March Reading.

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.

I was given this book as a gift. I don’t know if it would have jumped out at me if I was choosing it myself but when I read the blurb I thought it sounded really interesting. A story about a man with a bookshop on a barge. He loves literature and can ‘prescribe’ books that people need in their lives just by meeting them and talking with them briefly. I enjoyed the book and it had some lovely description and language but I didn’t find the plot line particularly thrilling.

8/10 stars.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

I heard of this book through Gretchen Rubin (A writer and blogger who I adore). She is a big fan of children’s literature and loved this. This book was really good fun and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. It features some siblings and a friend who must travel through space (and time I suppose!) to help their father. I don’t have a picture of the actual book as this is actually one I read on my phone.

9/10 stars.

Eleven by Mark Watson.

I loved this one! Such a fun and engaging read. To be honest I felt like this was the equivalent of ‘chick lit’. This is a term I hate, and this book would never actually be described as that as it is written by a man. But there you go. Its about a radio DJ in London and how his actions (or lack of) affect all kinds of different people and how they are all connected to each other. Really cleverly written, quietly funny, great characters and a great story.

10/10 stars.

Pure by Rose Bretecher.

This was such interesting read. Its the author’s account of her struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (a hugely misunderstood condition), or more specifically Pure OCD (an even less well understood type of the disorder). It was very well written, very informative and very engaging. I thought I already knew a lot about this subject but I definitely came away from this book having learnt a lot. Anyone who misuses the term or laughs at ‘how OCD they are’ for tidying up should be made to read this.

10/10 stars.

Rach.xx.

The Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette:

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I tried to resist the Solstice Highlighting palette for several weeks. There was more than one occasion where I wandered into Superdrug, swatched the beautiful shiny sparkly shades and lovingly admired the pretty Gold case before I would firmly remind myself that I already own many, many highlighters (that I seldom use anyway) and, with a sigh, would return it to its shelf.

However, on one occasion my willpower ran out. I marched in, purchased it quickly (possibly also throwing in a lipstick for good measure) and marched back out before I could think myself out of it. And do you know what? I’m glad I did. Ok, so it’s still true that I didn’t need another highlighter (or 4 as the case may be with this palette) and its still true that I don’t actually reach for it on a daily basis. However that is more a reflection on my lazy make up habits than on the wonderful item that is this palette.

Honestly. Its beautiful. I love the gold packaging (it is indeed, i have to say….sleek), I love the choice of four different shades of highlight, I love the names (Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Subsolar, Equinox) Somehow, make ups just fancier when it has a name. It just is. I love that It has a large mirror (even though I haven’t once actually used the mirror) and I love that it has three powder formulas and one cream. I mean honestly, it covers all your highlighting needs. (I’m gonna have a tough time convincing myself I need more highlighter when something else shiny catches my attention in the future).

I’m going to try hard to take a moment now to think realistically about this product and not be distracted by its glittery beauty. I think I can say there’s only two real downsides for me, and I’m so enchanted by the palette, I don’t, in all honesty care about either of them, but for the sake of clarity and realism I’m going to put them in. Firstly, the little brush that comes with it is rubbish. Piss poor quite frankly. But so what, I have my own brushes. And anyway, lets be honest, this brush could come in useful in some sort of highlighting emergency situation (They’re bound to come up surely?). Secondly, I’m not convinced the staying power of the powder formulations is anything to shout about. BUT, applying Ecliptic first as a sort of primer goes a long way to solving this, and to be fair, I’m yet to come across any make up that has ever survived more than a few hours before being absorbed by my amazing make up eating face. So it hardly feels right to hold that against Sleek or this palette of glory.

And so, in summary. I love it. It makes me happy when I look at it. I’m often (fairly) sensible when it comes to purchasing items of make up, or really anything. I think long and hard and ask myself if I need it. I think this palette goes to show that sometimes, just really, really wanting and liking something is ok too.

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Left to right: Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Subsolar, Equinox. Available at Superdrug for £9.99.

Rachel.xx.