Beauty by Lauren Conrad

Beauty, by Lauren Conrad (Credit: laurenconrad.com)

Beauty by Lauren Conrad is her second guide for young women. While Conrad’s first book, Style, took a charming yet barebones approach (hey, it was her first guide!), Beauty has proven to be much stronger as a guide and resource. Conrad breaks her book down into two large segments—prep and play.

Prep
Prep was the section that really caught my eye. Prep focuses on taking care of your body through fitness and diet, managing stress, and following appropriate skin care and hair care regimens.

The skin and hair chapters in this book touch on more than just finding the right products for yourself. Beauty lists “Ingredients To Avoid” in both the hair and skincare sections, which were very educational. The skincare section featured a face map and explained how the location of your breakouts may have to do with an imbalance in your body.

The hair section went into detail on finding the perfect haircut not only for the shape of your face, but for the texture and thickness of your hair. The book defines thickness and texture and recommends different styles for a variety of hair profiles. I thought this was a great guideline for haircuts, since styles come and go and because at the end of the day, a new hairstyle should be manageable for your hair type.

Food and fitness were also well-defined in Beauty. Conrad lists ways to get motivated to exercise, but the highlight of the section was the chart on “Beauty Power Foods and Vitamins,” which shows the nutrient (the vitamin), what the vitamin does for your body (say, combat dark under eye circles), and what foods you can find the nutrient in (greens).

Play
Play was a section that I thought was less unique to Beauty–information you can find on the internet. However, Beauty has gone further in depth when it comes to styling hair, applying makeup correctly, and taking care of nails, all while creating one place to reference all of this important information.

Makeup
The focus of Play comes down to makeup. The book shows how to apply makeup properly for your skin type, what particular brushes are used for, how to avoid beauty blunders and more. My favorite part of this section talked about styling eyebrows for the shape of your face, every day makeup tutorials based on skin tone and texture, and highlighting/contouring features we are not so happy about. There are also party makeup tutorials as well, showing us how to avoid looking overdone, but still ready to have some fun!

Hair
Hair tools, everyday hair styles (and their tutorials–like Conrad’s everyday waves), and finding the right hair tools for your texture and thickness were the main topics here. There are details on finding the right curling iron, flat iron, and hair brushes. Party hairstyle tutorials were also listed, showing how to style your hair for special occasions–like Old Hollywood curls!

Nails
I’m glad the nail section was included (since many beauty resources leave this out), because it touched upon all the basics of taking care of nails, from tools to products, how to properly give yourself a manicure, and also nail art! Ingredients to avoid were also listed here, as nail polishes can contain known carcinogens like DBP and Toluene.
At the end of the day, Beauty is a great beauty resource for girls of all ages. This book makes a great gift for teenagers and young women, especially those who idolize Lauren Conrad. I would highly suggest adding this book to your collection, especially since much of the content here is timeless. Personally, I’m happy I made the purchase and will definitely be referring back to this book much more than I referred back to Style.

Rating: 4.5/5. If you’re a Lauren Conrad fan though, definitely 5/5.

October Birchbox!

Just received my October Birchbox in the mail today! This month, Birchbox teamed up with goop, and I signed up to receive one of the special goop boxes.

The Products:

  • Luna Bar (Lemon Tart)
  • Lulu Organics® Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder
  • Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask
  • Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream)
  • Naked Princess Naked Shine Luscious Lip Gloss

Other than the Luna Bar, I have NEVER heard of any of these brands or products! I’m excited to try the Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask and the Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder. I don’t really care too much for the miracle cream or lip gloss, although I will give those a try and see how I like them.

I really wish that I got the beauty blender though, I have wanted to try it for a while now. Or nail polish (I’m an addict).

Does anyone else subscribe to Birchbox? What did you receive in your box this month?

DIY Twistbands – How To

Ever heard of twistbands? They’re hair ties made of soft, foldover elastic that don’t crease, pull, or damage hair.

As a sufferer of the “pony-tail crease” I was eager to try twistbands (which magically arrived in my Birchbox). While I thought these hair ties were great, they cost a lot! A pack of three can run up to $10 from beauty stores. I decided to make these at home, for much, much cheaper.

A quick How To:

Supplies: 

  • Foldover elastic (I purchased mine from here, since my local craft stores didn’t carry any foldover elastic)
  • Scissors [The sharper, the better]
  • Ruler [optional]

Directions:

  1. Cut the elastic to your desired length. I chose 8 inches for my hair ties.
  2. Fold the elastic, with the “shiny” side facing out, and tie a knot.
  3. Tighten the knot by pulling and tugging on the elastic from the inside of the twistband, not the ends. 
  4. Wear your new twistband hair ties!
How do you like these twistband hair ties? I like the so much, I made a jar full of them!

DIY Twistbands in mason jar