Saturday, January 31, 2009

Review: Get Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

Get Positively Beautiful:The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Gorgeous By Carmindy

Description: According to a recent study, only 2% of women describe themselves as 'beautiful.' (Dove Global Study 'The Real Truth About Beauty: A Global Report', 2004) The media instructs women how to 'look ten years younger,' 'cover up wrinkles,' or 'get fuller, plumper lips.' And even makeup products play off womens' insecurities, promising to conceal perceived flaws, define cheekbones, or make eyelashes fuller and longer. The underlying message? That there's something inherently wrong with the way women look and that they have to spend time, money, and energy keeping up with all the ways they should 'fix' themselves.

In GET POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL, makeup artist Carmindy from TLC's hit program What Not to Wear shows you how to change your mindset from negative fault-finding to a positive beauty philosphy. You learn how to find and focus on your best features and how to combat negative thoughts about your appearance. Carmindy demonstrates easy makeup techniques for eyes, brows, lashes, lips, cheeks, and skin, and how to adapt looks to different weather conditions and 'beauty moods.'

As we are nearing the start of the second month of a new year, it is the perfect time to read a book about beauty. We each deserve to take the time to establish new attitudes, goals and routines and GET POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL is a great book to help. What I liked about GET POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL was the mix of Carmindy's beauty philosophy with how-to ideas about makeup. She encourages you to find your best features and then enhance them with postive mantras/positive self talk. She features make up ideas for each major area: eyes, skin, cheeks, lips. There were ideas for different eye shapes and skin types. There were Question & Answers interspersed throughout the book that were very interesting. Carmindy also focused on makeup ideas to reflect different moods and seasons that I hadn't thought much about before. I especially liked the chapter focused on real makeover's. She captured a variety of different women at different stages in their lives and with different features. There is a nice shopping guide at the back of the book that keeps in mind that we each have different budgets. This would be a nice book for teens as well as there is a positive focus on the beauty of your own features and attitudes towards beauty.

Check out Carmindy’s website:

A Special Thanks to Hachette Books.


  1. I like what you said about the book having suggestions for different budgets, and that it emphasizes a positive attitude of beauty. This is one of those books that I thought looked interesting, but my husband doesn't like how much makeup she puts on the people who are on What Not to Wear, so that stopped me from getting the book.

  2. I gave you an award on my blog.

  3. I loved Carmindy's attitude in this book. I think it's a great book for teen-agers just learning about make-up.


Thanks for visiting and sharing a comment!