Prompt: Reservation


“You don’t have to save me, but would you run away with me…” Taylor Swift’s Call It What You Want To

He calls her up,

From the sound of her voice,

You can tell

Something is wrong.

A click and silence on the other end.

Alone, or so she thought.

She sat on the couch,

Staring at the blank screen,

Comforting herself with a cozy blanket,

She slowly drifts off.

Couple minutes later,

Startled, she sees him standing in front of her.

Surprised and speechless,

He left work early,

Made reservations just for the two.

The rest of the day,

It’s just them two.

L’Oréal Infallible Mattes… Are They the Same?

Hey everyone. How are you? Hope your New Year’s week is well and the first day back for lots of us went great.

Two days ago I tried YouTubing on L’Oréal’s Infallible Matte Paints and their Pro Matte Liquid Lipsticks. But I only found one video… and it was mainly swatches of them. Now that I own a Pro Matte, I see differences in the way the two apply. I wondered if others had the same reactions. I am no professional reviewing these two and I only own one shade from each collection… still, I think it would be cool to review on these.

Let’s start with the Infallible Matte Paints. L’Oreal heard a lot of their customers wants for Mattes when their regular Lip Paints launched. And so, the Mattes came to be. I have the shade #350 Cinna-Bomb. They now have two finishes: Matte and Metallic. The Mattes have six shades while metallics only four. So, the shade selection is very limited with these Lip Paints.

The applicator is a nice doe foot one that easily applies the shade on your lips. I have no problems with this. I love the packaging how it is in a squeezable paint tube. I also like that it comes with a brush.

The pigment applies smoothly; however between this and the Pro Matte liquid lipsticks, these feel like less product is coming on the brush and dryness during application. It is very nice and pigmented. I do feel like with this one I need to redip to get more product. It takes awhile to dry down to a matte finish; however, not as long as the Pro Matte. I haven’t worn it all day to say how the wear time of this and the other differs or similar. The company claims on their site the applicator is designed for a one swipe high pigmentation. For me, I didn’t get one swipe for my whole lips- redipping was needed.

Now to this Pro Matte liquid lipstick. It has a different applicator, which seems to hold onto more product; therefore, no need to redip.

I do like the other applicator a bit better than this one seeing it was quicker to apply and less chances of me making a mess on my lips. But I prefer this one knowing the brush held more product, enough to complete one coat all over my lips.

This Pro Matte shade is #362 Plum Bum.

When I swatched this shade on my skin, the other already set to it’s dry transferproof. This Plum Bum seems to take forever to completely dry, but is very pigmented. I don’t know if I put too much, but it’s the middle of my lips I still feel will transfer some. The formula reminds me of the regular Pro Matte-Glosses. I have three shades of those. They seem to be more thicker than this one.

I think the Pro Matte is a bit more comfortable on drying process and wear than the Matte Lip Paint. That’s my opinion. Others may find it vice versa or neither or both comfortable. The Matte Lip Paint definitely dries down to a complete matte finish while the Pro Matte should and for the most part did with exception of my middle part of lips. It needed a little bit extra time. I had that product on for over twenty minutes. The Matte Lip Paints definitely dry quicker, but I think it’s cause less product is applied to the lips and is already a bit on the “dry” side due to the amount of product applied and redipping is needed.

Both products are $10 a piece. There’s no differences in the price. You may not find them both at the same stores. I find that most stores carry one or the other. There might be one that carries both in the store; I don’t know and I’m not sure if any online store sites carry both either.

As for the smells, they both have a smell I don’t like. But I can smell it stronger in the Pro Matte than with the Matte Lip Paint. In my previous blog I stated I only smelled the Pro Matte when I wanted to, but when doing this review, I noticed the scent strongly immediately after opening the product. Still, once applied on my lips, this Pro Matte, like the other’s scent, does not linger. At least for me, I don’t smell it after applied to my lips.

