Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.143

Happy Sunday everyone,

ready for another round of random ramblings? Here we go:

Follow Me On Facebook

follow me on facebook
After years of neglecting Facebook, I have finally revamped Beautiful With Brains’ page and started to be more active on it. I’m now regularly posting blog updates, new products releases that catch my fancy, inspirational quotes, and just random bits and bobs about my personal and blogging lives (if you’re interested in the more sciencey stuff, follow me on Google Plus instead). Click on the “like” button to follow me on FB. I’d love to chat to you all over there too!

What I’m Reading Now

victorian murderesses
Victorian Murderesses by Mary S. Hartman
One of the best books I’ve read this year, Victorian Murderesses tells the stories of 13 British and French women who were accused of murder in the 19th century. Hartman examines their motives, their backgrounds, and the court records. But rather than sensationalizing the tales, she uses them to take a good look at Victorian society and the place women had in it. Thanks to the accused, we get a better understanding of the problems and challenges women faced during the course of the century, and why, under particular circumstances, they could become murderesses or be accused of crimes they didn’t commit. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, the book is a must read for anyone interested in both crime and the role of women in Victorian society. However, it can be a bit too scholarly for casual readers.

The Links

How to deal with dark spots left by acne - No Nonsense Beauty Blog

Are parabens safe? - Of Fingers And Faces

How to master the bold lip - Jenny Sue Makeup

Stopthebeautymadness brutally honest campaign goes viral – Beaut.ie

How to take care of your skin before and after exercising – Renee Rouleau

Sunday Survey, Vol.211

1. What’s your secret passion?
Novel writing. I have never finishing a novel yet, although I have started quite a few. But hey, hopefully, I’ll complete one one day.

2. What are the makeup products you use most often?
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and Pupa Vamp! Mascara.

3. Hair of the day?
Messy bun. It’s just too hot to keep your hair down today.

4. Bar soaps or shower gels?
Shower gels. I find most bar soaps too harsh and drying for my dry skin.

5. What do you think of open toe socks?
Not a fan!

It’s your turn now!
1. What’s your secret passion?
2. What are the makeup products you use most often?
3. Hair of the day?
4. Bar soaps or shower gels?
5. What do you think of open toe socks?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.142

Hello everyone,

what have you been up to this past weeks? Let me know in the comments and, in the meantime, enjoy my random ramblings:

Stella De Libero

stella de libero

I always thought that, when I’d get married (which, by the way, isn’t happening anytime soon), I’d wear a traditional white dress. Lately, though, I’ve been thinking I’d like something different and unconventional. Well, maybe not as over the top as Stella De Libero’s creations, but, boy, aren’t they stunning?! Her dresses are full of ruffles, embroidery, flowers, beads, and pleats that remind me of those sumptuous gowns worn by royalty and nobility in the past. The attention to detail is incredible. A lot of her dresses come in bold, bright colours, but there are also some white ones for more traditional brides. Would you wear a Stella De Libero creation on your wedding day, or do you prefer something simple and modern?

What I’m Reading Now

the romanov sisters
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport
I’ve always been fascinated by the last Tsar of Russia and his beautiful family, but I rarely read books about them cos it just depresses me too much. Their fate was just too tragic. This book, though, only briefly covers their last days in Ekaterinburg and their murder, as Rappaport had already written a book about it. Thanks to a treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, Rappaport brings the Grand Duchesses, with their very different personalities, back to life. I had never realised how much secluded the life had always been, even before the revolution. Because of their mother’s ailing health and aversion to society, and the dangerous and volatile political situation, with attacks and attempted murders against members of government and of the royal family being quite frequent occurrences even before 1917, they had barely any contact with the outside world. They barely had any friends and, although they feel in love, usually with officers and soldiers, they could never do anything about it. Thus they always remained quite innocent about the world, but they were also clever and realised, in their last few years, how dangerous their situation was. Even in captivity, they always remained good and sweet, trying to make friends with those guarding them, and being loyal to one another and their country. They were really amazing young women whose lives were cut short way too soon. Overall, this is a wonderful but sad book that any fans of the family should read.

