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Lessons of a Lipstick Queen: Finding and Developing the Great Idea that Can Change Your Life

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  17 reviews
From the perfect lip stick to mergers and acquisitions, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen follows Popy King's extraordinary journey through the world of business and teaches you how to be more entrepreneurial in your own life.
If an eighteen-year-old girl's search for the ideal matte lipstick can turn into a multimillion-dollar company, anything is possible. When Poppy King fin
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ebook, 256 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Atria Books (first published 2008)
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Andrea
Jul 22, 2008 Andrea rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poppy and her fans, whoever they may be
Recommended to Andrea by: library new book shelf
Well, my goodness, Poppy sure is proud of herself! To think she started her very own business and made lots of money and she was only 18! And did she mention that she did it all on her own, and made lots of money, and was fresh out of high school? Why, yes, yes, she did - overandoverandover again. Oh, and did she mention that she just looooooves lipstick, especially her very own brand of Poppy lipstick that is just the best, and to think she did it all on her own at the tender age of 18! Woohoo! ...more
Jeanette
It was okay. The Author kinda emblazes you with personal stories that don't seem to fit well with the advice she gives you. As a matter of fact, she needs to stop writing self-indulgent books and just stick to her day job, which is creating lipsticks!
Ula
This book should have been written for teens. It's really simple advice that anyone beyond a certain age doesn't need.

The author repeated over and over again how she was a teen when she started her business and made millions. She mentions it often between her business advice (25% of the book) and "My story" section (75% of the book).

I couldn't decide between two or three stars but once I got 80% done with the book I could take any more "poppy" talk. I would dislike the woman and say it was almo
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Amanda
I enjoyed this book, though I never managed to finish it. I liked it's rah-rah, you-go-girl encouragement, but I found it lacking in spelling out the more concrete steps one must take in launching a business. That said, Poppy is a cool girl who will undoubtedly give you jolt of inspiration just by sharing her tale. Because really, if an 18-year-old underachiever can launch a lipstick empire, why the hell can't you do something on an equally grand scale? Use this book to amp up your ambition then ...more
Rebeca
Surprisingly good and teeming with practical advice. But you get the sense Poppy King really wants to write an autobiography, just doesn't want to share the bad bits. Poppy just casually drops that she had $30,000 in seed money to start her company. All the rah rah all you need is passion basically stops right there. The best advice she gave was that to find her sources all she did was open the phone book and never compromised with quality or design. Great lessons, but not all of us are natural ...more
Amy
Thoroughly disappointed in this book for lack of unique advice and more importantly, tales of Poppy King's idea to lipstick line in retail stores that I hadn't already assumed or read in beauty magazines.

I found myself skipping to read just the "my story" portions because the advice was so unoriginal, and then even the personal tales wore on me. Do not waste your time.
Kate
This was ok, not groundbreaking. I mainly want to learn more about the author as she makes my favourite lipstick! So it was interesting to hear her backstory. There were some good business tips but it's not exactly riveting. Could be inspiring to someone looking to start their own company though as it shows how you can start with a basic idea and build up.
Sarah Eutsler
I enjoyed some of the anecdotes Poppy provided about her personal experiences, though I wish there was a little more meat to the advice part. I feel like I almost would have preferred more of an autobiography than the mix of the two. Overall, it was an okay read, but something more for inspiration than business education.
Linnae
Advice for taking your idea and building a company from it. Touches lightly on all aspects of running a business, from picking a business partner to marketing your product. By the way, how do you find someone to manufacture your invention? You librarians should know this: look it up in the phone book.
Cindy
Interesting story (and advice) by an Australian woman who launched a successful line of lipsticks when she was only seventeen. This book would be especially good for entreprenurial teens.
Traci
I was under the impression that the lessons in this book would be applicable to any aspect of your life. They're not. A bit disappointing.
Addie Cole
poppy king is kind of my idol.

whenever I finally succeed in making cupcakes for a living, it will be partially due to her making me smarter.
Noelle
Sep 13, 2011 Noelle rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wanting to start their own business
It was okay. There was some alright advice, but in the end I didn't finish the book, it didn't hold my interest enough.
Alison
I love lipstick and I love business books, but this one was TERRIBLE.
Rachel
A timely read for me right now!
Nora Novak
how to start your own business
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