A trip to a spa for a spot of pampering has always been seen as an expensive, one-off treat - until now. Here, cosmetic experts Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton bring the entire spa experience right to your door, with this unique and comprehensive guide to replicating the luxury of a spa in your own home using natural, botanical preparations. Through over 40 natural recipes tailored to your mood, they show you exactly how to transform your home into a tranquil, relaxing retreat. With a focus on the relationship between scent and well-being, there are energising citrus recipes, warming ginger and cinnamon preparations, relaxing lavender and soothing camomile products, allowing you to choose the perfect treatment for the desired effect. From candle-making to simple massage techniques, incense-making to hot cloth cleansing, you will learn a range of spa techniques from experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The recipes use botanical ingredients, all of which are easily sourced from the home, garden or via the internet, making it easy to work through this extensive catalogue of natural recipes for face masks, bath oils, body scrubs, facial cleansers and hair treatments, as well as non-cosmetic, therapeutic products such as tea infusions, reed diffusers and scented candles - all accompanied by step-by-step guides and clear, illustrative photographs.
Ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life. Ask a whole bunch of women about their hair, and you could get a history of the world. Surprising, insightful, frequently funny, and always forthright, the essays in Me, My Hair, and I are reflections and revelations about every aspect of women's lives from family, race, religion, and motherhood to culture, health, politics, and sexuality.
They take place in African American kitchens, at Hindu Bengali weddings, and inside Hasidic Jewish homes. The conversation is intimate and global at once. Layered into these reminiscences are tributes to influences throughout history: Jackie Kennedy, Lena Horne, Farrah Fawcett, the Grateful Dead, and Botticelli's Venus.
The long and the short of it is that our hair is our glory--and our nemesis, our history, our self-esteem, our joy, our mortality. Every woman knows that many things in life matter more than hair, but few bring as much pleasure as a really great hairdo.
"A terrific read for those of us who obsess about our hair. Or those who live with those of us who do. A collection that's, I dare say, a cut above the rest." --Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace
From Nina Garcia--fashion judge on Bravo's hit Project Runway and author of Style Strategy and The One Hundred--comes her wildly popular New York Times bestseller The Little Black Book of Style. Here, in one indispensible volume, are Nina's ultimate rules of style to help you uncover your own signature look.
Beard or no beard? This may seem like a trivial question but it reveals fundamental insight into the masculine mind. Beards have been worn by men since the first civilisations, and with the passing of time have become distinctive male traits that look good, add gravitas and denote a certain class.
Today, the beard is an indisputable fashion accessory, essential for all well-dressed, stylish men. Being bearded is more than just having facial hair: it's an attitude, a lifestyle choice, a deliberate and well intentioned masculinity.
Beautifully illustrated, lovingly composed and artfully curated, this is a delightful gift for all those who delight in the beard. Contents include: The beard boom and lifestyle; Who's who of bearded icons; The beard as a cultural and fashion statement; Indispensible advice and tips on beard care and grooming; Seasonal beard calendar and facial hair glossary.
The first book of its kind: a definitive guide to the world of perfume
Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez are experts in the world of scent. Turin, a renowned scientist, and Sanchez, a longtime perfume critic, have spent years sniffing the world s most elegant and beautiful as well as some truly terrible perfumes. In "Perfumes: The Guide," they combine their talents and experience to review more than twelve hundred fragrances, separating the divine from the good from the monumentally awful. Through witty, irreverent, and illuminating prose, the reviews in "Perfumes" not only provide consumers with an essential guide to shopping for fragrance, but also make for a unique reading experience.
"Perfumes" features introductions to women s and men s fragrances and an informative frequently asked questions section including:
What is the difference between eau de toilette and perfume?
How long can I keep perfume before it goes bad?
What s better: splash bottles or spray atomizers?
What are perfumes made of?
Should I change my fragrance each season?
