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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Bible Journaling

Who has ever thought of writing in their Bibles? Who has been scolded for it? Well, these days new Bibles are coming out encouraging, calling our creative side out. And no punishment given 😉

This morning, I stopped at Family Christian Store for Bible Journaling. They placed on the table a book with different ways to journal. Some had pictures you could color and others had lines for either drawing or writing on.

This specific store I visited, gave a variety of stickers, no-tear tapes, paint, markers, crayola pencils, etc. After explaining Bible Journaling, they let us roam our creative side. We colored. We talked. Some painted. Some stickered hearts and taped musical notes.

This event was only one hour. But it didn’t feel like one hour passed. After the event, we all sat for a little longer talking. Then, went on our ways.

I liked this event so much and hope Family Christian Store does this frequently. It gave me a chance to meet new people. The manager and one of her employees who led today’s Bible Study were so nice. The manager mentioned a little bit about Family Christian that most people don’t know. She also mentioned her mission trip to Haiti and meeting the children there.

There were only five in our group- a rather small group. But that gave us a chance to talk and express ourselves. A lady that sat beside me, I talked to her before we sat down at the table, she helped me find an Inspired Bible Journaling book. We thought they ran out of those, but she found a few in another area. This same lady also gave me a name to locate online that does Bible Study because I struggle with reading the Bible at times, she thought it would be helpful. I have thought of doing Bible Study. So, that is something I will look into!

So for all those hiding their creative side in their Bibles. Forget all the rules and express yourself! It’s a fun way to relax, meditate, and focus. While doing all three you are also praying, too. It’s like singing, twice you pray! Right? And… you don’t get punished for it 😛

Punishment

Hair and Makeup

Well, these days I will be working at 2pm. So, I have loads of time in the morning. Afterall, I’m up around 7 or 8 in the morning.

I watch a lot of makeup tutorials and see some hair ones time to time. I think to myself, I could never create that look while watching hair tutorials.

Still, with loads of time on my hands, I decided to try something different. Sadly, I’m an unprofessional camera taker and by myself taking photos with my iPhone SE. Therefore, I couldn’t take a very nice picture of the back of my hair to show you what it looks like. But I’m sure you will all get an idea.

This look is so simple.


 Basically, I took a little bit of hair on each side and braided them. Then, clipped them together in the back. Last, I tied my whole hair with a hair tie. That’s it. I know, mine looks messy. I’m still learning 😀

How does it look?