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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review, Book Tour and Giveaway: Playing Without Rules by Rachelle Ayala

I was recently invited to join a book tour and albeit I didn't have an idea how a book tour is done, I was very excited. That's because I will be one of the first people to read and review Rachelle Ayala's Playing Without Rules book.



Book Description

Playing Without Rules. Marcia Powers hides her four-year-old daughter from ex-boyfriend, baseball player Brock Carter, because she fears he's like his abusive father. Meanwhile Brock's back in town to rekindle his romance with Marcia. Will he lose every dream, including baseball, when he discovers the real reason Marcia sent him away?

My Opinion

The story is about love, lies and abuse. Brock was abused by his father, but he found love through Marcia's family. Her parents helped and loved Brock like family. Marcia and Brock fell in love and had a daughter, whom Brock never knew about. Marcia had to keep it a secret because Brock never wanted kids. He was afraid he'd become abusive like his father. Plus, there is this dream of playing big time in baseball. Marcia pushed him out of her life, afraid that Brock would never want and love her child, Bianca.

Brock returns after five years, determined to be a part of Marcia's life again.

Playing Without Rules is a very exciting story with lovable characters. Once again, Rachelle Ayala had me turning page after page. If one of the twins was not sick, I would have finished the book in a couple of days.

The book was well written and there was never a boring chapter. It's a typical love story that happens every day, but the author made it more exciting with the turn of events and of course, the hot love scenes.

This is a good read. If you are looking for a modern romance book, this will definitely be worth your while.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the book Playing Without Rules by Rachelle Ayala, through her website and on Amazon. You may also follow her on Twitter, @AyalaRachelle for updates.

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Book Blurb

A ballplayer's girlfriend hides his daughter from him because she fears he's like his abusive father. Marcia Powers wants nothing to do with ballplayer Brock Carter, especially after she told him to go away and pursue his dreams. She has more than she can handle with an elderly father, a business to run, and a four-year-old daughter posing as her baby sister. Brock Carter's back in town to rekindle his romance with Marcia, and this time, he's not letting her run him out of town. Marcia is unable to resist Brock, but determined to keep her secret. Brock's already lost his heart to Marcia once. Will he lose every dream, including baseball, when he discovers the real reason Marcia sent him away?

Playing Without Rules is available on Amazon (Read Free with Kindle Unlimited)

My Review
Author Info

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Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope. Subscribe to her mailing list for upcoming books and giveaways: http://eepurl.com/lR5kv and find her books at online retailers Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBookstore, and more. Fiction: Michal痴 Window, Broken Build, Hidden Under Her Heart, Chance for Love Boxed Set, Knowing Vera, Taming Romeo, Whole Latte Love, Played by Love, Playing the Rookie, A Father for Christmas, Claiming Carlos, Roaring Hot, Playing Without Rules, Christmas Stray (upcoming) Want to Contact Rachelle? Facebook Reader痴 Club *~* Aim to Love Romances Website *~* Blog *~* Google+ *~* Facebook *~* Twitter *~* Goodreads *~* Pinterest  

Review Tour Schedule
Tour Participant Blog Name Tour Date
Amber McCallister http://thewonderingsofoneperson.wordpress.com Tuesday, February 17
Lyssa Layne http://www.authorlyssalayne.blogspot.com Tuesday, February 17
Shandi K Dews http://mamadewsreviews.blogspot.com Wednesday, February 18
Chantel Rhondeau http://www.chantelrhondeau.com Wednesday, February 18
Jamie Fredrickson http://www.youhadmeatfreebook.blogspot.com Thursday, February 19
Cheryl Bavaro http://bavarofamilyreviews.blogspot.com Friday, February 20
Debbie Rosa http://adivareviews.com Saturday, February 21
Liza Cochico http://mlizcochico.blogspot.com/ Sunday, February 22
Raquel Leite http://readingssunshine.wordpress.com Monday, February 23
Kaitlyn Sigler http://kaitmar.blogspot.com/ Tuesday, February 24
Nadene Reynolds http://totallyaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com Wednesday, February 25
Paige Boggs http://electivelypaige.com Thursday, February 26
Jessica Cali http://calibookreviews.com Friday, February 27
Krista Bainbridge http://www.savorysavings.com Saturday, February 28
Jessica Cassidy http://www.jessicacassidy.com Sunday, March 01
Marie Dee http://www.marieclara.com Monday, March 02
Rachelle Ayala http://www.rachelleayala.com/ Monday, March 02

Tour Giveaway Rachelle Ayala is generously giving away a $10 gift card (Paypal or Amazon) and a key chain (US and Canada only).

