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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter X – Fifteen Minutes a Day

Chapter X
FIFTEEN MINUTES A DAY

This is the final chapter. . . our last chance to “buttonhole” you and tell you, on the run, everything we’ve forgotten to tell you up to this time, “Oh, yes, . . . and don’t forget to write!”

We’ve named it “Fifteen Minutes a Day” because it is continued, forever and ever. Everyday, that is, if you really want to be smooth.

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Coronet, September 1952: Skin Has No Sex

This article by Bernice Johns, full of fall skin care tips for men and women, was found in the September 1952 edition of Coronet Magazine. 

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter IX – Make a Face

Chapter IX
MAKE A FACE

As this book goes on and on, we grow too fond of Susan. We get to the point of finding nothing wrong with her. . . we want to sit back and let her tell us what to do!

In this chapter, that’s just what we’ve planned: a make-up consultation with  Susan.

Susan, what do you consider the main feature of a beautiful complexion?
Susan says: A fresh, scrubbed, dewy look. (Thank you, Susan, you are quoting from Chapter I.)

And with this push from Susan, we go on alone. We shall take the “fresh, scrubbed, dewy look” as the whole basis of our chapter on make-up. If this is what Susan wants, she shall have it.

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter VIII – Eat to Be Pretty

Chapter VIII
EAT TO BE PRETTY

This is our sly way of approaching the diet question. If we say, “Susan, be smooth. . . be rounded and curved,” you think we mean fat.

Then you cut down on milk, potatoes and meat; you develop a haggard look; you’re devilishly grouchy; your skin becomes sallow; and you have the energy of a tin whistle. Isn’t it so?

You see that what we really mean is that you must eat properly to be pretty. We won’t mention health; we’ll stick to beauty. Shall we go on?

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter VII – Don’t Mention It

Chapter VII
DON’T MENTION IT

There are certain points in good grooming we usually keep “mum” about; they are usually smells. We don’t like to mention them. We wouldn’t dare to say to Susan, “Darling, you haven’t a nice smell.” It sounds so crude and we cannot bear to see the blush that would come to her face.

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