With a voice similar to throaty Demi Moore, Carmindy Acosta gushed forth from the audience rear at Paramus Barnes & Noble to take the microphone and encaptivate the audience. For about a half hour, she chatted with the group after explaining a little about her book. Noting that there were men in the audience, she even gave them a hint about shaving .. use sugar!
Before sitting down to listen to this author, I must confess that I didn’t know what a Carmindy was. Sophie Stone, www.ParamusPost.com co-publisher, a woman with impeccable tastes had asked me to accompany her and to post a review. Greeting us at the door were Barnes & Noble store manager Brent Campbell and Community Relations Manager Linda Galgano. As always, they made us feel welcome and pointed us in the direction of the book signing area. Carmindy’s books were available near to the entrance as well as upstairs.
Carmindy suggested a few hints for easy and fast makeup. Her theory is that one does not have to spend a fortune to look beautiful. Among the many hints, she explained that using Elmer’s glue to remove a blackhead on the nose would work as well as, if not better than, commercially available products. Use lemon juice on age spots, at night only, to fade age spots.
For the men, Carmindy suggested washing the face after shaving and then applying some sugar, dissolved in the hand to smooth out the skin. Why break your bank to accomplish beauty when tried and true simple methods can work.
Stressed by this gorgeous author was that one should think positively about themselves. Not only think, but when asking makeup questions, to ask them of her in a positive manner. If one doesn’t think positively then they may not impart a positive image.
This Harper Collins book is available at Barnes and Noble.
About the book: Her new book is a collection of her beauty secrets from her own beauty treasure chest - more than 600 tips that are organized by feature, covering everything from eyes and brows to cheeks and skincare, including travel tips and ways to channel your inner “glamazon.”
Here are a few of the tips:
- Carmindy says that Elmer’s Glue is just as good as a pore strip for removing blackheads from your nose.
- Forgot to pack your eye-liner? In a pinch, Carmindy says “mascara can pull double-duty as an eyeliner. Use an brush to pick up a little color from the mascara wand and smudge it into the lash line.”
- Traumatized by age spots that just won’t go away? Follow Carmindy’s tip and “Put lemon juice on age spots at night to help fade them. But never apply lemon juice to the skin right before sun exposure.”
Carmindy has made her name by focusing on the positive and bringing out the best in real women. She knows that beauty doesn’t come from a jar, but does know which jars (and brushes and techniques and colors!) can help. Each of her tips is easy to follow and the full-color illustrations throughout the book make getting gorgeous that much more fun.