Prompt: Cringe+Review: Tarte Pout Prep

Hi everyone. Happy Sunday!

My lips tend to dry out quickly. Not even exfoliators could help them. Few months ago, I noticed Fresh Tinted Lip Treatments helped moisturize my lips longer. But those around $24. And if their tinted, I want more shades. But I don’t want to spend that much on a lip balm.

Exfoliators are supposed to help with prepping your lips and I heard it also helps a little with the drying out. I’ve tried so many. From Dior’s expensive Lip Sugar to the cheapest I’ve heard so far E.L.F.’s in their lipstick package. I even tried making my own.

In between those two, I tried Fresh’s Lip Polish and its new wand type. I didn’t like the wand one as much for exfoliating, but it gave a nice glossy finish to my lips. As for the original Lip Polish, it was alright giving it a second try. Back in college I never liked it. Trying a sample again,  it’s ok. I think I’m not into brown sugar for exfoliating though. And I wanted more in an exfoliator.

GlamGlow’s lip scrub was nice and felt similar to Milani’s. However, I Cringe[d] with the taste in my mouth when little pieces found its way inside (YUCK!). I couldn’t tolerate it. Plus, there was something missing in it.

Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Lip Scrub in a pencil/marker packaging was cool to try. But it got really messy. And it didn’t seem to be working on my lips.

Bite Beauty’s both original lip scrub and Agave. Their whipped one was interesting to try. It applied on my lips without any sugar texture- just creamy. I didn’t think it did the job and don’t understand how it’s meant to exfoliate without the granules.

Agave was better than the original. But I couldn’t stand the smell. Is that just me??? Plus, I’m not into brown sugar scrubs (mainly for its smell).

Lush’s homemade lip scrubs that are delicious! They are popular, but I’m not into the dry texture. Plus, I wanted my lips to be conditioned. They just felt dried…. But it tasted so good (especially Popcorn)!

Milani Sweet Sugar Scrub was so sweet and was like putting a really nice desert on my lips. But let’s face it, it just wasn’t for my tastebuds.

E.L.F’s $3 lip scrub in a lipstick packaging is amazing. But breaks off when I use it. And it’s also missing something. But I’d use it if I didn’t keep breaking them.

Now, I’m sure I’m missing some others I have tried. But before this gets any longer, let me introduce to you the exfoliator I have tried and found I love more than all these.

Tarte has come out with another exfoliator called Pout Prep. I tried locating YouTube videos and haven’t found much on it. It retails for $16 and only has two reviews with ratings of 4-5 stars.


I ordered mine with a 15% off discount as a first time customer on their website. I am not new to their company. I’ve been buying their products from Sephora and Ulta.

Pout Prep is a “minty lip scrub and treatment Balm with moisturizing maracuja, shea butter, and exfoliating sugar to gently buff away flakes and treat thirsty lips.”

Both maracuja and shea butter sink deeply into lips to hydrate, firm, and protect from future drying, cracking, and/or chapping.

This product has vitamins C and E, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Carnauba Wax. If you’re not into wax in lip products, this may not be for you as it does contain wax.

When reading about this product, I thought of the $33 Dior Lip Sugar.


This product is designed with concentrated granita texture that gently transforms into a balm as it melts on lips. Both products consider themselves as a balm.

Are these similar? Perhaps in how their designed to be used. But the textures are completely different. You apply Dior’s like a lip balm and the sugar immediately melts onto your lips. Pout Prep’s sugar doesn’t immediately melt away. And you can remove by rinsing it.

I find when using Pout Prep first time, the sugar did melt onto my lips creating a balm like texture. But other times I’d have to rinse it off.

What is/are your favorite exfoliators?

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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Moisturize/MoisturizeNot? :O

Does anyone else have this problem when applying moisturizer on your face, one hand’s palm or fingers dries the moisturizer or product more than the other hand’s?

