June 26, 2013

Become French or even Latin via Duolingo (Don't worry; it's free)

So I stumbled upon a great site that offers free lessons on language learning. I'm quite surprised that such a service is free but it's a great service so far and I'm starting to enjoy the learning process.

I highly recommend it to everyone that wants to expand their language learning and/or skills for travel or to help those that speak other languages via their jobs. Some jobs, it's a requirement.

Why not check out a service that wouldn't bite your hand off?

Happy learning!

June 22, 2013

Just don't stand there

My favorite part about talking to some of these people who approach me is that they lack enough brain cells to actually answer simple questions.

If you can't carry on a conversation or lack interest in expanding the mind of whom you've had such interest in; why waste time?

So you think I'm beautiful. I'm flattered but I'm not dumb. You just want my candy. My sugary sweet. Little do you know that your cavity is showing. No longer would I spare my sugar to you. To rot like the rest of them.

To be another complication. Another stress. Another misunderstanding. Lost.

I won't return to be. I won't be melted into your smaller half. Love is the power that makes me grow in sweetness. You make me bitter. I can't do it. Not again.

Once before and never again. My love follows on polished tiles. Bright sunshine and sparkling skies. Moments you can't understand. Never will you know.

I'm more than a face. A hole. A pit to fill. I'm more than a body walking.

June 12, 2013

Wires (lyric snippet)

"You can't miss me cause words are always like stones.

Hide behind that phone line until our hearts go home.

I'll remember; I'll remember what we were.

No tears will fall cause I know how to let it be.

You can't miss me cause our voices are gone.

The sad life of mystery."

June 8, 2013

Behind The Veil (Lyrics)


You, you fight
over and onto rehearsal
building walls to hide your circles
live, live your game
we know what you are doing
trying to reinvent fate


It's all you have
it's all you have
it's all you have

Fool yourself
fool the world
for someone else
tells you no
forget your truce
it can't change
what happened from youth
the scars that stay

In all of the open
like a coward in the light
try to expose
try not to die
popularity ascend
reality ends
nothing again
nothing again


It's all you have
it's all you have
it's all you have

It's all you have
it's all you have
it's all you have

You have nothing

June 7, 2013

First makeup haul + many more to come!

As many people know; I'm a makeup freak. A huge passion of mine and something that I love to play around with. It's amazing what one can become with just a little mascara and some lip balm.

Anyway, one of my favorite cosmetic lines is E.L.F cosmetics (this is one of my favorite cheaper brands; I am also a huge fan of Urban Decay, Benefit, and Amazing cosmetics as well)

E.L.F is having an excellent sale right now where you get 50% off all of their bestseller items. A lot of these items are fantastic too by the way; so I highly recommend you check this sale out. I got $40 worth of beauty treats for just $29.95. You seriously can't beat that. I mean, 13 items (of my choice too) for such a low price comparing to what you would spend on just 3-4 items at a time elsewhere; this is a beauty steal!

So, to share with you what I've purchased; I'm going to list and link you to all of my beauty steals on their website; most of these were in the bestsellers list; others were new items that I thought I would throw into my makeup haul just because I really loved the features of these products and the color selections were absolutely fantastic.

Many of these items have been featured in the Today show as well as awed by a lot of top makeup artists and beauty professionals who work with top names in the industry. E.L.F is an excellent alternative to high end cosmetics and famously known for the high quality products at an amazingly low price; most items range from $1-$3; while some will be just a tad bit higher (such as most of their STUDIO brand); there is literally something for everyone.

Here are my beauty steals:

1. Brightening Eyeliner in Coffee ($1)
2. Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in 'Check Me Out' ($2)
3. Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in 'Like A Boss' ($2)
4. Essential Glitter Mascara in 'Teal' ($2)
5. Studio Powder Brush ($3)
6. Studio Eyelash Curler ($3)
7. Professional Studio Eyebrow Kit in 'Ash' ($3)
8. Studio Stipple Brush ($3)
9. Studio Makeup Mist & Set ($3)
10. Studio Mascara Primer ($3)
11. Mineral Personal Blend SPF 15 Foundation in 'Light' ($8)
12. Studio Contouring & Bronzing Powder in 'Antigua' ($3)
13. Essential Glitter Mascara in 'Plum' ($2)

This is only the beginning of the deal; if you sign up for ELF's newsletter; they give you a coupon code for 10% off your next purchase. Pretty sweet deal!

