Fashion Maven... Mommy

Bye Bye Lines Foundation

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Hope you have enjoyed the IT Cosmetics New Launch series!  Today's post focuses on a product i was extremely excited to try!  Let me preface by saying that I'm a HUGE fan of Bye Bye Lines Serum (if you haven't tried it yet, you must)!  Needless to say, when Bye Bye Lines Foundation showed up at my doorstep, i immediately put it to the test!  I have been wearing this foundations for about a month now religiously and have to say, i absolutely love it. It's a sheer to medium coverage that is buildable to suit your complexion needs.  It does not settle into lines and pores.  It gives you a beautiful, almost porcelain like complexion.  One of the special things about IT Cosmetics is that they infuse all of their products with skincare!  This beauty contains anti-aging peptides, caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, argan oil and babassu oil, plus vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B9 and CoQ10.  Rest assured that when you use an IT Cosmetics product, you are actually treating yourself to powerful, skin-loving ingredients that look and feel amazing!



If this is a foundation you've been curious or on the fence about, i highly recommend you checking it out!  I will absolutely purchase this again... it's that good! You can purchase it here


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


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


IT Cosmetics Super Hero Liner - New Launch Alert!

Thursday, September 7, 2017


This latest launch from IT Cosmetics has me stoked beyond words!  I love a mean cat eye but am so very picky about the products used to create such!  After all, if you don't have the right product to facilitate the look, you can easily create a major mess and really all the effort can be quite time consuming. Ain't nobody got time for that!  Well, IT Cosmetics nailed it with the Superhero Liner!  I have yet to see such a precise applicator that distributes the product with such ease.  IT has major opacity (a true black for major impact) and is long lasting!  The look i created to illustrate this product is one i felt would be appropriate to show exactly how precise it truly is.  I extended my wing out more than i normally would so that you could really see how thin and perfect of a line IT creates!











And by the way, if you're wondering what is on my lashes... duh!!!!  Superhero mascara of course... you can't have one without the other amiright?  Seriously, this should be a package deal... besides, they're dressed alike!

You can purchase this product here.  Thank you so much for reading! Stay tuned for more IT launches soon!  Xo, Carla - FMM

*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.  

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Sparse Brows No More! IT Cosmetics New Launch Alert!

Monday, September 4, 2017


IT Cosmetics has launched a plethora of products recently and has generously sent me a bunch to try! Considering i've been a fan of this brand for so many years, i couldn't wait to put some of these to the test and share the results with you!  I asked on social media which products you wanted to see first and most of you mentioned the Brow Power Powder so i'm stoked to share my first of many IT Cosmetics new launch reviews!





Where do i begin here... let's just say that i have horribly sparse brows.  No matter how much i try to grow them in, they just seem to grow in all the wrong places leaving me with sparse, barely there brows.  Ugh!  I seriously rely on powerful brow products to keep my brows shapely and somewhat natural looking and while i though i'd found my holy grail... i was wrong!  I honestly say that out of the new IT launches, this is my absolute most reached for!  I have already put quite a dent on it and am simply blown away by how precisely it shapes my brows yet keeps them looking natural which is a must.  A lighter touch provides you with a lighter pigment if you have light brown or blonde hair.  A heavier touch makes the color more intense if you have dark brown or black hair. I also feels as though this brush is a must when applying this product because its shape makes application precise and super easy!  The formula is long lasting too!  I wear glasses and often times my brows disappear with certain products... not this one!  This baby stays put! The Brow Power Pomade is great for topping off the Brow Power Powder!  It sort of helps to seal everything in.


See below a comparison of my brows with/without Brow Power Powder (MAJOR difference!)



If you have sparse brows like myself, i have no doubt that you will love this product as much as i do! You can purchase it here and here!

I plan on doing quite a few back to back IT posts in order to get my 'new launch' reviews out quickly! I know a lot of you have been reaching out so i promise i will have those for you soon!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.

