Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.177

by Gio

Hello gorgeous,

yep, it’s time for some random ramblings again. Here we go:

My Historical Crushes

historical crushes

Is it weird to have a crush on a man who has been dead for centuries? Not if you’re a history nerd like me. History is full of fascinating figures that make your heart flutter. Here are the three that make mine beat that little bit faster:

King Charles II of Great Britain

Charles II is called the merry monarch. He’s famous for his many mistresses and his lavish court, with its luxurious parties and all kinds of extravagances. Yet, Charles was also very melancholy, which is not surprising considering everything he went through before becoming King. His father fought against Parliament, losing both the civil war and his head. Charles spent years in exile as Cromwell instituted a republic that disintegrated shortly after his death.

Charles was welcomed back with open arms by the people, but the crown brought him many headaches. Parliament kept thwarting most of his plans, and his courtiers either asked for favours or plotted against him. But he was loyal to those he loved (he always refused to divorce his sterile wife) and even forgave most of those who rebelled against his father. He’s a complex and very fascinating historical figure and I can’t help but want to cuddle him a moment and dance at a ball with him the next.

Prince Albert

Prince Albert was the best King the UK has never had. A progressive thinker, he supported social and industrial reforms, trying to improve the lives of his wife’s subjects in any way he could. He was also a family man and deeply devoted to his wife, Queen Victoria, with whom he was very much in love. Their letters to each others are beautiful and touching. Although he hated parties and balls, he loved to play with his nine children. He was also interested in the sciences and art, and organized the first Great Exhibition of 1851. He was a perfect Victorian gentleman who, sadly for everyone, died too soon.

King Leopold III Of Belgium

Little known outside of Belgium, Leopold III is my fave king ever. Dashing, brave, and kind, he had a tragic life. Only a teenager, he knew the horrors of war as he fought as a private soldier in the First World War. He fell in love with Princess Astrid of Sweden, married her and had three children with her, but lost her in a car crush (he was driving). Around the same time, he lost his father in a mountaineering accident too.

Then World War II broke out. His unilateral decision to surrender to Hitler and avoid more unnecessary innocent deaths when it became clear that the Belgian army wasn’t able to fight anymore eventually lead to his abdication. To cut a long story short, Leopold always strived to do his best for his country, but only became a scapegoat for the failures of the Allies at the beginning of the war. They even accused him of being selfish for falling in love and remarrying during the war! It’s sad that, decades later, this wonderful man is still so misunderstood by the few who remember him and forgotten by most.

Beauty Wishlist, Vol.04

wishlist 04

I love the Melted range. The shades are so intensely pigmented but don’t dry out lips. Now, it is available in four metallic shades perfect for summer. Available at Too Faced.

This delicious, colourful palette features nine shimmer and glitter shadows in vanilla, chocolate and candy inspired hues that allow you to create sweet looks for eyes that sparkle and pop! Available at Too Faced.

The retractable tweezers, which feature inbuilt LED lights, help remove even the tiniest hairs. Available at Sephora.

This weird thing is the secret for the perfect quick and precise manicure. Really. The curvy design, suitable for nails of all shapes, allows you to apply nail polish without staining your skin. Cool, isn’t it?

Need to retouch your lipstick in a nightclub, or some other dark place? This small mirror lights up, making touch ups a breeze everywhere you are. Available at Sephora.

It looks like an instrument of torture, but this thing helps you maximize the volumizing effect of your mascara. The curvy part protects your lid, allowing you to apply mascara without staining your skin, while the comb separates lashes. Available at Sephora.

Would you like to bring your favourite fragrance with you wherever you go? Then, you must check out this practical atomizer. It is available in a neutral silver and bold fuchsia and purple shades. Available at Sephora.

This 3D makeup sponge, inspired by professional makeup artists, makes it easy to apply all kinds of face products, such as foundation, concealer, and blush. Use the rounded end of the sponge to cover large areas of the face and the pointed end to reach trickier spots and angles. Available at Sephora.

Your go-to product for a lit-from-within glow, Bobbi’s Brightening Brick combines the warmth of a bronzer and the soft flush of a blush with a gorgeous, subtle glow. It’s available in six versions. My favourite is Pastel Pink, which features soft pink, white, and bronze shades. Available at Bobbi Brown.

