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?

Prompts+Sephora’s #LipStories

Hi everyone! How are you?

Today, I wanted to review Sephora’s new lip product. However, I wanted to do it using previous prompts- not one, not two, but four of them. I’ve done this before in blogs where I put more than one prompt link. But I don’t know if it was done while reviewing a product. I thought some of them worked well with this review. Therefore, I decided, “Why not?” Anyways, onto the review.

I must Confess, this year i did a lot of roadkill on makeup buying. I’m not proud of it. In fact, I made it a priority to start 2018 without purchasing new makeup- only if needed.

With Sephora’s brand new launch of their lippies, #LipStories, I’ll be making my own on how I failed my new year spending resolution because of Sephora. At least, they arrived in stores before the year ended; so I could get my hands on some before I have to say no-no to them.

But the shades I purchased makes me only want more. These created lip shades are so gorgeous, glides are nicely, and feel so dreamy. There are fourty shades and each are $8 a piece. For Sephora, that’s an awesome deal. Down the road I hope to complete my collection. But for now, I can only swatch and review the twelve shades I purchased. So for the price, let’s see if these lippies are worth the price or are they another roadkill to my already makeup spending problems.

As I said before, there are fourty shades in the #LipStories collection. Sephora designed these for “real life, not just ring lights-“. They are lipsticks to celebrate everyday moments. Each shade is packed with high pigment and is lightweight providing full-coverage with just one swipe. The shade ranges from everyday wearable to bold and unique. With fourty shades available, there is bound to be a shade or two or few for every skin tone!

When it comes to the stories of our life, Sephora broke them down into ten moments. Each moment has a few shade choices. The ten moments are: Holidaze, Lady Business, Global Citizen, Hashtag Throwback, Wifed Up, Spring Break State of Mind, Brunch Days, Top Down Life, Festival Vibes, and Pool O’clock.

In this collection, each shade has either a matte, cream, or metal finish. While the mattes and creams glide gracefully on the lips when first opened, the metals took a bit more swatch to glide on. But once it did, it felt and looked amazing!

These are the swatches of the twelve shades I own. These lipsticks arrived at my Sephora store two days ago. If they are not at your local Sephora, they should be soon. Or else you can find them online.

Now to the swatches!

Above pictures shows matte shade #BrunchDate. This was one of them I didn’t search before buying and hoped it would be one I like. But the shades just not for me. However, I will keep it for my collection. I’m sure I can use it with other shades to make a unique one or as a highlight.

The next shade above is called #LabyrinthCity. It is a beautiful shade that I love and like #BrunchDate, it is also a matte.

One thing, I forgot to mention is that each lipstick has #(cream, matte, or metal) on the lipstick itself. I wish they had the shade name instead, but either way it’s still cool.

When you see this packaging, you may think “Ooo, yummy!” And that’s exactly what the shade is- #YumYum. This Yum Yum shade is a cream one. It’s really nice and feels, like all the other shades, non drying. I love this shade. I find it’s a good everyday wear.

With that Yum Yum cookies or some nice hot cocoa, you need a Cozy fire place to keep you warm. The next shade is exactly that- #FireSide.

Honestly, this shade was one I was rather iffy about because brown shades don’t always work for me. They make me feel weird and uncomfortable. I can wear nice brown tones on my eyes or clothes options. But when it comes to my lips and nails, I feel weird. There’s not a lot of go-to brown shades in my drawers. But this one I can truly say will be finding a spot in those drawers. I love this deep brown shade. It’s another creamy texture designed to warm up your cold days.

This shade is a matte one called #AfterHours. I love this shade and feel it’s an everyday wear for me. This will be one of my go-to daily wears. The previous shade didn’t stain my lips for the minutes they were left on. But this one had a very tiny bit after removal. It wasn’t one of those big staining types.

This is called #Matinée. It’s a creamy shade I wish had come out before I saw Star Wars The Last Jedi. I don’t go to movie theaters often. But since this is called matinée and designed for a life story. It would have been a perfect moment to wear it. This is a beautiful shade, not one I usually go for. But it’s something I see myself being comfortable some days wearing.

