Jun 30, 2015

Book Giveaway: THE FRENCH BEAUTY SOLUTION by Mathilde Thomas

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The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out
by Mathilde Thomas; expected publication: July 14, 2015 by Avery

I grew up in Grenoble, a French village nestled at the foot of the French Alps where the air was pure and clean and the mountain water icy crisp. My parents, Daniel and Florence Cathiard, my younger sister, Alice, and I lived on a farm with my maternal grandparents, Yvonne and Maurice, where we tended a vegetable garden and raised chickens and bees. My grandfather took me hiking all over the mountains, pointing out which plants were edible and which mushrooms were toxic, which herbs could cure a tummy ache and which would staunch a wound, which smelled intoxicatingly minty and which were so pungent they made my nose run. 
The Pleasure Principle is pretty simple. All it means is that your beauty routing should make you feel good at the same time it makes you look good. 
About the book: The book is divided into five parts. 
Part I - how to live a happy and healthy life the French way.
Part II - the science behind skincare
Part III - an effective skin care routing, with recommendations for streamlining to meet your unique needs
Part IV - how the French do their makeup and haircare
Part V - three-day grape detox and cleanse

French Beauty Secret: One of the easiest ways to decongest and hydrate your skin is with a cucumber. Make sure the cucumber is cold (it needs to have been refrigerated for at least twenty minutes). Slice it thinly, lie down, and apply slices all over your face. Remove after ten minutes.  
BOOK GIVEAWAY: The publisher is offering a copy of The French Beauty Solution to a U.S. resident. To enter to win, please send me an email at harvee44@yahoo.com with the title: French Beauty Solution Contest. Include an email address to reach you if you should win. Contest ends on July 6, 2015. A winner will be chosen at random and notified by email the following day to send a mailing address by July 9. Thanks for entering and Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Bellezza, chosen by Randomizer as winner of the book. Thanks to all of you who entered. Wish I had a book for each and every one of you!


  1. I am always interested in eating better and looking better, though at this point I may be a lost cause in the looking better department.

  2. Interesting!

    My teaser this week is from an inspirational novel, which I really enjoyed:


  3. I've just gotten some cucumbers fresh from a friend's garden. I'll have to try this tip. Sounds like an intriguing book.

  4. What a delightful sounding book! And that cover is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing....and here's mine: “CATCHING AIR”

  5. Sounds interesting. My teaser on my adult blog comes from this romantic suspense title - Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker. Happy reading!

  6. Someone just gave me several cucumbers, so I'll try that and see if it transforms me... but I'm not expecting a miracle! This sounds like an interesting book.
    My Tuesday post features SERENA.

  7. I can think of a few people in my life who would love this book. I admit it doesn't sound like something I would be interested in though.

  8. This sounds like it might be pretty good. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Tried to write a poem about chickens this morning.

  10. So thrilled to have won! This fits perfectly with Paris on July, but even better one of my life's passions. Thanks so much for the win! xo


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