Sali Hughes ‘Pretty Iconic’ Review!



This is my stash of products that she mentions in the book.

Hi Everybody,

I love all things beauty but discovering beauty products is not just going into shops but also from the various media outlets we have in our world.  One of the best writers on the beauty is Sali Hughes. I discovered her by accident when I found an interview on her YouTube channel, salihughesbeauty. I thoroughly enjoyed and I started to read her articles she writes in The Guardian newspaper. Thankfully, a publisher discovered her as well and she wrote her first book, Pretty Honest, which is THE bible for all things beauty in my view.  I throughly enjoy how she writes, easy to understand, funny and honest. Remember, English is not my first language!

I was very excited when I heard her next book would cover iconic beauty products from the past, present and future. The book has not disappointed me in any way. Sali has a wonderful way of describing a product and interlinking it with her own life and being totally honest about it, whether good or bad. It could be a trip down memory lane about a product she used as a teenager or a new product she is using today. The great thing about Sali is that she is not in any way snobbish about products. A cheap product, like Dove Beauty Bar can be a winner just as much as a high-end product like Suqqu Cream Foundation is. It is a wonderful attitude to have, to appreciate all beauty products irrespective of cost and exclusivity.  So many others only look at expensive products and forgot what beauty is about and what it can do.  I also have to mention the design of the book which is perfect. I like the retro looking photography which gives a quirkiness to the book .   I have to say that before I started reading the book, I flipped through every single page to check what products she mentions and how many I already have in my stash! Of course since I have read the book, I have added more products she mentions and there is still more on my wish list to try.

This is a must buy if you love all things beauty. Thank you Sali, you have created a wonderful read for us girls and to have fun with beauty and that’s what matters.


Stylist Live 2015!







Hi Everybody,

The Stylist magazine is a free publication which covers lifestyle, fashion, beauty and food.  If you cannot find the printed magazine, you can download the digital version on their App.

First the first time they did Stylist Live event at the Business Design Centre in London. The ideal was to cover everything in four days as they do in the magazine. They had a wonderful selection of talks from Nigella Lawson, Caitlin Moran and Hemsley + Hemsley. There was shopping stands selling everything from Make-up, clothes, food and jewellery. Workshops you can attend, Catwalks with the latest Autumn/Winter trends. It had something for everybody.

I attended the Saturday as there was a wonderful opportunity to see Lisa Eldridge and Sali Hughes in conversation about their beginnings of their careers. Lisa is one of the top make-up artists in the world and Salli is one of the most respected writers on the beauty world and her book is a must for anyone who is interested in beauty.

It was a very interesting talk that explored how both of them got started in the beauty world and what influenced them. It was a packed audience to see these two beauties.

I had to stay and get my books personally dedicated to me by them and I was fortunate to have a quick chat with them and pose a few selfies with them! It was even better when Lisa complimented me about my make-up!! I thought I was going to cry..


The Alternative Christmas Mini Gift Ideas!

Hi Everybody,

It’s that time of the year again and it seems to come around even quicker! I have chosen some things which I think would make any girl happy on Christmas day! All items I have paid for myself, no freebies for this blogger!

Apart from receiving make up or perfume gifts, I do like receiving books on beauty,fashion. Here are some I have bought and would make any girl interested in beauty/fashion happy.


Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes – This is a great book which covers everything you need to know about beauty and would be a great companion for all ages. All things are covered here, how to look after skin, how to buy the right beauty products for you, the do’s and dont’s are covered in this book. Sali Hughes is one of the best writers on beauty and I can recommend anyone to subscribe to her beauty channel.


Vogue on Series –  I bought the Coco Chanel and the Christian Dior titles and there are a nice introduction to each person. Lots of lovely photographs and a overview of their lives without being dull and too much detailed information which can be a little boring at times! These are really good value for money and all in the series would like nice on a bookshelf.


Miles of MAC – This is a pure photographic book looking at the archive of how MAC cosmetics are used by the great make-up artists. This has no written detail of the history of the company. Stunning photography and really shows how creative make up artists are and how you can be inspired by them.


Escada Gift Box Set – I choose this one as Escada is one of my favourite makers but you can buy little gift box of mini size perfumes in a set from most makers. Gucci, Lancome, Dior are just a few makers who make them. Boots have a nice selection of them.

Perfume Society – If you are a perfume lover like me, a gift subscription to the society would be a lovely gift from your loved one for only£25 per year. You can them buy the lovely sample boxes which are a joy and give you a lovely range of perfumes to try.

I do love the scent of candles and they make lovely presents. They come at all different price levels.  Here are some are my favourites I have found.  I bought the two below from Infinity Foods in Brighton, can’t find any information on their website so a journey to their shop is recommended!


Honey Beeswax Candle – A natural product which also helps the Action on Addiction charity. A simple hand rolled beeswax and I think any honey lover will love this.

Orange, Clove & Cinnamon Candle from Heaven Scent Incense Ltd – A 100% organic product from a company in Bradford-on Avon since 1993. A divine Christmas scent. Gorgeous.

I find the candles in TK Maxx and I know they are difficult to find here in the UK. I did some quick research and although the packaging has been redesigned, the scents seem the same. TK Maxx is a great place to find bargains if you have the patience to look around!


Villa Hermanos ‘Cinnamon Apple’ and ‘The Noir’ – Handmade in Valencia since 1904  and 100% natural wax blends. Cinnamon Apple is a lovely Christmas scent and The Noir would be perfect for the coffee lover, a wonderful and unusual scent.


Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Christmas Edition – I took the smaller, Christmas edition. When you need to take off your make-up, this award winning product is perfect to do that.

Weleda Skin Food – Now that winter is here and our skin suffers because of it, you need something to help your skin if it’s rough and dry. This is the best in my view on the market and not at all expensive compared to other creams out there. A lovely thick cream which my husband uses all the time.


WAH London The Nail Edit Dreamy Days – I was walking around Boots and I find this recently released gem from WAH London. The company was founded by Sharmadean Reid  in 2008 and has now created its long awaited range.  If you know somebody who wants create stylish nail art then this gift set is perfect. It has 2 nail polishes, a nail art pen, 3 sponges and 2 different nail stickers. All this comes in a lovely acrylic box with a step-by-step guide to create a nail look. All for £23 and a bargain in my view.


Rxx (P.S. hope you enjoy this mini gift guide. I wish everybody Merry Christmas.)