I love this one! It’s called #GoldenGate. It’s a unique matte shade of purple that usually I feel like I can’t pull off. Even though I have a shade similar to this in Revlon’s Ultra HD Gel Lip Color and Maybelline’s Vivid Matte liquid lipsticks, I still love this shade and feel like it’s a wearable one I can feel comfortable in even more than the Revlon’s Blossom and Maybelline’s Vivid Violet.

Berries all around the packaging, you could say it’s #Berry-licious! And that’s exactly what it’s called. I thought this cream shade would be more bolder looking. I think because it’s not a matte, the pigmentation isn’t too out there for me. It’s a comfortable looking deep berry shade that I could pull off daily. I used to wear these bold shades often. But nowadays I’ve been sticking to lighter shades and often times feel weird about going back to the bolder darker side. I think this is a nice transition back to it whenever I feel in the mood for a daily darker shade.

This nice pinky shade is called #DesertTrip. I wore this today feeling like I was lost on a deserted island. I’ve been feeling down and this shade spoke to me this morning.

A lady in Sephora asked me if I owned any of these #LipStories. She was with her mom and looking into purchasing makeup. I told her I had purchased some yesterday and came back today for more. I mentioned Desert Trip on my lips and she went off calling her mom about the lipsticks. You can’t beat $8 on a high end store even if the packaging is a bit flimsy… cardboard and plastic… it’s worth it when the product is two thumbs up and the packaging is gorgeous!

After placing this shade on for a picture to add to this review, I found this shade stained my lips. I had to rub my lips with the wipes several times until I was satisfied with the removal amount. The stain wasn’t horrible, but I needed it gone for the next shades.

I bought this #NoCellService without trying it. I’m sure if I tried it I would have placed it back. I’m glad I purchased it. Metal shades are usually not my go-to because it’s out of my comfort zone. I like this one. However, I find most of these metals are just packed with glitter. I had glitter fall out with this and another one. I’m not used to of metals, therefore, I feel like I can’t talk about the amount of glitter and what a real metallic lipstick looks like. But I’ve seen YouTube gurus mention about the cheaper metal products having more glitter in it. I find this one does, but I’d still wear it. It’s not horrible and the amount of glitter isn’t a lot compared to Rani Cosmetics Sparked Dazzling ones I reviewed before. These are more tolerable… but I’d still need a special occasion to wear them or use them as a topper on the daily ones to add some uniqueness.

I have to say this shade, #IceBreaker is awesome and I truly love it! It’s one of the shades I have tried on from other companies and am like OMG NO! TOO MUCH! A red flag, beeping “May Day! May Day!” always happens when I place a shade like this. I even have a similar on in Smashbox’s liquid Lip Pigments and still have a hard time with it. This shade is amazing. It is a metal. I don’t see a lot of glitter fall out with this one when applying on my lips, but I know there’s glitter. I don’t know what it is with this specific shade, but it makes me feel happy and like, “Wow!” It’s one of those I feel like I can pull off daily… yet, look at it… it’s a metal purple.

I like it. I actually tried the blue one that was right after this shade. Immediately, I was like, “No way!” I was taken back by it. I preferred this one. I may get the blue seeing I want to complete the collection; however, it will take some months. Maybe for Halloween if the shades are still available, I’ll use that as an excuse to get that and the other crazy colors. They did have a green shade too, which I actually liked, but not as much as this purple and I figured purple I can get away with as daily more than green. They also had a white, black, and some lighter purples, minty green shades I guess. They had so many shades. If you’re picky on shades best bet go to a Sephora store and try them on. Otherwise just order online and pray you’ll love them. I’m sure whatever you order you’ll love at least most of all of them.

