Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.181

by Gio

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This week’s random ramblings post is a bit shorter. After 180 rounds of ramblings, I’m now stumped for ideas on what to write about. Fashion? Books? Life in Italy? Blogging? Something else?

I would really appreciate your feedback on this. When I do readers’ surveys, lots of people comment on how much they love this series, but every Sunday these posts fail to generate comments, shares, and engagement. Is that because you simply enjoy reading, not interacting, with them? Or aren’t you interested in the topics I cover?

Lately, I’ve been feeling like these posts have become too random and confusing. Do they confuse you too? Is that why they generate so little engagement? Should I revamp them? Get rid of some sections and expand others?

I’d really love to figure out what you love, hate, don’t care, about these posts so that I can make them even better for you. Let me know what you think in the comments. 🙂

Beauty Wishlist, Vol.08

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Ambient Lighting Bronzer fuses the illuminating effects of photoluminescent technology with bronze pigments to deliver a natural, sun-kissed glow while exhibiting depth and dimension. It comes in two shades. Luminous Bronze Light, ideal for fair skintones, is a medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light, a champagne pearl powder, for a softer, candlelit warmth. Radiant Bronze Light, suitable for darker complexions, is a warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light, a golden beige powder, to mimic a summer glow. Available at Sephora.

Hourglass has also released a new blush shade. It is called Incandescent Electra, and it is a cool peach blush blended with Incandescent Light for a celestial glow. It’s available at Barneys.

BECCA Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé is a lightweight, marbled gloss that provides a double dose of pigment and shimmer. It is available in six summery shades: Papaya/Topaz, Fig/Topaz, Watermelon/Opal, Guava/Opal, Lychee/Topaz, and Raspberry/Opal. Available at Ulta.

This gorgeous palette features nine colourful, fun, and vibrant shades of the brand’s iconic Artist Shadow gel-powder formula. They are: I-872 Pearly Pink, ME-910 Electric Magenta, S-924 Purple, D-552 Crystalline Gray Beige, ME-232 Turquoise Blue, ME-302 Peacock, ME-512 Golden Beige, ME-700 Amber, and ME-930 Black Purple. Available at Sephora.

Achieve a polished, glowing look with this chic, eye and cheek palette, featuring eight liner, lid, crease, and highlighting shadows, plus a trio of warm, complexion-flattering blushes and a bronzer. The shades are Compassionate (Cream, eyeshadow), Vivacious (rose gold, eyeshadow), Pretty (bronze, eyeshadow), Powerful (dark brown, eyeshadow), Energetic (taupe, eyeshadow), Eco-chic (light plum, eyeshadow), Charitable (soft pink, eyeshadow), Glamorous (dark plum, eyeshadow), Trustworthy (nude mauve, blush), Empowering (rose nude, blush), and Park Ave Princess (bronzer). Available at Sephora.

What’s on your beauty wishlist this week?

What I’m Reading Now

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Understanding Social Media: How to Create a Plan for Your Business that Works by Damian Ryan
Social media has become an important part of marketing. Any business (or blogger) can’t afford to ignore it anymore. But how to make the most of it? Understanding Social Media: How to Create a Plan for Your Business that Works can help. It explains why you should start using social media immediately (if you aren’t already), how to create campaigns, how to budget for them and track the results you are getting, and much more. All throughout the book you’ll also find case studies from successful and failed campaigns to help you craft your own.
All the content in the book has been curated by Damian Ryan, and written by dozens of digital marketers and social media experts. This means that each chapter is written in a different voice and from a different perspective. Sometimes, their advice is contradictory. But that’s a good thing. Every business is different, and what work for one may not work for the other. By illustrating lots of different strategies, each business can select those that best suit their needs and aims.
If you fail to see how social media success can translate into more sales for your business, I highly recommend you pick up this book. If, instead, you are already an expert, you’ll probably be familiar with most of its tips. But it still provides some nice food for thought. Available at Amazon.

