Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.174

by Gio

Hello gorgeous,

ready for some random ramblings? I’m introducing a new feature this week. It’s called Beauty Wishlist, and, in it, I’ll show you the new beauty products that catch my eye every week. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Please, let me know what you think in the comments. Thank you!

My Favourite French Design

favourite french designers

France is the capital of fashion, a title the country gained and still manages to hold thanks to the creativity and talent of the many designers that were born on her soil. Here are my favourites:


Coco Chanel revolutionised fashion. She replaced structured-silhouettes, based upon the corset and the bodice, with clothes that were simpler, practical, and very fashionable. Famous for her little black dresses and chic suits, she used fabrics and colours, such as navy, that were previously used mostly for men’s garments, giving them a feminine twist. Decades later, the brand she founded is still going strong. Chanel managed to modernize and keep up with the times without betraying its founder’s vision.

Jean Paul Gaultier

The enfant terrible of French fashion is one of the most talented, creative, and innovative designers of our times. His ready-to-wear collections are strongly influenced by street wear and pop culture, while his haute couture designs are more formal, yet they all are irreverent, fun, and playful. I also love that he’s not afraid of using unconventional models, such as plus size women, older men, and heavily tattooed individuals.


Dior entered the fashion scene with a bang. His first collection went down in history as the “New Look”, and featured a feminine silhouette with a small, nipped-in waist and a full skirt falling below mid-calf length, which emphasised the bust and hips. The look, which was a refreshing change from the more austere and masculine fashions worn during the second world war, was so popular that soon it was worn and copied by everyone. But I have to admit I’m not too keen on the direction the brand has taken in the past few years under creative director Raf Simons. He’s talented, but his designs are too modern and not sophisticated enough for Dior. I see Dior as timeless but Raf’s collections have been quite forgettable.

Isabel Marant

Described as a “combination of androgynous chic and bohemian nonchalance”, Marant’s aesthetic is cool and casual. Marant loves mixing tailored pieces with more fluffy garments, while her embroidery gives them a chic modern twist. Her clothes are perfect for the girl who wants a “perfectly tousled but never over-thought look.”

Who are your favourite French designers?

Beauty Wishlist, Vol.1

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Make Up For Ever has just released a new range of primers to mattify, smooth, nourish, and colour correct the skintone. My favourite is Radiant Primer, which balances the skintone for a naturally radiant glow. It is available in three shades: pink for fair skintones with yellow undertones; blue for fair and medium skintones with yellow undertones; and peach (pictured above) for fair and medium skintones with neutral undertones. Available at Sephora.

I love the idea of a solid serum for hair. It’s easier to apply, and a lot less messy than a liquid one. It is a blend of 15 oils that treat split ends and tame frizz and fly aways. And it’s easy to carry around with you for emergencies. Available at Amazon.

Cinderella has a lot of admirers. After MAC, Essence is now releasing its own, cheaper and in my opinion prettier too, collection inspired by the Disney princess. Here are my favourite picks:

  • Eyeshadow Palette (€4,89): it features 6 silky shades inspired by the Disney movie: lilac, navy blue, light blue, ivory, pale pink, and cool gold.
  • Blush (€4,19): a gorgeous intense pink shade that gives cheeks a fresh and healthy look.
  • Highlighting Powder (€4,19): a stunning shimmering pink powder that gives skin a princessy glow.
  • Top Coat Glitter (€2,49): this shiny top coat is infused with iridescent lilac and silver glitters; it can be used alone or on top of nail polishes.

The collection will reach shops this month.

What’s on your wishlist this week?

What I’m Reading Now

success secrets of the online marketing superstars
Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars by Mitch Meyerson
Online marketing is something no business owner and serious bloggers can afford to ignore. To help you out, Meyerson has enlisted the help of online marketing superstars, such as Brian Clark, Sonia Simone, Eric Ward, and Kim Garst. Each of them has penned a short but informative chapter about their area of expertise. These chapters are divided in three section. The first focuses on the mindset you need to adopt and the strategy you need to create before you start to marketing. The second section is all about how to increase traffic to your website. The last, and longest, one, discusses how to leverage apps and tools, such as videos, podcasts, email lists, and social media channels.
The book covers all the basis of online marketing, which makes it a must read for marketing newbies. If you’re not new to marketing, instead, you’ll probably be familiar with most of the tips and strategies outlined here. I was, but I still discovered some new tools to make the creation and sharing of marketing content easier. Everything is explained very clearly too. When a book has so many authors, one or two chapters are usually more boring, more poorly-written, and less informative than the others. But not here. These authors are all online marketing superstars, and they know how to teach you the basics while keeping you engaged and glued to the page. Available at Amazon.

The Links

What SPF sunscreen should I use? – The Beauty Brains

How to look good while you workout – 3 long-lasting hairstyle tutorials you can wear all day – Hair Romance

My Top 3 Sheer Red Lipsticks for Beginners – Makeup 4 All

A To Z Guide To Anti-Aging – Renee Rouleau

12 Lessons learned from Lisa Eldridge
– Splattershare

Sunday Survey, Vol.240

1. I could spend all day long…?
Reading history books.

2. What do you like about your hair?
Its brown colour. I think it suits me well.

3. Around what time do you usually have dinner?
7pm. Not so early that I’ll get hungry again before bed, but no so late to prevent me from sleeping well if I eat a bit too much.

4. Shower gel or bar soap?
Shower gel. I find most bar soaps too drying for my already dry skin.

5. Do you like playing Twister?
With the right crowd, it is so much fun!

It’s your turn now!
1. I could spend all day long…?
2. What do you like about your hair?
3. Around what time do you usually have dinner?
4. Shower gel or bar soap?
5. Do you like playing Twister?

Disclosure: I received the book from Netgalley. In addition, this post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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Helena March 8, 2015 - 3:30 pm

I love the new design of this series of posts:) French designers are one of my favorite, especially J.P.Gaultier.
1. Also reading:)
2. It is very healthy and grows fast
3. 6 pm and then around 8 I have a fruit for yogurt for snack
4. Shower gel, although I do love dove soaps, they are very gentle for my skin:)
5. I like seeing others play it, but personally not a fan of that:)

Gio March 8, 2015 - 9:28 pm

Helena, glad you like it. And yay, another reader! Times flies so fast when you’re reading a good book, doesn’t it?

Lisa @ Midwest Glam March 8, 2015 - 8:44 pm

Loving that wishlist! That Cinderella collection looks nice! I haven’t tried anything from Essence yet. Nothing has ever really caught my eye. But this collection looks fun!

1) I hate to admit it, but laying in bed watching Netflix lol.
2) Probably my color. I dye it red and I love it! It’s a fun color.
3) Around 6PM.
4) Both! It depends on what fragrance I’m in the mood for.
5) Not really. I’m more of a board game fan myself.

Gio March 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Lisa, it is a fun collection indeed. I find their products, especially the blushes, to be pretty good for the price.

Marina (Makeup4all) March 11, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Thanks for the link 😉
1. I could spend all day long…? Listening to music.
2. What do you like about your hair? I’ve changed my hairstyle completely last month, so right now I love everything about it.
3. Around what time do you usually have dinner?It depends, but it can be pretty late, even around 9.
4. Shower gel or bar soap? I used to use only gels, but these days I Iike soaps, too.
5. Do you like playing Twister? Yes, I liked it when I was a teen.

Gio March 11, 2015 - 8:06 pm

Marina, my pleasure. Loved your post. 🙂


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