And the final lipstick from this collection I currently own…

#FestivalLights. Does this picture show a fake surprise? Because I was really shocked how this looked on me. I never swatched this at the store. I just chose it after swatching another shade that had metal red with glitter (looked similar to Rani Cosmetics’ Hindi and Bhindi, but not so glittery). I don’t do well in front of cameras when it comes to any facial looks. So, pardon that.

Focusing on the lipstick itself, that metal shade is awesome and I love it and I would love to wear it often whenever I get the chance. But omg did it have glitter fall out when I removed it in the end. That one and No Cell Service. Those two had more fall out than Ice Breaker. Still, they aren’t that bad!

One shade in this collection I swatched, Fire Side, reminds me of Tarte’s Toasted eyeshadow palette. I believe this shade will do wonders with that palette. It’s an awesome addition to create a campfire look.

I love these lipsticks. The only down side I have is my fear of pushing too hard when opening them. Because the packaging is made of cardboard and plastic… I feel like the cardboard one is breakable or smashable.

Yesterday, I went to open these for the first time and one of them would not cooperate. I had to literally press a little more harder to open it. I pressed and felt the cardboard pushing inward a little. I immediately thought I was going to break it and I probably Almost. But thank God, I didn’t. The packaging and pigmentation of the products are very beautiful and for the price, these lippies are Extravagant (so two thumbs up!).

Anyways, tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve. What are you all doing? If you love makeup, what will you be wearing for the next two days? Will you be buying any of these #LipStories and creating memories with them? I think you should. A shade or two might get you hooked… or not. It’s worth a try!

E.L.F.: Eyes, Lips, Face

Hello everyone. For couple years now elf cosmetics has been something I see but not really think of buying. Now, I have tried a few products from the line. My most favorite was an exfoliator in lipstick form and packaging. Sadly, it broke off the bullet and I never purchased another one.

Another product I tried was a lipstain in a marker packaging. I didn’t like it. There were two other products I tried. One, a primer, the other I don’t remember. I think the primer had a silicone texture. These two products I didn’t know whether it did anything for my face. Therefore, I just stopped using it.

Going back to the exfoliator. My mind has been aiming at repurchasing it. The only favorite exfoliator is from Clinique’s macaron collection containing a lip balm and exfoliator for $19.50. The lip balm is not my favorite and the least used. I hit pan on my exfoliator; so, I decided I needed a new exfoliator. That one was too much just for one side being used.

For some time, I been wanting to retry elf exfoliator. That $3 one I used to love until it decided to break apart. I told myself I’d look for it when I go to a store. But rarely did. Guess what?

I found it today at Walmart in their gift set! E.l.f. Lip Exfoliator and Color Set, Prep & Play, 0.16 oz for $4.88. This set comes with an exfoliator in Cherry Tart. I didn’t even know they had different exfoliator, besides the clear original one. Now they have a Mint Maniac and Cherry Tart. After prepping your lips with the exfoliator, this kit includes a nice matte lip color in Wine. I love this shade. I tried these two during the night just to satisfy my curiosity. I am glad I purchased this set.

On Ulta, they say to apply this on clean, dampen lips. When I dampened my lips, I didn’t feel this product exfoliated them. After wiping the water off and trying it again, I felt it exfoliating a little better.

This doesn’t give the slight rough textured feeling like my lips are really getting scrubbed. At first, I thought it’s not doing anything. And wiping it off didn’t leave a mess like my Clinique one does. But after removing the product off my lips, my lips looked less dry and cracked. I didn’t feel like I wanted to peal my lips either.

Applying this Wine colored matte lip product was easy. I love the pencil-like packaging. It reminds me of Bite Beauty’s $24-26 ones. Those are slightly more creamy. But they both do the same job of turning matte after awhile. I haven’t tried this one full day. But trying Bite’s full day, it did leave a nice stain I could work with after five hours. Either I reapplied the lipstick or just put a lip balm over it to moisturize my lips and it lasted the rest of the day. I am hoping this elf one can live up to that.

This feels soft and slightly creamy. It’s not too dark and bold for me. I am happy with this shade and would like to purchase more.


