Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.119

Happy Sunday everyone,

ready for my random ramblings? Enjoy, and remember to share yours in the comment. I’d love to know what you have been up to this past week, or what your plans for the next one are. ;)

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What I’m Reading Now

201 killer cover letters sandra podesta and andrea paxton
201 Killer Cover Letters by Sandra Podesta & Andrea Paxton
If you’re unemployed or would simply like to change job, I highly recommend you pick up this book. Podesta and Paxton explain that a CV, doesn’t matter how impressive it is, is not good enough on its own to land you the job you want. A well-written cover letter, instead, will make you stand out. In this book, the authors give lots of tips on how to write one that will grant you an interview. They also teach you how to write follow-up notes to send after the interview, plus thank you notes to everyone who helped you in your job search. The book also features 201 examples of killer cover letters that impressed recruiters, and which you can use as templates to write your own. And because the book comes with a download file, you won’t even have to retype them! Available at amazon.

The Links

Photoshopping: altering images and our minds – Beauty Redefined

How to bathe and wash up with minimal water - My Women Stuff

How do quick-dry products work? – Lab Muffin

Perfumes for teenagers – Bois De Jasmin

Teen makeup: how much is too much? – Kevin James Bennett

Sunday Survey, Vol.197

1. The last time you watched an outdoor fireworks display?
Last August, at Ferragosto, an Italian public holiday.

2. Do you have any beauty-related apps on your phone?
Nope.

3. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Just tea with some biscuits.

4. Polka-dots or stripes?
Stripes! I’ve never been a big fan of polka dots.

5. What do you think of scrunchies?
I wore them a lot in the ’80. And that’s where they should stay, in my childhood.

It’s your turn now!
1. The last time you watched an outdoor fireworks display?
2. Do you have any beauty-related apps on your phone?
3. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
4. Polka-dots or stripes?
5. What do you think of scrunchies?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.118

Hello ladies,

another Sunday, another round of random ramblings. Enjoy!

wishlist 18

Wishlist, Vol.18

1. Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder: this smooth matte powder absorbs excess oil and helps to minimize flaws, giving skin a flawless look.

2. Charlotte Olympia Shell Shocked gold-tone clutch: I love this whimsical gold clutch shaped like a shell and studded with pavé Swarovski crystals. It also features a detachable strap.

3. Lena Hoscheck Promenade Dress Ladies: this dress features a beautiful print of Victorian ladies promenading. How cool is that? It’d be perfect for summer.

4. Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder: I’m usually not a big fan of bronzer, but this one is just too cute! It features shimmery and matte bronzing shades, plus a peach hue for brightening.

5. NYX Illuminator: this new brightening powder is available in five shades. My favourite is chaotic, a dark pink with gold shimmers.

What I’m Reading Now

vienna nocturne vivien shotwell
Vienna Nocturne by Vivienne Shotwell
Vienna Nocturne tells the story of Anna Storace, an 18th century English soprano who became Mozart’s muse, and, maybe her lover too (well, here they are lovers, but whether they were in real life too, we’ll never know). We follow Anna as she travels through Europe to further her career, as she falls in love with the wrong guy and then marries an Irish violinist who abuses her. But her awful experiences help her grow and become a confident woman. Her relationship with Mozart is bittersweet too. They are in love but they know there just can’t be a happy ending for them. The book started really slow, but after about 1/3 it picked up speed and I really loved it. The author really brought Anna to life. However, because of the many musical references, you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you’re familiar with Mozart’s music and the Italian opera buffa. If you’re interested, it’s available at amazon.

The Links


Selfies and objectification
– Beauty Redefined

What’s the deal with parabens in cosmetics? – Lab Muffin

Five pink blushes for spring – Makeup 4 All

How to improve your sense of smell – Bois De Jasmin

Which products are best for dry skin and acne? – Future Derm

Sunday Survey, Vol.196

1. How often do you clean your house?
Not enough! Once a week or so.

2. Is there any old and expired makeup or beauty product that you still keep for sentimental reasons?
Nope. I used to keep presents, but I ran out of space, so I thought it best to use it to store stuff that’s still new and good.

