Why Every Beauty Lover Should Read Pretty Iconic
Pretty Iconic is the first in a long line of beauty book launches that really caught my attention. It comes naturally that it would, seeing as I could quite comfortably be described as a social history geek with an overgrown makeup collection.
To me, Sali Hughes defines what good beauty writing is all about. Faultless knowledge that comes from working in the beauty industry for years combines with witty anecdotes that make every article of Sali's that I've read feel truly enjoyable.
Pretty Iconic gathers a collection of the most iconic beauty products to ever have graced the shelves of Boots and Space NK. It's a catalogue of cosmetics that every beauty lover worth their salt should know about - in fact I'm sure that most already do. Even so, I found myself hooked on every page, whether I was reading about one of my personal favourites or something that was entirely new to me.
Pretty Iconic combines cult products with a nostalgic look back through the beauty archives. It speaks about some of the most pioneering game-changers that the beauty industry has ever seen, alongside Sali's own predictions for which cosmetics will be picking up icon status in years to come (I'm pleased to report that a few of my personal favourites made the cut - including the Beautyblender and my beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo).
A good beauty book is hard to come by, yet I'd argue that this one deserves a place on just about every enthusiast's shelf. I've read it from cover to cover, yet continue to come back to it every now and again to read up about a certain product or simply find some much needed inspiration when I feel like there's something missing in my own collection.