Posted by Book Mavens on November 18th, 2010
Title: Babushka’s Beauty Secrets: Old World Tips for a Glamorous New You
Author: Raisa Ruder and Susan Campos
Publisher: Wellness Central, June 2010
Summary: Today, spa-owner Raisa Ruder is a renowned celebrity esthetician in Los Angeles, but she was born in the Ukraine and learned by the side of her grandmother, or Babushka, who created beauty treatments out of the simplest ingredients available. Part of Ruder’s popularity is her reliance on many of these same ‘recipes,’ and in this charming, easy-to-follow instructional book, she shares them with everyone.
The formulas are basic and easy to assemble with a minimum of time and equipment – the most complicated tool needed is a blender. Ruder provides recipes to create a natural – and comparatively inexpensive – version of every type of beauty product imaginable, from an eyelash lengthener to body scrubs to foot treatments. This book is a great choice for people looking to downsize their beauty and cosmetics budget or for planning a ‘girls night in.’ Ruder gets my vote of confidence: She includes instructions for boosting your hair’s natural shine and highlights with beer – something that I learned when I was little from my own grandma!
If you like this, try this: Return to Beauty by Narine Nikogosian. The Beauty Cookbook by Kym Douglas.
Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian