This past Spring, People Style Watch magazine invited me to attend a photo shoot for Mary Kay's Fall campaign. It was a dream come true just getting to be in the middle of all the action! I had a chance to see all that a fashion/beauty photo shoot entails including wardrobe and makeup. The model was absolutely gorgeous and the final looks were simply stunning! The looks created that day are being featured in People Style Watch's October, November and December issues. This month's campaign focuses on a huge Fall runway trend of jewel toned velvet pieces. As a result, Mary Kay created a smokey eye using gorgeous jewel tones (purples and violets to be specific). One of the dominant colors used which i have and love is Mary Kay's cream shadow in Violet Storm. Definitely check it out! Want to read all about my fun day in NYC during the photo shoot? Check out part one and part two of all the behind the scenes actions of the photo shoot!
I took the picture below of the model without makeup... how stunning is she?! Wow
Thank you so much to all who entered my Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner Giveaway! Congratulations to the winner (package is on its way)!
This is major! Arielle (my fellow Allure Beauty Blogger finalist friend) is celebrating the birthday of her awesome beauty blog Beauty By Arielle! To celebrate, she collaborated with a few bloggers (myself included) to host a major giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $200 Sephora Giftcard!!! Best part? This giveaway is open internationally so no worries if you don't have a Sephora where you live because you'll receive the value of the gift card via pay pal to use anywhere you please! Exciting right? Gosh, I'd go bananas at Sephora with $200! Well, since i can't win this one, I'm hoping a lucky FMM readers scores the grand prize! You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below! Be sure to stop by Arielle's blog and send your good wishes her way! This is a celebration after all! Thank you all for reading and GOOD LUCK! Xo, Carla - FMM
I've been using and loving some of Amarte's Skincare for a while now. In fact, i just finished the Amarte Exfolipowder which I'm completely obsessed with. It really speaks volumes for a brand when a beauty blogger actually finishes a product. You see, yes, I'm very fortunate to have an abundance of skincare to try, but not all of it makes it on the blog! I try many products and when i find a gem, i want to shout it from the rooftop! And while i do love some products, i hardly every hit pan on anything because there's always something new to try. So when i do finish a product, i feel that it's worth while to tell you all just how amazing it is! Amarte's Exfolipowder is a staple in my shower and i use it daily. This powder activates when you add a few drops of water to cleanse and gently exfoliate your skin. I just love the way my skin feels when i use it. Also, i find that this is a great value! The bottle is quite large and lasts a long time... a great value for only $35! This gem is absolutely, positively amazing! You all need to try it... i promise you'll fall instantly in love just as i did!
Amarte's Wonder Cream has done wonders for my skin. It promotes brighter, more youthful complexion as it corrects the visible signs of aging. Mushroom extracts reduce freckles and age spots while retinol increases cell turnover. I use this baby every night after properly cleansing my face and i have noticed a significant difference in the overall appearance of my skin.
Currently on my nightstand is Amarte's Aqua Mist Toner. A few spritzes and my skin feels instantly refreshed! This beauty restores skin's delicate pH balance as it hydrates for renewed appearance. This toner is infused with a ton of skin-loving ingredients that feel absolutely delicious on my skin. I use it at bedtime and in the morning because i absolutely adore the way my skin feels immediately after application!
If you're looking to try new skincare, i give this brand a major thumbs up! Seriously, I've already repurchased the Exfolipowder! It's amazing! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM
*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.
GLOSSYBOX is easily one of my favorite monthly beauty subscription services! This is the one i REALLY look forward to because i know that every month, i am assured at least one full size product and the rest are usually very generous sizes unlike some of the other beauty subscriptions out there. While i subscribe to GLOSSYBOX and have for almost two years, the GLOSSYBOX team sent over this box before all boxes ship so that i could give you a sneak peek of what this month entails! Let me tell you, it does NOT disappoint! DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU PREFER TO BE SURPRISED!
This month, you can expect to get a full size Tarte Power Pigment (mine is in the color Flush and it's absolutely stunning). This beauty packs on the color and hydration all at once. It's super long lasting and tastes rather refreshing. And yes, i will be adding more to my collection! I love love LOVE Tarte so this is a major bonus for me! Best part? No sharpener needed... this beauty is a twist up making it super easy to use! Also in this month's box, you'll get a Proganix Volume Boost Finish and Body Builder. This beauty is another full size product that adds volume to your hair. I don't exactly need any more volume with mine but i will say that it kind of applied like a hair spray. A little goes a long way. OK, I've been obsessed with Nails Inc. for quite some time. They're nail polishes are great so when one of these babies pops into one of my beauty subscriptions, i get really excited. This is another full size product (score!) and it is the Westminister Bridge Matte Top Coat. If matte polish is your thing, this product is for you! The next product is a wonderful sheet mask by SESHA. The Botanical Hydro Mask left my skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! I'm a huge fan of sheet masks so this was certainly a major bonus for me! Last but certainly not least, this month, GLOSSYBOX is sampling Vince Camuto's Amore Eau De Parfum. This limited edition scent is absolutely beautiful. It's floral and light. Oh and as for the bottle? Major cuteness alert! Seriously, it's perfection! So you see, in this box you actually get THREE full size products! Oh and lets not forget this month's bonus! As a special gift, GLOSSYBOX included a $40 gift card to sign up for a discounted Hello Fresh Food Box subscription! Basically this service delivers recipes and corresponding ingredients to your home weekly. Honestly, I'm never disappointed with my GLOSSYBOX and this month's is no exception! My favorite product was definitely the Tarte lippie but i absolutely loved the entire box as a whole.