The Links

5 best blush for fair skin – Temptalia

Common misconceptions about hydroxy acids – Future Derm

Your body is powerful. Use it as an instrument, not an ornament – Beauty Redefined

5 ways to have a body positive summer – Adios Barbie

Why does curly hair curl? – Hair Romance

Sunday Survey, Vol.210

1. Last movie you watched?
Gypsy. Love old musicals!

2. What makeup did you wear to the prom?
We don’t have proms here, but I’m curious to hear what you wore to yours. :)

3. Eyeshadow of the day?
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Flipside. It’s beautiful green shade that gives a nice pop of colour to my face and is perfect for summer.

4. Do you marathon TV shows or do you watch them in small doses?
I used to do marathons, but these days I have less free time so I prefer to watch one or two episodes a day, or even less.

5. Your take on wearing sneakers in the summer?
I think it’s ok if you’re running, playing sports or doing something like that. But for daily, or night, wear, I prefer to wear sandals or wedges.

It’s your turn now!
1. Last movie you watched?
2. What makeup did you wear to the prom?
3. Eyeshadow of the day?
4. Do you marathon TV shows or do you watch them in small doses?
5. Your take on wearing sneakers in the summer?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.141

Hello everyone,

ready for this week’s ramblings? Let’s get started then:

Dalek cookies

dalek cookies
My boyfriend loves both baking and Doctor Who, so it was only a matter of time before he’d come up with the idea of making cookies inspired by his favourite show. I don’t know what recipe he used, but the cookies were delicious! We didn’t have enough cherries, though, so he had to cut them in three parts rather in half, which is why some of the Daleks have that hole in their heads. Oh well, we exterminated them pretty quickly anyway. ;)

What I’m Reading Now

the choice nicholas sparksThe Choice by Nicholas Sparks
Travis Parker is handsome, sporty, has a great job, a loving family, and loyal friends. The only thing he lacks is love. But he is in no rush to commit. Until Gabby Holland comes along. The first part of the book is about the two falling in love. It’s only in the second part that the reader find out what the choice Travis, now married to Gabby, has to make. The question that torments him is how far should you go to keep the hope of love alive? I won’t tell you more than that because I don’t want to ruin the story for you, so I’ll simply say that Sparks here is dealing with a very controversial ethical topic in a way that most people will find too simplistic and even unrealistic. In a way, I agree with that. But then, this is a romance novel, not an essay on ethics and morals. As always, the books, which is beautifully written, pulled at my heartstrings. However, because the topic is a bit trivialized and the pace slower than usual, this is so far my least fave Sparks book. His fans will still enjoy it, though.

The Links

How to control shine in the summer months – Future Derm

Recognizing an eating disorder and recovering - Beauty Redefined

A month without facewash – Lab Muffin

How to get a job in fashion/beauty PR, social media and marketing - Zoe London

Ingredient scares that aren’t true – Paula’s Choice

Sunday Survey, Vol.209

1. Something you’re afraid of?
Spiders. And change. I’m working on the latter, as changes can be very good sometimes and I feel like I’ve been stuck in a rut for too long.

2. Have you ever had to hide your love for makeup?
Nope. Some people think I have too much, or that the looks I wear are too crazy, but I don’t care. Life is too short not to do something you love because of what others may think.

3. At what time do you usually have breakfast?
At 8:00am, after an hour of exercise.

4. Powder, cream, or liquid blush?
Powder. I find it easier to apply and lasts long.

5. What do you think of big jewellery?
I like a statement necklace, bracelet, or even ring, but they should be used in moderation. One at a time is more than enough.

It’s your turn now!
1. Something you’re afraid of?
2. Have you ever had to hide your love for makeup?
3. At what time do you usually have breakfast?
4. Powder, cream, or liquid blush?
5. What do you think of big jewellery?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.140

Hello everyone,

it’s Sunday again, and you know what that means, right? Yep, it’s time for more random ramblings!

