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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 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.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: My Bambino Cash Box

I recently received an email invite to review products from My Bambino, a website that caters to kids' needs. They have everything from clothes, toys, accessories, luggage, school supplies and furniture. The cute cash boxes got my attention, so I chose the pink cash boxes for the twins.

My mom taught us to save money in piggy banks while we were growing up. When it was my turn to become a mom, I also taught my kids to save. And now, that I am a grandma and the one taking care of the girls, I also want them to learn how to save money at an early age. They were given cash gifts last Christmas and although, they still don't understand it, I want them to start learning about saving. I figured the cash boxes would be a great way to introduce them to it.

Product Description

Metal box opens wide to store cash and valuables then locks to keep them safe. Combination and key-lock make it sibling proof. Coin slot on top. Comes with two keys, Mom and Dad can hide the spare. Ages 4 & up. 6" x 5" x 3" Choose from over 140 custom printed designs. Total price varies by design chosen. Available in red, purple, blue, and pink.

My Opinion

The cash boxes are very pretty and the girls loved them instantly. They were even impressed that their names are on them. I was asked to choose the designs and I gave them the girls' names to personalize the boxes. Each box was well crafted and the surface is smooth. The edges are rounded to make sure the kids won't get hurt when they hold or play with them.

The cash box comes with a key and a lock combination, which made it more fun because it makes them feel that their money is secured inside. I only made them use the key because they still can't handle the combination lock. But they're learning about the numbers, so I guess it wouldn't take long and they'd be able to use it as well.

They love it so much that they bring the cash boxes everywhere they go around the house. These are too precious for them and they even put the boxes beside them when they sleep.

Overall, the girls are having fun and they are in love with it. If you want to teach your child about saving money, this is a great and fun way to start. They have designs for boys, too.

My Bambino also offers a lot of other cute stuff on their website. If you have little kids, you may want to head over there and check their items.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Cash Box through the My Bambino website. Prices range from $22.99 - $25.99.

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me by My Bambino 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.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: Dare to Bare Shave Cream by Earthly Body

I was recently sent a sample of Dare to Bare Shave Cream by Earthly Body.

Product Description

A soothing shaving cream with hemp and argan oil to soften hair, condition skin and protect against rashes and skin bumps. A moisturising, conditioning formula suitable for all skin types for use on any body part.

Skinny Dip is a sweetly floral scent with fruity notes. Overtly feminine and sensual in nature. This shaving cream is infused with this signature scent to complement other products in the range.

Apply to wet, clean skin and shave as needed. Rinse well with warm water and then cool water.

For best results use with Dare to be Bare Miracle Oil.


Aqua, citramonium chloride, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, polyquatemium-7, Argania spinosa (argan) oil, cannabis sativa (Hemp-seed) oil, panthenol, cyclomethicone, dimethicone, hexylurate, ispopropy palmitate, stearakonium chloride, PEG-75, meadowfoam oil, citric acid, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, hydrolized wheat protein, hydrolized wheat starch, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiaxolinone, phthalate-free fragrance.

No animal testing

No animal ingredients

My Opinion

The shaving cream has a very nice smell that stays on your skin. The cream has a nice, thick and rich consistency. I used it to shave my underarms and legs. After I've shaved and washed, my skin felt incredibly soft and smooth. The razor glided smoothly; no bumps and nicks! It comes with a pump for easy dispensing, making it a cinch to control the amount of shaving cream you need.

Overall, I had a wonderful experience with the shaving cream. If you are looking for a gentle cream that deeply conditions, this is a great product to try. It's also great for those with sensitive skin because there is no alcohol content in it. I recommend this!

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Dare to Bare shave cream through the Beauty Care Choices website. It is fairly priced at $11.00.

I am also giving away an 8 oz. Bottle to 1 lucky winner. The entries are fairly easy, so join now!

Prize: 1 bottle of Beauty Care Choices Shave Cream 
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Product Review: Indian Healing Clay by MajestiC Pure Cosmeceuticals

I was recently sent a sample of Indian Healing Clay by MajestiC Pure Cosmeceuticals via Tomoson. I like using a mud mask once every two weeks to exfoliate and rid my face of dead skin cells. This will be my first time, though, to use a clay in powder form.

Product Description

- SODIUM BENTONITE CLAY 16 Oz: PURE Indian Healing Clay from WYOMING, USA- Premium Quality - No Additives
- BENTONITE IS ONE OF THE BEST HEALING CLAYS: Excellent for Face Skin Care, Deep Skin Pore Cleansing, Detoxifying And Revitalization. Works on Oily and sensitive skin as well. Clay makes a fabulous facial mask, for shrinking pores, tightening and toning skin, removing impurities, and just making your skin look and feel great.
- PREMIUM QUALITY THERAPEUTIC GRADE CLAY: Sodium Bentonite has a electromagnetic properties, making it very absorbent and helpful for drawing out Metals and Toxins. Clay baths and foot soaks draw toxins from the skin and through the pores
- SOOTHING SKIN: Helps to soothe and heal including cuts, bruises, insect bites, bee stings, etc.

[For Beautiful Skin]: Clay makes a fabulous facial mask, for shrinking pores, tightening and toning skin, removing impurities, and just making your skin look and feel great overall. [Soothing Skin]: Including cuts, bruises, insect bites, bee stings, boils, rashes, achy joints, acne, and burns. [Detoxification]: Clay baths and foot soaks draw toxins from the skin and through the pores. Please follow proper protocol and consult with your doctor before beginning any detoxification program.

