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Tools. In my opinion, makeup and skincare is not only science or art; it’s like craftsmanship. And what good would you be without your tools?

Under this category I will present my staples, those I really need or enjoy (or both!) to make it all happen.

Idols. In an era were sport- and music idols are such a huge thing it might sound weird to even mention the word in the same forum as this industry? Maybe role models are more suiting?  either way I do have them. Some are very in trend right now, some are icons and others are maybe mostly known within the circle of us hardcore makeup/skincare nerds.

Let’s start by introducing one of my favourite tool and role model shall we: Sali Huges and her incredible book Pretty Honest. 

First published in 2014, Pretty Honest is an extension of The Guardian journalist Sali Huges’ wildly popular column and articles.

Sali got so many below the line comments for each and every column, and saw and increase in private messages and emails from readers who wanted to ask more about her topics and found that the book was a natural way of addressing some of this times most asked questions about beauty.

With my academic background I do consider a well written book to be one of the most powerful tools at hand; any categories. Most beauty books are more in the form of glossy pages on how to apply a smokey eye, or pretty coffee table books for the dressing room. Sali’s book is more Pretty Honest, as she is well known within the industry to speak her mind without being connected to any certain brand or houses.

For those who like makeup and wish to know more, this is a lovely beauty bible. For us who, without sounding bad, knows our thing a little bit deeper, the book is a joy to read because it has different levels of information! First of all, to read a journalist’s book is a pleasure, due to the language being so great. Sali has got a wicked sense of humour and is not afraid to show it. She also show how well connected and well informed she is; always on top of the game and with a feminists twist on every word.

What I particularly like with my beauty “idols” are the fact that they do not think the same in every little aspect. They are not afraid to speak their minds about certain ingredients, trend, products or rumours. You don’t need to think like them all in order to enjoy the party! I agree with Sali on most things, and disagree with a few minor things. As it should be.

In this particular book, the chapters I personally benefit from the most discuss How to manage counter staff and how you can use and look at beauty when you are faced with illness or getting older. This is not a book written to leave anyone out. It’s unisex in some parts, it targets all ages and skin types.

One of the more controversial parts was apparently that she so openly discussed the issue of botox. In Dubai, where the Aestheticians  and Plastic surgeons more or less occupy a huge part of the town with their private practices, I can’t really see the topic as all that sensitive, but apparently back in the UK it still is.

Sali is making a point never to judge another woman (or man) in their beauty journey; but to be safe in all treatments and decision she or he makes.

In an interview with Sister MUA duo Pixiwoo she got some praise for always being educating and on the women’s side, and what she then answered was:

“…like, we work in an industry that is primarily for women, primarily populated by women. It is run by men; but we are the ones who populate it, we’re the ones with the purses who keeps everything afloat. So, if you work in this industry, and you are not positive about women and like slagging women off, then I just think: How dare you? Go work somewhere else!”.

Of course we all know that a lot of men also populate this industry, but hearing her say this, so easily and with confidence made me smile. It is well put!

Sali is also the reason why I’m so clear and straight with my intentions and expectations when it comes to handle counter staff. I’ve addressed the issue before, no need to go there. Some of my closest friends work the counters bout here and in London, I have high respect for their knowledge, long working hours, stress and wages who we all know could be higher. Therefore, I immediately spot a hard sell, someone who is arrogant, only repeating hard facts, who ignores you or doesn’t listen to you and so on. I’m all with Sali on this one: it is your own hard earned money. Spend them with staff that makes you feel good, safe and beautiful. Beauty is supposed to be fun and luxurious!

And by the way, if you don’t already get this: BUY THE BOOK, read, smile, laugh, cry a bit and enjoy what Sali says ♥

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