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Keep The Summer GLOWING!

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Well, it's Labor Day Weekend and i have to say that I'm totally depressed about Summer coming to an end!  Don't get me wrong, i love the Fall, but there's nothing like Summer days by the pool, bbq's and that Summer glow!  The thing is, the Summer glow doesn't have to go if you arm yourself with the right products! The best sun-kissed skin is available year round with products from Vita Liberata which I've been using for quite some time now. I purchased my first Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mouse and Tanning Mitt Duo last year after a recommendation from my friend Serein. This product distributes quite evenly onto the skin using the mitt.  I always struggle with streaks but have to say, i didn't experience that with Vita Liberata, granted i was certainly cautions while i applied.  It provides the skin with the most beautiful sun kissed color that lasts for a couple of weeks which is amazing!  This is seriously the perfect product for busy moms like myself who really don't have much time to devote to these sorts of things.  I mean, if my commitment level is every 2-3 weeks, i'm in!  Besides, truthfully it doesn't take more than five minutes of my time to apply which is wonderful! This has since been my go-to product for stretching my tan through the colder months.  Another product i found to be essential for ensuring that your tan lasts and is applied evenly is the Super Fine Skin Polish (check out this awesome starter kit here)!  I exfoliate with this product and apply my tanning mouse immediately following and notice that my tan lasts quite long and goes on streak-free!  It's so important to exfoliate prior to sunless tanning application and Vita Liberata has you covered with this product.




Also noteworthy, if you are sensitive to the awful scents that sunless tanning products leave behind, you'll love Vita Liberate.  Their products are odorless and streak free.  Certified organic botanicals and moisture locking technology give 72 hour hydration while odor remove technology ensures no smell whatsoever.  The tan mitt included ensures a fats and easy, streak-free application and natural looking results regardless of skin tone.


 

If you're looking for a product to keep your Summer glow going, look no further than Vita Liberata! While they sent me these products for testing purposes, i was already a fan after purchasing products from the brand last year!  Check them out here, here , here and here

Thank you so  much for reading! Hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend!  Xo, Carla

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Laura Geller Filter Corrector Color Perfecting Balm

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Color correcting can be so very intimidating!  But here's the thing... we all have some type of unevenness, redness, dark spots or overall discoloration amiright?  Laura Geller's new Filter Corrector Color Perfecting Balm has made it so easy to quickly bid farewell to any of these issues! It features three color correcting shades (peach, blue and green) to target redness, dark spots, hyperpigmentation and dull skin with a few quick swipes, all conveniently packed into one super cute and user friendly compact! 


So yes, i did say easy... before you call me crazy, let me explain!  While this may seem like a super intimidating product to you, i'm here to tell you that you don't have to be a pro to use this to achieve major results.  You see, there's no real precise way to apply this as long as you know what shades to use where.  So let's chat about the three color correcting colors and how they can help you achieve your most beautiful complexion! 



Peach:  Neutralizes and conceals under eye dark circles (yes please!) Helps hide hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and visible veins. 


Blue:  Eliminates yellow undertones for a radiant, glowing complexion.  Brightens the appearance of skin tone.


Green:  Reduces redness and assists in concealing acne, rosacea, and any visible capillaries. 
  
So now that you know what each color does, don't be afraid to swipe away!  I dabbed the peach shade on my under eye area to combat my horrid dark circles!  Honestly, when i use this, i don't even need concealer which is mind boggling considering concealer is typically the one product i can't live without!  Next, i use the green shade to cover all of the redness and blotchiness in my skin.  By the way, you don't need to be precise... just use a brush (or your fingers if that's your jam) and swipe away!  Last, i like to use the blue shade anywhere i want to brighten!  So yes, when i'm done i look a bit like a crazy clown but the end result is so worth it!  Follow with your favorite foundation and blend it all into the skin.  You will be blown away by how gorgeous your complexion is going to look.  Ever notice how many times after applying foundation, you can still see a bit of redness and discoloration?  That's because even the most full coverage foundations can sometimes lack the power to truly even out some of these skin issues.  The Laura Geller Filter Corrector Color Perfecting Balm is my new complexion BFF!  Quick Tip: Be sure to apply a good primer prior to using this product.  A good primer helps adhere product to the skin seamlessly and makes it last longer than wearing a product alone so i'm all for priming the skin first.  