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A Disclosure: An eBook was sent to me for free for the purpose of this review. All opinion expressed here are 100% my own. However, I only recommend books that I've read and believe to be good for my readers.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Review: Vitamin C Serum + Hyaluronic Acid by Havens Arc


It was only last year that I discovered about the benefits of using Vitamin C Serum and Hyaluronic Acid. And since then, I vowed to make it a part of my skin care regimen. Today, I am again reviewing a combination of both, The Vitamin C Serum and Hyaluronic Acid by Havens Arc.




Product Description

Our vitamin c serum for face 20 % has the best ingredients including Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, Green Tea Extract, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, and Resistem (Plant Stem Cells). All ingredients chosen for their anti-aging properties and ability to enhance Vitamin C efficacy on your face and skin

REDUCES WRINKLES & FINE LINES: Special ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Organic Sea Buckthorn oil work to plump up the skin, reducing wrinkles leaving skin clearer and younger

BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION: The presence of Organic Rosehip Oil and a foundation of 20% Vitamin C increases collagen production, so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging

My Opinion

The serum comes in a cute little bottle with a glass dropper. It has no scent, it is not sticky and it has a yellowish color; typical of most Vitamin C Serums that I've used. It glides smoothly, dries up and absorbs quickly. I love that this serum is a combination of both Vitamin C Serum and Hyaluronic Acid because it saves me a lot of time. Instead of 5 steps, my skin care regime is down to 4 steps.

As expected, my skin felt soft and smooth to the touch. Vitamin C works to brighten dark spots, erase pimple marks and tighten the skin, while Hyaluronic Acid works to hydrate the skin. It's been more than a week and my sun spots are lighter and the enlarged pores near my nose are less noticeable.

Overall, I love what this serum does to my skin. If you are looking for a skin care product to combat the signs of aging, I'd recommend that you give this a try.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Vitamin C Serum through the Creneft Inc website and on Amazon. It's fairly priced at $35.00.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Get Gorgeous Lips with these Finds

If you are looking to get those puckers soft and kissable, check out my finds for this week.

Estee Lauder - 'Pure Color' Gloss Nude Rose

Estee Lauder - 'Pure Color' Gloss Nude Rose
Pure color gloss - no. 05 nude rose shine by Estee Lauder for women - 0.2 ounce lip gloss.

Estee Lauder - 'Pure Color' Gloss Nude Rose - $32.74, 12.90 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Clinique - Almost Lipstick Black Honey

Clinique - Almost Lipstick Black Honey
Brand new in original box. Shade: 06 Black Honey. Size: 0.06oz/1.9g, full size.

Clinique - Almost Lipstick Black Honey - $23.88, See Site shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

Christian Dior - Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor, No. 712 Beige Dandy, 0.12 Ounce

Christian Dior - Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor, No. 712 Beige Dandy, 0.12 Ounce
Christian Dior - Lip Color - Dior Addict Be Iconic Vibrant Color Spectacular A new, high-shine lipstick With a lightweight, ultra-fine texture that glides on easily Contains 25% less wax than a classic lipstick Formulated with an extraordinary reflecting gel Provides transparency & magnifying glass effect to enhance shine, volume & color Delivers intense moisture to plump lips Gives brilliant, glamorous color & luster Creates a velvety, shimmering & seductive pout

Christian Dior - Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor, No. 712 Beige Dandy, 0.12 Ounce - $72.44, 15.00 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Lipstick Queen - 'Invisible' Lip Liner

Lipstick Queen - 'Invisible' Lip Liner
A lip liner that goes with every shade and every skin tone. The silicone-based mechanical liner goes on invisibly to create a defined lip edge and prevent bleeding. It's conveniently self-sharpening, so there's no need for a sharpener.

Lipstick Queen - 'Invisible' Lip Liner - $18.00, Free shipping - Available at Nordstrom
(7 reviews)

Estee Lauder - Automatic Lip Pencil Duo Terra

Estee Lauder - Automatic Lip Pencil Duo Terra
The ultimate tool for lining your lips. Versatile, double-ended pencil has twist-up color on one side, lip brush on the other. Color tip is always perfectly shaped - never needs sharpening. Use the lip brush to apply your lipstick or other lipcolor. Creates a defined, professional look. Comes with an initial color cartridge plus one refill. Additional refills available.

