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Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty
Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty
by Bobbi Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.32
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4.0 out of 5 stars A basic beauty manual for teen girls, July 14 2004
"Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty" is very much like Bobbi's beauty book for women, "Bobbi Brown Beauty." As always, Bobbi emphasises her philosophy of natural makeup that lets your inner beauty shine through. Bobbi has written the book in an easy-to-use and understand manner that many teens can benefit from. This is not just a beauty manual; it's also a guide to help you gain self-confidence and self-esteem and to accept yourself for your natural beauty.
Bobbi covers typical teenage beauty issues throughout the book such as covering up and preventing zits, makeup with braces, beauty for prom and special occasions, what to keep in your makeup bag, and more. Included are individual chapters on skincare, the right makeup for your skin tone, an eight-step makeup application process with photos and instructions, tips on experimenting with makeup, and basic instructions on how to apply eyeshadow, lipstick and gloss, concealer, etc. Additional chapters include health and fitness plans for all body types, how to dress to flatter your body, answers to frequenty asked beauty questions, preteen beauty, and beauty for different ethnic groups such as Asian, African-American, and Latina.
Since this book doesn't really dive into makeup application beyond the basics, I would recommend this book to any teen who doesn't want too much makeup or any teen who has only started wearing makeup. It's a great self-confidence booster and a great beauty manual for most teens.

Bobbi Brown Beauty
Bobbi Brown Beauty
by Bobbi Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.61
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you don't need or want to put on lots of makeup...., July 14 2004
This review is from: Bobbi Brown Beauty (Paperback)
... then this is the book that you want. Instead of encouraging you to experiment with wild colors and have fun with makeup, unlike artists such as Kevyn Aucoin, Bobbi recommends keeping the makeup simple and natural. There's only one chapter on experimental beauty and even that's only 1 page and still tells you to keep it safe. However, this is still a pretty good book for many women to read, especially beginners, who want to achieve a pretty but not over-the-top makeup look.
Bobbi starts off by giving you her philosophy: modern, pared-down, realistic, and natural make-up, which you will see reflected throughout nearly the entire book. Following that is a chapter about diet and excercise, including types of excercises you can do, the right kinds of foods to eat, etc. There are also individual chapters on skin care, organizing your makeup, most-asked beauty questions, changing the makeup you wear with the seasons, and more. Additionally, there are chapters on making up your lips, eyes, and face, along with using blush, eyeshadow, poweder, foundation, etc. A ten-step makeup application routine is also given for fair, medium, and dark skin tones. The book even has chapters on make-up for different ethnic backrounds, including Asian, Latina, African-American, and global women.
What I find rather strange is that Bobbi's own makeup line is full of bright and experimental colors and tools, yet she says that you should always keep your makeup natural. She even says to use the same makeup routine you normally use for your wedding or a black-tie event! Bobbi goes on about how she doesn't like bright-colored eyeshadows, bright lipsticks, smoky eyes, or lots of liner for the daytime. Well, I'm sorry, but I see many women wearing these things in the daytime and the look fine. I am thirteen years old and I wear smoked eyeliner and bright eyeshadow. Is that such a bad thing? Make-up is supposed to be all about having fun and experimenting, but clearly Bobbi doesn't realize or doesn't care about that.
Overall, I would say that this is the best book for women who don't wear lots of makeup, women who are just starting to wear makeup, women who want a book about natural makeup, or anyone who wants a beauty self-confidence boost. I don't think it's the best option for people who like to go past basic makeup.

Gymnastics
Gymnastics
by Rik Feeney
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for gymnasts and parents, July 9 2004
This review is from: Gymnastics (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book for beginning gymnasts and their parents to understand more and gain the best from gymnastics. It's a helpful guide that will serve as a companion during your gymnastics journey. "Gymnastics" features a lot of burning answers to your questions, from what to pack in your gym bag to preparing for competition. It has an easy-to-read format that's interesting and imformative without trying to shove material down your throat.
"Gymnastics" gives you stories about famous gymnasts when they first started off, conditioning and stretching excercises to do at home, drills and excercises for landing safely, competition advice and information, information about gymnastics-related injuries, information about deciding your future in gymnastics, and much more. It is a very valuable resource that all gymnasts can benefit from. My only complaint is that it is a little bit outdated and it would be nice if a new edition was published. Otherwise, it's a fantastic book!

