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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Battle of the Beauty Books


My love of books also extends to beauty books of course, so after collecting a few I'm here with some quick reviews.




My very first beauty book was Teenage Beauty by Bobbi Brown, she was probably the first big makeup artist I knew of. However, by the time I got this book I had been watching a few beauty youtubers so for me I didn't feel like this book added much. It was focused on the basics too much and a lot of the book was basically telling you that teenagers needed nothing more than tinted lipbalm. Now I'm not saying that teenagers need to wear makeup, I didn't start wearing it regularly until I was 18 and I rarely wear more than a few products daily, but I wanted something that would help me learn or experiment for those special occasions where I did give eyeshadow or other products a go and unfortunately this book wasn't it. However, it does follow Bobbi Brown's journey which is an interesting read. It might also be a good gift for younger girls as it's about self acceptance and loving your features rather than focusing on fitting in.





One of the magazines I always used to buy in my teens, mainly for the beauty section, was Sugar. So when the end of the magazine loomed and they did a 'Beauty Bible' I went out and brought it, and seriously this is one of the best beauty books I ever read! Unlike most magazines that state the obvious or only showcase ridiculously expensive products, this magazine/book provides some really useful information, such as which colours work for different skintones/eye colours which is refreshing to see as sometimes in magazines you often see very similar looking models only. It also showcases products from all price ranges and actually features some good drugstore ranges, such as the Body Shop/Superdrug Vitamin E ranges. The only downfall is that you can't buy this anymore but you can view parts of it here.




The one that I was most excited to get my hands on was Makeup The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris. This features the most amazing editorial like pictures whilst still remaining somewhat realistic. Yes it features a lot of models but it also features women from all walks of life, it has an over 40s chapter too that provides many helpful tips. This book is probably the bulkiest of them all but it does cover everything, it showcases classic beauty rather than quick trends that will be gone tomorrow! It has chapters on essentials, like what to include in a makeup kit, eyebrow grooming and false lashes, and then a huge chapter on various eye looks to create with step by step pictures and instructions. I really want to get round to recreating a lot of them! Then it follows with chapters on contouring which show three examples rather than the one size fits all that you often see. This is followed by chapters on highlighting, lips and cheeks and finally 4 minute makeovers.




Lastly, my most recent book is Easy on the Eyes by Lisa Potter Dixon* (head makeup artist at Benefit), courtesy of joythestore. Joythestore features a lot of cute homeware and fun books, as well as a huge womenswear section here. I didn't have huge expectations for this book as it seems to be more of a concise and quick read rather than a detailed beauty book, however it's still quite a disappointment to be honest. The first half of the book quickly goes over the very basics such as foundation application and cleansing in the morning and night. The second part gets more interesting as there are step by step eye looks to follow but again most of them are very basic and you'd probably learn a lot more from an online tutorial. I also didn't agree with some of the things, like concealer lips as a quick nude or lip primer! This is the one book that I wouldn't recommend.




However, on a different sort of beauty book I also got this Tropical Wonderland colouring book* from Joythestore. As you can see the patterns and illustrations are so intricate and vivid! This is a lovely treat for yourself when you're having some me time and allows you to swap those makeup brushes for some colouring pencils!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Do you have any favourite beauty books?

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75 comments:

  1. I've never bought a beauty book. Every time I opened one I thought there was so much to learn online that it wouldn't be essential for me to get it. Love the look of the Rae Morris one though! :) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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    1. I agree, it's not one of those products that's important but it is lovely to have a flick through every now and again :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I didn't know any of these ☺
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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  3. I never even knew that there were these types of books out there so it was interesting finding out about each of them!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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  4. I don't own any beauty books, I prefer watching tutorials i think! My friend got me a colouring book for my birthday and I hate how intricate the designs are, I don't have the patience to colour them in haha!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I really got into tutorials a few years ago and they are really useful for seeing the application process. Haha I've given a few as presents but they've been well received :)

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  5. I don't actually own any 'beauty' books but I always think they look so beautiful especially on the coffee table or something! I've got the enchanted forest colouring book, I haven't actually used it for a while but now I'm inspired to bring it back out!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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    1. I agree, they can be great for a quick flick through too!

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  6. Hooray for books in print! I still enjoy a good coloring book! Thanks for sharing these!
    www.streetmadonna.com

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  7. I don't have any beauty books however I'm a huuuuge fan of adult colouring! So good for mindfulness xx http://www.britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I need to give them more of a try! :)

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  8. you should definitely check out 'Face Paint" by Lisa Eldridge. lovely book :)

    http://notjessfashion.com/nyfw-part1/

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    1. I think that will be next on my list :)

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  9. Lovely book...Great post, Thanks for sharing!
    xo, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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  10. You're right that the Bobbi Brown book seems like it would be great your younger girls, I would've loved something like that when I was younger and just starting to experiment with makeup.

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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    1. It is good for setting out the general basics all around like skincare which is really useful :)

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  11. I've never bought a beauty book before but I'd love to try one!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. I love looking through them for inspiration too :)

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  12. I don't have many beauty books, despite loving reading them! One of my favourites is Beauty by Lauren Conrad and I also enjoy her book Style too :) x

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    1. Thank you for the recommendation! I'll have to look into that one :)

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  13. Ive been hearing adult coloring books making a comeback :)

    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM

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  14. I haven't purchased a beauty book in ages. But I really like the look of the Benefit one so that one might be my next future purchase.

