This week Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash. This all beauty site is an extraordinary resource for the best of the best in every beauty category. I always check out this site for new products you won’t see anywhere else. She even has has a button for free samples!
I’m usually not a big fan of celebrity lifestyle books. Its hard to read a book by a tall, blonde glamazon offering style tips that only work if you have 4% body fat. Usually they credit their flawless complexion to good genes and gallons of water. The secret to perfect body? A combination of a brutal exercise routinue and a claim that they can eat anything and never gain weight. Seriously.
I aproached Brunette Ambition cautiously. I’m a major Glee fan and I love the mix of real life dynamics, great music and insanely talented performers. I really didn’t want to read another self-serving book that capitalized on fame. Not to worry. Brunette Ambition is an honest, genuinely helpful and beautifully produced book.
Lea Michele is not your standard star. She is a petite, dark haired beauty with natural features. Despite astonishing talent, she is open about her vulnerabilities, her career and the hard work that is behind her appearance. For example she describes her disciplined low carb, nutrition packed meal plan and her daily yet realistic exercise program. Her real time fashion advice is rare and valuable information for petite frames.
At 25, she has a maturity way beyond her years. She clearly wanted a book to be a genuine reflection of her core beliefs and values. She has set very high standards for herself and she follows through in all areas of her life. For example her menus and recipes are easy, affordable and delicious. I am trying to eat more protein-packed beans and her recipe for lentil burgers topped with avocodo and lentil soup topped with melted cheese are so good I’ve added them to my regular menu rotation.
My favorite part is probably the extensive and unique hair and make-up section. Rather than random, generalized advice or blatant pitch for products, Brunette Ambition provides detailed instruction for five different looks. From a date night to a business meeting to red carpet glamour, she provides easy to follow instructions. On behalf of all dark eyed, dark haired women, I have to say thanks! This book is a keeper.