Last month I was a little naughty and bought some new books online. Technically I’m on a shopping ban, but books don’t count right? Feeding my brain is like feeding my tummy; it’s a must. Plus, I bought them second hand from Brotherhood Books, so I’m helping the planet by recycling AND I’m contributing to a charity. I’m basically a saint, OK?! Their books are super cheap and a fraction of the cost of them brand new. The only downside is that they don’t stock all titles, just what’s been recently donated.
So aside from my regular list of must-read fiction I always have at hand, I wanted to grab some more coffee table and fashion orientated books. I love skipping through coffee table books to look at some amazing photography or little titbits of information, but they usually cost a bomb and I’m not willing to spend lots on a book I flip through occasionally. That’s the beauty of second hand books.
The Beauty Bible; Sarah Stacey and Josephine Fairley – $12.5
When this arrived I was super excited as it has a bright pink dust jacket and weighs a tonne, but when I got into it it was a little disappointing. It was published in 1994, which I should have checked as the information and styles are a little dated. Let’s just say there was a lot of reference to brown, matte lipsticks – oh the 90s!
It does have some great handy hints, some of my favourites are:
- Like kissing, using liquid eyeliner is an art nobody ever teaches you. Put your mirror on the table and bend over it. Now rest your arm on the table and draw, as close to the lashes as possible and as thickly or thinly as you prefer, No more shaky lines or squinting.
- If you keep loose powder in its box it can scatter everywhere, Decant it into a pepper shaker. That way you can shake out precisely how much you want.
The Beauty Bible goes through everything from skincare, 10 step beauty routines, nutritional advice and even cosmetic surgery. It has some gorgeous pics but overall I don’t think I’ll be going back and referencing from this time and again. Either blogging or reading blogs has taught me a lot about beauty or the info provided was very basic. I do love the authors’ philosophy though and think it’s one we should all adopt:
“We love make-up, skincare and fragrance and we believe their effects are not only cosmetic: well-chosen products can lift a woman’s spirits as well as offer an instant boost to her appearance. But looking and feeling great requires a long-term philosophy beyond the quick fix of a new lipstick. So we have set out what we are convinced is the ultimate two-way approach to beauty, where what goes into your body and your mind matters just as much as what goes on your eyes, skin, nails and hair.”
Front Row – Anna Wintour: The Cool Life and Hot Times of Vogue’s Editor in Chief; Jerry Oppenheimer – $8
Not exactly sure what I was expecting from this book as the author is one of those unauthorised biography writers and how he gets his information is all a little dodgy. I was pretty disappointed by this and by about half way I was speed reading through just to see if it picked up; it didn’t.
Front Row details the life of Anna Wintour, from her birth and upbringing in swinging London to her rise in the ranks of American Vogue. It definitely reinforces the rumours that Wintour is a cold and calculated woman, a la The Devil Wears Prada, who did whatever it took to get to the top. I don’t know if it was the subject matter or the author but this book was seriously dull. Perhaps if it were an autobiography it may have been a better read, but I really do think that Anna Wintour isn’t as interesting as say Grace Coddington, Creative Director at Vogue.
Jasper wanted to model for me too!
Do you like reading about fashion and beauty or do you only like it in snippets on blogs or in magazines? What are some of your favourite fashion related books? I’d love to know if you have any recommendations!