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by Model on a Mission on October 23rd, 2014

Plants are here for a number of reasons. They liven up our space, they give us the oxygen they breathe, and they’re also used as ornaments that add a sense of life to our homes. That’s only true, of course – if you don’t forget to water them.

Look no further. Using a variety of sensors such as moisture and humidity detectors, Filipino student Russ Malangen has devised a crafty way to prevent just that. 
  “I programmed 3 microcontrollers that each have a soil and humidity sensor hooked to them.  The only thing I have to worry about now is refilling the water reservoir that waters the plants, although it can easily be attached to a rain barrel so they’re completely independent, barring any electricity outages that might occur.”

   Malangen’s plant-watering system revolves around the use of a computer-like device called the Arduino. It is used to trigger the electrical ports, supplying 5v to the AC coil in charge of pumping water into the soil. This platform allows the control of the state of the plants through several parameters, essentially becoming a robot that is threaded through plants! With further experimentation this project could prove to be a step further towards agricultural progression, if done correctly.

The young inventor says he hopes to be able to build this prototype on a larger scale hoping to change the goal from assisting forgetful individuals to something that could be able to change the plant and agricultural industry.
 
Impressive. 

by Model on a Mission on October 23rd, 2014

It's not often that I write about games but a few weeks ago I was going thru Tillywig's Fall Award winning toys and I stumbled upon a card game called Qetchup. What a weird name for a game and I was like what the heck...However, as I read the review I felt like buying the game and I did. Amazon seems to be only place where you can buy this game at the moment. I played the game with my family and they totally loved it. An absolutely great way to help the little ones understand what does NOT make a good healthy meal.

​The Q card has three different functions which I thought was peculiar but the game flows like charm...It's one of the most innovative games that I came across in a long time. I googled it and the makers are from Chicago. The game also apparently won two other awards from California-based Toy Man. One of them being the eco-Recognition seal. Further research concluded that Qetchup also received Creative Child Magazine's 2014 Game of the Year award. Insane, isn't it? The cards are made in the US which I think is great as you barely find ANY toy these days in the US that's made in the US too.

by Model on a Mission on October 23rd, 2014

I had the honor to interview blogger and fashion desinger Joan Reese. I love her amazing colorful scarf designs. Don't forget to follow Joan Reese's Blog, " New York City Artist" she posts her latest creations and resources for traveling and everything you need to know about having a great time in New York City! Read the interview to find out more about her. 

Tell us about your etsy store
I have always loved giving and receiving silk scarves as gifts. Scarves have always defined my personal style. Now, I have the pleasure of painting on silk. 

In what way does your product stand out from the pack? 
I am influenced by Asian, floral,abstract and geometric motifs, that can be readily applied to my silk paintings. My Silk Scarves are unique "one of a kind" high fashion designs. The ultimate gift.

What is your blog about? 
My blog is about sharing my newest creations: Paintings,Poetry, Video and Photographs. Always with my camera, I capture interesting characters and street scenes. Love to feature Talented Creative People. 

Where can people buy your products?
Visit my etsy store: www.etsy.com/shop/SilkScarvesJoanReese
 

by Model on a Mission on October 22nd, 2014

Sugaring is a method of hair removal that has been used in Persian cultures since 1900 B.C. that utilizes a sugar syrup rather than wax for epilation. The Sugar Stripease Hair Removal Kit captures the tradition of sugar hair removal for at-home use and comes in an adorable jar with convenient spatulas and fabric strips. Sugaring has many benefits over traditional waxing products since the sugar syrup does not contain any resins or unnatural ingredients.  Waxes can adhere to live cells and strip them away, causing more pain and irritation during the hair removal process. Clean up is also more difficult with waxing since solvents are needed to clean the waxy residue from the skin. Sugar Stripease only adheres to dead skin cells and effectively removes hair by the root with much less pain than waxing.  This process also exfoliates skin and conditions follicles leading to permanent hair removal, and will not irritate skin since the sugar syrup is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. Another benefit of Sugar Stripease is a decreased risk of burns since the syrup only needs to be heated to lukewarm temperatures before use. Finally, clean up is a snap since the sugar syrup is completely water soluble.

