Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.91

by Gio

Hello everyone,

are you ready for this week’s random ramblings? Here we go:

Beauty Redefined

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Are you tired of the narrow standard of beauty imposed on us by the media, which is harming the self-esteem of millions of women all over the world? Lindsay and Lexie Kite, identical twin sisters with PhDs in the study of media and body image from the University of Utah, certainly are. So, they decided to create Beauty Redefined, a non-profit organization aimed at reshaping ideas of “beautiful” and “healthy”. The sister constantly travel through America to give lectures about the dangers of an unrealistic beauty ideal and how to learn to love your own body. They also have a website full of inspiring and informative posts and resources to promote self-acceptance. So, go visit it now, and share it without anyone you know (yes, even men). Let’s take back beauty!

What I’m Reading Now

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Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox
Jane Boleyn was the wife of George Boleyn, Anne’s brother. She’s been accused of providing false testimony against her husband and sister-in-law, who were executed on trumped-up charges of treason, adultery and incest, and aiding the romance between the young Queen Catherine Howard and Thomas Culpepper, for which she lost her head (and so did the two lovers). Jane’s life was certainly interesting, but unfortunately, what we know about her is very, very little. That’s why this biography doesn’t tell her story, but only what the author thinks she may have done. The rest of the book is filled with events from Henry VIII’s reign that Jane might have witnessed. Only in the appendix, Fox debunks the myths surrounding Jane Boleyn. Despite these shortcoming, which are more to blame on  lack of information than the author herself, the book is well-written and reads like a novel. But I’d only recommend it to Tudor newbies.

The Links

British Beauty Blogger talks about media gifting.

Clumps Of Mascara reveals her favourite cruelty-free brands.

My Women Stuff shares 5 tips to avoid an unpleasant beauty makeover experience.

Bois De Jasmine explains how to remove unwanted perfume.

Beauty Redefined discusses how pageants, dance and cheerleading can sexually objectify women.

Sunday Survey, Vol.170

1. What’s your star sign?
I’m a Virgo.

2. Last beauty purchases?
Pupa Vamp Eyeshadow in n.304, a beautiful rich medium green, and Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch. I haven’t tried them yet, but can’t wait to!

3. Are you having a good hair day?
Nope, but then I rarely do. My hair is always so flat and lifeless!

4. Charmed or Supernatural?
I like both shows, but Supernatural wins hands down. As long as we pretend season 7 never existed. That one was so bad!

5. Do you like cropped pants?
I used to wear them a lot when I was younger. Then, I realised they make me look even shorter than I am. So, no thank you!

It’s your turn now!
1. What’s your star sign?
2. Last beauty purchases?
3. Are you having a good hair day?
4. Charmed or Supernatural?
5. Do you like cropped pants?

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Ana September 29, 2013 - 8:58 am

1. What’s your star sign?
My birthday’s in 2 weeks, yay 😀 !

2. Last beauty purchases?
Hm, either a hair sponge thingy – that thing for giving your beehive volume, or two of those 120 palettes that were popular a couple of years ago. Hey, I finally have a yellow eyeshadow and enough neutrals for all my experiments!

3. Are you having a good hair day?
It’s okay.

4. Charmed or Supernatural?

5. Do you like cropped pants?
They’re okay.

beautifulwithbrains September 29, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Ana, happy birthday! I hope you’ll have a wonderful day!

Those palettes are great for experimenting, aren’t they? Enjoy it!

Icaria September 29, 2013 - 10:39 pm

I have an open dialogue with my daughter about beauty and what society regards as such. She, at 14, is starting to show signs of incecurities about her weight mainly. She’s tall and as far as I’m concerned, perfect! We talk about healthy eating, not dieting, this is a bad word in my house. As for facial beauty, she’s quite proud to have her father’s eyes and mouth along with a perfect nose. For her beauty is that, the memory of her dad that she can look at in the mirror. She knows about the fakeness of magazine covers. When was the last time you noticed laugh lines on a cover model? Everybody has them so she knows about Photoshop.

