Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.54

Hello everyone,

ready for the last random ramblings of the year? Here we go:

The Anne Boleyn Files

I’ve always been fascinated by Anne Boleyn and her tragic story. When Anne refused to become his mistress, King Henry VIII broke away from the Church of Rome, who wouldn’t give him a divorce from his first wife, so he could marry her and only three years after their wedding, he had her executed for crimes she hadn’t committed. Throughout the centuries she’s been labelled as a homewrecker, a martyr, a devout Catholic, a fervent Protestant, an innocent woman pimped to the King by her family, a witch, a clever woman and lots more. But who was the real Anne Boleyn? The lovely Claire Ridgway has created The Anne Boleyn Files to bring back to life the real Anne and she does a wonderful job at it. She challenges popular beliefs and dispels myths about Anne in an engaging way. Her posts are always unbiased, well-researched and well-written. If you want to know more about Anne Boleyn, this is definitely the place to go!

What I’m Reading Now

The Strange Countess by Edgar Wallace. This must be the worst detective novel I’ve ever read. First of all the plot is not that intriguing. Lois’ boss, who is a lawyer, asks her to visit a prison on a business errand and here she finds out that one of the convicts is her real mother. Next she resigns from her job and is hired by a strange countess as a secretary, and moves in with her and his son. All the while, someone is trying to kill her. The reader knows these attempted murders are connected with her mother, but why exactly is not revealed until the end, which is just irritating, especially because it is pretty clear from the start who the culprits are. The characters, both the good and the bad ones are all boring and weak. The worst of all is the detective, Michael Dorn. He stalks the heroine, even sneaking into her bedroom in the middle of the night, yet he refuses to give her any explanations. He’s just one of those annoying know-it-all, but doesn’t have any peculiar traits or characteristics to make him likeable. Do yourself a favour and skip this. There are much better detective novels around.

The Links

The Beauty Brains wonders if the ingredients in european beauty products are the same as the US versions?

While you’re there, check out this post that warns against the dangers of popular discount dollar stores.

Of Faces And Fingers wonders if BB Creams really work?

Bois De Jasmine talks about fragrance regulations.

Future Derm explains why men’s skincare is a waste of money.

Sunday Survey, Vol.133

1. Favourite Christmas carol?
Silent Night and White Christmas.

2. Do you apply eyeliner on your waterline?
Sometimes. But I use only light colours on my waterline. I have small eyes and I’m afraid that dark shades would make them look even smaller.

3. Current beauty obsession?
Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butters. They are sooo moisturizing and keep my skin soft for a day and a half! The scent lingers that long too. My favourite is Depravity, which is described as “pure corruption: clove, nutmeg lurk amongst the sweetest offerings of coconut, on a bed of rich golden amber, laden with dustings of sandalwood and spilled wine.” It’s so deliciously decadent! Thanks to the lovely Annabella for helping me get it!

4. Pandoro or panettone?
Panettone, all the way! And with lots of raisins and candied fruits too! Yummy!

5. What do you think of New Year’s resolutions?
They’re too hard to keep! That’s why I’m not making any this year.

It’s your turn now!
1. Favourite Christmas carol?
2. Do you apply eyeliner on your waterline?
3. Current beauty obsession?
4. Pandoro or panettone?
5. What do you think of New Year’s resolutions?

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  1. says

    I love detective stories but I’ve never been a fan of Edgar Wallace. I can’t understand why the Germans made crime films based on his novels in the 60’s and 70’s. They’re utterly rubbish. But on to your quessies:

    1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (the version by Annie Lennox is ace!)
    2. Yep. I prefer a light shade since I’m older but I use a black eyeliner from time to time.
    3. The Synergen facial toner for impure skin (my skin has improved since I use it)
    4. A jelly doughnut called “Berliner” in Germany.
    5. None.

    Have a very happy New Year, dear Gio! See you in 2013. :-)
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Mylanqolia, I agree with you re Edgar Wallace. He’s considered one of the best writers of detective stories but I didn’t like any of his books so far and this one was the worst! I’m not sure I will read more from him.

      Thank you! And Happy New Year to you too! :)

  2. Janessa says

    Must be scary back then to be associated with the king!! I’m listening to audio books now (thanks Gio!) and love them.
    1. Ahh can’t believe Christmas is over :(. I never thought of choosing a favorite Christmas carol..hmm… Sleigh Ride and well I don’t know if songs count as carols but I like This Gift by 98 Degrees a lot
    2. Sometimes!
    3. Hair masks and face masks. I got Khiel’s avocado hair mask for Christmas and I recently bought The Sacred Truth mask from Lush
    4. Haven’t tried pandoro so I can’t compare and I vaguely remember what panettone tastes like. So sad!
    5. They are very hard to keep :o. I will make one I can keep though I don’t need the New Years to keep it anyways: follow your blog! :) I don’t really make New Years resolutions. I just reflect on what I’ve done this year and I am one to set goals whenever. :)

    Congrats on another year of bwb!! So proud of you. And to be your reader

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, it really was! Henry VIII was a ruthless man who didn’t hesitate to cut people’s heads off when it suited him! And I’m so glad you’re loving audio books! :)

      I’m honoured to be your New Year’s resolution! :) And I like your approach to them. Reflecting on the past year is definitely more useful than making resolutions you’re never going to keep. :)

      Aww thank you! I’m proud to have you as a reader as well!

  3. says

    1. Favourite Christmas carol?
    Carol of the Bells!
    2. Do you apply eyeliner on your waterline?
    No, my eyes are a bit too sensitive and start watering like crazy
    3. Current beauty obsession?
    Green eyeshadows
    4. Pandoro or panettone?
    I’ve never had pandoro, so I’m gonna say panettone!
    5. What do you think of New Year’s resolutions?
    Nope, tried that and never keep them

  4. Viv says

    1. Favourite Christmas carol?
    It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (mainly because it’s not so familiar – I’m not too keen on lots of carols tbh)
    2. Do you apply eyeliner on your waterline?
    Yes, always – probably my most must-do makeup. I think my eyes somehow undefined without liner (including on waterline) and mascara!
    3. Current beauty obsession?
    My Body Shop Cranberry sparkling body lotion!! Get a craze on their sparkly lotions every year :)
    4. Pandoro or panettone?
    5. What do you think of New Year’s resolutions?
    Not worth it – don’t need the New Year to make changes!

    Viv x

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