I’ve long been a Bobbi Brown fan so jumped at the opportunity to read her latest book Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence. Not only do I adore the makeup products but I find the woman behind the brand, Bobbi, to be so inspiring!
Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence is the latest in Bobbi’s line of Beauty books. She’s published 7 to date! This book is set out in such a unique way. It starts off explaining the basics of beauty and then is divided into 6 sections; Pretty Natural, Pretty Radiant, Pretty Strong, Pretty Classic, Pretty Authentic and Pretty Bold.
Each section features celebrities, athletes, friends of Bobbi Brown and ‘real’ women. They are placed in their respective sections based on their personality traits and qualities as opposed to looks. This is what is most unique and fascinating about the book. It encourages women to embrace their unique inner beauty and display it on the outside.
Bobbi Brown describes the qualities and features of each type of person and explains how to achieve a day and a night look in each section. The women featured share their beauty stories and secrets as Bobbi explains how to achieve their look.
I found the stories of these women to be inspirational and encouraging and greatly enjoyed Bobbi’s narration throughout. She has such a unique voice with many words of wisdom when it comes to inner and outer beauty.
Here’s an excerpt from my favourite section of the book, Pretty Classic:
“Pretty Classic women epitomise timeless style. They wear jewellery that once belonged to their mothers (and they plan to pass it down to their daughters). They carry the tradition of reading the same bedtime stories to their children that their grandparents read to them. Having good manners and writing thank-you notes – not emails – is simply a part of who they are.”
My favourite tip from the book is that beauty starts from the inside out. Bobbi expands on this more by discussing her experiences with food, exercise and life balance.
If you’re after a beauty book with a bit more than step-by-step instructions then I highly recommend this book. It’s filled with inspirational stories of inner and outer beauty as well as tips from one of the world’s top makeup artists.