I can apply moisturizer on my right hand without feeling too much dryness or feeling like certain areas of my eyes are so dry it might blister. But when applying with left (fingers, palm, hand-don’t matter), it’ll dry the moisture on contact with skin so quickly that if I keep spreading it, I feel like some areas will get blister, especially the inner corner of my eye area. That or it will roughen the smooth face.

Do any of you have this problem? Do you know why one hand dries the face more while the other does not?

Kindle Ebook

The Rabbit and Its Tail will be available on Kindle Ebook July 8, 2016. This book is dedicated in loving memory to my Dad who passed away March 22, 2016. His birthday is on July 8th and that is why I had decided for that day.

When I was sick I used to ask him if he could tell me a story. He’d say he don’t know any and that he’d have to ask God. Next night I’d ask him again and he told me about a rabbit and its tail.

I don’t remember his way of telling it for it would always be different. The story was always the same- the rabbit wasn’t satisfied with his tail.

From that, I expanded the story. If you like it, thumbs up (or press like and share). If you don’t, let me know why:)

To view where you can preorder or buy after July 8th click this link:

The Rabbit and Its Tail

Remember: you don’t need a Kindle to read it. You just need the app. The app is available free on all or most devices. That’s all. Let me know what you think of the story or how I can better advertise it.

Prompt: Companion

Companion–a person or animal with whom one spends a lot of time with or one whom they travel with.

Words when I hear companion:

Friendship

Relationships

Acquaintance

Lovers

Couples

Partners

Animals

Dogs- man’s best friend

Journals

Books

Material objects

Companion:
Dog- a man’s best friend.

Someone who spends time with you.

Your best friend.

The love of your life.

A partner you travel or work with.

Material objects-

For those who love their accessories,

Or even their makeup.

Your most prized possession.

A journal carried everywhere.

A favorite book in all your adventures.

Your brain- daily thinking, daily using.

A breath of fresh air.

The need to breathe is life’s companion.

Companion-

One spends a lot of time with,

Or travels with.

A companion can be someone or something,
It can also be an it-

Google- companion for all information.

Books- companion for all inspirations.

Journals- a companion for all adventures.

Companion

**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.**

Lipstick Queen

Lipstick Queen is a brand of cruelty and gluten free lipsticks created by Poppy King. Poppy, who first started wearing lipsticks around 1989, says, “For me, nothing is as glamorous or as empowering as lipstick” (Lipstick Queen). Lipsticks not only brighten up the face, it also instills confidence. Poppy is dedicated in finding the perfect textures and shades to express every women’s personality.

Each lipstick suits every complexion and contains no harmful ingredients- only mixtures of waxes (especially beeswax), oils, and pigments. Before I review some of Poppy’s lipsticks, let me give you a brief bio of Poppy found on intothegloss.com.

At 18, Poppy began her first lipstick brand named Poppy with matte shades of reds, browns, and burgundies. These lipsticks were trying to mimic the 1940’s-esque. In 1992, her first set of lipsticks called the Seven Deadly Sins came out. A year later, Barneys at Madison Avenue started carrying them in stock. Although these lipsticks never reached their full potential, they quickly became a cult.

Sometime later, Poppy worked for Estee Lauder’s Prescriptive Brand. While working with Estee, Poppy wrote her first book on entrepreneurship, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen.

She then started her lipstick company- Lipstick Queen. They have been selling lipsticks for about five years now. Some of her best sellers are:

Medieval- a sheer red lipstick designed to bring out your natural red lips.

Frog Prince- pinkish shade designed to bring out your natural pinkish lips with the help of your lips pH.

Hello Sailor- just like Frog Prince, this blue shade of lipstick is designed to bring out your lips natural berry tones with the help of your lips pH.

During the Medieval times, it was a sin to wear lipsticks. Therefore, in order for women to have a nice blood stain tint, they used the acidity in lemons. Poppy created Medieval for women who want a sheer, natural nice blood stain tint to their lips.

