Must-Have, Can’t Live Without Beauty Products and the Authors Who Love Them

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In an economy with a regrettably sagging middle, you wouldn’t think the publishing industry would be choosing this moment to branch out. However, the CBA market has been doing just that. Brand new lines of fiction are unfolding in the inspirational market, and making their mark at record speed!

Summerside Press exploded onto the scene in October 2008 with the well-received Love Finds You line of romantic fiction, launched by well-loved author Andrea Boeshaar and new-to-CBA author Sandra D. Bricker. Then Abingdon Press, known in the CBA market for its non-fiction offerings, released a line of fiction this fall that is being reviewed with the highest regard in the industry.

Here at LLB, we have a long-standing relationship with some of the most exciting new authors, as well as the most established ones, in the publishing industry. Sandra D. Bricker, a special favorite of ours, will have a second Love Finds You novel coming out in December filled with all the hilarity we’ve come to expect from this Laugh-Out-Loud author. Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida is a romantic comedy that pays homage to the “unique and absurd planet” Bricker says is known by the rest of the world as Florida.

“Next year, I have another novel coming out with Summerside, and two with the new fiction line at Abingdon Press,” she says. “It’s given me such a great opportunity to do what I really love, as well as get to know some of the most gifted authors in publishing.”

Hmmm. That got us to thinking, so we reached out to Sandra and some of her writer friends to ask this question:


Igia Instant Cover.
“My skin has taken a beating over the years, and I have sun spots and blotches on my face that really tend to show my age. I use Instant Cover on them underneath a very light mousse foundation, and they’re hardly noticeable at all.”

Sandra D. Bricker, Laugh Out Loud Comedy for the Inspirational Market
Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida, Summerside Press

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Jergen’s Body Lotion (the original). “I was out of state traveling on business and needed to pick up some body lotion. When I saw Jergen’s on the shelf, and the words Original Scent, I thought I just had to smell it … for old time’s sake! That one sweet breath led me to purchase it … and I’ve only purchased that lotion ever since. I use Jergen’s EVERYWHERE. Even my face. It leaves my face wonderfully soft and firm (at the same time!) and doesn’t weigh it down. I know a lot of women cannot imagine using body lotion on their face, but it’s wonderful!”

Eva Marie EversonWriter of Books, Author of None
Things Left Unspoken, Baker/Revell Books

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My hair stylist! “She keeps my grays from showing and my cut looking good and easy to manage.”

Myra Johnson, Romantic women’s fiction . . . where life and love collide!
One Imperfect Christmas, Abingdon Press

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Moisturizer. “I’ve been accused of looking younger than I am, and it might simply be good genes … or something more! Every morning, I wash my face with just warm water and a washcloth, and then immediately, while my skin is still damp, I apply moisturizer which seals in the natural moisture. So for what it’s worth, that’s my SECRET.”

Melody Carlson
, True to Life Fiction
Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Summerside Press

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Eight hours of sleep.
“This one thing helps me make better decisions, which lessens that furrow on my brow! No matter how busy I am, I try not to sacrifice a good night’s sleep. My college friends still tease me about how I was always planning to make sure I got eight hours!”

Judy Christie, Hurry Less, Worry Less to enjoy life more
Gone to Green, Abingdon Press

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Tweezers. “I’m not sure if this one qualifies, but I always have an eyebrow tweezer in my car. You’d be amazed how many of those little eyebrow hairs pop out in the sunshine!”

Christa Allan, Stories of Unscripted Grace
Walking On Broken Glass, Abingdon Press

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Petroleum jelly. “Weekly, I exfoliate from head to toe. For my face, I just use an inexpensive facial scrub from Walgreens or Target; and for my body, just a loofa or body scrub. But on my lips … I use petroleum jelly mixed with a little sugar, and I gently rub it with my fingertip. This helps chapped lips become smooth again.”

Debby Mayne, Faithful Fiction
Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida, Summerside Press
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DermaNew Facial Rejuvenation System. “It’s what appears to be a sandblaster for the face, and I love it! The kit includes a little battery-powered gizmo to which you attach a sponge and a dollop of cream, and then gently massage your face for a short period, once or twice weekly. It’s a great exfoliator!”

Trish Perry, True Love. Real Laughs. Pure Fiction.
Sunset Beach, Harvest House

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Bare Minerals makeup and Arbonne’s Clear Advantage. “I have rosacea with breakouts as an adult. The Arbonne products helped me clear it up in a couple of weeks after years of medical intervention that never really worked. and the Bare Minerals makeup doesn’t clog my pores, but covers while letting me look natural. My skin looks better than it did when I was younger!”

Lena Nelson Dooley, Characters Who Grip Your Heart
Wild West Christmas, Barbour Books

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Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash. “It’s oil-free and soap-free, has a pleasantly light scent, and contains several soothing botanicals for sensitive skin. It’s perfectly refreshing in warmer months, and doesn’t dry out skin in winter. I buy two and three bottles at a time to stock up!”

Cerella D. Sechrist, Chocolate-Covered Fiction
Love Finds You in the Sweetest Place on Earth: Hershey, PA, Summerside Press

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Olay Complete. “Living in the desert, a good facial moisturizer is essential. I use the one for sensitive skin. It’s very light, and it’s SPF 15. All my bases are covered in one little bottle!”

Jennifer AlLee, Romantic Fiction for the Heart and Soul
The Pastor’s Wife, Abingdon Press

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Bright Lipstick. “I just cannot do without a bright color of lipstick! I feel dressed and cheerful when I wear lipstick. I’ve tried brands at all prices, but the best range of color at a good price point is Revlon. Cherries in the Snow is a great classic color for a bluish tone that goes well with the burgundy family. Love that Red is a fabulous shade that goes with almost anything!”

Tamela Hancock Murray, Fiction With a Heart
Love Finds You in Maiden, North Carolina, Summerside Press

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