Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Years 2014



Hello Divas & Gents,

2013 was a great for me. I learned a lot, loss a few, gained more, healed old wounds, closed chapters of my past and success is a continued goal also made a ton of memories to share with friends & family.


2013 started as the beginning of my wedding planning. But during that time, I asked God to strengthen me in areas I needed before I became a wife. During this time, he sent me these ladies Shae, Tajana, Tiffany, Tip, Adina, P. Dotson, Knook, Kiki, Kiara, Chanel, Ebony, Tyra, Felicia & my mother in law nickname (Sophia).

Each Lady was apart of something they will never know. I learned and will continue to learn from them as they do from me. We are all a phone call away and the one thing I love to do is pray and thank god for something they have given me that when others didn't they did. A friendship that will last forever. Some of these ladies I have known for years others I met through Tajana Sutton herself.

One thing Tajana always says and I'm a firm believer on it now. Your circle is small but those that are in your circle are in it for a reason. You don't need a big circle of friends. That small circle is all you need.

As sisters you will argue, agree to disagree and sometimes get mad at each other. But no matter what we can always pick up the phone and say Hi like it never happened.

Thank You Ladies for making my 2013 a year of strength and long friendships.


I can't forget about my new Husband :)!! For over 3 years, my husband has been my rock, my cheerleader, my partner in crime and my soul mate. No one, and I mean no one can deal with me like he can. December 2012 he asked me to be his wife and 2013 I took his name. I'm truly in love with a wonderful man and no man compares to him. And I prayed for him and God answered my prayers.


I have no regrets in 2013, 2014 is full of goals to accomplish and more things to come. Maybe a little one to add to the family tree.

Thanks for following my journey in 2013. Look for more in 2014.

Let me know what are your 2014 Success Goals!!

Stay Beautiful!!!

Mika

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013


Hello Divas & Gents,

I wanted to wish you a wonderful Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays. I remember this time last year, I was newly engaged to my now husband for only a few. Now we have been married for 2 months now and going strong.

I hope 2013 was everything you wanted and more. I never make New Years Resolutions but I do set goals I want to accomplish along with a date to have them complete.


Continue to enjoy those you love and always make memories to cherish for years.

Stay Beautiful!!

Miss Mika

Friday, December 13, 2013

Kai ( A Deja Series) by Author Tajana Sutton


Hello Divas & Gents,

Tajana Sutton is back with her most awaited book of the year. Kai is back with his own story to tell along with our favorite characters (Deja, Xavier, Jay & Jade) of course special appearances by Daddy X and a few more of our favorites.

Here is a brief description about the book which is available now on Amazon.

Kai has had his share of issues with women and family, but when he meets Tamia Barnes he finds all of what he had been looking for. When a blast from both of their past resurfaces, their lives are sent into chaos. Kai and Tamia will have to fight for the love that they are both looking for, but even love won't be enough to fight off the demons and temptations they they will be face with. They will soon learn that the saying is indeed true, money is the root of ALL evil. Some are just a little more evil than others.

You can keep in touch with Tajana on her Facebook fan page and Twitter. Check out my other posts on her other books and authors under her publication company Ruby Love Publications.

Let me know what you think about the book and if you haven't already Purchase the Entire Deja Series to understand all about Kai and the other characters.

Have Fun Reading!!

Miss Mika

MAC Heroine Lipstick is Permanent


Hello Divas & Gents,

I am super excited to let you know about this release. I don't even have this lipstick in my collection but after this announcement. I will have it finally!!!

MAC has finally made Heroine a permanent lipstick!!!

The pre launch online is December 16, 2013.

It will be available in stores starting January 2, 2014.

Our prayers have finally been answered.

Let me know will you be getting this lipstick and if you have it post photos of you this color.

Stay Beautiful!!

Miss Mika



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Branding Myself


Hello Divas & Gents,

2014 is almost here in 3 or 4 weeks to be exact. And 2013 has been great. I got married in October to a strong, man that I know God made for me. I am finally registered to attend school in the Spring to further my education. I never thought I would be making YouTube videos, or create a blog but I have found something I love again.

My top 5 things I love to do:
1. Reading Books
2. Playing in Makeup
3. Making & Watching YouTube videos
4. Baking
5. Making Memories

My Grandmother always told me when I was little even in my 20's that making memories is the best thing in the world. Even if you just decorate your house its making memories for you. I loved that and its been a tradition with myself and now my husband we make memories together and on our own.

After my wedding, I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish before 2014 and I know you are thinking really goals at the end of the year, well yes, you can set long goals, short term goals, even daily goals to accomplish and my goal by December 31, 2013 is brand my YouTube channel (BeautywithMika) and getting a logo for my blog. I wanted something original and that represents Tamika!!!

