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Our beauty and make-up books have been hand-picked to help you learn about beauty, make-up and skin care. We have books for anyone in need of inspiration for a new look and even a selection for budding make-up artists.

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Our beauty and make-up books have been hand-picked to help you learn about beauty, make-up and skin care. We have books for anyone in need of inspiration for a new look and even a selection for budding make-up artists.

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    The Complete Guide to Essential Oils

    Product Code: CGEO
    Paperback
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    Discover the world's most beneficial health and beauty oils with Gill Farrer-Halls' The Complete Guide to Essential Oils. It explains how they are used in aromatherapy and other well-being and beauty treatments.

    It explains how to buy and store oils and reveals everything from scents to therapeutic properties. There is also a recipe that will help you fulfil the potential of the oil.

    It covers floral oils, citrus oils, herbal oils, tree and wood oils, grasses, seeds and shrub oils, spice oils, resin and root oils and exotic oils.
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    Easy on the Eyes

    Lisa Potter-Dixon

    Product Code: ESYE
    Hardback
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    You'll be amazed, dazzled and delighted when you see the things you can do to your eyes with the make-up secrets of Lisa Potter-Dixon.

    Full of photographs and artwork, the book finds the esteemed make-up artist showing you how to prep, prime and perfect your base before transforming your look with shadows, liner and everything in-between.

    Whether you're looking for something fun and youthful or stylish and sophisticated, the book will show you how to make the most of your eyes.

    It includes hints and tips to suit all eye shapes, colours and styles and, best of all, each look can be completed in 5, 15 or 30 minutes so you can make your eyes look great in next to no time at all.
    • £3.99
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    The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible

    Josephine Fairley

    Product Code: AABU
    Paperback
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    Look, feel and be fabulous forever with the Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible!

    In this fully updated edition, the health and beauty experts Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey will tell you everything you need to know about feeling great and looking gorgeous. They offer guidance and tips on everything from skin and hair to hands, feet and nails, as well as advice on getting good sleep and the best exercise methods.

    There are also tried-and-tested reports on many different health and beauty products.
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  • 100 Awesome Hair Days

    Jenny Strebe

    Product Code: AHDY
    Paperback
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    Struggling to tame thick and unruly curls? Tired of having limp, lifeless tresses? Hair can be a temperamental thing, but with 100 Awesome Hair Days as your guide you can learn styles that work with your hair, not against it. Whether your hair is fine, flat or frizzy, you will find styles suited to your particular type in chapters dedicated to different types of hair days: Stay-at-Home, Busy, Sporty, Dress-up and Special. A follow-on from the international best-seller Braids, Buns & Twists, this book will ensure you never have a bad hair day again!
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  • The Make-up Manual

    Lisa Potter-Dixon

    Product Code: CAVIR
    Hardback
    A comprehensive make-up manual that details all aspects of make-up application, solutions to common problems, as well as tips and tricks for perfecting your look every time. Starting with Skin Secrets, make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon teaches you everything you need to know about skincare and perfecting your base. In Beautiful Brows, Lisa explains how to enhance your brows, before styling a Natural, Full, Ombre and Feathered look. In Go with the Glow, she explains why we add colour and takes a look at Contouring, Strobing, Blushing and Bronzing. In The Eyes Have It, things really get interesting, with looks for Smokey, Colourful, Nude, Smudged and Glittery Eyes. And in Luscious Lips, Lisa helps you understand the difference between types of lipsticks, pencils, glosses and all that's in between before teaching you how to achieve the perfect lip, no matter what your style. Finally, Lisa offers up Looks to Dazzle, from Extreme Glitter to using sequins, feathers and transfers, as well as enhancing your look with accessories. Whether you're looking for a fun and youthful, elegant and sophisticated or one-off look, Lisa will show you how to make the most of your facial features and complexion in this Make-up Manual.
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  • DIY Beauty

