Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.162

Hello gorgeous!

Ready for today’s random ramblings? Here we go:

Party Dresses

Party season is fast approaching. Here are a few dresses to celebrate it in style:

party dresses 01

H&M Sequined Dress / Suzannah Polaire 1920s Couture Dress / Matthew Williamson Embellished lace and chiffon mini dress / Halston Heritage Lace-jacquard mini dress

party dresses 02

French Connection Embellished Mini Dress with High Neck / Modcloth Time and Grace Dress in Merlot / Topshop Sequin and Feather Trim Shift Dress by Opulence / Miss Selfridge Lily bodycon dress

Which dress is your favourite?

What I’m Reading Now

brain scripts for sale success
BrainScripts for Sales Success: 21 Hidden Principles of Consumer Psychology for Winning New Customers by Drew Eric Whitman
Drew Eric Whitman has written BrainScripts For Success to explain to businesses how to use the principles of consumer psychology to win new customers. I read it for the opposite reason: to find out the ways businesses use to trick us into buying their products. Either way, it is a very informative read. Now, Whitman is no conman. He often states that these principles should be implemented only when you have a good service or product to sell. That way, you won’t be cheating your customers. His advice, based on psychological principles, explains what drives a person to buy something and how a salesperson can, with the right words and techniques, direct the conversation to make the sale. The writing style is clear and straightforward. Overall, an eye opening read for both salespeople and their customers. Available at Amazon.

The Links

Blogging vs real life: don’t feel pressured to spend a fortune - London Beauty Queen

Brands to watch in 2015 - Beauty Junkie London

Clothes numbers don’t define us - Zoe London

Is sesame oil the best thing for your skin?
– The Beauty Brains

Egg whites for firmer skin? – Paula’s Choice

Makeup Addict Tag

This week’s Sunday Survey is a tag! I was nominated for the Makeup Addict Tag by the lovely Anubhuti of Sense It Eve. Thanks hun! Here are my answers:

1. Which product do you still keep buying more of despite having plenty in your collection?
Pink lipglosses. I just can’t resist them.

2. What is the one product that you can not live without?
Lipbalm. I need to have one with me wherever I go.

3. Favorite Makeup Brand?
Just one?! I love Sleek Makeup a lot. Their products are pigmented, longlasting, and affordable. But Pupa also has a special place in my heart. It’s the first brand I feel in love with, and they still keep releasing lots of cool, great quality products.

4. How big is your makeup collection?
Too big! lol

5. How do you store it?
In a four drawer chest and a tall cupboard.

6. How many items of makeup have you got in your handbag at the moment?
Only lip balm. I rarely reapply makeup during the day so I usually don’t take any with me.

7. If you could raid another blogger’s stash, who would it be?
I don’t know. I’m very happy with my collection.

8. How long does your usual makeup routine takes and how many products do you use?
It depends on whether I’m doing a complicated eye look or just apply a cream eyeshadow. I like to wear a different look every day. In the first case, I’d say about half an hour, otherwise 10 minutes. Apart from eyeshadow, I always use mascara, foundation, concealer, blush, and lipgloss.

9. Have you ever bought makeup knowing you would never use it?
Nope. If I buy something is because I hope to use it. If I don’t, it’s because it either doesn’t suit me or it’s not that good.

I tag everyone who wants to do this! Here are the questions again:
1. Which product do you still keep buying more of despite having plenty in your collection?
2. What is the one product that you can not live without?
3. Favorite Makeup Brand?
4. How big is your makeup collection?
5. How do you store it?
6. How many items of makeup have you got in your handbag at the moment?
7. If you could raid another blogger’s stash, who would it be?
8. How long does your usual makeup routine takes and how many products do you use?
9. Have you ever bought makeup knowing you would never use it?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.161

Hello gorgeous,
it’s Sunday again and that means it’s time for some random ramblings. Here we go:

Non-beauty Christmas Wishlist

non beauty christmas wishlist 2014

Jane Austen Inspired Necklace With Cameo: I love vintage inspired jewellery, Jane Austen, books, and cameos, so this would be the perfect gift for me. It’s very pretty, isn’t it?

Emmy Shoes Catherine: these shoes are embellished with an elegant Ostrich feather detail, hand crystalled with Swarovski crystals and Rhinestones, with tiny ivory beads accenting. They’re bespoke so you can choose the material (suede or leather) and colour (neutral bridal shades, bright hues, or classic navy, black, and chocolate colours).

Red Valentino Macramé Owl Shift Dress: you know that I’m obsessed with owls, so of course I’m lemming this black shift dress with one stitched into the bodice. It’s currently on sale too!