3. Has any book disappointed you recently?
The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy. It’s supposed to a be fictional memoir of Elizabeth Boleyn née Howard, Anne Boleyn’s mother, but it’s just a rant written in a very convoluted style. Plus, Elizabeth is very unpleasant: stuck-up, selfish, and obsessed with sex.

4. Very dark lips: yay or nay?
Yay on others, nay on me. I don’t think I could pull that look off with my pale skin.

5. Do you like the Italian language?
I think it’s ok. But I prefer English or French, they’re more musical.

It’s your turn now!
1. How often do you clean your house?
2. Is there any old and expired makeup or beauty product that you still keep for sentimental reasons?
3. Has any book disappointed you recently?
4. Very dark lips: yay or nay?
5. Do you like the Italian language?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.117

Hello everyone,

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

Robes A La Francaise

robe a la francaise

Last month, I posted some photos of robes a la francaise on my other blog, History And Other Thoughts (yes, this is a shameless plug!). I thought you may like to see them, as they are absolutely gorgeous. ;)

What I’m Reading Now

getting waisted monica parker
Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin by Monica Parker
This book has a very misleading title. When I picked it up, I thought it would give some practical advice to fat women about how to survive in a society obsessed with being thin that constantly puts them down. As it turns out, it’s not a survival guide at all. Instead, it’s a beautiful biography. Monica Parker has always struggled with her weight, and here, she bravely shares her insecurities about her body, the many fad, often dangerous, diets, she’s tried in an effort to lose weight, and all the obstacles she had to face in her life. As Monica recalls her life, from childhood till now, the readers gets to see how the enviroment she lived in, and the problems she had to face contributed to her weight problems, and how, in turn, her weight affected every aspect of her life, creating a vicious circle that’s hard to break. And yet, Monica, thanks to her bubbly personality and sense of humour which have never left her, has also managed to carve out a career she loves and form a family with a wonderful man who adores her just the way she is. I highly recommend this book to everyone, as it makes you understand what it is like to be fat in our modern society and what these people go through every day. It’s not pretty, but it’s by understanding that we can begin to heal and solve the problem. Available at amazon.

The Links

Interested in a career in the fragrance industry? Here’s where to start – Bois De Jasmin

Modest is hottest? The Revealing Truth – Beauty Redefined

How to make a hypoallergenic product – Colin’s Beauty Pages

5 cleansing oils comparisons – Fables In Fashion

Which anti-aging ingredients really work? - The Beauty Brains

Sunday Survey, Vol.195

1. A movie that scared you as a child?
I don’t remember the name, but it’s the movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger’s head explodes. I’ve only ever seen the advert on TV, but it scared the hell out of me then, and even now it makes me a little uneasy.

2. When was the last time you had a makeup makeover?
About three years ago at an Estee Lauder event. I love to get makeovers, but there aren’t many opportunities for that when you live in a small town. Most shops here either don’t offer the service or they only have a MUA apply on you the products that you’re interested in buying, just to see if they suit you, how you like the finish and stuff like that.

3. Something you need to do today?
Take some photos for the blog.

4. Truth or dare?
Truth. I hate doing dares, because they are often either stupid or sexual. But with the right crowd, I may go for a dare. I usually prefer truths, though, especially because my life is pretty boring, so there’s little risk of me revealing something I don’t want others to know.

5. Is it still worth it to have a facebook page for your blog?
If you follow me on social media, you know I’ve become more active on twitter, google plus and pinterest. Facebook would be next on the list, but they keep reducing the reach of people who sees your posts, so I’m unsure whether it’s worth my time to revamp the page. What do you think? Do you still follow blogs that way or have you given up on FB too?

It’s your turn now!
1. A movie that scared you as a child?
2. When was the last time you had a makeup makeover?
3. Something you need to do today?
4. Truth or dare?
5. Is it still worth it to have a facebook page for your blog?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.116

Hello everyone,

here’s another round of random ramblings. Enjoy, and don’t forget to share what you have been up to this past week as well!

