About the Author:
Raisa Ruder doesn’t seem to have a professional website so I’ve had to take excerpts from different book sites for more information about her & her co-author Susan Campos.
“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. – See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/authors/raisa-ruder/#about”
Excerpt from Hatchett Book Group
“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.”
I like that this book starts with an introduction to Ruder’s story and relationship with her grandmother (babushka in Ukranian). The chapter two then deals with what tools and ingredients you must have to try the recipes. These are all basic tools that most people have in their kitchen as well as basic ingredients. Who knew that potatoes had so many DIY uses? Not me. The third chapter is all about how to set up your own at home spa. Then chapters four through fourteen deal with the recipes. Along the way Ruder gives tips and mini stories about her babushka. The last chapter is babushka’s wisdom. There are a lot of good recipes in this book which I’m definitely going to try. Most of the recipes are for immediate use but where applicable Ruder gives storage instructions. The one thing I didn’t like is that some of her recipes recommend using petroleum jelly. For those who aren’t aware, petroleum jelly is made from a mixture of hydrocarbons (crude oil) and impurities in the processing of petroleum jelly have been linked to cancer. It’s very strange to me that she would recommend all these natural recipes and then use petroleum jelly as well! Anyway, there is a lot of advice in this DIY book besides the recipes. Most of it is common sense such as don’t smoke , drink to excess, always take off your makeup when you get home for the night, don’t take hot showers, etc. There are no pictures in the book just cute illustrations drawn by Mona Shafer Edwards. I actually borrowed this book from the library as I saw this in the book store but wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy it. I’m glad I didn’t buy it after all. Although most of the recipes are pretty simple and use everyday ingredients the book gave me a vibe that I didn’t like. I felt like the book emphasized shallow beauty ideals. Ruder is always talking about her famous clients and how her treatments make them look red carpet ready. Maybe it’s just me but I was wishing she talked more about nourishing the skin from the inside rather than using topical treatments to look better.