In addition to being 100% natural, Sugar Stripease is also certified Vegan and Cruelty-Free.  If you have sensitive skin you may also want to consider trying the Sugar Stripease Pure Fine Talc before hair removal to absorb any moisture on the skin and the Soothing Mist with witch hazel to calm and soothe the skin afterwards.  Overall this product is amazingly effective at removing even very coarse hair and leaves skin feeling smooth and silky.

To find out more and to purchase Sugar Stripease ($24.95 for a 9 oz. jar) visit the company’s website at https://www.buycellessence.com/products/sugar-stripease-by-cellessence. You can also find them on Twitter (@SugarStripUSA) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/Cellesence).            

by Model on a Mission on October 21st, 2014

Bobblehead gifts are ageless, timeless and can suit any occasion or any theme

I just received my custom bobblehead and I love it! I always wanted a mini-me especially when i see pictures of celebrities showing of their bobbleheads on instagram and other social media. I'm happy you don't have to be super famous anymore to have your own custom bobblehead. 

What I love about these bobbleheads is that you can not only make it look like you and have your hair and face but you can also personalise it with your favorite outfit! You can order your bobblehead easily just send a picture with your favorite outfit, I promise it will look just like you! Besides that you can choose a theme like artists, sports, wedding and music. 

A couple of days ago I left my custom bobblehead on my desk and my coworkers wanted to know how I got it. It is a great gift for weddings, birthdays or if you just want to suprise someone and put a smile on their face. Ofcourse you can get one for yourself too, who doesn't want to flaunt with their own mini-me. If you are a pet lover like me, you can get a bobblehead of your pet too. I think that will be my next order a bobblehead of my cat!  

by Model on a Mission on October 20th, 2014

Younique mascara uses natural fibers that enhance your eyelash volume more than 300%

Tell us about your company
Younique has changed the way you look at mascara. Younique 3D Fiber Lashes is our version of mascara that will dramatically magnify and enhance your lashes. 

In what way does your product stand out from the pack? 
Most mascara works by only darkening your eyelashes. However, Younique 3d Fiber Lashes mascara adds volume and length to your lashes. Younique mascara uses natural fibers that enhance your eyelash volume more than 300%.

What other plans and initiatives do you have/ what can we expect from you in the future?
Younique 3d fiber lashes are our best selling product. We started selling in only the United States. Today we are in 5 countries and we will be adding more every year.

Where can people buy your products?
You can order your Younique 3d Fiber Lashes at http://www.youniquebyloriw.com
The lashes cost $29. We can ship to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/youniquebyloriw/

by Model on a Mission on October 20th, 2014

A curated collection of jewelry. Effortlessly combining designer, bohemian chic, and latest trends online based out of Miami Beach. 

Tell us about your boutique
Love & Pieces is a curated online jewelry boutique.  We are based out of Miami Beach and like to think that we offer a different selection then what you are seeing so much of online.  We offer edgy younger pieces with a sophisticated look.  We offer hundreds of various fashion jewelry pieces from over 15 different jewelry designers.
 
In what way does your product stand out from the pack?
Our collections are all hand curated by myself or one of our buyers.  We all have a background in fashion and buying and have a keen eye to see what’s special about a designer and what jewelry pieces from their collection stand out.  It’s not cookie cutter jewelry and we think that's important.
 
What other plans and initiatives do you have/ what can we expect from you in the future?
Launched less than two months ago we have had incredible growth and we are really surprised at the response.  We have dozens of other jewelry designers contacting us to offer their pieces and we want to remain highly selective in our choices.  We are thankful for all of customers and the number of repeat buyers shows their love for the product and the care that we take in each order.  We gift wrap each and every order at no additional cost. So we will continue to add brands and grow Love & Pieces based on our customers feedback.

