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?

First Giveaway!

I am back in Texas. Arrived yesterday. Been exhausted and sleeping a lot. But tomorrow is work day. Hopefully, I won’t be less tired. I am very grateful we came back yesterday, rather than today. Or else tomorrow I would be even more tired.

I have five Philosophy edts sprays, each in 0.5oz spray bottles- Pure Grace, Giving Grace, and Loveswept. I have decided to give free copies of my first children’s book called The Rabbit and Its Tail. If you would like a copy of this book, please comment down below or send me an email at lmtpjourney@outlook.com today and tomorrow. I will send you a copy of the book.

From today to July 18th, the first five to read and review my book on their blog site will get a Philosophy spray. I am looking for full honest reviews of 300 words or more. In your review, please add https://www.amazon.com/Rabbit-Its-Tail-Lisa-Pannaparayil-ebook/dp/B01GMJYD0U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468185816&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rabbit+and+its+tail. This ebook is currently available for only Amazon Kindle. If you post a review, send me a comment or email saying you did along with the blog post url.

Thanks for your time!

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy birthday to my Dad who passed on March 22, 2016. Today, he would have been 83. I have watched him fight the good fight with his long (20+) years battling heart disease, diabetes, and so much more. A few times doctors thought he’d never make it. Even family. But God gave him many years of life and last March decided it was time. No more suffering for him. Everywhere I go silence of an oxygen machine and no cords to trip over while I’m walking around the house. He kept himself busy til the day of the car accident kept him in the hospital where he passed from Pneumonia, Heart Attack, and Kidney Failure. In the end, his heart gave up. I was grateful work gave me two weeks off when my grandma and him passed. Those weeks I would never have known would be my last weeks of seeing him and taking care of him. I would never have been able to spend as much time with him on his last few days I spent with him if it wasn’t for those days off.

Sorry if this was too long. If you know me, I tend to write long rather than short, get-to-the-point things. It’s good, it’s bad. I know. But everything in life is 🙂

About the newly published Ebook:

Did you ever wish for a fox’s tail? Did you? Well, this ‘lil rabbit did.

Do you like races? Do you play to win or do you play for fun? These foxes and rabbits play for fun. Then again, there’s always that individual… the one little stubborn individual who always wants more. Right? Am I right? Am I, am I? 😛

If you like this, press like and check out my book that’s available on Amazon Kindle Ebook!

In The Rabbit and Its Tail, A group of rabbits and foxes love to race with each other. They race for fun, but fun can get boring when there’s nothing to win for. Sometimes, competition makes it more interesting. And that’s what one rabbit desired.

This stubborn rabbit wanted to win first place. Sadly, there were a few foxes who knew what to do in sneaking their way ahead of her. No matter what Pearl did, she always came in third or below.

Third place isn’t bad, right? Well, for Pearl it made her upset. Leaning beside a tree after a race, she, still flared up from the outcome, envied the foxes tails. She thought it gave them super speed. She wanted that.

This short, children’s story takes you on a journey as Pearl gets her wish she quickly learns the saying, “Careful what you wish for.” As you read this story, once told by my Dad to me as a bedtime story (which was way shorter than this), you will see Pearl’s character’s transformation and how she learns to accept herself as she is.

Thank you for reading and if you like, click here: The Rabbit and Its Tail. You’ll even see a WordPress drawing I tried to do for the cover because I am not a great drawer 😛 hehe I am good but not great at drawing. There are some things I cannot draw and this was one of them. But I hope I can improve on it if ever I get this in a printed version.

Philosophy: Take a Deep Breath!

What does philosophy mean?
Google search defined philosophy as “the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.”
On Philosophy, they define philosophy as the wellbeing beauty brand that inspires women to look, live, and feel their best. Philosophy enhances the health and beauty of the skin through multi-tasking skin care and feel-good scents. They also provide uplifting words that nourish the spirit and inspire beautiful skin as well as beautiful days. Women everywhere can feel confident in their unique inner and outer beauty.love_header

Philosophy offers perfumes, bath and body, skincare, and makeup. A lot of us are familiar with their perfumes- Amazing Grace, Pure Grace, and Loveswept. Each perfume also has a bath and body multi-tasker that not only cleans your body, but also is designed to be used as a shampoo for hair.
At Macys couple months ago, I found the Take a Deep Breath skincare line. It is comprised of a moisturizer and an eye cream. It’s not a huge skincare line; instead, it’s a quick and simple two step one. In our busy lives who would want a complicated one anyways? I liked this when I was using it that I looked on their Philosophy site for more products in that line. That was when I found they also had a few makeup, which they call “color”. This makeup line consist of a foundation, a bronzer, and a blush. That’s it. So simple.

You see life more clearly when you take a moment to breathe.

You’ve seen it on all the philosophy products sold by Philosophy. They all have a quote to inspire and uplift women. Every perfume has a name and every name as a quote to define that name. This Take a Deep Breath line is no different. Because your body breathes naturally, when you are stressed or have a busy day ahead, you tend to forget to take a breath of fresh air. Breath in. Breathe out. This line is reminding us that if we take a deep breath we see life in a different way- clearly as they say. Not only do you need to breathe, but your skin does as well. That is why Philosophy created Take a Deep Breath line with its latest cushion technology with mesh filter for antibacterial purpose.

