Spa Wars – The Ugly Truth about The Beauty Industry

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Everyone knows that work is called that for a reason. While some careers tend to have more glam than others, most jobs come with a downside. What Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000), by Anthony Bourdain, did for the culinary set, Lora Condon’s Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth about The Beauty Industry (2011) seeks to do for the spa set. A licensed esthetician since 1998, Condon goes behind closed spa doors to reveal some of the dirty industry secrets she has witness over the years. From spas that re-use worn robes and used towels to clients with questionable hygiene, she doesn’t mince words when it comes to taking the “warm and fuzzy” out of spa.




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Lora has a funny, (“dots not feathers” lol,) unapologetic voice as she describes the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in the beauty industry. It is a fun and light read with helpful tips at the end. The book makes you an informed consumer as she busts some beauty myths as well. It is a fast read and one can easily get through it while waiting for your hair or nail appointment well, where else?- at the spa!
A. Ortiz “changosdaughter”

This book extremely funny. The author tells true stories about clients and “make up experts” or make up counter sales people in such a comical way and it’s almost unbelievable how those things actually happen. Her beauty tips are amazing. Thanks to her insights I won’t go wrong anymore.
Beauty B.

“Spa Wars” by Lora Condon is filled with hilarious true stories about the highs and lows of the Spa and Beauty Industry, with names sometimes-but-not-always-changed to protect the not so innocent. It is followed by tips by this illustrious professional makeup artist and three-time National Spa Week Award Winning Esthetician on the best products. You will also find the best insights for applying and combining beauty products like a pro, spa etiquette and recommendations to get the most out of your hard-earned spa dollars… Some highlights: learn about “Gay Trance” and much more about Makeup Counter Psychology, an entire chapter of “Beauty Bullshit” that will have you cleaning out your makeup bag, guides on the best products and “fixes” to make all kinds of cosmetic products work better for you.
Carolina Sanchez of Women’s Mafia

Her blunt candor makes her a refreshing delight… Lora has taken her 15 years of esthetician experience to the pen. I read an excerpt where she spells out what the do’s and don’ts of prepping of a bikini wax. Hint: don’t try to hide your period from your esthetician, she knows. She always knows.
Marina Klimasiewfski of Makeup Loves Me