    Ina De Clercq

    Product Code: BYAQO
    Hardback
    Treat yourself to a DIY spa day with these simple, natural, and affordable recipes to replicate your favorite beauty products-from bath bombs to face masks!-from Lush, the Body Shop, and more. Do you love indulging in self-care with fun beauty products, but want to save some money? Or maybe you take comfort in knowing exactly what you're using on your skin. Or maybe you just love do-it-yourself projects! With DIY Beauty, you can learn to make your favorite beauty products from some of today's most popular brands. Try making face scrubs inspired by Sephora, a homage to The Body Shop's Body Butter, or a homemade version of Burt's Bees ever-popular lip balm. From bath bombs to rival Lush to skin care products like e.l.f.'s blemish treatments, these inexpensive imitation recipes include easy step-by-step instructions to help you customize your beauty product routine. Find products that suit your unique skincare needs, modify your favorites for best results, and choose which organic or all-natural ingredients you prefer. Make your favorite must-have beauty products even better-by making them yourself!-with DIY Beauty.
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  • The Little Book of Life Hacks

    Yumi Sakugawa

    Product Code: BCWWJ
    Paperback
    Author, illustrator and comic book artist Yumi Sakugawa shares a wide range of useful and unexpected tips for looking and feeling better, streamlining and improving your home life, and creating fun and artsy DIY projects that can brighten your living space. Inspired by her popular "Secret Yumiverse" tips originally posted on WonderHowTo.com, The Little Book of Life Hacks offers a wide range of practical advice and fun tips for everything from how to: - Remove dark circles from under your eyes - Make cold brew iced coffee at home - Throw the perfect apartment party on a budget - Work out at home without a gym membership - Take the perfect afternoon power nap...and more! Featuring Yumi's signature hand-drawn illustrations throughout, The Little Book of Life Hacks is a distinctive and perfect gift for recent graduates and young working women who want to learn practical ways to organise and improve their daily life while still having fun.
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  • Whole Beauty: Masks & Scrubs

    Shiva Rose

    Product Code: BULXJ
    Hardback
    Whole Beauty: Masks & Scrubs offers natural recipes for total body decadence, featuring everyday household ingredients. Enliven the body and tap into the full force of female energy with these natural recipes for total body decadence, including Rose's Lustrous Lakshmi hair mask, Revitalising Body Scrub, and Nourishing Face Oil, each made from everyday household ingredients.
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  • 101 DIY Face Masks - Fun, Healthy, All-Natural Face Masks for Every Skin Type

    Jennifer McCartney

    Product Code: BRIHK
    Paperback
    Make your own Insta-face mask, whether or not you post a pic of yourself wearing one. Masks- especially one- use sheet masks- are the latest craze to sweep the beauty industry and a fun addition to any skin- care routine. But the costs add up and the ingredient lists are often riddled with parabens and preservatives. (Think of the environment, too, with all that packaging!) Here are 101 recipes that are easy to make and often use only a few ingredients. There's a remedy for any skin woe- from dull, dry skin to large pores. Recipes include: Egg White Tight and Bright Sheet Mask Coconut Glam Glow Sheet Mask Clarifying Matcha Sheet Mask Activated Charcoal Deep Cleansing Sheet Mask With instructions for re-usable, green-friendly, DIY cloth face sheets.
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  • Handmade Soap

    Tatyana Hill

    Product Code: BKGJW
    Hardback
    Lavender and olive oil, honey and oatmeal, cinnamon and orange. These are just some of the natural ingredients that can be used in soap, an age-old craft that makes a perfect hobby - simple, rewarding and, most of all, fun. Clear step-by-step instructions and photographs take you through each stage of the soap-making process. There is also invaluable guidance on tools and equipment, materials and ingredients, and safety procedures. The book includes twenty unique soap recipes, using only pure ingredients, such as Goat's Milk and Almond Oil Soap for moisturizing and Seed Soap for exfoliation. There are also soaps for utter self-indulgence; relax with Lavender Oil Blocks, revive with spicy Clove Soap or luxuriate with exotic Sandalwood Bars. In this book, you will find the inspiration and know-how to make natural, yet beautiful, soaps.
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  • Nail Art Kit

