REVIEW: Sali Hughes – Pretty Iconic

Nothing beats receiving a book for Christmas, and whilst the younger me loved the Beano and Dandy annuals, the older me is gravitating more towards beauty books and last year I received a copy of Sali Hughes’ new book Pretty Iconic.  Sali is a journalist, broadcaster and writer.  She has her own beauty website salihughesbeauty.com/ and also a YouTube channel – there you can watch her brilliant series called “In the Bathroom with….” where she interviews people in their bathroom and has a good old nosy at their beauty products.

“Pretty Iconic” is a classic coffee table book in which Sali takes a look at the beauty products that have changed the world and whilst some of them are not necessarily her favourites, all of the products mentioned are iconic. The book is split into 5 chapters:- The Icons, The Nostaligics, The Gamechangers, The Rites of Passage and the The Future Icons and there are over 200 products mentioned.  Sali gives a reason for each product as to why it is iconic and why she does or doesn’t love it.  The photographs of the products themselves are fantastic – very clear and retro looking, and the book itself smells bloomin’ fantastic (you don’t get that with a Kindle!).

Below are a few of the products that bought back memories for me and I wanted to share them with you.

Old Spice – both my dad and granddad use to wear this aftershave, so it will always remind me of them.

CK One – I love wearing this – a very uplifting and summery perfume with a citrusy fragrance.

Dior Poison – I used to love this perfume and would literally bathe in it.  Nowadays, I find it a bit strong and it will leave me with a migraine.

Girls’ World – I never had a Girls’ World and now I know why.  Sali described in hilarious detail what I suspect most girls did to their own Girls’ World.

Mr Matey – the overriding memory I have with Mr Matey is that it didn’t dance at the end of my bath.  The advert showed the bottle singing and dancing whilst the children were having fun in the bath.  I was so upset that my bottle of Mr Matey didn’t dance, I started to cry.  Of course my mum and dad found this hilarious which made it worse.  It still hurts!

It’s very interesting how some products have stood the test of time, and how some have fallen out of favour.  If you love all things beauty then this is a book you should have in your collection.

What’s your favourite beauty product and why?  Let me know in the comments.

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