Kindle Paperwhite Beyoncé's Concert Bobbi Brown Be Who You Are

Rambling Reflections: Kindle, Beyoncé, #BeWhoYouAre, and a GIVEAWAY

So, I finally gave in.

I took advantage of Amazon Prime Day and bought a Kindle Paperwhite.

I didn’t want to, but I had to: my apartment is tiny and there’s no more room for books.

The reason I didn’t want a Kindle is that I’ve always loved books – not just the words they contain, but also their physicality, their feel in my hands.

Growing up, I could spend hours in bookstores. Just being among books made me feel good. All those spines, and covers, and the smell of new pages…

Pages… Did you know that Kindle ebooks don’t have page numbers? All you see is the percentage read, so instead of seeing, say, page 62, you’ll see, like, 20%. How cold and scientific is that? A book is a work of art (sometimes, LOL!), not a lab experiment… I want my page numbers back, for God’s sake! [Wait! I’ve just found out while editing the post that you can actually get page numbers to show if the publisher included them in the book file. PHEW!]

Kindle PaperwhiteAnyways, if all that matters to you is the content of books, you’re going to love the Kindle. I mean, there definitely are aspects that I love, too – like being able to start reading virtually any book whenever and wherever I want, or that ebooks are usually cheaper than their physical counterparts.

Beyoncé Formation Tour Milan ConcertBeyoncé performing live at San Siro Stadium in Milan

In other news, Monday I went to Milan for Beyoncé’s concert, which was completely and utterly amazing. How could so much talent (and beauty) end up into a single human being?

If I could ‘steal’ something from her, I think it would be:

  1. her voice. It literally gave me goosebumps when she sang a cappella.
  2. her omnipresent wind machine. You know, the stage area was huge: there was one main stage that was linked by runways to two smaller stages, and there also was another runaway on the right of the main stage. Well, no matter where she was within that area, she’d always have wind in her hair. How cool would it be to always have wind in your hair wherever you go? I mean, in our 38°C, 80% humidity weather, it would really come in handy! 😉

Bobbi Brown Be Who You Are CampaignThe Bobbi Brown #BeWhoYouAre campaign celebrates women’s natural beauty

Have you seen the Bobbi Brown #BeWhoYouAre campaign? I saw it this week on Instagram and fell in love with the concept. It celebrates women’s natural beauty and promotes the idea that makeup should enhance, rather than mask – an idea I, too, try to push forward in my own small way.

In a world where the biggest Instagram sensation is a teenage girl whose appearance has been completely altered by plastic surgery (68.4 million followers. Like, REALLY?!), I think Bobbi Brown’s campaign is a breath of fresh air.


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  • Reply
    July 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve had my Kindle for a few years now, and I love it! It’s so easy to buy and store books – I too live in a small appartment and had to leave my bookshelf at mom’s place when I started living separately.
    And I love the Bobbi Brown campaign as well. After a few years of contouring and heavy makeup, I think it’s finally time for minimalist, fresh-faced looks that are gorgeous not only in photos, but in person as well.

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    Shireen L. Platt
    July 25, 2016 at 2:55 am

    I reckon the teenage girl is Kylie Jenner? I’ve always been very shy in posting my makeup because my approach is very natural (think Lisa Eldridge’s techniques) and I don’t do the crazy under eyes, forehead, down the bridge of the nose, chin highlighting and nor do I do crazy contouring or bronzing and it feels too simple in comparison to the YouTube/IG makeups. It’s good to see Bobbi Brown is campaigning for it too.

    It’s so cool that you got ourself a Kindle Paperwhite, I got my husband one for Christmas last year, well the normal one because Paperwhite was too pricey then. I hope you like it, my husband loves his!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    July 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I was a book lover as well until I started backpacking. I just couldn’t justify carrying my body weight in books every day, but travel only with one was´t possible either. I do read a lot on holiday, and I do read fast. So my iPad was purchased and I have used that ever since, only purchasing books I really, really loved to have them physical.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    July 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Somehow, I always prefer reading through books so never thought about getting Kindle. Beyonce’s concert must have been amazing, she’s gorgeous!!!

