Comment to Win Charla Krupp’s “How Not To Look Old”

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As I march closer and closer to my mid-30s, I’ve been thinking about what it means to get older.


In many ways, aging has been pretty cool. I feel comfortable in my own skin and better equipped to cope with unexpected things than I was at 23.

But I can’t lie — I worry about looking older. Call it vain, but it’s true, and things like the gray hair I found in my eyebrow kinda tick me off.

I guess like most women I accept the realities of life, but I’d still like to age gracefully, which is where I think Charla Krupp’s How Not to Look Old beauty book can help.

A former Glamour beauty director and senior editor at InStyle magazine, Charla filled the book with practical skin, hair, makeup and wardrobe tips readers can use to “look 10 years younger.”

To illustrate her tips, one of the things Charla uses are before-and-after pictures of celebrities.

I actually tried one of the hair tips recently and swear it made a noticeable difference. Charla suggests that shorter bangs can help one look a little younger (or at least feel a little younger), and after my recent hair cut, I can’t disagree.

I think it’s a great book, whether you’re 32 or 23. 🙂

Time for a giveaway!

The prize

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Five lucky ladies will each win a copy of How Not to Look Old (a $16 value).

How to enter…

There are two ways to enter the giveaway, and you can do both of them for two chances to win.

Just like last time, you can enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. In your comment, tell me the title of your favorite beauty book or magazine.

I can’t choose a favorite, but the last beauty book I read (and enjoyed) was Living Beauty, by Bobbi Brown.

Second, you can also enter by subscribing to my updates by email (if you haven’t already). They’re once-a-day emails with my daily posts. You’ll get more giveaways like this one, along with makeup tutorials, videos and drugstore beauty finds.
(Note: if you’re already subscribed, you’re automatically entered to win.)


  1. Enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, and don’t forget to use a valid email address so I can reach you if you win.
  2. Sign up for my updates by email if you haven’t already. Just enter your email address using the form below, or click this link.

Enter your email address:

I’ll pick the five winners at random from among the people who enter by 11:59PM PST Saturday night.

Good luck!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The giveaway is closed now, and I’m contacting the winners by e-mail. Good luck!


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  1. YadiQ says:

    making faces by kevyn aucoin is my favorite beauty book

    it taught me all the fabulous brush and blending techniques i possess today

    its been my bible since early college !

  2. Jenna says:

    I like Allure, it’s great exposure to a ton of products and they have some good hair tips I’ve benefited from.

  3. Monica says:

    The Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual!

  4. Connie says:

    In Style for quick tips and product reviews.

  5. Meredith says:

    I love the Sephora book 🙂

  6. Deidrie says:

    My hands down fav is the Body Shapes book by Trinni and Susannah. More like body beauty.

  7. G says:

    Instyle – Love to read at the beach

  8. My favorite magazine is Marie Claire.

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  9. joanne says:

    I love the Kevin Aucoin books!

  10. Amanda says:

    I still remember the first time I picked up Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces. The transformations blew me away and I loved that he included both celebrities and regular women. Great book!

  11. Marta says:

    I love Allure magazine.

  12. Shelby says:

    Making Faces, by Kevyn Aucoin – Got it when I was in middle school and studied it over and over and over!

  13. Kate & Zena says:

    Hm, I get a lot of my make-up inspiration from photographs, things I see, et cetera.

    My favorite beauty magazine is probably Glamour since they always have really good photographs. Allure and Seventeen are other magazines I love looking through for inspiration. Vogue tends to be too un-inspirational for me.

  14. Crystal G. says:

    I don’t read many beauty mags, but my favorite book is Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin. It was my introduction into how/why to use makeup skillfully.

  15. Natalie says:

    Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual!

  16. Nikki says:

    Allure magazine is the best

  17. kathemc says:

    Allure or Lucky

  18. magda says:

    My favorite magazine would have to be Allure and the book Passport to Beauty is great!

  19. Glosslizard says:

    One of my all-time fave beauty books is Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin (I notice I’m not alone in this)! I also love Allure!

  20. Sally says:

    i saw that book on the shelf and totally skimmed through it… it’s pretty informative~! my fav magazine is allure.. 😀

  21. Mandy says:

    I like Paula Begouns Take me to the makeup counter book. Very informative and helpful.

