Book Review: Beauty, Lauren Conrad

| 27 November , 2012 | Reply

In the last few years, Lauren Conrad has quickly risen to beauty icon status. With her classic red lips and winged liner, she has made her mark on the industry and left everyone clamouring to get her look. Now, she’s letting us in on a few secrets with the release of her new book Beauty.

Beauty is the ultimate bible on all-things beauty – Lauren Conrad covers everything from the inside out to help you on your way to a glowing gorgeous look.

The book is broken down into two parts – Prep and Play.

Prep covers the basics – skin care, hair care and taking care of yourself. Lauren opens this section with a heart-warming discussion of what beauty means to her before moving into advice on how to find your own unique brand of beauty. I love that Lauren doesn’t preach a particular style or method of attaining beauty, and instead encourages girls to find and express themselves.

The Prep section is fairly straight forward – advice on the foundations of creating a skin care regimen, recipes for simple DIY hair masks and habits to avoid for glowing skin. This is interspersed with some really great advice like how to read your skin issues in the placement of the blemishes, and how to choose a hair style for your face.

The book then moves into the Play section – which is dedicated to creating the perfect look. Lauren begins with a handy guide for beauty novices on picking foundations, beauty faux-pas and the correct application of different productions.

Then comes the heart and soul of the book – the beauty looks.

Lauren is known for her classic, albeit safe style. The book was no exception, filled with stunning and entirely wearable looks. The everyday chapter displays looks ranging from Lauren’s staple winged eyeliner, to a barely there 5 minute face, while the party looks chapter offer subtle variations on smoky eyes and sensible tips on attainable bold lips.

The book also includes a number of helpful, step-by-step guides on achieving some of Lauren’s most popular hair styles (think ballerina bun, French braids and loose waves) as well as a guide to some adorable and innovative manicures.

Lauren closes out the book with a dedication to beauty through the decades. By recreating the styles of the classic and iconic beauties before her, Lauren reminds everyone that the definition of beauty is constantly changing.

The book is dotted with little tidbits of advice in the margins – daily reminders, affirmations and boosters all in achievable little pieces.

While the looks contained in this book are nothing earth shatteringly new, Lauren’s message is a good one. The book provides a fresh and positive outlook on beauty that even the most experienced beauty buff would love.

Available now: HarperCollins RRP$29.99


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