The last few weeks I’ve been flipping through Beauty by Lauren Conrad. I’ve just kept it on my coffee table and picked it up here and there. I had a bunch of beauty related books on my wish list, and decided to pick up a used, but in perfect condition copy of Beauty to see what it was like. I think it’ll be a great coffee table book for the future, something to pass a long to a friend, and a great blog prop!
The book is comprised of two parts, Prep and Play In Prep there are lots of tips on ingredients to look for, foods to eat, how much to sleep, knowing what works for you…etc. Lots of great tips for someone just getting into make up and beauty at any age. I was very happy to see a list of ingredients to avoid because I think more people need to realize what they are putting on their face!
There is a section on Stress and a section on Fitness & Food. It is great to see those sections as well because people tend to forget that there is more to beauty than foundation and mascara.
The Play section is full of mini how-tos. There is everything from everyday to party, hair to make up. Lauren does a great job at incorporating different models to show different face shapes, skin colors and hair types. Everyone could find the right look for them.
After watching numerous YouTube videos over the years, I definitely think a video is a better way to learn how to do make up and hair. It’s a little hard to follow the pictures. For someone just starting out though, this could be a good way to see what kind of looks they should be searching for on YouTube.
Lauren Conrad definitely believes in the less is more attitude, which I can relate to as well. It would be way too hard to show any complicated look just through photos.
The writing style is conversational and non complicated. It’s very easy to pick up and skim when you’ve got a few free minutes. Lauren Conrad has just enough humor mixed with real facts and tips.
Overall, I think Beauty is a great book to look back on every once in awhile, but would be ideal for a young girl looking to learn about make up. I luckily had a mom who made sure I never wore too much eye liner or mismatched foundation, but we can’t all be that lucky! Lauren covers all the bases a young girl needs to know.
I found some of it a little…ridiculous. Like apparently she never wears eyeshadow, and blow drys her hair everyday? It’s hard to take tips from someone who is not really the every person. So take it all with a grain of salt, and use the tips you can!