Salihughesbeauty.com – a beauty site without the BS

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” Elizabeth Taylor

Welcome to salihughesbeauty.com! I’m so excited to finally launch this, my own site for opinionated, smart women who just happen to love beauty with a passion. This site is not for jargon, cod-science and wishy-washy holistic cobblers. It’s about telling you what works, sharing expert and community advice and giving you loads of good stuff to watch and read.

We’ll be interviewing lots of cool, interesting women and beauty industry legends; and asking world-renowned hair and make-up artists to tell us which products they’re really using and how. We’ll tell you when a brilliant new product or treatment launches, provide sound beauty advice and tips, and give you strong, entertaining opinion and features from great writers like Lucy Mangan, India Knight, Fiona Gibson, Bim Adewunmi and Michael Hogan.

But this site isn’t just about us, it’s also about you. We’d love you to talk below the line about the issues we raise in our content; then over on the community forum, you can chat with like-minded women about anything you fancy. There are special areas for beauty, fashion, sex, social issues, books, health, food, or communal spaces for quacking on about whatever comes up. Nothing is off-limits, nothing can be too off-topic. We delight in every aspect of beauty here, but also know there are more important things in life than lipstick.

I promise we will always be honest with you. If we’re getting paid to feature something, you will always be told in no uncertain terms. We won’t work with commercial partners we don’t genuinely rate, even if that costs us. As in all my writing, I will never tell you I love a product when I don’t. I will never tell you something works unless I really believe it’s effective. We are simply never going to try to flog you a weight-loss cream or bust gel – but we will tell you why we think they can’t work, and why buying this exquisite new perfume instead will make you feel a hundred times more fabulous.

Thanks so much for logging on. I really hope you enjoy what you find here. Please sign up and let us know what you think.
Sali xx

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  • fee bee

    SCREAM. Hello everyone, welcome to our lovely new home. ISN’T IT GORGEOUS? xx

    • http://www.facebook.com/fi.beckett Fi Beckett

      My creepy blank head is skeeving me out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Sharoncampbell2011 Sharon Campbell

      Love it….just discovered it today and I think I’ll be here A LOT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fee.bee.7355 Fee Bee

    I also now have an avatar.

    • Bekahbea

      Maybe I have, too …

      • Bekahbea

        I do!

        • Jen Rochester

          My avatar really nice picture I took on holiday. No idea how it got there or how to change it but at least not an egg head

  • Bekahbea

    It’s ace, isn’t it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nic.gtl Nic Gtl

    Congratulations to Sali on the launch of this lovely new site. Massive double thumbs to Brock too x

  • http://www.facebook.com/fee.bee.7355 Fee Bee

    Yay for avatars. Don’t like the creepy egg heads, as we know. x

  • Ellen Dee

    I love love love it!! Gimme more and huge congrats all round

  • Bootina Bond

    Yey!!!!!! Xxxxx

  • http://twitter.com/LastWaltz Jo Macauley-Weeks

    *settles in, removes bra, reaches for bottle of Malbec* Hi everyone, welcome home!

    • http://www.facebook.com/devonclaire.bear Devon Claire Bear

      I love that we’re already at the bra off stage! 😀

  • KateKitchenDisco


  • Jen Rochester

    Woo hoo soooooo excited.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.clifton.50 Sarah Clifton

    What lipstick is this?

    • Sali

      LOL. It’s Smashbox lip stain and balm in Guava. x

  • redliquorice

    At last!!

  • Rooty Tooty

    It’s amazing! I love the look so much. Well done Sali and Debra xx

  • Rooty Tooty

    Hello everyone! This is so amazing. Congratulations Sali and Dbra. What a beautiful, clever, interesting site.x

  • yen

    This is brilliant – congratulations everyone! x

  • http://www.facebook.com/pearly.pobble Jen Pobble

    Yay – so excited!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jocandice.marie Jo Candice Marie

    Great to actually be able to see this lovely, new site. HOW RUDDY EXCITING, it’s ace x

  • Cecilytrunchball

    This is so brilliant – thank you all so much for your hard work. I am trying to ration what I look at to eek out the pleasure! The fans are going full strength in my kitchen as I have burnt the children’s tea – I suspect it won’t be the last time!

    • Sali

      Thank you very much, lovely. xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/annemuilee.andersen Anne Mui Lee Andersen

    Lovely site! Looking forward to lots of fun!

    • Sali

      Thank you and welcome! xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/kate.crowther.165 Kate Crowther

    This is flippin brilliant.

    • Sali

      YAY. Thank you. xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/ali.nightingale Ali Nightingale

    Big pats on the back, butterfly kisses and virtual celebratory cocktails to everyone that has obviously worked so hard to bring this together. Thanks Sali, thanks admin, thanks all the testers, and thanks to all my fellow GTL friends that have given SHB the base market for such a fabulous new magazine. I think I’m going to like it here. *Smashes champagnes bottle on Hughes’ prow and settles in for the night/week/year.

    • Sali

      Thanks, lovely. Glad you like. xxx

  • http://www.facebook.com/pepita.caviar Pepita Caviar

    Sali, you look like a star in this pic. So excited for the website. It looks super cool. CONGRATS!!!!

  • julie.hazelton4940

    So pleased to be here on the first day. Long live SHB

  • http://www.facebook.com/jean.fletcher.37 Jean Fletcher

    Many congratulations and long may we all be happy in our new home. Raises a glass to you all! xx

  • Janeygtl

    Hi everyone

  • linzy la belle

    Amazing site, so much to see (think it will be a late one tonight) Well done Sali and everyone else involved. Looking forward to spending a great deal of my time here with you lovely lot.