On Into The Gloss site, Poppy says she realized she had a “vintage” face. That is why she started wearing lipsticks in 1989. She tried to look like an ’89 ideal, but felt she look more like a TMC movie.

Rather changing and looking more ’89, Poppy decided to embrace her TMC movie vibe. She states that she doesn’t feel beautiful. She feels more exuberant and glamorous.

What exactly does exuberant mean? Google searching, exuberant means filled with or characterized by a lively energy and excitement.

What’s the difference between beauty and glamour?
Beauty is defined as a “combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” Beauty has its own set of standards, both structural and physical. Unlike glamour, beauties rules are more stricter.

Glamour, on the other hand, is described more as an inclusive and an embracing thing. Glamour is defined as “an attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem more appealing or special.” How you put yourself together by showing little signs of exuberance is glamour. Also, glamour doesn’t rely on whether your budget is big or small. Therefore, between beauty and glamour- embrace your glamour!

Ok, now onto the nitty gritty. Poppy has a numerous amount of lipstick collections in her line. Out of all of them, I own four- Medieval, Jean Queen, Eden, and Hello Sailor. These are the lipsticks I will describe more in detail. The rest you can find on her website lipstickqueen.com.

Eden:
$24 USD 0.12oz/3.5g
Described as: “a magical red apple”
Inspired by the mystical garden of Eden.

Although it’s not the red lips of Snow White, this luscious, tempting, vibrant, and juicy, semi-sheer red that makes you look like you’ve taken a bite from the most beautiful apple in the world. It’s easy-to-wear and flatters all skin tones, bringing out a rosy blush on the cheeks and a twinkle in the eyes. This lasting glossy formula holds a magical apple green holographic shimmer. It is deliciously hydrating with Olive and Sunflower Seed oil, Shea Butter, and Vitamin E.

My View:

Eden

Eden is very moisturizing. The holographic shimmer is not too intense- just right! At first, I didn’t like Eden on me. Above picture is the first time I wore it. I thought it was a bit too much red. It’s described as a sheer color, only I find the pigment a bit more than sheer on me. I have started liking this one, though not a daily wear, it can be great for special occasions. I don’t wear reds often, therefore, this shade wasn’t something I was used to wearing. I think that’s why my first instinct was to remove it. After trying again, I give it a thumbs up. It is long lasting. Today, I applied it on around 10am. This picture was taken around 12:30pm and it is now 2:06pm. I still feel the moisture from the lipstick and the color payoff isn’t bad as well.

Queen Bee:

$22 (USD) 0.12oz/3.5g
Described as: “Nourishing nectar, honey shimmer”

IMG_0483With a delicious
honey fragrance, Queen Bee is full of nourishing ingredients to soothe, repair, and hydrate your pout. It is a lip treatment with glamorous bronze gold finish. It is made with Royal Jelly, which keeps your lips remaining soft and plump. Other ingredients: chamomile and sunflower extracts to help soothe sore, chapped lips.

My View: Dazzling with bronze-gold honey color shimmer, Queen Bee is supposed to treat and nourish lips. However, it didn’t
feel moisturizing. I feel the gold shimmer is too much worn alone. But paired underneath Medieval (a sheer, natural blood-stain red lipstick) it gives a soft, subtle shimmer that brightens my face. This lipstick does have a nice
honey scent. But Queen Bee is not my go to honey.

Hello Sailor:
$25 USD 0.12oz/3.5g
Described as: “Sheer blackberry”

This ultramodern, navy blue sheer lipstick tints lips to a cool, berry tone with a hint of deep sapphire. With pure Vitamin E, this lipstick ultra moisturizes lips turning them a sheer plum. Teeth appear whiter due to the blue tones.

