I bought a book full of beauty tips, want some?


Well-known member
I was looking for "Don't Go To The Makeup Counter Without Me" or whatever it's called, but I saw this and started looking through it and said, "Ah what the hell."

The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets by Kym Douglas and Cindy Pearlman

It really does have some really neat tips and tricks for skincare, makeup, hair, etc. I feel like sharing, so here you go!

A tip from Sarah Jessica Parker: Toilet seat covers as blotting paper!! Just tear off a piece of it and blot away. You could also use the tissue wrap some pricier stores use to wrap your new clothes in just as well.

Los Angeles skin-care guru Heather Hale: Use a cheap yellow and green kitchen sponge to exfoliate your feet in the shower.

Instead of more expensive blackhead removing strips, the book suggests smearing a thin strip of Elmer's Glue onto your T-zone, letting it dry, and peeling it off.

Mash 1/4 of a banana until creamy and spread on your face. Leave on 20 minutes, rinse off with warm water, then dash on cold. Your pores will feel tighter and your face will smell tasty!

To reduce redness and improve your complexion: Mix old-fashioned oats with water to form a paste, apply to your face, and leave on for 15 minutes.

Home Recipe Alternatives to some pricier Sonya Dakar products

Sonya's Drying Potion $25
Home Alternative:

Sonya's Secret "Zit Zapper"
1 package of dry yeast

Pour yeast into a bowl and add water, one drop at a time, mixing well after each drop until this mixture forms a medium paste. Dot onto breakouts, allow to dry (30 seconds or so) and go to bed! Yeast kills bacteria and will dry out breakouts.

Sonya's Green Tea Mask $65
Home Alternative:

Creamy Green Tea Mask
1 tea bag of green tea
2 tablespoons of sour cream
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon honey

Boil the green tea bag in 1/4 cup water until it has boiled down to 1 tablespoon, then cool in the fridge for 15 minutes. Mix all other ingredients for about 30-60 seconds until well blended. Stir in the cooled green tea concentrate. Spread mixture over cleansed and exfoliated skin andn leave on for about 15 minutes. Note: This is a soft mask and will not dry.
Rinse well with warm water and follow with a natural toner, moisturizer, etc.

Sonya's Visualift Eye Cream $105
Home Alternative:

Tea for You!
2 potato slices
Chamomile tea
Aloe vera gel

Slice one small piece off of a potato; soak in chamomile tea, and dip in aloe vera gel. Put one slice under each eye and leave them there for 20 minutes.

To plump skin without collagen: Cut the meat off a peach and mash into a pulpy paste. Smooth onto your face and lie down a few minutes. You can also just slice the peach and put them on your face. This is an instant pick-me-up for your skin because of the vitamin C in the peaches. It will leave your skin looking fresher, softer, and more plump.

For acne: If you're not allergic to strawberries!!! Mash a few fresh strawberries and add a spoonful of white yogurt. It might tingle, but don't be skurrt! Wash off after a few minutes. Doing this once a week can really help control breakouts.

Jenny McCarthy is a fan of emu oil. It supposedly thickens skin, which helps with fine lines. Just put it on once a day before bed. It seeps right into the skin.

For facial puffiness: Put a spoon in the freezer for a few minutes. Lay it over your eyelids and at the same time hold an ice cube against the roof of your mouth with your tongue. The chill of the ice will help reduce swelling from the inside out!

Eliminate age spots and lighten skin: Mix one teaspoon of yogurt and one teaspoon of pure honey. Rub on your face and then wash away.

Sarah Jessica Parker's facialist, Yana, has a good tip about face scrubs. You should match your face scrub with your pore size. If the grains in your scrub are too small, they won't penetrate your skin. If they're too large, they can hurt your skin and make you red.

Wow that was a lot of typing, but I hope some of these little tips help other people! I can't wait to try some of them myself!

Latest posts