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DON'T SPEND A FORTUNE TO LOOK FLAWLESS
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...
"In the Ukraine, Ruder's grandmother passed down to her secrets for making facials out of fruit, milk, herbs, and tea. Now, as the owner of an upscale spa in Los Angeles, Ruder continues the tradition. The sought-after esthetician, in collaboration with journalist Susan Campos, brings her inventive concoctions and skin saving soufflés to women of all ages. Using preservative free, restorative ingredients from her 'secret pantry' of eggs, honey, olive oil, strawberries, and even vodka, she shares hundreds of quick, easy recipes and beauty tips. Chopped grapes and a dash of wine make an antioxidant rich facial toner, and whipped cream and oats combine for a rejuvenating mask. In a chapter dedicated to what Ruder calls 'the ultimate symbol of not just sensuality, but sexuality,' she suggests pineapple, rich in the enzyme bromelain and vitamin C, to soften lips and boost the production of collagen. And in another, potatoes, cucumbers, and even cabbage are mixed into balms that reduce wrinkles, dark circles, and bags under tired eyes. Forget expensive spa treatments or department store beauty products, Ruder has your hair, skin, hands, feet, and every other part of you covered." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Raisa "Raya" Ruder...is one of Hollywood's trusted industry insiders. If you want to look fabulous, you go see Raisa, no questions....Yup, she's that good." --L.A. Splash Magazine
"After 15 years in the business...she's groomed some of Tinseltown's best brows and bods" --Daily Candy, Los Angeles
"Ruder rattlesoff old Russian beauty recipes the way Julia Child used to throw together a souffle." --The New York Times
Raisa Ruder, a Ukrainian esthetician, has taken her babushka's (Russian for grandmother) beauty recipes out of the cupboard and into the limelight to make Hollywood stars red-carpet ready. In BABUSHKA'S BEAUTY SECRETS, she shares time-tested, old-world secrets that use simple, natural ingredients-like eggs, strawberries, honey, milk, and avocado-to get amazing results.
Rather than pay hundreds of dollars for products like vitamin C serum, alpha-hydroxy acids, pigmentation creams, masks, peels and scrubs, readers will learn simple ways to plump, tighten, and smooth their skin for under $5. The recipes in this book will help women say good-bye to crow's feet, dark circles, and acne, and say hello to plumper lips; glowing, wrinkle-free skin; and thick, beautiful hair. One trip to the market for some oranges, olive oil, pineapples, and tomatoes (and some vodka to preserve it all ), and readers will be on their way to looking younger and more glamorous-naturally.
Esthetician to the stars Ruder learned her time-tested beauty techniques from her Ukrainian grandmother. Now everyone can discover the all-natural, better-than-botox secrets the Hollywood stars use to shine on the red carpet.
About the Author
Raisa Ruder was a registered nurse in her native Ukraine when she decided to move to the United States fifteen years ago. For seven years she worked at the famed Anastasia salon doing eyebrows and facials until opening her own West Hollywood salon in 2005. She noticed the large amount of preservatives in American products and decided to introduce her Babushka's old world beauty recipes in her salon. She quickly became LA's go-to-girl. Her clients include: Madonna,Tyra Banks, Molly Simms, Ali Larter, Nicolette Sheridan and others.
Susan Campos is a broadcast and print journalist. She is a former anchor for the national weekend edition of Today. She's reported for Dateline and hosted numerous entertainment shows on MSNBC. She currently writes trend stories on beauty for The New York Times' "Styles" section and its T Magazine, and is a contributing editor for Radar Magazine.