Book Review: Confessions of a Beauty Addict by Nadine Haobsh

Confessions of a Beauty AddictRecently, I had the privilege of reading Confessions of a Beauty Addict by Nadine Haobsh. You may know Nadine by another name: Jolie in NYC. She’s been one of the foremost beauty bloggers on the ‘net for some time now.

Now she has a novel, Confessions of a Beauty Addict, all about Bella, a beauty writer in the magazine industry. Bella has a great job at Enchante, the hippest women’s magazine on the scene. Unfortunately, things turn sour when Bella lets just a bit too much alcohol slip in, and too much information slip out, during an interview. Her words haunt her as she’s black listed from the beauty magazine world. Now all she can do is take a job at another magazine for… *gulp*… middle-aged women. How will Bella survive? What’s the deal with her new, mean publisher? Only time will tell.

Sounds good, right? Definitely.

As I read through the book, I found the character of Bella to grow and change as a person. In fact, that’s the case with nearly all of the characters in the book. Some novels will have stagnant characters that never seem to move or grow. Confessions of a Beauty Addict doesn’t have that problem.

Nadine Haobsh weaves this story like a pro, using her unique experience in the beauty industry to give the readers a look at what it’s really like to work at a magazine. And, for all you romantics out there, there is a bit of a spark between Bella and a certain someone. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit giddy like a school girl over the romantic parts.

This book is a must-read for beauty bloggers or anyone out there thinking of getting into beauty writing. Through Bella’s tribulations, you end up learning a lot about the industry. You also get a look at what not to do when you’re crafting your articles or blog posts.

One gripe I did have with the book was all of the industry jargon. Miss Haobsh uses a lot of lingo that someone outside of beauty writing might not know. Heck, I’ve been blogging about this stuff for almost a year, and I didn’t even get some of it. Then again, I liked how the words she used made you feel like you were reading something from an insider perspective. You can tell she really knows her stuff!

And hey, you might learn something about beauty along the way.

This novel isn’t just for ‘beauty addicts’. Anyone who has ever had a job will be able to relate to some of the stress-inducing things that Bella goes through in the book. We’ve all had a boss that doesn’t appreciate us, or a task that we feel is beneath us.

Reading this reminded me why I’m self-employed. 😉

Should you read this? Sure! It’s a good time, and an easy read. If you like beauty (and I think you do if you’re at Makeup Files), then you’ll like this book. If you like a bit of romance, you’ll like this book. If you hate your job, you’ll like this book.

So, I give Confessions of a Beauty Addict by Nadine Haobsh a:


Confessions of a Beauty Addict comes out January 27, 2009. You can pick it up at all major booksellers, as well as online.


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