    Kirsty x
    http://cosmeticsbeautyrainbow.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I felt like that one was a bit brief compared to the others, which you might find more useful :)

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  15. I love colouring books!!! It is so relaxing and stress free! :) great post!
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com.cy

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  16. I love colouring books!!! It is so relaxing and stress free! :) great post!
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com.cy

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  17. I could really do with investing in some of these - I'm terrible at makeup and these seem full of amazing tips! x

    Viva Epernay

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    1. I'm terrible at applying it too no matter how much I practice!

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  18. Sugar used to be mine all time favourite magazine! I was so upset when they stopped selling it! :( Lovely post - very helpful! Xx

    http://www.itsjessiejane.com/

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  19. Wow, I never knew these were a think, I think I'll be giving them a little google haha ♥

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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    1. They're great at giving more of a look behind the scenes too :)

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  20. I lovee how you've reviewed these books :) I really recommend Lauren Conrad's book Beauty.

    xo,

    Emma
    http://www.sassystreet.com

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  21. I love reading beauty/make-up books! I find them so inspiring, a great way to learn techniques and get inspired. Beauty books have definitely been forgotten about, because everything's online now. Don't get me wrong I'm obsessed with online tutorials, but sometimes it's nice to see it in print. Love this post.:D

    - www.veebzboo.com
    - www.youtube.com/veebzboo - Gold Smokey Eye with a Pink Liquid Lip

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    1. My thoughts entirely! I love flicking through the glossy pictures of learning the trade secrets that you won't find on videos :)

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  22. You know, for someone who collects books I think it's stupid of me to not own any beauty books. Especially because it's an inspiration source, a way to learn different techniques and learn about new products over all. Videos and blogposts are great, but they're not the same experience as a book. I'll check all of these now!


    Ella Pinto

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    1. Thank you! I do think that just the same way an ebook and a physical copy of a book can be different, a beauty book also offers a different outlook to videos :)

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  23. These seem like such helpful books especially for beginners! I don't own any which is crazy but I will definitely get one soon!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

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    1. They;re great for everyone really, right from beginner to advanced! The Rae Morris one would be perfect :)

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  24. I got that colouring book for Christmas, love it!!

    Makeup Monster

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    1. Some of the patterns in it are my favourites!

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  25. These beauty books sound like a very nice reads! I haven't read anything beauty related, but I want to give them a go. Also, I have the exact same coloring book! I got it for Christmas and I loving it, haha! :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. You should go for it, I don't think you'll be disappointed :)

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  26. Thanks for the great tips! Unfortunately I don't have any beauty books. I get all my info online: thank god for Youtube and blogs! They're the best!
    Have a lovely week hon<3
    Emma xxx

    www.wellemma.com

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    1. Aww I'm glad you liked them! It is great that there are a lot of free outlets too :)

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  27. I only own one beauty book which is Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge and it's a brilliant read! Never heard any of these but I think I will enjoy Make Up The Ultimate Guide!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I've heard so many great things about that one too! The Ultimate Guide is brilliant :)

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  28. I used to have a beauty book when I was younger, they are so nice to have around but I tend to just go online if I need help now... I do love browsing through actual books though so should get some!

    Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. I really like browsing through books so they're great for me, but I agree that you can get a lot of information online too :)

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  29. All of these look absolutely gorgeous, and a must for any beauty lover! I think in this day and age, it's difficult for beauty books to stay relevant, if that makes sense. There are so many lovely beauty blogs and websites out there, and most people will choose to look on the internet for free beauty info, rather than purchase beauty books. I do think that there's something quite cool about them, though! Thank you for the recommendations, hun. x

    Kay
    Shoes and Glitter
    YSL lipstick giveaway!

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    1. I think the internet is great for free information too and plus the fact it's being constantly updated is great. If you do love books in general though having these in a different format can be quite nice :)

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  30. I don't have ANY beauty books, but I'd love to get Lisa Eldridge's one on the history of makeup.
    http://carolinapage.eu

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    1. I'd love to give her latest book, Face Paint, a go too :)

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  31. These are some great books. I have a adult colouring book myself, but don't really use it.


    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I've slowly started to get into the colouring books, I wasn't really fussed last year, but I do a small amount every week :)

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  32. The Rae Morris Makeup Guide is a fantastic book isn't it, it really does have everything and it a great coffee tabel kind of book also x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. It's always been one of my favourites and I truly believe it's timeless :)

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  33. I love beauty books and enjoyed this post - I recommend you try Sali Hughes, Pretty Honest x
    Sweet Dreams

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    1. I did actually end up reading it a while ago and I quite enjoyed it :)

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  34. I did want to try easy on the eyes but didn't want to fork out and kinda glad I didn't either! I am still a huge colouring book fan so that looks cute and Joy the store always impress me xxx

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    1. I wouldn't say it's worth it really, but the colouring book is amazing :)

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  35. These are my favorite type of coloring books! they are so much fun and are definitely a great mediating tool...or just to drink wine and color :) I've been addicted to them!

    Lots of love,
    Kayla xo // Kayla's Vibration

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    1. I love the intricate designs of this one as they lend really well to bright colours :)

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  36. I would absolutely love to get my hands on some books like these! I think it may improve my make up skills haha. Really lovely post, it's nice to see a review on something different like make up books! <3

    The Dazzle Guide

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    1. Some of the books include step by step guides or they go into more detail on skin prep which I found really useful!

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  37. I adore the beautiful beauty books, and the fashion books. They make for perfect coffee table books and they're interesting! xx adaatude.com

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    1. Agreed! You can just pick them up and flick through them for the 100th time and not get bored :)

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