Published: 12th February 2015
Fleur De Force started making YouTube videos in 2009 out of a passion for everything beauty and fashion related. What began as a fun hobby quickly turned into something much bigger, and she’s spent the past five years seeking out the best products, top tips and easiest ways for us all to look and feel more fabulous. In The Glam Guide she shares all of her secrets and discoveries so whether you’re looking for makeup tips, wardrobe cheats, first-date pointers or healthy lifestyle motivation, this is the book for you.
Thank you to Headline for kindly sending me a review copy. When I first heard about Fleur bringing out a book, my immediate thought was “oh great, yet another YouTuber bringing out another book.” But this book is fantastic and can really help people change their lives whether thats to start using makeup, eat healthier or to begin making videos. I found it to be quite a lot like Lauren Conrad’s book which was brought out in 2012 but it’s great for the teenagers of today to have someone like Fleur to look up to.
Chapter One: Beauty
“Beauty is individual.”
The Glam Guide begins with a colour chart and what colours suit your eyes. For example, I have brown eyes and Fleur recommends metallics and neutral, matte shades which I already wear on a daily basis. In regards to brushes, the only one which was missing was a concealer brush – what about those who don’t wear foundation but want to conceal the imperfections?
Fleur recommends getting your eyebrows done professionally at least ONCE in your life and seeing as I’ve never had them done, perhaps I will bite the bullet and go for it. I’m really pleased that a page for how to get smokey eyes was included because I need serious practice and this guide gives me just that! With the rest of the chapter, I found the that the “too much blusher” and “make your own lip scrub” tips to be the most helpful for me. In the red lip section, Fleur recommends blending foundation onto your lips before applying – really? I thought that tip was a little bizzare as I remember the girls in High School who used to do that – ew! I have to give Fleur some major credit for including information about which products contain ingredients which can lead to Cancer etc.
Chapter Two: Hair
The quick and easy hairstyles didn’t work for me at all. With thick, layered hair, it was just impossible to make them look good. There was no options for different styles of hair and that was a shame because the chosen styles were lovely! Fleur states the obvious – take a picture to your hairdresser of how you want your hair and that’s exactly what I did. The “squeeze your hair dry instead of towel drying” tip was incredible and I instantly starting to see that my hair wasn’t going crazy frizzy anymore.
Chapter Three: Fashion
Fleur could have easily said “dress for yourself” and closed the chapter as that. But when it comes to fashion, it is common sense: you like what you like and that’s that. The “wardrobe essentials” were very similar to what Lauren Conrad suggested in her book and the simple pieces never go out of style. I found that the “typical girl probably has a couple of LBDS in their wardrobe” line to be a little stereotypical. I have one black dress and that’s for funerals. Yes, I do channel my inner Wednesday Addams but not every girl has to have several black dresses. In regards to size, Fleur couldn’t have said it any better; “slightly loose clothing is sometimes more flattering than tight.” I’m definitely a girl who feels uncomfortable in super tight clothing so this tip for me was great.
Chapter Four: Travel
The one thing I forget about when going abroad is the weight and if I can pick my suitcase up without struggling, then it should be ok. Fleur recommends a portable luggage scale and next time I’m going abroad, I’m going to purchase one so there’s no faffing around in the airport. On a couple of Playlist videos, I’ve seen Zoella and Louise (Sprinkle Of Glitter) take their makeup off during flight, cleaning their faces and then reapplying their makeup before landing – this is something which I’ve never really thought of but Fleur recommends cleansing your face before landing and I definitely did this before landing in NYC because I hate the feeling of icky skin. The best tip I received from this chapter was “change your watch to the time of your destination as soon as you board” – I wish I had this tip when I was flying to New Zealand and America because jet lag really does hit me.
Chapter Five: Health And Fitness
This is an aspect of my life which I fail at. With my body going through having an eating disorder to having anti depressants make me put on two stone, I wasn’t sure how I’d find this chapter because I have felt crap about my weight recently. Fleur gives some great smoothie and juice recipes – but what about the method? Do you just put it all in the blender and hope for the best? The five breakfast ideas gave me a lot of inspiration and I’m definitely going to try avocado – not sure what I’ll make of it… The “fitness maths” part made me mutter
oh shit oh shit oh shit uh oh far too much. I need the “keep motivated” section pinned on my bedroom wall so when I get chance, I might recreate it on some A4 paper to keep me going.
Chapter Six: Life, Love, Dreams And Everything In Between
“Taking risks can be scary, but it is the only way to push yourself into trying new things.”
I thought the “first date” part was brilliant and it’ll come in handy for teenagers who are going to start dating (I mean, they probably already are right?).. As someone who is 24 and only just figuring out that they’d like to teach, I really appreciated the “life goals” segment as it gave me the kick to keep on enjoying volunteering until I begin my PGCE (hopefully) in September. I’m the type of person who really loves finding out what their dreams mean so I can understand my emotions better and having Fleur include a couple of explanations was brilliant and quite possibly, one of my favourite parts.
Chapter Seven: YouTube And Blogging
As a blogger myself, I was intrigued by this chapter as I wanted to see which tips Fleur would give and the two which stood out the most were “don’t forget why you started” and “don’t let negativity get in your way.” The latter has really helped me the past year or so when I’ve struggled with an online bully. I found that this final chapter was more to do with YouTube than with blogging, but that’s what Fleur knows best I guess!
Overall, I loved taking the time to read this book will relaxing in the conservatory over a few hours. It is one of those books which is timeless – just like Lauren Conrad’s. I’m definitely going to keep going back to it if I ever need to know how to do a smokey eye (I’ll look like I’ve been punched probably).. This is the best book to come from a YouTuber!