Jun 9, 2010

Babushka's Beauty Secrets by Raya Ruder, Susan Campos


Esthetician to the stars Raisa Ruder learned her time-tested beauty techniques from her Ukrainian grandmother (or babushka, as they say in the old country). Now everyone can discover the all-natural, better-than-botox secrets the Hollywood stars use to shine on the red carpet! Ruder reveals her sought-after beauty recipes that can fight wrinkles, plump lips, and eliminate crow's feet and acne, using inexpensive, everyday grocery items like eggs, honey, vegetable oil and strawberries (and a splash of vodka for freshness!).


Raisa Ruder was a registered nurse in her native Ukraine when she decided to move to the United States fifteen years ago. For seven years she worked at the famed Anastasia salon doing eyebrows and facials until opening her own West Hollywood salon in 2005. She noticed the large amount of preservatives in American products and decided to introduce her Babushka's old world beauty recipes in her salon. She quickly became LA's go-to-girl. Her clients include: Madonna,Tyra Banks, Molly Simms, Ali Larter, Nicolette Sheridan and others.

Susan Campos is a broadcast and print journalist. She is a former anchor for the national weekend edition of Today. She's reported for Dateline and hosted numerous entertainment shows on MSNBC. She currently writes trend stories on beauty for The New York Times' "Styles" section and its T Magazine, and is a contributing editor for Radar Magazine.


Babushka's Beauty Secrets is likely to become one of my all-time favourite books ever! It is packed full of homemade remedies that include:
  • skin-saving souffles (whipped-up wonders that shrink pores, brighten skin, and diminish lines)
  • must-have mustard wrap (an invigorating treatment that smoothes the thighs and reduces the appearance of cellulite)
  • hot hair (a cayenne pepper blend that leaves locks silky, soft and full
  • pedi pure (a soothing, smoothing foot scrub made from vitamin E and lavender oil
  • lustrous lashes (a simple castor oil serum that thickens and lengthens)
  • perfect pucker (a moisturizing mask to light up your lips)
I can't wait to try some of these amazing home remedies, and the author starts off with a basic shopping list of simple items needed to create your own beauty products.  The ten basic items are mineral water, vitamin E, olive oil, green tea, honey, milk, buttermilk, flour, almond oil, and vodka. Nothing but simple products that we likely already have in our homes. 

I was amazed at all the incredible things that vodka can do (other than the most obvious use).  It can be used as an astringent, you can clean your glasses with it, remove a bandage easily, use as a preservative in homemade beauty products, soothe a sore throat, numb a toothache, get rid of foot odor, remove lipstick stains, and help you get over a boyfriend.  ;)

There are suggestions in this book on how to create your own home spa, how to make a heavenly milk bath, how turn a boring colorless lip balm into something fabulous using a few drops of beet juice or carrot juice, create a mixture to control fly-away hair, how to get rid of ingrown hairs, how to heal dry and cracked hands overnight, and so much more!

Most recipes are mixed by hand or else mixed in a blender, and they use a wonderful combination of fresh fruits, vegetables, tea bags, and even pumpkin seeds that would normally be thrown in the garbage.  Nothing is wasted, and I have learned so much about ways to use items I thought were useless.

I absolutely love this book, and I promise that you will love it too.  And just in case you haven't already entered the giveaway right here on this blog to win a copy of this book, follow this link to the giveaway which ends on June 12.  Comments left on this post will not count as an entry for this giveaway.

Thank you to Hachette Books for providing a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

Babushka's Beauty Secrets: Old World Tips for a Glamorous New You
Publish Date: 6/24/2010
Price: $15.99/$19.99
ISBN: 9780446555869
Pages: 208
Size: 5-1/4" x 8"

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