Where can people buy your products?
Our site offers all of our pieces and you can see them all online at www.loveandpieces.com and you can also follow us on Instagram where we are constantly posting pieces we get in and pieces we love at instagram.com/loveandpiecesig

by Model on a Mission on October 19th, 2014

Tell us about your company
Be Natural Cosmetics is an all natural, professional-grade cosmetics line, that has everything for your makeup needs. We stand proud in being paraben- and toxin-free, vegan, cruelty-free(never testing on animals, and also on PETA's recommended beauty brand list), as well as gluten-free. Be Natural Cosmetics is great for every skin type, whether you have normal, sensitive, combination, oily or even acnegenic skin. The ingredients within our products help to soothe and heal your skin and improve it over time.
 
What are the challenges of being sustainable/eco in your field? 
Thankfully our ingredients are the purest, but also are not cheap. But to me, a slightly higher investment(not really if you look at all the big name brands that are chemically laden and their costs)- is well worth it in the long run, because your health is priceless.

In what way does your product stand out from the pack? 
Be Natural Cosmetics is all natural, and professional-grade. You can be assured with the quality, and makeup artists can rest assured with the amazing results they will find using Be Natural Cosmetics. That, plus it is vegan, cruelty-free, pure in ingredients that are beneficial to your skin and body, gluten-free, eco-friendly, and rich in quality.
 
What other plans and initiatives do you have/ what can we expect from you in the future?
We are currently phasing out our current lipsticks and lipglosses that have beeswax, hence technically they are not vegan, and replacing them with amazing new lipsticks and lipglosses. Also in addition, we are adding lipliners, mascara, and great new concealers. All of which are great for the skin, natural, and now almost 100% organic!
 
Where can people get your products?
Be Natural Cosmetics are available on our online boutique at www.shopbenatural.com We are considering being placed in salons as we have been approached by several of them.

by Model on a Mission on October 15th, 2014

The first and only washable menstrual panty is now available in Kickstarter!

Los Angeles, CA (October 11, 2014) -

Social-conscious creative firm Padkix Design Lab has released its brand new product LEAK FREE Panties on Kickstarter. It's the first and only washable menstrual panty that uses bamboo microfiber as an absorbing agent. Its game changing patent pending innovation is 3-4x more effective than a regular disposable pad.

"The softest pair of underwear ever, the bamboo makes you feel secure and comfortable" - Nicole Guibord, Los Angeles-based fashion model
LEAK FREE's natural and chemical free bamboo microfiber is 100% biodegradable. It keeps skin comfortable, rather than sticky, in hot weather. The thermal regulating fabric stays 2-3 degrees cooler in hot temperatures and 2-3 degrees warmer in cold temperatures. It also contains an anti-microbial agent that prevents bacteria from cultivating. Making it not only more effective in absorbing menstruation than regular disposable pad, it's also a healthier choice.

"Our mission is to provide women a money saving, eco-friendly alternative to disposable pads and tampons. We are also committed in helping girls around the world by pledging 1 LEAK FREE panty for every 1 purchase of our backers" - Amparo Maru, Lead Designer
Leak Free's 1 to 1 campaign is inspired by a common global problem that needs attention. Without santiray pads, adolescent girls from other countries miss school every month. With LEAK FREE, they would have something more permanent than disposable pads. This vision would not only help girls around the world, it would also expedite Leak Free's mission of reducing trash on landfills by replacing disposable pads.

Socially conscious, evironmentally friendly, and innovative problem solver. Leak Free advocates that it's not just about feeling free, it's also about sharing that feeling.
 
ABOUT Padkix Design Lab:

A team of fashion designers and product developers who have been working with for-profit and non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, CA is dedicated to create products that solves problmens and serve the underprivileged.

For more info and materials please email Amparo Maru - padkix@gmail.com
 

by Model on a Mission on October 12th, 2014

Chringle & Co. is a lifestyle brand that helps you look good without trying too hard

The Essentials Collection can be viewed as the starter kit for any bow tie collection. This foundational assortment of ties ensures that you can dress for any occasion, and look great doing so.

Each self-tied design is hand-sewn with 100% cotton making them as functional as they are fashionable. This set of four patterns and four solids is guaranteed to yield a compliment each time you wear one. The styles included in this set are:

Duke
Samuel
Jefferson
Morrison
Garnet Red
Ink Blue
Hunter Green
Charcoal Gray