Pretty Honest : The Straight-talking Beauty Companion, Hardback

Pretty Honest : The Straight-talking Beauty Companion Hardback

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A witty, wise and truthful beauty handbook for real women on what works in real life from Sali Hughes, beloved journalist and broadcaster. "Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together" Elizabeth Taylor Beauty books.

Exquisite coffee-table affairs featuring improbably beautiful models with wholly-unachievable-to-most women looks, product review-heavy volumes which become almost instantly outdated, or tracts of holistic mumbo jumbo, like how to make an unproven face pack from organic molasses and rough-hewn porridge oats.

Not anymore. In Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup's physically and emotionally transformative powers.

Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it's a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup - in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Cosmetics, hair & beauty
  • ISBN: 9780007549795



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The first few chapters were interesting, all about cleansing and moisturising and skin care but she mostly lost me with the makeup advice chapters, I'm not a makeup wearer on a normal day, and barely on special days too.So I was cruising along with the read, seeing if she could convert me, which she pretty much didn't, and the wedding makeup chapter happened, and it was interesting and then she mentioned casually that same-sex couples should try not to match too much but try not to clash too and I was charmed.Then she had the "Saving the Best for Now" chapter, which should be compulsory reading for almost everyone. It's about using the good stuff now rather than saving it for a special moment, to regard every moment as special and it sang to me, and moved the book from a 3 star to a 4 star read in one short chapter.The other resources chapter has some interesting links.

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