L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

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L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara promises to give you lashes so lush, you’ll resemble an Asian cartoon character. Even the ads use adorable kawaii imagery. I’m a sucker for both mascara and kawaii, so I had to try this mascara.

The unique feature of this mascara is the wand, which is jointed to angle the brush – a trick women have been using for years by bending the mascara wand at an angle to get fuller lashes. While in theory this is a brilliant idea, the actual wand disappoints. When I adjust the wand to put the brush at an angle, the joint doesn’t stay put, so I end up using it with the brush head moving around too much. That being said, however, Miss Manga mascara does make my lashes very full. So full, in fact, that I need an eyelash comb to make my lashes neat and clump-free. But I like the volume I get with Miss Manga mascara.

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Mini Mani

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O.P.I. is a leader in the high-end drugstore nail polish industry. Now Jaaks Pacific, makers of the popular Winx Club dolls, have introduced a series of playset for girls called Miworld. Each playset represents a brand-name retailer. In addition to O.P.I. you can buy a miniature Dairy Queen, Sprinkles Cupcake Cafe, Claire’s Boutique, and Sweet Factory. The playsets all link together to create a mini-mall of your very own.

The O.P.I. playset is adorable. It’s more in the scale of dollhouse furniture, so Barbie would definitely be too large for it. But action figures, mini Blythe dolls, or other small-scale toys would fit well. It comes with a manicure table, tools, a heat lamp, a pedicure station, and an adorable display of miniature nail polish bottles. You can also buy a pack of real O.P.I. mini nail polishes, so your child (or you!) can do your own nails too.

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I’m a sucker for miniatures, and I almost bought this when I saw it at my local WalMart. I also really like the Claire’s Boutique. The Miworld playsets can be purchased online or at major retailers such as Target, WalMart, and Toys R Us.


Now We Are Six

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(For my sixth birthday, my aunt gave me a copy of A.A. Milne’s “Now We Are Six.” I loved Winnie the Pooh, and I still have and cherish this book.)

Boston Red Lox is six years old today! I started this blog on a cold, snowy day, having been laid off earlier that month from a job I hated. This blog was a creative outlet for me, giving me something to do and enjoy, and to feel good about, while I was having a hard time finding a new job. Six years later and it’s still a creative outlet for me to indulge in my love of beauty products. So thank you to everyone who has visited this blog over the past six years. Here’s to many more!


Vera Wang Launches Makeup Line

Vera Wang will launch a new makeup line to be sold exclusively at Kohl’s. The designer, most famous for her high-end wedding gowns, will add lipsticks, concealers, and powder to her Simply Vera brand of fashions, accessories, and home goods for Kohl’s. Her makeup line will be produced by Beauty Bank by Estee Lauder. Lauder currently produces all of the makeup lines that are exclusive to Kohl’s, such as Flirt!, Good Skin, and American Beauty.

The line will ultimately comprise of 74 pieces, with 16 items to launch in April.


Nicki and Ricky Go Glam

Pop sensations Nikki Minaj and Ricky Martin are the newest faces of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign. This year the Viva Glam collection introduces a lip conditioner as well as a new pink lipstick shade. Ricky’s Lip Conditioner ($15) is a clear lip balm in a tube.

Nicki’s Lipstick ($14.50) is a “bright yellow pink.” It reminds me of those ultra-feminine retro pink lipsticks, the kind worn with angora sweaters and pearl necklaces. Or, alternately, fishnets and high heels. So both good girls and bad girls can wear it!

As with all Viva Glam products, 100% of the proceeds go towards women, men, and children living with AIDS. So you can do some good (while being bad).


Royal Polish

Kate Middleton is one polished young lady. Now it’s true, literally. Butter London, the chemical-free nail polish company, is celebrating the upcoming Royal Wedding with a limited edition shade called “No More Waity, Katie” – a reference to the seven-year-long courtship of Wills and Kate.

The shade was originally intended to be released only in Britain, but it can now be purchased in the United States at Kaboodle.com. Butter London also has a matching lip gloss. Both the nail polish and lip gloss are a sparkly shade of lavender – purple is the color of royalty, after all.

So even if you didn’t get your invitation to the Royal Wedding, at least your nails and lips will look royally resplendent.


Magical Soaps

I’m a sucker for soap. In particular, I love handcrafted, all-natural, cruelty-free soap. There’s just something about working up a lather in my hands with a hefty bar of soap that makes me feel that I’m getting really clean. Without plastic or glass containers, bar soap is more environmentally friendly than packaged liquid cleansers. And handcrafted soap is more moisturizing because it retains the natural glycerin that’s produced as a by-product of soap (commerical soaps eliminate it, making the final product more drying, which is why many people will tell you not to wash your face with soap) . So I was delighted to discover a line of soaps from a local soap company during a trip into town the other day.

Magic Moon Soapworks are based in Salem, MA. They create all-natural goat’s milk soap in several fragrances. All of their handcrafted soaps use only natural vegetable oils, such as olive, soy, sunflower, canola, grapeseed, and coconut; along with honey, oatmeal, herbs, & botanicals, pure essential oils, & the highest quality phthalate-free, essential oil-based fragrance oils. Magic Moon products are Paraben- and Cruelty Free, and many are Gluten and/or Lactose free as well. Their products are made fresh daily with no preservatives, harsh chemicals, dyes, fillers or synthetics.

There are several ranges to choose from, each a different theme that includes several amazing fragrances. “Dudley Suds” appeals to men with fragrances such as patchouli and sandalwood. “The Farmers Market” features soaps scented with cucumber and pear. “The Herbals” features soap fragranced with rosemary, lime, or lavender. But my favorite has to be “Guilty Pleasures” – the indulgent, dessert-fragranced line. I picked up “An Affair to Remember,” scented with strawberries and chocolate, and “Serendiptiy,” with the fragrance of raspberries and white chocolate. I also picked up their “Pumpkin and Carrot” facial cleansing bar. For those that don’t want added fragrance (or can’t tolerate it), there’s “Not So Plain Jane,” an unscented bar that’s great for face and body.

All Magic Moon soaps retail for $7.00. If they’re not available at a store near you, you can order them online at www.magicmoonsoapworks.com.