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Book Reviews

Get the Gloss reviews the latest health and beauty books, recipe books and more to let you know which ones we can't put down


Lily Pebbles: “I don’t put rainbows on things- I’m a realist friend”

March 5th 2018 / Anna Hunter

On the week of the release of her first book, all about the importance of female friendship, we speak to one of the UK’s biggest bloggers about making new friends as an adult, cherishing old pals and what to do when a friendship situation gets awkward… >>>

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The Wonder Down Under: the vagina book that the world needs

February 13th 2018 / Anna Hunter

From shattering ‘the hymen myth’ to learning the truth about the clitoris (it’s FAR larger than you probably realise) and underlining how great discharge can really be, here’s why girls, women and humans everywhere should add this to their reading list… >>>

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7 brilliant beauty blogs & vlogs for darker skin tones

January 17th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

From makeup tutorials to hair how-tos, these British-born beauty bloggers, vloggers and digital powerhouses are changing up the beauty game >>>


Shelf-care: the new self-help books to have on your bookshelf

January 8th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

From mastering the art of letting go to silencing your inner critic and leading a more judgement-free life, this year’s roster of self-help books are brimming with useful advice. Here’s our pick of the books set for big things >>>


Kakebo: how budgeting the Japanese way makes you mindful (and richer)

January 3rd 2018 / Anna Hunter

Minimise that spreadsheet- ‘kakebo’ is about to make keeping track of your finances far more inspiring. Here’s your cheat sheet to the Japanese art of saving money… >>>


11 new health and wellbeing books worth reading this year

December 26th 2017 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Looking for a New Year’s read? Here’s our round-up of the best books hitting the market (and our bookshelves) >>>


6 healthy baking recipes you’ll return to again and again

August 29th 2017 / Anna Hunter

In celebration of the return of The Great British Bake Off, and also just cake, two queens of sweet treats bring you their ultimate ‘makeover’ bakes >>>


The Dopamine Diet: a diet plan that makes you happy as well as slim?

July 25th 2017 / Anna Hunter

Also known as the ‘Tom Kerridge’ diet, owing to the chef’s frankly astounding 70 kg weight loss, the dopamine diet is hailed as the healthy eating plan with a side-order of ‘happy’. How does that work? We did some delving… >>>


Is this the only diet book you'll ever need?

June 29th 2017 / Victoria Woodhall

In the Italian town of Pioppi, people live ten years longer than anywhere else. A new Mediterranean diet plan, based on their secrets, claims simple science-backed sense >>>


Review: The Low-FODMAP Recipe Book

June 1st 2017 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

If you suffer from IBS or other digestive problems, this book could help you on your way to a healthier, happier gut. We spoke to the dietitian behind it to bring you the lowdown on this new low-FODMAP diet plan >>>


Madeleine Shaw: "This book isn't about food fads"

April 19th 2017 / Anna Hunter

The health food blogger is back with her third book and it’s jam packed with seasonal eating ideas, plus refreshingly light on the courgetti et cetera. Here’s what we made of it… >>>


Daisy Buchanan: "Self confidence doesn’t grow in a linear way"

April 10th 2017 / Judy Johnson

As her debut book, How To Be A Grown Up hits the shelves, Daisy Buchanan talks to Judy Johnson about her hour-long hair ritual, feeling overwhelmed and what's coming next in adulthood >>>


Good Mood Food: How do your meals make you feel?

February 10th 2017 / Anna Hunter

Cooking and eating well aren’t always top of the agenda if you’re feeling fragile, but a new book demonstrates the powerful link between mood and food. For soulful recipes and advice, look no further… >>>

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Extreme budget beauty - or how I survived for a year on £22.23

February 3rd 2017 / Michelle McGagh

Personal finance journalist Michelle McGagh's 'no-spend' year involved waving goodbye to 95% of her beauty spend... and an unfortunate incident with a banana >>>


Deliciously Ella With Friends Cookbook Review

January 27th 2017 / Susannah Taylor

Deliciously Ella’s latest cookbook for healthier entertaining will first and foremost inspire your daily cooking regime says Susannah Taylor >>>


Shelf Help: Wake Up! Escaping a Life on Autopilot

January 15th 2017 / Judy Johnson

Ever feel like you’re just going through the motions but not really living? Then this new book is for you >>>


Shelf Help: Leap In - a woman, some waves and the will to swim

January 12th 2017 / Victoria Woodhall

Alexandra Heminsley challenged herself to overcome her fear of the sea - but first, she had to learn front crawl. Can her memoir inspire our pool-phobic reviewer to get her goggles on? >>>


The health and lifestyle books to buy today

December 29th 2016 / Anna Hunter

From Kayla Itsines to Clean Eating Alice and Paul McKenna, some of the year’s most anticipated health and wellbeing books are published today. Here’s what you need to know… >>>


Shelf Help: Leap Year by Helen Russell

December 14th 2016 / Anna Hunter

Are you the indecisive type? The decision to pick up this book could change all of that. For self-help with a sense of humour, it’s a no-brainer… >>>


Christmas gifts for her: the working woman’s wishlist

December 6th 2016 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

From de-stressing essentials to desk, arm and eye candy, these are the gift ideas certain to be at the top of any working woman’s wishlist this Christmas >>>


Shelf Help: The Nature of Beauty, an encyclopaedic guide to modern natural beauty

December 1st 2016 / Judy Johnson

Imelda Burke’s new book is an honest, fresh look at natural and organic beauty - but anyone interested in good skin will benefit >>>


Shelf help: Say Ja To Hygge!, a brilliant parody of this year's biggest wellbeing trend

November 24th 2016 / Victoria Woodhall

‘Dr Magnus Olsensen’ writes for anyone who loves a woolly blanket, a scented candle – and a laugh, says Victoria Woodhall. Read on for his take on a hygge Christmas >>>


Donna Hay: “If a treat comes my way, I’ll definitely enjoy it”

November 22nd 2016 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

The best-selling cookbook author and leading food personality talks to us about what a Life in Balance means to her >>>


Shelf Help: this week's book review - The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry

November 11th 2016 / Alecka Micklewright

In his latest book, the award-winning British artist explores modern masculinity and asks whether we need to rethink what it means to be a man >>>


Shelf help: Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes

October 21st 2016 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Stuck in a rut? We review this intimate and honest call to action from one of Hollywood's most powerful women to see if it can provide the most useful of helping hands >>>


Pretty Iconic, Sali Hughes: a must-read mixtape of beauty’s biggest hits

October 20th 2016 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Which beauty products and brands are really worth the hype? Sali Hughes’ new book looks set to provide a hit list of the ones you really can’t do without >>>

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