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Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion by Sali Hughes

Today I'll be talking about the book that's got everyone in the beauty world gripped: Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes. I've read recommendation after recommendation, and for very good reason.

In a nutshell, Pretty Honest is a straightforward, no-bullshit beauty guide, covering everything you could possibly want to know. Topics include skincare, foundation, hair removal, red lipstick, hair, gifts, and getting the perfect manicure and pedicure, to name but a few. Seriously, there's something for every single scenario.

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

I love Sali's attitude towards beauty. Her 'Brains, Equality, Lipstick' post in the November issue of Glamour really struck a chord with me - there's nothing wrong with being a feminist who loves beauty products. This is a topic I feel really strongly about, and I'm planning to devote a separate post to it in the near future. Keep an eye out for it! 

Five of My Favourite Tips from Pretty Honest:

  • Cold water is the best (and the cheapest) toner you will ever use.
  • The easiest way to open up your eyes is to use eyelash curlers.
  • No product can get rid of cellulite, but a good body scrub can help to minimise its appearance.
  • Whatever your age and weight, exercise will work wonders for making you look better (it keeps muscles firm and helps with circulation).
  • If wearing red lipstick makes you feel self-conscious, try wearing it on three separate occasions. If you still feel uncomfortable after the third time then bin it; if not then you've found a shade that works for you!

If you love beauty and would appreciate some frank advice, then I urge you to read this book. I pretty much read my copy from cover to cover but you can also dip in and out as you please, depending on the subject you want to brush up on. Pretty Honest would make a great gift for a fellow beauty-lover too! It's available from Amazon, and at the time of writing the hardback version only costs £11.

Have you read Pretty Honest? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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