Thursday, March 21, 2013

Current Kindle Reads: Romance Novels

For the last weekend, I had little to no Internet connection which gave me the time to catch up on some reading. A co-worker of mine emailed me copies of some romance novels she liked and I decided to give them a look. I did nothing but sleep, eat and read for the whole weekend and I finished them all four books. All of the books were great, I really enjoyed it and I've listed them down below.

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?
Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews’s chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he’s injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he’s healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional’s care—Reid’s best friend’s little sister, all grown up.

Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She’d do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she’s crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance.

Soon Reid finds him himself in the fight of his life...winning Lucie's heart before she gives it to someone else
When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actor, it's a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best friend and agent, that dream could become a reality, but at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? Will an unexpected sizzling romance with the entertainment industry's newest 'it' boy shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life? Alice Clayton spins a playful and erotic May to December romance in this, her debut novel. Clayton's funny, borderline neurotic heroine is perfect in her imperfections, and the off the charts sexual chemistry between her and her charming, yet blissfully unaware leading man are the true heart of The Unidentified Redhead. With laugh out loud dialogue and a super steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the Paparazzi has never been so fun.

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

I thoroughly enjoyed these books. These books contain my kind of humor, explicitly narrated romantic scenes but not to the point of being offensive, and a very well written story line.  There were twists in the story line that I never expected and I found that  in all these books, the part that I enjoyed the most are the flirting and bantering of the characters. The flow of humor there is just perfect, I spent the whole weekend smiling like lunatic by myself whilst reading. These books are perfect when you just need to feel good and they are pretty much very easy reads. They are however not fit for minors but if you're of age then I think you can appreciate these books. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Current Anime Favorites

It has been a while since I put up a post, I have been MIA for sometime because I was swamped with work. I have also been working on my property acquisition and sorting out the mortgage and stuff so yeah! It has been a busy couple of weeks.  

I did manage to squeeze in reading and quite a few romance novels on my kindle and watch some anime. For now here are my current anime recommendation, hope you like them as much as I did.

Kuroko no Basket
Kuroko is a member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as "The Generation of Miracles", and while nobody seems to know about him, the main 5 players of the team all admit that he is a better player. When he joins the high school basketball team, everyone is surprised to find out that he is small, weak, and easy to miss. What is the secret that makes him so strong, and how will he help his high school team?
I loved the anime SlamDunk with Sakuragi and Rukawa fighting to best each other in basketball back when I was still high school and when I read the Kuroko no Basket manga I was so hooked. I was so excited when I found out they made into an anime. This is definitely a step up from the SlamDunk in terms of animation. The storyline is also interesting because the main character Kuroko has a unique talent that you won't normally think is important in a basketball game. Kuroko is guy in the center of the photo by the way and his physical constitution is definitely not like the other players. I could go on and on about this anime but its better if you watch if for yourself. The characters are definitely interesting and the guys are all bishies. This anime is still ongoing but this is a great one to follow. 

Chihaya is a lighthearted tomboy, who's not especially good at anything in particular. Her dream has always been for her sister (an aspiring model) to become the number one beauty of Japan, or perhaps of the world. But then one day she meets someone who tells her that a dream is something that should concern only herself - and something she has to work hard for as well. At the same time, Chihaya discovers a passion for the old Japanese game hyakunin ishhu, also called "karuta".
Reading from the anime description, you may think that this anime is only so so, but watch the first two episodes and I'm sure you will love it. At first I was like, what the heck is this "karuta" but the anime really interpreted the rules of the game well and it somehow became really interesting. The main character Chihaya Ayase, a girl was introduced to this game by her friends in middle school Arata and Taichi. Arata, who was the grandson of a karuta master was so passionate about the game that he influenced Ayase in giving karuta a try. They played one game and from then on Ayase was obsessed. This anime is still ongoing and they are now on their second season. I really love the storyline of this anime and I felt that the characters developed nicely along the way. There is a bit of romance here but mostly the focus is on the karuta.

So until next time and remember anime are not only for kids but its for everybody =)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Etude House Skin Malgem "Fresh" Toner Review

This is the toner that I'm loving at the moment. I've just recently used up one whole bottle of this Etude House toner and I thought I would do a review.

Description: [mal:gem] - The Korean word for cleanness, clarity and pureness. Skin Malgeum hypoallergenic toners promote clean, clear and pore complexion with moisturizing and pore cleansing formulas.
* fresh: Oil control toner which controls excess sebum while providing enough moisture to keep the skin matte. Bamboo extract and sebum control ingredient keeps skin clean and fresh.

This toner can be used in different ways, you can use it as regular toner, 30-seconds mask, whole face sheet mask or facial mist. Just use thin cotton pads and soak them with the toner and slap on your face for a couple of minutes. I usually use this toner twice a day, once in the morning after my shower and in the evening after removing my makeup. 

It is a very gentle toner with a very fresh scent
It helps control oil production
It minimizes pore size

It is more expensive than my old toner but the price is still reasonable

Overall, I love this toner and I've already repurchased it. I've noticed that it did help improve my skin. My skin is not as oily and the pore size have slightly decreased. This product have replaced my Beauche toner and clarifying lotion which was almost HG for me. I'm looking forward to trying the Etude house Malgem Smooth (exfoliating) toner next.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


I wore this outfit during the end of February. I know it was gonna be a hectic day at work since its month end. So, to prepare myself for the onslaught of transactions I wanted to wear an outfit that I can freely move in and I went with this colorful shirt and dark wash jeans combo. This outfit is comfortable enough to get me through the busiest day of the month and all those reports that I need to get done. So bring it on!
I've noticed that every time I wear this top, I always get complements, maybe people get attracted to the color. This top reminds me of a watercolor palette with all the colors mixed up together. I kept the accessories to a minimum since the top is loud enough.
Kamiseta Top * SM Accessories Belt
Ipod Nano watch * Aizylim wrap bracelet * Filigrenasia Rings
Hush Puppies Shoes
Lee Jeans
 So whats your busy day outfit?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

February 2013 Favorites

February is over and here are my favorites of the month.

A friend recommended that I read this book and at first I was hesitant because of the somewhat offensive book cover. I thought it would be one of those 50 shades of Grey kind of books, but I was wrong. This was the most hilarious, enticing, witty, and fun book I've ever read. It has a grown-up or mature sense of humor as evident by the title but it has a nice storyline. The author did a great job writing this novel and I got sucked in the story from the first page, literally from the fist page. You'll know what I mean when you read it.

I've finally finished reading the Percy Jackson Series and I really enjoyed it. I have always been fascinated by the Greek Mythology so I really enjoyed this series. The series is well written and the story line is easy to follow. 

Who thought Zombies can be sexy. I'm really not into zombie movies but this one was an exception. This was so sweet and hilarious. I especially enjoyed the narration part where R was telling himself not to be creepy.haha
Just watched this and I'm obsessed. Girl power romantic comedy with amazing musical numbers. I enjoyed watching this and I really dig Fat Amy. She's one sassy woman!

Etude Malgem Fresh toner
4U2 BB Powder
This shade is a bit darker for my skin tone and I use this everyday for minor contouring.
Etude Drawing Show Creamy Liner
This liner is so creamy that it glides on smoothly. It does take a minute or two to set but once it sets it doesn't budge and transfer. It last about 8 to 10 hours so its pretty long wearing.  Its my favorite gel liner so far.
Elf Brow Kit in Light

Lee Hi - "1234"
Korean Singer Lee Hi is just 16 years old but she has this sexy, sultry voice that I love. This song also has a sick beat that makes you want to do some sexy dance. *wink wink

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