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I looked at my reflection and despaired. As an exhausted young mother I felt ugly and saw that a new dress or face cream would never help. I was at risk of passing on a habit of feeling miserable about my looks to my baby girl—if nothing changed. Soon afterward Phoebe Baker Hyde made a vow: to give up new clothes, makeup, haircuts, and jewelry in hopes of revealing somethiI looked at my reflection and despaired. As an exhausted young mother I felt ugly and saw that a new dress or face cream would never help. I was at risk of passing on a habit of feeling miserable about my looks to my baby girl—if nothing changed. Soon afterward Phoebe Baker Hyde made a vow: to give up new clothes, makeup, haircuts, and jewelry in hopes of revealing something she had always paid lip service to but never quite believed in—her inner beauty.The Beauty Experiment chronicles Hyde's quest for self-acceptance in nothing but her own skin. In thoughtful, exquisite prose, Hyde holds up a mirror to all women and shows how perfectionism can keep us from achieving what we really want: happiness, confidence, and serenity. ...

Title : The Beauty Experiment: How I Skipped Lipstick, Ditched Fashion, Faced the World without Concealer, and Learned to Love the Real Me
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The Beauty Experiment: How I Skipped Lipstick, Ditched Fashion, Faced the World without Concealer, and Learned to Love the Real Me Reviews

  • Diane
    2019-04-14 21:07

    2.5 starsI was disappointed in this book because I had hoped it would delve more deeply into the beauty behaviors that are expected of women and how our appearance is linked to our self-esteem, and there was some of that, but overall the writing was shallow. I think part of the problem is that Phoebe did this experiment back in 2007 when she and her husband were living in Hong Kong, but she didn't write the book until 2011-2012, so her memory isn't as clear as it might have been if she had done the project more recently and took better notes.Much of the book felt like it was filler -- there are long sections about the various shopping centers in Hong Kong or vignettes from the present day that have no real purpose -- and in the end, there was no real conclusion or declaration of personal growth. I couldn't help but wonder how much better this book could have been if it had been written by another woman, say, Elizabeth Gilbert or Gretchen Rubin. Now THAT would have been a good book!

  • Robin
    2019-04-05 19:50

    This could be interesting. Could I do this? Go without my perm, hair color, blush, eyebrow pencil, and, OMG!, lipstick--or at least gloss??? Update: Not quite as interesting as I thought it would be. A little too much hyperbole and inner introspection that was a little over the top, plus I'm not nearly into as much grooming and make-up applications as she was but it gave me few things to think about.

  • Audrey
    2019-04-15 15:52

    Ugh. The author is a narcissist with low self esteem and bad taste. She is constantly seeking validation and spends a lot of time just obsessed with herself. If I didn't have tom read this for book group, I would have dumped it.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-19 23:08

    I was so irritated by this book. I love reading books about people who do weird things in the name of personal growth (and yes, not shaving for a year and walking around with holes in your shoes, as this woman did, strikes me as weird.) However, this woman clearly has some unresolved issues that have nothing to do with her rejection of beauty and style. Most of the book is about her dissatisfaction with her life as an expat SAHM to a toddler in Hong Kong with a largely absent husband, which is really not something I wanted to read about for 200+ pages. I was interested enough in the premise to finish the book in hopes it would get better (it didn't), but I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-22 17:09