  • spuds

    So excited! I’m a big fan of your saturday postings on the guardian and really really excited about this new website! Love all of it , hope it’s a big success Sali! x

  • Stephanie

    Well done Sali! *claps* excellent xxxxx

  • http://www.facebook.com/annelie.gtl Annelie Karlsson


  • Candi Fflos

    I think I’ll be spending a lot of my spare time on here. Can’t wait to get stuck in to all the features. Thank you for all your hard work. Think it’s high time we had something like this x

  • http://twitter.com/loublou15 Louise Brown

    Love it, love it, love it…that’s all…. x

  • Ruby Tuesday

    It’s here and it’s bloody marvellous! I’m loving this new site!

  • Fi B

    Ah it feels like home! Love the website,

  • http://www.facebook.com/simone.debeauvoir.142 Simone de Beauvoir

    Have had a lovely day exploring the new site and forum. Thank you so much to Sali and her team of bees for all the hard work they’ve put in <3

  • Fei Wong

    Hello there. I really like what I read & watched so far. The videos are back.

  • clareymary

    Ooooh, this is exciting! Congrats to Sali and all who have worked on getting this up, you’ve done a fantastic job!

  • http://www.facebook.com/devon.decoy Devon de Coy

    Congratulations! *fistbumps all around* This is awesome. I’m going to go explore the media and the articles shortly. I am looking forward to ALL OF THIS. x

  • Guest

    Bloody fantastic! Congratulations. *fistbumps* I’m heading over to explore the videos and articles. It’s brilliant having everything in one place. xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/fee.bee.7355 Fee Bee

    Wow, this is amazing. I always knew we’d hit the ground running, but you guys have excelled yourselves. Thanks to everyone posting here and on the forum, give it a week and it will feel like we’ve always been here. Bravo! xxx

  • Catherine

    Fantastic site! Brilliant writers! Well done to you all and look forward to more…..

  • Vanessa

    Congratulations-it’s fantastic. Like stumbling across a perfect magazine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cookmanbookman Stevie Cooke

    Just wanted to say I’ve been having a whale of a time on here this afternoon…although we won’t tell work that!

  • http://twitter.com/Flintaxe Flintylicious

    I bloody love this site.

  • Elizabeth

    Love this new site! Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in creating it.

  • http://twitter.com/ashleyrhona Ashley Milne

    Hurrah hurah, welcome to Sali and the team, as slightly demented follower of you, I’m loving to see your new site with your fab new team take shape and blossom for a long time to come, can wait to see more. Good luch to you all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jane.porter.7311 Jane Porter

    Hello everyone! Isn’t this great!

  • PhotoEm

    loving this :) so exciting xx

  • http://twitter.com/FionaGibson Fiona Gibson

    This is fantastic. But how will I ever get any work done now?

  • Ange Cuthbert

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!

  • Radiodays

    Yay, this is very exciting! Just watched the Caitlin Moran video: hilare.

  • Renee Fromage

    Oooh, looks great. I am petrified of the forum but going with it. I am so thick I wondered why Sali kept signing off with the same quote, as if she thought it were original and valid advice for each post (in fact it is but that’s by the by) and then I realised: OH YES, SIGNATURE. Poor, tiny brain. Keep up the good work,really enjoying it so far xxx

  • Suze

    Love the articles on here and the UI. Fab fab fab.

  • Jaybee

    Congratulations darling Sali and co! Incredibly proud of Melbourne/Sydney x

  • http://twitter.com/Spourgitaki Georgia Riga

    Congrats, Congrats and Congratulations! on the launch of your website. Added on my daily reading list!

  • Mariana

    Sali, the site is so beautiful. Well done and congratulations!

  • http://twitter.com/AmyCatherine25 Amy H

    Congrats to Sali and the whole team! So freaking excited for this site :)
    Amy (aka KiwiAmy)

  • Bean

    Whoop! I’ve been looking forward to this launching for ages. Hello Sali and everyone *waves*. And Happy Easter. I’m looking at the site with a glass of Champagne in hand to celebrate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lpapadogeorgaki Lisa Papadogeorgaki

    Excellent work, thank you!!!!!

  • Emi

    Congrats from an new reader in Canada!
    P.S. What lipstick are you wearing, it’s gorgeous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sharoncampbell2011 Sharon Campbell

    Hi everyone. I’m new to the site. I have to say I think I’ve found a cracker! I was lucky enough to get a Philips ReAura for Christmas. It’s a laser skin rejuvenation thingy. Is anyone else using one, and if so how have your results been? I’ve been a bit lazy with it of late but I definitely see an improvement, especially in tone of my skin and fine lines. One thing – it makes my skin dry for a few days after each session…anyone find this and if so, what do you use to ease it? I’ve been using NUDE face oil…but if anyone has any other suggestions I’d love to hear them. Thanks x

  • nicola

    Sali I just wanted to thank you for all of your hardwork both on the facebook group and this new site, it is really amazing and something to be proud of. The facebook page was the community of strong,opinionated, funny and beautiful women and i am sure it will be even better over here. Thanks for giving up your time, to give us all somewhere to have a voice and communicate, and we get a new colin every other day on here – wow!!! xx

  • paddy

    Since discovering Sali Hughes in the Guardian she has informed almost all of my beauty product buying decisions. She raved about the Parlux hairdryer a couple of weeks ago and I bought one. My hair is now not mine but not in that distressing ‘ ‘wtf’s
    happened to my hair?” way. More a “ive just stepped out of a salon” type of swagger. For this reason alone I will always love Sali Hughes.

  • Monty

    New site is fantastic! Love it all esp the videos from Caitlin Moran’s bathroom. Downright genius really…

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