Pretty Good Advice

For People Who Dream Big and Work Harder



ISBN: 9781419742149 Category:

Leslie Blodgett


Straight talk and tough love on power, beauty, and the art of the sale Called the “Queen of Beauty” and the most influential lone woman to impact the beauty industry since Estée Lauder by the New York Times, Leslie Blodgett’s story is anything but ordinary. As the CEO of the struggling Bare Escentuals, Blodgett shifted the company’s focus and launched bareMinerals. In a move that would revolutionize the beauty industry, she went on QVC and sold $45,000 worth of makeup in the first six minutes. Before long, she was selling $1.4 million an hour. In 2006 Blodgett took the company public in one of the largest cosmetic IPOs of the decade, and in 2010 the company was acquired by Shiseido for $1.8 billion. Pretty Good Advice provides beauty secrets, business tips, life lessons, and lots of personal stories. Some ideas are common sense. Some are pretty unconventional. Most importantly, everything in this book is honest, all tried (and sometimes failed) by Blodgett. Fun, frank, and filled with actionable advice, Pretty Good Advice is a glimpse into the unlikely story of a successful beauty executive who approached her work and life a little bit differently.

Additional information

Weight 545 g
Dimensions 19.9 x 13.5 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 7 April 2020
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.9 x 13.5 cm
Weight 545 g


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Leslie Blodgett is a beauty industry pioneer, former 2018 Stanford DCI Fellow, angel investor, startup advisor, and philanthropist. She serves on the board of advisors for SPANX and on the Board of Directors for Stella & Dot and Every Mother Counts. For her efforts in reshaping the beauty industry, Leslie was recognized as one of the “Top Entrepreneurs of the Decade: 2000-2009” by Inc. Magazine, was named the first female recipient of the “Visionary of the Year Award” by Women’s Wear Daily, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the Fashion Institute of Technology. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband Keith. Among her personal accomplishments, Leslie is a pretty good dancer (she learns the latest moves on YouTube) and has recently mastered the art of the glamorous grandmother photoshoot.