    Let me start by saying I am the antithesis of who this book is intended for. I don't read non-fiction, especially memoir. I am purely a fiction reader. I also would have realistically given it 2.4 stars, based on the writing alone. I think Phoebe is a phenomenal writer. The Beauty Experiment had a great voice and some hilarious descriptions like, "it was a Disneyland for women of good taste." And some insightful thoughts like, "we're either too young to know what we have or too old to have it anymore." I was just thinking that same thing the other day.When I started this book, I definitely found a connection with the author. She has a party to go to, and rushes out to buy a new dress for it. She thinks she's found it, the perfect dress to fulfill her soul, and later, when she looks at the pictures, realizes it was a disaster. It is this event that inspires her to take a break from her beauty regime for a year.I thought that this would lead into a journey of self-fulfillment. Rather, it becomes more of an exploration of her own neurosis related to appearance and beauty. If the point of The Beauty Experiment is to quit obsessing about beauty, isn't obsessing about NOT shaving your legs just as unhealthy? This line I found almost offensive, " was not brave in the way of women who had to cross minefields for food or medicine..." She is referring to chopping off her hair which is not brave at all. There are women in the army who have to cut off their hair, lose their make-up, their dresses, leave their families and go to war in Afghanistan. That is brave. "Brave" should not be a word associated with a haircut.Also, as part of this experiment, the author was to donate the money and time she would have spent on her beauty regime to those less fortunate. She admits to taking money out of the jar for other things, (later refilling it and donating), and there is no mention of volunteer work. Another rule of the Beauty Experiment was no clothes. She buys a bathing suit and a tank top. I haven't bought a new bathing suit in years. She also takes a trip to a spa. I have never been to a spa. These little slips give the "experiment" less impact, considering most women have already shunned these things out of necessity. If you go to Target during the week, you'll be hard pressed to find a woman with make-up on and not wearing sweatpants. Interspersed with her own narrative are results from a survey she conducted online. I was actually happy to see most of the results. It seemed they fell in the middle, as in the time spent thinking about appearance and beauty is average - a bell curve, which is where I would say I fall. I think the author falls toward the up-end of the curve, on the obsessive side. That being the case, it's understandable that her journey wouldn't apply to most people who have a healthy relationship with their beauty regime. I also think that maybe she needed this experiment to bring herself closer to the middle.She herself says that she couldn't have done this experiment if she had not moved to Hong Kong with her husband, which I understood before reading this book is a locale that does obsess over fashion and appearance. During her exploration, she worries about it constantly, but after it is said and done, she discusses it with her friends who say they hardly noticed, which makes me again think this is less of a society problem and really the author's own struggle that I can't identify with. If I look at her as a character, I just feel sorry for her, as I do for anyone who worries this much about how they look.I think if you are one of these people, you will find comfort in reading this to know you are not alone. If you're like me and go out often with greasy hair and dirty jeans, than don't bother. I would, however, be interested in reading a novel by Phoebe, to see what she does with her writing when she steps outside of herself.

  • Maureen Flatley
    2019-03-28 21:52

    I expected this to be far more interesting than it was. Once you get the basic premise there are only so many ways to say I'm not wearing makeup. It is provocative in some ways though so it may be of interestl

  • Amy Elizabeth
    2019-04-16 16:55

    I wanted this to be so much better than it was. It was a good idea, but set in Hong Kong and full of such whiny self loathing I could not enjoy her story.

  • Jessica Lu
    2019-03-23 17:09

    The author, an expatriate housewife, was relocated in Hong Kong with a newborn baby. The book was her self-reflecting record of a one-year no-beauty experiment there and 4 years later after she returned back to the US.The best part of the book is her realization of her “childish”, “rebelling”, “protest” and “strike” on doing make-up and dressing up.Although I was annoyed by her writing style, self-importance, snobby self-consciousness and negativity (even the post experiment part), I finished the book and did actually learn a lot about “feminine outlook beauty” – her major focused topic, rather than the inner quality of a female. By the way, she did claim that because of this book, she is “an appearance professional”! After all, I have to take my hat off to her honest monologue.I think she was in a stage of post-birth depression with stress from being a new country without a job as a full time housewife and new mother. Her husband was too busy at work and she seemed to have a financial anxiety that she refused to hire a maid or nanny, so she was without any domestic help, tired without enough sleep, lonely and needed attention and someone to tell her that she was doing a good job. Because this “deep hurt”, she claimed, as well as “the anger of feeling herself as a unwrapped and used gift”, she refused to believe and deny her “beauty”. She said: “If a gift is what you were, then at some point, you were given away, or you gave yourself away.” “If I couldn’t have beauty as it was advertised, I wasn’t going to settle for anything else…like a 7-years old kid, who tells all the little kids there’s no such thing… just to keep herself from crying over the loss.” So she decided to cease all beauty spending (to keep her “emotional balance”, she said).One of the things I find myself disagreed with her throughout my reading of this book was: She seemed to directly connect “beauty” to female youth, cosmetics, jewelry and luxury brand clothes. So a lot of time, I was thinking “okay, you were having a tough time, but so what? What a big deal you were making the whole thing? There are plenty of females, who do not do make up or dress up; who do you think you are that the world has to care about your protest?”. And actually, she did said in the book that her friends did not “notice” that she was doing the “beauty experiment” except noticing that she had a very short man-like haircut. The fact that she treated this experiment a big deal just shows how much she was into “herself”. Or maybe, she just needed a topic to write a book.Anyway, I did learn a lot from the book about beauty myths: Many girls in the world believe that Snow White’s beauty won her a prince and made her happy forever. The garment, cosmetics, fashion, plastic surgery and advertisement industry can’t agree more that our grooming speaks a coded language to communicate that we are professional, capable, serious, sharp or sexy. Career women have to play a beauty game to keep balance between looking powerful and feeling loved. And we are artists with our own face, figure and wardrobe as obvious art objects to create visual artworks. From delight to desire and to despair, we check on mirrors whenever we have a chance for correction, improvement and covering. We all have a negative/critical voice within our brains. Worst, sometimes, we do not even try to look good, but just to escape feeling bad. Cosmetic is a symptom.The author’s advices: We women should take care of ourselves through self-acceptance. We should choose clothes based on what the body likes, what the role we play and what personality we want to express. We can look in the mirror and appreciate everything already there, then add just one thing for artistry appeal or fun. Enhance but never cover or deceive. Let the health & wisdom give grace to our ages!

