Must Have Beauty Reads for Those Who Take Beauty Seriously


These days, there are so many sources about beauty it’s easy to to get overwhelmed when trying to find useful and dependable info. Over the years I’ve built a collection of books that I always refer back to for credible and useful tips.

The Original Beauty Bible by Paula Begoun.

Many of you have probably heard of Paula. She is the woman behind the hugely popular skincare line Paula’s Choice which is all about no nonsense and getting results. Of all of my skin/beauty related books this one is my favorite and is the most informed. The book provides advice on things such as

  • realistic ways to combat aging
  • solutions for various skincare concerns
  • facts and myths about beauty
  • how the industry is misleading and advice on how not to be misled into wasting your money on bad products
  • indispensable skin care ingredients and ones that you should avoid

The list goes on. When I first became interested in skin health this book was a total find and has been very useful. It’s called the Beauty Bible for good reason; it’s a touchstone for many of us in the skincare/beauty community.

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

It’s hard to resist Pretty Honest based on its adorable cover alone. To be frank, this book doesn’t contain any more information regarding the dos and don’t s of beauty that I haven’t already read in The Beauty Bible. But where Paula’s book focuses more on cold hard science and is a sort of encyclopaedia, Sali’s angle is that of lifestyle. To give you an idea here are some samples of chapters in her book;

  • How To Look Good In a Picture
  • How To Get Botox
  • Public Displays of Grooming
  • Beauty and The Career woman
  • Beauty Icons
  • Beauty and Motherhood

Sali still offers up a share of no frills beauty advice like Your Daily Skincare Routine and Beauty in Illness

French Women Don’t Get Facelifts by Mireille Guiliano

I ignored French Women Don’t Get Facelifts for quite a while. I assumed it would be a bunch of fluff and I’m not sure why. Ironically it’s actually a reaffirming book I found that it was very age positive. It’s main focus is how French women embrace their age, even exalt in it,  rather than drastically altering their appearance to appear younger and chasing after a status quo. They tweak their beauty habits to fit and compliment their stage of life rather than the other way around. Very refreshing.

Skin Rules by Debra Jaliman, M.D.

Debra Jaliman’s book is definitely a goodie. Like The Beauty Bible it focuses on skin health and touches on a variety of popular skin issues. Some chapters in the book cover

  • Sunscreen for all skin types and ages
  • Botox
  • Various in-office treatments and whether they work
  • Scanning for cancerous moles
  • Skin conditions like rosacea
  • Fillers
  • Diet
  • Products for certain skin types
  • Hair removal
  • What works and how well

This was a blind buy and one I’ve never regretted.

I have always found it very useful and less overwhelming to know I have these resources at my fingertips. I use them as references and refreshers whether I’m writing or researching for a client.

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