Pretty Iconic

Pretty Iconic

Book - 2016
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Over 200 iconic products that are among the best and most influential in the beauty world - past, present and future.

'Sali Hughes has created a universe filled with galaxies of beauty secrets' Charlotte Tilbury

Packed full of beauty wisdom, Pretty Iconic takes us from the evocative smell of Johnson's baby lotion through to Simple Face wipes, NARS Orgasm and beyond, looking at the formative role beauty plays in our lives.

Considering which much-hyped beauty buys are worth the buzz, and who they might be best suited for, in Pretty Iconic Sali Hughes uses her witty, inclusive and discerning style to look at some of the most significant products in beauty - from treasured classics such as Chanel No 5, to life-changers such as Babyliss Big Hair, and the more recent releases from Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley and others that are shaping the beauty industry today.

Delving into the products that are simply the best at what they do, the inventions that changed our perception of beauty and the launches that completely broke the mould, Pretty Iconic is a treasure trove of knowledge from Britain's most trusted beauty writer.

Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, 2016.
ISBN: 9780008194536
Branch Call Number: 646.7209 Hug
Characteristics: 420 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Walters, Jake - Photographer


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PimaLib_AmyK Mar 10, 2018

This is a pretty cool book, a picture catalog of sorts of famous and/or infamous beauty products through the years. Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow nail polish, Estee Lauder’s Youth Dew, Sun-In, Charlie perfume, Hard Candy nail polish, Bonne Bell Lip Smackers and many others are listed. The author is in her 40’s, which I would have guessed anyway, because a fair number of the entries are products from the 1970’s and 1980’s. She is also British, and although most of the humor translates, some of the slang wasn’t anything I was familiar with (there are a few words I’ll have to look up!) Because of the British origin of the book, some obvious (I thought) items were missing, like Dep hair gel (!!), and I wasn’t familiar with some of the more European items. The author also includes a section of her predictions for future iconic beauty products, some of which are included not because they’re great, but because she thinks they’re not so great and have set a bad precedent. (Micellar water and make-up wipes are part of this list. Her thoughts on those two products have made me think twice about continuing to use them.) Anyway, this is an interesting book and a fun trip down memory lane.

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