19 November 2014

Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success – Online and Off by Michelle Phan | First Impressions

Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success – Online and Off by Michelle Phan youtube beauty guru

Now, when I first heard Michelle was releasing her first ever book, I was ecstatic yet also intrigued…. Would it simply be an entire book about Make-up or would she be able to offer something different and more exciting?

To my happiness, the title said it all: “A life guide to beauty style AND success” adding the cute reference ‘online and off’ success, suggesting some tips on this area too. I couldn't wait to have a read so i hit that pre-order button and waited patiently for months for it to arrive, which it did just a few days ago.

Here’s what I thought:

The Blurb:
Michelle Phan has believed in makeup since the first time she was allowed to try eyeliner. When she looked in the mirror and saw a transformed version of herself looking back, she fell in love with the sense of confidence that makeup could give her.  Ever since she posted her first makeup tutorial on YouTube, she has dedicated herself to inspire millions by using makeup as a tool for transformation and self expression.

Now, Michelle has compiled all of her best wisdom into Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success--Online and Off. From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life. Make Up is packed with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials,  stories and pictures from her own life, and advice on the topics she is asked about most, including etiquette, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity. From the everyday (such as how to get glowing skin) to the big picture (such as how to turn your passion into a profession), Make Up is a practical and empowering resource to help anyone put their best face forward.

First of all, the cover is so pretty - the light blue background and beautiful picture of Michelle in a formal dress, applying lipstick with her trusty iPhone as a mirror pretty much sums up the theme of the book. I am glad it’s not the typical bright pink girly book you'd expect, but instead has an artistic edge to it with beautiful blend of colours and illustrations, some of which are personally drawn by Michelle herself, it really shows the time she has taken to really add her stamp to it. 

It's not just about make-up as you would automatically assume either. Broken into various parts, Michelle introduces you to various parts of her life: from her up-bringing to teaching readers the basics of skin-care and make-up as well as tips & tricks for hair, nails and fashion. But that is not all, no – She expands even further by creating chapters focusing on the do’s and don’ts of the digital world, finding and keeping a job, finding your passion and she even teaches you modern-day etiquette.

Is there anything she can't do?

Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success – Online and Off by Michelle Phan youtube beauty guru

Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success – Online and Off by Michelle Phan youtube beauty guru


I was forever looking for a good beauty/ life-style book that is not simply focused on make-up and I am so happy to have found one. This book gives a perfect introduction to everything a young woman needs to know, whilst providing an insight into the life of Michelle Phan herself by sharing parts of her life previously unseen - as well as demonstrating a great depth of her own knowledge to readers.  
However, if you were expecting something more beauty focused, I would maybe recommend a book from Jemma Kidd or Bobbi Brown who demonstrate a more complex understanding of applying make-up. While Michelle's book is great for beginners, she is unable to provide greater detail into each topic (which is understandable considering the length of the book) but the introduction that she does provide plenty enough to understand the basics and to learn from. 

Using comforting language, this books is a nice easy read that provides you something that youtube can't seem to do. Every part of the book, from the diverse topics to the beautiful pictures, is so inspiring and gives you an insight into Michelle's rollercoaster of a life. It is amazing to see her grow from that little shy girl from a family who struggled to a strong and independent business woman. I think it is great that she is sharing her tips and inspiring others to follow in her footsteps. She is a prime example of how hard work truly does pay off. 

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