How Not to Look Old by Charla Krupp: Review

Saturday, May 16, 2009 Posted by Dina N

I received a review copy of How Not to Look Old, courtesy of Hachette Book Group. I started leafing through it last night, and could not put it down! Charla Krupp, who has an impressive list of fashion and beauty experience, has put together a collection of great advice any woman can use.

The book is divided into 19 chapters, each focused on a specific beauty or style topic: from hair to eyewear to wardrobe. Krupp draws on her vast experience as editor of magazines such as Glamour, InStyle, and More to come up with valuable tips on how not to look old. In the first chapter, you can take a short quiz to help define your maintenance level: high, medium, or low. In every section, you can find advice for all three groups. Depending on how serious you are about being young and hip - and how much money you have to spend on fashion and beauty buys - you can find suggestions for your nails, hands, teeth, clothing, and jewelry.

The book is very well organized, with Too Old and Just Right descriptions, To Do sections, and Please Don't advice. The photographs of celebrities - both in their too old and just right versions - let you see right away what a difference a softer make up or a different haircut makes. These tips are not just for movie stars - three moms, all over 40, are seen in before and after shots. In each chapter, there is a list of Briliant Buys - recommended quality cosmetic products and where to find them. As you can expect, many are rather expensive - but you can also find some that are quite affordable and can be found at mass retailers such as Target and Walgreens.

I know that some of the pricey products are not what I would buy right now. However, there are tons of Briliant Buys that anyone can afford. If you keep a close eye on all those bargains after coupon or rebate available at drugstores, you might just score some for free!

I especially enjoyed reading how to find the perfect pair of jeans and how to choose eyeglasses. The make up, teeth and wardrobe advice are something any woman should read - even if you are in your 20s or 30s and not that concerned about looking old. For example - did you know there is a Good Gums Diet, in addition to the White Teeth "Diet"? Most of us are aware that coffee and red wine darken teeth - but not that some raw vegetables scrub away stains.

You can buy How Not to Look Old at book retailers nationwide. Or, you can enter my giveaway here and be one of FIVE lucky readers who will get this valuable book for free!


  1. LittlePeopleWealth said...

    That book looks awesome! I'm off to enter the contest :-)

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