Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.80

Hello everyone,

and welcome to another week of random ramblings. Ready? Here we go:

Wishlist, Vol.09

wishlist vol9

1. Guerlain Meteorites Perles “Light Is In The Air”: to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic meteorites, Guerlain is launching a special edition of perles that comes in a celebratory packaging. It features blue, green, ivory, pink and beige-golden shades to correct and illuminate the complexion. So far, this edition is already available in Japan and China. Hopefully the rest of the world will get it too.

2. Parfums de Nicolai Eau Soleil: an eau de toilette based on orange blossom. It features notes of lemon, mandarin, bergamot, petitgrain, thyme, neroli, artemisia, ylang-ylang, jasmine, musk and patchouli. Sounds perfect for summer, doesn’t it?

3. Alexander McQueen Stretch Jersey Dress: I love everything about this dress. It’s simple, but elegant and the cape shoulders add such a fun touch! The bold red colour is very eyecatching too. Plus, it is made of jersey, which is a very flattering fabric. You can never go wrong with it.

4. Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pink: subtler than the Shimmer Bricks, it gives a natural glow and a hint of pink to the complexion. It can be used as a blush or all over the face.

5. Coast Tinae Printed Clutch: I love the print on this clutch. It’s fun, modern and suitable for both elegant and casual smart occasions. Those who hate carrying a clutch with their hands will be happy to know it features a detachable snake chain.

What I’m Reading Now

cotton giorgio riello
Cotton: The Fabric That Made The Modern World by Giorgio Riello. This essay, which is richly illustrated with beautiful images of cotton textiles and their manufacturing processes, tells us how this fabric transformed the world economy over the past millennium. The book focuses in particular on the period between 1200 and 1850 showing how, until the Industrial revolution, it was Asia, and especially India and China, that were the world manufacturing powerhouses, producing high-quality cotton textiles that were exported to Europe and Africa. But by the early nineteenth century, things changed. From producers, Asian countries became buyers of European cotton textiles. Riello explains how and why this happened, providing valuable insights on the factors that facilitated Europe’s growth including slave plantations, technology breakthroughs and the ability of the Europeans to understand and even influence and change consumers’ tastes worldwide. The book is written in an academic style so, if you’re not used to that or you’re not very interested in cotton textiles and their history, you may find it hard to get through. As for me, I thought it was a fascinating read.

The Links

Ask An Esthetician
reveals the connection between dentists and nail products.

Lab Muffin wonders if you can freeze beauty products?

Future Derm wonders if a spray sunscreen is really as effective as a lotion?

While you’re there, check out this post about why you shouldn’t use lemon on your hair too.

Chemists Corner explains how fearmongering reduces credibility.

Sunday Survey, Vol.159

1. Best Book To Movie Adaptation?
I loved the Notebook. It’s such a beautiful movie. Even if you were to read the book first, the film wouldn’t disappoint, but only make you enjoy the story more, which is very rare. I also loved the first two Harry Potters movies, mainly because they didn’t really change anything but told the story exactly as the books did.

2. What’s your go-to tool to apply foundation?
E.L.F. Studio Powder Brush. It gives skin a flawless, airbrushed look and works well both with powder and liquid foundations.

3. What are you having for lunch today?
Lemon rice. Yummy!

4. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?
Chop off all my hair! I’d hate the look on me, but at least my hair would grow back after a while. But if I can never cut it again, pretty soon it will become unmanageable and even just washing it would be a nightmare!

5. What do you think of jeggings?
I don’t like them cos they don’t look very flattering on. I think it’s a look very few people can pull off.

It’s your turn now!
1. Best Book To Movie Adaptation?
2. What’s your go-to tool to apply foundation?
3. What are you having for lunch today?
4. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?
5. What do you think of jeggings?

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  1. Janessa says

    Yay! First commenter. :) I love the meteorites and the clutch! The blue part of the print on the clutch looks like the night sky behind a silhouette of a city’s high rooftops (like London– I am thinking of Peter Pan). Then the bright yellow appears to be magic and moonlight next to the darker blue “oval” (an oval cropped) with a crescent moon and stars! Then the black silhouette over the yellow must be Peter Pan or some lovely, mysterious creature leisurely soaring in the evening sky.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, you have such a fervent imagination and I love it. I just thought it was a cool pattern and now every time I look at it I can’t help but see the beautiful image you described. It makes me like the clutch even more. :)

  2. Janessa says

    Parfums de Nicolai Eu Soleil sounds so pretty… Wish I knew French though wishing won’t help me learn it.. Must study! Wow, I’ve never thought to read about cotton 😮 and its revolutionary effect. I’d definitely find the book difficult to read since I’d probably just put it down after a few minutes; I do that with even fast paced books! I can’t read for too long because I always want to do something else.