  22. Calista says:

    The last beauty book I read was the Bobbie Brown Makeup Manual for Everyone from Beginner to Pro. It’s a terrific book and I learned a few tricks from it!

  23. Judy says:

    I would have to say Allure, as I’m still trying to learn more & more about makeup and skincare. I used to think it was a shallow magazine, but I’m sure happy that I looked a little closer and discovered it for what it is.
    Happy Friday!

  24. Amanda says:


  25. Becky says:

    Hey, I loved Bobbi Brown’s Teenage Beauty book. My former cousin-in-law (sadly, no longer married in) works for Bobbi Brown and co-authored the most recent book you just mentioned, Living Beauty.

  26. Kailey says:

    Heyy karen.
    I’ve got $35 ish to spend this weekend before jetting off to the east coast.
    Any makeup must-haves you think I should get.
    All my makeup is pretty standard, I probably dont have anything you’ll recommended! haha

  27. Amy says:

    I’m all for not looking old! In Style is without a doubt my favorite.

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  28. Bethany says:


  29. Amber says:

    I’m facing 30 in a few months, this would be fab. 😉

    Another vote for Making Faces!

  30. TaLaisa says:

    Oh I love the Kevin Aucoin Making Faces book, I used to have my sister pick a look out of it and see if I could duplicate it on her. It was lots of fun. (I MISS those times).

    I think looking at make up books and cook books at Barnes and Noble are at the top of my list for relaxing getaways.

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  31. Archelle says:

    My favorite beauty magazine is Allure.. I’ve been a long time subscriber. 🙂

  32. Shivotra says:

    Teen Vogue 😛

  33. Stacy Z says:

    Bobbi Brown’s Teenage Beauty Book is my favorite! 😀

  34. Sandy says:

    I love KA’s Making Faces. That man was a genius.

  35. wendy says:

    The Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual 🙂

  36. Nina says:

    Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin

  37. Marisol says:

    Mine would have to be Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces.

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  38. Ali says:

    I have two favourites.

    Francois Nars – Makeup your mind.

    This doesn’t have the step by step but rather a before and after, and a translucent page which shows areas of product placement. Good because it shows the different ways you can use same products.

    Kevyn Aucoin – Making faces. Shows ranges of different techniques. AMAZING book.

  39. Sue C. says:

    I enjoy Allure and Marie Claire each month.

  40. Susan says:

    I loved Kevin Aucoin’s Making Faces – it came out just as I got out of college and it really helped me make the transition from student to professional!

  41. Nazia says:

    Wow, it’s been awhile. Last I read was Cosmo’s Sexiest Beauty Secrets.

  42. Erin says:

    My favorite beauty book is Kevyn Aucoin’s Face Forward. That’s an amazing book! I love the pictures in it.
    I would love to win this book though, as I had such a rough week, I feel that I look pretty old right now!

  43. Megan says:

    I have to admit I’ve never read a beauty book. My favorite magazine is In Style.

  44. elizabeth says:

    Favorites are Allure and Paula Begoun’s Take me to the makeup counter

  45. claudia says:

    wow, even if i don’t win, i think i would like to check out this book at the store! i haven’t read any beauty books, but i’m interested in the Bobbi Brown ones, and I ALWAYS look at the Kevyn Aucoin books at the beauty salon!

  46. Gail says:

    A local mag called Simply the Best – in Boca Raton, FL – always have the latest & greatest.

  47. Kristen says:


  48. Joyce says:

    Laura Mercier’s The New Beauty Secrets

  49. Nicole says:

    I really like Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being by Andrew Weil, M.D.

    Its all about the avoiding inflammation! Long live young skin 🙂

  50. Anna W says:

    Hard to choose just one, but my favorite beauty/fashion magazine is InStyle.

  51. Frances Stoterau says:

    Living Beauty, by Bobbi Brown

  52. Vanessa S says:

    The Kevin Aucoin book, Making Faces….absolutely beautiful!!!

  53. Sandy H. says:

    Elle, a Canadian fashion magazine, is my favorite since it highlights Canadian designers and products that are available
    in Canada.

  54. Claire says:

    Anythig written by Kevin Aucion. Making Faces.

