In Make It Up author Marie Rayma shares the recipes she has developed through years of trial, error, and testing to come up with the very best. Read more...
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In Make It Up author Marie Rayma shares the recipes she has developed through years of trial, error, and testing to come up with the very best. This is real makeup and skincare: bright lipsticks, quality mineral powders, long-wearing eyeliners, and masks and cleansers that yield results. Rayma walks you through natural ingredients available online or at health food stores. These awesome oils, butters, clays, and minerals will replace the petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances that have untold effects on our bodies. Products can be tailored for individual needs-from swapping out ingredients not suitable for sensitive skin to whipping up the perfect colors suited for any complexion.
With easy-to-follow instruction, Make It Up provides more than 40 essential cosmetics and skin care projects so you can make just what you want, when you need it.
Lifestyles: Briding dirty
Even though I’ve been hitched for a decade, Weddiculous is a book I’d want in my clutches if stranded on a desert isle. Seriously, it’s that funny. The fabulous title sets the perfect tone: Comedian Jamie Lee’s guide to modern nuptials—and all the nuttiness they entail—is written in an ultra-casual style that’s sure to charm today’s irreverent AF brides. (If you think AF is short for “auto focus,” this book may not be for you.) Lee’s mission is to fight the tyranny of “Big Bridal” with belly laughs and unfiltered reports from her wild wedding ride. All the usual how-to territory gets covered, including newer stuff like choosing a wedding hashtag and writing a “how we met” narrative for the wedding website. But we’re really here for the rude, crude comic relief on every page. Can some single friend of mine put a ring on it ASAP so I can shove this book in their face? Kthxbye.
Makeup is among the more mystifying of everyday items—ever scan the ingredient list of your mineral powder foundation? But thankfully these days we have DIY guides for whipping up almost anything from scratch. Marie Rayma’s Make It Up speaks to those who want to understand the compounds of cosmetics and formulate their own safe, cruelty-free items at home. These recipes are mostly written for small portions—a single mask or pot of lip gloss—but this book’s thorough instructions could easily be a launch pad for an artisanal line, should the entrepreneurial urge strike. Rayma provides color-blending tips, starter shopping lists and information about online sources for plant-based oils, butters, waxes, powders, pigments and other ingredients. The savings from making your own makeup, Rayma suggests, can be enormous. If Sephora makes you shaky—whether because you love or loathe big-name beauty—this book may be the cure.
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Beauty and pleasure in the smallest things: This is a sort of mantra at the heart of A Year Between Friends, the latest installment of an ongoing art project formed from the long-distance friendship of Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes. Vettese and Barnes live with their families in Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon, respectively. Their first book collected the photographs each shot and posted on a shared blog as a morning ritual. As their lives have changed, so has the artistic product of their correspondence. Now the shared offerings include recipes—Vettese’s mother’s cranberry sauce, Barnes’ sweet potato biscuits—and crafts, as well as images that preserve the quiet, sweet details of family life and nature’s seasonal gifts. This book unfolds month by month, meditative and soothing in its imagery and ideas for simple, seasonal projects. But what makes it remarkable is the poignant honesty of the letters between Vettese and Barnes, which lay bare the truth that, amid all the moments of beauty, life will shoulder us with great pain. This is a beautiful, unique book—a reminder to us all to celebrate seasons and stoke friendship.