Estee Lauder - Automatic Lip Pencil Duo Terra - $27.00, Free shipping - Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Lipstick Queen - Women's Lipstick Queen 'Saint' Sheer Lipstick

Lipstick Queen - Women's Lipstick Queen 'Saint' Sheer Lipstick
Chic, flattering and fabulous shades featuring a sheer, moisturizing, long-lasting formula. Just a hint of serene yet impactful color, be it a pink nude or deep blackberry. It comes with absolutely no glitter, as saints are far too humble for such audacity.

Lipstick Queen - Women's Lipstick Queen 'Saint' Sheer Lipstick - $22.00, Free shipping - Available at Nordstrom
(9 reviews)

Bren Cosmetics - York Paraben Free Vitamin E Lipstick ~ Shade: Delicious

Bren Cosmetics - York Paraben Free Vitamin E Lipstick ~ Shade: Delicious
Luscious, frosty, sexy pearl lipstick packed with Vitamin E for continuous moisture. Paraben Free.

Bren Cosmetics - York Paraben Free Vitamin E Lipstick ~ Shade: Delicious - $14.00, 4.62 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Yazilind - Yazilind Sexy Red Lipstick Shape Golden Alloy Pendant Chain Long Necklace for Women 28"

Yazilind - Yazilind Sexy Red Lipstick Shape Golden Alloy Pendant Chain Long Necklace for Women 28

Maybelline - York Color Sensational Lipcolor, Bean There 380, 0.15 Ounce

Maybelline - York Color Sensational Lipcolor, Bean There 380, 0.15 Ounce
Smoother, more nourished lips instantly. The freshest, most fabulous color. Color sensational lip color's exclusive nourishing honey nectar dramatically hydrates beyond perfection. Discover a sensational improvement in overall lip appearance.

Maybelline - York Color Sensational Lipcolor, Bean There 380, 0.15 Ounce - $8.97, 2.98 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Shiseido - 'Lacquer Rouge' Lipstick Rd529 Tango

Shiseido - 'Lacquer Rouge' Lipstick Rd529 Tango
Liquid lipstick Gives intense lip gloss lacquer finish and color. A merger between a lipstick and lip gloss, long lasting and rich colors which do not change during the day. Get lips hydrated elegant and sensual look.

Shiseido - 'Lacquer Rouge' Lipstick Rd529 Tango - $31.96, 12.90 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links provided by Postpresso.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fibolica Hair Thickening Fibers Review + Giveaway


Our hair is our crowning glory. Whether it is long, short, curly or straight -- for most women, hair is not just a simple bundle of fiber. We style our hair to express our personalities. I've also read that hair and self-image are closely intertwined. This is so true because an occasional "bad hair day" can ruin your day; what more with hair loss? I'm sure it will be distressing to face the mirror every morning and look at your thinning hair. Today's review is about Fibolica Hair Thickening Fibers.






Product Description

Fibolica is simple and easy to use. Simply shake Fibolica onto the thinning areas on your head and watch as the hair fibers statically bond securely to your existing hair, similar to thousands of tiny magnets, instantly adding dramatic density and volume to your thinning areas.

My Thoughts

I'm lucky enough to have thick hair and while I hated it while I was growing up because my mane is thick and wavy, now I've come to appreciate it. And since I do not need Fibolica, yet, I had my uncle try it. Oh, he loved it instantly. It's easy to apply and it's not even messy.




I did a little research on hair thickening fibers before this review and found out that with some brands, the fibers either fall off or clump together. It didn't happen with my uncle's hair. It got a little patchy on the part that is bald, but you really can't tell from afar. The sides looked really great, though.

He went out of the house feeling confident with his thick hair and even if it was windy, the fibers stayed on his hair.

Overall, my uncle had a wonderful experience with the product. He feels more confident now and he loves that he's comfortable with it. If you are looking for a product to thicken your hair, Fibolica is a good product to try. It uses natural plant fibers as its main ingredient, so it's gentle on your hair and scalp.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Fibolica Hair Thickening Fibers through the Fibolica website. For only $35, you get a 2 month supply and a 6 month supply for only $70.

I am also giving away a bottle of Fibolica to one lucky reader. Please join through the Giveaway Tool below.

Prize: 1 bottle of Fibolica Hair Thickening Fibers
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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Product Review: Vitamin C Serum and Derma Roller


I was recently sent a sample of Vitamin C Serum and a Derma Roller to test and review.