I can't wait to experiment and try out these products; I've heard so many great things about them that I was compelled to try them. To all my makeup queens and kings out there; keep on pouting them lips baby!

If you purchase different items or you find a personal favorite and want to rave about it; visit my Tumblr and submit your beauty steals!

June 6, 2013

Bringing sharing to a new level

So, I just wanted to let you all know that my Blogger posts will also automatically start posting to my Tumblr blog as well.

By my doing this little step; everyone can read my posts without having to jump back and forth and you will get to enjoy the same content across all of my blogging platforms I use.

I hope you enjoy it :)

Let out your ghetto fabulous

The beat goes on

And every time this melody plays, I remember for a minute what it felt like before we moved on.

Some good and bad times, but I'm glad that we no longer fight over petty things. Though I do wish we would speak more to each other; I believe that we've just grown so tired of talking to each other that's it become silent for us. None the less, memories are great to keep and I can smile knowing you're better off now than what you would've been with me. I know now that you are much happier and in return; it makes me rest easy knowing so.

Love was such an important thing for me for a long time, but as I get older; I understand that it's not so important for me because I can take care of myself. If I can enjoy my own corny jokes and be content spending time by myself; then I've already found love. I don't want to be 65 and still single; no, but if I'm going to be single for so long; I might as well settle in and enjoy it while it lasts.

Sex is boring to me, I don't see the point of it. I mean, if I'm in love; I could see the use of it but frankly I don't have much time to worry about it; I'm too busy taking care of all of the bills and trying to luster having enough left to feed myself.

I must vent on the subject of money though; why must I hand over so much of it and then I'm left with only a hundred or so usually to last me for two weeks? Sometimes, only down to $50-$60 after bills are it too much to want to strive for better?

Don't go telling me to 'not complain' because let's be honest here; I've busted my ass time and time again to earn my fair share of complaining cards here. I'm just saying that it's a pain that these bills eat us alive; not to mention our car wants to die on us every time we crank it up; and we have no way to get another car because they want at least $1,000 down.

We live in such a greedy world people. If only we could have our old economy back. These damn politicians and royalty are making tons off of us while we sit here practically starving ourselves to pay for a home and a car to get to work.

There has to be a better way...

June 3, 2013

A new approach

So I'm loving this Bubbly social network so far; even though no one is listening to me. It's a great application for me to just vent and let go; rather than blog like I am doing right now. Though this is better in terms of readers; but still lacks one key function that I would benefit from most of all... VOICE

See, for me voice blogging is much more fun; I can let out my anger, boredom, introduce my multiple personalities, and more... without the fear of them finding my Facebook page and viewing my pictures like some sort of stalker or something...

We live in a world where people do that by the way. So anyway, a new approach to this is that I've learned I can embed my posts on websites like this blog here if I feel so titled to :)

So soon, instead of having to visit my Twitter or Facebook page; you'll simply get to tune in here on my blog. I may also start utilizing other voice blogging platforms that I find until I find the one that matches perfectly!


What do you do?

It seems like our finances just keep getting worse and worse and then to top it off; almost every dime that me and Tommy make from work is given to our parents instead of having the ability to save up for the things we need.

I don't mind helping out; I know what good can come of it and so it's not what is bothering me. What bothers me is that no matter how much money we both contribute; it seems our situation only worsens instead of improves.

We can barely feed ourselves considering that my dad's check (entire check almost) goes towards our rent, after that. We hardly have anything left to pay bills; me and Tommy are the ones who help pick up the tab. We both have lunches to pay for when we're at work and it seems we can't even achieve that after bills are paid; most of the time all of the bills aren't paid and we are still struggling to figure out what to go without and what to keep.

For example, Brenda has told me she has to dip into the rent money sometimes to pay for food so we can eat. We've tried grocery shopping and everything but when you shop for 5 people and two of which are very picky as to what they will eat; oh and two of them eat more than an entire army base; you begin to wonder what ideas would help you out. Home cooked meals are great but they don't last and they can be just as costly as take out foods. It's bad enough that she had to pawn both the laptop I got her for Christmas and her desktop computer she had; but the banks and dealerships are trying to screw us out of a car when we really need one right now.