Wishlist Vol.21

wishlist 21

Downton Abbey Necklace, Silver-Tone Crystal Bow Pendant Necklace: I love this elegant Edwardian-inspired piece from the Downton Abbey collection. The bow pendant is embellished with crystals. It’s also available in gold.

Buxom True Nude Lip Foundation: available in 7 shades, these creamy, long-lasting colors define, smooth, and cover your lips.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Cheek Color Balm: I’m a sucker for chubby pencils like this. This one has a creamy formula that creates a healthy-looking glow in an instant. Available in 4 shades.

Clarins Lip Balm Crayon: available in 6 shades, these crayons provide sheer luminous colour that hydrates like a lip balm, comforts like a lipstick and offers the shine of a gloss.

We Are Handsome The Grand Chateau Panel One Piece: I don’t really like going to the beach (I’m weird like that), but if I did, I would totally be wearing this. The print is so stunning, and the style quite flattering.

What I’m Reading Now

children of the depressed
Children Of The Depressed by Shoshana S. Bennett
Depression is an issue very close to my heart. It runs in my family. I grew up with a depressed parent and suffered from it myself. For a while now, I’ve been reading everything I could get my hands on about it, but never before had I come across a book that focuses on how growing up with a depressed parent can affect a child. Although everyone’s story is different, there are certain traits that the children of the depressed tend to have in common, such as poor communication skills, low self-esteem and difficulties in setting boundaries. Bennett explains why this happens and offers a series of exercises to help overcome these, and other, issues they may have. She also shares her personal story, as well as those of her patients (in an anonymous way that doesn’t break the confidentiality between doctor and patients of course) so that the reader can better relate to the problems these people face and realise that, with hard work and determination, they can be overcome. Bennett never preaches. Instead, she writes in an encouraging manner that will make you think you’re talking to a friend who gets you. If you grew up with a depressed parent or know someone who has, then I highly recommend you pick up this book.

The Links

14 things every fat girl absolutely needs to hear – World Lifestyle

9 lessons I learned after photoshopping my body - To Heal With Love

How mascara works – Future Derm

Dermatologists’ favourite natural ingredients - 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic

15 strange beauty inventions that are actually real – The Gloss

Sunday Survey, Vol.208

1. Three things you’re passionate about?
Books. Beauty. Blogging.

2. Have you found your HG foundation yet?
Nope. There are many I like, but I have never been able to find an exact match yet. I’m starting to think I’ll never find it…

3. Are you saving up to buy anything?
A new camera. So far, I’ve exploited my boyfriend and made him take most of the photos for this blog, but now I’m thinking I’d like to have my own DSLR and learn how to take great photos with it.

4. Neon or pastel nails?
Neon in the summer, pastel in the spring.

5. Do you like seersucker clothing?
Yep, they’re great for summer.

It’s your turn now!
1. Three things you’re passionate about?
2. Have you found your HG foundation yet?
3. Are you saving up to buy anything?
4. Neon or pastel nails?
5. Do you like seersucker clothing?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.139

Hello ladies (and gentlemen),

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

Scentbird Coupon Code

promo code scentbird
Buying fragrance online is always a risk. Perfume reacts with your body chemistry and, until you try it, you’ll never know how it’s gonna smell on you. Scentbird had come up with a clever way to solve this problem. How? By giving you the chance to try a perfume at home for free before deciding whether you want to buy it or not.

Here’s how it works. You choose the scent you’d like to try and Scentbird will send you both the full size bottle and a sample for free. You have 5 days to try the sample. If you like it, you can keep the full size bottle and your credit cart will be charged with the purchase. If you don’t like it, you send it back for free. Wonderful, isn’t it?

Scentbird has kindly offered Beautiful With Brains readers a 15% discount. Simply use the promo code “beautifulwithbrains” at checkout and, if you decide to keep the perfume, Scentbird will charge you 15% less for it. The code is valid until 9/15.

