Cawfee Tawk Babushka’s Beauty Secrets Giveaway!

Hello my darling bubellahs, I wanted to share about a book I read recently. Because after all, I’m a givah, am I right?

The book is called Babushka’s Beauty Secrets–Old World Tips for a Glamorous New You. I’m sure my darling Bah-ba-rah knows a few beauty secrets, she’s so beau-tee-ful and her skin is like buttah-oy, I’m getting a little verklempt!

Okay, beauties while Linda is recovering, I’ll give you the scoop on the book–in a word, it’s charming.

BABUSHKA’S BEAUTY SECRETS
Old World Tips for a Glamorous New You
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!). At last, by popular demand, Raisa Ruder opens up her babushka’s secret pantry and shares her most amazing and effective beauty advice:

  • Skin-saving Soufflés – whipped up wonders that shrink pores, brighten skin, and diminish lines
  • Chocolate weight-loss wrap- a moment on the hips, tightens, tucks, and nips!
  • Hot hair- a cayenne pepper blend that leaves locks silky, soft, and full
  • PediPure- a soothing, smoothing foot scrub made with milk and mint
  • Lustrous Lashes – a simple castor oil serum that thickens and lengthens
  • Perfect Pucker- a mix of salt, green tea, and fruit that plumps up lips naturally
  • And much more…

While I didn’t have a babushka, I was a beauty addict from an early age.  At 13, 14, 15, & 16 I could be found not at the movies with the good looking quarterback on a Friday night, but instead with a towel over my head leaning over a pot of hot water “steaming” my pores with mayo on my head. I have tried a few of these homemade treatments before (egg white mask) but there are so many new recipes in Raisa’s book– and let’s face it there have been a lot of natural beauty discoveries in the last oh… 40 years or so! One reason this book is so appealing is that most of the ingredients are everyday household items like grapes, strawberries, buttermilk, oranges, bananas, and avocados–stuff that’s already in your kitchen or if not, is cheap to buy!

Babusha’s top 5 ingredients are:

  • Potatoes–who knew they were good for de-puffing eyes?
  • Vodka–whatever it’s used for, I’m down with it
  • Milk–abundant in lactic acid and can be used as a “sort of” bleaching agent
  • Olive Oil–it’s used for everyting! Too expensive for daily use in Raisa’s grandmother time, they substituted sunflower oil instead
  • Eggs–Babushka used every part of the egg, even the shell

If your pantry is looking a little sparse, there’s an entire chapter on “One Ingredient Wonders.” Why spend a fortune on creams and treatments when you can whip one up in your very own kitchen? Besides, it’s fun! My daughter and I spent a Saturday afternoon whipping up a honey face moisturizer and some coconut gloss.

Part of the charm of this book is reading about Raisa’s grandmother who did not believe in waste and strictly out of necessity she made the equivalent of modern day products in her tiny village. Word spread and village women lined up at her door to get her homemade beauty products–she had created her own “spa” of sorts!  This book was such a quick and fun read! If you love natural products, saving money and want some fabulous beauty tips, this book is for you! I plan on getting my girlfriends together in my kitchen and whipping up some of Babushka’s recipes to try on each other. I have a feeling we’ll be using a lot of those recipes involving vodka!

Because, like Linda Richmond, I’m a givah I have a copy of Babushka’s Beauty Secrets to give away! To enter, simply leave a comment to this post telling me YOUR favorite beauty secret (if you’re willing to share). The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada (and if you win, you must be able to provide a mailing address that’s not a post office box). The deadline for entries will be Friday, July 9, at midnight PT and a winner chosen at random will be announced on the blog on Saturday, July 10.

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A special thank you to Hachette Book Group for sponosoring this giveaway!
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  • http://driftalongattumbleweedacres.blogspot.com/ Marj M.

    The best tip I can give is to drink plenty of water. It rehydrates your body…face included and wear a huge hat when going out in the sun.
    .-= Marj M.´s last blog ..Come back little Shayda- =-.

  • Kelly

    I really want to check out this book! My favorite trick isn’t all that tricky. I like to slather my feet, legs and hands with a really rich lotion (right now, it’s Votre Vu) and a great lip balm before going to bed. And be sure to wear socks! The socks seal the deal!

    • cindy

      I like this trick too! Never tried it on my hands.

  • Kelly

    I also became a facebook fan!

  • http://GrowingUpJenny.blogspot.com Jenny Stamos

    I slather my lips with Vaseline to ward off dryness and peeling.
    .-= Jenny Stamos´s last blog ..May 2- 2010 – random thoughts =-.

  • http://GrowingUpJenny.blogspot.com Jenny Stamos

    i’m a facebook fan
    .-= Jenny Stamos´s last blog ..May 2- 2010 – random thoughts =-.

  • http://GrowingUpJenny.blogspot.com Jenny Stamos

    i follow you on twitter
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    i’m a blog subscriber
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  • http://sweetqt.wordpress.com Eve

    My favorite beauty secret is lipstick as eyeshadow base! works very well

  • hofken

    MY favorite beauty secret is to use my brown Starbucks napkin as a face blotter throughout the day. Works great and then toss! Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

  • hofken

    I am a fan of Prime Beauty on Facebook – Cynthia M Richardson

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  • http://sweetqt.wordpress.com Eve

    Im a facebook fan (Evelyn D)

  • http://sweetqt.wordpress.com Eve

    Im an RSS subscriber
    .-= Eve´s last blog ..Sigma Makeup =-.

  • http://sweetqt.wordpress.com Eve

    I follow you on twitter @shopgurl
    .-= Eve´s last blog ..Sigma Makeup =-.

  • http://sweetqt.wordpress.com Eve

    tweeted!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/17527924192
    .-= Eve´s last blog ..Sigma Makeup =-.

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  • Vickie Riddle

    I slather my feet with Vaseline, or any rich lotion at bedtime, put on white socks and go to bed. Helps rough spots and keeps them soft.

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  • Eva

    I wash my face with hot water in the morning and night, and this helps really get the dirt out of your pores and leaves your skin feeling so clean!

    evil_eva12 at hotmail dot com

  • Eva

    i follow on twitter w/ @evajiang

  • puneet

    my favorite secret is plenty of water and sleep

  • Renee Richardson

    My favorite secret is combining honey, aspirin and a few drops of water to create a facial mask. Leave it on for 15 minutes than remove with warm water. It makes the skin soft and tightens pores. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

  • Renee Richardson

    I like Prime Beauty on Facebook. Username: Renee Richardson :)

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    I Iike @PrimeBeauty50 on Twitter. Username: @missreneer

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