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

Sunday, November 24, 2013

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Collection for Holiday 2013

Hello Divas & Gents,

We all Riri has been having go nuts over her last 3 collections and the Holiday Set is coming December 2013. I know we all keep wondering if MAC will have the site ready to order or when is the release date in stores. But the question is are you excited for this collection.

The MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Collection for Holiday 2013 is the final installment of the three-part collaboration between MAC and Rihanna.  This Holiday, RiRi is back with a few more pieces (not as big as the second collection, but bigger than the first), including your third and final chance to get your hands on the highly coveted RiRi Woo Lipstick (this collection also includes a RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer).  Selling out in record time, the RiRi Hearts MAC series has proven to be some of the most highly anticipated collections of the year.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Phresh Out $44 USD
MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in 2X Dare $44 USD


MAC Bronzing Powder in Love, Rihanna $30


MAC Lipsticks in (L-R) Pleasure Bomb, Bad Girl RiRi & RiRi Woo $16.50

MAC Nail Lacquer in RiRi Woo $17.50

MAC Superslick Eye Liners in Cockiness (left) & Pisces Persuasion (right) $20.50

MAC 217/239SE Double-Ended Brush $35 USD

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag $40

I always wait till the day of the release to decide what I want to get and of course its always 1 or 2 of the lipsticks. What has been your favorite from all the RiRi collections?

Stay Beautiful,

Miss Mika

Bobbi Brown Holiday 2013 Gift Giving Collection

Hello Divas & Gents,
Looking to glitz it up? This holiday season, Bobbi offers a beautifully edited collection of luxurious lip and eye palettes, lip glosses and brush sets for the holidays.

Beauty enthusiast who wants to get— or give — the gift of glam. Featuring an assortment of shimmery shades in silver, bronze and golden tones, Bobbi’s Holiday 2013 Gift Giving Collection is a must when it comes to stealing the spotlight.

Available October 2013 at Bobbi Brown counters.


Twilight Pink Lip & Eye Palette $80 USD

Ivory Eye Shadow

Dusk Sparkle Shadow

Canary Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
Cool Ivory Eye Shadow
Nude Eye Shadow
Slate Eye Shadow
Opal Sparkle Eye Shadow
Truffle Eye Shadow
Twilight Pink Metallic Eye Shadow
Espresso Eye Shadow

Twilight Pink Creamy Lip Color
Nude Pink Creamy Lip Color
Pale Mauve Creamy Lip Color
Bronze Pink Creamy Lip Color

Smoky Cool Eye Shadow Palette $48.50  

Ivory Eye Shadow
Graphite Sparkle Eye Shadow
Smoky Grey Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
Truffle Eye Shadow
Platinum Sparkle Eye Shadow
Caviar Eye Shadow
Smoky Warm Eye Shadow Palette $48.50
Ivory Eye Shadow
Antique Gold Metallic Eye Shadow
Blonde Eye Shadow
Golden Chocolate Metallic Eye Shadow
Chiffon Sparkle Eye Shadow
Espresso Eye Shadow
Everyday Pretty Lip & Eye Palette $30
Pink Beige Lip Color
Mauve Lip Color
Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss
Ivory Eye Shadow
Chino Eye Shadow
Espresso Eye Shadow
Date Night Lip & Eye Palette $30 USD
Sandwash Pink Lip Color
Berry Punch Lip Color
Diamond Pink High Shimmer Lip Gloss
Ivory Eye Shadow
Storm Cloud Eye Shadow
Caviar Eye Shadow
Date Night Lip & Eye Palette $30 USD
Sandwash Pink Lip Color
Berry Punch Lip Color
Diamond Pink High Shimmer Lip Gloss
Ivory Eye Shadow
Storm Cloud Eye Shadow
Caviar Eye Shadow
Lip Gloss Trio $42 USD
Pink Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss
Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lip Gloss
Dusty Rose Lip Gloss
  Sequin Shimmer Brick Eye Palette $48.50
 Featuring 10 eye shadows in a range of cool, shimmery shades in silver, dusty rose and golden tones, this is the ultimate accessory for eyes.
Nude Glow Shimmer Brick ($45 USD)
 Featuring a range of gold and bronze shoes, Bobbi’s Nude Glow Shimmer Brick adds a warm glow to skin- it’s a fresh and fun twist on a fan-favorite.

Old Hollywood Travel Brush Set $135
Foundation Brush
Dual-Ended Concealer & Blending Brush
Retouchign Brush
Touch Up Brush
Eye Shadow Brush
Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush
Smokey Eye Liner Brush
I love Bobbi Brown and have been using there foundation for over 3 years. They never disappointment on quality, I know the price maybe expensive to some but while you are holiday shopping on Black Friday, treat your self to one of these wonderful items.
Let me know what you think and what Holiday set do you love?
Stay Beautiful,
Miss Mika



Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sins of A Mother (Pure Sins) Author P. Dotson

Hello Divas & Gents,

Best-selling Author P. Dotson does it again with the return of her book Sins of a Mother ( Pure Sins).

Dotson continues Sins of the Mother from the continued series Pure Sins.