Skincare
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This  Oil-free oxygenating gel cream moisturizer (2oz) selling for $40, is designed to restore and refresh dull, dry complexion due to the busy life that ages skin. With the clean-air technology, skin receives oxygen and is able to breathe freely.
I did like the gel feeling on my face when I had tried it. My skin felt breathable, but at times sticky after applying. I think the stickiness might have been caused by putting excess amount on my skin. The next day when I applied less amount it didn’t have the sticky feeling. The sales rep at Macys cosmetics did say other customers complained about the stickiness too.
They now have this gel cream in a smaller size (0.5oz) selling for $14. Along with this gel cream, you can purchase on Philosophy a 0.5oz eye gel cream as well for $42. They do also have a twofer. You can buy both the face and eye oxygenating gel cream in full size (an $82 value) for $69.
Another twofer: you can purchase an 8oz Purity cleanser and a 0.5oz. This is $36 worth of products for $24, saving PHL_SKNCR_PMS_TADB_PRDCTwCRTN_DO_S7you $12, minus the taxes. I have tried the Purity cleanser and really liked it. It is a light cleanser. I have also tried the Purity mask. These are very simple to use. Purity is a 3-in-1 cleanser designed to cleanse, tone, and hydrate face all in one step. This cleanser also does well in removing makeup, especially the eye area.
I have not tried the eye gel cream, for a lot of products I put on my eye area tend to dry them. When applying the gel cream for the face around my eye area I didn’t have any dryness. Therefore, I may stick with just using the face one for my eyes or buy the eye one as well if I use it again.
I know, face moisturizer don’t go near your eyes… it can irritate your eyes. But even eye moisturizers can irritate your eyes. So what’s the difference? Other than one is made for the eyes and is quite expensive; while the other is made for the face and is a bit less expensive. By the way, can someone explain why eye treatments have to be more expensive than other treatments for face and/or body????

Color

TADB-Bronzer-1oz-ProdWBox-70531301_S7Another product from this collection that I have not tried is their (1oz) Sheer Liquid Sunshine with clean-air technology selling for $35. This is a lightweight illuminator that leaves skin looking naturally radiant. You can either use it on certain areas where the sunlight hits your face for a sun-kissed look or use it all over for a warmed, and lit from within effect. This is a one shade only illuminator. There are no other shades for this product.

The last two products in this collection I have tried and are my favorite. These are the foundation and cheek products. I will begin with the TADB-Foundation-Shade3-00000000_S7foundation. This foundation is a cushion foundation with clean-air technology and SPF 20. This comes in five shades that are numbered 4-10 selling for $40.
On Philosophy they list only shades 4-8. You can also find this product on Ulta, which sells all shades. On Philosophy, each shade has a name along with the number- 4-warm vanilla, 5-neutral sand, 6-golden tan, 7-milky latte, and 8-warm sienna. Ulta only list the numbers in the description.
This foundation evens and smoothes texture with a breathable, weightless finish. This foundation has a mesh filter and along with their innovative cushion delivery system, the mesh filter provides a fine layer of perfecting color; instantly locking in hydration; blending and building beautifully for sheer to full coverage.
I purchased this foundation in the shade 8 (warm sienna). I find it a well blending foundation and like the mesh filter. It is easy to use, buildable, and not too much product comes on the sponge (included in each foundation compact) all at once. This sponge is washable. It is so easy to use you can even apply without a mirror. It does feel weightless. You can build this up depending on how you press the applicator against your face. If lightly pressed, you get a sheer coverage. If medium pressed, you will see a medium to full coverage.

TADB-Blush-Shade2-v3-00000000_S7And finally, the cushion color for cheeks (which can also be applied on lips as well). This is sold for $30 and comes in four different shades. Each shade, like the foundation is numbered; however, on Philosophy they each have a shade name as well: 4.5-bright pink, 5.5-coral, 6.5-rosy bronze, and 7.5-plum. This product weighs 0.12oz/3.5g each.
I like this blush a lot. I purchased the 7.5-plum one. I can control the amount of pigmentation I place on my cheeks. Therefore giving my cheeks either a nice sheer blush to a more richer and intense effect. This does last. I have no problems using this throughout the day. I applied this on in the morning. It is now 7:02pm and I have not once touched it up. Also, you can apply this blush onto your lips for a nice sheer to rich lip color.

What’s your fave?
What do you all think of this line? Do you own any products from Philosophy? If so, which is your fave. Have you tried Take a Deep Breath? Do you think Take a Deep Breath line helps your skin to breathe?

Philosophy had done some studies on their Take a Deep Breath gel cream moisturizer. From that studies, out of 45 women ages 20-35 years old who used the moisturizer twice daily for eight weeks, 85% felt skin could breathe freely and resist signs of a busy lifestyle.

The next time you wake up in the morning don’t forget that not only do you need to breathe, but your skin needs to breathe as well.

*peace&God Bless*
Lisa

**The Rabbit and Its Tail is now available for preorder. It will be available starting July 8, 2016. Please click and visit: The Rabbit and Its Tail link. More information is posted on my blog as well as on Amazon Kindle.**