A Book Haul

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I’ve always been a bit of a book worm. It’s something my Nan always used to call me because I would always have my nose in a book when she looked after me on school holidays. One of my favourite past times were visits to the library with my Nan or we would go and rad the charity shops to find the hidden gems often found in their book shelves. Nowadays, I don’t get time to read as much as I would like to but I’m usually never on the train without my Kindle or an audiobook. My Kindle or audiobooks are really convenient but I have to admit that I do miss holding a real book, which is why I decided to treat myself to a selection of books I’ve had my eye on.

I don’t particularly have a favour genre in books, but I often enjoy books which are easy to read like Y.A.books. I especially like these books when I’m the train because I find the journey and other passengers on board sometimes quite distracting, so I need something easyto follow. I therefore picked up All The Bright Place by Jennifer Niven and Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard. I had heard a lot of good things about these books and loved that Beautiful Broken Things was set in Brighton. I have a personal goal to read more books set in Brighton because I have only been living in the Brighton for just over 18 months and it can be a lovely way to learn more about the city. I also picked up Billy and Mil by Giovanna Fletcher which again, I’d heard a lot of good things about plus I absolutely love Giovanna Fletcher (married to Tom Fletcher from McFly) so wanted to start reading her novels.

One of the best books I read last year was Gone Girl by Gillian Fylnn. I often like getting my head stuck into a thriller novel as it makes for something different and gripping to read. Fellow fans have all said that if I liked Gone Girl, than I would really like The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. So when Waterstone’s was selling The Girl On The Train for half price a couple of weeks ago, I picked it up straight away. Only thing is, I’m a little scared to read it considering I spend most of my life on a train travelling to London and back for work…

The last book in my haul is Quiet by Susan Cain. This was a book I’d had my eye on for a while now. It’s a non-fiction book all about ‘The Power of Introverts’. I’ve always been very much an introverted person and I think it’s fair to say it’s previously been considered a negative trait. Since however listening to a couple of podcasts (Girlboss Radio, Ladies who Lunch, to a name a few) and listening to other introverts it becomes clear of an introvert’s strengths. Keen to learn more, I finally added Quiet to my book collection.

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any other book recommendations?

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Beauty Books – Bobbi Brown & Lisa Eldridge

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You may have noticed in a couple of my photo backgrounds, two beauty books on my shelf – Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge and The Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. They appear in a lot of my beauty photos which appear on my blog, so I thought it was only right to bring them into the spot light and share my thoughts on both of these.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual 

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I got this about three or four years ago and it was the first book which started my beauty book collection. This book is great and will tell you everything you possibly need to know about makeup if you a beginner right through to pro! Every aspect of makeup is broken down into chapters – Equipment, Skin, Face, Lips and Eyes and then goes into more details in other chapters if you are a makeup artist. Bobbi Brown impressively covers makeup for all sorts of different occasions and ages too such as; makeup for teens, ageless beauty and even makeup during pregnancy – which personally I’ve never seen being covered anywhere else!

For me, this isn’t a book which I picked up and read cover to cover. It’s more of a book that I’ve picked up to dip into different sections when I’m struggling which my makeup, my skin or looking for some inspiration. More recently I have also used this a teaching tool as I’ve been asked to do friends’ makeup for photos or for a special occasion so I’ve been reading up on tips to give the best finish in front of the camera. There is also a chapter on Bridal makeup too, which is coming in handy when I’ve been planning what to do with my makeup for my big day next year 🙂

Definitely a book I would recommend if you are into makeup and interested in improving your skills. It’s great to keep on your book shelf ready to use when you might need it.

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge 

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This is my favourite of the two books and since receiving this as a gift last Christmas, I still pick this book up on a regular occasion and dive into a new section/part of makeup history. Rather than being like a manual giving you makeup tips, like the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, this is a history lesson about my all time favourite subject – makeup! This book is broken down into two sections – The Ancient Palette which talks more about the history of makeup dating back thousands of years ago, and the second section is The Business of Beauty where Lisa talks about beauty and the media, beauty pioneers and future of makeup.

First of all, I need to just bow at Lisa Eldridge’s feet because this book must of taken so much hard work. The history details she goes into is amazing and it makes for a really fascinating read. Even just to flicked through the pages, the photography is exquisite and makes for a beautiful coffee table book. One of my favourite section of the book which is the makeup muses where Lisa takes a makeup icon and talks about their makeup and how that person influenced the world of beauty. My favourite makeup muses is of Audrey Hepburn as she has always been an icon of mine, so it was really nice to learn a little bit more behind her look.

If you love makeup, you need to have this book in your life. Likewise, if you have a friend or family member who is into their makeup, this book is perfect for a gift for a birthday or for Christmas.

What are your favourite beauty books?