Friday, February 27, 2015

Love is GLOWING!

Well Pixi has done it again!  Surely you've heard me rave about their Glow Tonic right?  Well meet the Glow Tonic's BFF... the Glow Mist!  It was love at first spritz when this beauty met my skin! Glow Mist is an all-over face mist for a glowing, luminous and smooth complexion.  It's enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts. There are many wonderful uses for this beauty!  I keep it on my nightstand and like to apply it before bed as well as when i wake up simply because i love that it leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and renewed.  However, you can use Glow Mist before makeup to hydrate, protect and nourish your skin.  You can also use it to set your makeup as this beauty adds a dewy finish while protecting skin.  In actuality, you can use it just about any time your skin needs a little 'pick me up'!  I'm thinking this baby is probably wonderful on long airplane rides!  I don't know about you but my skin needs major hydration when i travel!  Glow Mist has certainly earned prime real estate on my nightstand... right next to its BFF!

Lets chat makeup!  In keeping with our 'glow theme' Pixi's Fairy Dusts are so much fun to use!  They add just the right amount of sparkle to even the simplest of makeup looks! I love swiping Olive Gold across my lids while dabbing Silver Glow in the center. I also love to dab a little in the center of my lips (over my lipstick) for a little extra dimension! Oh and here's a tip, use a damp liner brush dipped into the pigment to trace your lash line!  Yep, they can be used as eyeliner!  In fact, i love doing this to my lower lash line!

I never leave home without at least a couple of my Tinted Brilliance Balms in my makeup bag! They're just so easy and feel amazing on my lips!  On harsh winter days like today, i love reaching for these yummy balms because they add a hint of colors while ensuring that my lips remain soft and hydrated.  They're packed with lip-loving ingredients making them a year round makeup bag staple! Check out Lucent Glow... it's a gorgeous luminous gloss-finish rose gold shimmer!  Lovely right?

OK it's no secret that i have a slight obsession with nail polish!  OK OK so maybe it's more like a major obsession but there's nothing better than a great mani!  The right polish makes a world of difference and for quite some time now, i find myself very attracted to deep blues!  Pixi's Amethyst Amore is sooooooooo me!  Seriously, it's as if the beauty brains at Pixi decided to custom make a nail polish for me!  The limited Edition Amethyst Amore is a rich, elegant and regal royal blue with a purple undertone and i promise it will wow you! A few swipes of this baby and your nails will smile for days!  This is part of Pixi's 2015 Birthstone-Inspired Nail Color which I'm loving thus far! I'm excited to see all the wonderful hues Pixi creates each month!

Pixi's Spring 2015 Collection launches in stores the week of March 8th!  Go check it out because this is one collection not to be missed! You can purchase Pixi via their gorgeous website or at your local Target stores!  Thank you so much for reading! So, Carla - FMM

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

Monday, February 23, 2015

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush and Bronzer

A couple of weeks ago, while browsing through the pages of Allure, i spotted the Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush and fell madly in love with the packaging!  I was so attracted to the gorgeous pink on gold hues.  The colors and design on this product make  completely swoon worthy!  I quickly ran to my local drugstore in hopes of spotting this beauty!  Lucky for me, i not only spotted this but the bronzer from the same collection that i didn't even realize existed!  I couldn't wait to get home to play! I had really high hopes for this blush and bronzer.  Sadly, it wasn't love at first sight.  The gold, while making the packaging incredibly gorgeous, was very glittery on my skin.  While i love glitter on lots of things, my face isn't exactly where i prefer it! Although perhaps in my club hopping days i would have probably been all over this!  However, not all love is lost here!  Once the top layer of gold wipes away, the underneath color on both products is actually very pretty.  The blush is a beautiful pink that adds a soft dose of color to your skin.  The bronzer is a warm tone and will give you a pretty glow.  The only thing i disliked about the bronzer (aside from the initial gold glitter overload) was the scent.  It's a bit too fragrant for my taste.  If you like your makeup to smell strongly of perfume, this is for you.  If you're sensitive to heavy scents, definitely stay away from the bronzer.

Overall, i'm glad i purchased these because i can never resist gorgeous packaging.  Once the top gold layer wipes off (and it does quickly and easily), these argan infused beauties are completely wearable and affordable.

BTW don't forget to enter my Borghese giveaway!  Major beauties up for grabs! Enter here!

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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Get Oscar Ready With a Borghese Beauty GIVEAWAY!

Yay it's Oscars Sunday!  I don't know about you but I'm getting all dolled up to watch the red carpet in hopes of spotting major beauty/style trends!  What's even more exciting is that I've teamed up with Borghese to gift one of my gorgeous readers an amazing makeup prize so that you too can get Red Carpet Ready! This amazing prize includes the following Borghese Products:

1 Set of Makeup Brushes With Storage Pouch
3 Eyeshadow Palettes
1 Liquid Liner
3 Lip Glosses

How great is that?!  You can create an endless array of looks with these beauties!  The shadows are very pigmented and very long lasting.  The liner is soooo easy to use making it a cat eye's bff.  The glosses give your lips the most beautiful color and shine and of course the brushes are a wonderful bonus and travel friendly!  I created a look using one of the eyeshadow palettes, liner and glosses for a party i went to last night and will be reaching for these beauties quite often!  The colors are very wearable and i love the combo of mattes and shimmers!

