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Some Christian women believe they must downplay their appearance in order to be godly, but looking your best doesn’t have to mean maintaining a supermodel image. Women can be creative with their appearance and enhance God’s gift of beauty without feeling guilty. Women face the world each day under pressure to look their best. How can they balance the desire to uncover and maintain God-given outer beauty with inner beauty arising from their faith? Beauty coach Shelly Ballestero helps women navigate pressure from ...
Some Christian women believe they must downplay their appearance in order to be godly, but looking your best doesn’t have to mean maintaining a supermodel image. Women can be creative with their appearance and enhance God’s gift of beauty without feeling guilty. Women face the world each day under pressure to look their best. How can they balance the desire to uncover and maintain God-given outer beauty with inner beauty arising from their faith? Beauty coach Shelly Ballestero helps women navigate pressure from the world to meet unrealistic standards of outer perfection and inspires them to discover the true beauty God designed in them, inside and out! Beauty by God offers the reader both spiritual principles to develop inner beauty and practical tips for caring for her God-given body. “Shelley helps women acknowledge the struggle that we all deal with inside outsides and she helps us see that true beauty is a combination of mind, body and spirit.” Kim Alexis. Supermodel
SHELLY BALLESTERO is an inspirational beauty coach, an esthetician/makeup artist and a beauty editor for Lifestyle magazine. She is a graduate of the prestigious International Academy and has taught students and teachers the art of makeup. Shelly also holds certifications as a nutritional consultant and a personal trainer, and is a graduate of one of the top makeup schools in the industry. Formerly an actress on One Life to Live, also serves as a makeup expert for Jane Iredale cosmetics. She is married to Dove Award winning musician, Angelo Ballestero, and is the mother of two sons.
Foreword Kim Alexis 7
Introduction: Broken Made Beautiful 9
1 God's View of Beauty and Balance 15
2 Get Glowing, Gorgeous and Green 35
3 Beauty 101: Skincare 59
4 Face Forward: Steps to a Flawless Face 81
5 Haute, Healthy Hair 97
6 The Devil's Top-10 Ingredients 113
7 The Pampered Pantry 127
8 Clothing Essentials for Potential 139
9 Luxury Living for Less 163
10 Scents and Sensibilities 179
11 Alleviate Stinkin' Thinkin' 189
12 Jealousy: Beauty Turned Beast 211
13 Discover Your Passion Pathway 225
14 Bonus: Helping Your Man Look Grand 243
Beauty by God Resources 253
Posted May 23, 2009
Shelly Ballestero, former beauty editor for Lifestyle magazine and beauty expert for CBN.com, offers fresh insight and encouragement to women of all ages who want to look their best. While showing us how to focus first and foremost on our inner beauty and see ourselves the way God sees us, Shelly also offers savvy secrets and tips on how to make the most of our outer appearance.
By exposing the lies and motives of the media, Shelly motivates women to believe in themselves and appreciate their unique, God-created beauty. In Chapter Eleven, Alleviate Stinkin' Thinkin', Shelly teaches her readers to change their thoughts and attitudes towards themselves and change their thinking to reflect God's thoughts about beauty.
Encouraging scriptures referencing beauty are sprinkled throughout the book along with tips on healthy hair, how to live luxuriously for less, expert eyebrow techniques, and steps to a flawless face. Shelly also details for us the differences in foundations, the history of lipstick, tips on looking younger and knowing your body shape. One of my favorite chapters was The Pampered Pantry which offers beauty treatments with natural ingredients. Most interesting was the "pick me up" facial using coffee grounds, which I promptly tried myself!
For those who are looking to go "green", there is plenty of information on organic and all natural foods, supplements and makeup in this book as well. Shelly also tells us the ingredients in cosmetics that are making us sick, and gives us a Top Ten list of things to stay away from.
Included in this book are several quotes and interviews by Nicole C. Mullen, Kim Alexis, Lisa Bevere, Tammy Trent, Anita Renfroe and more.
In Chapter Eight, Clothing Essentials for Potential, readers are encouraged to do their homework and know their body type in order to choose clothes that flatter their shape. According to the author, you don't have to lose your style; you just have to make it work for you. In this chapter readers will also find tips on knowing which colors work for them and how to shop for clothes that fit properly.
Shelly addresses the hot topic of modesty and quotes Danielle Kimmey, former member of Out of Eden who says "our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, and they need to be protected.....when the sexy comes into your wardrobe, you've gone too far...we have a responsibility to ourselves." Shelly includes some guidelines which readers can use to see if various articles of clothing pass the modesty "test".
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in fashion and health, and for those who want biblical balance as well as natural beauty.
Posted March 26, 2009
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