Here’s my take on Bargain Beauty Books:
1. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual:
This book is great if you’re a beginner like me and you’d like to learn how to do every day makeup well, starting from the basics. Though my style has changed, I’ve been putting on my makeup in pretty much the same way since I started out wearing it when I was a teenager at school discos (though I no longer use body glitter!)
Bobbi Brown *created* the natural makeup look back in the nineties. She also launched yellow toned foundation sticks, among other innovations. This book taught me which colours suit my skin tone, how to achieve a dewy cheeks and the difference that a good concealer can make!. Definitely a great buy 🙂
2. Lauren Conrad on Beauty:
I have read this book many times now as it’s quite up-lifting. In many ways it’s like having a conversation with a friend. Lauren starts out by opening up about her skin problems (she suffers from pigmentation, sensitive skin and rosacea). She explains that to provide a solid foundation for your personal beauty, you need to take care of yourself first. We’ve all done things we probably shouldn’t have (bleached hair and straighteners anyone?) but this book strips it back to basics and teaches you to build up from the foundations.
It’s actually more of a guide to self love for people in their early twenties. You’re encouraged to embrace your beauty mishaps and develop your own sense of style. Rather than preach about this Lauren is right there with us as she includes less-than-flattering photos of herself in the 90’s!. There’s even a section on how to schedule your social life so you can get your beauty sleep. You’re supposed to give yourself a few nights in a week and ban coffee. Whilst I think Lauren is probably right, there are some things in life that are too good to give up!
Have you read any inspiring books recently?