To enter, be sure to use the raffle copter widget.  Only two required entries, the rest of the entries will give you extra chances to win! US entries only!  All entries will be verified prior to announcing a winner.  Winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 24 hours of notification or a new winner will be selected. Thank you so much for entering and GOOD LUCK!!!!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tatcha Polished Classic RiceEnzyme Powder

Tatcha Polished Deep RiceEnzyme Powder

Tatcha Polished Deep RiceEnzyme Powder by fashionmavenmommy 

It's no secret that my skin absolutely adores Tatcha products. One of my sweet readers recommended i try the Rice Enzyme Powder swearing by it's benefits.  When i read into it i knew I'd have to try it.  Wow, so glad that i did!  First, lets chat about this product's innovation. This water-activated enzyme powder effortlessly releases debris from skin,. leaving it polished and incredibly soft.  The Rice Enzyme Powder functions as a 2-in-1 cleanser and toner which is so amazing.  I've loved the effect it's had on my skin.  I keep it in the shower, as i do all of my facial cleansing products and use it daily.  I feel as though it leaves my skin feeling soft, balanced, renewed and prepped for my skincare.  It's not harsh like many other exfoliating products.  This gentle beauty has officially become a staple in my skincare routine.  I am completely in love... and so is my skin! 

You can purchase this directly from Tatcha (btw while there, check out some of their other amazing products such as this one and this one).  Oh and i was thrilled to learn that you can now purchase this beauty at Sephora as well!  SCORE! Happy Shopping!!! 

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla

*press sample -all opinions are my own.  My skin truly loves this product! This post contains affiliate links.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Smile Is Your Best Accessory!

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias

I've always said that accessories are everything! So when it comes to my best accessory, my smile, i like to arm myself with two simple things; a great lippie and of course Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste.  We tend to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we often forget to smile more.  I'm here to remind you that doing so will tremendously impact your mood as well as that of those around you.  This is why i've decided to start off the new year opting to smile more!  Besides, with brighter, whiter teeth, you'll want to smile more too!

I recently headed to my local Walmart to purchase Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste. I was looking to brighten my smile a bit and my current toothpaste just wasn't cutting it! Three days in and i was officially convinced that this baby worksThis is such an easy and fast way to brighten teeth! Think about it, other methods involve multiple steps.  With Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste you are simply brushing your teeth... something you do regardless right?  The difference with this toothpaste is that it has 2 times more of the professionally recommended whitening ingredient than Optic White Sparkling Mint toothpaste. Give this baby 3 days and you will instantly take notice of its amazing benefits. 

Ok so back to my resolution!  After ensuring my teeth are nice and bright, i like to accessorize my pearly whites with a great lippie. I always let my mood lead my color choice!  When i'm feeling playful, i opt for bright happy pinks.  Red matted hues are sexy and make a great 'date night' option. Of course, sometimes i just love to swipe a great nude across my lips and let my smile do the talking! Choosing the right lippie can instantly brighten your day.  Choosing the right toothpaste such as Colgate® Optic White® Express White always ensures a great smile! 

Want to know more about this amazing toothpaste? There will be a roaming demo in 550 stores on 2/28/15 to promote the new product.  Ambassadors will be roaming the aisle giving out $1 off coupons good on Express White Toothpaste.  Be sure to check out this demo at your nearest participating Walmart! 

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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CHANEL Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eye Shadow

The other day, while browsing through the Nordstrom beauty counter, this Chanel beauty caught my eye! I began to play with the colors and loved every single one so i knew i'd have to bring this baby home with me.  CHANEL's Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eye Shadow in 232 Tisse Venitien is a collection of vibrant, pigment-rich shades inspired by the iconic threads of CHANEL tweed. Honestly the possibilities are endless here.  You can create the most gorgeous smokey eye or keep it simple with a dab of glamour and sheen. You get two medium tones to color and contour, a deep shade to intensify and a light shade to highlight!  Nothing else necessary here! The colors work with all skin tones and are very user friendly.  This is seriously a wonderful addition to my makeup repertoire. Check it out!

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

Monday, February 16, 2015

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Extensions Mascara

Listen up!  If you're a member of the itty bitty lash committee like myself, i've got your ticket out!  IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Extensions Mascara has been sent from the lash heavens straight to my doorstep to rock my lashes! Seriously, i have a few (very few) mascaras i absolutely love but this one takes the cake!  Here's the deal!  I've tried several fiber mascaras and after many tragic faux pas, i actually found one that i love.  However, i simply can't be bothered with the three step process on a daily basis so i often skip it all together!  That is, until one of my favorite brands (you all know i'm an IT girl all the way) created Hello Lashes Extensions Mascara.  Clearly they had me in mind when they created this beauty!  You see, one simple application is all it takes to get your lashes from well non existent in my case to ladies i've not only entered the room but i own it lashes! The tip of this mascara wand is designed to makes application so easy.  I love seeing all the fibers dispense into my lashes creating crazy length and volume!

This is my one step to happy! What's yours?

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

*This mascara came in one of the QVC TSV packages sent by IT Cosmetics for consideration.  It's become one of my favorites so i wanted to highlight just how amazing it is. I've since purchased it again and will continue to do so :)