Both book released under Tajana Sutton Ruby Love Publications, Dotson is back to show up how all your favorite characters and miss bad ass Pure come back to save her daughter. After all the wrong doing Pure has done and not cared a day in her life for anyone, now its time for Pure to change and set an example for her daughter who has following in her mother's foot steps.

Let me know what you think and what is your favorite series.

Stay Beautiful,

Miss Mika

Excerpt from Sins of a Mother which is available on Amazon (clink the Link) now.


By the time Pure arrived back with help it was too late. Essence lifeless body lay where Pure left her.


   “Please, my friend has been shot,” Pure said kneeling down beside Essence who appeared to be sleeping.


   “Where are the others?” a police officer asked, as a paramedic kneeled down beside Essence.


   Pure pointed to where Autumn and Carlos could be found. Pure turned her attention back to the EMT worker who appeared to have a perplexed look on his face as he looked at Pure.


   “I’m sorry, but your friend . . . ,”


  Pure didn’t give him the chance to finish his sentence. She didn’t want to believe it. She began to shake Essence violently. “You promised,” she screamed as she continued to shake Essence’s lifeless body.


   Finally Autumn reached down and touched her shoulder. “Pure,” she gently said as she kneeled down beside her. “She’s gone.”


   Pure wiped the tears that stained her eyes as she thought back to that night. She looked around the court room amazed at how so many lives were affected because of Isaac. She was ready to close this chapter in her life.


   “Are you okay?” Autumn leaned over and asked.


   “Yeah,” Pure breathed deeply. “Just thinking about Essence.”


   A sympathetic look crossed Autumn’s face. She grabbed Pure’s hand and gave it a slight pat. She didn’t say anything else just left Pure to her thoughts.


   Autumn patiently waited for the judge to hand down Isaac’s verdict. She could feel his eyes penetrating her, but she wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of looking his way. She was just ready for this to be done and over with. This was the third week of his trial. Her lawyer already warned her that she may have to testify in other trials if he is ever brought up on drug charges. She only prayed that the kidnapping and murder charges were enough.


   Slight disturbances in the surprising quiet atmosphere brought her out of her thoughts. She stood as the judge took his place. He placed his glasses on as he looked over at the jury.


   “Have you reached a verdict?”    “We have your honor?”


   Suspense hung in the air as the bailiff walked the piece of paper that held Isaac’s fate over to the judge.


   The only words Autumn heard were guilty before she leaped out of her chair. The court room erupted in applause. Autumn and Pure looked at each other. It was over, it was finally over.


*    *    *


   Quietly Pure closed the door to Ariel’s bedroom before making her way back downstairs into the dining room with Autumn.


   “Is she still sleeping?”


   Pure nodded her head. “Out like a light,” Pure said as she plopped down on the couch and took her hair out of the bun that sat on top of her head. Her long thick hair instantly paraded down her back and shoulders.


   “You know what’s weird?”


   “What?” Pure asked, sitting back on the couch, getting a little comfortable.


   “Ariel hasn’t asked about Isaac?”


   Pure sat up and opened her eyes. “Really? So she doesn’t know about any of what’s happened?”    Autumn shook her head no. “I’m almost afraid to tell her.”


   “Well you have to tell her sometime.”


   “There’s a lot we need to tell her,” Autumn said, giving Pure a knowing look.


Pure sighed. “Yeah, you’re right.”  Feelings of doubt and rejection begin to plague her mind. “Are you sure we are doing the right thing? I mean how do you think she will react once she finds out that I’m her biological mother?”


   “Ariel adores you. I’m sure there will be a few rough patches to smooth over first, but I think she will be fine with it.”


   “I’m scared.”


   “Of what?”


   “I don’t know how to be a mother. I mean I know I have the love to give, I just hope she is willing to receive it.”


   Autumn smiled at her friend. It been a long time since Pure let her guard down and show her true emotions. To Autumn this was a true sign of Pure finally growing up.


   “I think you will do fine girl.”


   Pure got quiet as she looked around Autumn’s home and began to feel out of place. She looked over her shoulder, for some reason she always got the feeling that she was being watched whenever she was in Autumn’s home.


“What about Carlos?”


“What about him?” Autumn asked with a shrug of her shoulders.


“You think he has gotten over me killing his brother.”


“No, Pure I don’t. And honestly, I think it will be a long time before he does. It’s not that he is set on revenge, he just harbors a lot of guilt and responsibility for Eric’s death.”


   Just the mention of his name caused Pure to get sick to her stomach. She hated having a conscious. At one point in time in her life, she had that I don’t give a fuck mentality and because of it, she put important people in her life at risk. She prayed that by putting her street life days behind her, she could become a better person. She wants to be the great mother she hoped to one day become.


   “If I could,” Pure felt her voice trail off.


   “It’s okay, Pure. I know you would be,” Autumn whispered, overlooking the fact her friend killed someone in cold blood.


   Pure could only smile and shake her head, because Autumn was the true friend that she felt she didn’t deserve.


   “So when are we going to drop the bomb on Ariel?” Pure questioned.