"Perfumes: The Guide" is an authoritative, one-of-a-kind book that will do for fragrance what Robert Parker s books have done for wine. Beautifully designed and elegantly illustrated, this book will be the perfect gift for collectors and anyone who s ever had an interest in the fascinating subject of perfume.
Read Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez's posts on the Penguin Blog."
One city always seems to win the award for most-wanted style--Paris, where people walking down the avenues mix timeless and trendy pieces in a way that appears effortless. French fashion writers Isabelle Thomas and Fr d rique Veysset break down the "je ne sais quoi" of Paris street style, describing the essential elements that should be in everyone's wardrobe. Renowned experts on French style--designers, stylists, editors, and celebrities--also chime in to reveal their favorite accessories and how to create multidimensional looks and make affordable clothing appear luxurious. Starring both fashion icons and anonymous women met on the streets of Paris and richly illustrated with hand-drawn sketches and Veysset's striking photographs, Paris Street Style is an inspirational fashion guide that will allow you, no matter where you are from, to cultivate an everyday style of timeless glamour, careless, easy chic--votre style fran ais.Praise for Paris Street Style: "In this fun new book, a pair of fashion bloggers promise to reveal the secrets of their compatriots' mysterious and seemingly innate ability to look sophisticated under any circumstances. With the help of hand-drawn illustrations and photos of models, fashionistas and anonymous women met in the street, they dissect the essential elements of les Parisiennes' deceptively casual, highly individualistic brand of urban chic and offer readers tips galore on creating their own personal style." --France Magazine
Use the principles of feng shui to promote both inner and outer beauty.- Includes daily exercises to deepen self-awareness, alter destructive behavior patterns, and create an effective spiritual practice. - An excellent way to treat skin-care problems such as wrinkles, acne, and dryness without resorting to medications. - By the author of Body Feng Shui. Many people are now familiar with the use of feng shui to design living spaces that harmonize with the landscape and that enhance the positive aspects of one's life. Few people know, however, that these same feng shui principles can be applied to the human body to chart the relationship between inner character and outer appearance. Focusing on the special needs of women, Beauty Feng Shui explains the spiritual and physical meaning of each part of the body according to min xiang shue--body feng shui--and provides exercises and meditations to restore harmony to those areas compromised by energy imbalances. A wide spectrum of specific beauty and health concerns is addressed, including acne, menstrual cramps, wrinkles, and overly dry or oily skin. But beauty is not only skin deep. Chao-Hsiu Chen also discusses inner beauty and how to strengthen it through meditation, visualization, and imagination. She includes daily exercises that allow the reader to deepen self-awareness, alter destructive behavior patterns, and create an effective spiritual practice. More than one hundred illustrations show these exercises and special Chinese characters for use in meditation and visualization.
This professional author team provides a comprehensive guide for the woman who wants to make the most of what she has. Beginning with an overview of the latest beauty trends, Vogue Beauty features detailed text, how-to instructions and hundreds of color photographs.
Six informative sections cover:
Special sections focus on wrinkles, "cosmeceuticals," lunchtime laser treatments, famous models' secrets, using essential oils and more. Packed with insider knowledge, professional advice and hundreds of photos, women of all ages will find Vogue Beauty useful and entertaining.
"Forget about makeup reclaiming youth, says Andrea Q. Robinson. Good makeup reclaims you. Robinson, whose illustrious career has included positions such as the chief marketing officer of Estee Lauder, president of Tom Ford Beauty, beauty editor of Vogue, and president of Ralph Lauren Fragrances, is the ultimate industry insider. Now, she shares her decades of experience in this honest and straightforward guide for women fifty and over.
In Toss the Gloss, you will learn . . .
Why the right cosmetics, not anti-aging skincare, will help you look your youthful best.
How to recognize the seduction of beauty-industry tactics designed to get you to spend more money than you need to.
Gimmick-free tips and easy-to-follow shortcuts to make the most of your features.
Stylishly illustrated by Chesley McLaren, this inspiring book is a reader s guide to feeling fresher, healthier, prettier, and more confidentat any age.