Lemon Tart

lemon tart
This was my boyfriend’s second attempt at making a lemon tart. The first time he tried, he used three lemons, which was actually too much. The tart tasted quite bitter, but of course, we devoured it all anyway. This time, he used only one lemon, so the flavour was quite light and delicate, and absolutely delicious. He’s gonna try it with two lemons next time, and I can’t wait. Have you ever made a lemon tart, or baked anything lately?

What I’m Reading Now

I always loved you robin oliveira
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira
You must read this book. You absolutely must. Even if you’re not into history, art, or books. Even if you don’t have much time to read. But if you’re gonna read just one book this year, make it this one. And yes, I’ll get a small commission if you buy it through this Amazon link, but that’s not why I’m raving about it. I Always Loved You is about the romance about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, but also focuses, in the background, on the relationship between Berthe Morisot and the Manet brothers, Edouard and Eugenie. If you know anything about this lot, you’ll know that I Always Loved You is not your classic love story.

The book is about both the pleasures and pains of love, its joys and its sacrifices, and the loneliness and regrets that remain when you lose it. It’s not the classic romantic love, but something more real and profound than that. It’s a  very emotional, nostalgic and even bittersweet read. The characters, as well as Belle Epoque Paris, which is a character in itself, are vividly brought to life by Oliveira’s talent, brilliant prose and close attention to details. This one is truly a masterpiece, and that’s not something that can be said of many books.

The Links

Why are moisturizers white even though they contain dark ingredients? - The Beauty Brains

Which home remedies on Pinterest work and which don’t? – Future Derm

Loving your body 101: the 3 questions of positive body image – Beauty Redefined

Chemical free is not a real thing and chemophobia is making people stupid - Xo Jane

How many eyeshadow applications are in a palette? - Brightest Bulb In The Box

Sunday Survey, Vol.194

1. Do you host dinner parties?
Nope, I have never hosted one, mainly because I’m a bad cook. I need to improve my culinary skills first.

2. A lipstick you never get tired of wearing it?
Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick in Rose Petal. It’s a beautiful antique pink shade that goes well with any look.

3. How are you feeling today?
Relaxed and well, thank you. I hope you are all fine and enjoying yourselves too. :)

4. Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty?
Half-empty. I tend to be pessimistic by nature, although I’m trying to change that and training myself to see the good side in everything. I find that surrounding yourself with positive, optimistic people helps.

5. Do you like one-shoulder dresses?
Yes, I think they are very pretty and elegant.

It’s your turn now!
1. Do you host dinner parties?
2. A lipstick you never get tired of wearing it?
3. How are you feeling today?
4. Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty?
5. Do you like one-shoulder dresses?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.115

Hello ladies,

it’s Sunday again, so here’s another round of random ramblings. Enjoy, and feel free to share yours in the comments! :)

Ripper Street

ripper street
Victorian crime drama Ripper Street has been saved by Amazon, which has commissioned a third series! Yay! This is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long long long time. Set in Whitechapel in the late 1880′s, shortly after the Jack the Ripper murders, it follows the adventures of the Whitechapel H Division. Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake, and former US Army surgeon and Pinkerton agent Captain Homer Jackson (who’s married to brother madam Susan) work together to solve crimes. In the background, the series also features important social and economic issues of the time, such as the London matchgirls strike of 1888, Chinese immigration, bare-knuckle boxing, and early pornography. The series has gripping and dark storylines (and quite a lot of violence, which I usually dislike, but here it works well) and an excellent cast. The three male leads are very hot too. ;) I also have a bit of a crush on Inspector Shine, which is quite unsettling. Please tell me I’m not the only one. Do you like Ripper Street? And if you haven’t watched it yet, what are you waiting for?