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    July 25, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I love that your reason for ending up buying a Kindle was due to lack of space – girl, you must have SO many books! Also, 100% with you on the concept of having a strategically placed wind machine blowing hair off the face 24/7 😉

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    July 26, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I used to read so many books and now I feel like I can’t find time for it, whenever I start a new book, something happens and I don’t touch it for weeks. For travelling Kindle would come handy, at least then your bag won’t be as heavy 🙂 Beyonce is a babe and I would like to see her live performance, she has a really strong voice! Also that wind machine sounds perfect, with that heat you definitely need that 🙂
    68.4 million followers altered by plastic surgery? Uh that’s a lot!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    July 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I used to have a Kindle and I loved it, now I just use my iPad. I like the convenience of it and that I can take it with ym anywhere without having to worry about lagging a large book.

    I bet Beyonce’s concert was a blast, and YES to the wind machine!!!

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    The Fashion Folks
    July 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Bet the Beyoncé concert was amazing, saw her live three years ago and cried on my way home! Queen B all the way haha! Xx

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    July 27, 2016 at 6:16 am

    I have a wind machine at home! Actually it’s just a fan but super powerful, and it is called “wind machine”, lol!
    I’m with you on the Bobbi Brown campaign, the fact that extreme makeup trends are taking over because of the influence of instagram and youtube disturbs me. Everyone should do what they want, of course, but there’s a lot of pressure to look like the instagram celebrities with heavy full coverage foundation, drawn-on brows, chiseled contour, a lot of highlighter, a strong crease… Makeup is so much prettier when it’s made to flatter the natural features!


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    July 27, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I hate eBooks, I’ve lost the habit of reading and doing it in an electronic device make it a lot harder for me.

    I love the idea of Bobbi Brown campaign as I always believed that’s the magic of makeup, however I got disappointed when I see the before and after of two beautiful Asian women because they ended up looking paler that they naturally are. I know it’s common in Asia to believe the paler you are the higher class you have but it’s a shame Bobbi Brown reinforces that beauty stereotype.

    I haven’t entered in the giveaway, tomorrow I swear.

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      Carol in a
      July 27, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Hi Efrain, it’s good to see you here! 🙂
      I didn’t notice that about the two Asian women, but you definitely have a point. It’s funny, though, most people here want to look darker.
      Yay, I’m glad you’re entering the giveaway!

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        July 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm

        Here are the two photos I told you, I hope it’s just a mistake or a really bright flash and this one In Mexico things are awkward because everyone prefers a lighter skin but at the same time they like to tan on the beach, my sister and I are the ones that joke we’re Asian because we avoid sun as much as we can; and the joke now is bigger because we’ve realized my skintone is so similiar to South East Asians due to the yellow in my skin.

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    Taislany Gomes
    July 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Wow, great post! Love Beyonce!

    Great giveaway

    Hope you’re having a nice day! Kisses,

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    July 28, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I like the look of the Kindle Paperwhite, the text looks really crisp and clear! I have a mini kobo and it fit’s into some of my larger coat pockets which makes it really easy to whip out and read when I’m commuting! Gosh I’d love beyonce’s voice too, I’m known to be quite a singer amongst my friends…..not

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    July 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I usually dont get the time to read books because of office life… but this once is a great post, I love Beyonce….
    xo, Neha

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    Fashionably Idu
    July 30, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Great giveaway. I don’t own a kindle but I did know that publishers can choose to add or remove page numbers. Always wondered why anyone would choose to take them off. I love the smell of new books too. So sad when that goes away. I guess then it’d be time to go buy another book haha. Ive never seen Bey live and I look forward to the day.

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    Kiss & Make-up
    July 31, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    It must be AMAZING to see queen Bey live! So much talent. And yes, beauty too 🙂

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    H A Parker
    August 1, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Wow I didn’t realise a Kindle showed you the percentage that you’ve read! That definitely does take away the art of a book. technology has done that with a lot of things. But then again there are so many amazing things about technology too. I saw Beyoncé when she came to London. I completely agree, she was phenomenal. If only I had BeyHive tickets though – one day!!:D – My Everyday Make-up Look + Cream Contouring

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