Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.76

by Gio

Hello everyone,

and welcome to another week of random ramblings. Don’t forget to share yours with me. In the meantime, here are mine:

Wishlist, Vol.08

wishlist 08

1. Emmy Francesca Jet Sandals: Emmy is a wonderful little boutique that creates feminine and vintage-inspired shoes and accessories embellished with Swarovski crystal, Mother of Pearl shell and silk satins. The Francesca sandals is heavily jewelled in jet black crystal and beads with gold trim, and lined in leather with a natural nubuck sole. Oh, and did I mention Emmy offers bespoke services too?

2. Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara: open your eyes with this dual-ended mascara. On one side, it features a black shade with a big brush to add volume to your top lashes, while on the other a brown shade and a smaller brush to add smudge-free, natural colour to the lower lashes. It is also available in black and purple, and in black and blue. Isn’t this such a cool idea?

3. NYX Parallel Worlds Box: inspired by The Mortal Instruments, this beautiful makeup kit features a 6 colour smokey palette, the perfect pink blush, a neutral pink matte lip cream, black liquid liner, a vibrant jumbo eye pencil, and volumizing mascara. Everything you need to create an innocent day look inspired by Clary or a sultry night look inspired by Isabel.

4. Sephora Pro Visionary Perfecting Concealer Brush #101: a concealer brush with curved bristles that perfectly fits in the natural contours of the delicate eye area for efficient, full coverage with a soft touch. I’m really intrigued by the shape, it’s so unusual.

5. The Balm En Route Give Me Volume Conditioner: I’m always looking for ways to give my straight, fine, and flat hair some volume. This lightweight conditioner promises to do just that. And isn’t the retro-style packaging adorable?

6. Rouge Bunny Rouge Incantation Fragrance: this oriental floral fragrance features top notes of citrus accord, blackcurrants, fig leaf, and green tea; the heart is a blend of rose, orange blossom, coriander and cardamom; the drydown is a woody accord that includes notes of vetiver, cedarwood, beeswax, and musk.

7. Lizzy and Darcy Tote Bag: I love this Pride & Prejudice inspired tote bag featuring a cute image of Elizabeth and Darcy on the front and a quote from the book on the back. It’s the perfect accessory for any Janeite.

What I’m Reading Now

alison weir the lady elizabeth
The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir. Alison Weir is one of my favourite historians because her academic works are so approachable and read like novels. Yet, I find her novels dull, and this was no exception. The Lady Elizabeth tells the story of Elizabeth I before she became Queen. In the book Weir tries to answer questions such as what Elizabeth thought of her mother, Anne Boleyn, beheaded when she was just a toddler, how she formed her resolution never to marry, what happened between her and Thomas Seymour, the husband of her stepmother Katherine Parr, with whom she lived, often taking poetic licence to make up facts she explains in the appendix she believes never happened. The portrait that comes out of Elizabeth is of a precocious, well-educated and highly-intelligent young woman who managed to survive her stepsister’s reign, when she was confined to the Tower under suspicions of treason, to become Queen. I only wish the book was written in a more engaging style and faster pace. It’s a good book, but not exactly what you’d call a page-turner.

The Links

The Beauty Brains explains the risks of using the foil method to remove nail polishes.

Hair Romance shows us how to do an updo in short hair.

Realize Beauty counts the chemicals we put on our bodies each day.

While you’re there, also check out the follow-up post on how many chemicals we put on our bodies when we go organic (yes, natural ingredients ARE chemicals too!).

Beautyholics Anonymous rants about skin whitening.

Sunday Survey, Vol.155

1. Worst thing about summer?
Mosquito bites! Summer has started only a week ago here and I’m already full of them!

2. How often do you wash your hair?
Mine is oily, so I have to wash it every other day. And thank goodness for dry shampoo!

3. What sounds can you hear right now?
The annoying noise of the washing machine, and the more cheerful one of birds chirping outside my window.

4. Matte or shimmering bronzer?
I use it only for contouring, so definitely matte.

5. Do you think boots can be worn in summer?
I’d say it depends on the weather. If it’s a chilly summer day, why not? But here, summers are usually way too hot for boots.

It’s your turn now!
1. Worst thing about summer?
2. How often do you wash your hair?
4. Matte or shimmering bronzer?
3. What sounds can you hear right now?
5. Do you think boots can be worn in summer?

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Regn June 16, 2013 - 8:18 am

I have waist-lenght straight hair that is extremly fine, so I’m also looking for volumizing/texturizing shampoos, conditioners and other products all the time (preferably without silicones). What are your favourites? 🙂

beautifulwithbrains June 16, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Regn, fine hair can be a pain, can’t it? It always looks so flat. Mine is also very prone to knots, so when it comes to conditioners, I need to use one loaded with silicones or detangling it will be very painful. I use the Elvive Nutri Gloss Conditioner, but luckily it doesn’t weight my hair down.