Product Description

Do you want smoother better looking skin at a fraction of the cost? This set will cost you less than the purchase of the Vitamin C Serum in a spa. Skin Secret Vitamin C Serum has many benefits, including promoting skin hydration and locking in moisture to protect skin from drying out. It helps repair the skin's surface and restore elasticity has anti-aging properties and aids in protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Your skin will be protected from environmental stressors that could potentially cause premature aging. Going to a doctor to perform derma rolling for you can cost hundreds per visit. FAST RESULTS Using the Skin Secret Derma Roller allows your body to create collagen for natural and fast results. Not only do you get fast results from the Derma Roller, but it will also allow the Skin Secret Vitamin C Serum , and other lotions and serums to penetrate the skin. This will allow for visual and noticeable improvements can be achieved in just a few days! Your Derma 540 is made with Titanium alloy needles 1.0mm length, on a roller with a 540 needle count. Super easy to use Stimulates Collagen production No bruising, infection, discoloration, 'healing time' or other complications Cost effective Almost all skin types can be treated Extremely high absorption of any active ingredients from appropriate skin care products Skin Secret has 100% guarantee, if you are not completely satisfied, return with no questions asked. Don't Wait! This is the answer you have been looking for, an affordable skin treatment from home that really works! Get the results you've always wanted.

My Opinion

Vitamin C Serum

I've made Vitamin C Serum a part of my skin care regimen because it helps brighten age spots, reduce the size of enlarged pores and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. This serum from Skin Secret has a nice consistency and is unscented. It glides easily on the skin and it dries up fast. My skin absorbed the serum fast and it felt tight and smooth after application. I like that it didn't leave my face looking greasy.



I have been using it for more than a week and I've noticed some improvements. The pores near my nose are slightly smaller and my dark spots have lightened up a bit.

Overall, I had a good experience with the serum. It' very light and gentle on the skin.

Derma Roller

If you are not familiar with using derma rollers, you might get scared at aeeing the needles. But it's those needles that will actually help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and other early signs of aging.




The first time I used the roller, it hurt a little. But as I glided it through my skin, I eventually got used to it. My skin actually felt good after using the derma roller. It felt soft and just like what a regular massage does, my skin felt relaxed.

I've only started using it for a few days and I love how it makes my skin feel so smooth. I'm sure, this tool will continue to amaze me in the weeks to come.

Both products are amazing and I am loving the results that I am getting. If you are looking for a product to combat the signs of aging, I recommend you try these two.

Where to buy?

The Vitamin C Serum and Derma Roller can be purchased through the website and on Amazon.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Review: NaturaliDerm Organic Facial Moisturizer


Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Shea butter, cocoa butter, rosemary, witch hazel and green tea; all these in a moisturizer. What more could I ask for? I'm really glad I'll be reviewing this product from NaturaliDerm.




Product Description

NaturaliDerm organic facial moisturizer is made of natural ingredients that are safe, non-irritating, non-comedogenic and do not cause hormonal disruption.
This moisturizer will not cause itch, irritation, or burning feeling.

Key benefits:
Highly moisturizing.
Light weight, and not greasy.
Reduces fine wrinkles and makes your skin look younger.

My Thoughts

The moisturizing cream has a very mild scent. It comes with a pump dispenser for easy dispensing. I have to warn you, though, to be careful when pumping because it squirts. One gentle pump will give you enough cream to cover your entire face. It glides smoothly on the skin and it does not leave an oily look. That, for me, is a plus because I have oily skin.




I have been using this for more than a week now and people around me are commenting about my glowing skin. Aside from that, my skin looks plump and well hydrated.

Overall, this is a really nice moisturizer. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin smooth and silky. If you are looking for a moisturizer to combat the signs of aging, this is a good cream to try. It's very affordable and contains no parabens.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Organic Facial Moisturizer through the NaturaliDerm website and on Amazon. It retails at $21.89.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.



Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: Facial Blotting Paper by Day by Day Beauty


Problem oily face? Having a blotting paper in your purse will help wipe out the shine and give you a clean and satisfying feel. Today's review is about the Facial Blotting Paper by Day by Day Beauty.





