Friday, May 25, 2012

Zoya Earth Day Haul!!

Alright lovelies, I'll admit this post is a bit delayed - I've been holding out sharing my Zoya Earth Day Haul (Earth Day Promo Detailed Post Here) because I haven't had a chance to swatch all the pretty polishes I picked up during their promo - but here is quick look! I'll be posting review on individual shades on future posts! 


Earth Day Zoya Haul 
(From left to right - Jules, Arizona, Layla, Charisma, Reagan, Mira)










I picked a whole bunch of bright polishes for the summer to lighten up my collection! Layla and Charisma  are true neon brights with a clear top coat since the formula dries matte for these shades. Jules is gold with tons of shimmer with it, a perfect match against a brilliant tan and white outfit. Mira is a soft, yet very purple polish which I think is going to be an upcoming late summer, early fall hit color. The last two, Reagan and Arizona are Zoya's latest addition to their collection as featured in the Beach Collection. 

I absolutely love Zoya Polishes! Besides being bold in color and an having an extensive collection to choose from- Zoya polishes are 5free, which means there free from Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DPB, and Camphor!

Have my lovelies picked up any polishes lately, and faves? Let me know below - I love to hear from you! 

Bright hugs!

- Collection Photo Courtesy of Mandii A La Mode,  Individual Polish Photos are Courtesy of zoya.com

FTC disclosure: This is not a compensated or sponsored post. Just a beauty blogger's personal review on something she absolutely loves! 


Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Special Day for Special Gals...

Hola Lovelies! Miss me? Well I do certainly most miss blogging and making my social media rounds! As many already know, I've been trying to get myself a bit better and recuperate after having a couple of intense weeks health wise, but I'm getting there! I've been trying to keep my spirits up by glamming it up when I have the chance, so in the upcoming posts, I'll be letting you in of what I've been up to. 


Me and my oldest son, Andy! 

So about two weeks ago, I was celebrating my bday and Mother's Day as well (I know I'm such a lucky girl!) and my wonderful Husband and sisters took my mother and I out to the Cuban restaurant Calle Ocho at the Excelsior Hotel on 81st in the city- the food was delish! 



Calle Ocho
-photo provided by OpenTable



My Beautiful Mom drinking a Fresas Sangria

I ordered a Sangria Roja, which was wonderful as well as wonderful Churrasco entree but check out this beautiful plated appetizer



Overall, it was a beautiful day with those I loved the most- My mother, which I am so blessed to have around, and my boys - which make me proud to be their mother! Of course being with my lovely family who made the whole day possible! 

On to the random ...

When you're a mom, there is never a dull moment! 


I was trying to get a decent post pic for the beautiful earrings I picked up from Kim Kardashian's Belle Noel jewelry line at Glamhouse - but of course there was a "Pic Crasher"

Here's a close-up pics of these beauties!

You can order them at Glamhouse.com 

I hope my lovelies got to spend Mother's Day with the special lady in your life, no matter who it is or the relation- it's nice to recognize a woman who has made an impact on your life one way or the other! 

As always, much love -



Monday, May 14, 2012

Mani of the Week... Unique Manicures!

Today's post is short and sweet! 

It's Mani Monday here at Mandii A La Mode and usually I post a snapshot of what's the Mani of the Week, but as I posted on Facebook earlier all I have on is a couple of coats of OPI Nail Envy. I'm trying to get these bad boys to grow- I wanna rock some pointed claws! 

However these totally fashion forward Mani's caught my eye! They've been around the blogger-sphere for a few, but here's a quick glimpse of the latest in the nail world! 


The Border/Outline Mani

This mani from Polish and Pearls is so adorable! I love the pink and black contrast with the shimmer accent on the ring finger! 



The Caviar Mani

This shot is from the nail polish company Ciate, and I have to admit, I see this and I want to eat cupcakes, donuts and Ice cream! My sweet tooth is out of control! But I really love the dimensional look of this mani, plus in darker colors - 10x more fierce! 

Hope my lovelies are sporting ultra glam Mani's this week! 



Sunday, May 13, 2012

We have a winner...

Thank you all who participated in the Sweet and Sassy Giveaway! The lucky winner won a Beauty Basket put together by your's truly (Miss Mandii) and customized cupcakes from Cuddles' Cupcake Bar!

The winner selected at random from Rafflecopter is KASANDRA! Congrats doll! Please look out for the follow-up email to claim you prize!

Stay in the loop here at Mandii A La Mode or on our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest in reviews, beauty info, giveaways and select randomness!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Julep in a box...yes please!