  • Brenna Lyden
    2019-03-23 20:44

    In “The Beauty Experiment,” Phoebe Baker Hyde forgoes the fake-face – which most of us consider a social normalcy and in she sets out to find the real beauty that lies within not only herself, but also the entirety of her dramatically changing life. Hyde is grippingly raw in her expedition to obtain peace with the skin she’s in and silence her antagonistic inner voice. Her refreshingly real tale of a woman seeking to confront her appearance-related anxieties is told through a sundry of sarcastic humor. This novel is a must read for any woman of any age due to the underling factor we all share – the need to succumb to society’s expectations of beauty.It’s undeniably relatable and accessible to any woman because we’ve all been there, hearing the roars of a destructively critical voice protruding your confidence. It’s her hide-nothing attitude reads as a refreshing twist in a world that is drowned by perfectionism in women’s appearances. Hyde does an exceptional job of balancing a comedy skit, a personal narrative and a research paper—all complied into a 200-something page book. It is sure to rock you and your views on beauty, all the way to your Pilates-toned core.

  • Ashley Kennedy
    2019-03-26 20:52

    I read this book as a requirement for my Psychology of Women course. I really loved Baker Hyde's writing style. She was very descriptive, and allowed the reader to feel as though they were experiencing the journey with her. As for the subject matter, I found it intriguing. I admired her for taking such a huge step that drastically changed her life and took her out of her comfort zone. She often discussed an inner voice, that was very critical of anything that walked, and I found her a bit dramatic and sometimes mean. All in all though, I was happy I choose this book to work with because it highlights just how concerned most of the women are within our society--and everywhere even. I think it is important for people to focus less on the physical, and more on the internal, accepting themselves for who they are and appreciating inner beauty.

  • Annie
    2019-04-07 21:57

    I read this book for my book club, and the title itself was intriguing. I was looking forward to reading it, and unfortunately the only reason I finished it is from book club obligation. I still look forward to reading a book that actually adresses what the title implies, because this one does not. Phoebe Baker Hyde has self esteem issues that she tries to blame on an obsession with beauty products and clothes. The book is mostly her rambling about why she isn't happy, and rather than facing her personal issues, she blames the media, her circumstance, her social scene, blah blah blah. It got really tiring to read about. So I highly do not recommend this book. And if someone knows of a book that actually adresses what the title says, let me know!

  • Lisa Hacker
    2019-04-10 20:56

    Yet another navel-gazing memoir. Similar to Eat, Pray, Love in that I mostly finished it to read about her experience living in a foreign culture, but without the thorough research that redeemed Gilbert's work. I gave Hyde an extra star because she does have writing talent, the book is quite readable, but there's no real substance. At the end of her experiment, Hyde admits that she doesn't have much to say, yet proceeds to write a book about it anyway. I honestly wish she had done more reading about beauty and what it means to different people in different cultures, as I think it could have turned this work into something thought-provoking, rather than shrug-inducing.

  • Terri
    2019-03-25 14:58

    Wow! While at times the author is a little melodramatic and gets a little too much into the sociological stuff, this was a great read. Even more special for me was the way it so closely reflected my three years in Hong Kong as an expat spouse, just like the author. So many of her experiences rang true for me that I wondered if I had perhaps met her somewhere! Definitely made me think about how I approach beauty and the messages we send.