The Links

The 6 essentials for every gym bag – Future Derm

The pale girl’s guide to highlighting and contouring – Phyrra

Natural vs. Chemical – Which Is Better?
– Lab Muffin

How contouring took all the fun out of getting made up – The Pool

Why mineral sunscreens and foundation may be better if you have melasma or hyperpigmentation – Viva Woman

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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Ema May 3, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Hi Giorgia,

I personally love this section and read it regularly every Sunday evening, it is honestly one of my favorite reads in the beauty community. I think of it as a breath of fresh air, a sort of being disconnected from all of the same soon-to-become boring subjects that are invading us now without actually leaving the beauty sites I like so much. It’s something a little bit different, light and in the same time substantial too. So don’t worry, Giorgia, your visitors love your blog and enjoy your ramblings too. Maybe we are all shy or we just love a little bit of distance?!
Anyway, I think you should maintain your blogging individuality, it’s what differentiate you and the reason why we are all here. As a suggestion, maybe you shall consider writing about Italian literature (classic books, new books recommendations, maybe some good cook books too)? I love your country’s literature and every time I read something written by an Italian writer I’m completely mesmerized by the beauty of their prose. Everything is just splendid. As someone who studied the Italian language in high-school I would love to find more literary gems that maybe are not so known or popular outside Italy. Stefano Benni’s “Di tutte le ricchezze ” is now on my reading list.

Ok, that’s about it. Have a lovely week, Giorgia!

Gio May 4, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Ema, oh thank you so much for your feedback kind words. They mean a lot. I guess, because these posts are so varied, it’s difficult for me to figure out exactly what you all like so much about them, and I’m afraid that if I don’t, I may disappoint you. So, it’s great to hear what you think about them, and that I’m doing something that you love. That’s what makes blogging worthwhile.

Also, thank you for your suggestion. I’m afraid I don’t really read many books written by Italian writers. For some reason, I, like most Italian people, always considered them boring. I guess it’s because school teachers have a knack for selecting the most boring passages from the most boring books, and that doesn’t really make you want to explore Italian literature further. So, it’s fascinating to hear that people from different countries actually love it. I guess I need to expand my horizons. But there are some Italian books that I love, so I’ll do a post about them soon. 🙂

Thanks! I hope you have a lovely week too!

Gauri May 4, 2015 - 6:41 am

I love these posts & hope you continue doing them 🙂 Drooling on your wishlist!

Gio May 4, 2015 - 7:10 am

Gauri, glad you like them. That’s the plan. I’d just like to know what you all love so much about them so I can keep them interesting and entertaining for you. So, thank you for your feedback. 🙂

Vivella May 4, 2015 - 12:13 pm

I agree with the first comment above – I always read your blog for it’s varied and intelligent content.
Sadly, I’m one of those that read but rarely comment. I appreciate your honest reviews as well, I trust them. As an Italian living in South Africa, I appreciate any posts on where you live, the food, customs etc but so far I have enjoyed all your blog posts regardless of what you write about!

Gio May 4, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Vivella, thank you for your nice works and feedback. It really helps me a lot in creating a better blog for you. I’m glad that you are enjoying my posts, and I will talk more about life in Italy soon. 🙂

K / Cosmeddicted May 5, 2015 - 1:40 am

I love your blog, even though I haven’t been able to comment on these Sunday ramblings recently. I love the varied content, but I have wondered before where you get the ideas for them!

I don’t read many blogs by people living in Italy, so that’s always interesting to me. Your posts on Kiko and other Italian brands helped me a lot when I went to Italy a few summers ago!

Gio May 5, 2015 - 1:16 pm

K, thank you! And no worries. I appreciate you all taking the time to read my blog, even if you don’t comment. It’s only that, when the topics are so varied, it can be hard to figure out what’s working best without feedback, so I appreciate all your input. I was worried my ramblings were getting too random, but it sounds like that’s exactly what you love. 🙂

It’s weird, some weeks I get a lot of ideas for these posts, and at others my mind goes blank. I usually jot them down in a notebook. I had run out of ideas but you all have reinspired me with your suggestions.

And I’m so glad those posts helped you Hope you had a great time in Italy. 🙂


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