My Review: This blue colored lipstick supposed to bring up the natural berry of my lips feels moisturizing and soothing. This along with Medieval, both feel a bit waxy when applying on my lips. However, it’s very hard applying too much on your lips like Fresh’s Sugar and Covergirl’s “Oh, Sugar!” lip balms. Hello Sailor, to me, feels more of a lip balm rather than a lipstick. I love the jelly feel to it; however, a lot of times I can’t get this blackberry to change to a nice sheer plum. This is supposed to work with your lips pH. It doesn’t last long for me. When emailing the company about this lipstick not working much and the length of lasting time, they say to apply a lip balm with it. I feel applying a lip balm would defeat the purpose. Wouldn’t you? After all, the lipstick is supposed to change with your lips pigmentation. If applying a lip balm first, how will it change with your pigmentation? I have also tried exfoliating my lips. Applying this lipstick after exfoliating them, I find has helped sometimes bring out the plummy look. One time when I applied this lipstick before work, after four hours I checked and my lips were a bit dry, flaky, and well, had a pink waxy feeling you could peel off your lips. This is why I no longer use this lipstick during work.

Jean Queen:
$22 0.13oz/3.7g
Described as: “Super sheer, JEANious shade!”

Jean Queen are you the queen? Jean Queen is the ultimate shade to wear with denim. It offsets the blue in the fabric and lights up your whole face. This shade is a gentle step up from nude, giving you a restoring natural youthful beauty without overbearing the lips. Jean Queen comes in two formulas- a sheer and moisturizing lipstick and a creamy with absolutely no stickiness gloss. This lipstick contains Vitamin E and Shea Butter along with emollient aloe vera gel.

My View: So, Jean Queen are you the queen? At first, this wasn’t my fave. Medieval won over this when choosing a color to wear. But now I have been choosing this more often. I absolutely love this shade of pink. Normally, I stick with berry colors. I have a very hard time finding a pink that suits me. But thanks to Poppy, I have. I see this lipstick brightening my cheeks a little when applying. For $22, a lipstick that offsets blue jeans, very moisturizing, comfortable, and flattering all complexions, I think its safe to say Jean Queen you are the queen! This does leave a nice stain on my lips.

Medieval:
$24 0.12oz/3.5g
Described as: “Sheer, sexy hint of flattering red.”

Lipstick was considered a sin during Medieval times. Natural acidity of lemons were used to bring forth a natural blood-red stain on lips. This best-selling tint recreates this flattering look. With only purely Vitamin E and pigments, this silky to wear and divinely transparent lipstick makes your skin look flawless. It is a perfect alternative to lipgloss without being a full-coverage lipstick.

IMG_0480My Review: This shade is one of my favorites. Like Hello Sailor, I feel it more of a lip balm than a lipstick when applying. A nice red sheerness to my lips with a gloss effect without the gloss. Very moisturizing. Not intense and flatters all complexions. I did order another one, but like Hello Sailor, I would prefer not wearing it during work. I have been preferring Jean Queen these days over Medieval for work because it last a bit longer. Unlike Hello Sailor, the Medieval brings out more of my natural lip.

Lipstick Queen’s price ranges from $20-$50 for a lipstick with a weight ranging in oz/g of 0.12oz/3.5g-0/13oz/3.7g. Not only do they sell lipsticks, they also sell lip glosses, lip balms, lip liners, lip treatments, and cheek products.

Currently some of their most popular products are: Frog Prince, Hello Sailor, Jean Queen, Medieval, and Saint and Sinner lipstick collection. Although the price is a bit too high, I still think Lipstick Queen is worth trying, especially Jean Queen and Medieval. Some of her lipsticks, you may find a less expensive dupe. I find I like the texture of these lipsticks and the glossiness it brings when applied.

