Review: Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whew! This book was good and also pissed me off at the same time. I read this book with a pink highlighter and felt like I was just highlighting entire pages because so much of it shocked and astounded me. 

I added this to my list now that I’m a Beautycounter consultant and trying to make healthier choices for what I put on my skin. It was published in 2007 so I would be interested to know what changes for the better and worse have been made since it’s publication. It doesn’t go into too much depth but is a easy read and beginner’s intro into our nasty cosmetics industry. It also made me wonder if I too could get tested like some of the people in the book did for chemicals in my body and then see if by making better choices those amounts decrease. 

You can buy the book on Amazon.

The author also has an informative video from TEDx:

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Review: I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book but I felt that it needed so much more. I mean, it was her story but it was so short and such light reading. I finished the book in 2 hours. There could have been so much more background into the culture of a society that married their girls off at age 9. There was so much co-author influence in the book that I had a hard time believing in some of the statements made by Nujood. Is that really the way a 9 year old thinks?

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Book Review: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my beach book for summer of 2015. It was so very much better than the movie that I saw first. I felt like the movie was just lacking in depth and story so I wasn’t disappointed when I opened the book and found more depth. Was it “Eat, Pray, Love” which is my favorite travel memoir? No. I also didn’t feel that her story was that remarkable either. But, it was a light summer beach read that I enjoyed. That is all that matters.