I do feel it best to state there’s a warning sign on the L’Oreal website for the Pro Matte. I don’t know what’s in the formula for it to be a flammable product; however, stay clear of flames (candles, fire of any…) while the wet product is having its moment to settle on your lips. Once dry, you should be fine. At least, that’s what the warning states do not use near fire, flame, or heat until dry- flammable until dry. The other one doesn’t have the same warning. Therefore, if you’re a little… (or a lot) scared, worried, anything like that matter, you’d best just stay clear of this one all together and stick with the Matte Lip Paints. If you do go with the Pro Matte, just heed the warning.

I hope you have a lovely day!

L’Oreal Pro Matte Liquid Lip

Hi everyone. How are you? How was your New Years? Today is back to work for me and I’m sure for a lot of you. So, have an awesome day back even if it means the Monday Blues.

Yesterday, I purchased a few lipsticks even though I made a resolution not to purchase unless I needed. I already broke a resolution on the first day! But in my defense, I returned three products from before 2018 and used that money to buy it. I just may have spent a little more than the return value. Return purchases were from Walmart and bought purchases were from CVS. CVS is a little more pricier, but extrabucks rewards and sales, I can’t say no.

I noticed CVS had L’Oreal products 40% off and I took advantage of that coupon by buying one of their Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I have their Pro Matte Gloss ones in three shades and I like them, but it’s a thick consistency and a bit on the shinier side than I’m used to. They have amazing pigmentation and feel very comfortable. I can even get over the formula texture on my lips. It’s just one of those I feel not for an everyday wear.

But I have been wanting to try their Pro Mattes since the day I first saw them. Yet, I have been saying no from that very day. When I saw CVS had 40% off coupon on my visit New Year’s Day, I just had to get one.

The shades are a major turn off for me when it came to wanting them but not purchasing them. With a few shade selections and priced at $10… I just couldn’t say yes to them.

They have 12 shades, which is pretty good. However, most of the shades were not appealing to me or a big iffy. I chose #362 Plum Bum. I searched it on my lips the moment I went to my room and I have to say I love the feeling of it. I applied it at 5:57PM. It was 6:20 some and the dry down was in the ok status. Not completely dried, but I think it was how I applied it that made it take more longer.

When first applied, this shade does have a tackiness to it. I hated the feeling of my lips pressed together. Even if I closed my lips as I normally do, I felt it. But it quickly dissipated once the formula dries down.

The smell of this product is quite displeasing. I can’t tell what it is but I feel it’s a strong one and rather a chemical one. But I never had a problem with the scent when it came to most lipsticks once applied to my lips, I don’t smell them. In fact, the only time I noticed the smell was when I actually tried smelling it.

I cannot tell you how long this will last and how will it fade on lips. I haven’t worn it all day. L’Oreal does have pretty good reviews on these. On their website these lippies have 4.4 stars out of 5 with 555 reviewers. You can’t beat that. Because it didn’t fully completely dry down, I cannot tell you the feeling it leaves- is it drying (comfortable or not)? I seriously don’t know. I just know it felt so comfortable on my lips as the dry time ticked away. When completely dried, I’m sure it will have some dryness. Even if it’s a comfort matte, some may see it drying. To each their own.

Just know, there is a warning until completely dry, these lipsticks are flammable. So, don’t go sitting near a fire or candle expecting coziness and warmth while these are still wet on your lips. You’ll be getting a little too cozy and feel the winter burns I guess.

Have a good rest of your day. Below is information taken straight from L’Oreal website.

This is taken from L’Oréal’s site:

Liquid Matte Finish. Up to 16HR of Wear. High Impact Color. Comfortable Wear.

The Pro-Matte Sensation: Introducing Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick, our 1st up to 16HR matte liquid lipstick. Intense high pigment shades create comfortable, lasting ultra-matte color. This full-coverage, long wear liquid lipstick feels light for all day comfort. With the pro-sculpt applicator, shape and add dimension to lips.

CAUTION: Flammable until dry. Do not use near fire, flame, or heat.

Apply starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to outer edges of your lips, following the contour of your mouth. Then glide across the bottom lip and fill in. To take off, use an oil-based makeup remover for best results.