  55. tricia c says:

    allure magazine

  56. Rachel says:

    Kevyn Aucoin, Making Faces.

  57. Brittany says:

    Making faces for me too, what a great book!

  58. gio says:

    I like Allure magazine

  59. Daniele says:

    Kevyn Aucoin’s Face Forward is still my favourite. He had a great, fun take on makeup, and the makeovers are amazing. He made Martha Stewart into Veronica Lake!

  60. Vernita says:

    Its a tie, I like Making Faces by Kevin Aucoin and Fine Beauty by Sam Fine.

  61. mishel says:

    the classic vogue suits me just fine!

  62. Lucy says:

    My favorite beauty magazine is Allure. Love the in-depth articles. Thank you for this giveaway> I can really use it.

  63. Michelle says:

    I love books like these, I have Bobbi Brown’s makeup manual which is pretty cool too.

  64. Dao says:

    Whaaat? I just reviewed this book on Friday!

    I LOVE Bobbi Brown’s makeup manual and Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces a whole whole lot! Please pick me!

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  65. Jenn says:

    I like In Style and Allure and then I love getting the Sephora newsletter.

  66. Catherine says:

    Hm. I just got a subscription to Glamour, so I guess that’s my favorite, but it looks like I should check out Allure too.

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  67. Jessica says:

    Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual is hands down the BEST!!! I looooooooooooove makeup boooks! Fav magazine is Allure.

  68. Wilhelmina says:

    My favorite magazine is Allure.

  69. Abigail says:

    My favorite beauty magazine is Women’s Health… it’s not just about beauty, also gives great advise in nutrition, exercizing, etc. loove it

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  70. Kristina says:

    Confessions of a Beauty Editor by Linda Wells (Allure).

    It is my favorite beauty book because everytime I read through it I find something new that I haven’t tried before.

  71. Melessa says:

    cosmopolitan is probably my favorite.
    i also like allure, instyle and glamour

  72. Linda Long says:

    Eve Pearl’s book!

  73. Brooklynshoebabe says:

    I like Iman’s beauty book because it is really helpful for black women. I subscribe & follower on twitter–bklynshoebabe.

  74. Juliet says:

    I like Instyle and the US & UK version of Cosmo 🙂

  75. A. Ozair says:

    a fave of mine is Kevyn Aucoin’s “The Art of Makeup”

    i am already subscribed to your mailing list

  76. Kathy Hunt says:

    Well, I actually AM old, so I need to win this book! My favorite “beauty” book is “Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me,” by Paula Begoun. I do not agree with everything she writes, but some of her analysis is spot on and has saved me bunches of money (money that I shouldn’t have considered spending in the first place, of course).

    I’m already a subscriber to your blog, which I love, and I only have one question: WHERE ARE THE SEALS AT MY PRECIOUS SAN FRANCISCO PIER?!? (Yes, I’m a SF native, now living in Washington state, and I do miss my City).

    So I need and deserve this book — dontcha think? 🙂

  77. Heather T. says:

    Glamour <3 But blogs are my fav. resource though!

  78. lisajay99 says:

    I love Allure magazine, and I also agree that Making Faces is a wonderful makeup book.

  79. Danielle says:

    My favorite beauty magazine is Allure! 🙂

  80. Rachael Williams says:

    it varies, blogs, magazines, you tube, books…i love it all!

  81. honeyBrown1976 says:

    Glamour magazine has been a mainstay of mine since the late 80s. As I venture into my mid-thirties (33, right?), this book may come in handy.

  82. Halifax says:

    I like Carmindy’s Get Positively Beautiful

  83. Cindyrela says:

    The only beauty book I own is the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. I need this book cuz I am now officialy *ahem* over 50 so I need all the help I can get!!

  84. Laddie says:

    Carmindy’s Get Positively Beautiful is very helpful!

  85. Christy says:

    InStyle…It’s my beauty “BIBLE”

  86. Amy C. says:

    I like Allure magazine

  87. Kim says:

    I love Look mag. =)

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  88. Sleepy says:

    Hmm, I don’t have a fav beauty magazine or book per se, but the last beauty book I read was the one by Bobbi Brown. I really like her philosophy on make-up!

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