Hilary Duff:Metamorphosis
Hilary Duff:Metamorphosis
Price: CDN$ 16.27
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad CD, June 6 2004
Hilary Duff's debut album Metamorphosis isn't actually as bad as some people may think. Many people are arguing that she has a really bad singing voice. But there are many artists out there who don't have great singing voices either, but people still like their CDs and listen to them, so their CDs top the charts. Examples of these kind of people include Britney Spears and Avril Lavinge.
Hilary's CD features 13 fun, pop-rockish songs that are sqeaky-clean and fun to listen to. They also have her singles "So Yesterday," "Coming Clean," and "Why Not." If you enjoyed these first three singles, you would probably like this CD because the songs are all basically like that. All in all, this is a great CD for Hilary Duff fans and anyone just wanting some fun, lighthearted music.
P.S.: What is up with the chick/dude who keeps writing "_______ is better than Hilary Duff." It's getting really annoying!

Age-Defying Beauty Secrets (PB)
Age-Defying Beauty Secrets (PB)
by Irons
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great new book from Diane Irons!, June 6 2004
Diane Irons has finally come out with her new book, Age Defying Beauty Secrets. This book is filled with thousands of tips and tricks to help you look beautiful, young, and at your best. The main focus of this book is to give you simple, easy-to-follow secrets, tips, and tricks for looking and feeling younger.
You'll get tips on fashion, beauty, diet, nutrition, and even secrets of Hollywood's biggest models and stars. As another reviewer commented, many of these tips are found in fashion magazines, but there are also many new ones and it is very nice to have them all in one place. The best part is that they really work!! An excellent book and I would definitely recommend it to anybody.

The Princess & the Pauper
The Princess & the Pauper
by Kate Brian
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!, May 16 2004
"The Princess and The Pauper" is a modern-day fairy tale and a fun, easy, and light read.
Carina, the crown princess of Vineland, has never experienced a normal teenage life. Instead, she feels like a caged bird living in a large palace where she must deal with the ongoing pressures of being a royal. To make matters worse, Carina's family wants her to go out with another royal she doesn't even like, Markus. When Carina meets a guy online named Ribbit and lead singer of a popular band, Carina realizes that her upcoming trip to Los Angeles would give her the chance to meet him and experience what it would be like to live like a regular teen for once.
Meanwhile, instead of worrying about meeting guys, Julia Johnson is too busy worrying about how to keep a roof over her and her mothers' heads. They lived in a run-down apartment unsuitable for living in and were in danger of being evicted from their home if Julia's mother could not pay the rent that she had owed for the past several months. So when Carina comes to Los Angeles and gives a speech at Julia's school, Carina realizes that they looked exactly alike and she could use Julia to meet Ribbit. When Carina offers Julia ten-thousand dollars to switch, Julia can't say no. After all, she and her mother really needed the money.
What happens when they switch? Lots of unexpected twists and turns, events, and surprises, even a happy ending! This is a great book for Meg Cabot fans or fans of teen fiction novels.

Freaky Friday
Freaky Friday
by Mary Rodgers
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 7.59
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good read, March 30 2004
This review is from: Freaky Friday (Paperback)
This hilarious book, based on the hit movie, is a fun, light read for ages 8 and up. Although it was written in the 1970s, it still has a lot of appeal and charm to all kinds of audiences. This book is based on the 2003 version of the movie, but you'll find that many parts are different.
Annabel Andrews was a twelve-year-old girl with braces, brown hair, and brown eyes. She was constantly getting into fights with her brother Ben who she called Ape Face and feeling trapped by her parents by not being able to do whatever she wants. So one day, Annabel and her mother have a large fight in which her mother states she will pay for it. So Annabel wasn't really surprised when she woke up the next morning and found she was sleeping in her mother's bed, wearing pins and rollers in her hair and a long nightgown. Figuring that her mother had something to do with this, Annabel decides to play along and see what it's really like to be an adult.
Turns out, it's not easy as Annabel thinks. She has problems with the washer, Ben nearly gets lost in the city because Annabel forgot to pick him up, and she madly goes from one situation to another trying to figure out a way to fix it. Soon enough, Annabel finds herself wishing that she could be back in her own body again and can only hope that her mother, who Annabel figured had ditched school, will do something about it. The ending is okay; it's not too good, not too bad. I think I would recommend this book on an overall basis; fans of the movie may want to try something different.

