Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.178

by Gio

Hello gorgeous!

Are you ready for this week’s random ramblings? Get comfy, and enjoy:

The Bedtime Tag

the bedtime tag

My friend Tine of Beautyholics Anonymous tagged me to answer a few questions about my bedtime routine. So, here goes:

1. What are you favourite pajamas?
You can see one of its sleeves in the picture above. The top is all purplish pink, while the pants are striped in pink, white, red, and purple. It’s pretty and feminine, and very very comfy and warm. It’s by far my most worn pajamas, but it still looks brand new.

2. Current bedtime reading?
I love reading, but I rarely do it before bedtime. I prefer to carve moments for reading during the day. I tend to read mostly non-fiction books, and I just don’t have the concentration for them at the end of the day. But I have just finished reading Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table by Massimo Montanari. It’s an interesting topic, but the writing style is very academic and boring.

3. What is on your bedside table?
I don’t have one. My desk is next to my bed. Apart from my computer, pens, notepad, and other stuff I need for blogging, there are a hand cream and a lip balm that I always apply before going to bed. And my phone, which I use as an alarm clock.

4. Favourite sleepy scent?
I don’t use one, but if I did, it’d be lavender. I’ve heard it helps you fall asleep.

5. What is your usual bedtime & wakeup time?
I usually wake up at 6:30am, although if it is a cold day I may stay in bed longer. I am a morning person, and I feel like I’m missing out on some of the best hours of the day if I sleep in longer. Besides, I often write best in the morning. That’s when inspiration usually comes to me. But that means that by 10:30 pm I’m tired and ready to go to bed.

6. Top 3 bedtime products?
Hand cream and lip balm. That way, I always wake up with soft hands and lips. Third one, mmmhh? I’d say my retinol serum, although I don’t always apply it before bedtime. Often, I do my night-time routine just after dinner.

7. Your most common sleeping position?
I’m a side sleeper. I can’t sleep in any other position. It is just too uncomfortable.

8. Any strange bed time routines?
I sleep with an extra blanket in the winter months. I’m not sure that’s weird but I can’t think of anything else.

9. Are you big spoon or little spoon?
Little spoon. It feels so cosy.

I tag everyone who wants to do this! Here are the questions again:
1. What are you favourite pajamas?
2. Current bedtime reading?
3. What is on your bedside table?
4. Favourite sleepy scent?
5. What is your usual bedtime & wakeup time?
6. Top 3 bedtime products?
7. Your most common sleeping position?
8. Any strange bed time routines?
9. Are you big spoon or little spoon?

Beauty Wishlist, Vol.05

beauty wishlist 05

I rarely use bronzers, but Clarins always tempts me with theirs. They have the most beautiful patterns and give skin a lovely sunkissed glow. This one is not exception, and arrives this month at Norstrom.

I’m always wary of cream eyeshadows. My lids are oily, and often make them crease. But I’d love to give this one a go. I’m a sucker for green eyeshadows, especially in late spring and summer. If green is not your thing, the eyeshadow is also available in Aquatic Rose (light rose with gold shimmer), and Aquatic Grey (lavender grey). They arrive at Nordstrom this month too.

My love affair with MAC is long over (I still like the brand, just not as much as I used to), but my crush on Philip Tracey is still going strong. I adore his quirky hats and was delighted when his collaboration with MAC was announced. My fave piece is the Highlight Powder in Blush Pink, a lovely light pink with silver accents. Available at MAC Cosmetics.

How adorable is this blush? Creamy, vibrant and natural-looking, it gives your face a healthy look. It is available in six new shades for spring. My favourite? Heather Pop (pictured above). You can get them all at Sephora.

Weightless and quick-drying, it locks down lip colour, allowing it to last longer, and adds shine too. I’ve yet to find a lip primer that works well, but this one sounds promising. It’s available at Too Faced.

Best suited for dry skin, this formula moisturizes skin while evening out the skintone. The creamy texture is lightweight but not runny and spreads easily on the skin. It’s available in 16 shades, so everyone will be able to find a good match. You get it at Bobbi Brown.

What have you been lemming this week?

What I’m Reading Now

Brokenomics: 50 Ways to Live the Dream on a Dime by Dina Gachman
In Brokenomics, author Dina Gachman promises to reveal “all the tricks you need to live the good life without spending a ton of money”. Only she didn’t. Although some of her tips are indeed helpful, the majority are useless, and sometimes, even offensive and wrong. To avoid feeling jealous of those richer than you, she recommends you think of them as crazy idiots. Need toilet paper? If your boss is a jerk, steal it from your workplace. Thinking of having a baby but are worrying it is too expensive? Get a pot plant instead.
While these tips can be considered humorous, others, like her recommendations to never hire a life coach but figure out everything yourself, or invest in shoes rather than the stock market, are downright irresponsible. Not everyone needs a life coach, and of course you should buy shoes if you want to, but following her advice will keep you in the exact same economic situation you are in now. And then, if you are laid off, you’ll just have to take almost any job that’s offered to you, even if you hate it. And if you need more money, a second and a third. Just like the author did (and recommends). But if she had taught you what’s worth investing in, why and how, then you would have had some money in the bank to help you through the tough times and occasionally splurge so you could really live the glamorous life on the cheap.
If you’re looking for a thrifty living guide, this isn’t it. But if you want a light, humorous insight into what’s like for young and broke people to live in a big, expensive city, then you may enjoy it, and even relate to Dina. If the book had been marketed that way, I wouldn’t have given it such a bad review. Just, please, don’t take her advice seriously. Available at Amazon.

The Links

Counterfeit Beauty Is A Big Problem: How To Spot A Fake & What To Do About It – London Beauty Queen

The 12 Best Sunscreens for Every Purpose – Future Derm

Oils for Oil Cleansing: Review – Lab Muffin

NARS x Christopher Kane Overview & Thoughts – Temptalia

Winged Eyeliner for Hooded Eyes – Pixiewoo

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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Michelle (Lab Muffin) April 12, 2015 - 2:38 pm

I am the absolute opposite of a morning person! It’s so interesting to hear what it’s like for someone on the other end of the spectrum 🙂

Gio April 12, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Michelle, I agree. I’m intrigued by night owls too. I’m totally useless late at night lol. 🙂

Gauri April 13, 2015 - 5:30 am

The highlight powder does look luxe. Hope they launch it here soon.

Gio April 13, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Gauri, I hope they will. It is beautiful, isn’t it?

Tine @ Beautyholics Anonymous April 14, 2015 - 1:31 am

Haha thanks for doing the tag, lovely! Oh boy, as much of a morning person as I am, I cannot wake up at 6.30am. Body can’t do it. 😛

Gio April 14, 2015 - 1:11 pm

Tine, my pleasure! Thank you for tagging me. It’s crazy early, isn’t it? I thought I couldn’t do it either, but then I started setting my alarm 5 minutes earlier every week and that did the trick. Now I can’t imagine waking up later, unless it is a very cold winter day. 🙂


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