What I’m Reading Now

how to be a power connector
How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits by Judy Robinett
Being a shy and reserved girl, networking has always been difficult for me. But it is also something that I really want to get better at. When done right, networking can enrich your life in so many ways, allowing you to meet lots of new and interesting people, become friends with them, and succeed in whatever you decide to do. In this book, power connector Judy Robinett debunks common myths about networking, explains how important forming valuable relationships with other people is, and shares tips and tools to do that in the right way. The key? Genuinely care about people, help them out, and provide value. The author has plenty of experience in this field, and shares lots of anecdotes and stories about the people she was able to help and be helped by thanks to her network. Although the book gets a bit repetitive at times, it is also very informative, and a must read for everyone who wants to learn to network successfully. Highly recommended.

The Links

Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about your perfume hobby and other guilty pleasures – Bois De Jasmine

Paris B shares her favourite liquid foundations
– My Women Stuff

Are parabens in skincare products really bad? – Future Derm

When should you start using anti-aging products? – London Beauty Queen

5 reasons why there aren’t better cosmetic raw materials – Chemists Corner

Sunday Survey, Vol.207

1. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
Not at all. On the contrary, it’s one of my fave sounds! I so need some quite time every day to unwind, reflect, and recharge my batteries.

2. If you could be a makeup artist for any brand, which brand would it be?
Illamasqua. Their products are amazing, and you could do some really bold and creative looks for them.

3. How much time do you spend on the Internet each day, on average?
Mmm, I don’t know, but probably more than 10 hours (most of which are spent blogging, by the way ;) )! But I do usually take a day off, either on Saturday or Sunday.

4. Snow White or Belle?
Belle. She’s the Disney princess I can relate the most to. Like me, she’s bookish and doesn’t fit in well in her small village.

5. What do you think of the little black dress?
I used to think that every woman needed one, but someone recently pointed out to me that, while black makes you look slimmer, it also makes you look heavier. Mmm… I prefer to wear bright colours, anyway. :)

It’s your turn now!
1. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
2. If you could be a makeup artist for any brand, which brand would it be?
3. How much time do you spend on the Internet each day, on average?
4. Snow White or Belle?
5. What do you think of the little black dress?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.138

Hello everyone,

another week has gone by and it is already time for some more random ramblings. Here we go:

Cameron Russell: Looks Aren’t Everything

In her TED Talk, “Looks Aren’t Everything: Believe Me, I’m A Model”, Cameron Russell shows she has both looks and brains. A must watch.

What I’m Reading Now

london's strangest tales historic royal palaces iain spragg
London’s Strangest Tales Historic Royal Palaces by Iain Spragg
This little volume contains the strangest and most ridiculous stories from the five historic royal palaces in London: Tower of London, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, and Kew Palace. You will encounter amusing tales of kangaroo and spider infestations, the disappearing mosque at Kew, bold escapes and thefts at the Tower of London, unusual guests, mysteries, romances, and more. Each story is very short and doesn’t take up more than 2 or 3 pages, and is written in a very witty, tongue-in-cheek way that will make you laugh a lot. If you’re looking for a collection of trivia about your favourite city and its royal palaces to devour in one afternoon, you must check this out.

The Links

A few facts about sunscreen and skin cancer – Chemists Corner

Do pores really open? And all about thermal cleansers – Lab Muffin

How to feel confident in your bikini – Beautifille

Is more expensive eyeshadow really different? - The Beauty Brains

Running from self-objectification – Beauty Redefined

Sunday Survey, Vol.206

1. One thing you always have with you wherever you go?
Lip balm. Can’t live without it.

2. How often do you wear concealer?
Pretty much every day. Those dark circles need to be covered up!

3. This morning I told myself to
Get out of bed and prepare breakfast.

4. Do you prefer to go out for lunch or dinner?
Definitely dinner.

5. What do you think of Zumba?
I’m asking because I’d like to try it, but I’m not sure I’m fit enough for it yet. From what I’ve heard, it’s pretty hardcore.

It’s your turn now!
1. One thing you always have with you wherever you go?
2. How often do you wear concealer?
3. This morning I told myself to
4. Do you prefer to go out for lunch or dinner?
5. What do you think of Zumba?