I also noticed that volumizing sprays and mousses work better than volumising shampoos and conditioners. I like John Frieda Luxurious Volume Bountiful Body Mousse. It’s lightweight, cheap and effective. TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray also worked well for me, but I’m not using it anymore because it contains alcohol, which can dry out hair. But if that’s not a problem for you, it will do its job well.

Ana June 16, 2013 - 11:15 am

1. Droughts. I hope we don’t have them this year.
The climate changes worry me.

2. Once a week and it works great for me 😀 .

3. Don’t use it.

4. Radio. It’s playing: Styx – Boat on the River.

5. They can, but it’s not a look I go for.

beautifulwithbrains June 16, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Ana, the climate has gone crazy this year, hasn’t it? It’s worrying indeed. I hope you won’t get any droughts either, that would be awful!

And I’m so envious that you can wash your hair only once a week, lucky you!

BebeTaian June 16, 2013 - 2:05 pm

1. Worst thing about summer?
The heat. Oh dear god the heat. When it’s 95F out, but with the heat shimmer and all the concrete in the city, it goes up another 15F in the ambient temperature… so you walk two blocks to the 7-11, and it FEELS like 110F!

2. How often do you wash your hair?
Every day or every other day, otherwise my face breaks out from the hair oil. x.x

4. Matte or shimmering bronzer?
I never got the hang of bronzer without looking like I’ve really badly removed blackface makeup. x.x It doesn’t help that I’m already red/yellow patchy.

3. What sounds can you hear right now?
Dishwasher and some very loud, insistent cats. They’re trying to convince me that they didn’t have breakfast… twice.

5. Do you think boots can be worn in summer?
Absolutely. In Alaska. I wear them anyways if I’ll be walking a lot, though, for good support and sun protection.

beautifulwithbrains June 16, 2013 - 7:54 pm

BebeTaian, finding a good bronzer is so hard, isn’t it? I avoided it for years before I found a matte Sleek blush that’s pale enough for my skin and doesn’t make me look orange and patchy.

And don’t get me started about the heat. I love the hot weather, but when it’s too hot it’s unbearable.

Icaria June 16, 2013 - 3:22 pm

I love Alison Weir, I read both The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Icaria June 16, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Oups! … and Mary Queen of Scots, great reads! Isn’t that EL mascara a smart idea?
1. Bugs and super hot/humid days.
2. Every 2/3 days. I’m less oily now and dandruff/itch are calm in summer.
3. I’m on my back balcony and it’s the sound of the rain, again!
4. Both. Matte for contour and lightly shimmered for a glow.
5. I don’t particularely like the look except for those shoe/boots 60s style and even then it would depend on the day. Nice on others but I’m not sure I would wear them myself.

beautifulwithbrains June 16, 2013 - 7:59 pm

Icaria, Alison Weir is one of my favourite historians. Her books read more like novels and flow easily, even for people who aren’t into history. Unfortunately, her novels just aren’t as good. *sighs*

And I agree re boots. I see some girls wearing boots here in the summer (on the chiller days) and think it’s a good look, but I’m not sure I’d do it. Nothing wrong with it, but I prefer sandals or flip flops.

Tavia June 16, 2013 - 6:25 pm

1. Worst thing about summer? The breathable air when the temperatures are so high….and in the middle of the day if I’m wearing sandals, the asphalt is almost melting and my feet are burning. Today they were 36 degrees Celsius here and summer has only began. :(((
2. How often do you wash your hair? I have oily and thin hair but for a few months I finally managed to resist the temptation of washing it 3 times a week and not I’m only doing it every 5 days. I always hate washing my hair because it takes me so long, to dry it and style it.
4. Matte or shimmering bronzer? No bronzer at all for me , thanks!
3. What sounds can you hear right now? A dog barking 🙂
5. Do you think boots can be worn in summer? I always see girls that wear boots in the summer, but I’m not up for it….the summer is like a blessing for my feet and I like to wear sandals, flip flops and light shoes. 🙂

beautifulwithbrains June 16, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Tavia, the weather has gone crazy this year, hasn’t it? It went straight from cold winter to very hot summer, at least here. We didn’t have time to prepare…

I agree. Light shoes are best for summers, although boots can sometimes work well too.

Janessa July 21, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Such pretty shoes! I can tell the mascara was from Estée Lauder and the makeup brush from Sephora. I could have guessed the shampoo was from theBalm but I didn’t know they made hair products. Haha the inkling I look at beauty products a bit much. 🙂
Ooh! I’ll get you the PP bag :). Which style:? There’s messenger, tote, field, duffel haha!! Ohh better yet, I can paint you a bag. 🙂 I’m painting Sherlock on a pair of shoes right now. I’d love to, really.

