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This year I really wanted to get into reading more. It is something that I go through phases with, unless I am reading a real 'page-turner' that I can't put it down. I am a quick reader, so when I do find a book that I like I can get through it pretty quickly. I have managed this year to pick up a few good reads. I am no seasoned book reviewer or blogger, but I will try to give you a round up of a few books that I have read recently (without giving away any spoilers of course!).

Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
I had heard a lot about this book, and there is a new TV series based upon it, so I was interested to see what all the fuss was about and to give it a read for myself. This is not the usual genre of book that I would pick up and read, so it did take me a few chapters to get into it. After a few chapters I was hooked and I finished it within a few weeks of intermittent reading. I like the style of the book as the chapters are really short, meaning that they flick snappily between each of the characters and their own stories.
The book takes on a few unusual subjects so I found this a little eye opening. I felt that the ending could have a been a little better, as I found it a little disappointing but I felt that as I enjoyed the read, and the journey up until that point, that I didn't mind this too much. I do feel like the author could have dug a little deeper into the topics.

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, Sarah Knight
I have not finished reading this all the way through as it is a book which I have tried to dip in and out of. I think that to read all of this in one go would be a little too much. This is an interesting read but I have taken a few of the chapters with a pinch of salt so to speak, as I think to completely take this outlook on life would leave you with a few 'problems'. The book does contain eye opening advice about looking at situations and wondering why you may get unnecessarily stressed about it and describes how to do something about it.

Girl Boss, Sophia Amoruso
Girl Boss has been super popular but I must admit that I was little underwhelmed by this book. I felt that it was a little much and did become a little preachy. It is a mixture of Sophia Amoruso's life story and the #GIRLBOSS movement. The book at first is an interesting read but towards the end I did get a little bored. It was very inspiring however, so it did leave me feeling very powerful with a determined outlook. It is is no way a moan about all the obstacles that Sophia has overcome, it is more of how you can move past theses and do something about it for yourself, which I did enjoy. Part of me was left feeling like, these are the tools that you can use to try to be your very own Girl Boss, but then again, is it just down to luck?

It is good read if you are one for letting the little things bother you, as it allows you to think about things differently and focus on what is really important to you, and therefore put more effort into those situations. It is more of a positive outlook book rather than a book to allow you to reflect and leave you feeling a little crappy, and I am all up for a book that allows you to do this.

What have you been recently reading?


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Last week I was invited to try out the new Dior mascara "Pump N Volume" at John Lewis. I was interested to see and hear about the new mascara and other Dior products as I have not tried any of their range before. I think the name Dior evokes a sense of luxury and chic, and it's clear from the products' packaging that every detail has been thought about and carefully put together. From the sleek black finish on the mascaras, to the silver casing on the lipsticks that sparkle as soon as they come into sight.

I think the luxury concept really does do wonders for making a you feel like a million dollars, and the ladies at the Dior counter did an excellent job of talking me through my first experience of the brand and showing me what else Dior have in store.

Pump N Go is a brand new mascara that was initially launched in Selfridges, with Bella Hadid being the face behind the lashes of this new product. From testing this product out for myself I can certainly see why this has just had a big backing from Bella.

The product comes with a brush that is quite large, which I am a huge fan of. This is great if you have small lashes or lashes that need some extra volume, because I find that this means you only need to apply one layer. In the past with a small flimsy brush, I have found that they don't really build volume, and require layer upon layer, which makes your lashes feel heavy. With this product though, it does give volume with less effort, and makes my lashes look so much longer. I think there is no need to wear falsies when you are using this product.

The bottle has a rubber, gummy texture to it, and it has a squeezable indent which you can push to pump the mascara onto the brush. This pump helps you make sure that you can get every last bit out of the bottle, so nothing goes to waste.

The trick with this mascara is to rub the bottle between your hands before opening; this helps the liquid warm up and the texture makes it much easier to apply. When applying this to your lashes, you need to start at the top of your lashes, then wiggle in a side-to-side motion out to the ends of your lashes. This method helps to ensure that you build up volume and don't stick your lashes together.

Photo Credit: The Lovely Kara from Spread the Sparkle  In case you were wondering, it's the glasses that make me look weird, and the fact I had a huge headache!

Have you tried Dior's Pump N Volume Mascara, what did you think?
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