Fleur de Force a beauty, fashion and lifestyle enthusiast who has taken YouTube by storm. Fleur is also one of the first YouTubers I stumbled across in 2010 and it only took one video to get me hooked. I actually went all the way back to her first video from 2009 and worked my way to her most recent, a little obsessive I know but those of you who enjoy watching Fleur will be able to relate, I’ve remained a loyal follower ever since.
Fleur is also from my home town of Leicestershire so when I see her vlogging in familiar places I always squeal with excitement, just a little fun fact for you there. When I heard Fleur was taking out a book and writing it independently I was super excited and I was counting down the days for its release. I did take my time reading it for the very reason that I didn’t want it to end so quickly. Let’s start with the aesthetics of the book aside from being beautiful I think it really captures Fleur’s personality, the rose gold lettering, and the stars and of course some of her favourite items take president on the cover, the sheer sophistication of this book really captures what Fleur is all about.
The book is split into seven chapters with subcategories which don’t have to be read in sequence (although I did) at the end of each chapter Fleur gives a rundown of her ’10 Quick Tips’ which is a lovely touch and features some really inspiring advice. Whilst reading this book I couldn’t help but hear Fleur’s voice and I could actually envisage her reading it out loud. The informal style makes it such an easy read and there any many parts of the book which I could personally relate to.
Each chapter has some beautiful illustrations which help to visualise certain things that Fleur mentions, I adore them and think the incredibly talented illustrator has done a fabulous job. Although the photographs have been professionally taken the possessions all belong to her and I could really identify with all of them having seen them in previous videos and blog posts.
The wide variety of content covered means there is something for everyone, Fleur has got the balance of this book down to a tee. The one thing I love about this book is the encouragement Fleur gives to her readers in embracing individuality and to not conform to the pressures of the beauty and fashion world, this is invaluable advice and one that is so important to take on board.
The chapters I most enjoyed were Beauty (of course) and in particular the section on ‘The Ingredient Blacklist’ particularly interesting, when I buy products I rarely read the ingredients but from now that’s the first thing I’ll be looking for. I also loved the Fashion chapter in particular the section ‘Trends vs Investments’, I’ve made some regrettable decisions in my time of what I thought was a ‘trendy’ and often impulse buys resulted in bad decisions. There are so many sub-sections which I’ve really enjoyed but I won’t list them all or ruin it for those of you who are yet to read/purchase The Glam Guide.
The beauty of this book is that it can be read cover to cover or used as a coffee table book where you can dip in and out at your leisure. I often struggle to read books and get bored pretty quickly but once I started reading I had to make myself put the book down. It is incredibly engaging and covers a range of topic areas which most people will be able to relate to regardless of your age. I think The Glam Guide has been so well written and because Fleur has written it from the heart and so personally and honestly which makes it all that more enjoyable to read.
This is a book which I will keep on my book shelf for years to come and if one day I have a daughter I’ll definitely be passing it on to her. I just want to finish by saying well done and congratulations to Fleur who has written this book so perfectly, it’s definitely something she should be very proud of. You can pick The Glam Guide up for as little as £7.49 from most book stores.
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