The Christmas before I moved out of my Parent’s house they bought me Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course, and the inscription inside was;
“This is the closest thing to a Mum in the kitchen! Lots of love Mum & Dad xxx“
Now that book has been and still is a god send. It has taught me everything from how to boil an egg to the correct timings for a successful Christmas dinner. I genuinely did not believe that there would ever be a book that I would turn to which would be as informative, as enjoyable and literally the next best thing to asking your Mum…. until Sali Hughes published her book “Pretty Honest.“
I liked to think that I had a pretty sound knowledge of beauty products in general and how to do the best with what I have, until I started reading Pretty Honest and realised just how much I was yet to learn and experience….
Pretty Honest covers every decade of a woman’s life, offering solutions for every possible dilemma. Starting with differing skin types Sali moves quickly through morning and evening skincare routines, how to apply red lipstick and how frequently you should really have botox, to where to buy a decent wig and look your best in times of critical illness.
Sali speaks with authority and in a way that is not patronising, condescending or insulting. Without sounding like she is a primary school teacher reciting A-B-C’s she tells you the difference between a tinted moisturiser, a BB and a CC cream and why you really should avoid pink eye shadow (a.k.a. lab mouse look) at all costs.
I now know that a serum should be applied in addition to and not as an alternative to a moisturiser, that not all exfoliators have coarse particles in and why it is essential to opt for a primer with SPF. I can now separate counter staff who are sales focussed from those who are genuinely passionate about finding me the right product and feel completely at ease (and slightly smug) about spending 30 minutes on my skincare regime before even considering applying my make up each morning.
I have always appreciated the importance of looking after my skin (having cleansed, toned and moisturised since I was 12 years old) however I now understand why certain products and ingredients work better for me and have tailored my regime accordingly. It was only yesterday that my Mum told me my skin was looking great and I really only have Sali to thank for that.
If you – like me – adore all things beauty, make up and pampering then you will love Pretty Honest. I can say with certainty that I will not only treasure this book myself but also pass it on and recommend to others. I genuinely do feel like I have been given a little book full of secrets!
This book is quite simply the beauty equivalent to Delia’s complete cookery course, so
my inscription to you:
“This is the closest thing to a Mum in your dressing room!
Lots of love Jessica KG xx“