Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How to: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips!

Recently, I made a post on a Springtime/ Easter themed mani (check it out here ) and I kept getting asked "How easy are the nail polish strips to do" and "Do they last long?" So I decided to do a quick, walk-through post on how to achieve amazing results with the "Sally Hansen Salon effects Nail Polish Strips."

These are the ones I picked up. The cute bird print was adorable! 
Sally Hansen compares the strips to the look of real nail polish, and a lasting power of up to 10 days! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Feeling Hot for Spring- Mani of the Week

Happy First Day of Spring Lovelies! Here in NYC it was another beautiful day! I really wish I was able to take a couple of pics of how New Yorkers take full advantage of warm weather here! It's like we've all been suffering cabin fever and couldn't wait to finally break free of the winter rut - the skirts and shorts are out, aviator sunglasses are in use, and the bright neons are in play! 

I'm really loving the neon trend- I'm an 80's child, that should explain it all. So I couldn't wait to try this bright neon pink from Sinful Colors I had picked up on a Target run. 

Sinful Colors - 24/7

I love the color of this polish because it's soooo bright- the perfect neon pink! The best thing about Sinful Color's polishes are their price- around $1.50, now their colors dry a bit matte and need about 3 coats, but it's nothing that a good top coat won't take care of.  I decided to use this pink to compliment the Sally Hansen Nail Strips I picked up a about a week ago.

The Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips I used are from their Limited Edition Spring edition. I think the detailing on this strip is so adorable- little birds- perfect for a Springtime Mani! 

I will be posting soon, a "how-to" on applying the nail strips which is really easy to do!  

How was your first day of Spring? Do anything special? Share! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Meet and Greet with the Duane Reade VIP Bloggers

I hope all my lovelies had a wonderful weekend! This weekend was a glorious one in NYC because the weather was above the norm here, and so everyone in the city was doing their best to enjoy the city at it's fullest! I certainly had an interesting week myself - recently I had announced I had been chosen by NYC's recognized Drugstore, Duane Reade, to be part of their VIP Bloggers. As a Duane Reade VIP Blogger, I get the opportunity to give you all the info on the latest products and deals going on at one of my favorite places to get your daily necessities! So you can only imagine how excited I was when I was invited for a Meet and Greet at Duane Reade's Head Quarters. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Feeling LUSH Fresh - Mini Haul

Lovelies, if you're a lover of anything all natural, then you are going to love LUSH, especially if you are into organic beauty and skin care. LUSH is a company that prides itself making natural, eco-friendly skin care products, with a strong emphasis on organic and handmade. 

It's so sad that there are only 3 LUSH stores here in NYC- the one I'm actually most familiar with is the one on 34th street. I've passed this store a dozen of times and been devoured by the luscious fragrance that radiates the store front- but I've always been hesitant to go in. I really can't pinpoint why, but I can tell you I overcame my issues last weekend and finally walked into the store.

I came out a believer! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

BeautyBar.com Sample Society...The March Box

Hola Lovelies! There is a new trend in the beauty/ cosmetic industry in which companies are now putting together an assortment of sample size products and even retail size products together and shipping them to interested subscribers at a monthly basis for a low price. These "Sample Subscription" boxes are a interesting concept since they allow the opportunity to try a product you may have had your eyes on, maybe overlooked it the last time you went shopping, or expose you to something you never heard before. 

Wanting to see what all the buzz was about for myself, I decided to give Beautybar.com's "Sample Society" a try. It's subscription service was $15/per month. I signed up at the end of January and was emailed that my first "Sample Society" box wouldn't arrive until March. (Booo.)

So you can only imagine my excitement when I finally received this in the mail! 

March "Sample Society" Box

And the Winner is...

First let me thank all the lovelies that entered my Sephora gift card giveaway- it really means so much to me that you are willing to participate in all the good things that go on here at Mandii A La Mode. Sadly, only one could would this awesome giveaway! ( I wish I could give one out to every one of you!)

But without much further ado, the winner is:

Congrats Stefanie G!

Stephanie, I'll be emailing you to get your details - please respond within 3 days! 

Thank you lovelies once again for your participation and keep following Mandii A La Mode for more reviews, randoms, and other beautiful, fun stuff I'll get to share with you! 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mani of the Week - Bright Holland Nails

My lovelies! Have you been able to catch the promo pics for OPI's latest nail polishes for their Spring Collection?

Love the bright yellow, flowing dress for the ad!

The Holland Collection - 12 colors in all

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nothing Like A Mini Haul... NYX

Today lovelies, I was in a serious need for a pick-me-up. Ever had a time where everything seems great all around and yet you just feel blah? Yeah, that was me today. Not even my morning self reflection I usually do on my way to work (I like to unwind to some Sarah Mclachlan on the bus... I'm such a dork, I know) could get me in a happy place. 

So during my lunch break, I took a quick walk up to the Beauty Supply around the neighborhood and I saw they carried a selection of NYX products - now that bought a smile to face! Yeah, you know who loves their  cosmetics! NYX products are very popular in the Beauty Blogger world for it's variety of cosmetics that are of great quality and with a wide assortment of colors that have awesome pigmentation.  What I love about NYX cosmetics is the price of their products. You can get products that are similar to certain high brands for three times as less at NYX without sacrificing quality, and IMO, NYX may even better!  

 Here's what I picked up: 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bowled over weekend and A Giveaway!

Hey my lovelies! I hope you have missed me cause I've certainly missed posting and it's only been a couple of days! Been super busy as usual with everything new coming up here at Mandii A La Mode and along with new projects coming up at work and school, it's crazy- but I love it!

Here's a quickie post on what I managed to do this weekend in an escape attempt of the craziness- 

I know I also promised you lovelies a giveaway for the blog's second anniversary, and I FINALLY have it up for you, so check out the details on how to enter after the jump! 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Style Inspiration from the Oscar's Red Carpet!

I know the Oscar's was last Sunday and the Best and Worst Dressed List have overtaken the web and blog posts, but I wanted to add one more to the circle before the week was over. There were so many beautiful ladies on the red carpet and I was inspired to come up with a way to take their looks and share ways you can incorporate it in your everyday style! 

Angelina Jolie was working that leg for the Oscars! I thought she looked stunning! 

Her red lip look is on point with the bold lip trend for Spring/Summer 2012

Whenever doing a red lip, always line the lips with a matching lipliner to prevent the lipstick from feathering and go for a subtle smokey eye

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