and tells everyone in an instant what kind of person you are. Few things reflect our personalities as clearly as hair, whether we are fun and frivolous, business-like and serious, or a real emotional mess (we all have those days from time to time). Nobody wants to be a flat, oily, messy frump—your hair needs proper care to keep you looking bouncy, stylish and carefree, yet in control.

Shampoos Selecting the right shampoo for your hair is like winning the Oscar. Your scalp will shout out "You like me, you really like me!" Without a good shampoo, your hair is just, well, poo. And nobody wants a head full of poo after all (our friends at Devachan will explain later in this chapter).

Eva Scrivo, Dove Hair Care Creative Consultant and New York City salon owner, offers the following tips on the subject of shampoo:

  • Select the proper shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.
  • For normal to oily hair, use a shampoo that thoroughly cleans the hair without stripping it. Brush normal to oily hair at least twice daily to distribute your hair's natural oils evenly along the hair shaft. Infrequent brushing can make your hair seem greasier than it really is, because oils stay deposited at your scalp.
  • Fine, thin hair needs products that give it volume.
  • Color-treated hair needs a shampoo andconditioner with a formula containing antioxidants and UV protectants to keep it from fading in the sun. Applying a styling product to finish your look also helps protect your hair from the sun and wind.
  • Dry, damaged hair can rear its ugly head. If you're having trouble combing through your hair after washing it, then you need a moisturizing conditioner to smooth the breakage. Eva also recommends applying a weekly deep conditioning treatment immediately after washing. Wrap hair in a towel and let it sit for about twenty minutes to give hair a smooth, shiny appearance.
  • Shampoo Quick Tip: Celebrity stylist Oscar Blandi, who creates stylish, sexy cuts for Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock, and Reese Witherspoon, says, "You should always shampoo with medium temperature water; not too hot, not too cold. It may take a bit longer to rinse, but harsh temperatures will stress your hair out. Rinse with cool water to lock the product under the cuticle."

Dry Hair Shampoos

Your hair and scalp are as dry as the Sahara and you don't have a clue what to do. The answer, my friend, isn't blowin' in the wind. No, ma'am. Dry hair needs body, reinforcement, and protection.

High Fresh Rice Shampoo ($24)

This shampoo gives super creamy lather a new definition—it's like a day spa for overworked, dry hair. Hair heaven is yours with this shampoo, oh, and the exotic Asian pear and persimmon are positively intoxicating scents for your head.

High Shampoo di Jasmine Smoothing Shampoo ($20)

This shampoo is ultragentle, moisture rich, and compatible for hair that is color-treated. The creamy texture contains avocado oil and nettle extract to add shine. This is a superb and highly recommended product for all hair types and is a savior for dry hair.

Medium bc bonacure moisture shampoo from Schwarzkopf Professional ($12.50)
Fine salons or (800) 707-9997
If you can cast your mind back to a time when a woman couldn't get a loan, wasn't allowed to wear trousers to work and panty hose (then called tights) were required, even in the summer, because the office had a strict dress code for women, then you can understand why bc bonacure shampoo is so important today. Back then it was Breck or Body on Tap, shampoo that just cleansed the hair, a very minimal result to coincide with very limited potential in the office. Today, there are greater demands placed on women in the workforce, and thus greater demands on shampoo. This shampoo's technology actively targets dry areas, strengthens hair, and selectively repairs damage only where needed. It is a fact that with bc bonacure's moisture shampoo, life is more beautiful and the possibilities are endless.

Low L'Oreal VIVE Shampoo Nutri-Moisture ($3.99)
Mass retailers or
Takeaway is fine, and reheating is no problem, but don't ask us to spend a fortune on shampoo when we can afford this one and the results are on par with anything above it. It has a cashmere touch at a fraction of the price!

The Authors' Pick for this category—and this was a very close one, as all three picks are superb products—the L'Oreal VIVE shampoo because it consistently performs as it says it will and for the price, it's unbeatable. Another good thing is that you can purchase this product anywhere, and who hasn't forgotten their shampoo on a trip and then had to live with less-than-perfect hair because they couldn't find the right shampoo?

Oily Hair Shampoos
It feels like a mop that has just swabbed a public restroom, the heavy oily strands just weigh you down. The right shampoo can make you feel clean again, and give your hair some beautiful bounce and lightness.

