Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.19

by Gio

Hello everyone,

ready for some random ramblings? Here we go:

Blogs We Love: K On The Cheap

If you have a Kindle, you need to check out K On The Cheap. Run by a group of lovely deal scouting women, here you will find info on promotions for Kindle ebooks. Most of the books mentioned here can be downloaded for free or purchased at ridiculously low prices, but you have to be quick and check out the blog often because these offers don’t usually last very long. These books are free (or almost so) because the book authors are trying to get themselves known and hope that, if you’ll like their free offering, you’ll buy their other works. It is also a great way for readers to discover new authors and books they wouldn’t otherwise read. But once you find a gem, make sure you do support the writer by buying their other books. 🙂 Oh, and if instead of a Kindle you have a Nook, then check out their sister site, The Cheap, for the best book deals and offers for your ereader.

What I’m Reading Now

Vaniquished by Hope Tarr. I’m not a big fan of historical romances, but this one caught my eye because it is set in the Victorian era and the heroine, Caledonia Rivers, is one of the leaders of the suffragette movement. Parliament is about to debate a bill to give the vote to women, but not all MPs are supportive and one of them hires a gorgeous and poor photographer to seduce and take a compromising photo of Caledonia to destroy both her reputation and her cause. The story is a bit cliche at times, but what I really enjoyed about this book was how real the characters are and the author attention to historical details. The author accurately portrays the terrible situation of the poorer classes and how women worked hard to secure their right to vote. Overall, it’s an enjoyable, and different, romance novel that I recommend to all fans of the genre.

The Links

Viva Woman wonders at what age you should start using antiaging products?

Chemists Corner wonders what are the start-up costs for a cosmetic business?

Future Derm reveals the ugly truth about makeup and moisturizers with SPF.

Ask An Esthetician explains what the natural moisturizing factor is.

Grain De Musc wonders if there is such a thing as a master perfumer.

Sunday Survey, Vol.99

1. Do you read the same book more than once?
Sometimes, but it’s rare. There are some classics that I’ve read a few times and appreciated and understood them more each time. Also, there are a few books that, for a reason or another, have struck a cord with me and so I read them again and again. But I don’t really see the point of reading chick lit, detective stories or romance novels, for instance, more than once because there is nothing more for me to learn from a second read.

2. What do you think of toner?
I think it can be beneficial for some people, but it does absolutely nothing for my skin so I don’t use it.

3. What’s your usual afternoon snack?
A cup of green tea with a couple of biscuits.

4. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?
Donald Duck. He’s funnier.

5. What do you think of coloured jeans?
I think they’re fun, just not my style.

It’s your turn now!
1. Do you read the same book more than once?
2. What do you think of toner?
3. What’s your usual afternoon snack?
4. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?
5. What do you think of coloured jeans?

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Ana April 29, 2012 - 1:30 pm

1. Some of them, yes.
I reread Pratchett a bunch of times when I was younger, some Stephen King, Clive Barker’s Thief of Always…

2. Sometimes it works well for me, but it’s not something I couldn’t do without and I usually don’t use it.

3. Apples, yum!

4. Donald Duck.

5. Fun. I’d like to buy a few more pairs, but it’s not practical – they’re not meant to be worn anywhere and everywhere like the blue ones are (more or less; they’re not formal-wear, of course) and they would take up space in my wardrobe, which I’m trying to keep uncluttered.

beautifulwithbrains April 29, 2012 - 8:25 pm

Ana, I agree about colored jeans. They’re very fun but they are less versatile than the regular blue jeans. 🙂

Makeup Morsels April 30, 2012 - 1:41 am

1. Do you read the same book more than once?
If I love it enough, than yes.
2. What do you think of toner?
It’s good for getting off the last traces of my face makeup, since cleansing never seems to remove everything.
3. What’s your usual afternoon snack?
Fage 2% with Honey Bunches of Oats, or I’ll make myself a smoothie
4. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?
Donald Duck amuses me, but definitely Mickey Mouse
5. What do you think of coloured jeans?
Really cute for summer. I don’t own any though hahah, stick with good old blue jeans

beautifulwithbrains April 30, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Makeup Morsels, a good cleanser should remove anything on its own without need of toner. However, it’s not often easy to find a good cleanser. Have you tried Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser? That removes everything and quickly. 🙂

Kari April 30, 2012 - 4:45 am

1. Do you read the same book more than once?
All the time!! I’ve read Insomnia by Stephen King probably 20 times now.. definitely my favorite!

