Prompt: Reservation

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.

“G902829 INFAILLIBLE MATTE US -One Step long wear INGREDIENTS

DIMETHICONE

TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE

ISODODECANE

NYLON-611/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER

DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER

C30-45 ALKYLDIMETHYLSILYL POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXAN

LAUROYL LYSINE

ALUMINA

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!

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.

Prompts: Continue, Critical, &Priceless

For those surviving aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and overseas hurricane, I wrote a little something after hearing Coldplay’s Houston #1 on the radio. I just finished it today. This is my third day back home. My area didn’t have any major damages or floods compared to others around here. I thank God for that and will continue to pray for those who have so much to do in order to move on from this.

In this Critcal moment, people have lost mant things. Precious Priceless things. It is also sad to know during this fearful moment, many had to worry about looters. My area, like many, is still under curfew.

As we Continue with the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, please take the time to read my poem. Coldplay wrote a song in Miami, Houston #1. The song inspired this poem. To listen to their song, search online search engines or Youtube.

I used to complain about the sun,

So hot, so blinding.

Rain was something that just happens.

The water so serene;

Plague of death and dismay.

Floods, food shortage, electricity outage,

Loss of homes, loss of lives

All in books, all on news.

Didn’t feel real til I was near.

Opened my eyes;

Opened my heart;

Brain’s on wire;

How can I help?

Treacherous, dangerous,

But never chainless.

As the sun rises,

The water dries,

The memories remain.

Harvey stole materials,

But never the hearts of Texas.

Enemies, friends,

Strangers, acquaintances,

Formed a bond, united as one

Helping those in need.

Damage is done.

But Harvey has not won.