Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Be Clean, Moisturized and Socially Conscious all in one!

mark. by Avon recently came out with a bath and body line that not only contains natural ingredients in their formula, but what makes these products even better is that the ingredients are Fair Trade Certified. This meaning that overseas communities that are allied with Fair Trade are supported with the help of receiving fair prices and help in direct trade and community development in exchange for the farming and production of the ingredients(honey, white tea, chamomile, vanilla just to name a few) that go into these products.

There are four products in total, but I got a chance to get my hands on the cleanser and body lotion.

This is the cleanser Fresh Approach and it contains honey and white tea, blended with rice bran and sunflower oil. It has a very light clean scent and I read that besides a cleanser it can be also used as a shaving cream.  Honestly the lather was a little light, but the formula was creamy which made it good to shave with. Overall, I think this a great light cleanser that is perfect for summer when you don't want a body wash to feel like it's suffocating your skin, but you also want that intense moisture.

This is the body lotion Do The Right Thing and I think this body lotion is a must have for the summer. Not only does it contain cocoa butter, honey and hibiscus with grape and papaya extracts, it also has SPF 15 which combined makes it a great light, hydrating, sun protecting lotion. Even better this lotion is very light on the fragrance allowing for your favorite summer fragrance to shine! 

To sum it all up, I think mark. introducing these great bath and body products with natural ingredients in association with them being Fair Trade certified is a good start in raising social awareness and bring support to those who work hard producing agriculture for worldwide use.

For more information you can visit www.fairtradecertified.org or www.meetmark.com

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bath Time Revival - Dove Go Fresh Review

Dove has recently re-released their collection of go fresh body washes - these with NutriumMoisture, that claims "to go beyond moisturization to effectively nourish the skin." There are four different types of body wash available:  go fresh Revive, go fresh Burst, go fresh Energize, go fresh Cool Moisture. I decided to give the new formula a try.

All four bath washes smell great, each having great scents to compliment the summer months, especially when you need those refreshing pick-me ups - go fresh Burst (Nectarine and White Ginger), go fresh Energize (Grapefruit and Lemongrass), go fresh Cool Moisture (Cucumber and Green Tea) and my pick go fresh Revive (Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena). 

I love the light, refreshing scent of go fresh Revive. (Did I mention it's perfect for summer?)  It's also thick and creamy (which you can see how it just looks all lovely in the palm of my hand). It lathers up well and definitely a great moisturizing wash. It gets good reviews from me and I will be going to pick up and indulge myself in different scent once I'm done with this bottle! 

If you've had a chance to try Dove's new body wash, drop a comment below - or if you have any questions!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ms Mandii's Tips On Getting Quick Glam Lashes - Mascara tips and tricks!

Those that know me know I love the look of long, voluminous lashes.  Usually on the days that I’m not a hectic mess trying to get the kids ready, I’ll take the time to add on falsies to make my lashes look extra glam – but that only happens rarely.  On the days that I need to be out the door but I still want to draw attention to my eyes, I’ve picked up a couple of easy mascara tips and tricks that make my lashes look fabulous quickly and without much fuss. 

1.  Prep your lashes your lashes by curling them.  You should do this first before applying mascara even if you are going to put on false lashes.  It’ll give a more defined shaped to your lashes before you put on your mascara.  You can always omit this step, it’s not entirely necessary – but it’s worked for me.

2.  When applying mascara, work from the base of the lashes to the tips of the lashes.  It helps distribute an even coat from beginning to end.  Also wiggle the brush to help separate the lashes and when you get halfway, hold the brush there for a couple of seconds to give your lashes a bit of lift and prevent clumping.     

3.  I like to go for two -three coats of mascara (remember I like them dark). When applying an extra coat of mascara, make sure to do it while the mascara is still wet.  You don’t really want to go over dry mascara because you could encounter clumpy lashes! 

4.  To achieve super fab lashes, use two different types of mascara – for example use a lengthening mascara and then a volume mascara right after, or a volume mascara and a ultra dark pigment mascara to follow up.  Just make sure not to let the mascara dry between coats (refer to tip 3).

5.  Don’t forget to apply mascara to the lashes on the outside corners of your eyes/ edge of your eyes.  It adds oomph and looks like falsies!  If you are feeling even a bit more daring put a bit of mascara on your lower lashes, they make the eyes seem wider.

6.  After applying mascara and have allowed it to dry, you can make them more dramatic by curling them over.   To add more hold to the curl, heat a metal eyelash curler with a blow dryer and then curling the lash.  (Make sure it’s not overly hot before you put that thing close to your eye.)
7.  When you’re all set and done with applying mascara and curling the lashes, add fullness by lining your upper waterline (under your top lashes) with dark eyeliner to cover any gaps.  For a night out, line the top of your lash line with a dark liquid liner for a more glamorous look.

8.  This final tip is to help you retain beautiful natural lashes – be gentle when you are removing all your makeup at the end of the day, especially mascara. If you are rough, you risk pulling out your delicate lashes -  and then what you are going to put mascara on?????
This is usually the routine I follow when I want to go all out with my lashes and don’t have much time to spend on them. I hope some of these tips and tricks can help you achieve your glam lashes without too much effort.

If you have any other tips you’ll like to add, comment below! 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

MAC's Latest Releases- Alice+Olivia, In The Groove, Haute and Naughty

MAC is on a roll this month with the release of The Alice + Olivia Collection, In the Groove Collection, and it's latest mascara -Haute & Naughty. 

