June Favourites: Books and Beauty

books and beauty

Beauty favourites were a bit thin on the ground, last month, but I did do quite a bit of reading so I’ve shared this video between reading recommendations and beautifying tips. The Anne Tyler book (here) is just a beautifully gentle, slow-paced novel, examining the relationships within a family and gradually revealing more and more about their backstory. It’s not a “page-turner” (that’s not really what Anne Tyler does) but I still looked forward to getting back to it every night before bed – it made me very contemplative and appreciative of my own family and friends.

I’ve only just started Emma Cline’s The Girls (here) but already I’m hooked. It’s set to be quite a dark read, I think – I have tried not to look at any reviews (it’s getting a lot of publicity), but from what I gather it’s about a murderous Charles Manson-esque cult. Gritty subject matter, but the writing style, so far at least, is totally engaging – shrewd and observant but with a certain softness. I’ll report back when I’ve finished, but I think that this will be a great summer read, if you’re after one.

On with the video! A list of favourites can be found by scrolling down the page, if you don’t want to sit through my waffling…

A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler: http://amzn.to/29KoKb0

David Sedaris: http://amzn.to/29yK8OH

The Girls, Emma Cline: http://amzn.to/29CpdOe

Alpine Ear Plugs: http://amzn.to/29t2yAM

YSL Saharienne Bronzing Stones: http://bit.ly/29t341I

L’Oreal Paris Sexy Balm Shade 102, Gossip: http://amzn.to/29t2UY0

First Aid Beauty Serum: http://amzn.to/29rPJKt

Alpha H Beauty Sleep Power Peel: http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2016/…

Dirty Works Cucumber Eye Pads: http://goo.gl/TVELXz

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  1. Polly
    July 12, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    I’ve recently finished A Spool of Blue Thread too and I loved it! Anne Tyler is one of my fave authors – I love how she just writes about ordinary people and families but it’s still soooo interesting. Nice to hear others talking about her too! :) x

    Polly Cat Contemplates

  2. Cara
    July 13, 2016 / 1:07 am

    I just read ‘The Girls.’ It was interesting and had me staying up waaaay too late at night to finish it.
    The ending, not surprisingly, is rough and stays with you for a while!

  3. Claire L
    July 13, 2016 / 3:28 am

    I’ve read Anne Tyler and she’s very good. Love the look of the Saharienne bronzer. I actually ordered a Sexy Balm in Adventure last night! Also the Max Factor Mauve Nude blusher that you love :-). I’ve seen the ‘cucumber’ eye pads in Sainsburys and wondered if they were any good, now it has the AMR stamp of approval, I’ll pick them up next time! I think they’re actually on sale in Sainsburys so, bonus! x

  4. Rachel
    July 14, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    If you enjoy Anne Tyler may I recommend Carol Shields, particularly her novel Unless. She too writes about families, creativity and womanhood. Truly beautiful writing. And I’m a librarian, so I should know ;-)

  5. Lesley
    July 24, 2016 / 11:16 am

    I’ve enjoyed David Sedaris in book form and the occasional radio clip – until I saw him at the Brighton Dome two years ago – an evening I will never get back and which annoys me whenever I think about it. Gratuitous, gratuitous bad language and so not funny. Do not waste your time and money if tempted to see him live.

  6. Kelly
    August 11, 2016 / 12:06 am

    What is your eyeglasses model, is it from spec savers?. I really want to have one.

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