Up until last year, I had no idea who Tanya Burr, Fleur de Force or Lily Pebbles were. I wasn`t into beauty, so I never came across their names. But when I actually started reading beauty blogs/watch makeup tutorial, I went to the pros. Now I know their family, boyfriends, etc and that`s weird, cause I normally don`t like reality shows, but I can`t stop watching Youtube videos. The past few months definitely put the spotlight on vloggers, a lot of them releasing their own beauty collection or even writing a book. Last year I would have never got this book, but things and people change, so on my last Sainsbury visit, I decided to give Tanya`s book a go.
The book is very beautiful and inside you`ll see plenty of gorgeous pictures inside. The book is divided into 12 chapters and they all cover an important part of Tanya`s life. In the first two chapters, you hear a charming story about her growing up, from the early years to being a teenager. The next 3 chapters are about what Tanya does and knows best: makeup, skincare, hair. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with these chapters. These were the ones I wanted to read most, but there`s not a lot of information from where I am standing. I know at the core this book is a biography, but I think a lot of people expected to get more advice from a beauty guru. Yes, you can always visit her blog, but I personally would have liked more beauty tips.
My favourite chapter has to be the one where she talks about her relationship with Jim. I always love watching them together, they seem like such a balanced and natural couple, that doesn`t do things just for the camera. It is quite refreshing to see the good guy ending up with the girl and I know there are a lot of teenagers that read this book, so the lesson is: enough with the bad guys!
I also loved the fact that she included some recipes. I can`t wait to try her cookies recipes and even the winter soup. In the book you will also get some advice on how to deal with anxiety and again, I think that is helpful for young girls.
One thing I am not sure is the part where you can write your own stuff. It seems a bit silly to be, but then again, most of her viewers are younger than me. However, after more consideration, I think that`s pretty cool. Not for me, but I like to think that in the future when I have a daughter she would like to read about stuff that her mum liked when she was young.
Overall, I really liked this book. Obviously, it`s not going to change your life in a big way and probably won`t get a Pulitzer, but it`s a fun, easy read. I`m all about serious, dramatic books, but sometimes you need something light to recharge your batteries. And this book will definitely put a smile on your face.