2. What do you think of toner?
Doesn’t do anything for me; I feel like it dries me out more than anything.

3. What’s your usual afternoon snack?
Flaming hot cheetos and a glass of skim milk. So healthy!

4. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?
Definitely Donald. Mickey seems like a prude. PLUS:
Donald Duck never wears pants, but when he comes out of the shower, he puts a towel around his waist. What’s up with that? – Chandler Bing

5. What do you think of coloured jeans?
I don’t think I could ever get away with wearing them. I’d love to try red though! Especially with the whole colorblocking trend.

beautifulwithbrains April 30, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Kari, it doesn’t surprise me that you feel toners dry you out as most of them contain high concentrations of alcohol which is very drying to the skin.

And I’ve always wondered that about Donald Duck, it’s so weird lol.

Swati April 30, 2012 - 9:09 am

the book is a romance??? sounded more like thriller….will check it out 🙂

beautifulwithbrains April 30, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Swati, yes, it’s definitely a romance, but it has a very interesting plot for one. I hope you will enjoy it too. 🙂

Vonvon April 30, 2012 - 7:38 pm

1. Very rarely, unless the book is sooo good.

2. I haven’t used any for a long time but I just bought a Clarins toner, the green one last week.

3. A cup of tea and some fruits, or brioche.

4. Donald duck.

5. I dont really have colored jeans but several colored pants/slacks.

beautifulwithbrains April 30, 2012 - 8:30 pm

Vonvon, colored pants are fun too.

And that’s a lovely snack you have. 🙂

Janessa May 1, 2012 - 1:39 am

I wanted a Kindle for a while but I don’t read enough to justify buying one!
Props to you for reading a book every week! How do you pick which one to read?
I love The Links section again and I read through all the links you put up. 😀
1. I have read this one story 7x through and it was a beautiful online story (got taken down) but it’s my favorite story I’ve ever read.
2. I thought toner helped me take off extra dirt or makeup but I realized that water and a cotton ball did just about the same haha. I am also very leery of toners with alcohol because of my dry skin, even the alcohol-containing ‘non-drying’ ones.
3. Snack? Everything! Sometimes icecream, rice pudding, yogurt, crackers, peanut butter sandwich, cookies. Haha. I have soo many snacks around! I’m a snack monster.
4. I really like both and I don’t have a favorite. You’re right though, Donald is pretty funny! If buying Disney items (I love Disney things), I choose the cuter looking one.
5. They look nice in magazines, and I would wear them, but I much prefer colored leggings because they can easily be layered with other clothes and are more comfortable.

beautifulwithbrains May 1, 2012 - 8:54 pm

Janessa, actually I started reading a lot more since I bought my Kindle. It is just so lightweight and easy to carry around with you so you can read anywhere and it doesn’t strain the eyes even after hours of reading. It is just awesome. As for how I choose books, it really depends on my mood. There are times when I want a light read and so I’ll opt for a romance novel or detective story book, whether if I want something more in-depth and informative I’ll go with an history book or a classic.

AshleyLee May 3, 2012 - 5:44 pm

1. Do you read the same book more than once?
Very rarely. I read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” twice and didn’t like it as much the second time.

2. What do you think of toner?
My laser printer would be lost without it.

3. What’s your usual afternoon snack?
I don’t usually snack much, but I do like a pretzel now and then.

4. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?
Mickey Mouse! Donald Duck is a quack.

5. What do you think of coloured jeans?
I adore them! Probably I wear them half of the times I wear jeans.

beautifulwithbrains May 3, 2012 - 6:38 pm

AshleyLee, lol @ the toner. 🙂

And pretzels are yummy.

Viv May 4, 2012 - 10:17 am

1. Do you read the same book more than once? No – time is short enough that I can’t read all the books that I want to once, let alone twice!

2. What do you think of toner? I don’t really ‘get’ it – I use water as my toner 🙂

3. What’s your usual afternoon snack? I do try hard not to snack, but if anything, something from my ‘Graze’ box, if the rest of the family haven’t got there first!

4. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? Neither really – my hero is Eeyore!

5. What do you think of coloured jeans? Not really, but my daughter loves them!

Viv x

beautifulwithbrains May 4, 2012 - 11:42 am

Viv, I think toners can benefit those with oily skin but for others, they’re pretty useless lol.

I love eeyore too, he’s adorable!


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