Prompts: Finally+Conversation

Finally, 2017 came to an end. Yesterday marked the end of an era and today begins a new. I woke listening to music, waiting for a call, thinking of tomorrow. Tomorrow comes, and my break is over. Busy days ahead with work. Then, I thought of the prompts. I searched for today’s prompt-Conversation.

I’m not good with conversations… or am I? I’m one to believe I’m not. But a few say I am. And I’ve noticed, I can be. Depends.

Watching others converse, I see some who just talks and talks. Whether the words forming means anything or not, they’ll say it. Some say things just to say things. And I have seen conversations where quiet ones find something inspiring- their face lights up and they begin to speak.

Whether in a group or just two people, conversations can be so different. Not one the same. Conversations don’t always have to be spoken. It can be through the arts, singing, poetry, lyrics. It can be seen in nature, watching unwritten stories play out in front of you. It can be body language- sadness on your face while someone gives you a sincere smile that makes your frown turn upside down.

Conversations can also be written in words. Comments on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and others, all can form a conversation. Watching a makeup review, a guru reviewing on a makeup you like and you in front of the screen think to yourself (or talk to the screen), “Hey, that’s my favorite, too!” Or, “Yeah, that’s not worth it.” Etc.

Conversations are all around. We are humans. Humans were made to be in groups, not alone. We are made to converse. Conversations express yourself. The way you interact with everyone shows your individuality, your character.

To those who feel you’re not good in conversations, like me, you might need something to spark your mind. If someone tells a story or reviews a book both of you like, it might be the chance your brain decides to give your two cents. But if the conversation is on a topic you’re not interested in or don’t understand, it may just go brain dead. Something will have to ignite that brain of yours to converse. After all, that’s what we’re here for.

There are many ways to have a conversation. I have listed a few. Can you?

2018 New Year’s Resolutions:

Hey everyone, how are you?

Throughout this year and previous years, I have been struggling with keeping blogs. One thing I hope for next year is that blogging becomes a habit for me or something I, at least don’t give up on.

November is ending soon and Christmas will soon be here. Another year will come to an end; another chapter book closed; a new one to open.

Usually at this time, people begin to think of things they want done or to do next year. Goals that either get swept under the rug or try-fail-succeed. A list easy to create; yet, not-so-easy to accomplish.

I, like them, have created this list time and time again. I, like some, have failed tremendously. I, like the few, have swept them under the rug. A list once made forgotten as the new year unfolds.

Every year when I make this list, I always write the same things- lose 30 lbs, read one book a month, write more, pray more, etc, etc. To me, it’s never heartfelt; rather, it’s everyone’s making this list, why not I? Then, I sit down to make it only to find an empty brain.

My stupid brain voided of all the things I can accomplish next year. My brain should be on cruise control. It should be ecstatic by now. A year is coming to an end! A new beginning is underway! But no, it’s not.

In fact, my brain is running the complete opposite right now. It’s dragging. Time’s ticking rather slowly with me on sleep mode. And so, I watched YouTube videos to hype my brain of the new year that’s coming (whether or not my brain’s intent).

And now, here is my

New Years Resolutions:

1. Travel more.

2. Using Digits app, save money.

3. Declutter my makeup.

4. Purchase makeup only when: needed, sale, or after October when Christmas gift sets come out.

5. Read one book a month.

6. Write for thirty minutes a day.

7. Revamp my WordPress blog.

8. Pay off my debts.

9. Set aside money for a car.

10. Clean my room.

11. Declutter my room.

12. Focus on BALANCE.

13. Watch YouTube videos other than makeup reviews, swatches, tutorials… etc.

14. Pray more.

15. Have more of God and I time.

16. Think of going back to school.

17. Follow my Low Nickel and GERD diets.

18. Follow and cross off as many as I can on this list.

19. Find inner peace.

20. One a day poems or lyrics.

21. Learn about poetry again.

22. Learn about cosmetics and how it’s used (only time to watch on YouTube).

23. Wash and clean my car at least once a month.

24. Declutter my trunk and keep it that way!

25. Eat less out and more at home.

26. Learn and keep sautéing.

27. Eat healthy.

28. Love myself.

29. Focus on the present.

30. Be more positive.

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.


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!