Out of the five lipsticks, which do I like the best?
5. Queen Bee- I was debating whether or not this should go under 4/5. I like this paired under Medieval and I am sure it will look good paired under other lipsticks I have; but I feel like I can’t wear this as a daily wear or even in a special occasion. It’s just too shimmery and not moisturizing.
4. Hello Sailor- At first I put this at #5 spot. But when I really thought about it, I liked and used this more than Queen Bee. Therefore, it should deserve #4, no matter how much I hated that one gruesome moment of purplish/pink waxy peeling off my lips. Who knows how long my lips looked like that while I was working…. It isn’t long lasting unless the plummy color stain works. That is what I feel. Overall, it isn’t quite that bad. I’d use it at home or during the weekends when I’m not working and can spare a second to reapply as needed.
3. Medieval- If I had thought which would be #1 for me last week, it would definitely been Medieval. Why the big change then? I like it, but it’s not long lasting and so, like Hello Sailor I can’t wear it at work without thinking I’m going to get that purplish/pink waxy look again.
2. Eden- Eden, although I feel like can only be worn on special occasions, I like it more than Medieval. It is long lasting and less waxy feeling. I feel like it brightened my face. The color is interesting due to the green shimmer. The shimmer is not at all intense as the Queen Bee’s. It’s a red I can wear without worrying, Is it too much?
And finally, the #1 spot goes to:
1. Jean Queen! I have been wearing this almost all of this week. I find it flattering on my skin tone and brightening up my cheeks. I like the look a lot. This shade of pink suits me. It does last long and leaves a nice stain.

Have you tried any Lipstick Queen lipsticks? What are your thoughts? Do you like them or not? Yay or nay? Let me know 🙂 Thanks for reading my blog(s). Have a wonderful rest of your weekend. Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s both in heaven and on earth!

*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.**

Grinding Teeth (bleh)

Do you grind your teeth? If so, do you do it during the day, night, or both? If you grind during the day you are more likely to grind worse at night.

I had this problem for years- grinding and clenching. But never was it any serious to look into with my previous dentist. Recently, I started clenching and grinding more that my jaw area was in pain and swelling.

After suffering painful and swollen jaws, I decided to look more into clenching and grinding teeth. Dentist say it’s due to stress. Just stress. That’s all I hear.

I have had an event that could trigger stress enough for my teeth to clench and grind as hard as they have been. Right now, I am trying to practice mindfulness. Being mindful of when my teeth come together are they clenching? Are they grinding? If so, I will try to separate them for a couple seconds then let them come together slowly. If it happens again, I repeat. Earlier I tried licking my teeth to see if that would help. I don’t know. Don’t ask. But it did help a little for me.

Anyways, while researching about clenching and grinding, I found that grinding is called Bruxism, which for the most part I’m sure you know.

One website I found goes even deeper into why we grind our teeth at night, rather than just blaming stress. Good old stress. How it’s easy to pick at you! Heh.

http://askthedentist.com/why-you-grind-your-teeth/
For further reading, click the above link to be directed to their site.

To summarize their site, your brain has different stages it goes through at night during your sleep- light to deep sleep. There are four stages for a good night sleep your brain needs.

When you approach deep sleep is when all the muscles relax. This causes problems in the jaw area because of its heaviness and blocking the airway. Not only does the jaw blog the airway, but when your tongue relaxes, it also expands to twice its size, which means it will block the airway as well.

When scientist studied this, they noticed it was the grinding of the teeth that reopened the airway and let the person be able to breathe again.

When the participants were given something such as a CPap or something that held the jaw in place, it kept their airway opened throughout the night; therefore leading to no loss of breathing.

Grinding usually is known to bad. If often done, you can damage your teeth, which will cause problems later. Also, grinding interrupts deep sleep due to movement when your body is supposed to relax. However, with this study, it shows that grinding is actually good. Grinding at night is what keeps you breathing. You need to breathe.

They also point out wearing mouth guards makes it worse. The mouth guard can reposition the jaw and when expanding can block further block the airway. I can understand this. Night guards are a bit big. If your airway is already blocked from an expanding jaw and tongue, a big night guard would make it even worse.

This site goes into Bruxism as the new sleep apnea and who can be affected by it, how can you tell if you’re grinding at night (afterall you’re obviously asleep, right?), and the new treatments for it.

Well that’s all for right now. Once again, thanks for your time reading this and my other blogs. Have a great night!

*peace&God Bless*

**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.**