What’s on your wishlist this week?

What I’m Reading Now

everyday ambassador
Everyday Ambassador: Make a Difference by Connecting in a Disconnected World by Kate Otto
Technology allows us to instantly communicate with people all over the world, yet these interactions are rarely meaningful. Rather than bringing strangers closer together, technology seems to pull friends further apart. That’s because we often use it for the wrong reasons (like boosting our egos) rather than help others and make a difference in the world. How can you fix that? Otto provides lots of practical tips, and also stresses the importance of the four qualities that should guide our use of technology, and our lives: empathy, patience, focus and humility. By sharing her experiences, and those of others, working for NGOs all over the world, Otto teaches us how to become an everyday ambassador. That’s someone who sees all people as equally, worthy of respect. Someone who listens to others, even those they don’t like or agree with. Someone who is open to different cultures, opinions, and ways of life. Someone who takes the time to understand a problem and its causes. Only then, we can truly start fixing what’s wrong in the world. If we use it right, technology can help us do that. Although you’ll probably want to go volunteer abroad after reading this book, you don’t have to work for any NGO to benefit from its wisdom. The advice here is useful to anyone, and can help us live richer, more meaningful lives even if we never leave our small communities. We can always make a difference, wherever we are, even by doing the simplest things, like taking the time to really listen, without judging. I highly recommend it. Available at Amazon.

The Links

Two Great Affordable Alternatives To Benefit’s ‘Roller Lash’ Mascara – London Beauty Queen

The Power Of A Bright Lip – Beautyholics Anonymous

How to look good after a long night of partying (and drinking) – The Beauty Department

Acne-Fighting Supplements: Do They Really Work? – Paula’s Choice Skincare

You May Love Your Gadgets, But Does Your Skin Also Love Them? – Acne Einstein

Sunday Survey, Vol.251

1. Have you ever had a crush on someone at work?
Not yet, and I’m glad of it. I think it could make things quite complicated.

2. Do you pop pimples?
Nope, never. I’d rather use a spot treatment to get rid of it, and concealer to hide it in the meantime.

3. I’m really looking forward to…
Sunny and warm weather. It’s been cold and gloomy for too long…

4. Do you prefer to exfoliate in the morning or at night?
At night.

5. Do you wear capes?
Nope. So far I haven’t found one I love. I prefer coats, anyway.

It’s your turn now!
1. Have you ever had a crush on someone at work?
2. Do you pop pimples?
3. I’m really looking forward to…
4. Do you prefer to exfoliate in the morning or at night?
5. Do you wear capes?

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

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anubhuti March 30, 2015 - 10:31 am

love you this post a lot…We get so much at one place 🙂

Gio March 30, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Anubhuti, aww so glad you do! 🙂

Kiss & Make-up March 30, 2015 - 10:49 am

Yeah! Go Leopold! Woooooh Belgium! 🙂

1. Have you ever had a crush on someone at work? Yes. And it ended horribly.

2. Do you pop pimples? I try not to but sometimes you just have to.

3. I’m really looking forward to… going back to Belgium next month.

4. Do you prefer to exfoliate in the morning or at night? At night. I don’t want to look all red-faced during the day.

5. Do you wear capes? No. But I want to.

Gio March 30, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Melissa, I love Belgium. It has given birth to some of my fave historical figures (and bloggers) 😉

Reply March 30, 2015 - 11:46 am

i have never heard of leopold, so i enjoyed reading that story on him. off to check out the links!

Gio March 30, 2015 - 8:07 pm

Ellesees, glad you enjoyed it. He was a great man.

Marina (Makeup4all) March 30, 2015 - 8:38 pm

1. Have you ever had a crush on someone at work? NO!
2. Do you pop pimples? I try not to.
3. I’m really looking forward to… a holiday at the seaside.
4. Do you prefer to exfoliate in the morning or at night? Definitely at night
5. Do you wear capes? I don’t

Gio March 31, 2015 - 2:49 pm

Marina, a holiday sounds great! Hope you’ll go soon and have a lot of fun!


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