When it was released, Pretty Honest seemed to take the blogging community by storm. I remember discovering it in Waterstones, and with just a quick flick-through I knew I had to have it. It is the best beauty book I have ever bought! Informative, straight forward and clear – it’s a must-have for any makeup enthusiast or beauty blogger.
It took me a while, but I read Pretty Honest cover to cover. It took me even longer to write this post! Not for any particular reason, but you know how it is. Life get’s in the way. But it’s ready now, so here are 10 things Pretty Honest taught me!
1. You don’t need toner. I have a secret: I’ve never ‘cleansed, toned and moisturised’. I’ve tried, but I always ended up leaving out the toning stage, because I just can’t see what it does to my skin. Sali says what I’ve always thought: toner does nothing, and you don’t need it. Use it if you like, but don’t feel you have to.
2. Use a cleanser, not a face wash. Apparently face washes aren’t great for your skin. They’re not bad, but they’re not the best. I still use a face wash on holiday, or when I’m feeling lazy, but I’ve been converted to using cleansers – like Dark Angels and the Body Shop Seaweed Cleanser – and I must admit that my skin is looking a lot healthier.
3. Brows are cool-toned. This is why I’ve struggled so much to find a brow product that suits me: 9/10 products are warm toned, and most people’s eyebrows are cool-toned. Reading this completely changed my attitude to buying brow products, as I’ve got a much, much better idea of the sort of colours that would suit me.
4. Liquid exfoliant is a thing. I genuinely had no idea liquid exfoliants existed. They’re a bit like toners, in that you just put some onto a cotton pad and wipe onto your face after cleansing. Unlike toners, however, they’re worth using! Apparently, they work much better than the exfoliators I’m used to, but I keep forgetting to pick one up in Boots. (However, they are sometimes called ‘toners’ so it can get a little confusing…)
5. Microbeads in exfoliators are rubbish… You know when you buy that fab new exfoliator, and it feels all gritty and fab, but when you use it it does next to nothing for your dry skin? Microbeads. ‘Those soft bead things often used…are so completely useless I can’t bring myself to say any more about them’. That’s that mystery solved!
…and bad for the environment. Mircobeads are tiny, and they aren’t filtered out by water treatment plants. When you wash them down your skin, they go straight into the ‘Plastic Soup’ clogging up the world’s oceans. Animals eat them; but if that isn’t bad enough, we’re at the top of the food chain, we’re probably absorbing them too. And they’re not biodegradable. (To read more on this, see Beat the Microbead)
6. Exfoliate on dry skin. It’s pretty obvious when you think about it. Just try it, and prepare for 10x better results from your exfoliating.
7. Perfume formulas. Despite rarely leaving the house without it, perfume isn’t something I know a lot about. I feel like it’s something a lot of beauty blogs/books/tutorials gloss over, so I’m just not as confident on smells as I am on, say, nude eyeshadow. Pretty Honest has a whole chapter on perfume, which is amazing and so informative. For example, Sali takes you through the perfume formulas like Parfum, Eau De Parfum, Eau De Toilette etc. I used to think they were just names to make expensive perfumes look a bit fancy, but they actually mean something!
8. Don’t obsess over the exact colour of red lipstick. I didn’t wear red lipstick for years because I was under the impression that there was nothing worse than wearing the wrong-toned red. Since starting a beauty blog, I’ve got really into my red lipstick, and now I have Sali’s blessing I’m doing the right thing. Yes, finding your perfect red lipstick is amazing, but you need to search in order to find. While your searching, don’t be afraid to wear whatever red you like. Life’s too short to obsess over undertones all the time!
9. I’m not the only one who hates pink eyeshadow. I’ve always absolutely hated pink eyeshadow. Sali sums it up perfectly: ‘With almost no exceptions, pink eyshadow makes white women look like lab mice’. Preach it, Sali.
10. ‘The best taste must have a little bad taste to make it interesting’. You know it’s true!
Those are just 10 things, but honestly I learnt so much more. Every single page has a little gem of info, and Sali covers absolutely everything you could possibly want to know about beauty – from anti-aging to salon etiquette, from skincare to gift guides. It’s the ultimate beauty bible.
If you only own one beauty book, make it Pretty Honest. I promise you, it won’t lead you wrong!
Panda Eyes xx