Kate Spade Hello Shanghai Milan: I love this fan inspired black leather clutch. It adds a fun touch to any outfit.

Stella McCartney unicorn print sweatshirt: don’t you just love unicorns? This beige and blue cotton-wool blend sweatshirt features a beautiful unicorn print on the front, and is very comfy too.

London I-phone case: I don’t have an i-phone, but I’m tempted to get one just so I can buy this cute cover. The vintage London print is perfect for all fans of the UK capital and history.

Pride And Prejudice Kindle Cover: Pride & Prejudice is one of my favourite books, so I’d love to have it as the cover of my kindle. The print is very pretty too.

What I’m Reading Now

centuries of change
Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw The Most Change? by Ian Mortimer
Which century saw the most change? Most of us would quickly and confidently answer the 20th, but Mortimer doesn’t think we should dismiss the other candidates so quickly. To come up with the answer, he decided to investigate the major changes that occurred in the Western World in the last 1000 years in the society, in the economy, and in the scientific and medical fields, and the impact they had on everyday life. For each century, he also selects the person who influenced change the most. Of course not everyone will agree with his criteria to select and quantify changes, while others will complain that events they consider important didn’t make it into the book. It’s inevitable. A book like this can’t please everyone, but it provides some interesting food for thought. Although there are a few dry parts, it is a fascinating read you won’t be able to put down. Available at Amazon.

The Links

A new scientific advance might allow traditional perfume formulas to make a comeback from 2015 – Scented Salamander

Why I said no to plastic surgery – Adios Barbie

The ultimate guide to foundation – Tales Of A Pale Face

Things (some) brands think bloggers do – British Beauty Blogger

The power of blogging & when relations turn bad – London Beauty Queen

Sunday Survey, Vol.229

1. Have you ever been sailing?
Nope, but I hope to one day.

2. What are your favourite colours to wear on your eyes?
Greens, golds, and pinks.

3. Are you going out today?
Don’t think so. It’s very cold and rainy today, and I don’t like to go out when the weather’s this bad unless I have to.

4. Would you rather have telepathic or telekinetic powers?
Telekinetic. I’m not sure I’d want to hear what people think. But being able to move things around would be quite handy. I would be able to do all the cleaning without raising a finger.

5. Do you like infinity scarves?
Yes, they’re pretty and versatile.

It’s your turn!
1. Have you ever been sailing?
2. What are your favourite colours to wear on your eyes?
3. Are you going out today?
4. Would you rather have telepathic or telekinetic powers?
5. Do you like infinity scarves?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.160

Hello gorgeous,

I hope you’re having a lovely and relaxing Sunday, and that you’ll enjoy this week’s ramblings. Here we go:

5 Reasons Why I Love Reading

why love reading

I’ve been a bookworm ever since I learned how to read. Books are my beloved friends and biggest treasures. I always need to have one close at hand, so I can dive in its world whenever I get a chance. Here’s why:

1. Virtual travelling

Reading allows me to visit new places and new worlds, both in the present, past, and future. I can be a lady-in-waiting in Tudor England, a young witch learning to use her powers to fight for the greater good, or a space explorer just setting foot on a new planet for the first time. Through the characters, I get to experience stuff I otherwise never would.

2. Reading open minds

Not only I get to experience situations and problems I would never face in real life, but I can also access people’s minds and feelings, figuring out what makes them what they are and why they act a certain why. Seeing life through someone’s else point of view forces you to challenge your own opinions and beliefs, makes you more emphatic, and realize how wrong it is to judge others, especially when we don’t really know anything about them.

3. Good advice

Every book is a little guide that helps you navigate through life. By reading about other people’s experiences and mistakes, you can figure out what they did right or wrong so that, when you find yourself in a similar situation, you can make a better informed decision. You also get to pick the brains of your idols and find out how they achieved success or overcame obstacles.

4. Books enhance your communication skills

Reading improves both your vocabulary and your grammar. Audio books also improve your pronunciation, helping you to figure out how to pronounce words you had never encountered before. This makes you both a better speaker and a better writer, allowing you to easily communicate what you want to say (and making you sound smarter too. ;) ).

5. Boredom buster

Nothing busts boredom like a good book. When you are immersed in a good story, everything else just falls away.

Do you love reading? If so, why?

