Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Book Review: "Beauty: The New Basics" by Rona Berg

It took me awhile to read this book, not through any fault of the author.  It is a comprehensive book, covering every aspect of beauty and maintenance. At the end of each section, there's a Beauty Time Line for the area of the body covered in that segment.  It's separated into three sections:  The face, the hair and the body.  The section on the face includes an introduction to basic skincare including ingredients, FDA regulations and how to read labels; skincare, including exfoliation, cleansers, and moisturizers; facials; aging; skin problems; and makeup, including tools and accessories.  The section on the hair covers haircare, hair color and haircuts and styles.  The last section, The Body, covers bath and body, hands and feet, and the spa experience.

This book is packed full of information and it's presented in a down-to-earth, witty, conversational tone that readily engages the reader.  She covers every possible aspect of beauty care and maintenance, and in addition to giving product and brand recommendations, she gives recipes that you can create at home, for an at-home beauty treatment.  She tells you when it's best to spend money on a product, treatment or service, or when you can limit your spending.  She also tells you which products, treatments or services you can do on the cheap or at home, thus saving money.  She also covers cosmetic surgery.  She has a glossary, a list of appendices and an index at the end of the book.  In the appendix, she gives lists of resources for spas and salons in different cities in the U.S. and Canada as well as London and Paris.  She has a comprehensive bibliography for recommended reading.  And she has something that endears any author to me, a list of people she wanted to thank for their help, guidance and inspiration in producing the book.

Highly recommended reading.