Some other products I hope to try are elf’s eye products- mascara, liquid and non liquid eyeliners, eye primer, and eyeshadows. Also, their blush and bronzer.

I am excited to find this kit and love it so far. I think it’s something I will use daily and not need any other lip products (besides othe shades of these!). I hope their eye makeup can be said the same because in the long run it would be worth it. One high end lipstick could cost $16-20+ bucks. This company’s lipsticks are only $3. You can purchase about 5-6 lip products or other products for that price.

Most of elf products range from $1-15. And if you order online, you can find coupons on saving sites like RetailMeNot for even more savings. In stores, CVS has once in awhile coupons for elf products, too. And with your Walgreens card, if you have enough points saved you can use those to save even more at your local Walgreens store.

Elf products, like all company cosmetic products can be hit and/or miss. One product someone may talk highly about; yet, to another it could be the worst. Some of the products are listed as cruelty and vegan free on Ulta’s description. I do not know if all products are vegan and cruelty free.

Do any of you have a nickel allergy where you should be concerned with makeup and skincare you use? If so, have you tried elf and how has it reacted? Usually, my eyes are are the ones to get irritated when it comes to makeup. That’s how I can tell if I should or not stop using the product. But I wanted to know if anyone else has the same problem and elf results. I hope to try for myself soon. And for the November 25th prompt, I hope I can be Sated enough to use this company’s products more, so that I can save my money.

Have a good rest of your weekend!

Orangesicle

Hey all. Remember the post where I showed an orange/white blanket I started? I know you’re thinking, “That was how many months ago???” But it’s finally done. Well, length-wise. I need more width.


I wanted to know what colors would go with this. I’m thinking black and I have been told black. But my idea when I started this was orangesicle ice cream. You know the orange one on a stick with the white in the middle?


This one. I was thinking use a color similar to the popsicle stick. Maybe a cream color. Would that work? What do you think? Would you buy something like that?

Baby Step 1

Okay, so I signed up for Financial Peace University. For those of you who don’t know what it is, have you heard of Dave Ramsey? If so, that might help you out. If not, well, I’m fairly new in knowing about him and FPU.
But the church I attend is offering a 9 week session on managing/budgeting money. If you don’t know anything about Dave Ramsey, I actually had no clue until last Saturday when finding some YouTube videos of his talks.
Dave Ramsey talks a lot about how to get out of debt and be at financial peace. There are 7 steps that he calls baby steps. The first baby step is to save $1,000 in emergency fund as quickly as possible.
When hearing this, I’m like, “How in the world can I save that much quickly?” Quickly as in a month or two. I thought of the bags I have. I have two bags that I received free from Macys purchasing Taylor Swift’s perfumes. I also received a bag free from them purchasing a Selena Gomez’s perfume. I have a fossile bag that looks nice still and I barely use it. I also have bags I purchased from Walmart. I have more bags than I need. So that’s my first thing I could sell.
Speaking of perfumes, can you sell used to barely used perfumes? I have Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted that I cannot use for my poor nose does not tolerate the scent anymore. I also have a Red Door from Elizabeth Arden, Selena Gomez’s perfume, and a few Bath and Body Works ones. Would those be something I could sell? Or would it be like makeup, once used no one would really want to use it or even buy it.

Below shows two bags I could sell. What do you think? How much would they sell for? The Lipstick shape bag is Selena Gomez’s and the other is one of Taylor Swift’s.

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Prompt: Complicated+MTS: His Last Days

Prompt: Complicated

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Webster’s Dictionary defines complicated as “difficult to analyze, understand, or explain.” Life is complicated. When you’re a little kid though, life wasn’t all that complicated. All the worries and stress are at a distance as you roll down a hill laughing, run with the wind, soar like you’re flying through the sky, etc. As you grow older, reality hits you. You see more and more things clearly. You watch the ones you love suffer in pain and lose them after the storm. You question everything. You question God. Why does He take away the ones you love? So many questions lead to answers that leave more questions, which are best left unanswered. Life’s complicated. We stray from the path we used to follow- a path of hopes of tomorrow- a path of love- only to find ourselves lost in anguish and destruction. Some can turn back, others are lost for good.