    LaLilliMakeup

    Product Code: BGSIA
    Other
    This DIY nail art kit is packed with great ideas, techniques and the tools you need to get started right away! The instructions include techniques for dotting, painting, applying embellishments, and more. Mixable, water-based practice polishes make it easy to experiment with color. A selection of tiny gems, studs and plastic bows adds a little extra pizzaz. Design-stimulating ideas set you on your way to making fantastic, colorful nails. Before you start wielding your brushes and dotters, a section on basic nail care, including recipes for homemade treatments, will help you keep your nails healthy underneath it all. In this box you'll find: A 48-page nail art book 7 bottles of water-based nontoxic practice polish Blue, green, pink, white, black, yellow and red colors A fine brush A dual-ended dotter A wheel of studs, gems and more! The instruction book features a handful fun projects you can do using the materials in this kit from cute cartoony critters to a little bit of heavy metal plus a few others to try with bits and pieces you can find in stores or online. Online video tutorials make it super easy to follow the instructions in the book. And once you get these basic techniques down, you will be able to create any original nail art you like!
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  • Nail Art Sourcebook

    Pansy Alexander

    Product Code: AWYBT
    Hardback
    Nail art is a way to make your own personal statement as well as turn your nails into the hottest fashion accessories around. In Nail Art Sourcebook, you will find hundreds of ideas for designs using a full range of effects, all of which you can do yourself or take to a nail technician to execute professionally. The sourcebook opens with an introduction that covers the basic techniques and tools you'll need to re-create the designs, including how-to steps on adding adornments such as glitter, gemstones and foils as well as methods for stencilling, stamping and three-dimensional work. A nail art gallery of over 500 designs, organized thematically, follows, with themes that vary from graphic stripes, chevrons and dots to floral and nature motifs, as well as tribal patterns and animal prints. Not only is nail art a great way to enhance your look for a special occasion or make a fashion statement, it's a fulfilling way to explore your creative potential.
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  • Curly Girl the Handbook

    Lorraine Massey

    Product Code: ABFBF
    Paperback
    CURLY GIRL is packed with unique and fail-proof hair-care methods, inspiration, and an empowering pro-curl attitude. It's all here: daily routines for Botticelli, fractal, and wavy curls; Lorraine's no-more-shampoo epiphany-handle your hair as gently as you do your best cashmere sweater; homemade lotions and potions. New to this edition: an illustrated, step-by-step guide to trimming your own hair (Remember: It's not what you take off; it's what you leave on.); a section on the particular needs of wavy hair; Lorraine's Down-and-Dirty Curly Boy Routine; more fabulous 'dos for weddings and other special occasions; a chapter on multicultural hair written by an African American specialist at Devachan. Plus, updated information on green and chemical-free products, 20 new Q&A's, and a DVD with tutorials on caring for four different types of curls. From now on, there's no such thing as a bad hair day.
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  • Palette

    Funmi Fetto

    Product Code: CAWXA
    Hardback
    'This ground-breaking, first-of-its-kind book is not only destined to become the beauty bible for women of colour everywhere, it is also a significant, relevant and influential voice in the conversation around inclusivity. Essential reading' Edward Enninful, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue UK The idea for Palette came to Vogue Contributing Beauty Editor Funmi Fetto after years of being asked by friends, family and strangers on the street for advice on products suitable for women of colour, who often find themselves excluded from mainstream beauty coverage. Following on from her career in journalism where she has extended the beauty conversation in publications such as the Observer - for whom she writes a weekly column - and written in an honest, elegant and engaging style, Fetto covers all the hair, skincare, makeup and body products available today which really work for women of colour. 'If anyone is going to decode beauty's most inclusive and brilliant products, it should be Funmi. This woman really knows her stuff and delivers it in such warm and chatty way. It's a bit like going shopping with your very beauty savvy best friend who happens to have a wicked sense of humour' Lisa Eldridge
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  • ProMakeup Design Book

