I usually opt for coffee table books when I'm busy and don't want to commit to a narrative, which has definitely been me recently! I generally find them easy to dip in and out of, picking them up when I fancy without having to lose the thread of a story. However I have to say I'm finding Pretty Honest surprisingly more-ish.
For those of you who didn't know, Sali Hughes has a weekly beauty column in the Guardian (which I am now reading religiously). She's also a (seemingly-ageless) mother and all-round person-I-would-like-to-be-one-day... Pretty Honest is a guide to all things beauty based on her years of experience. It isn't alienating to beauty newbies but at the same time the certified junkies among us will still get so much out of it. I must say that I find a lot of beauty guides nice enough but as someone who is part of the blogosphere, I feel some of the advice is a little obvious. However not with Pretty Honest!
The book is divided up into chapters focussing on a different beauty topic (e.g. Skincare, Foundation, Eyebrows etc.) They're snappy, to-the-point and I tend to find them the perfect length to read just before bed in bite-sized chunks. Each opens with a photograph and an often-amusing quote relating to the topic.
As for the writing; I found it honest (as the name might suggest), witty, helpful and de-mystifying. Sali cuts straight to the point and I often find myself nodding vigorously at her advice, so when she suggest something I hadn't thought of before I pretty much take her word as law! I think the reason why blogging is so popular is that we often think of beauty editors as being in the pockets of brands, telling us we need every product on the planet. Sali's book isn't like that at all; her approach is no-nonsense and I really appreciate someone who can tell it like it is.
Finally, I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but this book has a rather lovely one! If I had one tiny criticism of this book it would be that the texture of the cover catches dirt quite easily. Yes, I'm really reaching here...
I'm rapidly making my way through this book and I'll be sad when I finish it shortly, but I know it's one I will reach for over and over again. It has all the basic beauty rules to live by, helpful tips and makes simple what can sometimes be terribly confusing. All in all this is a must read for bloggers, beauty fans or even just people who want to understand the world of beauty.
Buy it here from £4.99.
Have you read Pretty Honest or do you think you will? Thoughts?