Tuesday, January 27, 2015

IT Cosmetics News Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss

I love innovative beauty finds!  This past summer i got my hands on IT Cosmetics News Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flush and was intrigued by the color.  It looks blue on the bottle and i wondered how it would wear on the lips.  A few swipes in and i knew I'd found another wonderful beauty BFF. This beauty applies clear on your lips but has the coolest innovative technology infusing blue micro-crystals that counteract yellow in your teeth to give you a brighter, whiter smile!  Um yes please! This little trick is derived from an old news anchor secret where they used to mix blue eyeshadow with clear gloss and wore it over lipstick for a whiter looking smile on air.  Jamie Kern Lima (co-founder of IT Cosmetics) is a former news anchor and was therefore inspired to create such a product!  Aside from its coolness factor, this lippie is ultra-hydrating and as with all IT lip products, this gloss is infused with oils and butters for the most luxurious pillowing feeling on the lips, without any of the stickiness or thickness of traditional lip glosses.  Personally, i'm sold! This is definitely worth a swipe!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*this product was in my gift bag from the IT commercial we shot last summer.  I loved it so much i wanted to share my experience with all of you! BTW enter to win an IT COSMETICS 'As Seen on TV' set here!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Line It Up!

When it comes to liner, I'm a 'cat eye' girl!  Seriously, while some save this look for a special occasion, i rock it just about everyday of my life.  Now achieving the perfect winged look can certainly be challenging.  I can't tell you how many times I've had to 'erase' a total disaster off because i simply couldn't get it right.  Seriously, there's some major truth in that whole 'never ask a girl why she's late if she's wearing winged liner'!

Gabriel Cosmetics ZuZu Luxe Liquid Liners make application practically fool proof with their calligraphy style tip liners!  The quick dry formula is water resistant leaving absolutely no room for raccoon eyes... only felines allowed here! To keep things fun, I'm trading the traditional black for Storm ( a sultry, sophisticated midnight blue) and Amethyst ( a girlie, gorgeous plum).   I wear them simultaneously and sometimes, when I'm feeling a bit more daring i layer them for an added dimension of fun!  Whatever way you opt to wear these beauties, you are sure to wow them! You can purchase them here.

BTW don't forget to enter my IT Cosmetics 'As Seen on TV' Kit!  Enter here

Thank you SO MUCH for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sephora VIB Rouge Birthday Gift 2015 - NARS

OK i think i have finally found one reason why January birthdays don't stink after all!  Have you seen this year's Sephora VIB Rouge Birthday gift???? This gorgeous NARS set includes two stunning lip pencils(Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien and a Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella for VIB's) and also a Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in black (for VIB Rouge Members).  I'm loving this kit! The red lippie was love at first swipe for me!  So gorge! If you celebrate your birthday in January like myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and head on over to Sephora to claim your gift (assuming you're a VIB and if not than what the heck are you waiting for?!)  If you don't have a birthday coming up anytime soon... I'm sorry!  I know I'd be super bummed if i had to wait this one out!

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lashes, Brows and Nails Oh My!

When a few great products come across my desk, i feel that it is my beauty loving duty to alert the world... stat!  A good staple in every woman's makeup bag is a kick *ss mascara and a great brow product!  I mean... if that whole 'your eyes are the window to your soul' thing rings true... you'll have to properly arm yourself am i right?  I'm currently loving Pixi's Large Lash Mascara and Natural Brow Duo. The Mascara is water resistant and contains a large wand that separates and lengthens my lashes beautifully.  The color is intense creating just the right amount of lash drama!  The Natural Brow Duo conveniently houses a water proof eye brow pencil with angled tip (which i love) for precise and natural looking application.  The other end contains a tinted gel for taming even the unruliest of brows!  Together, these two powerhouses are armed and ready for some show stopping eyes!  Bat those lashes ladies... or gents, i never ever judge!

It's a new year so why not get those digits off to a fabulous new start with the right polish! Pixi's January polish Gilded Garnet celebrates this month's birthstone.  I for one am a fan since i'm a January baby myself! You know i've been rocking this gorgeous, reddish/copper shade all month long!  After all, i gotta represent!  Cheers!

