Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Free Shipping at Lilla Rose!


Lilla Rose is offering Free Shipping on all orders $20 and more from 3/20 until 3/23!

Hurry over and take a look around.

I am an independent Lilla Rose consultant, so please let me know if you have any questions on any of the products!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March ipsy Bag

March ispy Bag time!

This month's theme was The Great Escape. Got this cute little bag with navy blue and white stripes on and boat anchors.
In the bag...

Eyeshadow Refill
Colors: Azalea Petal (right) and Seashell (left)
Sample Size: refill size 15.5 mm (full size)

Whether you want to make a dramatic statement or just add a veil of color to your eyes, the yaby eyeshadow refills are extremely easy to work with. Can be used wet or dry and the smooth texture allows blending with ease. All shadows are vegan friendly and the pans are reusable for mixing. There are a total of 80 shades available!

The azalea petal is a satin finish and the seashell is a high shine finish. They are both pretty shades, I will say that, and I could see wearing them together.

Buy It...
Camera Ready Cosmetics $3.29 for one 15.5mm refill

Juice Beauty
Hydrating Mist
Sample Size: 1 fl oz / 30 mL
Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist tones, hydrates, and refreshes your face and hair while on the go, anytime of the day. Hydrate with the refreshing blend rosehip, ylang ylang, resveratrol grapeseed oil and antioxidant-rich organic juices for a fresh, radiant complexion

I like this product. It smells really nice and you feel refreshed after misting yourself. It has a nice floral smell to it, takes a little bit for the smell to disappear, but it isn't too overwhelming, which is good.

Buy It...
Juice Beauty $22.00 for 6.75 oz
Amazon $22.00 for 6.75 fl oz

Mini Freestyle Palette
Sample Size: 3.5"x 2.5"x 0.75"(about the size of a credit card, except thicker)
The GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette was made exclusively for ipsy Glam Bag subscribers!
The magnetic base is the perfect spot to store pan-only eyeshadows (such as the two that were included in the bag this month), blushes and bronzers, or whatever you need for a perfect quick touch ups on the go. Whether you are headed off to spring break of just need a cute and clever way to store products in your bag, you can create the perfect makeup look and take it with you. Includes a mirror as well.

If you are looking for ever more cool on-the-go beauty, check out the Touch Up Palette from GlamRX. It is a unique, practical, pocket-sized palette that has what you really need on-the-go: brightening concealer, flattering tinted lipbalm, shine erase powder, black eyeliner, mirror. Includes eyeshadow/eyeliner applicator and a blush brush. The unique bottom level is the same magnetic palette that is included in the mini freestyle palette. You can buy the Touch Up Palette from GlamRX for $16.50. The dimensions are 3.5" x 2.5" x 0.75".

La Fresh
Travel Lite Makeup Remover
Sample Size: 8 wipes (5" x 5.75")
La Fresh Travel Lite portable towlette wipes are perfect for jetsetters, go-getters, outdoor enthusiasts and multi-taskers everywhere. Towlette packets are small in size, designed for practicality and are easy to apply discreetly. Each item is carry-on friendly and slim enough to slip into a pocket, purse or wallet. Perfectly portable, La Fresh makes beauty a breeze when you're on-the-go. For a refreshing getaway, grab any Travel Lite and Live Life La Fresh. Travel Lite personal amenities are made in sunny Southern California with a clean renewable solar energy. These makeup remover wipes feature biodegradable and compostable materials.

I like having makeup remover wipes around - they really do come in handy. For me I have been using them when trying out makeup, if I don't get it quite right I can just grab a wipe and remove my mistake or move it all together.

Buy It...
La Fresh $1.99 for 3 packets
La Fresh $1.49 for 8 wipes
La Fresh $19.99 for 48 packets
Amazon $19.99
Amazon $60 for 200 packets

What did you get in your ipsy bag this month? What did you think of the items included? What are you most excited about? Least excited about?

Interested in receiving an ipsy glam bag each month? It is only $10 a month for a beauty bag of beauty products. Go to for more information and to sign up.

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Book!!!! "Last Call" by Sarah Ballance

LAST CALL by Sarah Ballance 
– Romantic suspense for just 99 cents!

In a perilous game of trust, a shocking betrayal deals a dangerous hand.

An accidental witness to a murder-for-hire, ex-cop Rhys Clark becomes the target of ruthless killer—one determined to silence her at any cost. Playing dead seems to be the most likely way to stay alive, but when her protection comes in the form of mega-sexy former adversary Nick Massey, Rhys can think of  a few fates worse than death.

Nick Massey may have walked away from his troubles, but he never got past wanting Rhys. Once paired undercover, they’d been nothing but fireworks until a botched assignment ended her career, sending his into a tailspin. Now a mysterious client threatens Nick’s life if he doesn’t keep Rhys safe, but it isn’t until fate takes a critical turn that he realizes the devastating truth: he’s been her greatest threat all along.

Author: Sarah Ballance
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: For the Muse Publishing, 2013
ISBN 13: 978-0-9889995-0-3
LAST CALL is available from: For the Muse PublishingAmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords (formats: .mobi, .epub, HTML, PDF, RTF, LRF, PalmDoc, and Plain Text). Click here to add to Goodreads or here for reviews.
Cover art by For the Muse Design

Last Call | Excerpt

Rhys Clark swore and jerked her foot from the murky puddle that had just claimed one of her new running shoes. Perfect. The day was now officially perfect.

She blamed Nick Massey.