My only question is when will this end? Why now are we having to miraculously put money into a new car since the old one keeps dying on us? Why is it that we can't even ask any family members for help?

We've already been late on rent a few times and luckily our landlord has been understanding enough not to throw us out but this can only last for so long. We're hurting lately and it's driving me crazy because it seems like no matter how many hours I kill myself at work; the money just isn't helping us out.

It's like I've said for years in this household; we need to BUDGET everything. We need to keep records of everything and keep track of what comes in and what goes out. It's the only way we can have an idea as to what to do.

Dylan is still lazy as hell; complaining about food; and acting like a child... going to the card shop constantly because he doesn't want to be productive and get a job to help anyone out... though I'm proud to have heard that his private conversation with Brenda has supposedly shown he is willing as he told her to put in applications for him. We shall see what becomes of it I guess.

Well, all I ask of you guys... please pray for me and my family right now; we seriously need it... it's never been this bad... it's been bad but nothing like this... we're on the verge of losing our home sometimes and right now; on the verge of losing our car; which means we could lose our income and so on.

God, please hear us out... we need you most of all right now...

June 2, 2013

Snapvine then & Bubbly now

A lot of people don't know much about my teen years but a big outlet for me was the use of voice blogs.

Before Chris Crocker and the like; you had Snapvine.

Snapvine was a popular community of blogs using voice to share your thoughts and stories. I used it to share rants, raves, ideas, and sometimes to sing to my fans.

I had a pretty great following of over 250+ fans on their platform and so you can imagine how upset I was when they went offline and Snapvine was no more. 

Well, today there are two platforms that are generally similar but of course; nothing is as great as Snapvine was. 

Bubbly is the best alternative to Snapvine. Next to places like SayNow and VocalPost. 

I wanted to inform you all that I will begin voice blogging soon and all my voice blogs will be available via my Twitter account. 

They may occasionally be shared to my Facebook pages. Though, that isn't guaranteed, so please follow my Twitter account first before considering my Facebook account; or you could just follow both of them!

Anyway, I look forward to responding to some of you out there. Follow me on Twitter via @BranniMikal and be sure to shout out if you want me to discuss anything or do any product reviews!

Love ya, 

June 1, 2013

Clear skin regimen

For some it's a drop of water away and others like me use a multitude of products to keep our bare skin clean and clear. 

I was asked by a co-worker how I keep my skin so smooth, clean, and clear all the time and this is my response:

First things first, always moisturize your skin

Trust me, you will see a difference in the look and feel of your skin.

Moisturize with a hypoallergenic moisturizer which does not have a lot of oils or any parabens. 

Make sure it won't clog your pores either. BB creams are good but I recommend using an Asian BB cream as it will have more skin care benefits than US branded ones have.

Take a shower in the morning and at night and scrub gently everyday with St. Ives blemish control facial scrub or use anything from Neutrogena to combat pimples and blemishes. Keep at it and use it daily; results may vary but you will love what lies ahead using these types of products. 

If you have dry skin, opt in for a little tea tree oil over your skin and you should feel a difference with smoothness as well.

For men and women alike, the best type of makeup is a full coverage foundation. For guys, I recommend either using a BB cream or a sheer mineral foundation to cover up blemishes and redness that may be left behind. 

Concealer works well for trouble areas, I recommend using Amazing Concealer by Amazing Cosmetics ($28 for small tube @ ULTA)

And that's it! Try it and see how it works for you, for some people, mix it up or play around with products and brands. Skin care is different for everyone so this might not work for everyone but for most people like me who have troubled skin; this regimen really helps to at least minimize issues.

I haven't had a lot of heavy breakouts and my skin looks really good usually after I do all this. 

Even if you don't wear makeup; always moisturize in the morning and before bed; wash your face or take a shower and scrub your face before bed and then apply your night creams and eye creams too. 

You can also try Youth Code from L'oreal. It's great stuff and works well as both a moisturizer and a primer. It's only $20 a jar at your local Walmart too.