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Bella Book: Get Positively Beautiful

Throughout her 15 or so years in the cosmetics biz, you might say Carmindy's picked up a thing or two along the way, and she's truly become the master of lifting spirits. In her latest book, Get Positively Beautiful: The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Gorgeous ($14.95), Carmindy dishes out advice like a girlfriend who knows all kinds of beauty tricks. She admits to not feeling so cute in her younger years (complete with awkward school photo) and details the moment when she said enough is enough.

So, stop wasting energy focusing on covering up what you don't like about yourself, she says. Zero in on your natural beauty, and you'll discover your best feature to accentuate instead. Yeah, it might sound relatively obvious, but there's just something about when Carmindy says it that makes it really stick.

Pep talk aside, the book is also full of the ins and outs of beauty, from seasonal makeup tips to colorful pictures (love it), to makeovers. (Who doesn't love a good makeover every now and then?) It's beefy enough for the advanced crowd, but written in a non-intimidating way for the beginners. Overall, I'd recommend it to anyone looking to learn about the basics of makeup to those who are looking for some nifty new tips — and to Carmindy fans, of course.

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