Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me

Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me

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by Paula Begoun
     
 

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From Avon to Yves St. Laurent, Begoun's product-by-product reviews reveal the truth behind cosmetic companies' hype and hyperbole. New to this edition is a purse-size removable workbook so readers can take notes on specific products they want to try. This fourth edition reviews more than 10,000 products from 125 different cosmetics lines, with a new section on…  See more details below

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From Avon to Yves St. Laurent, Begoun's product-by-product reviews reveal the truth behind cosmetic companies' hype and hyperbole. New to this edition is a purse-size removable workbook so readers can take notes on specific products they want to try. This fourth edition reviews more than 10,000 products from 125 different cosmetics lines, with a new section on anti-aging products.

Editorial Reviews

Miami Herald
Paula is nationally recognized as an authority on the subject of cosmetics for her objective product appraisals and her role as a consumer advocate. She takes the cosmetics companies to task for their puffed-up claims and misleading information.
San Francisco Chronicle
Her straight talk about what cosmetics can and can't do has penetrated the blare of magazine and advertising hype.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781877988325
Publisher:
Beginning Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
1100
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
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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