The Beauty Book Shelf: How To Walk In High Heels

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Another entry in the Beauty Book Shelf and this one is How To Walk In High Heels: A Girl’s Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton (£8.99). It’s a little step away from the usual beauty books, being more of a lifestyle guide but I have had this for years and always go back to reading it for some motivation when I’m feeling in a bit of a rut life wise. (excuse the battered book photo but this is well loved).

How To Walk In High Heels Camilla Morton

Throughout the book Camilla answer any possible “how to” question you can think of in such a direct and funny way it’s almost like talking to a best friend. The book has such cute illustrations and you will find little snippets of advice and tips from the likes of Manolo Blanhnik, Vivienne Westwood and Gisele.

Chapters included cover: politics, climbing the career ladder, buying a house, DIY lessons, staying in credit and most importantly How to walk in high heels. From each section Camilla offers a brief history about the topic with some strategies and plans to accomplish the matter.

It is written in such an informative way and you can really learn something from the advise she gives. I now have an idea of how to bleed a radiator if I was ever to need to. I also gained some success in my wallpapering skills after applying some of the tips suggested.

If you are looking for a really fun, care free read that you don’t have to concentrate on, or even a book just to use for lifestyle reference this is a good option. I have loved this for years and it has a firm place on my beauty book shelf.

Camilla also has a follow up book A Girl For All Seasons (£3.99 kindle addition) which follows along the same line as the first but is sectioned around the changes in season.

A Girl For All Seasons: Camilla Morton

For me it would be another I recommend looking at if you like this style of book. The illustrations keep in with the first and even more of your “how to” questions are answered.  My favourites consist of, “how to blog”, “how to strike the right work/life balance” and “how to make a face mask”.

Again there are guest articles from Dita Von Teese, Christian Lacroix and Lulu Guinness (there are many more).

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At the beginning of each month Camilla gives a little history lesson on a powerful, interdependent women that you can muse over and at the end she includes a ‘foot note’ (a style of shoe which is then described and explained to how it became about). Honestly it is so interesting, there is always a section to learn from.

I have loved both of these books for so long and couldn’t help but add them to my Beauty Book Shelf (both have beauty elements to them).

Let me know if you have read these and enjoyed or even if they are not really your style of book. Are there any other lifestyle books I could take a look at? Which one’s have become your ‘life bible’?  I’ve seen the new Zoella one so if anyone has had the chance to give that a read, comment below as I’d love to hear some opinions.

Next post will be tomorrow.

Kate x

Other’s you will find on my Beauty Book Shelf:

Pretty Honest: Sali Hughes

Handmade Beauty: DIY Beauty Product Book Review

The Beauty Book Shelf: Handmade Beauty A Review

Handmade Beauty
Handmade Beauty: Natural recipes for your face, body and hair

The beauty book shelf is back and this month I will be looking at Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton’s Handmade Beauty

Handmade beauty is a hardback, hefty book full of natural recipes to make your own skin, body and hair care products. I have loads to say on this so I will get started.

First off the book is larger then I thought it would be especially as I only paid £8.94 on Amazon for it. It is quite heavy and looks to be of a higher value compared with the price I paid. Inside is full of lovely illustrations and photography that are so pleasing to look at you will be dying to start making the products for yourself.

I’m going to say right at the start, if you know anyone that loves DIY projects and is a beauty addict like myself then this would make a great gift.

The book begins with an Introduction, a few tips before you begin your DIY projects and ideas on where to source the ingredients needed. It also goes into further detail of each ingredient giving examples of the benefits it has for the skin and why it is used in the products. From the first few sections you can really learn a lot about skincare in general. There is also detail on measurements, with instruction on understanding the measurements used throughout the book. The first few pages are thorough in getting you prepared.

The next section is about equipment needed to make your skincare. A lot of what is needed can be found in your kitchen but you may need to purchase a few things in order to make more complex recipes. I’ve had a little gander online for a few things I need and many of them are inexpensive. I’d advise taking a look through the recipes to decide what you would like to make first and getting what you need for that particular one instead of going full force buying everything suggested.

