Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.51

Hello everyone,

and happy Sunday! Sit down, relax and enjoy some random ramblings. Here we go:

Gothic Revival

From the late 18th century to the early 19th century, the Medieval Gothic style was back in fashion in England. And buildings weren’t the only things decorated with typical elements of this style, such as turrets, pointed-arched windows and crenellated parapets. Furniture, mirror, clocks.. many artifacts that adorned the houses of fashionable Georgian and Regency people sported Gothic details too. And while this style may have been a bit (ok a lot) over-the-top sometimes, I love it. The Gothic style is one of my favourites and I can’t help but hoping it will have another revival soon. What’s your favourite architecture style?

What I’m Reading Now

Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie.When Mrs McGinty is found dead, all the evidence points to her lodger, who was in desperate need of money. He’s found guilty and condemned to death but the police officer who arrested him isn’t certain he’s the culprit after all and thus asks Poirot to investigate. So the detective goes to the village where the murder was committed to see what he can find out. And discovering the truth isn’t easy. Christie gives us very little clues and too many red herrings, so it’s impossible for the reader to figure out who the murderer is, but I guess that’s what makes a good crime novel. I highly recommend it to all fans of the genre.

The Links explains how to wear glitter makeup.

Interested in starting your own cosmetic company? Chemists Corner explains what you can learn from Urban Decay to make your business succeed.

While you’re there, check out this graphic of who owns what what in the beauty industry.

The Beauty Brains wonders if there are fish scales in your makeup?

Pretty Beautiful explains how to turn your perfume boxes into greeting cards.

Sunday Survey, Vol.130

1. Have you starting your Christmas shopping yet?
I’ve started to think about what to get to my loved ones, but I haven’t actually bought anything yet. I probably will at the last minute, like always lol.

2. How old is too old to wear glitter makeup?
Never! I believe you should wear whatever you like and feel comfortable in regardless of your age.

3. Your favourite winter dress?
A simple, long-sleeved teal sweater dress that’s both fashionable and warm.

4. Would you rather find makeup or clothes under your Christmas tree?
Mmm, that’s a hard question but I’d say makeup, because when it comes to it, I’m willing to try anything. My taste in clothes is instead more specific so there’s always the risk to receive something I wouldn’t wear. Besides, with makeup you don’t have to wear about sizes. Just avoid base products like foundations if you’re unsure about the right shade. Everything else will fit everyone.

5. What do you think of Avon?
Honestly, that’s one of the very few brands that have never interested me in the least. I find the brand has a very boring image that just doesn’t speak to me nor intrigues me enough to try their products.

It’s your turn now!
1. Have you starting your Christmas shopping yet?
2. How old is too old to wear glitter makeup?
3. Your favourite winter dress?
4. Would you rather find makeup or clothes under your Christmas tree?
5. What do you think of Avon?

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  1. says

    I love Gothic Revival & also have a weakness for Art Deco. I’ve been meaning to introduce Agatha Christie to my daughter, I have about 80 of her books!
    1. No
    2. Depends on the shade & if lids are starting to wrinkle up, not elegant.
    3. At the moment, none.
    4. This year I will have to say makeup.
    5. I used to be a national beauty advisor for Avon. Huge product turnover. The quality has improved somewhat for some products but for many others it remains a meh… Their mark brand is surprisingly nice but they don’t advertise it much which imo is a mistake.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Icaria, I’m glad you like this architectural style too. It’s very pretty, isn’t it? And wow, 80 books?! You must be a huge fan. And what a prolific writer she was too. :)

      I agree it’s a mistake for Avon not to advertise much. I rarely hear about their products and when I do, they rarely interest me. I am sure they have some great products, but if the ads don’t tempt you to buy them and they are not available in shops, a lot of people aren’t going to bother which is a shame. They should definitely revamp their image and change their strategy if they want to keep competing in such an oversaturated market imo.

  2. says

    That Gothic Revival picture – YES.
    I kinda go through love for both the minimalistic styles and the detail-vomit styles.
    Gothic! Classicist! Art Deco! Baroque! Islamic!

    1. I shop for gifts when I find a ‘perfect’ gift for someone.
    That leads to really good gifts, but, at the same time… I can end up with no gift for someone if I simply haven’t seen anything good enough. Or with a very summery gift for Christmas, or with a very wintery gift for someone born in the summer 😛 .
    2. NEVAH!
    4. I need comfy sweats for the winter… (Don’t judge me 😀 !)
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Ana, I love the styles you mentioned. I usually prefer elaborate styles, but sometimes even minimalist ones can be really beautiful and elegant.

