Thursday, June 27, 2013

Skai's the Limit (Deja Series) by Tajana Sutton



 
Skai Kerwood wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth, nor was she born into a loving family. Skai was the youngest of five children. Her mother passed when she was just six years old, leaving her in the care of her brother Randy. To keep the kids out the system, Randy took custody of all the children. The only problem was that he hated Skai. Skai found herself being abused mentally, physically, and emotionally by her oldest brother. She grew up hating herself. She had no education, no job, and no one in the world that cared for her. She felt like she was all alone. That was until she met Izzy. Izzy is a retired street dude turned legit. While working on a job, he came across Skai. He had a soft spot for this girl. He knew that she was troubled, but he was unaware as to how deep her troubles were. When her brother resurfaces, things take a turn for the worse. To save her from her past, Izzy found himself turning back to the streets with his guys Xavier, Jay, and Smoke in his corner. What he didn't know was that her present was just has haunting as her past. He thought he had the situation under control, until….


Available now on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DNWKAIY

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

My Engagement Story-Tamika & Lawrence


Our Engagement Story


Lawrence and I met online on a dating site, I took a chance and gave myself a 30 day challenge with online dating for the second time. Well after 2 jerks, Lawrence was Mr. Wonderful. He had the qualities I was looking for in a man and I knew this relationship would be growth and mature.

Lawrence is a USC alumni and I have my degree in Human Resources Management and Retail Management. We met after chatting for 3 days. We became friends and learned a lot about each other before taking our relationship to another level. October 17, 2010 we became an official couple.



Our first outing as a couple was USC homecoming game 2010. We had so much fun and I remember a dear friend of Lawrence told me, he is a great person and he deserves someone good, she noticed that in me. She has always been our cheerleader and has always been a great friend.


After 2 years of dating, Lawrence proposed to me on his birthday December 18, 2012 at Disneyland in front of Cinderella Castle. I knew the proposal was coming but I didn't expect him to make me feel like a princess on his special day.


The one thing I love about Lawrence is his heart, he is caring, strong, and wise. He loves hard and shows it everyday. He is my biggest supporter and treats me like a queen. He loves his mother dearly and it shows from the time he spends with her to the nurting he gives in return. I will always value his opinion, thoughts and love. Our relationship is unconditional, godly, and lots of fun.

 
As we are approaching our wedding in the fall, I couldn't be more happy to say "I Do". He has loved me, never doubted me and always respect me. I have grown as woman, and when I wasn't wanting love, he gave me love. I thank god everyday for sending Lawrence to me to fill a void I had given up on. As a couple we are each other Bonnie and Clyde, ride or die till the end.
 
 
My advice to anyone that reads this, if you are in a relationship, single, divorced or has given up on love. Don't go seeking let him find you. I took time before getting into another relationship to find myself, love myself, and have a relationship with God first. Relationships take time, its a job you have to work on it everyday, communication is key. Prayer is # 1. You will never agree on the everything but listening and learning from each other is always great.
 
2013 is my year to celebrate LOVE, SUCCESS, AND LIFE.
 
 

Photo Credits: Josh Kline

Murad 3-Step Skin Routine

Murad Age-Reform Skincare Collection
 
I recently went to Massage Envy in April for a facial as a birthday gift from a friend and at this particular spa, they use Murad products. I was looking for something new to try since after 3 years of using Clinique products my skin needed more cleaning and moisturizer. I purchased the starter kit above for $55 this allowed me to use the set for a little over a 1 week. I used my Clarisonic Mia along with my Clinique all about eye cream to see if I see a difference in this set vs. the Clinique.



Well I am finding my skin is softer, smooth, and more moisturizing. If you are looking for a cleanser that gets soapy this cleanser doesn't do it. I apply it on my face with my hands then use my clarisonic, I like to see soapy, soap but instead it does remove all the dirt and makeup off my face. 
 
Here is my skincare routine:
 
 
Refreshing Cleanser
I apply a dime size of this on my clarisonic or hands rub it all over and 1 minute with my clarisonic, my face feels refreshed and good.
This gentle lightweight cleanser removes makeup, dirt and other impurities. Cucumber Extract soothes as it refreshes while Hawaiian White Ginger and Algae Extracts soften and smooth skin.
Additional features and ingredients:
 •Great makeup remover
 •Gentle enough for daily use
 
 
Hydrating Toner
I love the smell of this toner, the chamomile and cucumber along with the witch hazel is wonderful. I notice my pores are smaller and skin clearer. It's a 2 in 1 for my face. I use a cotton round and spray this on my face, which removes all excess dirt left behind after I cleanse my face.
This refreshing toner balances, hydrates and neutralizes surface impurities. Lecithin helps lock in moisture and restores suppleness. A perfect way to prepare skin for treatment.
Additional features and ingredients:
 •Witch Hazel tightens pores
 •Chamomile and Cucumber Extract soothe irritation and soften skin
 
Perfecting Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++
This tends to be greasy, during the summer its not one of my favorites but it does work. If you are oily/combination I would say stay away from this.
Provides essential hydration and broad spectrum sun protection to dry skin. Moisturizers restore suppleness and ease lines while powerful antioxidants boost protection against free radical damage.
Additional features and ingredients:
 •Essential fatty acids provide superior hydration
 •Soy Flour increases elasticity
 •Lecithin helps lock in moisture and prolongs hydration
 