What I’m Reading Now

the sharp hook of loveThe Sharp Hook Of Love by Sherry Jones
Everyone knows the story of Abelard and Heloise. He was one of the greatest philosophers in France. She one of the best learned woman in the country. He was headmaster at the Nôtre Dame Cloister School. She was his student. He aspired to fame. She was destined for the convent. But when they met, their lives changed forever. They fell in love, tried to defy the conventions of the time, and eventually, where forced to choose between love, duty, and ambition. Sherry Jones tells their story in this beautiful novel through Heloise’s eyes. Although she’s madly in love with Abelard, he doesn’t come across all that well in this book. He’s more interested in making sure their relationship doesn’t ruin his career than anything else. But their passion and love still exudes from every page. This is a beautifully written story of love, sacrifice, and power that I highly recommend. Available at Amazon.

The Links

How to get a beautiful rosy flush – The Beauty Department

Dermatologist skincare tips for 40+ - Ageless Beauty

Best products for dry winter skin – Future Derm

Can I become immune to eyeshadow primer? – The Beauty Brains

Parabens: are they really a problem? - Paula’s Choice

Sunday Survey, Vol.228

1. Do you have a lookalike?
A lot of people tell me that I look a lot like my sister. I don’t really see it, but we share the same genes, so I suppose there must be some truth in it lol.

2. What type of coverage do you like in a foundation?
Light to medium. I have pretty good skin so light coverage is enough for me.

3. Are you playing any sports today?
Does a reading marathon count?

4. Eye or lip palette?
Eye! I hate applying lip products with a brush.

5. Do like pixie cuts on women?
I don’t like very short hair on women much, but some can pull it off so well!

It’s your turn now!
1. Do you have a lookalike?
2. What type of coverage do you like in a foundation?
3. Are you playing any sports today?
4. Eye or lip palette?
5. Do like pixie cuts on women?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.159

Happy Sunday gorgeous!

It’s time for some more random ramblings. Here we go:

Do you like podcasts?

podcasts

Podcasts are all the rage now. All the popular kids are doing them. But listening to them has often been a struggle for me. I am a visual person and, for a podcast to keep my attention for more than 5 minutes, it must be really good!

I also like to scan content, and that’s very difficult to do with podcasts. You can’t easily identify which sections are the most interesting, but need to listen to the whole thing, hoping the blogger won’t repeat herself 100 times or go off on a tangent. I like my podcasts short and sweet, and straight to the point.

That’s cos I don’t have a lot of time to listen to them. It’s only when I’m having lunch on my own or doing some boring household chore that takes some time that I put a podcast on to help me pass the time. But even then I’d rather watch a 20 minute sitcom or listen to music. Dusting and vacuuming to some good pop or rock music is so much more fun!

But there’s one podcast that I love and always listen to to: The Beauty Brains Show. Randy and Perry are both cosmetic scientists dedicated to explaining the science behind beauty and debunk myths and lies brands feed you. Their show is about 30-40 minutes long (the maximum length I can usually put up with), informative and hilarious. If you love their blog, you must check out their podcast too.

Do you like podcasts? Which ones are your favourites?

What I’m Reading Now

sacred success
Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles by Barbara Stanny
This is not your usual finance book. If you’re interested in tips on how to budget, invest, and manage your money, this is not for you. Sacred Success barely touches on these topics. Instead, what Stanny does is helping women realize what beliefs are keeping them from creating wealth and exercising power. To have a good relationship with money, you must first have a good relationship with yourself, live an authentic life, and follow your path. That way, you can become financially successful without compromising your values and your soul. Full of psychological and spiritual insights, as well as practical tips, this book is an interesting read for every woman who wants to take control of her finances. Available at Amazon.

The Links

A dupe for Estée Lauder Pure Colour Stay On Shadow Paint in Chained – Lily Pebbles

Why we compare ourselves to others on social media, and how to stop – Adios Barbie

Are your beliefs what’s really keeping you stuck in dieting craziness? – Corinne Dobbas

Dermatologists and their best advice for skincare while pregnant - 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic

Face oils for healthier skin? – Paula’s Choice

Sunday Survey, Vol.227

1. Do you stretch?
Not as much as I should, not even after working out. I just hate stretching.

2. What’s your least favourite makeup season?
Fall. I love those dark and vampy shades, but I find it so hard to pull them off!

3. What’s under your bed?
Dust, and lost shoes.

4. Scrunchies or hair bands?
Hair bands!

5. Do you like sleeveless puffy vests?
On others yes. But they’re not really my style.

It’s your turn now!
1. Do you stretch
2. What’s your least favourite makeup season?
3. What’s under your bed?
4. Scrunchies or hair bands?
5. Do you like sleeveless puffy vests?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.158

Hello gorgeous!

