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.
A provocative and thoroughly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, skewering the myth that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior.In Survival of the Prettiest, Nancy Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, argues that beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of the fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminism--it's in our biology. Beauty, she explains, is an essential and ineradicable part of human nature that is revered and ferociously pursued in nearly every civilization--and for good reason. Those features to which we are most attracted are often signals of fertility and fecundity. When seen in the context of a Darwinian struggle for survival, our sometimes extreme attempts to attain beauty--both to become beautiful ourselves and to acquire an attractive partner--suddenly become much more understandable. Moreover, if we understand how the desire for beauty is innate, then we can begin to work in our own interests, and not just the interests of our genetic tendencies.
Discover the joys of all-natural body care. Stephanie Tourles shows you how to use fruit, flowers, herbs, and minerals to craft healthy products that promote radiant skin, strong nails, shiny hair, and an elevated mood. Pamper yourself from head to toe with products like Strawberry Cleanser, Pineapple Sunflower Scrub, and Almond Rose Body Lotion. Gentle on your skin and free of harsh chemicals found in commercial products, you'll want to indulge yourself over and over with these luxuriously aromatic bath blends, face masks, and body scrubs.
"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.
'I've always been a girls' girl. And I know from experience that making the very best of yourself is something any woman can do. I was never the six-foot-tall pin-up. I've always been the girl-next-door who got lucky. I've come a long way in the last ten years, but this book isn't my attempt to tell you what or what not to do. It's just to share some of what I've learned.'
In That Extra Half an Inch, a tongue-in-cheek reference to her love of high heels, Beckham shares her tips for finding your own style including:
- Learning how to dress for special occasions
- Shopping for everyday wear and where to look for it
- Accessories: defining the looks that work best for you
- Helpful hints for the holidays
- Making the most of your wardrobe
- How to feel confident and look great every time you leave the house
That Extra Half an Inch is a beautiful, nothing-but-the truth, easy-to-use book on fashion, beauty and style. Victoria shares her personal style secrets so whether you're getting ready for work, a night out on the town or even doing the school run, you too can feel confident and look great every time you step out of the front door.
The girls' guide to giving the cosmetics industry a makeover.
Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible?
Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they've kept themselves unregulated for decades.
Not one cosmetic product has to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market.Incredible? Consider this:
- The European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics. The United States has banned just 10.
- Only 11% of chemicals used in cosmetics in the US have been assessed for health and safety - leaving a staggering 89% with unknown or undisclosed effects.
- More than 70% of all personal care products may contain phthalates, which are linked to birth defects and infertility.
- Many baby soaps are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4 dioxane.
It's not just women who are affected by this chemists' brew. Shampoo, deodorant, face lotion and other products used daily by men, women and children contain hazardous chemicals that the industry claims are within acceptable limits. But there's nothing acceptable about daily multiple exposures to carcinogenic chemicals-from products that are supposed to make us feel healthy and beautiful.
Not Just a Pretty Face delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry, and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover.
15 percent of the purchase price of each book sold benefits the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, administered by the Breast Cancer Fund, through December 31, 2012.
Hearty boeuf Bourguignon served in deep bowls over a garlic-rubbed slice of baguette toast; decadently rich croque monsieur, eggy and oozing with cheese; gossamer cr me brulee, its sweetness offset by a brittle burnt-sugar topping. Whether shared in a cozy French bistro or in your own home, the romance and enduring appeal of French country cooking is irrefutable. Here is the book that helps you bring that spirit, those evocative dishes, into your own home.What Ina Garten is known for--on her Food Network show and in her three previous bestselling books--is adding a special twist to familiar dishes, while also streamlining the recipes so you spend less time in the kitchen but still emerge with perfection. And that's exactly what she offers in Barefoot in Paris. Ina's kir royale includes the unique addition of raspberry liqueur--a refreshing alternative to the traditional cr me de cassis. Her vichyssoise is brightened with the addition of zucchini, and her chocolate mousse is deeply flavored with the essence of orange. All of these dishes are true to their Parisian roots, but all offer something special--and are thoroughly delicious, completely accessible, and the perfect fare for friends and family. Barefoot in Paris is suffused with Ina's love of the city, of the bustling outdoor markets and alluring little shops, of the bakeries and fromageries and charcuteries--of the wonderful celebration of food that you find on every street corner, in every neighborhood. So take a trip to Paris with the perfect guide--the Barefoot Contessa herself--in her most personal book yet.
- Makes a wonderful birthday, graduation or "just because" gift for any beautiful person in your life.
- Includes beautifully illustrated pages and recipes for nutritious inspiration.
Iman, world-famous model and founder of a successful cosmetics brand, is aware of the difficulties women of colour have always had with skin care and make-up. In this book, she teaches readers how to work with skincare regimens and palettes targeted to their exact skin tone and type.