10% Pure Sodium Bentonite from Wyoming, USA - Natural, Therapeutic Grade

For facial, mix 3 parts of water to one part clay well to a smooth paste. Apply to skin and let dry for about 2o minutes. For sensitive skin, reduce time to half. Wash with warm water to remove the clay. Use it once a week to keep your skin beautiful and refresh. Do not use a metal bowl or spoon.

My Opinion

I followed the instructions for the face mask and mixed 1 tablespoon of powder to 3 tablespoons of water. It took me a lot of work to mix it together to get a smooth consistency. If you don't mix it well, your paste will have lumps. The three of us used it; my sister-in-law, my niece and me. There were still some paste left for another person after we've applied the mixture on our faces, so this jar will go a long way. I struggled a bit with the application because maybe, the paste is too thick. I should have added a bit more water to thin it for easier application.

It felt cold on the face upon application and my skin felt very relaxed. I can feel my skin tightening while waiting for it to dry. After 20 minutes, I washed with warm water. As soon as I patted my skin dry, I can feel how soft and silky smooth my face has become. My skin feels very refreshed and super clean. I have enlarged pores near my T zone and I'm hoping the clay will help minimize them.

Overall, I had a nice experience with the clay. It's all natural and will not irritate the skin. If you are wanting to detoxify and pamper your skin, this product is definitely worth giving a try.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Indian Healing Clay through the MajestiC Pure Cosmeceuticals website and on Amazon. The gauge is fairly priced at $12.95.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Review: Fractionated Coconut Oil by Majestic Pure

Growing up in a tropical country, I am well aware of the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil. Today's review is about the Fractionated Coconut Oil by Majestic Pure.

Product Description

Best Carrier Oil for Massage, Therapeutic Recipes and Essential Oils

- Great therapeutic benefits - Excellent on the skin; a natural and very safe moisturizer, softener and non-irritant lubricator
- It can be mixed with other carriers and essential Oils
- Wonderful balance of saturated fats helps stimulate hair growth
- Fractionated coconut oil is a carrier that never goes rancid

Advantages of Fractionated Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has long been used all over the world for its many therapeutic and other benefits to the skin. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties, a wonderful balance of saturated fats in its natural form and helps stimulate hair growth. Many aromatherapy recipes use coconut oil for the various therapeutic benefits it offers. Fractionated coconut oil is a fraction of the coconut oil from which almost all the long chain triglycerides are removed, thus leaving mainly the medium-chain triglycerides and making it an absolutely saturated oil. This saturation gives it a very long shelf life and greatly increased stability. In addition, fractionating raises the comparative concentration of Capric acid and Caprylic acid, thus giving it more of antioxidant and disinfecting effect.

My Thoughts

I am used to the delicious scent of coconut oil. I usually associate it with our native delicacies because coconut milk or oil was used to make them. Although I love its scent and I am aware of its many benefits, I never liked using it on my hair and skin because I never wanted to smell like food. This coconut oil from Majestic Pure, on the other hand has no scent. Using it to moisturize my skin and hair won't be a problem.

Just like with the virgin coconut oil we used to make at home, the Fractionated Coconut Oil has no expiration date, meaning, this has a very long shelf life. I love that it does not leave a greasy look and it makes both my skin and hair feeling soft and smooth. Another thing that I noticed about this oil is it doesn't turn solid at all. The instructions say you can mix it with other essential oils, so I tried mixing it with peppermint oil and massaged it on my tired feet. It was soothing and it made my feet feel silky smooth and soft.

Overall, I had a great experience with the oil. If you are looking for a more natural product to moisturize the skin, I recommend this coconut oil.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Fractionated Coconut Oil through the Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals website and on Amazon. The oil is fairly priced at $16.50.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: Professional 12 Set Makeup Brush Kit by Petunia Skincare

I was recently sent a set of makeup brushes to test and review. Petunia Skincare's makeup brushes are handmade from natural and synthetic hair for a precise and soft application.

Their brushes are made with a combination of high quality pony hair, goat hair, and synthetic hair. Synthetic brushes are great for liquid-based makeup, while natural hair brushes pick up and distribute powder makeup evenly and smoothly. They are super soft and silky on top, yet durable and long lasting at the bottom, and with continuous use these brushes can get even softer. The brushes allow you to apply colors smoothly and pigment does not cling to hairs after application, enabling you to blend and reuse colors without cleaning after each use.

The kit includes 12 Studio Quality Brushes:

  • Powder brush 
  • Blush brush Foundation brush 
  • Eyeshadow brush 
  • Smudge brush 
  • Fan brush 
  • Concealer brush 
  • Eyebrow brush 
  • Eyeliner brush 
  • Sponge applicator 
  • Lip brush 
  • Spoolie brush

My Opinion

The brushes included in the set are very soft. You can tell that they are made of high quality materials. The bristles are pretty strong and they don't shed easily, unlike other makeup brushes that don't hold the bristles tightly. Another good thing that I noticed is the makeup doesn't stay in the bristles. That means you get more coverage because everything goes in your face.

The set comes with a nice folding pouch that holds all your brushes together. The pouch is made of snake skin-like leather. It is very slim and easy to carry around or slip in your bag for travel. Brush guards are also included in the kit to help keep their shape.

Cleaning them is easy as well. All you need to do is run them through warm water, then clean with a gentle shampoo, and rinse thoroughly. Place them on a clean surface to air dry.

Overall, I had a great experience with the makeup brushes. They are very soft and gentle on the skin. If you are looking for good quality makeup brushes, I recommend that you give these a try. The kit really is packaged nicely and would also make a great gift.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Professional 12 Set Makeup Brush Kit through the Petunia Skincare website and on Amazon. The kit is fairly priced at $47.77.

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me by Petunia Skincare 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.

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