Leslie's Review: Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas For You by Ann Shoket, Editors of Seventeen Magazine

book cover Paperback: 192 pages 
Publisher: Running Press
Release Date: July 3, 2012
ISBN: 9780762445240
Source of my copy: FSB Media
Synopsis (from Goodreads)

When it comes to teen beauty advice, no brand is more trusted than Seventeen, the #1 best-selling monthly teen magazine. Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty is a girl's handbook to celebrating her natural beauty. It’s packed with clear, customized service that helps make the most of her skin tone, her face shape, her hair texture, and her style! Each chapter is filled with detailed how-tos, amazing inspiration, and awesome advice from Seventeen’s editors and the Beauty Smarties, our real-girl beauty experts, to help the reader have fun with her look!. Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty is broken down into three main sections: makeup, hair, and a resource guide. Makeup is organized by five beauty vibes—Girly, Boho, Classic, Glam, and Edgy—and shows you how to look great for any occasion (school, weekend, party, date). Each vibe offers exclusive makeup looks from Seventeen’s Beauty Smarties, insider secrets from celeb experts, and an inspiration board filled with runway, red carpet, and real girl ideas. Hair is organized by styles: braids and twists, waves and curls, updos and buns, sleek and straight, and ponytails. Each chapter includes easy-to-do styles for every occasion, a Smarties spotlight, celeb tricks, and an inspiration board. The book ends with comprehensive resource guides to getting clear skin and great nails—and gives detailed info on getting ready for a big event, like prom or sweet sixteen.

Leslie's Review:
I'm a simple type of girl. My typical outfit for the day is the t-shirt/jeans combo and my hair up in a ponytail. But sometimes I get tired of that look or I have a bit more time to actually fix myself up and that's when books like the Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas For You comes in handy for hair and outfit ideas. I was also interested in this book because I wanted hair ideas for the coming school year.

This book covers a lot about beauty and is loaded with great tips, styles, and advice. It is mostly pictures--large photos and step-by-step pages that include a lot of different styles so that most girls might find something they like. I liked the way it was organized by style. I also liked how (besides models) on every other page the book would feature a different girl (a "Beauty Smarty" and I'm familiar with a couple of them because I sometimes watch their YouTube videos) representing each style and they show her inspirations for beauty (i.e. her beauty icon, styling staple, fashion must-have, essential tool, etc.). 

However, my biggest complaint was most of the models of this book looked too air-brushed in my opinion. Not one blemish in sight! And that is just ridiculous and annoying. There were also some crazy makeup in there that just looked silly to me (but perfect for Halloween!). 

Overall, this book is great for girls who would like hair, nails and makeup ideas. It also offers advice on how to better care for your skin. Lots of pictures and not many text. It's pretty much a Seventeen magazine with just beauty stuff. I wouldn't spend money and buy it but if I saw it in the library, I'd check it out. I found a few things I want to try in the coming school year.

1 comment

  1. I am planning to order this for my library because we need to update our makeup books (the newest one is from 2008 and we have some that were published in the 90s...yikes!). Thanks for your review. Hopefully the teens at the library will like it.

    When it comes to realistic looking people and makeup looks for everyone, I love love love Bobbi Brown's makeup books. I really respect her makeup philosophy and how it celebrates everyday beauty in all women. (I think hers is the first makeup book I found with people of my own skin coloring). My only issue is that her makeup is so expensive and hard to find in stores near me!


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