Product Description


  • BLOTTING PAPER 2-PACK ~ Now Double the Luxury. 2 Packages Each with 100 Premium-Grade Oil Blotting Sheets, for a Total of 200 Blotting Sheets. Plenty to share with family, co-workers & friends.
  • PREMIUM BLOTTING SHEETS ~ You & your face will LOVE the Premium Blotting Paper's ability to absorb dirt & oils FAST, providing you a photo-ready, petal-fresh complexion without disturbing your makeup!
  • OILY SKIN ~ Beware! Exclusive Day by Day Beauty Premium Blotting Paper helps to absorb all excess oil to control shine.
  • DAY BY DAY BEAUTY #1 FACE BLOTTING SHEETS ~ Easy to take on the go. Keep one handy in your purse and the other at work.
  • OUR UNIQUE "PETAL-FRESH, SURE-TO-SHARE" GUARANTEE ~ You AND your friends will love our Premium Luxury Product - OR YOUR MONEY BACK. YOUR SATISFACTION IS ALWAYS OUR PRIORITY.


My Thoughts

Unlike the ones that I used to have before that looked like onion skin paper, these papers are more like a wrapping tissue paper. They are definitely softer and gentle on the skin. I didn't think they could absorb the oil on my face, but I was pleasantly surprised that the papers are very absorbent. I have an oily skin and I don't wear makeup. I hate applying press powders to eliminate the shine on my face. These blotting papers are really nice to have. Modeling for me is my SIL.

oily face

half blotted, half oily

blotted!


Overall, I love these papers and I'm glad I tried them. If you are wanting to eliminate the glossy look when your face becomes oily, this is a good product to try. The bunch of blotting papers is packed really small and it can fit easily into your purse, pocket or beauty kit.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the blotting paper through the Day By Day Beauty website and on Amazon. The two packs cost $9.95.

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me by Day By Day Beauty for evaluation purposes. No monetary compensation was received to write the review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Review: Roaring Hot - A Motorcycle Romance by Rachelle Ayala


I was recently invited to review yet another exciting romance, Roaring Hot by Rachelle Ayala.



Book Description

Motorcycle racer Teo Alexiou is challenged by his grandmother to come to her birthday party with a real girlfriend. He has plenty of party girls, and he fears getting roped into marriage so he hires an actress to play the part.

The last thing Amy Suzuki wants is to be a kept woman, but her student loans are piling up and acting gigs are nonexistent. She agrees to Teo’s proposal for one summer, limited to public displays of affection.

When Teo and Amy find themselves caught in love’s grip, their new desires war with their fears. Teo wants to renegotiate, but Amy insists she’s only with him because she is paid. She would never lose her heart to a man who uses money to buy affection.

Their game playing explodes when Teo is injured on the track and breaks her contract. Too late, Amy realizes her true feelings for Teo. Can she convince Teo she truly cares before he goes back to his party girls?

My Opinion

I've always loved Rachelle Ayala's book not only because they are great reads, but because her heroines are mostly Asians. I am an Asian and I feel that I can relate to the characters.

Roaring Hot, so far, is my favorite. The story of a billionaire playing a game and wasting so much money and ends up being trapped in his own game and falling in love is my kind of story. Teo met his match! It's always nice that in the end, billionaires learn that money is not everything.

This one is definitely a good read. It will keep you turning the pages and up at night. If you love romance, you'll love this book.

Where to buy?

You can purchase Roaring Hot - A Motocycle Romance by Rachelle Ayala, through her website and on Amazon, Nook and SmashWords.



Why Wear a Vintage Wedding Dress?

Are you planning a beautiful Wedding 2015? Why not go vintage? A lot of women prefer a vintage wedding not only because it's classic, but because it tells a story. More so if you are wearing a wedding gown that's been worn by your mother or your grandmother. But don't think you'll be saving a lot of money if you will be wearing a vintage original. It could cost more than you think depending on the condition of the dress. If the fabrics are badly damaged, it could be way more expensive to have it repaired.

It doesn't always have to be a sentimental heirloom for you to have the vintage wedding of your dreams. A vintage dress can be sought out from a vintage shop, a specialty store or at http://www.weddingshe.com/list/Vintage-Wedding-Dresses-112570/. You can also have a new one created with a vintage flare. That, too, can be expensive, because the designer will have to source out the materials to give it an authentic look.





It's a good thing that now you can easily find Discount Vintage Wedding Dresses online. Unlike before when vintage dresses are rare, nowadays there is a wider range of choices. The only thing that the bride should focus on when choosing the perfect wedding dress is her personal style. Her vintage dress should match her style to make it more "her" on her D Day.

If you're wanting to give your wedding a nostalgic flare, check out the Discount Wedding Dresses 2015. Wearing vintage is the best way to ensure you have a beautiful and unique wedding.
 
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