    Lan Nguyen-Grealis

    Product Code: BZMHL
    Paperback
    Following on from the success of Lan Nguyen-Grealis's first book, Art & Makeup, this book invites the reader to use their artistic flair and get hands-on with practical application. Hundreds of stunning photographs provide inspiration and advice for creating key looks for magazine editorials, celebrities, fashion shows and advertising campaigns. Organized by technical themes, dozens of different looks demonstrate how to use embellishments, glitter and gloss, colour and graphic lines to produce stunning results for the camera or catwalk. Includes 30 face-chart templates for testing out and adapting your looks, and advice on application and professional presentation.
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  • Plant-Based Beauty

    Jess Arnaudin

    Product Code: BZJFO
    Hardback
    The essential guide to detoxing your beauty routine. Plant-based beauty is part of a growing global movement that is not just about the food we eat but the choices we make when it comes to what we wear and the beauty products we use. We are more aware than ever that our personal actions have an effect both on our own levels of wellness and the health of the world around us. Plant-Based Beauty is a practical companion to your daily routine, helping you to truly understand the ingredients you are putting on your skin and replacing them with self-care rituals to look forward to. Jess Arnaudin helps to de-code the language, myths and science surrounding natural ingredients and shares recipes and her favourite beauty foods as part of her philosophy of 'Inside Out Beauty'.
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  • Fresh Face

    Mandi Nyambi

    Product Code: BYZGJ
    Paperback
    We all deserve to look our best, every day, and this lovely guide to skin care offers countless ideas, tips, and tricks for maintaining healthy, radiant skin. With more than 30 stressfree routines for every skin type-dry, oily, combination, aging-and for every moment in life-prepping for a big event, calming a breakout, traveling on a long flight, indulging on a night in-plus advice on how to care for your skin from the inside out, this freshly illustrated handbook has just the thing for every face. With its emphasis on accessible skin care that will appeal to both the barefaced and the cosmetics obsessed, this is a sweet and simple beauty bible for women of all ages.
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  • Danielle Collins' Face Yoga

    Danielle Collins

    Product Code: BYGQF
    Paperback
    Have you ever thought why every workout you have ever done stopped at the neck? Or wondered why traditional yoga calms the mind, tones the body but forgets the face? Are you looking for a natural way to look and feel younger and healthier?Danielle Collins, TV's Face Yoga Expert, believes we should all have the opportunity to look and feel the very best we can for our age and to care for our face, body and mind using natural and holistic techniques. Her method requires just 5 minutes a day and could not be easier to get started. Integrating practical facial exercises with inspirational lifestyle tips, including diet and skincare, Danielle Collins' Face Yoga is a revolutionary new programme to help you achieve healthier, firmer, glowing skin.
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  • The Beauty Chef Gut Guide

    Carla Oates

    Product Code: BXLRL
    Hardback
    The Beauty Chef Gut Guide is a practical companion to Carla Oates' acclaimed book The Beauty Chef. It is a compelling resource for people who want to better understand the science underpinning the link between the gut and skin health. This 28-day program includes information on the importance of gut functionality, weekly meal plans for repairing and reprogramming your gut, and 60 recipes. In addition to recipes and information about repairing your gut, it covers broader advice for wellbeing, from advice on the importance of cleaning products to subjects such as mindfulness and yoga. It is photographed and designed in the distinct style established by the The Beauty Chef cookbook. Recipes--across breakfast, lunch and dinner--include: baked salmon, tomato and fennel; coconut crepes; chicken, sage and buckwheat risotto; panfried cauliflower gnocchi; Swedish meatballs; and vanilla cardamom chia puddings.
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  • The Park Avenue Face

