Don’t go to the cosmetics counter without me!

dont-go-to-the-cosmetics-counter-without-meNo one has heard of Paula Begoun? Has anyone read her books? “Don’t go to the cosmetics counter without me,” “The Beauty Bible,” and others. I would love to know what you ladies think of her. She reviews all sorts of products based on the ingredients and shares what cheaper alternatives are based on ingredients not brand name. Anyone?

Never heard of her but am getting ready to inform myself about what she’s all about. thanks ahead of time.

I’ll have to check her out too!

Wow ladies! I assumed everyone had heard of her. I am glad I posted. She has some interesting stuff to say. Her site is and she has a really great email news letter where she answers people’s questions. I’ve learned a lot from her. Here’s an example of one of the lists she sent in the news letter about top drug store products:

  • 10 Best Drugstore Skin Care ProductsNeutrogena One Step Gentle Cleanser ($7.49 for 5.2 ounces) Notes:
    Very good gentle cleanser that feels silky and completely removes all makeup; often stocked with Neutrogena makeup, not their skin care.
  • Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin ($4.49 for 6.78 ounces) Notes: Very good fragrance-free water soluble cleanser for all skin types.
  • Eurcerin Calming Body Wash Daily Shower Oil ($7.99 for 8.4 ounces)Notes: An excellent moisturizing body wash for winter-dry skin or eczema. Fragrance-free.
  • Olay Quench Body Lotion Active Hydration Formula w/ Green Tea ($9.99 for 11.8 ounces) Notes:
    Hands-down, one of the best body lotions anywhere due to its exemplary formula. It doesn’t leave skin greasy, either. Make sure you purchase the Green Tea formula, as it is the most state-of-the-art among the
    Quench moisturizers.
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion ($12.99 for 12 ounces)Notes: Another top body lotion owing to its sophisticated formula that’s fragrance-free and great for dry, sensitive skin.
  • Alpha Hydrox Oil-Free Formula ($11.99 for 1.7 ounces)Notes: A fragrance-free, lightweight, pH-correct AHA product with 10% glycolic acid.
  • Olay Complete Ageless Skin Renewing UV Lotion SPF 20 ($24.99 for 2.5 ounces)Notes: There are few state-of-the-art daytime moisturizers with sunscreen at the drugstore. Although pricey, this certainly qualifies as a brilliant formula that competes with considerably more expensive SPF-rated facial
    moisturizers from the department store.
  • Physicians Formula Sun Shield for Faces Extra Sensitive Skin SPF 25 ($8.95 for 4 ounces)Notes: A gentle, mineral-based sunscreen that’s also fragrance-free. Great for rosacea-affected skin.
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Night ($13.99 for 1.4 ounces)Notes: A very good nighttime moisturizer with retinol and antioxidants. Also fragrance-free. And yes, this is still being made even though
    Neutrogena offers similar products on their Ageless line.
  • Stridex Power Pads ($6.99 for 28 pads)Notes: One of the only benzoyl peroxide/anti-acne products at the drugstore that doesn’t contain needless irritants.
  • 10 Best Drugstore Makeup ProductsL’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup SPF 17 ($10.95)Notes: Beautiful liquid foundation with broad-spectrum sun protection and a great range of mostly neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones.
  • L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder ($10.95)Notes: Everything a great pressed powder should be, at a very reasonable price plus beautiful shades.
  • Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector ($7.09)Notes: A long-wearing, crease-free liquid concealer on one end, subtle highlighter on the other.
  • Cover Girl TruBlend Liquid Makeup ($9.39)Notes: One of CG’s best foundations without sunscreen, it looks amazingly skin-like and lasts.
  • Revlon Cream Blush ($9.79)Notes: An excellent cream-to-powder blush that gives skin a lit-from-within glow.
  • Physicians Formula Matte Collection Quad Eyeshadow ($6.75)Notes: Smartly-coordinated sets with a smooth texture, good color payoff, and true matte finish.
  • Cover Girl Outlast Smoothwear All-Day Eyeliner ($6.99)Notes: A very good eye pencil with impressive longevity. Doesn’t need sharpening.
  • Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil ($5.49)Notes: No sharpening plus a smooth, soft application and flattering colors make this brow pencil a must-try.
  • Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara or Lash Blast Length ($8.99)Notes: Lash Blast in the orange tube gives ample thickness and length, while the one in the yellow tube provides less thickness but makes lashes inordinately long. Both are impressive.
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick ($4.99)Notes: An inexpensive creamy lipstick that provides rich color and a finish that’s not overly slippery. Great shades, too.
  • 10 Best Drugstore Hair-Care Products Aveeno Nourish + Volumize Shampoo ($6.99 for 10.5 ounces)Notes:
    Great shampoo that’s nearly identical to Aveeno’s Nourish + Moisture Shampoo. Both are good for normal to dry hair that’s slightly coarse, curly, or thick.Garnier Fructis Body Boost Fortifying Shampoo ($3.99 for 13 ounces)Notes: Excellent shampoo for all hair types, but especially good for fine hair.
  • JASON Natural Fragrance Free Daily Shampoo ($9.79 for 16 ounces) Notes: Although this contains a fragrant plant extract, the scent is subtle and doesn’t change the fact that this is a very good gentle shampoo for all hair types.
  • Garnier Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream ($3.99 for 10.2 ounces)Notes: A standard, but good leave-in conditioner for dry hair that’s comparable to much costlier products from Kerastase (Garnier and Kerastatse are owned by L’Oreal).
  • TRESemme Instant Heat Tamer Styling Spray ($4.75 for 8 ounces)Notes: Good lightweight, spray-on conditioner for those with fine or thin hair.
  • Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Conditioner ($4.99 for 12.6 ounces)Notes: Every Pantene conditioner is great (and they’re all similar) but this one has a subtle scent that doesn’t overpower. Use sparingly on fine or thin hair, lavishly on thick, coarse hair.
  • L’Oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Conditioner, for Medium to Long Hair That’s Curly/Wavy ($4.99 for 13 ounces)Notes: Ignore the long/curly/wavy hair claim; this is a great conditioner for normal to dry hair of any thickness.
  • Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray, Ultra Strong ($3.99 for 8.25 ounces)Notes: This won’t completely shield hair from humidity and its hold isn’t ultra strong, but it works great as a finishing spray for all hair
  • Pantene Curl Defining Spray Gel, Extra Strong Hold ($4.99 for 6.5 ounces)Notes: A well-formulated styling spray for all hair types. Alcohol-free and loaded with helpful conditioning agents. Benefits curly or straight hair, especially if it is fine or thin.
  • Dove Frizz Control Therapy Taming Cream for Rebellious, Unmanageable Hair ($4.99 for 4 ounces)Notes: A great styling/straightening cream that also works to tame frizzies and add shine. Versatile, but too thin for those with very thick or coarse hair, who’d do better with a silicone serum or pomade, of which there are plenty of good ones available.

I’ve never read her books, but I did read an excerpt from Don’t Go…Without Me! & I liked her writing style & her approach to cosmetics purchasing. She seems quite knowledgeable. Thank you for bringing such interesting books to our attention. I now have 2 more titles for my next raid on the public library!

I have her “Beauty Bible” that someone gave me for Christmas last year and she reviews almost every product ever made that was out at the time she wrote the book.

That actually sounds like the book I mentioned. It has 30,000 product reviews of products in all categories and price ranges. I have the old one and am contemplating getting the new one. It’s available on Amazon for under $20.I also have the “Beauty Bible” which is fantastic because she talks about the most common ingredients one by one and which of them are irritants which helps tons because I have such sensitive skin.