Round up of the Best Books

The Festive Period is always a great opportunity to take time out and loose yourself in an amazing new book; I always think that a gorgeous book makes the perfect gift too. Here’s my round up of the essential must-haves - some great new releases and a couple of old favourites too…

Whether you want to pour over inspiring images, improve your health and wellbeing, find out all about the best beauty products or discover delicious new recipes to try out, then I’ve got it covered with my round up of the best books out there.


Hair by Sam McKnight

Legendary hairstylist, Sam McKnight, has been creating some of the industry’s most iconic hair looks from the late 70’s right through to the current day and his new book, Hair by Sam McKnight, is a wonderful reference library of gorgeous fashion images spanning his impressive 40 year career to date. The book includes images from the late 70’s, the Supermodel Era of the 80’s and 90’s, Princess Diana’s revolutionary hairstyles, a section dedicated to Kate Moss as well as a focus on the modern fashion muses of today. His exhibition at Somerset House is also showing now until March 2017 so make sure to pay it a visit if you’re in London.

Pretty Iconic Sali Hughes

Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes

Following on from her original best seller, Pretty Honest, Pretty Iconic is the natural second release from the brilliant and hugely knowledgeable Sali Hughes. Sali looks at the most nostalgic smells and evocative packaging, giving a trusted insight into which hair and beauty products are actually really worth the investment. From old favourites through to modern day hero products, Sali’s got it all covered!

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Bloom: Navigating Life and Style by Estée Lalonde

Renowned blogger Estée Lalonde is no stranger to sharing her deeply personal life experiences with her loyal following on her popular blog and YouTube channels. Her eagerly anticipated new release, Bloom, is all about sharing advice to give her audience the confidence to find their own happy balance in life, work, beauty, fashion, home and food to name just a few areas.

Eat Beautiful Wendy Rowe

Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe

Of course, I couldn’t write about the best books out there without including my own book, Eat Beautiful. I use my book so much at home whenever I need to refer to the herbal pharmacy section or remember that skin remedy that really worked and of course when I need some inspiration for a delicious, seasonal recipes which will help keep my skin looking glowing and clear. The Festive Period is often a time of over indulgence, so why not get ideas for healthy alternatives that are easy to make and taste amazing – great if you’re going to be entertaining this season.

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In Your Face by Mario Testino

Mario Testino has created a whole library of amazing books over the years, spanning his incredible career photographing fashion campaigns, parties and supermodels all over the world. In Your Face contains 122 images from Mario’s 2012 exhibition; the ultimate reference book full of stunning photographs that capture Mario’s signature creative vision. This book offers a true sense of connection to the glamour and fun of the fashion world and is great inspiration for the party season.


Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge

I love this book by fellow Makeup Artist Lisa Eldridge, it’s such an interesting look back at the history of makeup through the years; full of beautiful photographic references, illustrations and artwork as well as amazing stories about how makeup has changed and evolved over the years up to the current day where we now have the types of products that we are all familiar with.

Hemsley Good and Simple

Good + Simple by Hemsley; Hemsley

I love this cookery book by the amazing Hemsley sisters. Their shopping list suggestions, ingredients list and back to basics recipes are easy to follow and focus on incorporating nutritious, inexpensive and healthy ingredients into delicious home-made meals. Does exactly what it says on the tin, this book is perfect for helping to re-energise.

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Diverse Beauty by Alexi Lubomirski

A celebration of the diversity of female beauty, Diverse Beauty represents Alexi’s refreshing take on female beauty in the industry. The book includes gorgeous images of women such as Lupita Nyong’o, Chanel Iman, Salma Hayek and Anja Rubik, exploring the beauty of women from all colours, sizes, ages and sexual orientations, and with all proceeds being generously donated to Concern Worldwide, there’s no excuse not to get a copy.

Marc Hom Profiles

Profiles by Marc Hom

Full of gorgeous portrait images taken by Marc over the past decade, Profiles is a great book to pour over and get lost in. Marc really captures the essence and character of his subjects, whether they are the well-known faces of celebrities, actors and creatives or more personal portraits of friends and family, this book is beautiful and truly captivating.

Dr Nigma Reverse The Signs of Ageing

Reverse The Signs of Ageing by Dr. Nigma Talib

Dr. Nigma, leading Naturopathic Doctor based in London, is famous for treating some of the most well known celebrities and models to help get their skin in top condition. Reverse The Signs of Ageing shares Nigma’s secrets in the form of a comprehensive life plan, identifying and navigating the culprits in our diet that can make a real difference to the way our skin ages.

Nature of Beauty

The Nature Of Beauty by Imelda Burke

The Nature Of Beauty focuses on organic skincare, botanical beauty rituals and clean cosmetics, serving as a guide to empower us to make the right shopping choices when it comes to natural beauty. With 42% of consumers now looking for natural products, Imelda breaks down the best options for natural hair and body care, cosmetics and perfume.

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Body By Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan
by Simone De La Rue

Whenever I’m in New York, I always make time for Body By Simone – it’s a workout that I swear by and always makes me feel amazing. Simone serves as personal trainer for some of the hottest celebrity bodies in the world and her 8 Week Total Body Makeover Plan divulges all of her fun, fast paced workout secrets using unique strength training and cardio tips to help get that body in great shape. Perfect for the whole body – arms, abs, glutes, and thighs.