Sport Psychology Library: Gymnastics
Sport Psychology Library: Gymnastics
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'll give this book a 10 for being so imformative and useful, Feb. 24 2004
Whether you're a competitive gymnast on the club level or a collegiate gymnast, or even just a beginner, you will benifit from this marvelous book. It was written by two former gymnasts, Peter Vidmar and Karen Cogan, who also happens to be a sport psychologist. It will help you improve on your performance by learning how to play the mental game of gymnastics and gives you many strategies to practice and to use to make yourself an even better gymnast that you were before.
This book gives you an instruction of the mental side of gymnastics, and then goes on to give tips about relaxation and energization strategies, positive thinking, mental imagery, developing focus and concentration, and goal setting to get where you want to be. The book then goes on to give individual chapters to each apparatus, highlighting the type of skills needed, mental skills that will help you on that apparatus, and other useful tips. But that's not all- you'll also get information on overcoming mental blocks and fear, dealing with fans, pressure, and fame, keeping the fun in gymnastics, body image and eating disorders, parents and coaches, and much more. This book is a much-needed look at how you can use mental skills to become the best gymnast that you can possibly be.

In The Zone
In The Zone
Price: CDN$ 8.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Britney once again delivers..., Feb. 14 2004
This review is from: In The Zone (Audio CD)
We all know how Britney has evloved from girl-next-door pop singer on "...Baby One More Time" to a mature woman with funkier, club-friendly music, and that's just what this album is. Good music if you want to get up and dance, with only two ballads: "Shadow," and "Everytime," which from the lyrics, you can tell that Britney has written about Justin. But basically, if you want an upbeat, danceable album, this is a good one.
Britney doesn't really display any vocal talent here; her voice is a background behind techno and electrona beats. Britney has really crossed into different territory here, from collaberating with the Ying-Yang twins on "I Got That (Boom Boom)" to trading lines with Madonna on "Me Against the Music." Britney even cowrote either seven or eight of the songs, and after listening to this, you have to admit her songwriting skills aren't that bad. They could use some brushing up, but not bad for someone who wrote none of the songs on her debut album!
Some of the lyrics and themes explored on this CD may be inappropriate for those little Britney fans who believe she's still in her "Oops" days, so watch out, parents! Britney uses some mild language and does talk about sexual themes a little bit, but it's nothing too bad. Just make sure you don't hand this CD over to a five-year-old as a birthday present.
Overall, "In The Zone," is a solid album that is still a little bit pop, but shows that Britney is not a bubblegum singer anymore. She has done a good job and I look forward to her next album!

All-American Girl
All-American Girl
by Meg Cabot
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 7.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful new novel by Meg Cabot, Feb. 12 2004
Meg Cabot, the author of the excellent Princess Diaries series, has written another wonderful book that will eagerly be devoured by teen girls. Samantha Madison was just an outcast living in the shadow of her older, popular sister Lucy and her geeky genius sister Rebecca who was so smart, she was taking college-level courses at age 11. But Samantha was an outsider- she died all the clothes in her wardrobe black, hung out with all the artist and drama-type kids at school, and as far as she could tell, her only talent was drawing. So when Lucy discovered one day that Samantha had been doing celebrity drawings in German class and charging them to other students, Lucy immediately tells on their parents. Samantha's parents assume that she had been getting a C- in German because she had been spending all her time drawing, so they enrolled her in Susan Boone's art classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two hours after school where they felt she could creatively express herself. Samantha, enraged at her parents for enrolling her in these classes and at Susan Boone for criticizing her artwork, decides to ditch class one day and hang out in the record store above the studio, Static, instead. So when Samantha waits for her housekeeper, Theresa, to come pick her up, Samantha was in the wrong place at the wrong time and jumped a guy next to her just as he was about to shoot the President. Suddenly, Samantha's world changes dramatically, including being invited to the most popular girl at school's party and catching the eye of David, the first son, who also happens to be in her art class at Susan Boone's. If you are a fan of the Princess Diaries series, you will LOVE this laugh-out loud, romantic ride.

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