Pretty Iconic, Sali Hughes


Yes, it sure as hell is Pretty Iconic! What a fabulous book. This is the second book by Sali Hughes, the first being Pretty Honest which was all about skincare, makeup and lots of tips on beauty. If you haven't read this one yet, you must! It's as simple as that, you must read this, no matter how old you are. If you are a teenager starting out on the beauty road, Sali will get you off to a great start and keep you on the right path. If you are in your twenties, thirties, forties etc., you will read lots of good practices and advice about beauty, where you may be going wrong or tips to improve your beauty regime. Pretty Honest is a beauty bible.

Pretty Iconic is Sali Hughes' second book. It's not a follow on from her first book. She has said all there is to say about the do's and don't's of beauty. This book is a beautifully written book about iconic beauty products, injected with lot's of humour and nostalgia. It includes iconic products from the past, many that you will remember with great fondness from your teenage years, current iconic products and why they are so and future cult products. It will make you think of products that are not included in the book but have fond memories for you. One such product for me is a tub of Johnson's Baby Talc, which was the last one my mother bought for her last baby and she would refuse to throw it out (smell long gone) because of her attachment to it. It still has a place at the back of the bathroom cabinet! And her favourite perfume fragrances are those that have a powdery scent. 

As I read through this book, I found myself getting really excited as I turned the page, eagerly awaiting the next product reveal and the commentary alongside it. Sali Hughes' writing style is personal and relatable and she will make you laugh on more than a few occasions.

It's not surprising that the very first product in the book (under The Icons chapter) is the most iconic perfume of all time. Yes, we all know what that is; Chanel No 5! It may not be your favourite perfume, or even your favourite Chanel perfume, but we all know and understand the iconic status of this famous scent; it was all that Marilyn Monroe wore to bed! My two most favourite perfumes are Chanel Allure and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle but I would still love a bottle (even an empty one) of Chanel No 5 on display on my dressing table.  

My emotional moment came when I turned over to page 136 and saw a bottle of 4711 cologne, a miniature bottle of which I received as a present from my nana when I was about nine, not long before she died. The smell bears no nostalgia for me but when I see a bottle of it, my heart skips a beat. There are a few other products within the book that carry meaning for me and then there are those that are current hardcore performers that you must have, for example, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. There were even famous products that I hadn't heard the hype on, making me wonder how I had missed them (like Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey).

I could keep talking about this book all day but at risk of boring you with my personal stories, I'll let you read it for yourself and discover your own favourites.