Activities

Events that occur on a daily basis. Interactions that would be considered the norm and how they are able to shape our perception of the world and people. People come not only in all shapes and sizes but they are all unique in their own way. The impression we may have of a person also may determines how we may view race, religion and even ourselves. I will talk about something that has effected me and that has left a lasting effect on me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June Ipsy Bag

So excited about my June Ipsy bag that the minute I received it today I really had to share. This month the bag was gorgeous. It was designed by Rebecca Minkoff which pleasantly surprised me. I have heard of her but have never purchased any of her products. I have received five items this month. Three of which are full sized and two are deluxe sized.

1. Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil:
Okay, with the amount of hair on my eyebrows I have never used an eyebrow pencil. The fact that I even got one was mind boggling. I am okay with it but honestly will pass it along to one of my girlfriends to use. This is a full sized product which retails for $13.00.


2. NYX Butter Gloss:
This is a full sized product in the color Eclair. I have tried it and totally love it! The color is phenomenal. I would buy this on my own in a heartbeat. This product is $5 and is half the amount I paid for the bag.


3. Carol's Daughter Sacred Tiare Styling Cream:

I haven't used it yet. This brand can be found in Target. This is a deluxe sized sample but the full sized product is $12.00. The value for the .5 ml would be $2. So far the scent is really nice.

4. Nicka K New York:

This is a full sized product which retails for five dollars. I really love the looks I have created thus far with this eyeliner and will use this throughout the whole summer. The only downside is when I put
this eyeliner on my eyelids it tingled or burned a little.I haven't had a reaction to it so I just don't know what to think. I received this in the color blue. I will give it a couple of tries but if the birnings sensation doesnt go away I won't purchase it.
5. Real Tree For Her:
Who would have though that this product was made by a camouflage company? I really like the scent and it being a deluxe product its easy to carry. The value of the product is close to two dollars the full sized product being $25 without a discount.


I have to say overall the value of the bag exceeds the ten dollars that I paid for. The value of the bag is $27.00 dollars which is almost three times the amount I pay for the bag.
So check out Ipsy here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/8p30


So what did you get? How did you like your Ipsy bag? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Dream

A dream is but a dream
                         they say.
Yet once again eruption........ Tears flow
                Of potential unfulfilled
                 a faucet overflowing
                 unfulfilled.

Drops of water
                  hot and perpetual
                  fall everyday
Yet a dream is but a dream.


No chance given or offered
waiting for a morsel or hint of dreams.

Judgement constant presence
Until the wilted flower dies
Nevermore.

No dreams but a dream
A person a shell

Friendly conversation stamp
A dream which was but a dream

Phoenix ignited, yet perished
Longevity never applicable
For a dream which was but a dream.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ipsy

ipsy-feature                 So this is my first beauty subscription and I was so hyped up about it that I decided to share the discovery with everybody virtually. I found Ipsy on YouTube where I was recommended videos by its feed on some wannabe makeup gurus channel. That individual would give reviews on the bag and talk about how you could get the subscription. The detail that sparked my interest was that Ipsy only cost ten dollars a month. For that amount you would get a chance to try four to six items per month and there was a possibility of the items being full sized.I never imagined that the anticipation would kill me. The fact that I  had signed up after March 1st meant that I had to wait for the bag that would be offered next month. My mouth literally watered. I would go and look on various YouTube channels at the bags that everybody had gotten over the course of a year. My fiance kept on hearing about this bag aka beauty subscription until his ears blistered and he felt like a new addition of the family was arriving. It didn't help that on Facebook Ipsy kept on giving such illustrative hints that teased the imagination. So if you want to try this beauty subscription click here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/8p30




           Finally my bag did arrive! The items included weren't completely a surprise but a tad bit disappointing because of the size.
 


The goodies that I loved in my bag were the following:

1. City Color White Color Shadow and Highlight Mouse
Even though it was a full sized item I still thought it was a tad bit on the small side. Like come on it isn't even 1 oz! I can imagine using this color as not only an obvious eyeshadow but also to try as a highlight. Being a makeup newbie highlight would be an unexplored territory for me. On the website it says that these retails for $3.99. 

2. Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide- On Eye Pencil Travel Size:

OK, so who doesn't like Urban Decay?! I have heard so many raves about this product on YouTube. The fact that I got this in my Ipsy bag was an unexpected boon. I had tried one of the Urban decays eyeliners in the past but in the color purple. Unfortunately, my eyes didn't take too kindly to the product since I am allergic to the some ingredient in colored pencils for most brands. Hopefully the black color, which I use often, will work out and it came with an attached tutorial on smokey eyes. This usually retails for ten dollars which covers the entire price of the bag.

