Weekly gift guide: beauty books

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From glossy coffee table books to step-by-step make-up guides -- this selection of new releases will give you the right book for any beauty fan.

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From glossy coffee table books to step-by-step make-up guides - this selection of new releases will give you the right book for any beauty fan.

Gossip girls

François Nars: 15x15

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of his brand, NARS Cosmetics, the creator of the now legendary 'Orgasm' blush has compiled a series of glossy photographs showing celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Amber Valetta, and Marc Jacobs, styled with his products. All proceeds of the €80 book go to charities chosen by the participating stars.

Site: 15x15project.com

History fans

L'Oréal: 100 000 Years of Beauty

The French beauty giant is celebrating an even more significant anniversary, namely that of its centenary, with this special edition consisting of five different books detailing the history of beauty in general and that of L'Oréal in particular. Currently selling the French edition, publishing house Gallimard plans to release the book in English on a grander scale very soon - for the moment, there are only around 600 copies available, selling for €150 each.

Site: gallimard.fr

Treehuggers

Anne Akers-Johnson: The Natural Beauty Book

Described by publisher Klutz as "celebration of beauty without artifice," this bookcomes with more than 60 recipes for home-made treatments that will give tweens the ultimate spa experience for hair, skin and nails, created from ingredients found in any kitchen. At around €17, including a facial loofah, nail brush, pumice stone and vials of fragrant essential oils, this deal is a steal.

Site: klutz.com

Pragmatists

Jemma Kidd Masterclass: Beauty Bible of Professional Techniques and Wearable Looks

Former model and fashion stylist (and sister of Jodie) Jemma Kidd is the owner of a successful make-up brand and has compiled her knowledge on beauty in this new book, selling for around €17. Neglecting the fact that the guide is naturally based on her own products, the 'bible' gives useful step-by-step explanations of how to create a certain look and how to translate seemingly over-the-top creations from the runways.

Site: amazon.com

Artists

Beauty in Bloom: A Collection of Beautiful Inspirations

Written by Bloom Cosmetics founder Natalie Bloom, this book (€25) is more on the unconventional side, featuring illustrations and reflections on all things she considers beautiful, ranging from nature to notebooks, perfumes and Paris.

Site: bloomcosmetics.com

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