Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.75

by Gio

Happy Sunday everyone,

welcome to this week’s random ramblings. Here we go:

Issa London


London-based label Issa is one of my favourite designer brands. Their clothes are fun and modern, but classy and timeless at the same time. Founded by Brazilian-born designer Daniella Helayel, the brand pays homage to that beautiful land by using bold colours and fun patterns in their designs. For these reasons, many people have compared Issa to DVF and I have to agree. Both designers have a great eye for patterns, colours and know what styles flatter a woman’s body. Daniella has recently left Issa, however, which made me a bit sad, but also curious to see how the brand will evolve in the future. Do you like Issa?

What I’m Reading Now

of human bondage somerset maugham
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. The book tells the story of Philip Carey and his quest for freedom. Philip, who is born with a club foot, is orphaned at a young age and is raised by his uncle, a clergyman, and his wife. He feels stifled at home and, yearning for adventure, he decided to see the world. After spending some time in Germany, he settles in Paris where he tries to make it as an artist. When that fails, he goes back to London and starts studying medicine. Here, he meets the alluring and selfish Mildred, and the sexual infatuation he feels for her will change his life. The book is quite long (it has more than 1000 pages) and I found it hard to finish simply because it’s very difficult to like Philip. He’s not  a bad person; he’s just growing up and making many mistakes along the way. This is what this book is all about. It’s a coming of age tale and its overall message seems to be that life has no meaning and that we need to live in the present. Despite its shortcomings, I think this is an enjoyable book that everyone should read.

The Links

The Beauty Brains warns you not to fall for faulty logic when it comes to beauty science.

Future Derm reveals 3 lies the natural product industry is feeding you.

My Women Stuff shares a fast, easy and effective technique to apply liquid foundation.

Viva Woman shares 10 things to know about Vitamin C. explains how to use light-reflecting concealers.

Sunday Survey, Vol.154

1. Three summer essentials?
Sunscreen, sunglasses and lip balm with SPF.

2. How do you prevent eyeshadow fallout?
I use a stickier base, such as Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, and pat the colour on rather than sweeping it.

3. A piece of jewellery you never take off?
A simple white gold ring my boyfriend gave me for our first anniversary.

4. Baseball or basketball?
Neither, but if I really had to choose, I’d go with basketball because I find it’s more fun to play.

5. How do you feel about orange lipstick?
I think it’s perfect for summer.

It’s your turn now!
1. Three summer essentials?
2. How do you prevent eyeshadow fallout?
3. A piece of jewellery you never take off?
4. Baseball or basketball?
5. How do you feel about orange lipstick?

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Icaria June 2, 2013 - 11:58 am

1. Sunscreen, bronzer & sunglasses
2. These days I haven’t figured that one out. I tried a few bases but they are so unfomfortable. Concealer works ok for a few hours. Since I rarely wear dark colors I’m kind of ok at the moment. 🙂
3. My mother’s wedding ring on my right hand and a pearl ring hubby gave me on my left.
4. Of the 2 I agree, basketball is more fun but being Canadian I love ice hockey! After shoveling, in Winter it’s our national sport! 😀
5. The right shade of orange, in Summer, love it! 🙂

beautifulwithbrains June 2, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Icaria, have you tried Too Faced Shadow Insurance? It has such a lightweight texture that you feel like you have nothing on. It doesn’t prevent eyeshadow fallout as well as Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, as it’s not sticky, but it is still a great and effective base.

I’ve never tried ice hockey, but it sounds fun! 🙂

Icaria June 3, 2013 - 11:22 am

I’ve tried Urban Decay but not Too Faced. I’m a little scared to since UD was so uncomfortable to wear, irritating in fact. Also I wanted one to conceale the light redness I have on my lids & I believe TF is transparent. At the moment I don’t need the 8 hour wear but I may soon do and probably look back into it. I know Sephora has a kit with a small size of it but haven’t taken the plunge.

beautifulwithbrains June 5, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Icaria, TF is a nude shade, but you can’t really see it once on. The colour just melts on your lids, and the texture is so lightweight that it really feels like you haven’t applied anything, yet it works really well and keeps everything in place for the whole day. It’s not uncomfortable at all. The texture is much, much lighter than that of UDPP. But yeah, what TF does is just make eyeshadows last longer. It’s not very good at hiding imperfections.

Tavia June 2, 2013 - 3:11 pm

1. Three summer essentials? Oil control papers, Aqua Thermal Spray and Lipgloss
2. How do you prevent eyeshadow fallout? When I use pigments and glitter I use a sticky eyeshadow base (Sephora Glitter Eye Primer) and after I’ve completed my makeup I use a setting spray (MAC Fix + or Model In A Bottle Sensitive Formula)
3. A piece of jewellery you never take off? I always take off jeweleries when I’m home.
4. Baseball or basketball? I guess basketball because my brother plays it and I know a little something about the game 🙂
5. How do you feel about orange lipstick? Geee….yesterday I was wearing MAC Morange (I’ll review it soon on the blog) but it looked so strange on me, I was felling like a clown actually. Definitely orange is not my shade, I’m so white comparing to the bright shade of lipstick. Perhaps later on in the summer when I’ll be tanned. 🙂

beautifulwithbrains June 2, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Tavia, I find orange a tricky colour for fair-skinned ladies. You really have to find the right shade or it looks awful. Maybe you could try a lighter shade and see how you like that? And can’t wait to read your review.

Tavia June 2, 2013 - 8:35 pm

I received the Morange lipstick shade from MAC PR as she thought somehow it will look good on me like the Perspex-tive Look from MAC AW 2013 Makeup Trends, so I had to wear it and test it before I can review it. You know me, I’m either light or vibrant pink or just nude glossy shades. 🙂

beautifulwithbrains June 2, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Tavia, it’s always weird to you see yourself with a colour you’re not used to, isn’t it? You always tend to think it looks worse than it actually does. But orange is a shade I find tricky to wear too, which is a shame as I love it. I’m glad it was sent to you by MAC. That way, even if you don’t wear it often, you haven’t wasted any money on it. And the quality of their lipsticks is usually good. 🙂

Marina(Makeup4all) June 3, 2013 - 11:36 am

1. Three summer essentials?SUNGLASSES, everything else is not as important.
2. How do you prevent eyeshadow fallout? I don’t really experience that much e/s fallout.
3. A piece of jewellery you never take off? I don’t have such piece, I like to sleep without it.
4. Baseball or basketball? Basketball, definitely.
5. How do you feel about orange lipstick? I love it on others and I like cool toned lipsticks on myself more.

beautifulwithbrains June 4, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Marina, sunglasses are a must in the summer, I agree. And lucky you for not experiencing much fallout.


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