Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Book review: The Glam Guide by Fleur de Force


My edition: Paperback, published on 12 February 2015 by Headline, 224 pages.

Description: Fleur De Force is a YouTube fashion and beauty sensation with over a million followers and a two-time winner of the Cosmopolitan 'Best Vlogger' Award.

Fleur started a video blog in 2009 that shares her passion for everything beauty and fashion. What started out as a hobby evolved into something much bigger, and she has since become known as one of the most influential young personalities in the online fashion and lifestyle vlogging community.

Over the past five years, Fleur has sought out the best beauty products, style tips and shortcuts to share. In The Glam Guide, she spills all her secrets and discoveries, from makeup tips, to wardrobe advice, to healthy lifestyle motivation, to first-date pointers.

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Those who follow my book reviews will know that I tend to stick to fiction releases, but when this gorgeous looking non-fiction title popped up on bookbridgr I thought it'd be interesting to review something a little different for a change. While I don't watch many beauty vlogs, and up until a few days ago hadn't watched any of Fleur's yet, the beautiful cover and promise of a wealth of lifestyle tips really appealed to me – and as someone who was not a dedicated fan of this particular vlogger yet, I was able to review the book impartially, which I think sets me apart from most people buying The Glam Guide in the the first weeks after release.

Made with a sturdy paper and with a luxurious embossed finish, the book looks glam, perfectly befitting its title, and is jam-packed with personal insight from Fleur and top tips in categories such as hair, travel and fashion. Each individual topic is clearly marked and begins with an introduction by the lifestyle vlogger and finishes with ten quick tips. In between, the pages are filled with lots of personal advice, anecdotes to fit the category, tutorials and even scrumptious recipes for juices and healthy lunches. The content within each chapter is well-balanced and concise, leaving plenty of space on the pages for beautiful photography illustrating what is talked about and even delicately drawn illustrations, which added to the glam feeling of the book.

The Glam Guide can be read from start to finish in chronological order to gain an insight into where to start on all aspects of looking and feeling fabulous – from the inside and out. This was the perfect way to read the book in my case because it meant I could review all content, rather than just selected pages. However, the best way to approach this book is like a real guide and so flick to the right chapters when you're in need of them. Are you looking for some low-calory ideas for breakfast? Check out the health and fitness category. Or perhaps you'd like to know a little more about wardrobe staples and what jeans you should get for your body shape? Then the fashion pages will give some invaluable insight. Some of Fleur's advice is a bit on the obvious side, but for the most part the tips within this book will be very helpful to her readers.

As someone who was not yet familiar with Fleur De Force, this guide has definitely made me interested in her and her brand on social media (after reading the book I have watched several of her YouTube videos and will continue to do so). She comes across as a down-to-earth, honest, kind and, most importantly, knowledgeable young woman who can really inspire those in their late teens and in their early to mid-twenties to feel more fabulous about themselves without the need of spending an impossible amount of money to achieve this goal. While this is foremost a book about beauty, health and fashion, her encouraging words – and even a dedicated few pages on the topic – also aim to boost the confidence of her readers, and that is an commendable accomplishment in itself.

You can purchase your own copy of The Glam Guide from Waterstones, Amazon.co.uk or your own preferred retailer.



Would you like to know more about the author? You can connect with her online at:

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/FleurDeForce

Twitter: @fleurdeforce

Blog: fleurdeforce.blogspot.co.uk


Many thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book through bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.

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