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

Italian Hand Gestures

Us Italians talk a lot with our hands. We do it to be better understood, but our gestures can seem so weird to foreigners! And, to complicate things even more, they can be slightly different depending on which part of the country you are in. Here are a few videos that explain the most used hand gestures. Learning them will be very useful if you ever visit this beautiful country:

What I’m Reading Now

the little book of big PR
The Little Book of Big PR by Jennefer Witter
The Little Book Of Big PR is aimed at small business owners who want to attract their “unfair” share of attention, but it’s very useful for bloggers as well. It is chockfull of tips about all areas of PR, such as branding, social media, interviews, media relations, and much more. They are all easy to implement, and proof that you don’t need a big budget to run successful PR campaigns. It is a short read too. Witter doesn’t waste time chit-chatting, but goes straight to the point, dishing one quick tip after another. Her style is straightforward but entertaining. She doesn’t bore, overwhelm, or preach, but tells you straight what works. If you are a pro at PR, you’ll be already familiar with most of the tips shared here, but there are so many that you’ll probably learn something new too. Available at Amazon.

The Links

Five innovative ways to store your beauty and makeup products - London Beauty Queen

Perfect body? Not really – British Beauty Blogger

Is greenwashing what people want? – Colin’s Beauty Pages

A dupe for MAC 217 blending brush? – Painted Ladies

How to treat acne during pregnancy?
– Derm TV

Sunday Survey, Vol.226

1. Where do you sleep best?
In my bed, with complete darkness and silence. I’m a light sleeper so I have to be really exhausted to fall asleep anywhere else, especially on public trasportation.

2. What beauty products you own do you wished looked better on you?
Orange lipsticks.

3. One thing you have to do this week?
Clean up the house.

4. Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
Actually, I’ve never had peanut butter, but I’m curious to know what you ladies like. How should I try it first?

5. Do you like spicy perfumes?
Yes, they’re perfect for fall.

It’s your turn now!
1. Where do you sleep best?
2. What beauty products you own do you wished looked better on you?
3. One thing you have to do this week?
4. Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
5. Do you like spicy perfumes?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.157

Good Sunday morning, gorgeous!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy some random ramblings. What do you say we start with some music?

Musicals

If you’re a regular reader of my little blog, you know I love my musicals. Today, I thought I’d share some of my favourite songs with you. I hope you’ll enjoy them, and don’t forget to tell me what yours are! :)

What I’m Reading Now

tackling selective mutism
Tackling Selective Mutism: A Guide for Professionals and Parents by Benita Rae Smith, Alice Sluckin
I wish this book had been written 30 years ago. I developed selective mutism at kindergarten (the typical age of onset is between 3 and 5, although some get it earlier or later), but at the time, no one knew what it was. Even now, it is too little known. Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder that causes people to remain silent in certain situations (such as school), but talk in others (usually, at home, or with close loved ones). As a result, they often appear rude, are labelled difficult and stubborn, and told to get over it rather than given help. If caught in time, selective mustism is curable and relapses are rare. But if left undiagnosed and treated, sufferers can find it very difficult to have a social life, hold down a job, and often develop depression too.
This book, written by a bunch of experts, explains what selective mutism is, how to identify, and what the many treatments available are. These parts are quite academic. The casual reader will enjoy, and relate, more to the sections written by people affected by selective mutism and their families. Their experiences are touching and inspirational, and told in an informal, very engaging style. The book has features a list of resources and organizations parents, relatives, and teachers can consult and turn to for help. If you know someone who could be affected by selective mutism, I highly recommend you pick up this book. Available on Amazon.

The Links

Top five tips for organising your beauty products – London Beauty Queen

How much water is in your personal care products? – Colin’s Beauty Pages

You don’t need makeup, but if you want to, do it – Zoe London

Why I don’t like the Environmental Working Group – Frankincense And Rose

Should eye cream be used both morning and night? - Renee Rouleau

Sunday Survey, Vol.225

1. Have you ever bought anything after watching an informercial?
Nope, but then it’s rare for me to watch infomercials. Actually, I rarely watch TV at all. I prefer to keep up with my fave series online.

2. What makeup would you wear for a rock concert?
Smokey eyes and dark red lips.

3. What lippie are you wearing today?
Benefit Posietint. It’s a lovely pink, but it feels drying on the lips.

4. Do you prefer salty or spicy food?
Salty, please.

5. Do you like crime shows?
Not very much. They make me uneasy.

It’s your turn now!
1. Have you ever bought anything after watching an informercial?
2. What makeup would you wear for a rock concert?
3. What lippie are you wearing today?
4. Do you prefer salty or spicy food?
5. Do you like crime shows?