Friday, 4 January 2013

Bookshelf: The Beauty Experiment

Could Phoebe Baker Hyde's Beauty Experiment be for you?

Title: The Beauty Experiment: How I Skipped Lipstick, Ditched Fashion, Faced the World Without Concealer, and Learned to Love the Real Me

Author: Pheobe Baker Hyde

Published: December 23, 2012

About the Book: In 2007, Phoebe Baker Hyde began a year long experiment of not wearing makeup, shopping for new clothes or wearing jewellry in order to re-evaluate herself and what beauty meant to her.  This book is her account of that year, what she learned, and how she felt throughout.  The book also contains relevant informantion from her Beauty Experiment Survey.

Thoughts (Andrea):  I picked up this book the day it hit shelves in Canada, (actually, my husband picked it up for me after the Indigo bookstore I went to didn't have it unpacked yet!) I began reading it on Christmas day, and I really enjoyed it. I went through a similar period a few years ago, when I started my own business, and as I went through the chapters, I could sympathise with the feelings and frustrations that Baker Hyde encountered through her time without adornment. I highly recommend this book, wether you think about ditching the makeup game, or even if you would never do it. Baker Hyde has a degree in Anthropology and this was one reason I was so eager to get my hands on a copy when it came out. Instead of a fluffy recount of trying to live in our society without makeup and fashion, it was an insightful tale that came out of the author's curiosity and personal struggles with self-image. The strong focus on society's expectations vs. personal responses was refreshing and insightful, especially if you've ever felt this way but never talked about it to anyone or recognized it for what it was.

Verdict: ❤❤❤

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