Archives for February 21, 2014

Red Hot Giveaway! Open World Wide February 21st-March 8th, 2014!



Don’t miss this amazing Giveaway!You could be the lucky winner and win $100 in paypal cash and win Schism:The Battle for Darracia Book by Michael Phillip Cash! Now, how cool would that be?!

On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V’sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior’s heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen’s lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia? 

After the success of his first three books (Brood X, Stillwell, and The Hanging Tree) Michael Phillip Cash has fulfilled a dream and created his own epic fantasy world. Schism: The Battle for Darracia is the first book in a planned series.


To share Schism: The Battle For Darracia with the world at large, author Michael Phillip Cash is generously giving away $100 in Paypal Cash and a copy of this book. (Please make sure to check disclosure for full details) Does the Fireblade burn within you? Do you have what it takes?

Enter in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

 Disclosure: This giveaway is arranged by Away We Go Media on behalf of  Michael Phillip Cash who is responsible for the giveaway. My blog, SoCal City Kids, was asked to help co-host the giveaway and was in no way compensated for this post.
The winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.
The giveaway is open Worldwide, however if the winner is outside the US the book will only be a Kindle download version. The winner must have an active paypal account and will only be paid in US dollars.
Giveaway begins on Feb. 21st at 12AM MST through March. 8th at 12AM MST.
Winner must respond within 48 hours to an email sent or an alternate winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media outlet.

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Laura Mercier’s 2014 Spring Colour Story Limited edition Spring Renaissance Collection


The Inspiration:

  •          Spring Renaissance brings a new day, a new beginning and a new you
  •          It’s a time to reinvent yourself with shades that shine and shimmer and colours that cast a happy, youthful glow


The Look:

  •         Warm and fresh tints of colour, with glowing, luminous skin
  •         Cheeks are celebrated in fresh, pearly peaches and energetic corals
  •          Sense of purity and innocence in the look





Product Detail Shade Detail Price

Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

Includes four eye shadows in shimmering neutrals and two blushes in pops of colour to create the perfect look for the season New, Limited Edition $55

Faux Lash Mascara

Builds rich, exaggerated lashes that are extraordinarily thick, super-shiny and conditioned; the formula is extra-smooth, glossy and good-for-lashes, created with a blend of waxes and absolutely no fibers New, Limited Edition

  • ·         Sierra Brown

Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Black

Crème Cheek Colour

A long-lasting, natural cheek colour formulated to provide translucent, buildable coverage for a soft, velvety finish Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Sunrise
  • ·         Praline

Metallic Crème Eye Colour

A lightweight, non-greasy, lush metallic formula that floats across the eye leaving a gorgeous, shimmering sheen New, Limited Edition

  • ·         Golden Mist
  • ·         Copper Sunrise

Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Platinum
  • ·         Alloy

Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour

Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour is a 100% wax-free lip colour that delivers pure, long-lasting breathable colour and comforts with lip-nourishing hydration; now available in a unique Pearl finish for shimmering lips New, Limited Edition

  • ·         Pure
  • ·         Play

Lip Pencil

A perfectly textured lip pencil designed to outline, define and enhance the natural shape of the lip Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Chestnut

Foundation Primer – Radiance

The universal pearl tint creates a soft focus effect to minimize the look of imperfections with a radiant finish; leaves makeup looking fresh & colour-true the entire day Repromote, Permanent



Crème Smooth Lip Colour

A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish; in one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Brigitte
  • ·         Palm Beach

Eye Canvas


This oil-absorbing innovative formula acts like a foundation for your eye, neutralizing the eyelid by providing lightweight coverage – all while extending makeup wear and prevent creasing and smudging all day Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         EC-2

Crème Eye Liner 

An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner New, Limited Edition

  • ·         Graphite

Repromote, Permanent

  • ·         Espresso

Angled Eye Liner Brush 

Specifically designed to work with the Crème Eye Liner, this brush uses high quality synthetic fibers in a narrow, exact point with a thin profile that creates the most precise looks Repromote, Permanent



I received the Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour to try out and I love how long-lasting it is! I also love the color!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. Laura Mercier sponsored feature.