What I’m Reading Now

breakthrough communication harrison monarth
Breakthrough Communication: A Powerful 4-Step Process for Overcoming Resistance and Getting Results by Harrison Monarth
Would you like to communicate better? In this book Harrison Monarth, a leader in persuasive communication and speaker coaching, will teach you an easy-to-implement four step process that will help you increase your confidence, establish yourself as a leader in your field and communicate your message in a way that will motivate people to adopt your agenda and act on it. Although the book is aimed mostly at professionals aiming to further their careers, the technique explained here can also be used by parents, teachers, consumers, activists and just anyone who wants to communicate a message in a way that delivers the desired results. If you’re interested, it’s available at amazon.

The Links

The worst nail advice ever heard – All Lacquered Up

Why breast implants are not for you – Beauty Redefined

Does co-washing really clean your hair? – The Natural Haven Bloom

5 uses for your used foundation brush – Makeup And Beauty Blog

100 reasons why you should love yourself right now – Makeup Files

Sunday Survey, Vol. 193

1. Would you ever consider opening your own restaurant, pub, or bakery?
I’m trying to convince the bf to open one, actually. He loves food and is a great cook, and I know he’d be great at it. But he thinks it’s too tough. :(

2. Have you ever cut your own hair?
Nope, I’d just make a mess! Better leaving that to the professionals. :)

3. What time did you wake up this morning?
7:15. I always wake up at this hour so that I can work out. It’s a great way to start the day, even on Sunday. :)

4. Socks with sandals: yay or nay?
No, just no.

5. Do you like pastel nail polishes?
Yes, especially when they’re shiny. They are very pretty and perfect for spring.

It’s your turn now!
1. Would you ever consider opening your own restaurant, pub, or bakery?
2. Have you ever cut your own hair?
3. What time did you wake up this morning?
4. Socks with sandals: yay or nay?
5. Do you like pastel nail polishes?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.114

Hello everyone,

can you believe it’s Sunday again already? How quickly time flies! And it’s now time for some more random ramblings. Enjoy!

Fairy Tales Illustrations by Edmund Dulac

dulac_cinderella
I’ve always loved fairy tales. When I was a child, I had quite a few fairy tales books that I would read over and over again. But I also loved to look at their illustrations. They were so pretty! One of my favourite fairy tales illustrators is Edmund Dulac, who worked during the Golden Age of Illustrations, which ended in the 1920s. His pictures, mostly done with watercolours, are ethereal and depict the traditional artwork of the places the fairy tales are set in, which may seem like the obvious thing to do to us now, but at the time, it was revolutionary. Dulac was one of the first to do it. To see more pictures, click here.

What I’m Reading Now

the forbidden queen anne o brien
The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien
Catherine of Valois is now merely a footnote in history, remembered only for marrying the English King Henry V, who left her alone for most of their brief marriage while he fought a war with France, and then Owen Tudor. From their relationship, the Tudor dynasty descended. Catherine’s life is poorly documented, which is partly due to the fact, that she didn’t really play any significant role in politics, so O’Brien could give free rein to her imagination. Her Catherine is someone most of us can relate with. We see her blossom from an insecure girl who, never having known love, lacks self-esteem, into a confident woman who is not afraid to fight for her right to marry the man she loves and live her life her own way. O’Brien writes beautifully, bringing both Catherine and her world to life. If you’re interested in this forgotten Queen, or are a fan of historical fiction, I urge you to pick up this book. It’s available at amazon.

The Links

Barbie and Sports Illustrated teach sexual objectification for all ages – Beauty Redefined

There’s WHAT in My Toothpaste?: Seven Minerals In Your Bathroom
– Brightest Bulb In The Box

The Love-Its, a rant about beauty bloggers who love everything they try - British Beauty Blogger

9 full spectrum sunscreens – 15 Minute Beauty

My top 5 pink lipsticks – Makeup 4 All

Sunday Survey, Vol.192

1. Have you ever ridden an unicycle?
Nope, but I’d love to. It looks fun!

2. What’s the most important thing you look for in a lipgloss?
Staying power. Doesn’t matter how pretty the colour or how moisturizing the texture is, if it lasts only an hour on the lips, what’s the point?