Just let me know what style bag you want, color, and approximate size. I love to paint but I usually just paint on disposable material like cardboard. 🙂 it’s summer too, so I have time.

Janessa July 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Maybe check someplace like etsy? For canvas bags and I’m sure you can find a style you like. And pick any book or character :).

Good news! I have plans to go to Italy next summer!

beautifulwithbrains July 21, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Janessa, you know you are a beauty junkie when you can instantly recognize a product hehe. 😉

That’s so cool that you’re painting Sherlock on a pair of shoes right now. You have to take a photo and show it to me when it’s finished. And I’d be honoured if you would paint me a bag. Mmm let me think.. Do you have any preference on the style, colour etc, in the sense would a particular type of bag be easier/cheaper for you to get hold of and paint? I’m totally ignorant re painting, but whatever’s more convenient for you is fine with me. And thank you so much! 🙂

Oh, just read your next comment. A canvas bag would be fine. I really need one anyway. P&P is one of my fave books so an image of Elizabeth and Darcy would be lovely, but it doesn’t have to be like the one above, obviously. Or you can just paint an owl if that’s easier for you. 🙂

That’s wonderful! Where are you planning to go exactly?

Janessa July 22, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Oh, an owl would be no less difficult to paint well than a human. We, humans, have an eye for facial recognition thus every skewed mark can make a portrait look off. I LOVE painting people and I’m going to use acrylic paint which is just pigment in plastic fluid. 🙂
What size bag would you like? Or what would the purpose of it be? I’ll send you some links on email :).

beautifulwithbrains July 23, 2013 - 8:52 pm

I didn’t know all that, how fascinating. I’m into art history but I’m not too knowledgeable about all the various techniques etc. I must remedy that. 🙂

I guess a medium-sized bag would be ok. I’d like a bag for daytime, to go shopping and things like that so it shouldn’t be too small. But I don’t want anything too huge either. And thank you so much! 🙂

Janessa July 22, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Don’t know exactly where to yet. Anywhere in Italy will fascinate me haha.

beautifulwithbrains July 23, 2013 - 8:54 pm

There are so many beautiful places here. I’m sure wherever you go you will love it. Let me know if you need any tips of help with anything. And if you want to buy some makeup, try Pupa. It’s one of my fave brands.

Janessa July 21, 2013 - 7:23 pm

As for the book, not everyone smart communicates well, which is why I love you and TEDtalks. Knowledgeable people sharing information in an engaging manner. 🙂

Neat post (chemicals we expose our bodies to daily) but I feel like the air I breathe, the items I come in contact with (plastics, dye, toxic metals in my precious paints) are far worse than those in my lotions and soaps.

I recently began to use the foil method and it works wonders on removing glitter. I think I just need to invest in a gentle nail polish remover and moisturizer my cuticles afterwards. I have pretty damaged hands I think despite that I moisturizer them often and even treat them to some of my face serums haha! I paint with skin-perching oils and I don’t like the feel of wearing latex gloves.

1. Oh no!! I get bitten SO easily. I got over two dozen bites within two weeks and I didn’t even go out every night or dawn (which is when the Mosquitos come out here). I freaked out and researched a lot! I then started using Avon So Soft (smells chemically but works well and a lot say it smells good) somedays but mostly eucalyptus oil insect repellent and I have had zero bites since. 🙂
2. Every two days I think. I have a drier scalp so I can not wash my hair for a few days and it looks really good.
3. Ticking of a clock and some phone games.
4. Matte!! If I want shimmer, I’ll add shimmer to it.
5. I say yes they’re okay but maybe only in the evening or in a hazardous work place. :p I love sandals and slip-on’s for summer.

beautifulwithbrains July 21, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Janessa, aww thank you! I really try to share info in an engaging style and it’s not always so easy when you’re talking about science lol. The thing about Alison Weir, though, is that she communicates well when she writes academic works, but not in novels. It’s so weird.

I totally agree with you on the chemicals. I just added those links because usually, when we think about the possible dangers on cosmetic chemicals we focus on those that can arise from direct contact with them, forgetting that they end up down the drain and thus affect the environment too. It’s something worth discussing, although there are so few studies about it!

Oh no, I’m sorry to hear about your mosquito bites. Mosquitoes have become so aggressive lately, haven’t they? I’m glad the Avon product is working at keeping them away though.

Janessa July 22, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Thank you so much for your wonderfully thorough replies! 🙂 I love that you share every beauty topic. Excluding too many posts of a certain subject would make for less knowledge. Knowing what others believe is important too :D.

beautifulwithbrains July 23, 2013 - 8:57 pm

You’re welcome. I believe it’s important to know as many facts and opinions as possible. The more you know, the more likely you’ll be to make the right choice. 🙂


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