  • Heather
    2019-04-18 19:50

    I was intrigued by the title and thought I'd find something more to this book but I was sadly let down. Maybe it's because I'm not much of a makeup person, because I couldn't give a rat's behind about fashion...or mostly because other people's opinions of me aren't ranked all that high on my lists of things to worry about....this book just seemed like a great waste of time. Also, she whines A LOT.

  • joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
    2019-03-19 15:12

    she's as crazy as i am!

  • Tiffany
    2019-04-09 21:10

    Wasn't a fan of the author's jumping back and forth through her timeline as she told her story (from 2007 to 2011 and back). Her personality just... wasn't for me. I'm sure other people out there will love her "voice" and sense of humor, it just didn't mesh well with my personality.

  • Devi Sykes
    2019-03-28 21:53

    I found it very insightful 😊

  • Lili Ruff
    2019-03-26 23:01

    Phoebe Baker Hyde, mother, wife and author gives you a chance to lookwithin while reading about someone else’s very candid self-discovery. A youngmom, living in not only a state other than her sunny California, but transported tothe other side of the earth. Hyde weaves a tale of introspective narrative through the busy streets of Hong Kong.This cleverly written book calls to women of all ages, shapes, shades and sizes. Forevery mother out there who has felt the weight of sleep deprivation, piled with adepleted self-confidence and disdain for the outside world, this tale is for you. Tothe younger single girls like me, who struggle with the mirror and that intimidatingand forever dreaded bathing suit, this is a story for you. For every other woman inbetween who has had a less than ‘good enough’ compliment from your one and onlyspouse, you guessed it, this is a book for you.But wait! There has to be a factor for this to be an “Experiment”. Hyde decides, inwhat some would call a silly whim and others would call a cry for help, to ditch thebeauty products for one whole year. No makeup, no lotions or dyes—heck, this ladyeven tosses her razor (okay she still tames monthly)-- what I’m saying is, it’s daringand she sticks to it.Not only does this memoir deliver its fair share of mentally stimulatingvernacular, but it’s packed with information Hyde clearly collected and pored over.She also sprinkles it with thought-provoking questions like: “Have you ever feltbested by another woman because she had a better “beauty package” even whenyou were not competing for a sexual partner?”, to which 71 percent of womenresponded yes, including myself.When it comes down to it, I recommend this quick read to any and every woman.It’s an endearing and theatrical portrayal of a woman who gives upbeauty in order to find it.

  • Merredith
    2019-04-01 14:54

    This book is supposed to be about the author's attempt to give up makeup and all beauty things/new clothes/etc. for about a year and learn from it. It started years ago, when she, an American, was living in Singapore with her husband and new baby. They were there for her husband's job and she was having a hard time with him always working, being in a new spot with a new person to care for. Only telling her husband, she gives up all things beauty (even chopping off her hair). Later, they go back to the US and a couple years after she decides to write about it. She didn't take notes or a journal, she just went by memory after the fact. That's already kind of weird to me, but, whatever. I am not a high maintenance person, but I am the sort of person that will stick on just a little bit of makeup and such whenever I go anywhere, so the idea was interesting. The thing is, it wasn't so much about that. This woman had a few issues she had to work out that weren't about her eyeliner. I don't often hang out with women so I like to read things like this to learn more, maybe socialize myself. The author spends more time thinking about herself, her appearance, what other people are thinking about herself and her appearance and what she's doing and what she's saying than anyone ever. I feel like it's not typical, as her female friends usually don't even notice she looks any different throughout her experiment. Even doing this experiment made her think about her appearance and what people thought of her, instead of the opposite. She still spent ten times more thought than I do, not doing the experiment. For me, the book wandered from its purpose and was hard to get through, but I did care enough to finish it. I'm giving it a two stars (ok) and leave it up to you whether you want to try it out.

  • Jen
    2019-03-28 20:48

    I really enjoyed this book. I bought it on impulse because it was 70p in the Kindle store, but I think it's worth much more and the author's really being shortchanged here.'The Beauty Experiment' is only partly about the experiment: it's about the writer's experiences of and around the experiment, and the difficulties of being a new mother and an expat in Hong Kong. This is a memoir, not an in-depth social analysis - if you want that, read The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf.Baker-Hyde writes in a very engaging. down-to-earth style and there were many passages in the book that stuck me as particularly true or relatable. More than that, I really admired her for going through with this experiment - it takes a lot of strength and humility to willingly make yourself look 'bad' for a year for the sake of personal growth, and for being a good role model for your daughter. How many of us could do that? And her book is unerringly honest, too - she shares experiences that don't paint her in a good light as well as those that do. I think she comes across as extremely likeable. Several of the reviews of this book criticise the author and the experiment for not being perfect, but I feel like they're missing the point."Whether I'd done enough or too little was no longer the question. My future answer was doing more." pg 207