    Andrew Jacono

    Product Code: BXIFK
    Hardback
    Your face defines you. It influences how people perceive you at work, at play, and even at home--in person and online. Your face should reflect exactly who you are. But what if something about your face doesn't make you feel like the real you? In The Park Avenue Face, dual board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono reveals how to achieve flawless, undetectable plastic surgery so you can fix what you don't like, restore what you've lost, or prevent signs of aging--to ensure that you love your face. From his elite Park Avenue aesthetic surgery center, Dr. Jacono has enhanced tens of thousands of faces not by prescribing an arbitrary standard of beauty, but by amplifying each patient's individual beauty for totally natural results. A global authority in advanced facial plastic surgery, he has presented clinical research and conducted live surgery in front of peer audiences at over 100 plastic surgery symposiums around the world, including at Harvard, Yale and Stanford Universities. Now, he's ready to share his expertise with you. High-end Park Avenue clients want to fight the signs of aging while highlighting their best features. They want lips that look like their own lips, eyes that look like their own eyes. They want facial features in line with their ethnicities. Park Avenue clients want to look powerful yet approachable, wise yet fresh, and above all, natural. With Dr. Andrew Jacono's advice, you can have the Park Avenue Face no matter who you are or where you live. The Park Avenue Face also highlights a trend unique to the United States--a distinct difference between conceptions of beauty on the west coast versus the east coast. Where the West Coast Style is often about changing your personal signature, the East Coast Style prioritizes maintaining your personal signature. Through this up-close look at coastal trends, the reader will learn how to define and achieve a natural look--a face that reflects the person they have always been, and the person they strive to be, not someone they don't recognize in the mirror. If you want a face with character and depth that looks ageless and don't want a stretched, artificial or generic look, Dr. Jacono will show you how to get there. If you are considering any kind of facial enhancement, from minor and non-invasive treatments such as simple injections or a laser treatment to more involved surgical procedures such as a full-on facelift, this is your resource. The Park Avenue Face will show you how to avoid the quacks, the fads, the financial waste, and the dangers. Dr. Jacono will help you determine how you want to look and how best to get there. Featuring fascinating patient anecdotes, dozens of before-and-after photographs showing what the various procedures can accomplish and line drawings by veteran medical illustrator William Winn, this comprehensive guide will fully prepare you to step into a doctor's office and discuss your facial enhancement options. You'll know how each treatment works, how long you will take to recover, and how much change you can expect. If there is something about your face you think is holding you back--decide if making a change is right for you. Let The Park Avenue Face guide you to becoming your best you.
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  • Insta-glam

    Hani Sidow

    Product Code: BXHIW
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    Taking the perfect selfie is no easy task but with Hani's make-up tips and hacks, it's never been more enjoyable and stress-free. Hani's inclusive and friendly tutorials will help you create the perfect look every time. Unlock your selfie potential with 15 achievable styles covering everything from how to highlight and contour to creating the perfect nude lip, as well as picking up invaluable make-up hacks, such as using Sellotape to create the perfect brow, how you can make your lip colour last and why you should apply your make-up in the right light. Hani will also help you choose the right products for your skin. Discover how to test the colour of a concealer, whether to choose an oil- or water-based foundation and how to find a mascara that suits your budget. Insta-glam wouldn't be complete without a quick tutorial on how to take the ideal selfie to show off your immaculately applied make-up. Find your best angle, pull the perfect pout, and get snapping!
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  • Dirty Looks

