Sweet Critique: Seventeen Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Beauty

I am so not a girly girl.  I like pink, and I like glitter, and I like sparkly stuff, but I don’t wear makeup and I rarely do my hair.

My mother never really taught me how to do any of that.  And that’s not a dig at my mother; I never asked about any of it.

I just wasn’t interested.  So here I sit, at 31, without a clue as to how to do anything other than straighten my hair, put mascara and lip gloss on, and maybe throw a hairband in.

This is one of the reasons I agreed to review Seventeen Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Beauty.

The other?

If I can’t do it, how in the world will I ever teach my daughter how to do it?

Because really, I’m not anywhere near 17…

I like how the editors of Seventeen have broken down the components into hair, makeup, resources for care of skin, nails, etc.

Also a fave? The gratuitous use of pink throughout the book.

The makeup seemed a bit heavy-handed to me, but you have to take that with a grain of salt {points to the comment about my makeup usage above}.  There was quite a variety of looks, though, which I can imagine is a teenage girl’s dream.

The hair section really shined.  I think hairstyles are something that can apply to a wider audience, as far as age goes, and Babydoll has been tearing up that section of the book.  She enjoys playing around and doing the various hairstyles.

And then there are the sections that have practical information, like how to master the manicure.

Overall, I think this is a great guide to have around if you have teenage daughters.  If “celebrity” bothers you, the pictures of a variety of female celebrities {to illustrate certain looks} might be a bit bothersome to you, although it’s nothing excessive in my opinion.  I do totally heart the fact that Seventeen also included “real” girls, in all shapes, sizes, and hues.  Gold stars for them.

I definitely learned a ton from the guide, and feel much better about Babydoll entering the teen years.  I think the book will be well-worn from use…

True Confessions:  I was provided with a review copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.