Hey lovelies, don't you love getting goodies in the mail- when you open the package it's like your birthday and you're all excited to open a present! I know I do! I practically stalk the UPS/Fedex/ Mail person when I know something is arriving in the mail. By the way, speaking of birthdays and presents- it was this blogger's birthday yesterday! Happy Birthday to ME! So since I'm celebrating my 7th anniversary of being 21 (LOL) I'll share my favorite little package to arrive in the mail recently!



Beauty Junkies recognize Julep as being one of the high end nail polishes that are sold in the boutique beauty stores, like Sephora. For those unfamiliar with the brand or its background, Julep operates a number of  Nail Salons located in Washington State that services and pampers their fabulous customers with products from their own Julep line.  They recently started their Julep Maven program, an opportunity where fashion forward ladies can get their monthly fill of quality nail polishes as well as mani and pedi products to lavish themselves in all delivered to their door! 


As most "Monthly Box Clubs" you take a quiz to match products to your uniqueness! The style shown here is "Classic With a Twist" 


Contents of the Julep Maven Intro Box


Julep Facial for Hands - Glycolic Hand Scrub


Julep Nail Vernis 
Charlotte- A beautiful pastel lavender
Jennifer - sheer, pale pink


Julep Nail File

Being that I love Julep polishes because they are 4 free (Meaning they have no DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or toluene), it's Earth friendly and nail friendly! What's even better, is the deal you get for just being a Julep Maven! Usually the polish alone retails for $14 US but as a Maven, you'll get a set of products for just $20 US a month! 

Excited?! I know I am -so head on over to Julep and with the special Promo code SAVEONMAY you'll get your first box for just 1cent! Yes, just a penny! (Not including shipping and handling) 

And I have a little surprise! The person who wins the Sweet and Sassy Giveaway - ending 5/12/12 -(Details Here) - will win this box of Julep Maven as well as the other Beauty Goodies down below! 

Good Luck! 



FTC Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored or compensated post for any of the products mentioned. Just an beauty blogger giving her own views on something she loves. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sweet and Sassy Giveaway Collaboration!


Giveaway Collab with Cuddles' Cupcake Bar and Mandii A La Mode
Sweet and Sassy 

Read how to enter after the jump!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mandii's April Faves!

Oh my lovelies! As I write this I'm overcoming what has to be one of the worst migraines I EVER had in MY LIFE! To those that suffer with these headaches - my sentiments go out to you as well!  Everything gets put on hold and you basically go into shutdown mode. However, thankfully systems are slowly coming together and I wanted to start off May with a beautiful post - so why not share with you my favorite items from April!
Mandii's April Favorites! 



This has to be one of my favorite blushes from Nars. As described on their site it's a warm coral with golden shimmer. It's a perfect compliment to Nars Orgasm for darker skin tone girls.



I love this Dior powder as not as much as a highlighter but as more for subtle golden shimmer, as it leaves my skin all glow - Especially after the nice Florida tan I got after our Disney trip! 



MAC - Pillow Talk

Unfornately, I can't link you to this beautiful nude brown lipstick - it's a MAC Limited Edition item. I love this lipstick because it's the perfect nude for those with pigmented lips - sans the zombie/ undead lips you tend to get with traditional "nude" lipsticks.



Now, I've really been working on my "getting off all my make-up before going to bed" routine, but I have to admit, sometimes I'm so exhausted from the work, school, mommy, blogging day that I just crash. So when I look at my mascara raccoon eyed self, I feel like a bum- but lately, I've been using these bad boys! I admit they smell a bit strong (like Kitchen counter wipes) but they do the job fantastically! No residue on my face, and the make-up is gone super quick! An awesome time-saver! 

Fashion Bonus! 


Okay, so I hardly post on what I'm wearing, but as a huge accessories junkie - I feel like it's only fair to let my fav jewels share in the spotlight as well! 

All the items in the pic are from Aldo, except the big silver cuff - that's from Forever 21 (Love the ethnic print on it!) 

So what are your April Fav's loves? Share your links to your post below! I love to check out new blogs as well! 




The April Beauty Bar/Sample Society Box


April's BeautyBar.com/Allure Sample Society Box


Lovelies, I'm catching up a bit with April's posts, so I wanted to share with you the latest Sample Society Box from Allure and BeautyBar.com. I love all these monthly beauty boxes that beauty companies are creating! You get to try an assortment of products without spending so much money - and then you can later buy what you love! You can catch my introductory post about the Sample Society Box HERE

The goods!

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