      And I wear comfy sweats a lot when it’s cold too. 😉

      • says

        Oh yeah, forgot about Avon.

        I bought a few of their non-makeup products and they were okay.

        I have a lipstick and an unopened eye-pencil, too.
        I think buying makeup via catalogue is not the best. There’s too much room for error (and we don’t have return policies like the Americans do).

        But: the thing that puts me off their makeup is that the pictures are obviously ‘shopped.
        You show me 12 lips or 5 eyes in the exact same position, with the exact same shine placement? Come on.
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        • beautifulwithbrains says

          Ana, I completely agree with you. I believe that if you sell via catalogue then that must be excellently designed. The pictures (and the ads too) must be eyecatching and intriguing so that you’ll actually be tempted to try the products. A lot of women aren’t gonna bother with makeup that’s not available in shops and if, when they come across a catalogue, this is bland and boring, they’ll gonna move on and miss out on some nice items. They must have some gems, but why don’t they promote them as they deserve?

  3. says

    1. Have you starting your Christmas shopping yet? Not yet…I will receive my salary between Christmas and New Years and that has always been problematic. :(
    2. How old is too old to wear glitter makeup? Hmmmmm…What do you mean, I worn a glitter makeup yesterday :). I think it depends on how you feel and what you like.
    3. Your favourite winter dress? I don’t wear dresses, not anymore.
    4. Would you rather find makeup or clothes under your Christmas tree? None….I would love a watch or a new laptop. :)
    5. What do you think of Avon? I used their products way back when I was a student because I was on a budget but now the only product I really like from Avon is Super-shock Eyeliner Pencil….it’s simply amazing, beats everything I’ve tried so far and was recommended to me by a makeup artist. :)
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Tavia, that Avon eyeliner sounds really awesome! It’s a shame that Avon doesn’t promote their products more as I think a lot of people will miss out on little gems like this because of it.

  4. says

    I think I have no favorite architecture design…oops!

    1. Have you starting your Christmas shopping yet?
    -Yes I have! And almost completed 😀

    2. How old is too old to wear glitter makeup?
    – I don’t think there’s an age factor in this, when done right, it can look glam too! Occasion is actually the important factor in my opinion.

    3. Your favourite winter dress?
    -none :(

    4. Would you rather find makeup or clothes under your Christmas tree?
    – makeup definitely.

    5. What do you think of Avon?
    – i always get the impression of avon’s target group are the middle aged group…
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  5. says

    The last book I have read was Theatre by Somerset Maugham, such a well-written book.
    And I love Gothic style, as well.
    1. Have you starting your Christmas shopping yet? I did get some presents already but not everything.
    2. How old is too old to wear glitter makeup? You can wear it at any age!
    3. Your favourite winter dress? I don’t really have warm dresses.
    4. Would you rather find makeup or clothes under your Christmas tree? Non, I love buying such things myself. Gvenchy bag would be nice thought.
    5. What do you think of Avon? I have hardly tried any of their products.
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  6. Janessa says

    I love baroque architecture, in Italy! It’s so rich and grand, so intricate in details. I don’t know the details of it but I think the style includes little creature statues on buildings and just a lot of carving and drama.
    1. Yes, since November I’ve bought things, but not continuously. I just purchased two items last month and I’ve finished most of my shopping already. I probably still need about four gifts.
    2. There is never too old. Does not exist.
    3. Cranberry/raspberry colored knit dress.
    4. I’d rather receive makeup, hands down! I have learned to like clothes (not a great thing to love since I’ve developed a taste for nicer apparel haha). Makeup is for me to play with so any color, even a wrong foundation color that I can’t return is acceptable. I would return an awfully matched shade, but you’re right. There is no wrong color 😀
    5. I’ve never used Avon products and I used to be interested in their makeup remover. Since I often don’t wear hard-take-off makeup, EVOO or Coconut oil works for me along with my cleansers. I’ve forgotten about the brand entirely! Wow, I can’t believe I forgot a bout a beauty brand, I haven’t thought of Avon for at least half a year. I am a product review reader so I remember Avon (from someone else’s review) as outdated makeup sold door to door. :p

    My Christmas song of the moment!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, the Baroque is a very dramatic and rich style. Some of the architecture is a bit over-the-top for my taste, but most of it is actually stunning and the richness of details amazing.

      That’s the problem with Avon. You just don’t remember them, which is a shame. They should come out with a much better marketing strategy if they wanna remain competitive.

      And what a nice song! Thanks for sharing it. :)

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