3. Favourite eyeshadow palette of the moment?
Sleek Makeup Lagoon Eyeshadow Palette. It features a nice mix of wearable brights.

4. Do you prefer fall or spring makeup collections?
Spring, definitely. I like darker and vampy shades, but they’re not easy to pull off if you have pale skin. Pastels and glowy peachy and pink shades are more flattering on me.

5. Crop tops are back this spring. How do you feel about that?
I loved crop tops in high school, but I think I’ve outgrown them now. Definitely a trend I’m not going to rock.

It’s your turn now!
1. Have you ever ridden an unicycle?
2. What’s the most important thing you look for in a lipgloss?
3. Favourite eyeshadow palette of the moment?
4. Do you prefer fall or spring makeup collections?
5. Crop tops are back this spring. How do you feel about that?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.113

Hi everyone,

are you ready for another post full of random ramblings? Let’s get started then:

Wishlist Vol.17

wishlist 17

Chantecaille Save the Bees Palette: this cute palette features 4 shades, decorated with a bee, in gold, coral, brown and blue. With every purchase, 5% of proceeds will be donated to the Xerces Society to help protect bees and our environment. I wish they gave more, but it’ a start. :)

OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencils: a new line of longwearing and pigmented pencils for eyes, lips and body. They are available in 12 shades, ranging from wearable neutrals to bold brights.

Serge Lutens Laine de Verre: inspired by “complementary opposites”, this clean scent features notes of citrus, aldehydes, musk and Cashmeran (its smells oscillates between woods and musk).

Asos Faux Pearl Plait Pony: this hair clip features a faux pearl drop chain that can be used to decorate braids and other hairstyles.

Modcloth Artisan Iced Tea Dress in Hibiscus: this cute red sleeveless dress has a scoop neck, a ruched top and a floral cut out skirt overlay. It’s pretty and cheerful, perfect for summer.

What I’m Reading Now

the pride of the peacock victoria holt
The Pride Of The Peacock by Victoria Holt
The novel is set at the turn of the century England. Jessica Clavering was brought up in an impoverished family that had to sell their big mansion to pay off their debts. And her mother made sure no one forgot who they were and what they had lost. One day, Jessica meets the new owner of her old house, Ben Hennicker. The two become close friends, but when Ben is about to die, he is willing to leave her his fortune only if she marries his son, the owner of an opal mine in Australia. There, she will find love and discover, at the peril of her own life, the mystery surrounding one of the greatest opals ever found. This novel is very charming . The characters are interesting and the plot, although a bit slow at times, full of twists and turns that will keep you glued to the page. Although this is a romance novel, there is no passionate kissing or sex scenes in it. This may disappoint some people, but I like it. It’s nice for once to see how a romantic relationship between two characters blossoms, and be reminded that there’s more to love than sex. Overall, this is an enjoyable read that I recommend to all fans of historical romance novels. It’s available at amazon from as little as $0.01!.

The Links

What’s your eye shape and how to take advantage of it – 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic

11 things you never knew about retinol and retinoids until now - Future Derm

The heart bun - The Beauty Department

Best facial primers – Musings Of A Muse

How cosmetics are regulated – The Beauty Brains

Sunday Survey, Vol.191

1. Do you take more after your mother or your father?
Definitely my mother. I’m shy and reserved just like her. And it’s from her that I inherited my love for books.

2. A perfume you own but never wear?
Mmm, I rarely buy a full size bottle of perfume, and when I do, it’s one I love and wear often. But I have a sample of Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb that I never wear because on me it smells like candy. Overpoweringly so.

3. What shoes are you wearing at the moment?
Pink slippers.

4. MasterChef or Hell’s Kitchen?
I find them both boring, but if I had to choose, I’d go with MasterChef. There’s too much drama and bad language for my tastes in Hell’s Kitchen.

