Fashion Maven... Mommy

Lashes and Faux Fur

Monday, February 20, 2017

I may be getting a little older but I'll always be young at heart!  There are certain touches that just make an outfit shine don't you think?  For instance, as a beauty lover, i was instantly drawn to this sweet 'lips and lashes' t-shirt.  It's so feminine and adds a little element of fun to your overall look! I've styled it with jeans here but you can certainly pair it with a skirt, shorts, leggings and long cardi etc.  I know i have so many beauty loving friends (hey girl hey) in my life that would love to find a gem like this so I'm hoping this post brings a smile to their faces!

Equally as fun is a great faux fur jacket!  I have such a weak spot for anything faux fur (Jersey girl's gotta represent ya know?!).  In fact, i was tempted to pick up this jacket in emerald green... i still might but decided to opt for this one instead.  I actually have a funny story about this jacket.  Last weekend, the hubby and i went out to dinner for a friend's birthday.  Well, i got dressed and decided this would be a fun jacket to wear for a night out.  Well, hubs looked at me and said, 'You're going in that?!, not quite the reaction i hoped for... so i opted for a more 'subtle' look and switched to my leopard print coat (hehe... hello did i mention i was from Jersey?!)  Still, i love this jacket and will definitely get quite a bit of use out of it (sorry hubs) because it's just so feminine and sweet!  Wonder what he would say about the emerald green version (insert thinking face emoji)?!

Lastly i finally broke out my almost as pretty as the Gucci shoes! These are obviously way more affordable and look equally stylish paired with jeans, a dainty dress or slacks!  I'm loving them so much and can't wait to get more use out of them!  As for accessories... i decided to keep things simple considering my overstated faux fur jacket!  The clutch was in this month's Popsugar Must Have Box and is from Tribe Alive!  You can purchase it here but i was thrilled to see it in my box!  The heart ring is from here and i love it!

The important thing to remember is to have fun with your wardrobe!  It's fun to add a few pieces that are quirky and allow you to express yourself in a way that makes you happy.  These are pieces you don't necessarily want to spend too much money one but just add a little bit of happiness to your otherwise everyday routine.  Hope you enjoyed today's post! xoxo, Carla - FMM

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Scorching HOT Lip!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

It's funny but i've always been attracted to a great coral/orange lip!  There's just something so fun about this hue! Besides, it reminds me of the warm weather months which let's face it, seem light years away for many of us! Ugh... Summer where are you? A few weeks ago, the Kardashians took a family trip to Costa Rica (trying not to hate on that situation but considering i'm surrounded my snow and slush i'd like a pass please!).  Kourtney Kardashian was spotted sporting the ultimate orange lip, created by celebrity makeup artist Hrush Achemyan using MAKE UP FOR EVER's new Artist Acrylip #300.  This lippie packs a serious pop for a bold change-up to escape the darkness of the winter and transport your look for an unexpected tropical vibe!

Inspired by the boldness of acrylic paint, Artist Acrylip, one of the newest collections for 2017 from MAKE UP FOR EVER is a line of highly pigmented lip colors that are long wear and can be worn in a range of ways based on application.  Kourtney looks flawless in this lippie!  Her gorgeous sun kissed skin, bit lashes and statement lip are such an inspiration for my Spring and Summer beauty look!  While an orange lip may intimidate many, i'm here to tell you it actually works so well on most people!  MUFE's Acrylip is buildable so you can control the intensity of the color!  This lippie looks insanely beautiful on Kourtney and her dark features.  I happen to think it looks incredible on blondes as well!  The cushion applicator and formula are the perfect marriage!  Simply apply one tiny drop and let the cushion do the blending for a soft look.  If you're all about that bold lip, add a few more drops as you swipe along the contour of the lips for a more intense look!  Either way, i'm obsessed with this color, formula and applicator!  I have yet to put this beauty down since it arrived at my door and fully intend to add a few more to my collection!  This, in my opinion is a must-have!

You can purchase MUFE Artist Acrylip here.  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM
*press sample - all opinions are my own


Manitine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day can be a wonderful day to celebrate love!  Not just romantic love, but love for all those surrounding you that bring you happiness!  For me personally, my hubby obviously is my valentine, but... he's not the only one!  My girls are most certainly my valentines too!  One way we plan to celebrate is with fancy little manis!  My girls love getting pampered (who can blame them really)!  These pretty Julie G polishes from Jesse's Girl are so perfect for the occasion!  They're both variations of red with a hint of shimmer making them even more festive and fun!  If you prefer a brighter red, you'll want to pick up Sunset Kiss!  It's the most beautiful shimmery red.  Dolled Up Dorothy is a bit more brown with a great shimmer as well. These are not only great for Valentine's Day but will carry you through the rest of Winter looking on point!

Oh and one more thing!  Jesse's Girl is generously offering my readers 20% off your purchase through February 28th!  Simply use code JG2017FMM!  Definitely go and stock up on these as well as my absolute favorite liquid liner pen (you guys, it's even better than Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner and is a fraction of the price)!!!  Oh and this contouring palette is insanely good... stay tuned for full review on the blog soon! Take advantage of the discount code while it lasts... and tell your friends!

