Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.47

Hello everyone,

today’s Random Ramblings include a new feature: On My Wishlist. I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the things I’m lusting after at the moment. Let me know if this is something you’d like to see featured regularly or if you just couldn’t care less about it lol. 😉 So, let’s get started:

On My Wishlist

1. Fendi Felt And Leather Button Boots: how cute are these Edwardian-inspired boots? The heel is very high (9cm) and I’m not sure I could walk in them, lol, but they certainly are drool-worthy!

2. Princesses – The Six Daughters of George IV by Flora Fraser: a fascinating biography about the often forgotten six daughters of George IV, the “Mad King”, which also offers an interesting insight into what the life of the royal family was like at the time of the American and French revolutions.

3. Coast India Coat: a simple, feminine and elegant pink coat made of cashmere and wool that will keep you warm in the cold winter months.

4. Vivian Westwood Winter Tartan MAC Edward Bag: I love everything tartan and this bag is just gorgeous! Quirky and practical, it’s the perfect accessory for winter.

5. This Works And So To Bed: I’m having trouble sleeping and this set, which promises to encourage rest and send you peacefully to bed, sounds just like what I need. It features Deep Sleep Bath Soak, Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle, Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Sleep Balm, infused with Chamomile, Lavender and Vetivert essential oils.

What I’m Reading Now

The Life Of Marie Antoinette by Charles Duke Younge. I’ve always been fascinated by Marie Antoinette and her tragic story. I read everything I can lay my hands on about her, trying to figure out who the real Marie Antoinette was and why she became to be so hated. Even today, what people remember of her is her extravagance, her lovers (she never had any), the phrase “Let them eat cake” (she never said it) and other vicious rumours spread by the revolutionaries, while her numerous charitable acts and goods deeds, her refusal to levy some of the taxes due to her, her deep love for her family and her high moral and religious principles are too quickly forgotten. This doesn’t mean that she was a saint, but she has never done anything to deserve the bad reputation she’s got.

Victorian historian Charles Duke Young does a good job at setting the record straight on some of these rumours although, because he’s so taken in with his subject, he tends to easily excuse some of her real faults, blaming them on her young age and bad choice of friends (the Duchess De Polignac in particular is portrayed in a very bad light here), and to attribute to her more political power than she actually had. The style is very archaic and convoluted too. Despite its faults it is still a very interesting biography full of details about the life of Marie Antoinette. And best of all, it’s available for free at Project Gutenberg.

The Links

Future Derm wonders if sweat detoxifies skin.

My Women Stuff explains how to use an eyeliner as an eyeshadow base.

Ask An Esthetician wonders why mineral oil gets such a bad rep.

Lab Muffin explains how sunscreens work.

The Beauty Brains wonders if you can become immune to eyeshadow primer?

Sunday Survey, Vol.126

1. What’s your biggest weakness?
Procrastination. I procrastinate everything up to the last minute. Luckily, I work well under pressure, but I still need to break this habit so that I can get more things done.

2. Would you trust a friend to do your wedding makeup?
It depends on how good at applying makeup the friend is. None of my friends are into makeup so no, I wouldn’t trust them lol.

3. Are you subscribed to any subscription beauty sampling service at the moment?
Nope. I was subscribed to Glossybox for a few months and I’ve discovered some nice products thanks to it, but they were sending me mostly samples of skincare products that made me breakout or were too small to evaluate whether they would work for my skin or not, so I cancelled my subscription. I’m very picky when it comes to what skincare products I use, but if there was a service that sent you only samples of makeup products and fragrances, I’d subscribe straight away!

4. Clip on earrings or pierced earrings?
I don’t have ear holes, so I’d have to go with clip on earrings.

5. What do you think of Wikipedia?
I think it’s a good starting place for information, but you shouldn’t rely solely on it. And you should definitely verify everything you read on there. They have a lot of truthful and reliable information, but also a lot that isn’t.

It’s your turn now!
1. What’s your biggest weakness?
2. Would you trust a friend to do your wedding makeup?
3. Are you subscribed to any subscription beauty sampling service at the moment?
4. Clip on earrings or pierced earrings?
5. What do you think of Wikipedia?

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Vonvon, it’s a gorgeous coat, isn’t it? Simple and chic.

      If a friend of mine was a MUA, I’d definitely ask her/him to do my wedding makeup. Otherwise, it’s kinda risky.

  1. says

    That bag is gorgeous, I love the colors. The pillow spray, I need that! I too have difficulty sleeping these days. Chamomille, lavender & vetiver do seem “dreamy”.
    1. Procrastination & impatience.
    2. Back when I was a MU artist my BF let me do hers & she was beautiful. Today, even with my lack of practice, I would prefer to do my own.
    3. No.
    4. Pierced, I’m allergic to metals so the clop on can do a number on my ears.
    5. Wikipedia is a good place to start but not the last stop. It is after all writen by well intended people who sometimes make mistakes. Still it’s a great initiative.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Icaria, I’m sorry you have trouble sleeping too. The kit sounds dreamy indeed, just what we need.

      That was so nice of you to do your friend’s wedding makeup. And I’m sure your skills are still very good.

  2. Janessa says

    So good of you to gather as much information and knowledge about topics that interest you. :] The boots on your WL are gorgeous!
    1. Me too! I procrastinate and the worst thing is, I don’t even get nervous about doing something last minute since I know I’ll do it well or get by. But I’m like that only for school work because well, it’s school.
    2. Never! I would do my wedding makeup best because I know what colors I like, what flatters me best, and look that still makes me feel and look like me.
    3. Nope. I am a research and buy what I want or ‘need’ type of gal.
    4. Pierced earrings definitely. I don’t have to worry about them falling off when I run around or when I put on apparel. My ear lobes won’t suffocate either.
    5. Wikipedia is convenient for basic info and it ends there.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, that’s exactly why I don’t wear earrings. I can’t wear the pierced ones because I don’t have ear holes, but I don’t wear clip ons either because I’m afraid they’re gonna fall off who knows where without me noticing lol.

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