 
Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture
This can be used as a day cream or night cream especially if you are dry combination skin like myself, apply some SPF 15 or higher in this so you can use it during the day to protect your face. I find I am using this more than the day cream because it hydrates my skin and its non-greasy.
The most hydrating moisturizer Murad has ever offered. Gentle enough for sensitive skin, this NON-GREASY, velvety formula provides all-day moisture, all-day smoothness and all-day comfort – leaving skin perfectly polished.
Additional features and ingredients:
 •Ultra-concentrated, silky moisturizing cream offers immediate and long lasting hydration providing positively radiant skin
 •Avocado, Sunflower and Olive Fruit Oils enhance skin’s ability to retain maximum levels of hydration
 •Retinyl Palmitate and Shea Butter improve texture and while restoring natural smoothness and softness
 •Collagen Support Complex boosts skin’s resilience and plumps dehydrated skin
 
 
Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 l PA++
I love this mattifer it works really great before applying my makeup, if you are doing a full face this will control any oils and keep away shine. I apply this with my lotion combined and love, love, love it. Non-greasy, light and absorbs great.
Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 is a clinically proven formula that reduces shine on contact and controls oil for up to 8 hours while effectively reducing breakouts.* Oil-Control Complex® helps regulate oil production while preserving moisture to provide a long-lasting matte finish.
 Additional features and ingredients:
 •Willow Bark Extract helps manage breakouts and clears skin of impurities
 •Argan Extract reveals smoother, softer skin
 •Non-comedogenic formula will not clog pores



Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wet N Wild Pop Art Craze Collection Summer 2013 Limited Edition

 
Retail $2.99
 
These Limited Edition Eye Shadow Trios are sure to give your eyes the vivid Pop of color they’ve been needing. Highly pigmented shades come in a variety of textures, including shimmer and matte. Shades can be used together or individually to create that masterful look you've been wanting. 
The shade names of the six trios in this collection:
•A Regular at the Factory
•Hard Being the It Girl
•Three's a Party
•I'm Seeing Triples!
•To Muse and Carouse
These trios will be in stores in July.



MAC Riri Heart Collection



MAC is coming back this June 2013 with the second collection from the collabration with Rhianna along with RiRi Woo lipstick is coming back.

 



The Summer Collection will feature RiRi Woo (which is Ruby Woo, Rihanna's favorite lipstick), two additional lipsticks, Lustre Drops and a Powder Blush Duo.



Riri Hearts MAC Summer Lipsticks ($15)
With a retro allure and a cool retro matte effect, these three spectacular new limited edition tones can instantly become seasonal favorites.
 
MAC Hibiscus Kiss powder blush duo comes with not one but two gorgeous shades for the new season with the new and limited edition Hibiscus Kiss shade which brings a Cool Coral/Matte Neutral Bronze mix.
 
 
Riri Hearts MAC Lustre Drops ($20)
Amazing water-based texture that applies like “liquid sun”, MAC Lustre Drops has quickly become a favorite of makeup enthusiasts worldwide. The cult favorite product now get a glam makeover with the MAC Barbados Girl Lustre Drops version in a light bronze shimmer shade. Use it to get a sheer, natural luminous, shimmering finish.
AVAILABILITY:
MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick – May 5, 2013 at maccosmetics.com and at Rihanna concerts
MAC RiRi Hearts Summer 2013 Collection available online at maccosmetics.com - June 18th
MAC RiRi Hearts Fall 2013 Collection available online - date TBA
MAC RiRi Hearts Holiday 2013 Collection - available online and at MAC counters at the end of Fall 2013


 
 



Saturday, June 1, 2013

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque


Retail $3.99
 
 
I wanted to share something that helps keeps my skin clear of acne, blackheads and blemishes. Its an old school treatment but I love the smell. I apply this on my face before I get in the shower and within minutes it starts to harden on your face. I suggest using a dish cloth to remove the mask off, its easier to take off verses a face towel and easier to wash later. I apply a thin layer of this on my entire face and especially a little more on areas I get blemishes (i.e. chin, nose and forehead).
 
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque can be found at Ulta, Ulta.com and any beauty supply store.
 
Mint Julep Masque is the original natural home treatment to help dry up pimples, rinse away blackheads and shrink enlarged pores. Simply apply Mint Julep Masque to your clean face and neck. As it firms and hardens within minutes, it draws out impurities from your pores. After the masque is removed, your skin will feel clean, refreshed and smooth. Even for individuals who are fortunate to be free of skin problems, Mint Julep Masque is a refreshing facial treatment that helps relax tired muscles and ease tension lines on the face and neck.
 
•Rinses away blackheads
•Helps shrink large pores
•Helps dry up acne
Ingredients  Distilled Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Sulfur, Chromium Oxide Greens, Fragrance, Methylparaben
This tube will last you a very long time, I recommend if you do a full face makeup, after removing your makeup, apply this mask on to prevent any breakouts. Most people use this once a week, I use it depending on the usage of my makeup for the week, and if you have a crazy work schedule like me, pamper yourself on your day, then continue with your regular skincare routine.
 
 
This is a photo of me when I applied it on, so you can use I never apply it to my eye lids and only a thin layer under my eyes which is a sensitive area.
Enjoy pampering yourself!!!
 
Miss Mika