3. Tinted Lip Balm by Cailyn:


This lip balms style was an eye catcher for me. I was keeping my fingers crossed that I would get this item. I was thrown outta my comfort zone when I saw that the color I had received was Acid Pink which is close to the Orchid color featured in many upcoming spring trends. Surprisingly my lips looks gorgeous. Even though I am a caffeine drinker and was concerned that my teeth would be too stained, they gleamed white. The only shortcoming was that the product sat in my lips fine lines so exfoliating is a given even though this is a lip balm. Also it wasn't as moisturizing for me as other users had mentioned. This product was full sized and retails for $12. The brush was a lovely touch and makes it easier to apply the product.

4. Benefit lollitint:
This product was a sample size and reminded me of the retro days when staining your cheeks and lips were a given. I was disappointed that I had gotten a sample size because I could have just gotten that at Sephora for free. The upside is that the color  is Orchid which was declared the color of the year. I also have never tried a product of this kind before.

5. Look So Natural Lashes by KISS

At least I can claim that I have owned a pair of lashed in my life! That being said I really would have gone without this product but since this subscription aims to explore makeup and beauty options, I was not too put out by this. I would have preferred to get my lashes in Vamp for Halloween but instead ended up with Flirty. I'll give it a try because I love KISS Nail Products. This item retails for $3.99 and is a full sized product.


So the total value of the items is rounded off to $30. Which isn't too bad for ten dollars. Considering the value of the past bags exceeded $60, I had expected more of a punch. The fact that all products come inside an IPSY themed make up bag is a nice touch. They also try to add some glam to the packaging by packing it in a bright pink bubble envelope. I felt like I got the value of my money this month for the subscription and have heard on YouTube that this is one of the better $10 subscriptions.


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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Once Upon A Time

The show Once Upon A Time had an episode explaining why the Evil Queens one true love was the reason behind why she hates Snow White. In all fairy tales the antagonists side of the story is never fully considered.  The Queen is just considered evil and the fairy tales assumption is that the audience will take in stride as such. The fact that she actually had a "true love" is never considered. The show depicts various points of view one of which where Snow White innocently played a hand in the untimely demise of the Queens love. Ultimately, the evil queens mother kills him to further her own ambition using her daughter as a vessel which leads to the Queen's plummet into darkness. The angle of Snow Whites daughter being the only one able to save the land of Storybrooke is a very different from the original fairytale. In the original tale Snow White is never shown as having children and the evil Queen dies dancing in the red shoes that she forced to wear at Snow Whites wedding.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Modern day fairy tale connections Part One

Persepolis:

This book has  a scene that coincides with the Grimm's tale called The Children Who Played at Slaughtering. The author Marjane gets her childhood playmates together to attack another child by poking his eyes out with nails. The children believe this is justified since the child's father is a guard that persecutes people that are against the current regime. They want to punish him for his fathers crime and are stopped by Marjanes  mother who gets to them before they can cause any really harm. In the fairytale, the children believe that slaughtering one of their playmates is justified since they saw the adults slaughtering their livestock. The children believe that by mimicking the adults behavior that makes it "ok" for them to play at slaughtering without any dire consequences.

Mirror Mirror the  movie:

The story of Snow White is retold in this epic movie starring Julia Roberts as the Queen. The movie starts with the introduction of dark magic, which is fought by the King who disappears, that is not the case in the fairytale where he actually dies. The mirror on the wall is a reflection of the Queen's inner self and there is no magical being like the one in the fairytale. Snow White is decidedly shown in a comical aspect. The Prince is stripped off of his clothing by the bandits who also happen to be the dwarves. The dwarves take Snow White in when she escapes from the Queen but hesitantly and there is no mention of any caves in the movies. The apple which kills Snow White in the fairytale isn't seen until the very end when the Queen is an old woman, not by choice but the price she pays for all of her spells and magic. Snow White sees rights through the Queens last attempt at killing her and reminds the Queen not to forget the grand scheme of things and her place in it. The Queen does not die in the end like in the fairytale but becomes a shriveled old woman who has lost all her beauty and the kingdom. Snow White is seen as very smart which is conveyed in the movie when she sees right through the last conniving trick of the already defeated Queen.

 



Sunday, September 29, 2013

Various Endings

Clever Hans:

Is a formula tale that always begins in a similar fashion. It can be considered a cumulative tale because the beginning is always the same. The tale can also be considered a cautionary tale because it warns the reader that one should think for themselves or they will end up like Hans with no bride.

How some children played at slaughtering:

This is a cautionary tale that has a hidden warning. The warning is aimed at the parents specifically in reference to the things they might do in front of their children that lead to death and chaos. In the first part the child picked the apple which was a sign that he was innocent of the slaughter and that the child's intentions was not malicious. The second part led to the death of a whole family. The mother was not able to control her emotions and loses all her children  in the process of killing one. 

