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Publisher's Summary

A personal, expert look at iconic beauty products of the past, present and future from Britain's best and most trusted beauty writer.

New beauty products are launched every day, but which ones really do the job, underneath all of the packaging? And which long-standing classics deserve to be dusted off before they are forgotten in amongst all the new trends?

In Pretty Iconic, Sali Hughes takes us through her favourite beauty finds, from beloved, treasured favourites such as Chanel No. 5 to mould-breaking game changers such as MAC's Ruby Woo and finally the future classics, those newer releases which will stand the test of time.

In the ever-expanding world of beauty, Sali uses her peerless expertise to curate the beauty products, new and old, which no modern woman should be without.

©2016 Sali Hughes (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

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)

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  • Jane Bailey
  • 10-28-16

A must for beauty addicts

Sali Hughes is always right. Her writing is fantastic and this book is a must!

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  • Rachel C. Gibney
  • 03-24-17

Excellent book

I loved this book, it brought back so many memories of lotions and potions that I had long forgotten about, and salis reading of her book was excellent.

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  • Jen
  • 01-01-17

I bloody loved it!

I thought this was about branding but it's a bible to beauty products, cult classics & an intro to others I'm about to run out & buy! It includes a brief history of where products originated & which brands started trends & how it was done. Really fantastic insight & obviously the author completely loves what she does as it's contagious her excitement about a scent or product packaging. I plan on telling everyone I know to buy it 😀 if you are into beauty, fashion, branding, marketing, social media, a blogger -read this ASAP! I listened to it but also have the book which is great as you can see the products she is talking about but hearing it read by the writer is always a must!

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  • Binky
  • 12-10-16

The Greatest Beauty Book I've EVER Found.

Would you listen to Pretty Iconic again? Why?

Good grief yes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pretty Iconic?

Every moment was memorable.

Have you listened to any of Sali Hughes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't yet, but I shall.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book was incredible. Absolutely joyful and also in one part a little sad.

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I am a complete beauty and product nerd. This book brought not only the history of well-beloved products to my mind again, it also brought absolute joy at Sali's recollections of iconic products, all of which are recalled by her with a charming delivery and a clever anecdote. Without question MY book of 2016. Possibly, the greatest book of my beauty nerd life. If you have even an interest in products, please listen to this. It will be truly enjoyed by those aged 40+, but the true nerd will just enjoy the pure joy that Sali's reminiscences bring. I wish you knew how fabulous this book is.
Thank you Sali, you've brought me great happiness.

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  • Merelina
  • 02-03-18

Lovely hearing all the known products

So many products that I have used and enjoyed. Find this book so interesting, am listening again and again as each time some are missed. Her comments are the same as my thoughts of the products I really know.

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  • Christina Brockhurst
  • 11-08-16

A must for beauty addicts

Sali Hughes is brilliant! Not only with the written word but with her passion and nostalgia for beauty! She is my beauty kindred spirit! And l secretly wish she was my friend....so we could shameless talk about beauty products for hours on end!