Now this is fun! There’s always something new to learn. I’ve never even bothered about the witnesses who spoke against Anne Boleyn, this sister in law is a revelation.

1. Aries.
2. Essie Twin Sweater Set nail polish.
3. Not today because I was too lazy to do my hair color.
4. I did enjoy Charmed when it was on but come on, Supernatural has better eye candy?
5. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a pair. I go for Capris or pants. I guess I could pull them off, I’m 5’6″ but for some reason never purchases any.

beautifulwithbrains September 30, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Icaria, I think it’s a wonderful that you’re discussing these issues with your daughter. I also think it’s impossible for a woman, especially a young one, not to develop some insecurities about the way she looks given the images and the messages the media bombards us with daily. But by talking about it, explaining about photoshop and all the other tricks they use, we can fight our insecurities and take back our own beauty. It’s great that she’s proud, as she’s justly should be, of looking like her father. That is true beauty indeed.

Supernatural has better eye candy indeed. It is a feast for the eyes. 🙂

Paris B September 30, 2013 - 2:27 am

Thank you for the link, lovely!

1. What’s your star sign?

2. Last beauty purchases?
REN Purifying Balm cleanser. Really keen to try it!

3. Are you having a good hair day?
Generally yes although I’m overdue for a haircut haha!

4. Charmed or Supernatural?
Neither 😛

5. Do you like cropped pants?
Nope! I look like I couldn’t afford full pants 😛

beautifulwithbrains September 30, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Paris, you’re welcome. 🙂

Cropped pants are really hard to pull off, aren’t they?

Janessa September 30, 2013 - 8:10 am

I kept my words! It’s late but I’m going to write and write to you deservingly. 🙂 thank you for sharing that site with us! I feel that women in particular are judged by looks only way too much and makeup and beauty shouldn’t encourage that but act as a creative medium and even strengthen our self image. My word choice isn’t great I hope I get the idea across.
Always reading, no surprise you’re so bright. 😀 I’m reading non-books haha but I guess I’m still reading.
I look forward to The Links, always and my fav post is the cruelty free brand one since I strongly support that though I don’t have all the non cruelty free brands all memorized yet. Someday!

1. Capricorn
2. Shiseido SPF 38 sunscreen cream. I like it so far. I’m waiting for the holiday kits to make my makeup purchases!
3.Yes I am! I just washed it today and to keep my hair nice, I like to put a bit of silicone product in it; keeps it shiny, smooth, tangle free.
4. I don’t watch tv much and haven’t watched either.
5. No I don’t. They rise up when I sit and just look unflattering on me.

beautifulwithbrains September 30, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Janessa, yay! I’m always so glad to get a comment from you, but please don’t lose your beauty sleep for it. My blog will always be here whenever you have time to visit it. 🙂

I agree with you. It’s sad that there are some women who feel like they have to wear makeup to look pretty. Everyone is already pretty. Makeup should be something we wear because we like it, and we should experiment with it. I love its ability to transform a face, to make you look like a vamp one day and like the girl next door the next. I think it can really empower women when used in the right way. Just as long as you don’t become a slave to it.

It doesn’t matter what you read… mags, comics, leaflets… just as long as you read. Everything can teach you something new and open up your horizons, which is why I love reading so much.

Marina(Makeup4all) September 30, 2013 - 10:19 am

1. What’s your star sign? Pisces
2. Last beauty purchases? Neom candle and Costes soap
3. Are you having a good hair day? Yes, thanks to my Sachjuan products.
4. Charmed or Supernatural? I was watching Charmed ages ago, have never seen Supernatural.
5. Do you like cropped pants? Yes, with high heels.

beautifulwithbrains September 30, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Marina, cropped pants look great with high heels. I just wish I could pull that look off!


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