Books for the Beauty Lover

FYI--I became an aunt again! Kaylee Ann was born Sunday night. I can't wait to meet her! Now back to the blog!

I try to do things a little differently when it comes to gift guides, and for this one, I'm sharing a few of my favorite beauty books from the past year or so. I know we have a lot of book lovers out there! 

I tried to pick books that you might not have heard of, instead of the usual ones that are always recommended. I've got a little something for every beauty lover on your list. Let me know what you'd try!

To: The Beauty DIY Lover
  • Homemade Nail Polish--Ever want to create a color that's just your own? This book shows you how and more, including creative designs for nail art.
  • DIY DYE--This is perfect for your friend or family member that is always changing her hair color. Learn techniques (ombre or highlights) and how to choose /make dye.

To: The Makeup and Skincare Fanatics
  • The Little Book of Skin Care--If you are fascinated by all things Korean beauty (they are light years ahead) then this is a must-buy. Great for beginners but even I learned a couple of things!
  • Simply Glamourous--The title sums it up perfectly--fabulous makeup looks on real women that can be easily recreated using his techniques.

To: Kids (or Moms)
  • Frozen Hairstyles--Exactly what you're thinking--28 hairstyles inspired by Frozen. This book is a huge hit for any girl I've given it to, including the 6 year old I nanny for. They have a new book for Frozen Fever as well.
  • Disney Hairstyles--40 hairstyles of the different princesses from Disney movies--another hit! From fancy to wearable, and the models in the book are a diverse group of kids--something I've never seen before and appreciate.

To: The Hairstyles Fanatic
  • DIY Braids--30 different braids including classic styles. Finally learn how to master those braids.
  • The Braiding Handbook--Want to step it up a notch? Here we have 60 modern twists on classic braid styles.
Which one interested you the most?

Extra Elle:
  • Spent my evening cleaning makeup brushes--two and a half hours--but it went by fast watching The Voice and Adele.


  1. Oh my gosh a beauty book for kids with hair styles - my niece would love that! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Awesome roundup! I definitely want to check out The Little Book of Skincare! And how fun are those Disney Hairstyle books for girls? Perfect gift for little nieces <3

    Green Fashionista

  3. Great suggestions! I think I need that Frozen hairstyles book even if I don't have kids :) I need to step up my hair game!

  4. How precious is the Frozen book? That is a great idea Elle!!!!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  5. ok that is brilliant to have a book for kids disney hairstyles. good marketing ha. i love a good beauty book. i have collected a few over the years!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  6. I want the Frozen and Disney princess books for myself! I would love to do my hair like they do! Such a fun list Elle!

  7. Congratulations on being an Aunt again :)

    ... ok... so I kinda want the Disney princess book for grown up me :)

  8. first of all congratulations on your grandson. Then I especially love the books of makeup

  9. I have several Tween girls to buy for and these would be perfect!

  10. Congratulations on becoming an aunt again! Love all these books, especially the homemade nail polish. How fun!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  11. I have that DIY Dye book....LOLZ...surprise surprise:D And OMG! That Frozen book....the little one would want me to do these styles for her hair if she can have her way!

  12. I appreciate these suggestions! I really want to learn how to braid my own hair better.

  13. Congrats on becoming an aunt again! I hate washing my brushes. Have you seen the new machines that clean them for you?

  14. Simply Glamourous sounds interesting. I still have a book by Kevin Aucoin that I loved.

  15. This is such an adorable idea! I think I need that Frozen hairstyle book for myself haha!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  16. Great ideas! I especially love the braid books!

  17. I love beauty books. I just did a post on the Face Paint book by Lisa Eldridge and it's amazing. I'll have to add a few of your suggestions to my list of books to check out next.

  18. I got those two Disney hairstyle books for my niece this past April and they were a huge hit! I want to learn more about Korean beauty so The Little Book of Skin Care is going on my list now!

  19. Those Disney hairstyle books are so fun! I wish my daughter was younger but I know she would love the Little Book of Skin Care and DIY Braids! Thanks for sharing!

    Doused In Pink

  20. Congrats on your new niece!! How fun! Being an aunt is the best!

    I'd love that little book of skin care, and the Disney and frozen hair styles books are so cute!!

  21. congrats on becoming a Aunt again. I would love the homemade nail polish book.


  22. Oooh, I want the little book of skincare- I'm totally into K-beauty lately!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  23. Yay for being an aunt again!

    My daughter would LOVE that hair dye set.

  24. Ohhh I will have to check out that little book of skin care! I agree that they do seem ahead of us in that department! Congrats on being an aunt, again! So awesome!!!

  25. Books always make great gifts and I love how these combine beauty as well. You must have quite the collection of makeup brushes but Adele makes anything better.

  26. Oooooo The Little Book of Skincare would be really good! I may look for it next time I'm at Indigo!

  27. neat books! thanks for sharing! :D

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

  28. The Frozen hairstyle book looks like a lot of fun! And, DIY nail polishes? That sounds interesting!!


  29. Congrats on the arrival of Baby Kaylee! That's such a pretty name. It must be so exciting to be an Aunt! My sister is getting married over the summer and I can't wait for her to have a baby.

    The Closet by Christie

  30. OMG congrats on being an auntie again! You must be buzzing right now. I have a beauty addicted friend and I've never once thought about getting her a coffee table book based on beauty. This would actually make for an awesome gift!


  31. Congrats on the arrival of your niece! What a nice name too :)

    Your gift guide was great - loved the DIY nail polish book, what a fun gift!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  32. Congratulations on becoming an aunt again! All These books sound great!

  33. I've been debating the skin care book for awhile now. It's been hanging out in my cart on Amazon forever. haha. Maybe after the holidays I'll treat myself. (:

  34. Great post love reading it
    Have a nice day

  35. Great book ideas! I think the braid books and the Disney books are especially great gifts, I know a few moms who would love them!!

  36. i want those disney hairstyles books! so fun. these are fabulous ideas, i love to give books but my non book loving friends don't love it so much haha. congrats on becoming an aunt again!

  37. Oh my gosh, I love the Disney hairstyle tutorial book... how freaking cute!


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