Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.39

by Gio

Hello everyone,

another week has gone by and it’s already time for some random ramblings:

New York Fashion Week 2012

Have you followed New York Fashion Week? I have, but although this is a beauty blog, I didn’t follow it for the makeup and hairstyles. Every year I’m bombarded with emails from PRs telling me how to recreate these new, exclusive, original looks, but they all look pretty much the same to me. Instead, I watched it for the clothes. Well, it’s called fashion week for a reason after all. Above you can see my favourite pieces from my favourite spring 2013 collections.

Zac Posen’s collection is modern but with a retro twist. I love the patchwork floral patterns, the sweetheart necklines and the 40s style skirts. Gorgeous and wearable without being boring. Marchesa obviously took inspiration from India and Bollywood. Their collection is full of beautiful patterns, elaborate threadwork, bold colours, sari draping and fringes. It’s so over-the-top, but it works. Everything is simply stunning.

Oscar De La Renta never disappoints. For spring 2013 he has created some beautiful lace pieces and airy ball gowns. I love the embroidery, the embellishments and the mix of bold colours and black and white shades. It’s an edgy yet feminine collection with something that will appeal to every woman. Finally Alice + Olivia. I love the bright colours, the lace pieces and the youthful style of the dresses. It’s a classy yet cheerful collection. What were your favourite collections?

What I’m Reading Now

Queen Victoria, Her Girlhood And Womanhood by Grace Greenwood. This is not your regular biography. To start with, it was written by an American woman when the Queen was still alive. As such, the biography is based mostly on the accounts of people who met and knew the Queen, rather than historical documents or her diaries, so there’s a chance that quite a lot of them are either exaggerated or biased. The author herself also had the chance to see Her Majesty in person and describes the occasion in the book. Despite this though, the book is still a fascinating read, providing an interest insight into the life of one of England’s greatest Queens. The writing style is quite unusual for a biography too as it is very colloquial. You feel like Greewood is talking about a friend rather than writing a biography. If you’re interested in reading it, the book is available for free at Project Gutenberg.

The Links

Wonders And Marvels shares the beauty secrets of the ancient amazons.

Viva Woman shares some warning tips on homemade recipes.

Want to research cosmetic ingredients on your own? Personal Care Truth explains how to read a research paper.

Beauty Fool shares some useful tips on how to take a good portrait photograph.

Makeup And Beauty Blog shares some unconventional makeup storage ideas.

Sunday Survey, Vol.118

1. Who knows you better than anyone else?
My mom and my boyfriend.

2. Have you ever finished an eyeshadow?
I’ve hit pan on a few, but I’ve never finished one yet.

3. Are you working out at the moment?
I took a break during the summer as it was just too hot to exercise. But I plan to start again tomorrow, with the help of Leslie Sansone DVDs. I like her workouts because they’re simple and not too intense, perfect for beginners.

4. MUFE or Benefit?
Benefit has the cutest packaging, but I prefer MUFE. I think the overall quality is better and the brand rarely disappoints me.

5. Do you like spiked heels?
Not much. They’re not really my style.

It’s your turn now!
1. Who knows you better than anyone else?
2. Have you ever finished an eyeshadow?
3. Are you working out at the moment?
4. MUFE or Benefit?
5. Do you like spiked heels?

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Ana September 16, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Well, I haven’t followed it, but bits and pieces came to my attention.
Not much, tough. I’ll just wait for all the hubbub to pass and then I’ll see what rises to the top.

None of the collections of my favourites caught my eye, I must say, but there were a few newcomers that did.

You chose real stunners to feature. As soon as I say “Marchesa is my favourite” I think “No, no, De la Renta’s the one” and then “But Alice + Olivia is both wearable andfabulous!”
(Oscar’s show was one of the season’s highlights, for sure.)

beautifulwithbrains September 18, 2012 - 7:44 am

Ana, it’s a shame when your favourite designers don’t deliver, isn’t it? I was disappointed by a coupe of my faves too.

I agree, Oscar’s show was absoutely amazing! He’s so talented! Alice + Olivia realy surprised me, this is one of their best collections in a long tme. And Marchesa’s designs are so bold and colorful. It’s so hard to choose a favourite!

Janessa September 17, 2012 - 4:40 am

Another week!! I did look at some of the fashion and makeup and hair from fashion week but I haven’t kept up to each individual brand. I looked up the brands you chose! wow, this is stunning! I’d love to wear that down the streets haha.
Zac Posen: so beautiful! I’m choosing the outfits I like a lot.
Marchesa: I am IN LOVE with the second one from the left.
😀 No wonder so many are obsessed with fashion haha!

Thanks for sharing that book! I’ll read some of it. I’m currently reading Reviving Ophelia.

beautifulwithbrains September 18, 2012 - 7:47 am

Janessa, the outfts you have chosen are all so beautiful! Especially the Zac Posen one, athough I wish I could wear them all lol. 🙂

Janessa September 17, 2012 - 4:46 am

My favorite link is the Amazon beauty ingredients one. I love your history beauty posts so that is why.

1. My sister
2. Nope! I have scratched off eye shadow to make it into powder and I’ve only hit pan because of that. Either that or I cracked it.
3. I have to check out that DVD! I’m not working out but I want to run again haha or swim. I really loved running except I ruined my leg. I think I may stick to your DVD instead. I’ll see how I like it 😀
4. MUFE for sure! Benefit has some nice products that are very user-friendly but any makeup addict prefers something that performs well over ease of use (usually). MUFE has plenty more products and a large color range. Many of their products work in more than one way.
5. Nope! They’re a bit scary and dangerous-looking. They’re cool in some outfits but so are many other accessories.

Aw, I actually typed “6.” because I thought there was another question. I love answering the Sunday Survey.

beautifulwithbrains September 18, 2012 - 7:52 am

Janessa, the Leslie Sansone DVD is perfect for beginners. It’s a routine that focuses on walking but throws in some other moves too. It can be a bit boring in the long run, but it’s really helpful to get into working out at first as it is so simple and not too fatiguing so you don’t get discouraged and give up.

And aww how sweet. Im glad you do. 🙂

Marina(Makeup4all) September 17, 2012 - 8:18 am

I personally do try follow all the makeup looks and manicures at fashion weeks 🙂

1. Who knows you better than anyone else?
2. Have you ever finished an eyeshadow? yes and not one. but it was a long time ago when I did not have so many.
3. Are you working out at the moment? yes!
4. MUFE or Benefit? I really love both brands for different reasons.
5. Do you like spiked heels? yes.

Marina(Makeup4all) September 17, 2012 - 8:19 am

oops, forgot the first question. I think I agree with you on this one.

beautifulwithbrains September 18, 2012 - 8:10 am

Marina, it’s really hard to finish an eyeshadow, especially when you have a lot, isn’t it? Although I couldn’t do it even when I had only a few lol.

PrettyKitty September 21, 2012 - 3:27 am

Sorry this is late. Wow I havent posted on here in a while. Lol been busy.

1. Who knows you better than anyone else?
My family and Bff.

2. Have you ever finished an eyeshadow?
No, but I have got to the pan before.

3. Are you working out at the moment?
I exercise outside or indoor.

4. MUFE or Benefit?
Never heard of MUFE and I want to try Benefit.

5. Do you like spiked heels?
Def not.

Bye! 🙂

beautifulwithbrains September 21, 2012 - 6:43 am

PrettyKitty, it’s nice to hear from you again. 🙂

MUFE is short for make up for ever. Their products are very expensive but the quality is really good. Benefit makes some lovely things too and the packaging is always so cute.


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