I’ve been making an effort to read more and find stories to get lost within that aren’t on a Netflix autoplay. Here are two of my favourites from this autumn.
If I could scream it from the rooftops I would; I love Sali Hughes. Years ago on the train, I met Liz (@rougeforever) who is now one of my best friends. She told me about Sali, and how her forum of readers was the ultimate place to find unbiased beauty advice. From there, I kept up with Sali’s adventures, and now know her to be one of the kindest and most supportive women I have come across in many years of being in beauty. (If you don’t already follow her, do. She’s @SaliHughes.)
Sali has a way of telling you about a new product in a way that makes you realise she also understands your life. This will help me when I have a hangover? I’ll take three. This is a perfume to wear when you have a big meeting and need some balls in a bottle? Sounds good.
Pretty Iconic is Sali’s inventory of the most iconic products in beauty. The best, she says, would be impossible to navigate because modern technology means that you would need to update it every five minutes. But the most iconic? They are far less likely to waiver. This book is a nostalgic guide to everything you’ve ever used, seen on someone else’s dresser, and lots of the time have forgotten you had such an emotional attachment too. I read it when it first launched and recently re-read it because it is now available in a paperback edition. What I love the most is that you can dip into and out of this in mere moments because each entry is short and sweet. Each time you pick it up, you’ll want something. I recently ordered a Babyliss Big Hair off the back of this book and my word has it delivered. Flick to find your favourites, read one or two on your journey to work each day, or curl up and binge the lot.
Speaking of Sali, she wrote the introduction to the next book I want to tell you about. Luke Hersheson of Hershesons salon in London has created a comprehensive hair guide and I really loved it. As someone who really struggles to get excited about hair (mine can be a total ball ache at the best of times) he has filled his book with inspiration and tips to enable you to really enjoy your own hair routine.
I have been going to Hershesons for a couple of years now, and I have to admit they have a really flawless set-up. For day to day maintenance, visit one of their blow dry bars. You pick a style from their menu, meaning that you are guaranteed the same outcome at each location and thus eliminating the risk of communication barriers. Colours and cuts can be found in the flagship salon, now located on Berners Street, and allow you to experience hair by the most down to earth, kind, caring team who happen to be working their magic on every a-lister you can think of. Victoria Beckham herself wrote the foreword to this book!
Luke has filled his book with a little bit of everything. Inspiration from his favourite films, the best beauty websites to watch, a glossary of hair terms to help you to understand what everything means… even if beauty isn’t your life and soul, this is written in a way that will appeal to everyone. There’s a section, for example, about the transitions your hair makes during and post pregnancy. Personally, because I feel quite overwhelmed by hair and it’s the area of beauty that I struggle the most with, I found this infinitely informative and helpful. In particular if you’re studying hair, I’d recommend this because I don’t know of another book like it.
Let me know if you read either of these – I’d love to know if you enjoyed them as much as I did. Message me on Instagram @MixedGemsBeauty and tell me.