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!

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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by Paula Begoun, Bryan Barron
     
 

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This book helps women find products that make them look great without spending a fortune. From drugstores and home shopping to department stores and catalogs, Paula Begoun and her team review the hottest skin-care and makeup products major cosmetic and skin-care lines. Regardless of the price tags, there are good and bad products in almost every line and with the

Overview

This book helps women find products that make them look great without spending a fortune. From drugstores and home shopping to department stores and catalogs, Paula Begoun and her team review the hottest skin-care and makeup products major cosmetic and skin-care lines. Regardless of the price tags, there are good and bad products in almost every line and with the turn of a page, readers can get concise reviews and fast answers in this completely revised edition. A user-friendly rating system makes it easy to find items worth trying. Paula also includes skin care basics and tips on which ingredients to look for so you get the results you want.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781877988356
Publisher:
Beginning Press
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Edition description:
Ninth Edition
Pages:
950
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Paula Begoun is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop for her role as a consumer advocate and investigative researcher on skin care and makeup. From an early age, Paula struggled with skin issues including acne and debilitating bouts of eczema. Frustrated by the ineffective treatments and products at the cosmetic counters and from dermatologists, Paula started examining the scientific research herself. Soon, she solved her skin problems by following published research on how skin works and which cosmetic ingredients really work. Determined to help others find the best products for their skin, Paula has written 19 books on cosmetics and is one of the best-selling beauty authors of all time. Her books Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal, Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, and The Original Beauty Bible have helped women all over the world take the best possible care of their skin, while exposing what the cosmetics industry doesn’t want you to know. In 1995, Paula launched Paula’s Choice which offers skin-care solutions for everything from acne to wrinkles. With a devoted international following due to the quality of her products, Paula’s Choice is sold in 52 countries.

Always up for the latest Broadway show or Bollywood film (accompanied by a well-chilled martini) Paula lives in Seattle surrounded by her family and dogs.

Bryan Barron has been working closely with Paula for 12 years. He spent many years working for various cosmetic lines in the retail sector, as a makeup artist, educator, and manager. His first project with Paula was the fifth edition of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. Since then, he has played an integral role in subsequent editions of that book along with The Beauty Bible. Bryan also served as co-writer and editor of Paula’s former newsletter Cosmetics Counter Update. He currently manages and writes content for the Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Web sites and continues to evaluate the latest research with Paula and the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

A Michigan native, Bryan has lived in the Seattle area long enough to consider the Northwest home. Along with his husband Ben, he is a doting “Dad” to three Pomeranians, one of whom routinely accompanies him to the office.

Desiree Stordahl is an ongoing contributor to articles concerning skin care and makeup at CosmeticsCop.com and has been trained under the personal guidance of Paula. Her writing flows from her passion for researching the cosmetics industry combined with her desire to help people find the best products for their skin. As part of the Paula’s Choice Research Team, Stordahl’s role includes evaluating cosmetic ingredients, investigating the physiological effects of skin-care products, and writing product reviews. She also travels around the world with Paula as a brand ambassador for Paula’s Choice, educating consumers near and far about skin care.

Stordahl was born and raised in Zillah, Washington and now calls the Seattle area home. She enjoys planning trips with her husband Jason, doing makeovers, and testing out her cooking skills on anyone who is willing to try her meals.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
FINALLY THE TRUTH ABOUT SKIN CARE PRODUCTS AND INGREDIENTS!!! Everything and anything you could possibly want to know about every brand you can think of and every ingredient. Check out her website at cosmeticcop.com. She is the real thing and only gives scientific evidence regarding products. She does have her own small line but does not push it and barely even mentions it which obviously tells you she truly cares about the truth and getting the public educated and not to waste their money on scams. If people don't know cosmetics and skin-care is not FDA regulated and they can tell you that an item is packed with vitamin C and it actually won't have any vitamin C in it at all. Or they can claim their lotion is for very dry skin and the main ingredient will be alcohol which is the most drying and irritating ingredient of all times. If you want the truth, Paula will give you the truth!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have read any of the books Paula wrote before this one, you would know that Paula told the truth about cosmetics before she had a line of her own. I think this book is great, as are all of her books!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paula tells it like is when so many cosmetics companies don't. She profiles a ton of different companies (including some I have never heard of) in a manner that I feel is fair. She is also pretty funny and scathing at times. When you consider the billions of dollars that women (myself included) spend on products that make a lot of claims - the industry needs to be taken down a notch or two. She discusses the claims that each makeup product or line makes, the appropriate skin care products for your skin type, products to avoid, ingredients in products, and company responses to her finished work and requests for information. Well done - Thanks.
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loved the info
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Itsfavor2 More than 1 year ago
Great book I always look up what makeup to buy now for my skin using this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all u haters. Think about how long and hard she works for every edition! I mean if shes a phony why would she be making a thousand page book if she was just promoting her line? Which btw lives up to all their claims and has actaully very good skincare line so think about all those things she has to review and wear and judge and evaluate every fudging year. The information is crucial and amazing and true. She definetily does her homework and probably saved me from spending billions on antiwrinkle creams and that even though im still young to wear sunscreen everyday.
gbb More than 1 year ago
This author is very detailed in the products that she does not recommend, but what about the good products? Instead of listing all the bad products and wasting my time, she should have just put the effective products instead. Very annoying and preachy
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joanne60FL More than 1 year ago
I thought it was very educational. I really learned by reading this. I will save a ton of money in the future due to this book. thank you!
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