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Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look at the Beauty Products that Changed the World Hardcover – 20 Oct 2016

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000819453X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008194536
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 3.7 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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‘Sali Hughes has created a universe filled with galaxies of beauty secrets’ Charlotte Tilbury

Praise for Pretty Honest:

‘If it’s on my face, it’s because Sali recommended it’ Caitlin Moran

‘Sali is a total joy to read. She writes about beauty with love, authority and honesty. I trust her completely’ Marian Keyes

‘Obey Sali. She knows her stuff’ India Knight

‘Sali decodes beauty for any woman with smart, simple and practical advice’ Bobbi Brown

‘It covers everything … and is full of knowledge, tips and how-tos that even the most seasoned cosmetics pro can learn from’ ViviannaDoesMakeup

‘OK I'll make this quick. If you are female and have skin you need this book’ Caroline Hirons

Synopsis

Over 200 iconic products that are among the influential in the beauty world - past, present and future.

Packed full of beauty wisdom, Pretty Iconic takes us from the evocative smell of Johnson’s baby lotion through to Simple Face wipes, NARS Orgasm and beyond, looking at the formative role beauty plays in our lives.

Considering which much-hyped beauty buys are worth the buzz, and who they might be suited for, in Pretty Iconic Sali Hughes uses her witty, inclusive and discerning style to look at some of the significant products in beauty - from treasured classics such as Chanel No 5, to life-changers such as Babyliss Big Hair, and the recent releases from Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley and others that are shaping the beauty industry today.

Delving into the products that are simply the best at what they do, the inventions that changed our perception of beauty and the launches that completely broke the mould, Pretty Iconic is a treasure trove of knowledge from Britain’s trusted beauty writer.

About the Author

Sali Hughes is a journalist, broadcaster, Guardian columnist and founder of the award-winning salihughesbeauty.com. A former magazine editor, she has written for many publications including Grazia, the Observer, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Glamour. She is Contributing Editor on Red magazine and Beauty Editor on the Guardian. She is a consultant to major beauty and fashion brands, and lives with her two sons in Brighton. Pretty Honest, Sali’s first book, was published in 2014.


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Sali is just great - a lot of the ICONS she mention in this book are my own icons and having read this book, I have gone out and bought some of Sali's icons to try for myself .

I am a little older than Sali , so I remember even further back than she does regarding products so I've started my own list to send to her when it's completed - she should have fun with some of the stuff I consider ICONS .
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Anyone who has any love of or fascination for skincare or beauty needs to read this. It's a wonderful, nostalgic exploration of some of the most iconic products in Beauty. Beauty geeks will rejoice, and then spend a whole lot of money buying these products.
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Love it!
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crisp, evocative writing
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I'm afraid I find Sali Hughes faintly irritating and arrogant and this reflects in her book.
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An interesting, nostalgic look at beauty products. Sali Hughes writes in a way that feels like a chat with a friend.
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One of the few times I made an exception to my rule of only reviewing fiction on my blog was when I reviewed Sali Hughes' Pretty Honest - and I've decided to make another exception for Sali's second book because Pretty Iconic is such a very special (and I think unique) book that I want to tell people about it.

Image result for pretty iconicSali Hughes is a journalist who writes about a whole range of subjects including politics, film and women's issues and is also well-known for her beauty column in the Guardian and her own website, [...]. Pretty Iconic is a pleasingly solid and chunky book of short essays about iconic beauty products.

Now, this would be a truly lovely read if it were entirely about the obvious candidates - Chanel No5, Crème de la Mer, Touche Éclat and so on - and indeed, all these products do make an appearance. They are written about with warmth, wit and insight and it's a joy to read about them. But where the real genius of this book lies is in the decision to include alongside them many, many more offbeat and less glamorous choices. Rimmel Hide The Blemish, Carmen heated rollers, Immac, Head & Shoulders and even the monstrous scrunchie ... they all turn up here, and they're all written about with every bit as much affection as Mac Ruby Woo lipstick and Eve Lom Hot Cloth Cleanser.

I'm sure not everybody feels the same way as I do about this stuff. I know not everyone is quite as nerdy as me about things you could buy in Boots in 1990, the nail polish Uma Thurman wore in Pulp Fiction or the specific Max Factor face powder worn by Hollywood icons of the 1950s*. But this book honestly moved me to tears.
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I gave this away at Christmas and was then thrilled to be given a copy myself. It is full of interesting facts and is a great dip in book, thoroughly enjoyable.
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