The Wind Rises – A Must See For Animation Fans! Stunningly Beautiful! KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,

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From master animator Hayao Miyazaki comes this wonderful film that examines the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during Worle War II. Jiro is inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni, Jiro became one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life including his love story with Nahoko. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B. comments, “This is a breathtaking masterpiece of art that allows your mind and heart to soar like the wind.” Gerry O adds, “This film has something for everyone to enjoy – action, drama, suspense, romance, history, Japanese culture, adventure and, of course, planes.” Their full reviews are below.

The Wind Rises
Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakslee
Video review available here.

This is a breathtaking masterpiece of art that allows your mind and heart to soar like the wind. The story is loosely based on the real life story of Jiro Horikoshi (Joseph Gordon- Levitt). He dreams of flying but, because he’s nearsighted, decides to be a Japanese airplane designer. We observe his life from child to adulthood as he makes his dream plane and, in the process, falls in love with Naoko (Emily Blunt). Will Jiro create the beautiful plane or realize that the beauty he’s seeking is right in front of him all along?

The film is a work of art. Hayao Miyazaki (Director and Writer) creates unique color palettes and designs. Since the movie takes place in the sky, the animators go above and beyond to hand draw backgrounds and movements for the planes. We witness them majestically soaring through the skies and you feel as if you’re with them. The voice acting is well done. I think they portrayed the characters and their relationships exceptionally well. Much of the film focuses on the romance between Naoko and Jiro. Their connection is both loving and tragic. The film was first released in Japan, so American voice-overs are dubbed over the animation and yes, it can be distracting. They confront actual events that happened in Japan, such as the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and Japan entering the war. I love the truth in this film. It doesn’t shy away from talking about the real issues that happened during this time.

My favorite character is Mr.Caproni (Stanley Tucci) a historical Italian aircraft designer who is Jiro’s mentor in his dreams. I enjoy Stanley’s voice acting skills. He’s one of those character actors who is fantastic at everything he does. The character himself is fascinating. He looks at aircraft not as a bringer of war, but a creator of dreams.

My favorite scene is the last dream sequence, after Jiro goes through a life changing experience. This is one of those bitter sweet endings, where you don’t know what to think at first. You just need to take it all in.

The message in this film is, “Sometimes the outcome to your dream is not always what you expect.” Jiro spends his whole life wanting to make his aircraft, determined to do anything to fulfill his goal. After a few sacrifices, he realizes his potential but it’s not what he expects. Mr. Caproni then asks him, “Did you have a good ten years?”

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 11 to18-year-olds. This film shows people smoking and deals with serious issues of the time. This is a must see film!

The Wind Rises
Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Video review available here:

I didn’t know what to expect from this movie. When I saw it, however, I was pleasantly surprised! “The Wind Rises” is a heartwarming movie that many people will love. Especially, since it is based on true events.

This film has something for everyone to enjoy – action, drama, suspense, romance, history, Japanese culture, adventure and, of course, planes.

The story is about a life of a young boy, who dreams of flying and designing planes. However, he can’t see very well and has to wear glasses. Luckily, he grows up during pre-World War II in Japan to become a super successful engineer. Then, though, he needs to build a plane for the military – a powerful one.

I lov this movie. The animation is breathtaking and pretty. The plot is interesting and it is also based on a true story as well. However, there are many time transitions and some can be a bit confusing. Everything else though is fantastic. This is the last film of a famous director Hayao Miyazaki and it sparked a lot of controversy in the U.S. and Japan.

My favorite scene is when the boy is a bit older. He is on a train and everything is fine until – BAM, the infamous earthquake of Japan that shook the world. The boy gets off the train very calmly. He sees a girl crouching next to a lady and goes to them. He rescues the lady who was injured and becomes a hero.

I recommend this movie for ages 13 -18. It is very mature and contains a lot of adult concepts that younger kids may not understand or appreciate. I also give it 4.5 out 5 stars.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions