Poetry: Bound

Baby given up with no name;

Until someone took her in- shelter from the storm;

Once nameless, now framed with a name;

Adopted by a family, last name changed;

Growing up, a feeling she never could ignore;

Secrets kept, she never once implore;

Memories lost she couldn’t restore;

Bound lost, lonely, abandoned, hopeless, dazed, and confused;

A house that felt like no home;

A family disconnected;

Betrayed of lies;

But one remained hidden deep inside;

Within her heart, a longing she couldn’t sway;

A face once without a name, named.

Had a home.

Had a family.

Had a life beyond some.

Yet, deep within,

A child once nameless,

Could never separate her from reality;

Deep within, her heart bound by

Lost, lonely, abandoned, hopeless, dazed, and confused.

Rani Cosmetics: Lassi


This is Lassi in is thin application. I am loving this shade! And my first blog post I had said I felt the griny-ness of the shimmer. I do not feel it with this applied like this. Maybe it was the first application or the way I applied it that made more shimmer on my lips so that it would feel griny? I don’t know.

Rani Cosmetics

Hi all. One of my favorite Youtuber’s had recently launched a new makeup line. Currently, she is selling lipsticks only. She is an Indian. She named her makeup company Rani, which means queen. She believes everyone should feel like royalty and be empowered and confident when applying and wearing lipstick.

Her name is Eshani and her YouTube ID is TotalMakeupJunkie101. She loves reviewing makeup, especially lipsticks. Her very first makeup launch was Sparked Dazzling Lipstick line.

Sparked Dazzling reminds Eshani of fireworks in the night sky. These lipsticks are not matte shades. They have shimmer. They go very well with Medium to tan skin. However, she has tested these on fair and others and they all feel it is wearable. These lipsticks are cruelty and vegan free. They are made in America.

They are priced at $18, which is pricey; however, these lipsticks were not made with cheap ingredients and the shimmer in these are not cheap glitter. For the work she put into designing or lipstick, tube, and the packaging, I feel $18 isn’t too bad.

This line of lipsticks consist of six shades- nude, pink, red, orange, brown. and a deep vampy purple. They each have their own unique scent. But the scent is neither overpowering nor overwhelming.

One lipstick is called Lassi. Lassi is a vibrant, red-orange base with gold and pink shimmer. Lassi in Indian is a mango smoothie. So Lassi lipstick has a mango scent to it.

http://www.ranicosmetics.com

Latte is a chocolatey brown shade with a subtle violet and blue shimmer. Latte has a chai latte scent to it. I feel this is more daily wearable for me. It doesn’t show much glitter on my lips when I tried it compared to Lassi and Bindi (red shade). This did not feel too griny when pressing my lips together.

http://www.ranicosmetics.com


Bindi is the third lipstick I purchased out of the six shades. It is a classic medium red shade with pink and gold shimmer. Bindi has a strawberries and cream scent.

http://www.ranicosmetics.com


These three I purchased were sent in a beautiful purple evenlope.

The delivery didn’t take long. I ordered this on April 9th and just received it today, April 13th a day earlier than the original delivery date.

It also came with an invoice. My address is hidden by the three lipsticks packaging.

Each lipstick packaging has a nice holographic design with Rani inscribed in a pink aluminum foil. On one side is a sticker shaded in the lipstick color along with its name.

Opening up the package to reveal the lipsick tube, you will see the lipstick tube resemble NARS’ in some ways. NARS’ is more rubbery. These tubes are not rubbery and they are not black. They are white; however, she did not make it rubbery because that can get dirty on the black tube (so imagine a dirty white tube).

The other three shades are:

Tattoo, which is the nude of the bunch. It is a universal pinky-nude with pink shimmer. It has a subtle caramel cream scent.

Syrup is a fuschia-pink base with a subtle rose scent.

Last but not least, Eclipse is a dark vampy purple shade, which flatters every skin tone. It has a subtle coconut scent.

To apply, they say prep your lips by exfoliating and moisturize. In order for a sheer look, apply a thin layer. Add more for full, intense color.

If you would like to purchase all six shades, you can for $99. I just purchased three to start off.

Lassi I got because of the mango scent and wanting to see if that orange will flatter my skin tone since I hear it’s supposed to flatter all. Latte I bought for the scent chai latte and thinking it might be a good daily wear for me. Bindi I purchased thinking I wanted to try the red-orange shade.

As for the shimmer, if you’re used to matte/cream shades without shimmer, you may feel a little uncomfortable wearing the shimmer. When your lips press together you may feel them. Also, I felt the Bindi and Lassi had too much shimmer. The shades are flattering, but the shimmer can be a bit too much for those not used to it.

The only lipstick I have with shimmer is from Kat Von D. Mercy is a nice garnet shade with a hint of shimmer. When wearing that one, I tolerated it more than these. I didn’t feel the shimmer as much as I do with the Rani lipsticks. However, when using it a lot, eventually, the lipstick in the bullet when applied felt griny. I am not sure if Rani lipsticks will do the same.

I feel like Rani’s is not as drying as Kat Von D’s, which is good if you’re the type who dislikes drying formulas or just need the moisturization.

As for the shades, I will definitely wear Latte. However, the other shades, I want to try adding a thin layer for a subtle sheer look. Otherwise, it will be out of my comfort zone. I feel Lassi and Bindi are more for parties when in full intensity. I am unsure of its sheerness.

Would I purchase more? I have my mind set on purchasing the only nude shade Tattoo. However, I will not splurge right away. I also want to try the Eclipse. Syrup is one I’m iffy because of its fuschia pink color, which I usually feel is too much for me.

I hope Eshani comes out with more lipsticks soon- more nonshimmer cream/matte shades. I can’t wait to see what’s in store with her eyes/face makeup. But overall, I really like Latte and I would support her new makeup line when I can.

Eshani’s passion for makeup is shown in her YouTube videos. Her reviews are honest. I am very glad she opened her new store Rani Cosmetics. How she put so much thought and details into her line is something not a lot of businesses do. For more information on her new lipstick launch, visit her YouTube TotalMakeupJunkie101 or Rani Cosmetics site.

Prompt: Minimal

Well now, last Monday began first day of spring. This week art has been running through my head. For some reason, my brain is excited for spring. It’s coming up with paint art ideas even on days we don’t have art.

Two days ago we did a butterfly art inspired by a teacher in an older class I worked in last week. She had placed paint on a paper as an example and showed the older class a butterfly. They decided they wanted to draw or cut one out, then paint. So, I took her’s for prek since teacher I work with is always looking for “easy” “quick” art. The kids enjoyed it but theirs did not look like a butterfly. One sort of did. Most looked like bugs or leaf, etc.

Yesterday, I decided to use paint again and this time paint their hand. They loved that! Minimal products for a creative, fun activity the teacher can’t say no to. Well, I’ll be painting hands individually; so, I think there will be some problems of the other kids waiting. To me, that’s no problem at all. Just do a game with them or a coloring page and they’ll stay occupied until their name is called.

Yesterday wasn’t art day. But I got the paint all ready for it. Instead they colored a Papa John’s picture. If their parents turn it in to the one addressed on the page, they’ll get a pizza for 2.99, I think. I thought a free pizzas for the kids who turn it in. But nope! Oh, well.

I’m still thinking of art to do. It’s the easy quick and minimal materials that’s tricky.

Lip Smacker Tsum Tsum Collection

Just how cute are they! Disney’s Tsum Tsum collection from the maker’s of Lip Smacker lip balms.

There are so many characters and flavors. I haven’t found Minnie Mouse or Tigger, which are two I been wanting. I did find Mickey Mouse, which I wanted, but at the time couldn’t get.

For Star Wars and Lip Smacker fans, “…in a galaxy far, far away” four lip balms will be released. Sometime in April I hear Yoda, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper, and R2D2 will hit stores and Lip Smacker site. I’ve already seen reviews by my two favorite YouTube lip balm reviewers: Lip Balm Addict and PurpleStars02.

I’m usually wearing lipsticks often. But this year I seem to be going through a daily lip balm phase. I’m very picky about lip balms. I feel they are not very moisturizing or lasting. But wearing these, I feel like my lips are moisturized and once applied, I don’t feel the need to reapply within five minutes, thirty minutes, or an hour later. Even when I put this on before sleep, I wake up with my lips not dry.

Each character has their own flavor. After my review, I will tell you my top favorites and which I would like to have an extra. For review, the characters are picked by the pictures I took before blogging.

Tsum Tsum 1:

Based on pictures because my boxes are in my trunk, I have two Dale’s, rather than Chip and Dale. It’s a bit upsetting I didn’t check one box before purchasing when I went back to get its twin, but I still kept it. *facepalm for not reading the box before purchasing*


I might give one away to someone who really likes the smell of Kooky Oatmeal Cookie. This scent is not my favorite and if I were to have duplicates of certain Tsum Tsums, this one wouldn’t make the cut. I guess Dale just got lucky. Luck, the daily prompt word for yesterday… my mind’s still thinking about that. Anyways, these are so cute even if I don’t like the scent so much.

These stacked easy. Some Tsum Tsums for me were very hard to stack.

Removing is simple. Just twist the bottom cap and a half egg shape on the cap will appear. Smelling, this does smell like oatmeal cookies. But it’s not my kind of cookie flavor or smell.

On my hand this lip balm left no tint, just a shinyness. The same on my lips.

Tsum Tsum 2&3:

These Tsum Tsums are together pictured because their flavors are similar. Both have a blueberry scent.


On the left, from the movie Lilo and Stitch, meet Stitch.
Stitch’s flavor is Blueberry Wave. That scent reminds me of blueberry chewy Airheads. Though blueberry scent isn’t in my top five favorites, between this and Dory’s, this one to me, is more lighter blueberry scent and my favorite.


Below a swatch of this lip balm.


Dory, Dory, Dory… your memory might be a bit hazy, but Lip Smacker’s sure knows how to make you look, smell, and flavor named adorable. Blue Tang Berry, like I said before, a bit more stronger berry scent than Stitch’s. If you’re a blueberry fan you’ll love this one. Again no tint.


Tsum Tsum 4:

Daisy!


Glamorous Daisy with a scent just as glamorous as she. Daisy scent is Glamorous Cotton Candy and the shade of the balm is pink as her bow and shoes.


Just like all the others, Daisy leaves your lips shiny and tintless.


Tsum Tsum 5:

Most everyone’s favorite snowman from Frozen is back to bring you warm hugs and smiles.

With Olaf’s Icy Truffle Treat scent melting on your lips, you’re sure to turn the frown upside down.

When first purchasing and smelling, the scent reminded me of Andes mint chocolate. I love these mints.



Tsum Tsum 6:



Alice In Wonderland’s Cheshire cat scented in Plumberry Wonderland is sure to drift your nose buds into wonderland.


To me, this little furball (which is not so furry, more like rough) smells like bubble gum. Like all the other lip balms it doesn’t leave any tint, just a shine.

Tsum Tsum 7:

From the classic childhood movie of a child and his best friends who are stuffed animals comes the little old gray donkey who’s always down in the dumps and losing his tail.


For a character who’s so depressed, you would think their flavor would be a gloomy one and their name would quite so fit it. But nope! “Cheer Up Buttercup”, the sad lil’ Eeyore wants a smile on your face. Even when his face has none….


This Cheer Up Buttercup scent isn’t my favorite and not putting a smile on my face persay. I’d say Olaf won that job.


This balm like all the rest left a shine, but no tint.


Meet two of the many friends in the 100 acre woods.


Sadly, I don’t have bouncy fun, fun, fun… I’m the only one! Tigger. But enjoy a picture of the three friends in classic movie Winnie the Pooh.


Tsum Tsum 8:

This little bear stuffed with fluff (or should I say stuffed with balm), wasn’t the next on the list. I switched it because it goes along with Eeyore. Carrying his honey pot full of honey around and diving his hands and even his nose in it until he gets stuck, Winnie the Pooh loves his honey! So it’s only fitting that Lip Smacker would name a scent after his favorite snack in the world- honey!
This lip balm is called Honey Pot and it’s one of my favorites. This has a nice honey scent.

And here’s the swatch you probably don’t need to see; since it’s all the same- no tint, just shine.

Tsum Tsum 9:

Thumper from Bambi is up! It’s our second to last scented lip balm.



Thumper’s kisses smells like caramel on your lips. That’s why it’s called Caramel Kisses. As for me and caramel, well… caramels not my favorite candy, flavor, or scent. So when it comes to talking about it I’ll let Thumper’s quote speak for itself.


Tsum Tsum 10:

Last but not least, everyones favorite childhood fairy from Peter Pan. Well, most everyone’s. It’s Tinkerbell! 


Sending sparkles your way, maybe a little bit of pixie dust may magically sparkle your day with this Pixie Peach Pie scented lip balm.

The scent is a pleasing peachy scent. I like the color of this balm. And like all the others, it doesn’t leave any tint.



These Lip Smackers are cute. I love collecting these and trying to stack them. Some can be stubborn and not connect with another. I wish they were a bit easier in stacking.

At first when I tried opening Eeyor, I was ready to pop him open by pulling on his body until I turned him over to see the words, “Twist off”. The bottom twist off. I saw another YouTube video on Marvel collection that their heads came off. That’s why I started pulling on the body.


They have other characters on Lip Smacker website, such as Donald Duck pictured lol’n above.

If they were to come out with more, I wish they would come out with Disney Princess Tsum Tsums. At least the old classics- Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. In addition to that, Pochahontas, Anna and Elsa from Frozen. They could make it like they did with the Marvel characters:


I hear Star Wars will be hitting stores in April. Lip Smackers if you read this, maybe you can make a tribute to Princess Leia and create a lip balm? A Tsum Tsum one. I wonder what flavor that would be….

Legion of Mary

Today I attended my first meeting of Legion of Mary (Legio Mariae) founded by Frank Duff in 1921. It is one to one-in-a-half hour long meetings held once a week. Each person is to do something during the week- “a job”. Some work with children, others distribute communion to sick, etc. There’s a list of acceptable jobs in a book I haven’t yet received. This week my only job is to talk about this group. See if anyone is inspired and wants to join or at least be an Auxiliary member.

At first, I thought that’s hard. But then the sister told me they don’t necessarily have to join. Just talk about the group to someone and if they are interested they can come to the next meeting for at least 30 minutes. That to me isn’t bad. I don’t know many where I live. I barely get out and talk. I stay in my bubble and drive around by myself or with my mom- that’s all. But I know one (besides mom) who I can ask that goes to the same church. This got me wishing I had a previous coworker number. She would probably join, at least at her church or be an Auxillary member.

Anyways, today’s meeting I enjoyed for the most part. There were some parts I drifted and felt anxious because of that. Those were mostly when they listed every individuals job done, some financial stuff, and previous weeks/upcoming events. Things I didn’t understand I drifted. But prayer time- rosary- I liked.

This group was very welcoming. They gave me tons of pamphlets to look over.

About Legion of Mary taken from Auxiliary Membership pamphlet:

The Legion of Mary is a Catholic lay association. It’s object is the glory of God. This is developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work of bringing everyone closer to God. Members participate in the life of the parish in many different ways and through collaboration in apostolic undertakings sponsored by the parish.

From what I understood, Auxiliary Members don’t participate in the group meetings, they stay at home and pray the prayers in the pamphlet each day. That, or 5 decades of the Rosary suffices.

As for the ones who join the weekly meetings, I am still learning. From what I got, they take attendance, then each member reports on their job each week. Like if you worked with EDGE, they asked how many kids were there. They also reported on how much budget was spent and what was left. There are some who visited the sick and gave communion to them.

During the meeting, they read from a book and whoever read or if someone else prefered, would discuss the reading. I didn’t have the book yet, so a lady next to me shared her’s.

The meeting I went to had 9 members, maybe 10 because one didn’t attend today’s. I’m a bit nervous, but excited to join this. I think it would be good and healthy for me. It’s keeping me busy. If it’s not this, I’d be out ruining my checking account on unnecessary spending or driving for no reason just to get out of the house. This is a way I can surround myself with people. Surround myself with positivity and forget all the negatives around me.

Year

Happy New Year all! New year, new you. That’s always what I hear each year. Weight Watchers ads for losing weight is currently running in between shows. I received one in mail a few days before 2016 had ended. I used to join it (2-3 times). Then I realized I am always going to fail at it. Although, I did reach losing ten pounds the last time I joined. That was a major achievement for me!

Yesterday, the last day of 2016, I weighed myself. I don’t usually do that. Judging by the result, I probably shouldn’t have. In 2014, I kept my weight around 150’s. Based on my height to weight ratio that’s not good. At times my weight would spiral upwards and downwards, but I managed to keep it around 150’s; rather than constant gaining.

After two weeks of holiday eating, I weighed myself yesterday to find I gained. I am now 165 pounds. That hit me by surprise because I thought I would be in 150’s. Honestly, I don’t know why I thought that. If I’m 150 and keep eating junk, I should be gaining.

It’s not like I took care of myself. I ate sugary foods, drank coke, digested foods containing heavy nickel. I’m allergic to nickel (metal and food). I am on a low nickel diet as of December 2014. But I keep failing on it.

When I first was told about my nickel food allergy, there were barely any articles. Last year there were a ton more blogs about it. With my body worn out on how I treated it, I have decided I need to make a change this year. I need to stay on my low nickel diet. That’s what I need.

Every new year I write take care of my health or lose weight for my resolutions. This year, it’s not only going to be about losing weight, but really trying to eat a low nickel diet.

I can take Allegra or any other allergy pills when I eat something I’m allergic to. But last year I realized Allegra can only help me if I do my part. If I keep taking Allegra to fight off an allergy I keep putting in me, eventually, Allegra will wave its white flag forfeiting and my allergy symptoms will win the war. 

So this year I have decided to try my best to follow my low nickel diet. It will be a struggle, but knowing there’s more articles on it and others going through the same thing helps. It sheds a light on a better year in maintaining my nickel allergy.

Do you or anyone you know have nickel allergy? What’s yours or their experience? Maybe we can bounce ideas off one another, or help each other. What are some of your New Years resolutions or goals?

Happy new year!