    Whitney Bowe, MD

    Product Code: BWKHR
    Paperback
    Every year, nearly 80 million Americans will consult their doctors about their skin. In fact, skin disorders beat out anxiety, depression, back pain, and diabetes as the number one reason Americans see their doctors. Unfortunately, however, the vast majority will receive only a surface-level treatment, leaving the underlying conditions at the root of their skin issues unresolved. Skin doesn't lie; it reflects overall health in unimaginable ways. Dirty Looks, internationally renowned dermatologist and scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is much more than skin deep. As a pioneering researcher on the cutting edge of the gut-brain-skin axis, she explains how the spectrum of skin disorders -- from stubborn acne and rosacea to psoriasis, eczema, and premature wrinkling -- are manifestations of irregularities rooted in the gut. Lasers, scalpels, creams, and prescription pads alone will not guarantee the consistently healthy, glowing skin we all seek. Instead, Dr. Bowe focuses on the microbiome -- where trillions of microbes "speak" to your skin via the brain -- and highlights the connection between sleep, stress, diet, gastrointestinal health, and the health of your skin. With simple explanations of the science, do-it-yourself practical skincare strategies, and a life-changing 3-week program, Dirty Looks is your roadmap to great skin from the inside out and the outside in.
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  • Don't Touch My Hair

    Emma Dabiri

    Product Code: BWHDP
    Hardback
    Straightened. Stigmatised. 'Tamed'. Celebrated. Erased. Managed. Appropriated. Forever misunderstood. Black hair is never 'just hair'. This book is about why black hair matters and how it can be viewed as a blueprint for decolonisation. Emma Dabiri takes us from pre-colonial Africa, through the Harlem Renaissance, Black Power and on to today's Natural Hair Movement, the Cultural Appropriation Wars and beyond. We look at everything from hair capitalists like Madam C.J. Walker in the early 1900s to the rise of Shea Moisture today, from women's solidarity and friendship to 'black people time', forgotten African scholars and the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian's braids. The scope of black hairstyling ranges from pop culture to cosmology, from prehistoric times to the (afro)futuristic. Uncovering sophisticated indigenous mathematical systems in black hairstyles, alongside styles that served as secret intelligence networks leading enslaved Africans to freedom, Don't Touch My Hair proves that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation.
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  • The Skin Nerd

    Jennifer Rock

    Product Code: BWEJH
    Hardback
    'This bestseller beauty bible is full of straight-talking tips and wisdom for anyone in quest of the secret to eternal youth and beauty.' Irish Mail on Sunday 'The skin is an organ and should be respected accordingly' This is the mantra of award-winning skincare expert Jennifer Rock, also known as The Skin Nerd. We should feed our skin, shield it, and give it all the care and attention it needs - and deserves. in her first book, Jennifer shares all the passion, knowledge and expertise she has gathered over her extensive career to bring you the essential guide to healthy skin. Written with Jennifer's unique brand of humour and honesty, with nerd-isms galore, this book is jam-packed with 'skinformation' and advice to educate you about your skin needs at every stage of your life. It includes The 10 Skin Nerd Commandments, advice on anti-ageing, acne and other skin conditions, the benefits of a refreshing Spritz O'Clock, which skingredients to look out for (and which to avoid), and how your diet affects the body's largest organ. The Skin Nerd will teach you a holistic approach to looking after your skin inside and out, and give you the confidence to achieve glowing, healthy skin. 'Jennifer is one of the most knowledgeable, honest and reliable experts I know and trust in the industry. A must read for anyone interested in proper skincare' Triona McCarthy, Sunday Independent Beauty Editor
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Whether you’re searching for some assistance in creating some beautiful new makeup looks or you’re a professional makeup artist looking for some inspiration, we have a book for you. Browse our range of brilliant beauty books now.

Show your artistic side

Express yourself with an arty and creative makeup guide, giving you suggestions for a variety of new looks. Make your own canvas and try out the techniques you'll find in our makeup books.

Helping you be kinder to your skin

Find loads of tips and advice on improving your morning and evening routines with a soothing new skin care book.

Hairstyle inspiration

Whether you’re an amateur or a professional hairdresser, there is something for everyone in our range of hair style guides. If you’re looking for a whole new look or just need some inspiration we have the perfect book for you.