Curious about GLOSSYBOX? Simply subscribe here for $21 per month. Every box I've ever gotten is worth so much more than what you pay for it. Once you receive your box, be sure to review it for Glossy Dots. Each product review equals 20 Glossy Dots. You can earn a free box this way! Oh and if you order yours before October 31st, be sure to use code GBGLAM and receive a Glamglow Youth Mud Mask. That stuff is soooo amazing!
Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM
*press sample - all opinions are my own. While this box was sent as a press sample, I subscribe to GLOSSYBOX and pay for it every month because i genuinely love this subscription.
Listen up beauties! Tarte's holiday collection is one not to be missed! When you take a peek at what's in store for the most wonderful time of year, you'll easily lose all self control! The Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag is quite possibly one of the prettiest sets ever! Really! This Parisian glamour inspired beauty is all you need to carry with you during all of your holiday travels! Don't worry, if your plans don't involve a trip to Paris, Tarte makes it easy for your to channel your inner Parisian chic! This set valued at $423 will only set you back $59! It's easily the best deal out there right now because you get a gorgeous, portable travel bag filled with a collection of limited-edition, over sized must-have beauty essentials for eyes, lips, cheeks and complexion. Here's what's included:
20 x 0.07 oz Amazonian clay eye shadows in Palace Of Versaille, Moulin Rouge, I Think I Cannes, My Own Cotes De Rhone, Boudoir Noir, Fall In Louvre, Provence Upon A Time, Eiffel For You, Too Haute To Handle, Bastille In The Night, Chantilly Lace, Merci You Later, No Champagne, No Gain, Take On Bordeaux, French Riviera, C’est La Vie, Marseille The Word, Play Nice, On A Good Notre Dame, Le Cordon Bleu - 0.13 oz Deluxe lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara - 0.17 oz Limited-edition deluxe cheek stain in Muse (soft nude) - 0.27 oz LipSurgence lip gloss in Visionary (apricot) - 0.06 oz LipSurgence lip tint in Romantic (peachy nude) - 0.23 oz Deluxe maracuja oil - 0.07 oz Deluxe smooth operator Amazonian clay finishing powder - Limited-edition collector’s travel bag
The eye shadow palette is well pigmented and has zero fall out! The colors are stunning and have very fitting french names! The travel bag, complete with the prettiest tassels ever is perfect for travel and even has a pocket that fits the eye shadow palette perfectly! I'm obsessed with the Lip gloss and tint included in this set. It's so beautiful and i swear will look amazing on just about anybody! If you've ever tried the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, you know this is a great one! I've purchased several of these over the course of a few months because it's that good! Every single product in this set is amazing and well worth the price. This will make a wonderful holiday gift for the beauty lover in your life, even if that beauty lover is you! Treat yourself girlfriend!
Well it's that time again! On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, QVC's Today Special Value is none other than IT Cosmetics' Your Most Radiant You! Five Piece Collection! This set includes Celebration Foundation Illumination and a brand new CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush to help you achieve your most luminous skin! Be one of the first to experience the worldwide launch of Hello Lashes Extensions that will give your lashes a reason to wink! It comes paired with the No-Tug Gel Eyeliner to give your eyes the attention they deserve. Help transform your complexion and eyes with makeup that looks and feels like your skin but better for your most radiant you! But that's not all you get! If you know and love IT Cosmetics, you know their brushes are the very best in the business right? This set includes the Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush! This is the best brush for applying your celebration foundation!
So here's what you need to know! The TSV will be live on QVC beginning at midnight (ET) on October 14, 2014 for the low price of $54.96! Whaaaat?! But remember, this price is ONE DAY ONLY so be sure to get yours before they sell out! The ombre blush is on another level of gorgeous! Seriously... you should see it in person! This is easily my favorite product on this set! Although i absolutely love all the products! The mascara is awesome, the celebration foundation is a long time favorite of mine, the brush is phenomenal (as are ALL IT brushes) and the liner glides on smoothly and stays put all day and all night if you let it! Seriously, this is an amazing deal! You can purchase it here! The item number for this set is #A260772 or for Auto-Delivery it's #A262259.
Thank you so much for reading! Happy Shopping! Xoxo, Carla - FMM
While i love a bold lip every now and then, there's something so beautiful about sporting a nude lip with a smokey eye! No matter what your lip options are, it's important to properly prep your lips for your lippie! Listen up chocolate lovers! Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter is not only great for your lips but smells/tastes like chocolate! Whaaaat?! Oh yes, this beauty gently exfoliates your lips while packing on the hydration making it the perfect for transitioning to Fall (buh-bye chapped lips)!
I've recently discovered a fun lip palette that houses the perfect nudes for just about every skin tone! Gabriel Cosmetics' Zuzu Luxe Shades of Nude Palette is the perfect lip palette for your make up pouch! This set of four nude lippies glides on sheer with a touch of color. It's equipped with a dual ended lip brush making application easy and mess free! The perfect compliment to this palette is Beauty Addicts' gorgeous lip liners in Glow and Express! OMG these liners apply so beautifully on the lips! You can simply line your lips with them or cover your lip in the liner and then layer using the Zuzu Luxe palette! Either way, you can go wrong with these beauties! They're gorgeous, portable and will look amazing on just about anyone! Check them out!