My mind wanders memories of my Dad who passed away last March. Within those memories, I remember the past two years my Dad used to say he wanted to spend his last days in the forest. I wonder why for I couldn’t fathom anyone living in a forest, especially on their last days. Then I see pictures of forest, hear sounds of nature’s songs and realize maybe that’s why. The forest can be many things- adventurous, dangerous, dark, scary, etc. Among the many descriptions, the forest can also be calming and peaceful.

During my Dad’s last days, I wonder if he did visit a forest. When he had moments of sleep, did he dream of walking with God through the trails? Did he sit beside a tree and hear the birds sing? Did he feel lonely? Did he feel safe?

On his last days, I remember turning on the television. He said I could flip through the channels and so I did. Channel after channel I surfed until I found some images of flowers and nature’s beauty pictured on the screen. Dad saw it and he smiled when I told him he used to say he wanted to spend his last days in the forest. I didn’t know it was really his last days. But I’m glad it made him smile to see those.

Trying to clean my room, as always I became distracted. Throwing away papers, I found a notebook. Flipping through pages, I saw a poem, which reminded me of my Dad. I know he was the reason why I sat down and found an image of a forest. I know he was the reason behind this poem. I don’t remember writing it. I don’t remember which image I looked at while writing it. But something about the forest and Dad saying he wanted to spend his last days there moved me. Something about it made me get lost in that picture enough to write this poem. According to the date and time, I wrote this poem at midnight on January 14, 2016. You would think I would remember considering it was written this year. But I don’t. The poem itself is written in another post; however, I will add it onto this one as well.

Dear God,
oh, how I wish,
I wish to be lost in a forest.
The many shades of green
and sounds of water streams.
Birds chirp a tune,
at night, campfires fume,
a peaceful walk through its trails,
calming my awakened stress.
Forest, God bless.
Sending serenity
with an owls hoot,
night time crickets,
a morning sun
to awaken the hearts.
How do I fall out of love
with a sight like that?
A melody sung
while adventures begun.
What journeys do these high trees bring?
Where does the wind blow me?
What do the animals ring?
Is there a new beginning
somewhere deep in a forest?

*peace&God Bless*
Lisa Maria

Something to Remember Him

After posting my first blog on My Trending Stories, I had just made myself cry blogging on finding some pictures/videos on my Dad’s computer. It was a video taping in April 2014 when he somehow opened up the camcorder and started video taping himself. He was so amazed by it like he is when he finds something new. I wish I had that, too.

It was late at night judging by mom and dad talking. Mom asked him if she should wake me up, but he said to let me sleep. He always stays up so late reading Indian newspapers. I never knew he figured this out. And mom never told me either. It was sad watching and hearing him question what is going on and not knowing how he opened it. I could have taught him. I could have explained it to him.

What made me all teary watching was that there were other videos. Opening them, they all say February 2016. That was a month after he passed away. And all these videos have him wearing his oxygen tube. One video brought laughter because he fell asleep in front of his laptop for a little bit. He used to do that a lot. In the passed he used to say he was just meditating when I would wake him up. But this year, he grew weaker, and he kept falling asleep more and more. Even after eating two or three bites of his food at the kitchen table, he’d close his eyes and fall asleep just sitting there. Or he’d get up and walk to the couch. Sometimes I’d wonder how he could fall asleep on the couch the way he did. I wondered if his neck or back ached the way he slept. But he looked so peaceful. When I would wake him up he would look at me and then give me a slight smile. He wouldn’t say he was just meditating.

I am glad I stumbled upon these videos. I wish there were more. Sadly, there’s not much. But what is there at least my mom and I can cherish. I have saved it on a flash drive. I am sure my mom would want to see it. But I know it will bring her more tears. I want to tell her of this but I don’t want her crying.

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