    2019-04-12 15:06

    This book is an incredibly real, probing look into the life of a lonely, expatriate woman dealing with the struggles of first time motherhood almost completely on her own. Looking at the lipstick adorned cover of The Beauty Experiment by Phoebe Baker-Hyde I expected a cliché tale of a beauty queen gone bare only to discover she was beautiful the whole time- on the inside. I was both pleasantly surprised and somewhat dissatisfied when reading the book didn’t leave me- or the author- with the concrete albeit cliché outcome we were expecting to find. Reading the book felt more like sitting in on Hyde’s own therapy sessions than learning anything new about beauty or its necessity. Her surveys seemed like afterthoughts to the book, and by the end she hadn’t found any real of anything pertaining to beauty or the industry.As a memoir, this book is an excellently delivered, honest story sure to resonate with any woman who has suffered bouts of low self-esteem or survived motherhood (so yeah, pretty much all of us). Where it fails to hit home is on anything insightful about the topic of beauty- leaving me wishing it had been renamed and repackaged so that I could have enjoyed the writing without the disappointment I felt when the book had next to nothing to offer beauty experiment-wise.

  • Katie Miner
    2019-04-19 20:57

    For one whole year, Phoebe Baker Hyde did the unthinkable; she gave up makeup, hair care and fashion. Baker Hyde chronicles her barefaced journey in the memoir “The Beauty Experiment.” Baker Hyde, an expatriate living in Hong Kong with a new baby and an always-working husband, struggles with her lack of self-esteem and the effects it will have on her daughter. She undergoes a yearlong beauty product-free experiment as a journey of personal development and discovery. Her memoir is never preachy, never a recipe for a total life makeover. She offers a personal and familiar voice to women’s common struggles with inner beauty. At times Baker Hyde’s beauty struggle may seem tiresome for one’s who’s not quite ready to abandon society’s sanctioned beauty definitions (at times her inner contemplation can seem to continue on for too long), the clever chapter layout of snapshots of her life now in Boston and her common struggles with marriage and planning family vacations keeps the book grounded and not too lofty. It is the end of Baker Hyde’s book, when all the snapshots of life today are collected, one can actually see what Baker Hyde’s experiment can teach all of us about our own self-worth.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-20 19:49

    The Beauty Experiment, written by Phoebe Baker Hyde, is a book dedicated to telling the story of one woman’s journey through self-discovery. She went a year without doing any of her normal beautification routines. This included make-up application, hair styling, and hair removal. The story begins with Hyde living in Hong Kong with her family and realizing that her confidence is encompassed with her looks and how people perceive her appearance. She begins her experiment to see the impact it has on her life as well as the perceptions of her peers. The book follows Hyde through the ups and downs of her beauty experiment to the conclusion she realizes about confidence and self-awareness. The concept of beauty and each individual’s self-image is a riddle. There is no right answer or easy fix. At times Hydes comes across as self-loathing, however she navigates this tricky topic with humor. Beauty and all that this word entails is wrapped around media influences, our peers, and our own feelings about appearance. Hyde entwines past and present experiences, survey results, and research to teach her findings about beauty. It is now up to the readers to try our own beauty experiment and discover our own self-acceptance.

  • Jordan Callahan
    2019-04-02 14:58

    In "The Beauty Experiment," Phoebe Baker Hyde asks herself: what would a year without makeup and fashion be like? Challenging this thought, Hyde embarks on a journey in quest for her inner beauty, letting go of makeup and fashion of all forms. After her stunning holiday dress fails her, showcasing only her insecurities, Hyde puts her foot down and vows to change her lifestyle. Hyde's ultra-beauty cleanse meant stripping down to the nitty-gritty causes of her lack of confidence. Filled with heartrending details, survey results and “snapshots” into her life after the experiment, the author beautifully expresses the whirlwind of emotions and challenges she faced before, during and after the experiment. Transporting readers through each raw experience, Hyde shares the life lessons she will forever keep close to her heart. This memoir is must-have on any woman's reading list, whether she radiates with confidence or in search for that inner spark. An eye-opening memoir into the mind of a woman much like ourselves, Hyde discovers that its not a face perfected by makeup or a figure draped in couture that makes a woman beautiful. Infusing inspiration and determination into the novel, Hyde rejects society's beauty norms and allows her inner beauty to take charge.