    1. I need a moment to think… Let me get back to this one haha.
    2. A synthetic, duo fibre brush (stippling cone-shaped or flatter and more like the traditional flat brush but rounder, like a headless fish lol) and a wet sponge wedge.
    3. I don’t know. It is 3:01 AM and I think I’m going to have…? I don’t know! But yesterday, I had salad I chopped up myself with Annie’s Goddess dressing. This brand sells these bunny crackers I really like, especially the chocolate graham cracker ones and the cheddar bunnies. Okay, I am going to tell a story. I was looking for salad dressing two evenings ago and whilst in the dressing and condiments aisle of the grocery store, I spot Annie’s brand. I thought it couldn’t be the same brand yet thought after a few seconds that someone can’t just steal another company’s name and after my sister looked it up, we learned it was the same company. Then….
    There were these two ladies right next to me buying salad dressing and one said to the other, “I usually just get Annie’s…. Goddess is so good, it’s to die for,” or some phrase that made me realize I HAD to get that flavor. Awesome flavor name, right? I was looking at it prior but took a bottle of Shiitake Mushroom instead because I couldn’t figure out what on earth Goddess tastes like. “Shiitake is really good too,” the one lady said to her friend. They leave. I return the Shiitake and exchange it for the Goddess flavor. Btw, that Goddess flavor comes in light and then I came up with a new conclusion: if there is a regular and a light (especially in such an odd flavor or less mainstream brand), it ought to be popular.
    THE END.
    4. No brainier for me! I’d cut it all off instead. I love short hair even though I’ve been growing mine out for a year. :)
    5. I like leggings but jeggings can look a bit sloppy or weird close up. I’m rather particular about textiles and the finish has to look good. Jeggings don’t have that thick nice denim look to them up close and since thick jeans can still be soft and flexible (love Pilcro’s!!!), I prefer jeans. I have one pair of jeggings and I really don’t like them. I am going too donate them now that you mention their unflattering quality. ‘Tis very true for me! They look terrible on me.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, goddess is such a cool name! With a name like that, it must taste heavenly. Have you tried it yet?

      The right textile and finish can make a great different, don’t they? I feel people don’t take these things into consideration as much as they should. Jeans are much better I agree. Jeggings are too difficult to wear and it’s nice of you to donate yours if they don’t suit you. :)

  3. Janessa says

    1. I don’t read enough to qualify for this question but I did read the author’s acknowledgement or intro of Princess Bride and he was happy of how the movie turned out. I love that movie and The Notebook was really good. Life of Pi couldn’t have been better as a film because the visuals are absolutely beautiful. I read the book years ago (like five years ago or more and I did not see such lovely visions in my head though I was fairly young and I don’t remember, today, what the book was like.
    I tried haha. :) wow I spam.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, I love your spam. 😉 Keep it coming.

      I haven’t seen the Princess Bride movie yet. I read the book though and it was a bit disappointing, but I think that’s because I expected more from the hype that surrounds it. I must watch the movie too now and see how they compare.

  4. says

    1. Best Book To Movie Adaptation? I must say I loved the Notebook myself and I’ve seen the movie 4 or 5 times. In the last 2 years I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any book since I seem not to have time anymore but back in the days I used to “eat” books reading even 3-4 books a week.
    2. What’s your go-to tool to apply foundation? My fingers :) Even though I tried so many brushes I always seem to do it better and faster with my fingers. :)
    3. What are you having for lunch today? Geee….it’s launch already? :) I just had a nectarine but I haven’t prepared anything for lunch as I need to go out for a couple of hours, so I guess I’ll be skipping launch today.
    4. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again? As hard as it may seem I would choose my long hair instead of cutting it all because my hair is so fine and soft anyway, it seem to grow so little in the past few years so in 10 years I will probably have an extra 10 cm probably. :)
    5. What do you think of jeggings? These are definitely not for me as I’m so chubby :) but I do love seeing them on skinny girls :)
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Tavia, The Notebook is a wonderful movie, isn’t it? Also, I noticed that I’m reading a lot more since I bought a Kindle as I can easily take it everywhere with me and read it on the bus or whenever I need something to pass the time.

      And you’re lovely! :) Jeggings are very hard to pull off for everyone, but very skinny girls.

  5. says

    I love polls :-)

    1. Best Book To Movie Adaptation? Definitely not Twilight, lol :-) I liked the Hobbit a lot.

    2. What’s your go-to tool to apply foundation? the Beauty Blender

    3. What are you having for lunch today? Already had lunch (it’s 4PM here now) and I had cereal and nut mix.

    4. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again? Never be able to cut it again. I’d make a horrible baldie, lol.

    5. What do you think of jeggings? If you got the figure for it, sure! If you don’t, don’t go near them.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Kiss & Make-up, I completely agree with you on jeggings!

      I haven’t seen Twilight, but I read the book and hated it. Movies are rarely better than books, so I’ll stay away from it!

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