This Memorial Day, Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash. Give me a roomful of skin care products and thrity minutes and I can pick the one perfect forumula that I need. But when I face a counter of make-up, I freeze. I can’t decide on cream or powder blush, neutral or smoky eyeshadow and lenghtening vs volumizing mascara– and don’t even ask me how many liners I buy and abandon. That is why I am so glad that I subscribed to Prime Beauty. She has a passion for finding the perfect make-up for every skin type for every occasion. Cindy does the heavy lifting and tried out the new lines of lipsticks and foundation so that I don’t waste my time and money.
PubSlush is an amazing crowdfunding platform just for book publishing. This year they have also become publishers and their premiere book, A Beautiful Mess by young, first time novelist, Ali Berlinski. At this point in my life I have to admit that I am usually not a big fan of coming of age fiction. Often angry, entitled and sef absorbed, it usually sounds to me like one big long “I hate you Mom” tirade. Been there, done that and got the tee shirt.
But not this book. Laugh out loud funny and bracingly honest, A Beautiful Mess is an always entertaining series of essays on a bumpy life. Ali writes without pity or anger as she paints a word picture of a biracial child ( Fillipino and Polish), struggling with two sets of divorced parents, finding and losing love, moving abroad and back and then starts all over again. Her insight and humour stayed with me long after I finished the book. On her unusual family dynamics she writes “What’s the use of a messed up family if it doesn’t make for interesting conversation. To explain my family tree requires a flow chart, several Venn diagrams and a special iphone application.” On dealing with her Mom’s breast cancer diagnosis, Ali notes that “Cancer, like anal sex is not something you bring up on a second date– more like the eighth or nineth date when things get more serious.” Ali Berlinki has a strong original voice and I’m willing to bet she is at the start of a big career.
Pubslush is a wonderful marriage of technology, content and social responsibility. For every purchase of Beautiful Mess, Pubslush will donate a children’s book to Flying Kites,an orphanage and school in Kenya. It is just a small part of Pubslush Cause, a committment to provide books and resources to combact illiteracy and poverty.