Beauty Chat | Beauty Books

Monday, 14 November 2016

Beauty books are a perfect union of my two most favourite things in the world and for that I will always have a bit of a collection of them. Plus, with the ever shifting nature of the online beauty community with tips, tricks, and recommendations always coming in and out of fashion, there's a novelty to the permanent published word. These are supposed to be the best of the best beauty advice you can get and it'll stand the test of time!

Everyone knows Sali Hughes. She's a beauty icon, having written for all the big magazines: Grazia, ELLE, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and the big newspapers: the Guardian, the Observer. Many people hold her as the only voice in the beauty media they can trust. So, when she released her first beauty book, Pretty Honest, in 2014, it was an instant hit. Promising long-term advice across skincare, makeup, hygiene, what particularly rang out from the read for me was Hughes's fierce determination to end the stigma that beauty is just for the shallow. She reiterates at multiple times that taking care of your appearance should be one of everyone's concerns and an increased interest in beauty isn't something to be ashamed of. I never get tired of getting that kind of support from such a well-respected, successful woman.

A much less talked about beauty book is from Christine Clais, a French skincare specialist currently living in Australia. She's an absolute wealth of knowledge about skin and the products you need to fix every concern you may have. French Complexion is divided by skin problem and then by age to make it easier to find the information you're looking for in a hurry. Plus every tip comes with some product recommendations. I always tend to find these recommendations, like those in magazines, leans towards the expensive/luxury brands, and that was largely true in this case, too, unfortunately. But, I have to say that I love how Australian-centrique this book was! Those are so hard to find.

French Complexion did take quite a hilarious turn, in my opinion, in the final chapter. After pages and pages of practical advice and tips of literal steps to take towards skin resolutions, the final chapter shifts focus to the more spiritual. Clais touches on the influence that positive thinking and taking care of yourself mentally can have on your body generally but then she begins to draw links between energies within your life and your skin. For me, it got a bit away from the practical guide I'd be reading so far. It just kind of threw me unexpectedly at the end!

Have you read either of these beauty books or have another to recommend to me? I definitely want to pick up Hughes's latest publication!

xx Julia

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