Although I have no official swatches, I'll be sure to link you up to sites that have been able to get a glimpse of these latest MAC goodies! This means Miss Mandii will be busy at the the MAC counter this weekend ;) Below is the description what each collection contains.

---Alice + Olivia Summer 2010
U.S Launch Date: July 8th, 2010

Dazzleglass Creme ($18.00 U.S.)
Sparklicious -Creamy pale pinky white with soft multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)
If it’s Pink… -Hot pink with soft multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)
I.Want.Candy- Hot yellow with soft multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)
Pigment ($19.50 U.S)
Later.- Black with transforming purple pearl (Limited Edition)
If It Sparkles… -White with transforming pink pearl (Limited Edition)
Partylicious -Turquoise with silver pearl (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S.)
Morning.After.- Creamy turquoise (Cream) (Limited Edition)
So Rich So Pretty -Bright purple with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Military -Black matte with silver suede pearl (Matte with Pearl) (Limited Edition)

----In the Groove
U.S. Launch Date: July 8th, 2010

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S)
Call My Bluff -Mid-tone creamy coffee (Cremesheen)
Jazzed Bright -coral pink (Cremesheen)
Creme de Nude -Pale muted peach beige (Cremesheen)
I Like It Like That -Deep Blue pink (Cremesheen) 
All Styled Up -Bright yellow pink (Cremesheen)
Go For It -Mid-tone blue purple (Cremesheen) 

Cremesheen Glass ($18.00 U.S.)
On the Scene- Light Coral beige
You’ve Got It -Mid-tone silver grey 
Going Casual -Sheer lilac 
Fashion Whim -Light Beige 
Right Image -Mid-tone blue pink
Chillin’ -Light white blue 

Mineralize Eye Shadow (Trio) ($19.50 U.S.)
Love to Love -Satin beige/Pearly Bronze/Satin Brown
In the Groove -Satin green/Pearly burgundy/Satin coral 
Making It Easy -Satin red brown/Pearly beige rose/Satin dark beige 
Togetherness -Satin lavender/Pearly purple/Satin grey 
Style Influencer -Satin silver/Pearly deep blue/Satin deep mauve brown
Soften the Mood -Satin light brown/Pearly rose/Satin light blue
Fresh & Easy -Satin pink/Pearly burgundy/Satin grey 
Calm, Cool, & Collected -Satin deep green/Pearly green/Satin beige 
Blue My Mind -Satin light blue/Pearly deep teal/Satin black 

Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($14.50 U.S.)
Stubborn Brown -Deep Rich Brown
Permaplum -Deep plum with pink shimmer 
Navy Stain -Royal blue with shimmer 

Zoomlash ($13.00 U.S.)
Zoomblack Rich Black 

Mineralized Skinfinish ($28.00 U.S.)
By Candlelight -Golden pink (Frost)
Stereo Rose -Coral with golden/bronze shimmering nuances (Frost)
Comfort -Golden bronze (Frost)
Petticoat -Pale rose with gold and amber veining (Frost) 

Mineralize Blush (Duo) ($23.00 U.S.)
Happy Together -Satin caramel/Pearly beige 
A Little Bit of Sunshine -Satin light brown/Pearly beige 
Hang Loose -Satin bright pink/Pearly lavender
Band of Roses -Satin blue pink/Pearly light plum
New Vibe -Satin deep rose/Pearly bronze 

Brush ($42.00 U.S)
187 Brush A large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibers.

---Haute & Naughty Lash
 A two-in-one mascara that lets you choose if you want lashes to be naturally defined, or instantly combed and loaded for full-on drama. Easy to use dual-wiper system allows this lightweight formula to go on either way. One wiper refines the application for a clean sweep, while the other loads the lashes for greater impact.

If you are thinking about purchasing any products from the collection or have been able to try it out for yourself make sure to leave a comment and share!!

Miss Mandii :)

Some of the info for this blog is from either the MAC website itself or from the Temptalia blog site. You can check either of these sites for an in-depth reviews of these collections! 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

DIY MINX- Chic Prints, Sephora by OPI

I was soo excited when Sephora and OPI got together to produce a Do It Yourself set of "Minx" type nail prints. Usually a minx manicure can cost anywhere from $35 and up and last only about a week, so getting the    opportunity to try a more "cost friendly" alternative was a yay in my book. I must say the look came out great as you can see above and really stood out, but the wear only lasted two days, which was a major downer for me (being a busy mommy between home duties and such you expect products to withhold some abuse.) I think the adhesive could have been a bit stronger, this being solely a stick on product, but overall I think it was  okay and great for weekend out if you want to have statement nails.


instuctions (sorry, blurry-but I've outlined the process for you down below)

comes with a sheet of 16 strips (like my tiger print?)

1. Prep your nail by cleaning with rubbing alcohol to get rid of excess oils
2. Choose the correct size of strip to cover your nail, cutting the edges if too wide.
3. Stick it on!!

4. Cut off the excess tip. ( I didn't have tiny scissors around, so I took the big guns out!)

took a nail clipper to get rid of any excess edges I couldn't get with those huge scissors :x

5. File the edges with a crystal file ( Again only file I could find :O -it did the job though)

All done!!!

The whole process took me about 45 mins, not too long - and it wasn't difficult at all. Like I mentioned before, it's great if you need a quick look and quick removal. 

Like always leave a comment if you've tried it, or any questions you might have!!

Miss Mandii :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Ms Mandii- June Beauty Buys!

If you haven't checked out my Channel on Youtube, you have no reason now not to!!! Posted up my June Favorites Vid up!!!

I hope you enjoy my luvs!!!

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