   “I think the sooner, the better. We can’t keep holding off.”


   Pure nodded her head in agreement.


 They were so consumed in their conversation that they never heard her tiny footsteps as she descended the stairs. Ariel, with tears covering her cheeks, stood there clutching her blanket in her hand. She woke up from a bad dream about her father. She’s been having them since she left the hospital. She wasn’t sure if they were real or not and needed someone to talk to, but her plan was halted once she stumbled upon Autumn and Pure’s conversation.


 Slowly, she backed away and quietly made her way back upstairs and into her bedroom. She climbed into her bed and hugged her pillow tightly. She was too scared to go back to sleep and too emotionally unprepared to face Autumn or Pure. Her life was a complete lie. She went from being sad to angry. Pure didn’t want her at birth and gave her away. Now Autumn didn’t want her and was trying to give her back. So many questions shot through her brain that her young mind just didn’t have the resources to answer.


Who am I? she wondered.

Ariel silently cried as she battled with her thoughts of rejection and shame.

Anastasia Catwalk Eye Shadow Palette-Review

Hi Divas & Gents,

I know everyone is loving the holidays and cold weather and all the great sales. But I want to let you know about a palette you can't miss out on. My Sister from another Island Mother told me about this and as sister's we buy for each other (sharing is caring). Well my husband gets the makeup for us. :)

I picked up this palette after my Sister informed me about it. Because of course the east coast gets a heads up on things before the west coast. So as loving as I am, I called 3 Ulta stores in my area was able to get 2 placed on hold for us, which again my husband picked up and made sure I got my Ulta points for my purchase. After months of not trying I finally did.


If you love warm neutral eyeshadows, you’re going to want to take a peek at the Anastasia Catwalk Eye Shadow Palette $29, a 10-piece eye shadow palette.  The gorgeous case is accented with felt cheetah print and comes with a double ended eye shadow brush as well. Designed to create bold cat eyes, sleek contoured looks and soft washes of color, this palette comes with a beautifully illustrated booklet to help you create four catwalk-inspired looks.

The shades include:
Call Back: Soft, shimmering beige
Strut: Satin plum
Scout: Golden pink shimmer
Beauty Mark: Deep, matte purple
LBD: Matte black
Day Rate: Matte, dusty pink
Couture: Satin plum with red sparkle
RTW: Shimmering neutral pink
10K: Pale, shimmery champagne
Pose: Deep, shimmering violet taupe
 I am new to Anastasia eye shadows but overall noticed there look similar to other palettes; I feel like I’ve seen these warm neutral combinations. There’s also quite a bit of purple, for being a ‘neutral’ palette (but I think it works well with all the shades.

The textures range from matte to satin to shimmer, and unfortunately the quality does vary quite a bit within this palette. The good news is that only a few of the shades left me disappointed, namely Beauty Mark and LBD. It’s unfortunate, because these are 2 out of the 3 matte shades and I really wished they were more smooth and pigmented, because I feel like they are quite essential to most looks. They do build in intensity though as they are layered, but the dry texture did leave me wanting more.

Some of the shades were beautiful though, especially Call Back and Scout. The shimmery shades performed the best and had a nice, smooth texture. The satin shades were a little on the dry side, but still had decent pigmentation.

The color combinations work well, but I would consider it to lean more towards a ‘berry’ toned palette because of the amount of pink undertones. The quality isn’t the best I’ve seen, even from Anastasia, but I am impressed by the value of it.
Let me know have you used this palette what are your thoughts and review on it overall.

Stay Beautiful!!

Miss Mika

MAC Announces New Viva Glam Spokesperson


MAC Announces Rihanna as 2014 VIVA GLAM Spokesperson

The new campaign will launch January 2014

Rihanna joins the company of many famous faces to represent the MAC AIDS Fund, including Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliot, Fergie, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and many more. Since 1994, every cent of the selling price of VIVA GLAM products going to help men, women and children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I'm Married Now!!!

Hi Divas & Gents,

It's been a long time since I posted and as many of you know. I am married now. I recently got married on October 19, 2013 in Long Beach, CA to my best friend. Things have been so busy with planning a wedding for the past 9 months and working a full time job in Retail as a Manager.

I did hire a wedding coordinator who was a huge help and did all my decorations, flowers all of it. I called her my spiritual god-mother. Felicia Colbert Productions provides everything for Brides, Special Events, Baby Showers and Birthday parties.

My special day went smooth and to be honest nothing goes as planned. Our Photographer Josh Kline of JKP Productions was great. He captured wonderful photos that I love. He made sure to get things we didn't get to see which was fun.

Myself and My husband met on a dating website over 3 years ago. I knew things would have it ups and downs but in 2012; Lawrence proposed on his birthday last year December 18 @ Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. We choose October 19 because our official anniversary was October 17th and it is a meaningful time for us. We are an online success story and we are truly in love and things aren't prefect but we are your average couple.

If you haven't read my engagement story with photos to share and you will learn why this day was so special to me.

Some of my favorite photos are below, Hope you enjoy!!

Miss Mika