Want more Pixi?  Stop by your local Target and visit the Pixi aisle or visit Pixibeauty.com for all kinds of gorgeousness.  Oh and while you're there, do your skin a huge favor and stock up on their Glow Tonic!  OMG your skin will thank you for it!  Want to read more about the Glow Tonic? Check out my review here! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pop Sugar Must-Have Box - January Edition

I decided to start off the year by cancelling a bunch of my beauty box subscriptions.  To be honest, i was getting bored with the tiny samples of random stuff I'd never use!  Sure, some of them were only $10 but what good is a $10 box when my favorite part was the actual cardboard box right?  A couple of months ago, i saw Abby's PopSugar Must Have Box (Always Abby - go check out her gorgeous blog BTW) and fell in love!  I immediately decided to join.  The price is a bit on the steep side when you consider it's a monthly thing ($39.95 although boxes are valued at up to $250) but when i realized how incredible the boxes were, i decided that I'd much rather cancel my less expensive boxes and splurge on one I'd really enjoy getting!  In fact, last month's box was so incredible that I'm kind of bummed i didn't have a chance to show you but between the holiday madness and my trip to Paris (yes i still owe you a post on that), i just didn't have time.  I did however wear the gorgeous scarf that came in my December box while in Paris and it looked amazing!

When my January box arrived i literally screamed with excitement as i pulled each item out (i kid you not). My little girls giggled at my silliness but i realized at this very moment that i made the best decision for me!  I don't even miss my other subscriptions!  So without further ado... check out just how amazing my January box is!  

The Jack + Lucy winter hat is absolutely adorable.  In fact, this style was all over the Parisian sidewalks when i visited a few weeks ago.  I actually purchased a similar version there which you've probably seen on my instagram.  It's a nude rose which sparkles and a huge fur pom pom.  I love these and am sure i will be rocking this one often!

Seeing this yoga hand towel brought me back to my hot yoga days.  I loved hot yoga and actually have this towel in the yoga mat size.  I love the color of this hand towel and will be sure to put it to good use at the gym... or perhaps, back in hot yoga class. I need to get back soon... i really miss it though my schedule hasn't allowed me to get back as often.

I love great accessories and while I've never actually tried Skin Jewel Tattoos, I'm totally psyched to get in on the action!  These look so so pretty!

I already have and love these delicious eye pads by ToGoSpa.  I purchased them while in LA to use the night before my on camera interview for the IT Cosmetics commercial.  They worked like a dream to calm my dark circles and puffiness.  I use them all the time and was excited to see that i don't have to replenish this month! Score!

I'm already a huge fan of First Aid Beauty so i was particularly happy to see their Ultra Repair Cream in this month's box.  I've already put this baby to good use and am loving the way my skin is feeling.  No more dry patches of skin for me!  Love this!

If you know me, you know i can't function without my coffee.  I drink it black and if i could have it injected into my veins, i would!  OK... clearly I'm over dramatizing but you get the idea!  This super cute reusable cup is not only functional but gorgeous!  Can't wait to use it!

OK so i love that in every box there's always a yummy treat!  This month we sampled Nature Valley Granola Protein in Peanut Butter N' Dark Chocolate.  I'm a huge peanut butter fan so i loved the way this tasted.  My daughter Mimi who happened to be next to me when i opened this box wanted in on the granola action so we enjoyed this sweet treat together while oooohing and aaaahhing at the yumminess!

Overall I'm super pleased with my box and can't wait to see what's in store for February!  Like what you see?  Sign up to get your very own PopSugar box! Plus get $5 off your first box with code MUSTHAVE5!!! I promise you will not be disappointed!  

BTW don't forget to enter my IT Cosmetics Giveaway!  I'm giving away one kit from their As Seen On TV Commercial so don't miss out.  Enter here!

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

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Monday, January 19, 2015

IT Cosmetics 'As Seen On TV' Your Most Beautiful You Set Giveaway!!!

Last July, i was fortunate enough to be a part of the IT Cosmetics commercial shoot in LA! This was a dream come true for me because this is a brand i have trusted and loved for years.  In fact, when it comes to my complexion, this is IT for me! I had the time of my life in Hollywood and came home with incredible new memories.  You can read all about my trip here.  Meeting Jamie was a truly surreal experience!  She's just as beautiful and sweet in person as she is on TV.  It all went down like this... after my on camera interview, i was instructed to go into the building across from the current set.  As i opened the door, Jamie stood there with her gorgeous signature smile, arms wide open welcoming me into the room.  The cameras rolled as I literally screamed towards her with excitement like one of those crazy game show contestants!  All i could think of was 'get it together Carla', but hello, I'm meeting Jamie for the first time!!!  She held my hand so tight and as i began pulling away she held on even tighter and said, "I'm not letting go of your hands".  Her words were so piercing in the sweetest of ways.  I couldn't believe all the things she said to me because all i could think of was, 'wait, that's what i think about you!"  She is just as genuine and inspiring in person as she is on TV.
I'm so blessed to have had this incredible experience.  Oh and i couldn't reveal before but Alison Sweeney hosted the show and if you thought she was pretty on TV... she's absolutely stunning in person!  Wow!

