The six best beauty books to give as presents this year
The best beauty tomes to give and get as gifts this year
My favourite part about Christmas is when all the parties and get-togethers and present-giving madness has ceased, and it's time to chill out. Fire on, candles lit, lots of food in the house, comfy clothes and a lovely pile of books to get through - bliss.
Without fail every Christmas I get more books than anything else as presents from my loved ones - a situation I'm more than happy with. In fact, it turns out that being a cosy-loving bookish type is now trendy, thanks to the current vogue for the Danish concept of hygge. Essentially, hygge is about turning your home into a cosy, candle-filled sanctuary of calm. If this sounds appealing to you, I've listed some of this year's best beauty-related books to enjoy in your hygge nest.
All the books I've picked are from amazing women who advocate the 360-degree approach to beauty - ie beauty from the inside out - and are also impressive businesswomen.
Best for business inspiration
If you're interested in the business side of the beauty industry, grab a copy of Jo Malone's newly launched autobiography. It tracks her journey from modest beginnings, to suffering cancer, to becoming a global brand name.
'My Story' by Jo Malone, €20
Best for fitness fans
This is the second book from Former Miss World Rosanna Davison. Fitness and wellness orientated, the book is full of plant-based recipes and lifestyle tips.
'Eat Yourself Fit' by Rosanna Davison, €19.99
Best beauty bible
For decades before his early death in 2002, Kevyn Aucoin was the highest paid make-up artist in the world. Long before Kim K made it mainstream, Aucoin was known as the "contouring king". In this book, he transforms A-list celebs and supermodels into unrecognisable versions of themselves - a stunning example of make-up as an art form.
'Face Forward' by Kevyn Aucoin, €16.99
Pippa O'Connor Ormond is much loved for her down-to-earth style and beauty advice. In her book, she has tips covering everything from outfit choices for a job interview, to storage solutions and interior decorating, as well as lots of easy-to-follow make-up tricks.
'Pippa: Simple Tips To Live Beautifully' by Pippa O'Connor Ormond, €16.99
Best for 30-50
It might surprise you to know that the vampy, raven-haired, porcelain-skinned Dita von Teese was born blonde and freckle-faced Heather Sweet. In this charming, sweet, funny and very honest book she covers every aspect of her beauty regime as well as deportment and posture.
'Your Beauty Mark' by Dita von Teese, €25
Best for mature women
Natural beauty expert Liz Earle, is a walking endorsement for her skin philosophy. Having seen her in the flesh I can attest that her skin is luminescent. This book covers skin advice, wellness plans, homemade products, recipes and a promise to transform your complexion with a six-week skin plan. '
Skin' by Liz Earle, €31.99