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

It’s the book which has everyone in the beauty world gripped: Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes. I’ve read recommendation after recommendation and for very good reason.

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 advice for every single scenario you could think of.

I love Sali’s attitude towards beauty. Her ‘Brains, Equality, Lipstick’ post in the November 2014 issue of Glamour really struck a chord with me  there’s nothing wrong with being a feminist who loves beauty products.

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Five of my favourite tips from Pretty Honest:

  • Cold water is the best (and 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 (we all have it) but a good body scrub can help to minimise its appearance if it bothers you.
  • Whatever your age and weight, exercise will work wonders for making you look better, since 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 the shade which works for you.

I urge you to read this book if you love beauty and would appreciate some frank advice. I 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 copy costs £14.69. There’s also a Kindle edition, priced at £4.99.

Will you be buying a copy? Let me know in the comments.