BOOKS: MAKEUP & BEAUTY
You all know that beauty is one of my most loved passions, it’s something that I talk about almost every single day, so it’s no surprise that my shelves are over flowing with books that focus around my favourite subject. Each and every one of the books that I’m about to talk about are beautiful in their own right, I just love to see these babies lined up in my office waiting for me to flick through them with a hot cup of tea by my side. These are the books I turn to when I’m feeling a bit ‘meh’. Within these pages there are beauty tips, makeup tricks and healthy, nourishing recipes that will help me shine from the inside out. Leave a comment down below and let me know what your favourite beauty books are, I’d love to know and expect a second follow up post because there were just too many to mention in one post!
If you’re not yet familiar with Wendy Rowe, familiarise yourself. This woman is THE ultimate badass and in turn I’m the ultimate fan girl. Wendy is someone that I’ve admired for many years now; as an international make up artist and artistic consultant at Burberry, she is someone who inspires me to keep moving forward and work hard to get what I want. Wendy’s book ‘Eat Beautiful’ teaches us that beauty starts from within, her philosophy on beauty is that we should nourish our bodies from the inside out to feel like the most beautiful version of ourselves. Within the pages of this book are an abundance of beauty tips along with over 70 nutritious recipes to get you feelin’ tip top. ‘Eat Beautiful’ is a seasonal guide that you can either follow consistently throughout the year or use as and when you need a bit of a pick me up. It also looks pretty damn good in an Instagram post…just sayin’.
If you’re one of my OG viewers you’ll know that Lisa Eldridge is one of my favourite girl bosses, she’s one of the worlds most formidable and most respected make up artists, so naturally when I saw this book pop up on my list of recommended books on amazon I knew I had to add this one to my basket. The history of makeup is a subject that has always interested me, so reading ‘Face Paint’ was an experience that proved to be both enjoyable and informative. I found it so fascinating to learn about how techniques and trends in makeup have been influenced by moments in history, and how the materials that women have used have changed and evolved over the years. As a beauty lover I felt it was important to expand my knowledge on a subject that I speak about daily. Give this one a go if makeup is your thang.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sali a few weeks back when we were recording a segment for BBC Woman’s Hour and was thrilled when she handed me a copy of her beautiful book, ‘Pretty Iconic’. This book gives me serious nostalgia! Inside this beautiful book you’ll find 200 of the most iconic products to ever grace the world of beauty. It’s full of beautiful photos of some of my most loved lotions and potions, all of which Sali describes and discusses in her signature witty tone of voice. I love this book and I have no doubt that you will too. Anyone remember J-Lo Glow? So many memz.
Judging by the amount of Instagram posts that this book has been featured in, I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has fallen head over heels in love with this book. I love this book so much that I read it from cover to cover in record time, it’s informative, interesting and absolutely gorgeous. ‘Eat Pretty’ is one of my bookshelf faves because it turns the notion of making healthy changes to your lifestyle into something that seems both easy and enjoyable. Alongside all the science stuff there’s also a few recipes which I’ve been using religiously since this book made its way onto my bookshelf. If you’re looking to switch up your attitude towards nutrition then look no further, this one is for you.
‘The Nature of Beauty: Organic Skincare, Botanical Beauty Rituals and Clean Cosmetics’- Imelda Burke
This book is almost like a handbook for someone interested in natural beauty. Imelda Burke is hugely respected in the industry and is the mastermind behind the London shop Content Beauty Wellbeing. I highly suggest you pop into the store or check out the website for some serious beauty inspo. It showcases natural ingredients that work wonders for your skin in a way that’s easy to digest. It begins with reasons to switch from conventional products for more natural ones-I highly recommend it! (Oh, and I love the cover!)