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My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup

Book - 2006 | First edition
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Random House, Inc.
Everybody loves beauty products. Even if you think you know nothing about them, or even if you think you hate them, you actually know plenty about them and, in fact, have several of them that you love. You have major opinions that lie barely beneath the surface. Women whomodestly/moralistically claim to “never use all that beauty stuff” are big Clinique ladies, usually with a healthy helping of Neutrogena. —Free Gift with Purchase

From the beloved beauty editor of Lucky magazine comes a dishy, charming, and insightful memoir of an unlikely career. Combining the personal stories of a quirky tomboy who found herself in the inner circle of the beauty world with priceless makeup tips (Is there really a perfect red lipstick out there for everyone? Which miracle skin potion actually works?), Jean Godfrey-June takes us behind the scenes to a world of glamour, fashion, and celebrity.

Godfrey-June’s funny, smart, outsider perspective on beauty has set her apart since she first started writing her popular “Godfrey’s Guide” column for Elle magazine. In Free Gift with Purchase, she invites us into the absurd excess of the offices, closets, and medicine cabinets of beauty editors. From shelves upon shelves of face lotion, conditioner, lipstick, eye cream, wrinkle reducers, and perfume to thoroughly disturbing “acne breakfasts” and “cellulite lunches”; from the lows (a makeover from hell, getting pedicure tips from porn stars) to the highs (the glamour of the fashion shows in Paris, lounging in bed with Tom Ford, a flight on Donald Trump’s private jet, and landing her dream job at Lucky magazine), we see it all.

Like a friend sharing the details of her incredibly cool job, Jean lets us in on the lessons she’s learned along the way, about the eternal search for the right haircut and the perfect lip gloss, of course—but more important, about what her job has meant to her and why she loves what she does, blemishes and all.

Baker & Taylor
A memoir by the beauty editor of Lucky magazine recalls the author's unlikely career in the beauty industry, in a collection of reminiscences highlighted by personal anecdotes, dishy gossip, top-secret beauty advice, and the important lessons she has learned along the way. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, [2006]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780307237484
0307237486
Branch Call Number: 646.7 G583f
Characteristics: 271 pages ; 22 cm

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Indoorcamping
May 25, 2017

Not a book I would normally pick up yet once I did, I felt like this was written by someone who could be my (smarter, better) sister. Really engaging, very personal, totally fascinating peek into a world in which I would never belong, written by someone who seems like she wouldn't belong either, yet managed a way into this incredible, successful life.

Also learned how to properly apply eyeliner. Even my sister complimented me on that improvement. So there's that.

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redtayres
May 19, 2017

An unsuccessful attempt to get through this book was revisited recently. This time, I'd just finished reading "How To Murder Your Life" (read it!) and its author (Cat Marnell) raved about this book. Attempt #2 was embarked upon.

This time, owing to such high praise, I made it through to the end though it's the type of thing where you could stop at any point, close the cover, and say "I got it". The book covers its author's career in the world of beauty magazines. It's an inside look at that lifestyle and career, with many pointers about actual beauty products.

Upon second read, it stood up. I enjoyed it enough but that's different than saying I'd recommend it. It's a-ok but falls far short of compelling.

elviralupsa Apr 13, 2012

One of the best reads in its category. Filled with humor and useful tips, the author takes you in a cheeky journey through the world of cosmetics and magazines.

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