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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


Best new health and wellbeing books to shop now and preorder for 2022

December 22nd 2021 / Melanie Macleod

From Davina McCall's long-awaited book on menopause to Fearne Cotton and Joes Wicks' latest takes on happiness, plus the definitive guide to black skincare and vegan cooking on a budget >>>


7 best books on menopause and perimenopause to inform and inspire you

October 27th 2021 / Victoria Woodhall

With insights from the likes of Mariella Frostrup, Dr Louise Newson and Liz Earle, these are the reads we rate >>>


How does Alesha Dixon look so glowy all the time?

July 29th 2021

We spoke to the presenter about her secrets to glossy hair and flawless skin. From supplements to skincare, here are her top picks >>>


The expert edit: the wellbeing and makeup essentials fitness trainer Krissy Cela buys on repeat

May 11th 2021

As the founder of a fitness app and a workout wear brand, Krissy Cela, 26, is the ultimate fitspo to her 2.4 million Instagram followers. Here she shares the beauty and wellness essentials that keep her on top form >>>


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

January 12th 2021 / 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… >>>


Caroline Hirons: when (and how) to squeeze a spot and when to leave well alone

June 14th 2020

The straight-talking beauty expert gives her step-by-step guide to safe pimple-popping. Because you're going to do it anyway >>>


Pinch of Nom: the new Weekly Food Planner from the record-breaking diet cookbook

June 17th 2019 / Anna Hunter

It's the UK’s most-visited food blog and its debut cookbook rivalled Joe Wicks for sales. Now it's making goal tracking easier with a motivational food journal. Here's what you need to know about the Pinch of Nom phenomenon >>>


How to create a seriously cool negative space mani at home

May 2nd 2019 / Anna Hunter

According to the Queen of manicurists Marian Newman. Here’s all the inspo and tools you need… >>>

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Why meditation is the new caffeine

May 1st 2019 / Victoria Woodhall

We might think caffeine is a great productivity tool, but it's actually masking what we really need, and that's rest. Think you haven't got time in your day for that? This new book might just change your mind >>>


Readers' Edit: the top fashion, beauty and foodie buys you're loving

March 30th 2019 / Jessica Morgan

This week you've been stocking up on some of this season's most covetable items, including vibrant midi skirts, bridal beauty and chic headbands even Blair Waldorf would approve of... >>>


The Readers' Edit: your favourite health, beauty and fashion buys

March 16th 2019 / Becci Vallis

Forget frivolous makeup, March is all about active ingredients for you savvy skincare shoppers. Vitamin C, PHAs and hyaluronic acid all made their way into your bathroom cabinets. You also stocked up on supplements and leg-lengthening trousers >>>


These are your top 10 health and beauty buys to kick off 2019

January 29th 2019 / Anna Hunter

From super skin supplements to a Charlotte Tilbury makeup set sellout and a new Olaplex innovation, here’s what made it into your ‘most popular’ list for January >>>


11 health resolutions your GP wants you to keep

January 6th 2019 / Victoria Woodhall

Tackling stress is one of the most important things we can do for our health and yet most of us are too blasé about the damage it's doing, says Dr Rangan Chatterjee. Use his simple interventions to reduce your daily stress dose and feel happier, leaner and more productive >>>


The 5 diet changes that could make you less anxious

January 2nd 2019 / Victoria Woodhall

There’s a strong link between anxiety and the food we eat, says Registered Dietitian Ali Miller author of the Anti-Anxiety Diet. If you want to balance your mood, start by avoiding these inflammatory foods >>>


The new health and nutrition books to have on your bookshelf

December 26th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru / Victoria Woodhall

From The Fast 800 by Dr Michael Mosley to The Angry Chef’s latest launch and Joe Wicks’ new veggie book, here’s what you’ll be reading in 2019 >>>


What we can all learn from 'The Truth Pixie'

December 20th 2018 / Victoria Woodhall

Matt Haig’s best-selling book written to guide children through troubled times has gone viral among adults too. If Christmas is a time of conflicting emotions, you’ll want this in your stocking >>>


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 >>>


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… >>>

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