Here's the final look.. yes i have lines and yes i have pores.  This is exactly what i look like without any touch ups so that you could have the absolute best example of what a product looks like in a realistic manner.  Pssst... i worked very hard for those lines so i'm going to embrace them!


Overall, i'm so impressed with the formula, texture and overall wear of this product.  I've been reaching for it quite a lot and it really doesn't take me more than a few seconds to apply!  You can purchase it here!  BTW if you're wondering about that glow, i purchased Laura Geller's Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator and OH EM GEEEE it's soooo good!  

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

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

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Pacifica Lip Balm Collection

Monday, August 28, 2017



I couldn't be more excited about this latest launch from Pacifica!  I've had a secret obsession with lip balms for years!  In fact, i still remember Kissing Coolers from way back when (man i'm really dating myself here) because they were probably one of my first 'makeup items'!  But really, my obsession with lip balms stems from a multitude of reasons.  First, they make my lips feel soft and hydrated.  Second, for the most part they tend to smell delicious.  Lastly, every time i swipe these beauties on my lips, it feels like a feast for my sense!  I mean, really i could just go on and on about my love for lip balms but i'm sure you wanna know more about these new Pacifica cuties amiright? So let's dive right in!


First, you can swipe with ease because Pacifica's products are all 100% vegan and cruelty-free! Their new natural lip balms are highly moisturizing with coconut, almond and jojoba oils, natural flavors and stevia. The flavors are so fun... Persian Cherry, Indian Chai, Rainbow Watermelon, Summer Kale, Cuban Mango, Hawaiian Banana and Bali Coconut (my favorite because i'm partial to coconut anything)! Also in this collection is their Lips Like Sugar Candied Lemon and Sugar Lip Scrub which i'm completely obsessed with!  Most of the lip scrubs i own come in a tub where you have to dip your finger in to retrieve the product.  This one is conveniently packaged to facilitate the application process!  It's earned prime real estate on my night stand! Also, Pacifica didn't miss a beat with the gorgeous packaging!  This is one of the many things that attracts me to this brand.  This collection is exclusively available at Ulta!

You can purchase these balms here.  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.


Kitch Marble Hair Collection

Friday, August 25, 2017



I've always said accessories are everything!  It's so nice to reach for a cute pair of earrings, or perhaps a bun pin to instantly add a bit of interest to an otherwise plain outfit.  Kitch's new Marble Hair Collection Collection is a marble lover's dream come true.  These accessories have been facilitating some amazing hair days even when my hair isn't exactly looking its best.  The claw clips have been a major go-to for me.  I simply take the front pieces of my hair, twist them and use the claw clips to tie them back allowing the rest of my hair to drape freely down my back.  I love the bohemian vibe with this super easy look. Kitch sent me a few pieces to play with but honestly, i loved the collection so much that i purchased some more from the collection as well as a few other pieces that i will show you in a later post!  The pony cuff is also insanely gorgeous!  There's nothing better on days where you simply don't have time to style your hair than to be able to pick it back in a quick and easy pony tail!  This marble cuff adds an element of elegance and fun without putting in a ton of effort!  So perfect for a busy my mommy like myself!




Here's a few ways to style the marble claws.  The first pictured i did two strands of twists and clipped them in the back using two marble claws. 


You can also just do one... still looks great! 





This marble bun clip is beyond beautiful and will instantly dress up any look!  Dress it up or dress it down... either way, you can't go wrong with this beauty!

 




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

*press samples - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.
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