Friday, August 24, 2012

August Julep Maven Box

It's been a day and forever since I've kept you lovelies in the loop with with the Julep Maven monthly boxes (well, since May to be exact)! So, here is just a quick post on what I received for my August box!

For those unfamiliar with Julep Maven, it's a monthly membership club which according to their style quiz, assess a style according to your responses and then send you an adorable box filled with their signature nail polishes and nail products every month. 
You can check out my May blog post here, along with more info on Julep Maven.

August Julep Maven Box came all festive! 

Wow, you're celebrating me?! What did I do? - Okay, I know I'm fabulous...

Julep Maven was actually celebrating it's one year anni! 

 My style profile is Classic with a twist, and these are the goodies in August's selection. 

Metallics are going to be HUGE for fall, so Julep Maven has me on head start! 

Love this gold -  Felicity

This silver metallic is gorgeous - Harley

Ooo, and an Acetone free nail polish remover for good measure! 

August's box came with a cute tote from Julep as well! I'm currently using it to keep all my pedi necessities inside! 

And because, I truly feel super disappointed that I haven't been blogging constantly here is a glimpse of what July's box contained! 

They went all firework festive with the July Box and I loved the sparkles and glitter polishes! 

Any Julep Maven lovers? I would love to read your thoughts and comments! Questions? - Ask away! 

As always, much love! 

Plush, Lush Lashes? Mega Plush Volum' Express Review

Lovelies! I haven't written a mascara post in a while - I've really tried holding myself back in trying so many different mascaras throughout the week because that's how you really lose the overall effect on how one, specific, product works.

If you follow Mandii A La Mode on Instagram (@Mandiialamode), then you know I've been hard at work testing out the Maybelline The Mega Plush Volum' Express

As this mascara is still fairly new in the market, there has already been plenty of buzz and review about this little aqua tube. I enjoy most Maybelline's mascara's, but this one's claim to fame is it's revolutionary gel- mousse formula, which means, less wax = less clumps and more fluffy, plush lashes! 

So of course, Mandii had to try this baby out for herself! 

I picked up the waterproof kind, only because with the NYC hot and humid summers, I didn't want to be battling runny mascara! 
The Mega Plush mascara spool was nice and full, I usually like when the spools are like that because it means I get more lashes coated and I can really wriggle this bad boy through them.  Only downfall, it makes a sucky applicator for bottom lashes, unless you really don't mind a really smokey eye look - and I mean really smokey. 

Here is a side-by-side comparison, one coat on the left and two coats on the right. 

Disclaimer: I have really long lashes to begin with, so length acquired with mascara may be different. 

I really like the formula, it's light, but not runny,  I guess because it is gel based, but easily build-able and I didn't really experience any issues with clumping until the mascara was finishing. 

The waterproof formula was amazing! It did not budge until I took my makeup remover to it. 

I don't think I ever really achieved the full, plush lashes as advertised. The look I kept getting was defined, long lashes.

Overall, I think Maybelline's The Mega Plush Volum' Express mascara is worth a try to see if you may prefer the gel- mousse formula to the traditional mascara texture. It's long lasting and defining, but it may take some extra morning prep time to achieve plush lashes! 

Are there any new beauty products that you've been trying for the summer- or anything you look forward to check out for the fall? Let me know below! 

Much love as always! 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ironman and Duane Reade

In the midst of all the Olympic event coverage earlier this month, last Saturday, on August 11th, New York City was hosting the first ever Ironman Triathlon. The sporting event that had been seven years in the making, featured the top Triathletes from across the world competing to be #1 Ironman Distance Champion.

And how fitting would it be that New York City's #1 Drugstore, Duane Reade, was a proud main sponsor of the Ironman Village, the destination where the Triathletes and sports savvy New Yorkers could check out the latest athletic apparel, nutritional supplements, and sports equipment. Well known international and local vendors together, were set-up at Pier 92 for three days, leading to the Ironman event. 

As being a Duane Reade VIP Blogger, I was invited over to Ironman Village and share in the pre-Ironman kick-off. Now, I must admit - I'm not the biggest sports buff out there - but I was excited to see for myself, these athletes that train for Triathlons! Like competing in one sport is not hard enough, try imagining three in one day! 

I really wanted to find out how these Triathletes keep themselves healthy and what secrets I could uncover to keep your body in the best shape. After all, a healthy you = a beautiful you! 

At the Duane Reade Booth I had the pleasure of meeting Jozsef Major, who is a 7 time Ironman Distance Hungarian Champion and was being sponsored by Duane Reade for the NYC Ironman Triathalon.  

Jozsef had recently won the Rio Salado Olympic Distance Triathlon in Arizona, and was ready to take on the NYC Ironman race. I was fascinated to learn more about this triathlete that was not phased about swimming 2.4 miles up the Hudson,  bicycling 112 miles through the Palisades, and running 26.2 miles  back into the city. That takes some serious determination! 

As I chatted up it up with Jozsef, you could tell he was very excited to be participating in the race. I learned training for triathlons was a continous process for these athletes. It consists of constantly pushing physical boundaries and taking themselves to the next level.Jozsef talked about he started his athletic career as a runner, but then realized his passion was for something more challenging, and thus began his journey as a triathlete.

 I asked him what would be the most difficult part of the race for him and he explained it would be the transitions in the race. As each racer goes from swimming, to the next portion of the race, cycling - changing from wetsuit to cycling gear is a feat in itself. The cycling was also a bit intimidating, as the cyclist would have to go through the Palisades Highway, which is even a bit daunting for drivers in the city! He also mentioned swimming was the most technical part of the race, as form is critical for endurance. 

The rest of the evening I spent it looking around the Village and checking out all the awesome goodies around the venue. You can check out my picture story on Google+ by clicking here

It was such a pleasure in meeting Jozsef and other triathletes that were taking part of the Ironman NYC Triathlon. 

Duane Reade was on hand as the race took place, cheering on Jozsef as he came in 3rd in the Ironman.  

For all my sports buffs out there, don't forget to stop by Duane Reade for workout essentials like Power Bars and Energy Drinks, and even if running marathons are not in your future (like me- I really can't run two blocks without getting winded) you can always count on Duane Reade being your #1 Drugstore! 

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