Once you have everything you need your ready to cook up your products. The book contains step by step guides for almost anything your face, body of hair could need. You can start at any level. Go big by producing a cleanser, hand cream and shampoo or start smaller and make a lip balm, body scrubs or mask. The choice is yours.

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A little look at the lovely photography and recipes

The recipes are laid out in sections, starting with Skincare and then moving into body and hair care. It is very easy to find something you want to make and you are given different options. There is not just a one mask fits all recipe but many different ones which can fit around skincare type or your skins need. This goes for all of the recipes body care and hair care there is so much choice from this book.

From the final chapters you will find topics such as finishing touches (which will have you buying or saving up loads of empty bottles, jars and ribbons in order to make you creations look as beautiful as they do in the book), and a Glossary of ingredients. The glossary, for me, is the most interesting part of the book as it goes into a little more detail of the ingredients used and their benefits. I also gained understanding of my current over the counter products from the lists.

Handmade Beauty has gained a place on my beauty book shelf for so many reasons. I love learning and gaining knowledge of skincare. I love making my own products and this book helps do that to such a great extent. The step by step guides are impeccable and make it easy for a novice, like myself, to create something pretty and usable.

As I said before the book would make a great gift for someone who loves homemade products. It’s fun and pretty. Hopefully if I progress and become a dab hand at making a few things for myself I will be buying some cute packaging to make family members products for Christmas. For me handmade gifts give a special touch to Christmas so I will be trying out the bath bomb recipes.

How do you feel about DIY beauty product? Have you made any or know of any good recipes? Comment down below so we can start the discussion.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, my next is on Tuesday so until then have a great weekend.

Kate x

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The Beauty Book Shelf: Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest

Over the years I have bought so many beauty based books, some giving great advice and tips and others have been a bit underwhelming. I have since decided to share my thoughts and feelings on this by creating a special section on the blog I have entitled “The Beauty Book Shelf”.

I’m going to start with one of my favourite books Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest. I bought this about a year ago and I generally now refer to Sali Hughes as my Oprah of beauty! Believe me this lady knows what she is talking about here’s what she has to say:

“The only thing worse than feeling like crap, is looking like crap too. Often we can’t do anything about the former, but I feel passionately that addressing the latter can only help.

I believe looking good to be an important and valid pursuit. All too often, women with an interest in their appearance are assumed to be stupid, shallow and unintelligent. Even traitors to feminism. But it’s perfectly normal to love both lipstick and literature, to be a woman who paints her nails while shouting at Question time.”

Pretty Honest covers everything you could possibly want to know from skincare routines, salon and spa etiquette to looking good in every age group. Along the way you can gather loads of tips and information to improving your knowledge and capability within your own beauty routine.

For me this book has been a bit of a game changer, Sali has used her personal experiences plus her extensive knowledge of the industry to deliver an incredibly informative and no bullshit book that is very easy to read from cover to cover.

From the skincare section alone I made improvements to my daily routine (as I said in my previous post, my skin is thanking me for it) but also learnt about what to look for in my products ingredients wise. I have made better choices when buying my skincare products because I have a better knowledge of what certain ingredients can do for my face.

If you were thinking this is just a book based around lipstick you would be wrong, other topics Sali covers include Teen beauty, beauty and motherhood and even beauty in illness. Each chapter filled with snippets of information and tips that can make a person feel back in the game of life again.

It has been very refreshing to read something empowering in a beauty based book rather then the traditional step by step and do’s and don’t of make up and skincare. As a mother of three young ones, a wife and a trying to be full time blogger I can sometimes get lost in what is going on and forget to take time out. Sali’s writing’s gave me the confidence to realise taking time to make myself look and feel good is necessary as it is part of who I am. I want to be able to show the world the best version of me and if it takes having the odd beauty treatment to give me the assurance and poise I encourage everyone to start doing so.

What are your thought’s and feelings on beauty books? Have you found one that has become your guide to life? Let me know what you think about me adding a monthly beauty book review section as it’s something I’ve been thinking of adding to my blog page more permanently, you can comment down below or find me on twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

My next post will be up on Friday so until then have a lovely week.

Kate x