  • Steph
    2019-03-29 18:08

    “The Beauty Experiment” by Phoebe Baker Hyde is an insightful look into the logic, or illogic, of makeup and fashion. Hyde describes the daily struggle of finding her own beauty without the aid of makeup or fashionable clothing as she spends a year without either. Sparked by the disappointment of her search for a “Red Hot” party dress; Hyde takes on the fashion and shopping-devoted Hong Kong with nothing but her current wardrobe and hand lotion smelling vaguely of bathroom cleaner. No days off or slip-ups allowed. All year, Hyde keeps track of her progress and reactions by others to her fashion faux-pas.This day-in-the-life tale of a woman finding her inner beauty while quieting her worst critic speaks to all women searching for the magical product to make them beautiful and their true self worth. Hyde was surprised to find her friends praising her brave new hair cut and ignoring her under-eye shadows, and she learned women evoke natural beauty in ways not requiring products or long hair, such as body shape. As Hyde explained, we are watched at all times whether by other people or ourselves, but if she ignored that inner self-watcher, Hyde found she was happy.

  • Nyobi
    2019-04-03 14:52

    This book can be an inspiration to women that are consumed with a variety of beauty products. Baker Hyde can be a role model for women through this book. It explains her emotions throughout the process and how she overcomes obstacles. This can help women who are emotionally and mentally consumed with beauty products. The book is full of surveys taken by men and women based on how beauty products affect their lives. Personally, this book became frustrating when I realized there was not an exact answer about her beauty craze. This book is based on her life and what has personally benefited her. This book is probably not a great read for people that wear minimal make-up. It is focused on women who invest in beauty products and use products daily. It is also a confidence booster for women similar to the author. Since there is not an exact answer, this book can be an inspiration for “beauty crazed” women. It can also inspire women to start their own beauty experiment. “The Beauty Experiment” can help different types of women to control how much beauty products they use.

  • Tabitha
    2019-03-28 21:56

    I greatly respect the author's honesty, but I have mixed feelings about the story. I began with high hopes, then felt disappointed, and then started enjoying the book much more about 3/4 the way through. The idea was compelling but somehow the memoir of the experiment felt incomplete. It was hard not to feel frustrated with Hong Kong Phoebe for dwelling on herself so much. She wanted to be a "good person" and implemented some Zen Buddhist methods but it was hard to understand what her motivation was throughout all of this-- to make herself feel better? To think of others more? I got the impression that she was feeling a little mixed up about it. I admire her desire to experiment but it felt like she was trying to punish herself instead of test social norms, so it was great to see that she eventually learned more about the importance of loving herself and taking care of herself and enjoying womanhood in all of its stages.All in all, thought-provoking but also kind of confusing.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-31 17:46

    the majority of this book I didn't love. I thought it was another angry rant fest against anything feminine. however the author finished the book showing what she had learned and how it had changed her. it was a better and more positive read than "Cinderella ate my daughter." I read the reviews below and noted that women in general dislike hearing the negative inner voice that this women wrote about. but don't we all have it? It isn't pretty to admit to having an ugly side but I enjoyed that the author used her down moment to grow upward. after reading this book I realize that there are certain aspects of beauty I want to free myself from. This gave me the opportunity to contemplate what I needed to let go of so that I could be a more confident me.

  • Nmitchell
    2019-04-05 18:55

    I found the book interesting but at times the thoughts of the author seemed confused and a bit all over the place. Though it seems like that was how she felt with the experiment and why she decided to do the experiment in the first place. I can relate as a new mother being frustrated with the reality and what you thought being very different and can't imagine having to go through this in a new country with no family or close friends (though she did meet a group of people as time progressed). Interesting read and will hopefully allow readers to think of how beauty or societies perceptions of beauty influence their daily life.

  • Kellie Bush
    2019-04-05 19:43

    I was intrigued by the concept of this book, however I feel some of her 'before' writings had a bit of a negative impact on me. While I like to maintain a certain level of appearance for work, I don't recall ever looking in the mirror as much as she described. Her dedication to checking her reflection made me begin to doubt my appearance and worry I should be more vigilant. In the end I have already stripped down my routine to a manageable enough level to where the book provides no significant revelations.