If you notice my logo finally is on my blog and it will be on business cards coming soon. I love it. It took a few phone calls and some thinking, long discussions with my husband and finally making a decision.

 
 
Branding and Marketing yourself is a great way to purse your business. If its something you can see yourself doing for more than 5 years. It's time to be creative and market yourself. Blogging allows me to express myself and be who I am. I have learned to ignore all the negative things and remain positive. I'm not in competition with anyone but myself.
 
When you look at my logo know my blog is a site you can relate to, laugh and read and ask who is Tamika. I am strong, beautiful, creative, hardworking, loyal, dedicated, trustworthy, thoughtful, caring, friendly, a sister, a daughter in law, an auntie, a wife, protector, cousin, niece and prayer warrior. I am a strong Black Woman!!! 
 
Let me know what does Branding mean to you, who are you? What are your goals in 2014?
 
Stay Beautiful!!
 
 
Miss Mika

Saturday, December 7, 2013

MAC Disney Maleficent Collection for Summer 2014



Hi Divas & Gents,

MAC and Disney have come together again for the well anticipated Disney Movie Maleficent Starring Angelina Jolie Summer 2014.

Being bad never looked so good. 

MAC Cosmetics has announced that they will be teaming up with Disney’s “Mistress of All Evil,” Maleficent for a line this spring. The limited edition line will include 11 pieces and will be face, eye, lip and nail products.

The iconic label has dedicated an entire color collection to the evil queen of "Maleficent." Judging by Jolie's creepy beauty look on the film's poster, MAC must have been impressed. The popular starlet appears as a truly sinister witch, with perfectly arched eyebrows, piercing bright green eyes and blood-red lips.




If you can remember we already saw a Mac and Disney collaboration which dealt with most famous Disney villains. It was called Venomous Villains. Mac Venomous Villains collection launched in fall 2010 and it featured Maleficent, of course. That collection sold out immediately and the most loved items were from Maleficent line, indeed, suche as She Who Dares and Revenge is Sweet. That collection had for Maleficent mineral eyeshadows duos, bold and dark lipsticks and lipglasses, amazingly beautiful nail polishes and a purplish beauty powder. All came in dark colours with strong purple tones, perfect for a cool, mysterious and arcane beauty.
What can we expect from this collection maybe dark, bold and purple colours as well in Mac Maleficent collection?
It’s a summer collection since these kind of colours are more suitable for fall/winter but of course this collection comes along with the Disney movie.
 

The company has yet to debut the collection's photos, but that didn't stop us from making predictions on what the products might look like.

We can already guess that doing a second "Maleficent" range must mean MAC's first one was super-successful. This time around, we're expecting a collection focused on dark, dramatic and eye-catching colors that mix glam with goth. It wouldn't be surprising if the label also included a bold, vibrant red lipstick or nail shade, too. 
The assortment will have its global debut next summer, according to the brand's Facebook page. We hear the range will coincide with the film, arriving in theaters on May 30, 2014.
 
What do you think about this collection? Did you purchase the first collection or will it be a miss?
 
Stay Beautiful!!
 
Miss Mika

 

 




Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2014


Divas & Gents,


YSL is launching a new Spring collection in early February 2014. I'm so excited!!!  The collection is named Flower Crush and it is a flower inspired collection with shades of pinks just like beautiful spring flowers!

U.S. Launch Date – January 2014 at Nordstrom
International Launch Date – beginning February 2014 at Sephora




YSL Flower Crush Collector Eye Palette, $58-  Pivoine Crush is a limited edition range of selected eye shadow shades. The palette is inspired by a gentle bloom of peony flowers and it combines five delicate shades in gold-colored mirrored case. In addition to sparkling light gold, which is ideal for highlighting and to use as a base color, YSL Flower Crush Collector Eye Palette also includes a vibrant pink, rose pink, light coral and deep brown.

 


Mascara Volume Effect Faux Clis, $30 (limited edition)

 
No.22 Captivating Purple

 
Dessin Du Regard Crayon, $30 No. 11 Intense Purple

 Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres, $34

No.32 Rouge Avant-Gardiste

No.33 Bourgogne Artistique


La Laque Couture, $25

No.48 Rose Scabiosa (Limited Edition & New)

No.49 Rouge Pablo (New)
 
 



 
Gloss Volupte, $30
No.104 Prune Organdie
No.03 Rose Merger
No.49 Terriblement Fuchsia
No.19 Rose Orfevre
(not in correct order)
 
 
Rouge Volupte, $34
No.31 Fuchsia Storm
No.32 Jealous Coral
No.33 Pink Neilla
No.34 Pink Asarina
(not in correct order)
 
 




 
 
I have never purchased an YSL items but this collection is a must have for me. I know the lipsticks are a bit on the pricey side but this collection is worth it.
 
 
Have you used any YSL items, What is your favorite items and what are you looking forward to?
 
Stay Beautiful!!
 
 
Miss Mika


NARS One Night Stand Blush Palette for Holiday 2013


Hello Divas & Gents,


The NARS x Guy Bourdin Collection for Holiday 2013 includes the NARS One Night Stand Blush Palette $65, a gorgeous palette with a bronzer, a highlighter and an array of blushes.

This limited-edition palette is available now at Sephora (exclusively online).



For any blush lover, this palette is an absolute must-have. It contains exclusive and iconic shades alike, and they are quite decent-sized pans as well (they are each about the size of a single NARS eyeshadow). The elongated compact features the Guy Bourdin design on top of the compact and has a large, full-size mirror inside. It’s quite big, so while it’s not something you would keep in your purse, it would make an amazing travel buddy on long-haul trips where you’ll want a few options.


The palette includes:

Devotee Highlighting Blush: Alabaster glow

Mistinguette Blush: Bright pink

Orgasm Blush: Peachy pink with golden shimmer

Laguna Bronzer: Brown powder with golden shimmer

Deep Throat Blush: Sheer peach

Goulue Blush: Medium pink


This palette is an amazing gift- whether you’ve got a NARS lover on your list or someone who is just starting out with building their makeup collection, this palette is versatile and amazing quality across the board.



Having iconic shades like Laguna, Orgasm and Deep Throat is bittersweet though- it’s great for those who have longed to try them out, but the palette might not be worth the splurge if you already own some or all of them.  Having said that, the entire palette really works beautifully together, and you won’t be disappointed in it either way.



Devotee is an amazing highlighter! It’s quite frosty though, so a little goes a long way (and the slight pink sheen pairs beautifully with all of the blushes). Laguna has been a cult classic bronzer for a long time, so it’s no surprise that they wanted to include it in the palette. It offers a soft, natural-looking glow to the complexion without being orange- it’s one of the few non-matte bronzers that I actually don’t mind contouring with either.

 


All of the blushes are stunning and quite pigmented as well. I think the range of shades is quite nice, although I would have liked to see a little less shimmer overall. Mistinguette is the only matte product in the whole palette, however the shimmer is quite soft and subtle, so it’s not too bad. Orgasm is a one of the most popular blushes in the world for a good reason- it’s flattering and gives the most gorgeous, youthful glow to the complexion. If you find it a little bit too shimmery, check out Deep Throat for a bit more of a subtle finish. Goulou is the most bold shade in the palette, and I think it’s going to be an awesome one for fall- the reddish pink shade looks amazing when used with a light hand!
 
I’m personally in love with this palette because I didn’t have any of the shades the quality is amazing and I love having options. It’s a great value too, especially since I have yet to actually finish an entire blush.
 
Let me know what you think, and if you have seen this palette or desire to purchase it.
Stay Beautiful!!
 
Miss Mika
 

 

 

Too Faced Spring Collection 2014



Hello Divas & Gents,

Too Faced Cosmetics has launched there Spring 2014 Collection preview set early. And yes, its the Winter and we are starting to shop for Christmas and buy great Holiday collections but we all love the spring. Bronzer, tanning, glowing skin, pinks, flowers and wonderful sweet girly products.


Even though most spring collection are not released until February or so Sephora already has the collection on its website!


Chocolate Bar Eye Palette, $49

A palette full of beautiful browns .  This palette will also have the chocolate scent!!
Contains 16 shades of matte and shimmer colors:

Gilded Ganache
Milk Chocolate
Black Forrest Truffle
Triple Fudge
Salted Caramel
Marzipan
Semi-Sweet
Strawberry Bon Bon
Candied Violet
Amaretto
Hazelnut
Crème Brulee
Haute Chocolate
Cherry Cordial
White Chocolate
Champagne Truffle



Too Faced La Creme $22
Five New Shades!!
New Shades:
Taffy (pink marshmallow nude)
Jelly Bean (raspberry red)
Lollipop (violet w/ orchid shimmer)
Pink Chocolate (berry brown)
Bon Bon (pink papaya)



Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush, $30
This year the blush comes in two new shades as opposed to last year when it came with only one shade.
New Shades:

Peach Beach- shimmery peach/rosy pink/shimmery light golden bronze

Something About Berry- shimmery mauve pink/golden peach/shimmery magenta


Too Faced La Crème Lipsticks $22


Five New Shades!!
New Shades:
 

  Lollipop
(violet w/ orchid shimmer)

 

 Bon Bon
(pink papaya)
 

 
JellyBean
(raspberry red)


Pink Chocolate
(berry brown)


Taffy
(pink marshmallow nude)
 
 


I have never purchased any Too Faced Products but this collection I will be buying in the Spring. These colors work great for all women and skin tones.

Let me know what you think about this collection and will you be making a purchase.

Stay Beautiful!!!

Miss Mika

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Until They Loved Me by Author Coco Mixon & Taj B (Book Review)


Hello Divas & Gents,

Since my wedding is over, I have missed reading and tons of books have been released, I would download them but never have the opportunity to read them until now. Well, of course I had to support Coco Mixon after her Chocolate Brown series. And this time she is back with a collaboration with Author Taj B. Which I will be getting more of Taj B books!!!

Until they love me in my words is about a young girl Joslyn who was raised in group homes, foster care and of course gets shelter with her last foster family Ms. Sue and her son. Ms. Sue is the worst of what you will call a foster mother, Joslyn was wrong to deal with Ms. Sue and as she couldn't take it anyone Joslyn gets the best dream of her life, a young lady comes to her rescue Vee and Daddy. Who runs an "Entertainment" business. I don't want to tell you a lot about this book but I gave this book 5 stars. This book has spins and turns and you will never guess how the book turns out. It makes you realize how to treat others and what young girls and learn from or deal with in foster care.

Here is the Book Description from Amazon:

 Growing up in multiple foster homes, Joslyn longed for a family. Living with Ms. Sue was supposed to change her life for the better. Fighting off her foster brother was never in her plans. After having enough, Joslyn is ready to move on. Will leaving Ms. Sue's home help Joslyn find the love she deserves? Join Joslyn as she searches for a place to call home. Will you love her?

This book only took me 2 days to finish, mind you I work full-time, and of course busy. I will say anyone can finish this book in less than 3 hours. I love how the authors really worked together to create a great book and there writing style together is good. Both authors have a idea of what there readers want and what works for them while staying true to there brand.

I recommend if you haven't already to go on Amazon and purchase this book.

Let me know what book did you last read? Any recommendations?

Stay Beautiful,

Miss Mika

MAC Hautecore Black Friday Lipstick


Hello Divas & Gents,

We all know last year MAC theme for there Black Friday Lipstick was Grey Friday, well this year its Hautecore Friday Lipstick Matte finish with rich, saturated colour. There first matte Lipstick in true black.

 


Do you think you will order this lipstick? If you did post photos or tag me on Instagram beautybymika.

Stay Beautiful,

Miss Mika





Urban Decay Eye Portion Primer-Review


 
Hello Divas & Gents,
 
I wanted to give you a review on a product I love, love, love and don't leave home without it. About 3 years ago, I was wearing makeup but no one told me about primers. I had a friend who would get annoyed that my eye shadow would crease. Me not knowing I thought that was normal. Until she convinced me to go to Sephora and get this eye primer. At first I didn't want to spend $20, but after going in Sephora. I didn't think it wasn't too much.
 
 
This undercover wonder works invisibly to keep color in place. Apply just a touch before your shadow for crease-free, all-day (and all-night) staying power. Space-age polymer technology fills in any imperfections on the surface of the skin, prepping lids for indestructible eye shadow. No wonder it’s the most legendary eye shadow primer in the industry (and one of our all-time best-sellers).                            



I know there are a lot of other great eye primers out there, but this one has just been my go-to since the beginning (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it- right?)… I recommend it to all my friends, and since they starting selling it in the squeeze-tube now, it’s much more easy to use!
 

There’s a reason this primer has won countless awards and been raved about by top beauty editors everywhere- it truly works. It can turn a $2 eye shadow into one that looks like a $20 eye shadow. It keeps eyeshadows (even creamy ones like NYX Jumbo Pencils) totally crease-free, vibrant, budge-proof and just overall better.  It’s seriously one of the best investments you can ever make for your makeup!
 
This is a go-too primer for eye shadow. I have used this eye shadow on high-end and drugstore brand makeup. I love it.

Let me know what is your favorite eye primer and when did you start using eye primer?

Stay Beautiful!!


Miss Mika
 

 

Happy Thanksgiving Day Beauty Sales


Hello Divas & Gents,

I wanted to let you know about the Thanksgiving sales from some High End Brands. Photos of the sales and links below.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
I checked all the other high end brands and no one was having a sale for Black Friday. Also Urban Decay should be having a sale but its not listed yet.
 
I did take advantage of the Royal Care brushes and got 2 sets on sale and spent only $38 which a video on my YouTube channel will be up soon. So please check it out.
 
Let me know what sales did you take advantage of and what did you buy?
 
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
 
 
Miss Mika