Tuesday, 31 July 2018

July Books

It's been quite a slow month of reading for me. I think the thought of holding up a book for more than an hour in the heat we've been having was just too much to bear. Nonetheless, I've thoroughly enjoyed and been truly interested by the book that I've read throughout July. Two non fiction texts and a novel I couldn't believe I hadn't read years ago. Here's what I read in July.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr

This is one of those books that I think everyone should read. We all know who Martin Luther King Jr was and we all know a little bit about what he did for the civil rights movement; but I think it's important that we know the extent to which he went to for his cause, a cause that was essential and that he fought long and hard for. It was interesting to learn that he just kind of fell into the civil rights movement. People liked him, they trusted him, and they thought that he was someone they could feel safe to march with, without fighting a physical battle. I loved finding out how passionate his wife was about the cause, and how she was willing to raise their four children largely without him, because she knew he was doing something very important for those children's future. His life is an entirely inspiring one and I think it's wonderful that his autobiography was fully pieced together after his untimely death. I don't think anyone could have fully comprehended how he must have felt throughout that time, with this book. An amazing insight into the life of a monumental historical figure.

The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

From a book that I think everyone should read, to one which everyone seems to have already read. How did I miss Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy growing up?! This would have been right up my alley growing up, but I know I had a tendency to want to read more 'grown up' books, which looking back I doubt I understood much of. I actually remember seeing the Golden Compass film when I was younger though, which is based on The Northern Lights. I think the film definitely oversimplified the book, and perhaps gave it the wrong target audience, focusing on a younger crowd. There are some really interesting ideas in here, with the church fighting to suppress and essentially stick to what they know, whilst a few try to discover another world and how to get there. It was such an exciting read; I loved how all the different characters from various lifestyles and backgrounds came together for a cause they found important. I cannot wait to read the next book, which will definitely be on my August books list.

Countdown by Alan Weisman

Despite how much I enjoyed and was interested by the other texts I read this month, this one was the climax. This is a non fiction book about population. Naturally this means it looks at the growing issue of overpopulation, population control, and the effect that population is having on the planet. I'm a bit of a serious tree hugger, so this book felt really important to me. I've had an interest in environmental/ecological literature for some time now; I actually wrote on the topic for my dissertation at uni. I think if everyone read this book they would understand why I feel the way I do about the human race: it is a problem. We've populated the planet excessively and now we're running into trouble with the amount of food we can produce versus the amount of people it has to feed. There are some great ideas in this book, yet they don't come across as forceful at all. It's more a presentation of the facts, combined with various beliefs around the world, and how if we looked at those beliefs from different angles, we might not be in the debacle we are now in. Population is due to increase to 9.5 billion by 2050. If that happens, it's all going tits up. I would 100% recommend reading this book and educating yourself on the population issue. If you read the book and take on some of the ideas it has to offer, there's a chance that we'll start to reduce overpopulation and not reach the dreaded number we're heading to, at the expense of so many other species.

Until next time.

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Glossier: Top 5 Products

Glossier are a very well known brand at this point. Having launched in the UK almost a year ago, there's been some time to test out the brands products. I've primarily invested in their makeup, designed to work simultaneously as skincare - which makes a big difference as the products feel like they aren't just on your skin, but doing something whilst there.

So, I thought I'd let you know my top 5 Glossier products. Some are newer releases, and others were in the first order I made and I've since repurchased.

5. Solution

Of course the Solution was going to make the top 5, but even I'm surprised it wasn't higher up. This stuff is just great. It's effectively a gentle acid that helps to exfoliate the skin, keeping it clean and therefore helping rid the skin of blemishes and evening skin tone. This has worked well for me since I first used it at the beginning of the year and it's safe to say I can see myself using it for many years to come. I now use it every other day, instead of everyday as I did originally, as it's made such a difference to my skin that I don't feel the need for it everyday.

4. Super Bounce

The only qualm I ever had about the Solution was that my skin often felt rather dry the following morning. I saw someone online mention that they used Super Bounce the morning after they had used the Solution and it rehydrated there skin really nicely. Having started using it only recently, I'm glad to say that it's certainly worked the same for me. Super Bounce is a hyaluronic acid vitamin B5 serum - it brings back the softness and resultantly the 'bounce' to your skin, leaving it smooth and hydrated without any waiting around for it to sink in. Love this stuff.

3. Boy Brow

Next up is the Boy Brow. This has quickly become a cult classic in the brow world. To begin with I didn't love it, but I think as the product began to dry a little it became the perfect consistency for me. I am very much a lazy girl when it comes to brows: I've never bothered using a pencil or such to fill them in, opting for a brow gel to just add a bit of volume and fill the little areas that are on the sparse side. This is a great product for that. I use the brown shade and it blends in with my natural brow colour really nicely.

2. Lash Slick

As much as the Lash Slick is a very new release from Glossier, I can wholeheartedly say that it deserves the number 2 position. For, I kid you not, about eight months, I've avoided using mascara almost completely. And the reason for this was that I just hated every formula I had and that I came across, to the point that I couldn't bear the thought of using any of them. Nothing looked nice or went on how I wanted and I ended up so discontented every time I tried using mascara. Lash Slick was - not to be dramatic or anything - the last mascara product I was willing to try before I gave up on it forever, and I'm glad to say it was everything I could possibly want in a mascara. It separates and lengthens, giving your eyelashes amazing definition, yet still looking on the more natural side. It also comes off really easily - another major issue I have with every other mascara - with just a little micellar water. A dream.

1. Perfecting Skin Tint

And the product reaching the number 1 spot is, of course, the Perfecting Skin Tint. I am, through and through, a skin tint/tinted moisturiser kind of girl, so I certainly know what I like in this sort of product. The Glossier Skin Tint does not disappoint. One thing I often find difficult is to find a shade light enough for my complexion, as a lot of the time brands seem to struggle to get a super pale shade and even the lightest colour is too dark for me. But Glossier have gotten it just right and the shade combined with the formula gets 10/10. It is a weightless product that works to even out skin tone without losing sight of your natural features, whilst at the same time it effectively hydrates the skin. My skin feels nicer after I've taken the product off at the end of the day than before I put it on in the morning, which is definitely hard to come by. The best. A worthy winner.

Have you tried any Glossier products? What are your favourites?

Until next time.

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