Well, after many months of waiting, the show is finally airing on TV (check your local listings under 'No More Wrinkles") and hopefully you'll get a glimpse of little old meeee!  It was so nice to see it all come to fruition.  I absolutely loved seeing some of the beautiful faces of women i met during the shoot.  Their stories inspired me and i feel so grateful to have had this amazing experience.

Here are some still clips of my air time - yes they look all kinds of crazy lol

So today I'm incredibly excited to have partnered with Guthy Renker to give away one of the 'As Seen On TV' IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Kit. This gorgeous kit includes the following products:

·         BYE BYE Concealer® Anti-Aging Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealing Crème
·         BYE BYE PORES® Tinted Skin-Blurring Finishing Powder
·         Vitality Lip Flush® 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick
·         Hello Lashes® 5-in-1 Mascara
·         NO TUG® Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
·         Brow Power® Universal Eyebrow Pencil

I will be reviewing the brand new Bye Bye Foundation and Concealer soon so stay tuned for that but i can assure you that you are going to love love LOVE IT!!! BTW you can purchase your kit here ($39.95 for 30-day kit, priced for auto-renewal).

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New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin!

IT Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin 5-Piece Collection goes beyond beauty.  This Today's Special Value is scheduled to debut on QVC Monday, January 19, 2015 at Midnight ET for one day only!

This new 5-piece collection is the perfect way to start the new year, taking the power of skincare and coverage innovation to a whole new level! Be one of the first to experience all five brand new worldwide launches, including CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder, Blurred Lines Smooth Fill Lipstick, CC + Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact, and the CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush.  Together, it's your anti-aging skincare, SPF 50+ and full coverage for your most beautiful skin.

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream instantly banishes skin discoloration from view and hydrates your under-eye area.  CC+ Eye features an exclusive Cold Spoon Technology cooling tip that instantly soothes your skin, reduces puffiness and counteracts the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles from the moment it touches your skin.  Infused with hyluronic acid, peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and grape seed oil, this full coverage color correcting cream is formulated to nourish the most delicate skin on your face.

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact is your award-winning , cult favorite CC+ cream in an innovative airless dispensing compact! With one push of a button, this compact releases precise amount of CC+ cream, giving you the perfect amount of skin care, sun protection and full coverage each time.  A multitasking beauty miracle, the CC+ compact delivers your full coverage foundation, SPF 50+ UVA/UVB, physical-only sunscreen, brightening color corrector, anti-aging serum, pore minimizing primer, dark spot corrector and moisturizing day cream all in one step!

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder is your lightweight, hydrating powder that is formulated to erase the look of fine lines and pores, leaving your skin with the look of airbrushed perfection!  Formulated talk free and infused with hydrolyzed silk, hydrolyzed collagen, niacin, peptides and anti-aging ingredients, you can wear this skin-loving powder over your makeup or clean skin.

Blurred Lines Smooth Fill Lipstick smooths the look of lip lines and adds color to your lips, giving you a naturally pretty pop of color to revitalize your entire complexion! This lip-loving formula is formulated with nourishing ingredients including Shea butter, jojoba, grape seed extract, cherry oil and hyaluronic acid.

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush is ultra-luxe, ultra-plush and does the work for you, making application simple and effortless.  A swirl of this brush, custom-cut by hand with over 80,000 hairs, can erase the look of pores and fine lines while airbrushing your skin to perfection.  Use this cruelty-free, skin-loving brush with your foundation to create the look of 'your skin but better' every time!

This gorgeous set will be available as a QVC TSV for one day only... Monday, January 19th for under $60!  Honestly, i think this is my favorite TSV set to date!  The CC Cream Compact is so genius!  You literally just press a button and it dispenses the exact amount necessary for application. I especially love the portability factor! This beauty is soooo makeup bag friendly!  The CC Eye feels insanely good!  In fact, the second this beauty meets my skin, i feel instant relief.... it's so soothing! Every single product here is simply amazing... as are all IT products in my opining!  Take advantage of this 'one day only' deal because it's really a great value!  Happy Shopping! Xo, Carla -FMM

*press sample