There’s nothing I like better than to close the laptop, curl myself up in a ball on the sofa, sip on a hot chocolate and read a great book… especially if it’s feeding me top tips on how to look and feel as yummy as I can be! *yippee* There’s something so cosy about these chilly winter evenings that make it the perfect opportunity to lock the doors, close the curtains and settle down in front of a roaring fire to catch up on some must-read beauty gossip. So for the little bookworms amongst us I’ve whittled down my top 5 Beauty reads that will have you page turning at every opportunity…
Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion
In Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers. Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it’s a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.
The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible
Concern about artificial chemicals in beauty products is growing and many of us now opt for natural cosmetics. However, with so much choice on the market it can be overwhelming choosing the ones that are right for you. In this latest in their bestselling Beauty Bible series, health and beauty experts Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey provide invaluable expert guidance to the best natural cosmetics and treatments. With all-new scores and trials of the latest products Jo and Sarah bring together everything a woman needs to know about feeling great, looking gorgeous and being fabulous using all-natural cosmetics.
Chapters include guidance on skin, hair, make-up, hands, feet and nails, sleep, exercise and much more. And of course Jo and Sarah’s trademark ‘tried and tested’ reports on scores of health and beauty products – reliably tested by over 2,000 women. There are also recipes to make your own organic, home-made cosmetics and explanations of the natural benefits these provide. Packed with insider info from the world’s leading experts, this is the bible for all women, showing you how to look, feel and be fabulous naturally.
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual
Bobbi Brown’s twenty-five-plus years of makeup styling experience distilled into one complete, gorgeous book. Bobbi looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup – from how to find the right colour and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup (brows, eyeliner, eye shadow and eyelashes) no matter the eye colour and shape. Of course there are never-before-seen tips on blush, bronzer, lip liners, lipstick and more. And Bobbi looks beyond the face with informative chapters on head-to-toe beauty and the science of skin.
Michelle Phan Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off
Michelle Phan has believed in makeup since the first time she was allowed to try eyeliner. When she looked in the mirror and saw a transformed version of herself looking back, she fell in love with the sense of confidence that makeup could give her. Ever since she posted her first makeup tutorial on YouTube, she has dedicated herself to inspire millions by using makeup as a tool for transformation and self expression.
Now, Michelle has compiled all of her best wisdom into Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off. From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life. Make Up is packed with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials, stories and pictures from her own life, and advice on the topics she is asked about most, including etiquette, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity. From the everyday (such as how to get glowing skin) to the big picture (such as how to turn your passion into a profession), Make Up is a practical and empowering resource to help anyone put their best face forward.
1001 Little Beauty Miracles: Secrets and Solutions from Head to Toe
These top-to-toe tips will help you make small changes to your beauty regime that reap big benefits, both in the way you look and how you feel. With direct remedies for beauty problems as well as advice on everything from getting perfectly groomed nails to battling cellulite, “1001 Little Beauty Miracles” offers short, simple ways to improve and maintain your natural good looks. Impress your friends with your knowledge of sensationally simple ways to get gorgeous fast. Even if you are an ungroomed, nail-biting, hair-yanking, exercise phobic, these corner-cutting ideas will set you on the path to looking your finest with the minimum of fuss.
Well hopefully that little lot should keep you busy for the next few weeks! What great books have you been burying your head in recently? Have you read any of the above? Do let me know in the comments below, I love a good book chatter!
Cheerio Chums 🙂