Tamara Reads

As an avid book reader I always feel like I want to talk to everyone and anyone about the most recent book I’ve just finished reading. To my surprise, it seems not everyone cares about the 753 page World War II novel I’ve just read and why I thought it was great, or what could have been better.

For that reason I’ve started Tamara Reads a place for a cathartic release, where I can blog about the books I read (and occasionally about life).



Why Lagos is one of the best places in Europe.

Although my European city count isn’t the biggest in the world, I have visited 12 European countries and 26 cities among them. My selection criteria for best city wasn’t extensive. I know that I’m not an extremely fussy person and it’s kind of difficult to piss me off… so generally all the cities were enjoyable to me. But reflecting on my two trips to Europe in two consecutive years – there really was one city that stood out for me. That was Lagos in the Algarve Coast of Portugal.

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Why the Kylie Lip Kits actually rock

Sometimes I feel that people enjoy the controversy of saying how much they hate a really hyped up product. I get it, you wanna be different. However in my opinion you have to give credit where credit is due. Although she may be a “celebrity” that champions this new movement of being famous for absolutely nothing, I still believe she may have tapped into a very unique formulation with her lip kits and actually I really enjoyed them.

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Beginners Makeup- The technical guide on what you need in your first proper makeup kit.

Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to be particularly talented to be able to apply makeup that suits your face and the occasion. It’s made to look so difficult by beauty gurus, magazines, YouTube tutorials and of course the Instagram world. It makes you feel like there’s a never ending list of products that you need to have in your makeup kit in order to recreate said makeup look. The reality however is very different, and it’s rare that your everyday girl will need to contour or strobe her face every single day before going to work. Therefore I have compiled a simple list of things you will need for your everyday makeup kit. Continue reading Beginners Makeup- The technical guide on what you need in your first proper makeup kit.

Six Things I Learnt From Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching is one of the most challenging, underrated and stressful professions a person could ever go into. As exasperating as it may be, it is also one of the most rewarding professions and over the course of time I spent teaching I discovered there is a lot that you can learn from teaching a classroom full of (mostly) disinterested students. Here are the top six lessons I learnt from Teaching English as a Second Language to adult learners.

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How to take care of yourself when you’re very busy.

Taking care of your physical appearance when you are extremely time-poor can be a difficult task. Not only are you feeling overwhelmed with your own professional and personal life, but to also add to your mental clutter, your eyes are fixated on those stray eyebrow hairs that need grooming every time you glance into your reflection.

More than that, it can be extremely difficult to gather the motivation to keep your beauty regime during these cold winter months. There are so many places on your body that are not exposed to the world during this time that it makes it so much easier to skip that post-shower moisturizer and avoid being cold for an extra 15 minutes.

However breaking it down into smaller loads can be much more useful for you and make you feel so much more on top of things. Here are some of my top tips below. Continue reading How to take care of yourself when you’re very busy.

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

It has been utterly amusing for me to see my favourite Australian Author thrust into the spotlight after American TV channel HBO created a seven-episode mini series centred around her 2014 novel ‘Big Little Lies’. Anyone who has read her novels know that their irresistible appeal stems largely from the fact that she describes people, places and situations with such uncomfortably recognisable detail that it is hard to put the book down. In the case of Big Little Lies, a satirical, humorous, suspense novel which is filled to the brim with wit and humour that surrounds the first year of school in a Sydney beach suburb. Where the adults need more watching than the children, and the obsessive politics that goes into planning sausage sizzles and trivia nights is key. Whilst the book was fantastic, I can’t help but feel complete lacklustre about the TV adaptation.

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Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty

If you’ve known me for a while now, you’ve probably realised my obsession with books. If you’ve ever asked me for a book recommendation, there’s probably a chance I’ve fished out a Liane Moriarty novel from my handbag (one of her books I had been re-reading for the third or fourth time) and shoved it in your face while excitedly telling you to READ IT. I’ve probably gone on to present you with a soliloquy on how every single one of Liane Moriarty’s books are amazing, and how she is the most talented author whose books I cannot fault and are my favourite thing to read.

Well, all this was very true up until now.  Continue reading Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty