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Beauty & Beyond: The Beauty Bookworm Edition

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Now that I'??ve finished the four Games of Thrones books (and for those of you in the know'?¦winter'??s coming), I'??m looking for some eye candy to relax my weary brain from the set's 8,000 pages. That is, before I get to the fifth book. Ugh.

I found some. Two sweet books that are light reads, very appropriate for this time of year and fit quite beautifully (literally) into my day.

First off, is the Bonding Over Beauty '?? A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trustby former child actress and model Erika Katz.

As a woman who takes her little girl to countless beauty events (Fashion Week runway shows to beauty product launches to media events), I was thrilled to see a book that actually shows a way to invite your daughter into your own beauty rituals. Considering we learn things like how to shave and put on eyeshadow and aren't born with this 411, this comprehensive beauty guide offers down-to-earth advice for moms to help address all the beauty, grooming, hygiene, body issues and questions their daughters know...during those stressful teen years. I'm not there yet, since our daughter's only five but as I told you...winter's coming. And now I'm ready for the storm.

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Chapters include such basics as Bonding over Makeup & Brows, Bonding over Nutrition & Fitness, and Bonding over Her Hair. There are also activities for you to do with your daughter, such as fresh ingredient face mask recipes you could make together as well as at-home manicures and pedicures. This would be a quick read for you, a long discussion with her and a few fun times in between.

Another new book on my shelf is How to Look Expensive '?? A Beauty Editor'??s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig with a forward by Glamour'??s top gal Cindi Leive.

'Tis the season of giving, but doesn'??t means you shlep around filling bags of toys while bagging your beauty routines for the sake of depleted funds. This is the perfect time, with presents and parties lightening your checkbook, to get money-saving tips to for daily tasks like coloring your grays, looking put-together and ridding yourself of party-induced dark circles...without trips to the experts.

Lustig gives you a fun read on getting glamorous without shelling out cash for good hair, makeup, beautiful skin, teeth, and more. Just a glimpse, she gives you five recipes for $500 haircuts you can take to your $50 stylist as well as at-home tricks to recreate that pricy blowout. Quick (and cheap) fix-its like making a crushed aspirin paste for your zits before bed, using frozen Jello-O squares as compresses for undereye bags, and declumping your mascara with a toothbrush mean you can stay away from pricy derms, Sephora and makeup artists'?¦.at least for the time being.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.'?¨

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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