Hey guys! So this week I really wanted to share a couple of books that I’ve been loving recently. I love reading but I hardly ever post about it on my blog – mostly because I just feel like what I love to read might not be all that interesting to other people! But my lovely mum got me a couple of amazing books for Christmas and I really want to share them with you guys.
Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge
Detailing some of the key points in the history of makeup, Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge is one of the best books about makeup I’ve ever come across. Breaking down the key eras of makeup evolution, as well as the main players in shaping the modern beauty industry, Face Paint takes you through a journey from the earliest use of cosmetics, how cosmetics have affected women’s history, and how it’s still shaping our world today. I think what I love about this book is that it’s not a simple history of cosmetic formulations, it’s a breakdown of the politics and power play behind the paint. Cover to cover this book has been amazing and I know I’ll return to it again and again.
Your Beauty Mark by Dita Von Teese
Dita’s books are a thing of beauty. This is my second and I can honestly say she makes vintage glamour so attainable and easy it’s every girls dream come true (don’t pretend you never wanted to be the glamorous leading ladies in the old Hollywood films!). Your Beauty Mark is a 400 page how-to of vintage looks and creating your own beauty, with some brilliant tips and advice thrown in both about cosmetics and lifestyle. This book is one of my favourites for many reasons, but mostly because Dita celebrates diversity like no one else.
How To Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis
I feel very much like this book came to me at just the right time in my mid twenties. How To Be A Heroine is one writers’ look back at all the literary leading ladies who shaped her view of life and ultimately, her character. As a woman who grew up reading everything from Austen to Tolkien, I know first hand how certain female characters can really shape you. I grew up wanting to be as quick witted as Elizabeth Bennet, but also as graceful but badass as Arwen. How To Be A Heroine is a comprehensive study of all the characters that had this effect on Ellis – she looks at them with adult eyes and picks them apart, sometimes with surprising results (spoiler alert: childhood heroines are not always as great later in life!). An excellent read for anyone who loves the classics.
All these books are my current favourites, but I also know hands down that they’ll stand the test of time and I’ll refer back to them over and over. What are your current favourite reads? Give me some recommendations in the comments!