Thursday, 25 September 2014

Choice Books - Beauty: Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes


OK I'll make this quick. If you are female and have skin you need this book
Sali Hughes (to the very few uninitiated) is a brilliant, straight-forward-talking, no-nonsense beauty writer that talks to you like she's that friend. You know the one. The one who says 'You know I love you but you look a right dog and frankly that chin needs a pluck.'


Pretty Honest combines the beauty of a coffee table book with the actual content of a reference book. It is  full of fun, useful information and observations, not fluff.
With sections on skin types, skincare, foundation, public grooming, perfume, teens, acne, red lipstick, beauty and motherhood among many, many others, the one that tells you what you need to know about Sali is 'how to pay and receive compliments'. I always judge a woman (sorry not sorry) by the amount of female friends she has*. And Sali is surrounded by women. All of whom are fiercely loyal and vocally so. Sali is a woman's woman. If you don't have that friend to tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear, Pretty Honest will be even more of a revelation to you.


Pretty Honest is out now and available at all good booksellers including ones that pay their taxes in the UK like www.waterstones.com.

Highly, joyously recommended.








* Right. A few people have asked me to 'explain myself' regarding my comment about judging a woman by the amount of female friends she has (see comments) - here's the thing *sigh*.
  • I am talking about the woman who only has male friends and is actively negative towards her female sisters.
  • I am talking about a woman who will throw her female counterparts under a bus (figuratively speaking) to impress a man.
  • I am talking about the woman who finds it impossible to offer up a compliment or say anything nice to a woman because she feels threatened.
  • I am not talking about a woman who has no/few female friends through circumstances or her own choice.
  • I am actually incredibly non-judgmental. Do what you like. When you like. (OK - within reason) That's the point. My tone is frequently ironic. As am I.
And on a side-note. I think part of the popularity of this blog is that I talk as if I am talking to a friend, not scripting a page on a blog - or cut and pasting a press release. I am talking as if we were having a chat over a cup of tea. I don't want to have to start explaining my every comment or move. Then it becomes scripted and 'too thought out' and frankly, fake. If there is one thing I'm not, it's fake. See beneath the comment for the intention. My regular readers will know me, know that my intention is always, always, to help, chat, enlighten (skin-wise I mean, I'm not the Dalai Lama), entertain and hopefully just offer a good read. The rest is up to you. Thanks for reading. And go buy Sali's book. It really is very good.

29 comments:

  1. On my Christmas wishlist! Thanks for sharing!
    Alexandra
    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Blog

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  2. So excited about this book launch. Just watched Sali's In The Bathroom video where she gets interviewed by Lucy Mangan - lovely start to today!
    Ting x

    www.thetingthing.com

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  3. Such a lovely review! Honest and to the point, I will definitely pick this one up. Thank you Caroline

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  4. I do love you Caroline. This review made me laugh out loud in the office. I NEED this book :) xxx

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  5. Definitely popping this on my Christmas list! x

    Abby / Eärendil

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  6. Comes out here in a month. Will look for it then!

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  7. This is a good self christmas present!! on my list already :)

    Cheryl
    http://daisycandle.com

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  8. This is a good early self Christmas present!! already on my list :)

    Cheryl
    http://daisycandle.com

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  9. Will definitely be on my to-read list.

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  10. Ive not heard of this but am looking on Amazon now!

    Georgina at Brunette in Louboutins x

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  11. Bought it after work today, and read it cover to cover! Great read, thoughtful, and made me laugh out loud several times. Highly recommend it...

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  12. I saw this book making the rounds on all the beauty blogger's Instagram accounts & I wasn't super impressed (and I wasn't about to search Amazon to read up on it to find out more). Frankly, I was unimpressed that yet -another thing- was being pushed around by the big bloggers without very much information. Your blog post has totally changed my mind, and I'll definitely be looking into this book some more. May even consider purchasing! Thanks Caroline!

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  13. To Georgina above, Amazon doesn't pay taxes in the UK and hardly contributes fairly to the economy... Think about it!!

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  14. Such a throwaway comment in a review from a total stranger whom I admired for helping my skin has opened up a can of hurt in me. I wish I had friends, but I seem to repel people, so not having any friends apparently makes me a lesser woman, so even less likely to make any friends. What a catch 22.

    my ex told me I was worthless and if I was worth anything I would have friends who cared what he was doing to me, the girls I was 'friends' with at school told me I was worthless and ugly so much I wanted to die and developed an eating disorder. I'm right back down in the pit this morning.

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    1. Hi Danielle,

      Ok firstly, it was indeed a throw-away comment and certainly not intended to cause you any pain. I don't know you but I will say this: never, ever define yourself by others opinions of you. EVER. It's a rocky road to disaster.
      Your ex was clearly a dick who didn't deserve you and not one for you. I think 99% of us ALL hated high school. I certainly did. I made one friend in school that is still my best friend and that was only because she lived opposite us and I knew her before I started school. I HATED EVERYONE in school. It's no surprise that I cannot even remember more than 2/3 names from school. My Mum said to me after one particularly gross day 'Don't worry sweetheart they won't be there when you're grown up.' That got me through so many days of 'UGH really, we're talking about THIS? AGAIN?' Etc...
      I can't help you build your self-esteem, only you can do that for yourself and it IS a process. I can certainly recommend some books that were game changers for me - and people to follow on instagram etc if you need. But in the end you have to value yourself - nothing else - and definitely not the opinions of others, matters.
      And I say this with compassion, I am happy to be the friend that always tells you when your chin needs plucking.
      Lots of love. xxxxx email me if you want those books. x

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    2. Thank-you Caroline for your kind words, I know it wasn't personal, it's just something that bothers me a lot, it's hard to be strong and not to dredge up old taunts and feelings when new people reject you too and this post came at a bad time for me personally.
      I want to change, I don't want to pass on this to my daughter, and thanks so much for not biting, it means a lot to know there's kind people out there. I would love those recommendations, I'm assuming your email is hidden in the about you page?
      Thanks again for reminding me of the things I try so hard to remember x

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  15. Just wanted to say that the "i judge you by the number of female friends you have" made me really miserable. That's exactly the kind of meanness that make so many girls and women feel left out.

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    1. Anon you're taking that the completely wrong way. I am referring specifically to the type of woman who surrounds herself with men as opposed to women. It's no judgement on the AMOUNT of friends you have! As if! X

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    2. And see above on the blog post.

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  16. Why would you judge someone who happens to have male friends rather than women? it would be nice if you explained the meaning behind that comment

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    1. See above on the updated blog post... Although I don't think it's necessary to 'explain myself', I have.

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    2. Thank you for replying and I'm sorry that the tone of my comment wasn't what I intended. I didn't mean to demand a response I just meant in the context of your post it would have been nice if you elaborated on that point, as clearly it had touched a nerve with some people.

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  17. Saw the original blog post and the updated version. The whole thing is a very poor show. Being surrounded by women does not equate to having lots of friends. School playground mentality.
    I have visited this blog regularly to read about skin-care, but there seems to be less and less of that recently; just more and more product placement and promotion of people in the 'in-crowd'.

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    1. I completely disagree. It's the polar opposite of school playground mentality. Totally not what I said.
      And I also disagree that there is less and less skincare and more 'product placement' and promotion of people in the 'in crowd'. Where? Who? Sali is a friend that I was lucky enough to meet through this blog. She would be mortified at the thought that she was part of an 'in crowd'. That really IS playground talk.

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  18. Everything you say is on point! I totally knew what you meant as soon as I read that no female friends comment. We all know the type. Absolutely love your blog, it's helped me so much with my (previously) awful skin care. Thanks a bunch.

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