Blaming him was easy enough. She didn’t know which required more nerve on his part—leaving town or crawling back—but both events left her bitter and raw. And wet, she grumbled inwardly. With the sky spitting rain and the occasional pellet of sleet smacking her face, she should have skipped her evening jog. The street was little more than a concrete alley of shuttered businesses, and the bleak weather amplified the emptiness. But tonight, with Nick hot on her mind, running through the cold was her last ditch effort to return to her senses.

It hadn’t worked.

Another blast of icy air howled through the narrow street. If she hadn’t been standing still, she probably wouldn’t have heard the shouting that followed.

A few months ago, an altercation wouldn’t have been unusual in this part of town. But the whole area was under reconstruction. Local crime dissipated to nothing with the razing of several apartment buildings, and until now Rhys had long found her route to be a place of solace. She glanced around as the voices drew closer and more intense. Rapid footsteps smacked the wet pavement. Then the echo of a gunshot cracked the night.

Where fear left her paralyzed, instinct insisted she get out of sight. She looked around and found an unbroken expanse of concrete wall offering few options. Heart pounding, Rhys ducked into the recessed doorway of a vacant storefront and hoped the deep shadows would keep her concealed.
Terrifying seconds passed. The sound of her own suppressed breath roared in her ears.

Voices came, clearer this time. Close.

“If we screw this up…” The words, terse and hushed, were encapsulated in panic.

“Shut up,” demanded a second voice. “No one messed up. He’s as good as dead.”

“You think you’re going to sell that without a body? We didn’t get paid to lose him.”

“He took one to the gut. He won’t get far. We’ll find him.”

“He’s leaving a trail. Blood. We got the big bucks for a clean—”

“Shut up.”

A hit? Rhys shuddered, fear scaling her spine. A professional hit would have been silent—something not accomplished by the gunshot or the ensuing conversation—but in this game, experience wasn’t always a prerequisite for willingness to pull the trigger. Two years of undercover work had taught her as much.

So had a bullet.

Rhys froze, waiting for the voices to pass. But luck was not on her side. Rather than drawing away, the footsteps ceased.

“Well, well, well,” said the confident one. “Looks like our little game of hide and seek is over.”

Hope crumbled. The voice was far too close. Had they seen her?

She dared not move. Through her lashes, she saw nothing in her narrow view of the dimly lit street but dirty puddles and the occasional bit of trash plastered to wet pavement. She prayed they didn’t look her way should they walk past.

Grunts erupted nearby, followed by the sound of sneakers scuffling on concrete. Then two shots fired, and all sounds of struggle gave way to profane celebration.

In the same instant, a man fell to the sidewalk in front of Rhys. His eyes, sightless and familiar, bore into her.

She choked a gasp.

A man stepped into her line of sight, his weapon at the ready. Before she could stop herself, she locked eyes with him. Big mistake. The decision threw her into a cloud of emotional shrapnel, the past flying at her in shards. She’d been shot once before.

It hadn’t ended well.

The gunman opened his mouth and formed an ugly grin, his breath coming in visible puffs through yellowed teeth. “Looks like a double header tonight, T,” he said, never taking his gaze off Rhys.
“Whaddya mean?” came the reply. The voice . . . she blinked until the second man shifted into focus.

She knew him. From where? She couldn’t think.

She glanced to the dead man, and her vision wavered. Panic shifted her world into a screen of jarred pixels, the flashback jagged and severe.

“Rhys! Stay with me, Rhys. Do you hear me? Rhys!”

Blood. So much blood.

“Nick.” She touched his face, feeling stubble beneath her fingertips. Then the weight of her arm was too much; as gravity won he slipped away. The world twisted into a sickening spiral until all that was left was his voice, the desperation in his tone bringing warmth to the darkness.


Motion jarred her to the present.

The gunman gestured. “Our witness here is about to have an unfortunate accident.” He raised the weapon, aiming for the kill.

It was a short view down the barrel at point blank range. She expected that.

What she didn’t anticipate was the speed with which he pulled the trigger.

Or how quickly the pain hit.

LAST CALL is available from: For the Muse PublishingAmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords (formats: .mobi, .epub, HTML, PDF, RTF, LRF, PalmDoc, and Plain Text). Click here to add to Goodreads or here for reviews.

About Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.

She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance. Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found on her website.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Skinny Fiber - anyone use?

I have been attempting to lose some weight, going very slowly and right now, due to being on some short-term medication, its not moving at all.

I heard of Skinny Fiber through an acquaintance. I ordered a bottle through a special she was running - sounds good and sounds like it would help.

My question - has anyone ever used it before? If so, how did you like it? How did it work for you? What kind of results did you get and how long did it take to start seeing results? Would LOVE to hear more from people who have used it before :)

Handcrafted, Natural Soaps!

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Mae's Handcrafted Natural Soaps are made in small batches to ensure the highest quality. She uses tallow for the hardness and gentleness it imparts in the bar, making your bars long-lasting and gentle to your skin. Olive oil is included for additional gentleness and a touch of coconut oil for fluffy lather. Mae's soap is very gentle, not drying and has a great long-lasting lather. It does not become mushy either!! Only high quality soap scents or essential oils are used, and even then they are added with a light hand. Her aim is for a scent you can enjoy in the shower but which will not become obtrusive during the day. All the coloring agents are of a natural origin.

Some scents available: Arabian Spice, Chocolate Covered Cherries, Cranberry Fig, Frankincense and Myrrh, and Holly Berry.