5. Do you like sleeveless puffy vests?
I think they can look great, but they’re not my style.

It’s your turn now!
1. Do you take more after your mother of your father?
2. A perfume you own but never wear?
3. What shoes are you wearing at the moment?
4. MasterChef or Hell’s Kitchen?
5. Do you like sleeveless puffy vests?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.112

Hello ladies,

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

Suzannah

suzannah dresses
Suzannah Crabb is a British designer who makes clothes that are almost couture. She specializes in special occasions and wedding dresses and also offers made-to-measure and bespoke services. All her clothes are rigorously made in Britain. I’m in love with them. They are glamorous, fun and retro. Suzannah’s distinctive style features clean, flattering lines, bright colours and cute patterns. Although all her clothes have a vintage feel, they look very modern. They are perfect for women who want to look polished and elegant but not boring and old-fashioned. Are you a fan of Suzannah too?

What I’m Reading Now

back from the brink graeme cowan
Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder by Graeme Cowan
This is a book I wish I had when I was a teenager and was going through one of my worst bouts of depression. Only that back then, I didn’t know that I was depressed. I just thought I was weak, that I had some character flaw that needed to be hidden or people would think bad of me. That’s how most depressed people feel, and that’s what prevents them from asking for help. There is so much stigma and so many misconceptions about depression that those who suffer from it often prefer to keep it a secret, or self-medicate with alcohol and drugs (which, of course, just make things worse), or just retreat from life altogether. Graeme Cowan suffered from such deep depression that he tried to commit suicide four times. Since he got better, he has dedicated his life to help those affected by depression and bipolar disorder.

In this book, he shares his experience, as well as that of other people, from all walks of life, that suffered from these illnesses, such as former US Representative Patrick Kennedy; TV host Trisha Goddard; former chief advisor to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell; and, former professional football player, Greg Montgomery. This makes those who suffer from depression and bipolar disorders feel less alone, and shows every reader, even healthy ones, that these illnesses can affect anyone, that those who suffer from them can lead normal lives if properly treated, and dispels some common myths about them (not all depressed people spend all day in bed doing nothing, for instance). It also has some useful information about what these illnesses are, how to recognize if you or a loved one has them, and how they can be treated. If you’re interested in the topic, I highly recommend it. You can buy it at amazon, or you can request a free excerpt here.

The Links

The race issue in the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue – Beauty Redefined

How peru balsam is harvested - Bois De Jasmin

Do stem cells in cosmetic products work? – Chemists Corner

7 lippies that offer full UV protection – 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic

The dose really matters – Colin’s Beauty Pages

Sunday Survey Vol.190

1. One of your favourite TV shows from the ’90s?
Beverly Hills 90210, the early seasons. Brenda was my favourite character and after she left, the show started going downhill. Before that, I never missed an episode. I also had a huge crush on Jason Priestley, who played Brandon then. :oops:

2. Does a shade or product name impacts your decision to purchase?
Only if it is offensive. Names such as Cougar or Size Zero, both Rodial products, are in really bad taste (actually, that’s an euphemism) and they completely put me off. Sexual names like Deep Throat or Strip Tease only slightly annoy me because I’m tired of sex being used to sell everything (seriously, how boring is that?), but if I like them and they work well for me, I’ll still buy them.

3. What song is stuck in your head at the moment?
Hall Of Fame by The Script feat. Will.I.Am. It’s featured in a popular commercial here at the moment, and it’s very catchy.

4. Mini or maxi dresses?
I prefer midi these days, but if I have to choose, I’d say mini. I’m quite short so I don’t think I could pull off a maxi dress.

5. What do you think of clear glosses?
I think every girl should own one. They are very versatile. They can add shine to a lipstick, be used to create your own lip shade, as a highlighter, or even to groom your eyebrows. I don’t think it’s necessary to have more than one in your stash, though.

It’s your turn now!
1. One of your favourite TV shows from the ’90s?
2. Does a shade or product name impacts your decision to purchase?
3. What song is stuck in your head at the moment?
4. Mini or maxi dresses?
5. What do you think of clear glosses?