Maiden without hands: 

This is a fairytale and a religious one. It tells the reader that you should trust in God. You should never expect anything for nothing from random strangers that you do not know. The parents are only seen in the beginning and then the whole story revolves around the daughter. The daughter is punished for the sins of her parents when the devil tries to ruin her marriage. God intervenes and protects her while her husband is searching for her.

Freddie and Katy:

This is a cautionary tale that has omissions in it. The omission would be the rape of the wife. In the end the transition of her whole personality shows a 180 degree change because of that incident. The husband deserts her in her time of need and the parson is shown as the devil yet she is considered the devil. Her behavior is very childish and contrary before she gets raped. After the incident the whole story is flipped.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Beckons

Life has defeated you.
   Death had beckoned once before
 Consider death as the ultimate peace
  Your naiveté has led you down this road.
   Isolated from all the most because of this pillar of strength you convey.
   You walked the road.

The apple fell from the tree
    Trust me it was as far as one would like to dream.
     Being a statistic or case study
     Is not what I had in mind.
     Yet the apple is pretty close to the tree.

Yet i disappoint myself.
     I ....... I do it all the time!
    I am not that much different then you
    I had hoped to be much better.
    Alas, it has not passed
   
     What am I suppose to do?
      Frustration makes me remember.......
       How life had defeated your dream once true.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Cinderella (The French Version)

Who would have thought that they were so many versions of all the fairytales we heard as a child? I for one always thought that Disney was the authentic and only version. Boy was I wrong!

Today I will be discussing the French version of Cinderella.

In this version the father is completely ruled by his new wife and doesn't  defend Cinderella against his new family. Cinderella is exceedingly good natured and this is displayed when she helps her step-sisters get ready for the ball. In this version, Cinderella actually has a fairy God mother and the step sisters are mentioned more often as her tormentors then her step-mother. The step-sisters actually ask for Cinderella's' forgiveness when they find out that she is the mysterious girl from the ball. Cinderella not only shares her fruits at the ball  but also her good fortune, by bringing her sisters to the palace with her, and getting them married to the gentlemen in the court.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Throny labyrinth

To be in a world of our own making,
                     feelings of self -reproach haunt me.

Perfection is constantly sought,
               have achieved what ?

The world does intrude you know.
you cant just survive on plain old love everlasting
Knights just don't exist anymore.....
No one puts their life, mortally in harms way for anyone.

Flesh, bones and sinew define me,
I am human just like you
Yet I have placed myself in a solitude
A dungeon of regrets ...........

Unconditional love is dream
No one ever deems anybody worth of that ..........
Some people are just meant to be alone.....................
Alone in a thorny  labyrinth of their own making
A maze that pricks ones body
and harms ones heart.

So many loves have gone and passed
Some persons are not worthy of that one true word
such a gift is only meant for a numbered few....................

At last the feeling is a sharp cut
breaks the organ of my heart.................
No discussions just one decision........................

Peace I had briefly felt ........................
Moments in time I have held
Gone like the sand through my hand
dry and wet ..........................
Until this shell is nevermore
and the thirst stay eternal .
Unquenchable.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Donkey Prince


The Donkey Prince

Four Elements from the Donkey Prince that are similar to other fairy tales:
Apple:
The magic apple is portrayed in Snow White as the means to kill her, which is used by the evil queen. In the Donkey Prince the apple is seen as a wedding gift given to the Queen by her father, the West Wind.  The apple is seen as a source of constant beauty and health for the Queen. Later on in the story, when the Donkey is fully grown, the Queen loses the apple and is on her deathbed which is the complete converse to the tale of Snow White who eats the apple and is close to death.

Donkey: 
The Queen is asked by the Brown Men of the Hills to take in their young child even though she does not give them the apple to break their curse. This is very similar to the Rapunzel fairytale where the Witch gets a child in exchange for her rapunzel. In this case the only similarity is the child. The Donkey prince will go back to its normal human form which is similar to the fairytale Beauty and the Beast. Even though he is adopted by the Queen, he is the heir of the throne. He is loved by the Queen and her husband, not abused or mistreated by either.

Daisy:
She is an orphan who lives with an old woman who makes her do straw plaiting. The straw is drawn from the story of Rumplestilskin. She is also like Beauty and her role is very similar to that of Beauty. Donkey’s curse is broken just like Beast’s by the love of Daisy. At the end of the story she marries the Prince and the Brown Men of the Hill all return to their true forms.
Wild man Hlajki:
They meet Hlajki while they are searching for the wild man that stole the Queens apple. They greet him courteously. They offer him the fare that they are supping on and are very friendly. That throws Hlajki totally off balance because he didn’t expect any friendliness.
At the end Hlajki, gets his reward at the end by becoming the leader of all Wild men.