Sunday, October 28, 2012

How to Look Expensive

As soon as I saw not only the title but the cover picture for How To Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Guide to Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank, I knew I had to read this book. How to Look Expensive? How Can I Resist? I put it on hold at the library, joining an already long line, and then thought, No, I need to own this one, I can tell this will be a reference book, in the same way that my books on Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino are reference books. I’m glad I plunked down the very reasonable $15 or so for this because I’ve read it cover to cover and will be taking a shopping list with me based on Lustig’s suggestions next time I go to Sephora or—and this is the best part—CVS.

Lustig, the former beauty editor at Glamour, gives you options for either high-end makeup brands or the inexpensive stuff at CVS and Rite Aid and she names names and shares tips that professional makeup artists use and love. I have already got out my Revlon Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator, based on her tip that using an illuminizer under foundation can give you a luminosity similar to a candlelight glow and God knows I could use more luminosity in my life. I also have been using my Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch brightener under my eyes more than I had been. Based on Lustig’s suggestions, I’m sticking with my L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million lashes mascara and now want to try the NYX line, which she says you can buy at Rite Aid. I think I may have seen this brand and passed it by, thinking it was the equivalent of Wet n’Wild.

Revlon illuminator (I think this product has been discontinued) and a brightener from YSL.

Lustig says she is often asked whether expensive makeup is worth it. I love her answer:

“Sometimes a Dior compact is the little luxury that lifts your mood and lets you indulge without taking out a loan.”

Girl, I so hear you. Call me shallow but I do get a little thrill when I pick up my Chanel pressed powder compact and see those interlocking C’s. That being said, most of my cosmetics are from Revlon, L’Oréal Paris, CoverGirl and Essie so it’s nice to read that a beauty editor’s take on the best products available at drugstores includes these brands.

Both high-end and drugstore brands are in my makeup bag, which is what Lustig recommends.

I love me some nail polish so these were some of my favorite pages in the book.

The illustrations by Dallas Shaw are delightful, adding whimsy and charm to a helpful and honest beauty book.

I love this illustration of Andrea.

Don’t wait for it at the library. This one is worth owning. And do stop by Lustig’s website for more tips, trends, giveaways and news!


Faux Fuchsia said...

this looks Fabulous. Might order it.

A Well Styled Life said...

I could not wait when I first saw this book. I immediately ordered it from amazon to be delivered to my Kindle instantly. It's fabulous. I'm almost finished with it and find it filled with wonderful suggestions. I too, enjoy a small thrill when I take out my Chanel lipstick!!

Sacramento Amate said...

How fantastic I also use Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch is magic.
Fabulous looking book, I must get it.

Paula said...

I really enjoy books like this!
And the illustrations are beautiful.

Did you read "100 things a stylish woman should own?" (not sure about the exact title of the book). One must not take the advice too seriously.
But the Wolford 66 velvet de luxe IS the best black tight I've ever known. :-)

I will get this book.

Hope you make it well through the coming days, stay safe!

Paula said...

PS: CVS, Sephora and Rite Aid are not available in Austria. But I have plenty of the high-end stuff sitting in my dressing table, waiting to be used more often, just like your YSL Touche Éclat. :-)

The reason I bought myself a new spectacle frame was eye-make up: my old frame covered my eyes and putting on make-up was of no use at all. Now I can see my eyes again and love to wear eyeshadow and eyeliner. Make up is fun!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Thanks for the book reveiw! I trust you, so I will get the book! Thanks Jill, stay safe!

LR @ Magnificent or Egregious said...

This looks like a great book!

Jane W. said...

Jill--are you okay? Saw the flooded photos of Battery Park. Stay safe.


Jane W.

Veshoevius said...

This book looks like fun and I remember reading a similiar how to book as a broke teenager trying to be stylish on no money.

I called by to say I hope you and your family are all okay and staying safe in the storm xx

Linda said...

This is a really informative book, gotta let myself splurge on some high-end make-up soon for a boost of fun!

Been texting with my girl all day & evening & Jill & family are riding out the storm well--safe & dry. We will be glad when Sandy finishes her fury!!!

Paula said...

Hi again!
This book is really fun! I am going through my nude nailpolish shades right now, have been neglecting them way too long.
It was the perfect book for a lazy Saturday morning.