Last year Lara Bingle spilled the beans on plans for an upcoming beauty book with friend and long-time makeup artist Max May but if you're wondering when it'll hit stores, you may have a little while to wait. In an interview with the model-turned-reality-star earlier today, Lara told us: "With the beauty book with Max, I’m just about to launch a blog and so is he, so what we’ve decided to do is hold off on that and maybe do everything on the blog first then make it into a book. We started and among everything else I have on at the moment I just don’t have time to sit down and work on it. We definitely will do that in the right time."
A beauty book makes a great gift for anyone. Your flat mate, your bestie, your sister, your work colleague, your mum — pretty much anyone who loves beauty. Some are coffee table books, perfect for accessorising the home. Others are packed with simple step-by-step guides on creating the smoky eye and other looks that have so far alluded you. And others are an insight into some of the most interesting hair and makeup artists of all time who are still shaping the industry today, even if you don't realise it. The perfect solution if you're stuck for what to buy someone.
Yesterday we charted the most iconic fragrances that every perfumista should be aware of, but today we're turning our attentions to learning about scents. Whether you want to know how a fragrance comes to be, how it's made and designed, or the history of perfume and the importance of smell through the ages, there's a book for it! From fragrance classifications that will guide you through the fragrance families and soon having you picking out scents based on genre to a cult coffee book that questions just what it is that makes Chanel N°5 oh-so popular, these reads will soon turn you into a fragrance aficionado! Check them out now!
There's a beauty bible out there for everyone . . .
Spa ($24.95); Teen People Celebrity Beauty Guide ($24.95); Makeup: The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris($43.95); Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro ($39.95); Joshi's Holistic Life Plan ($39.95); Beauty in Bloom ($24.95).
For more can't-miss gift ideas, check out FabSugar's picks for the season, too.
I told you the other day that Rae Morris’ tips got me over a lifetime fear of liquid liner. Rae is one of the best brains in the biz; she's taken the coveted Australian Makeup Artist of the Year crown home four times.
Now she's letting you into her inner circle with the release of her second book, Beautiful Eyes. The best thing about Rae's advice is that she dumbs it down without making you feel dumb. She shares her timesaving tricks and lifesaving tips happily because she knows what works and wants you to know too.
The book features beautifully-shot imagery by Steven Chee to accompany her advice on everything from the best brow shape to the power of lashes; from what shades to pick for your eye colour to what to do if you have heavy eyelids; and then of course, the fun part – smoky eyes, bronze eyes, lavender eyes, techno eyes; you name it, Rae covers it with her usual no-nonsense style. A must-read for all makeup fans.
Beautiful Eyes ($19.99) is released on 23 November.
Note to self: must move to France. Or Belgium or Switzerland. Because yesterday, an “authorised biography” of Chanel No.5 was released in all three countries according to WWD.
Entitled Histoire du No.5 Chanel, Un Numéro Intemporel (aka Story of Chanel No.5, A Timeless Number to you and me), it spills the beans on how the fragrance got its name, plus details about the bottle and of course Mademoiselle Chanel and her cocreator Ernest Beaux.
The author, François Ternon, received 32 illustrated pages from the house of Chanel so I can’t wait to get my hands on it. And a translator for that matter.