This Christmas we’ve decided to make your present buying a lot less stressful by asking the 4th Estate team to hand-pick books for all your relatives. Hopefully this will mean less umming and ahhing in the bookshop, and more oohing and ahhing on Christmas Day…
Pretty Honest has been flying off the shelves since it published in September. Challenging the notion that an interest in make-up and skincare = vacuity and frippery, it is a big dose of beauty wisdom wrapped up in dusky pink. Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it’s a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.
#WOM4N is well away, and for a much needed mid-month, mid-week treat (another one, following yesterday’s bumper giveaway), we give you an audio extract on Sali Hughes speaking on Nora Ephron, life being too short to save the best for a later that will probably never come, and bath oils; a podcast just as soothing as a long soak in a hot, fragrant bath itself. Read more…
There are two mantras I live by. The first is my grandmother’s. One day, as a very little girl, I sat on her bed watching her spritz on Yardley English Lavender perfume, powder her face from a gilt Stratton compact and slick on her fuchsia No7 lipstick. Transfixed, I asked her why she wore make-up. Clicking the lipstick shut she said, matter-of-factly, ‘Because when I’ve got my make-up on, I’m always ready. Imagine if I was out and got some lovely invitation that I couldn’t accept because I wasn’t looking and feeling my best? With make-up, I’m always able to go on the adventure.’ I never forgot it and I apply the same theory to most days. The other is one that I remind my friends of whenever they’re feeling ill or blue, and I invariably send them a huge care parcel of beauty products and make-up. I believe that the only thing worse than feeling like crap, is looking like crap too. Often we can’t do anything about the former, but I feel passionately that addressing the latter can only help.
‘Britain’s best beauty writer … This book is equal parts sass, sense, lipstick and laughs.’ Lauren Laverne
‘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