This month, our fashion and beauty edit has a focus on beauty and accessories – there are lots of new beauty books offering tips and suggestions on how to refresh your look or try something completely different. My personal fave this month is Amazinger Face – I have long been a devotee of Zoe Foster and am completely converted to her beauty ethos and skincare range. I definitely recommend! We also have brand new books on socks, fascinators and handbags, so you can find the answer to the most pressing of accessory questions, including “is it okay to wear socks with sandals???” (NO).
Amazinger face : clever beauty tricks, should-own products and spectacularly useful how-to-do-its / Zoë Foster Blake.
“Sometimes a lady just needs to know the most flattering lipstick for her skin tone, or how to correctly use sunscreen, or a very quick hairstyle to conceal her unwashed hair. All the answers are here, in this top-to-toe beauty extravaganza. Former Cosmopolitan and Harper’s BAZAAR beauty director, and the founder of Go-To skin care, Zoë Foster (Blake) suggests makeup colours and brands for every occasion, and step-by-step instructions for winged eyeliner, arresting red lips, simple up-dos, and much, much more . . .” (Syndetics summary)
The anti-ageing beauty bible / Josephine Fairley & Sarah Stacey ; illustrations by David Downton.
“In this fully updated edition of their bestselling book, health and beauty experts Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey bring together everything a woman needs to know about feeling great, looking gorgeous and being fabulous, whatever your age. Chapters include guidance on skin, hair, make-up, hands, feet and nails, sleep, exercise and much more. There are top tips for taking off ten years in minutes as well as the secrets of inspirational older women. Packed with insider info from the world’s leading experts, this is the bible for the older woman, showing you how to look, feel and be fabulous – forever.” (Syndetics summary)
Natural hair coloring : how to use henna and other pure herbal pigments for chemical-free beauty / Christine Shahin ; photography by Melinda DiMauro.
“Commercial hair dyes contain thousands of different chemicals, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic — but you don’t have to choose between gorgeous color and good health. Natural hair care expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic plant pigments — henna, indigo, amla, and cassia — to color your hair naturally, whatever your hair type or ethnicity, with beautiful results! These pigments are readily available at natural food stores and online, and they’re simple, safe, easy to use, and cost-effective. Shahin shows you exactly how to apply these pigments to achieve a full range of shades of brown, black, and red.” (Syndetics summary)
French complexion : the secrets to beautiful skin at any age / Christine Clais.
“French women have always been very serious about their skin. From a young age – following their mothers’ and grandmothers’ advice – they establish good skincare routines and rituals. In French Complexion, Christine Clais presents her unique skincare philosophy based on more than twenty years of hands-on professional experience and the beauty secrets of her countrywomen. Through easy-to-follow expert tips, product recommendations and French beauty insights, Clais guides women through the stages of their lives and shows how to have healthy, glowing skin at any age.” (Syndetics summary)
Le Pliage By Longchamp: A Tradition and Transformation [hardback]
“What secret magic can make a fashion accessory timeless? Longchamp’s Le Pliage bags are the perfect embodiment of this mystery, with their connection to the Zeitgeist, pure style, accomplished craftsmanship, and groundbreaking shape. Designed twenty years ago by Philippe Cassegrain (the son of the founder of the French leather goods company Longchamp), the foldable bag has become a huge success. At present, over thirty million Le Pliage bags have been sold globally and offer luxury on an everyday basis.” (Syndetics summary)
Socks : the rule book : 10 essential rules for the wearing and appreciation of men’s hosiery / Sock Club London.
“Socks. They are a serious business. Socks are the glue that binds an outfit together, the telling detail that shows that a man understands what it is to be stylish. But they are also a minefield of potential fashion disasters and style pitfalls. What style of socks should you wear with a brogue? How high should you roll-up your trouser leg? Are socks and sandals ever acceptable?* But fear no more – Socks: The Rule Book will solve your hosiery dilemmas. Laying out the ten fundamental rules of sock wearing with fashion-conscious advice and a knowing sense of humour, this book answers hitherto unanswered questions and establishes clear guidelines for every aspect of the sock world. *No.” (Syndetics summary)
Fascinators : 25 stylish accessories to top off your look / Hannah Scheidig.
“A fascinator is a chic little adornment, not quite a traditional hat but more than a headband, that suits any occasion and any time of day. This smashing headwear now appears everywhere, donning the heads of celebrities and A-listers on the red carpet to today’s fashionable brides. This is the first craft book of its kind with how-tos for fascinators, floral crowns, tiaras, and more: 25 in all, plus variations on each project–there are even sweet projects suitable for little girls. Fascinators range from dressy professional to black-tie elegant.” (Syndetics summary)