High Phytopanama Mild Shampoo ($20)
Fine salons or

On this sunny morning at the Canyon Ranch spa outside of Tucson, Arizona, I find myself stuck with an unusual dilemma: my hair is oily out here. As I plowed through another gallon of fruit-flavored water, an unsettling truth occurred to me. I haven't yet found the right shampoo for oily hair. We need to put our brains through some cardio, Maureen—help!

Paula: Don't fret. Upon receiving your e-mail I immediately gathered our hair panel for an impromptu conference call. It's unanimous. The Phytopanama is extremely mild, and this frequent-use shampoo contains 65 percent panama wood to cleanse, while respecting hair's natural moisture, which means it won't dry you out. I've sent two bottles overnight, express mail.

The Beauty Buyble. Copyright © by Paula Conway. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    I want 2008

    I stumbled into this last year... the best purchase I ever made. I like the brand comparison from department store to drugstore. Not to mention the oodles and oodles of samples...When does the next one come out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2007

    In love with the beauty buyble!!

    IF YOU ARE A GIRL WHO LOVES BEAUTY PRODUCTS, THIS BOOK IS PERFECT! First and foremost, the concept of testing and comparing various products several times over in order to find the best ones is brilliant! I was also impressed that the authors went a step further to obtain beauty tips from celebrity hair stylists, makeup artists, and real women. Receiving advice from the authors and the experts made the tips and secrets much more credible. I really enjoyed the way the book was written, as well. Precise, yet detailed, which made it very clear to understand. I love the way the products were labeled low, medium, or high according to their cost. Of course, the most genius part of the The Beauty Buyble was the numerous samples in the kit that had been mentioned throughout The Beauty Buyble. There were some awesome samples too!!--The bonacure premium hair conditioner, Yu-Be moisterizer, cat cosmetics eye AND lip liner, Freeze 24/7 lip plumper, vitabathe spa therapy shower gels, several DHC complexion products,and much more! This beauty book is the best one I've had, hands down. I hope there will be a Beauty Buyble for 2008...I'll be the first in line to purchase it. The beauty experts' and authors' recommendations/tips were brilliant, and so were the wonderful samples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007


    If you are a beauty girl you will love it. A neat treat!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007


    This book dazzles. The products it recommendeds are great and can be found at any drugstore, and the writing was snappy and engaging!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    Unbelievable Bargain

    This book is a girls best friend. First, there are all these amazing samples in the box, like the CAT Cosmetics eye and lip pencil (yes, both) and the Freeze lip plumper. Then, you have coupons and discounts and this book that tells you the best products in every price category with different price options. It is only $20 and less on book websites. It's A-MAZING. Oh, and I love the writing, so girl-talky!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    Neat Idea

    I purchased one for myself, 2 daughters and daughter-in-law for a fun Christmas gift. We all love samples. We plan on trying some of the recommended items. (If they fit our budget)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006


    I was excited about this book and the samples that came with it. I have thoroughly enjoyed Paula Begoun's cosmetic review books (_Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me_), and seeing as it's been a while since she's published an updated edition, I was hoping this book might fill in the gaps. As I've discovered, I was expecting too much. Perhaps Ms. Begoun has just set the bar pretty high because this book pales in comparison. At first glance, I found an immediate contradiction. At the bottom of page 39, Dr. Dennis Gross is quoted as saying, 'When using a moisturizer without a sunscreen, first apply the sunscreen, then the moisturizer.' On the very next page, the following question is posed to Dr. Doris Day: 'If you have a moisturizer you love but it does not have an SPF...what do you do? Use the one you love *and* put an SPF on top of that.' So, which one is it? br Quite honestly, though, I can overlook that goof, and any others like it that may be found in the book. However, I am repulsed by the profanity sprinkled throughout. One example, page 47: a good foundation is 'harder to find than a good man who is single, employed, straight, and not a total b*****d.' Not only do I find this type of language offensive, but highly unprofessional. br If this hadn't been a shrink-wrapped book set (seemingly to ensure the samples aren't tampered with), I would take it back for a full refund. Heck, I may try anyway!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    Products Hard To Find

    The book is a great idea, but the recommended products have been hard to locate, particularly the less expensive items.

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    Posted December 15, 2009

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