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

*press sample - all opinions are my own

Romantic Braid

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day is fast approaching so i thought what better way to celebrate than with a fun little hair tutorial right?  I wanted to post it just in time for the weekend because i know many of you may be looking for some 'romantic hair' inspo so here it is! So the thing with this hair style is that it lends itself to many variations... you can skip the braid and create a low side pony or messy bun.  You can also forego the braid headbands and just create the style without them.  Another thought?  Instead of a braid headband, opt for a beautiful jeweled headband!  The possibilities are endless!  Whatever way you style your hair this Valentine's Day, just remember to make it a memorable one!  For me personally, having children makes Valentine's Day way more special!  It's all about them now!  We will probably order take-out, bake cupcakes and light up some candles at dinner!  I remember growing up, Valentine's Day was perhaps one of my dad's favorite holidays!  He ALWAYS cooked up a fancy dinner, decked the table with candles and balloons... the whole nine!  Truth is, as awkward as it felt at the time sitting there in candle light with my parents and sister... it was actually quite endearing!  I miss those days!  The wonderful thing about having my own children now is that i can pass on these sweet little traditions with them!  Hope your Valentine's Day is as sweet as you... enjoy!

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 xoxo, Carla - FMM

Blush La Rose, Oh My Rose!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Few things excite me more than innovative beauty launches.  Naturally, when i set eyes on Lancome's Blush La Rose, Oh My Rose highlighter i just about died with excitement!  Never has there ever been a more beautiful product created!  I mean... right?!  The vintage vibes on this gorgeous highlighter shaped like the most beautiful 3D rose is simply perfection! Encapsulated in a 50's French-inspired Bijou box traditionally meant for loose powder, this highlighter is what beauty lover dreams are made of!   The powder is evenly dispersed among the petals.  Use the Kabuki brush (sold separately) to pick up the perfect amount to create a subtle glow!

While i own an insane amount of makeup brushes, i opted to purchase the kabuki brush recommended to use with this beauty.  After all, it looked so delicate and almost too pretty to use that i worried about using the wrong brush with it.  Gently swirl the brush in a circular motion around the rose petals to pick up the perfect amount of product.  Then, swipe on the highs of your cheeks, bridge of your nose and center of your forehead.  I also use my fingers to dab a little on the inner corner of my eyes and Cupid's bow.  This product provides a beautiful, subtle glow.  If you're expecting an intense (i can spot you from Mars) highlighting situation, this is certainly not the product for you! As a beauty lover, this product is more than just a beautiful means of creating a soft glow.  It's truly a collector's item!  I mean, just look at it!  I can honestly admire its beauty for hours!

You can purchase Blush La Rose here and here!  I have no doubt you will love it as much as i do! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM


Sky Organics

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I've always been in tune with my zen side.  I attribute this to my daddy who practiced yoga all his life and often frequented all natural shops for herbal teas and specialty breads.  I too enjoy yoga, meditating and parading the aisles of Whole Foods and Trader Joe's!  As a beauty blogger, i spend ample time browsing the natural beauty section of these supermarkets because i love discovering new products.  Well, i was recently introduced to Sky Organics and felt immediately drawn to the array of natural beauty products on this site!  I get that same feeling of intrigue and excitement as when i browse Whole Foods and Trader Joe's beauty section without having the need to set foot outside my house! Best feeling ever!

For today's post, i wanted to highlight a few products that i've been incorporating into my skincare routine and loving!   First, i've been using coconut oil for years!  Coconut oil has such a wide range of benefits that it's almost impossible to ignore this natural beauty!  I love to cook with this flavorful ingredient because aside from tasting delicious, it's also packed with antioxidants!  However, i keep a jar in my bathroom, one on my nightstand and one in my 'makeup room'!  Why you ask?  Well, let's chat about that shall we?

First, Coconut oil is full of Lauric Acid which improves the overall appearance of hair and scalp!  I apply it on my dry strands and it instantly provides shine and hydration.  One of my favorite ways to use coconut oil is on my extremely dry hands!  I wash my hands constantly and it takes such a toll on my skin, particularly this time of year.  I always apply a little coconut oil on my dry skin and it helps to heal and soothe it.  I also love to apply a generous amount on my hands and cover them with gloves for a few minutes to help heal my cracked skin when it's severely dry!  You can also use this on other parts of your body such as your elbows, cuticles and heels! Oh and did you know you can use it as a deodorant?  Oh yes... skip all those harmful chemicals and go straight for the coconut oil! While there are a ton more uses, one last one that i personally enjoy is creating my own scrubs!  Just add a little sugar and voila!  This works especially well on lips!  Seriously, if you haven't used Coconut Oil in a multitude of ways, you simply must check this beauty out!

One product i've been loving is the Organic Jojoba Oil Pure & Cold Pressed for hair and skin! It's just so different from anything i've ever tried before.  Interestingly enough, the skin on my heels has been quite rough lately which is odd for me in this time of year.  Typically, i get dry skin on my feet in the Summer time but for whatever reason it's happening now.  This oil has done WONDERS for the skin on the heels of my feet!  Wow, it's so hydrating but doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy or uncomfortable.  It locks in moisture for extended periods of time making it a perfect Winter BFF! Works beautifully on hands too!  Oh you can also use it to deep cleanse your skin and prevent acne! This is a definite beauty must-have for me personally right now!

Lastly, i've loved all natural lavender since i could remember.   This scent truly relaxes me and helps calm my soul even on the most chaotic days!  Lavender Oil is mostly known for its therapeutic effects on the nervous system.  It helps ease anxiety naturally.  Because Lavender Oil affects both your physiological and psychological well-being, it is effective at relieving you from headaches or menstrual cramps!  I have yet to put that to the test but fully plan to!  While i've been enjoying this beauty for quite some time now, i just recently learned that it can also be used as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory or natural insect repellant (thank you LAWD because i hate the smell of tea tree oil)! Pssst... dab a little under your nose before bedtime and enjoy those zzzzzzzzz's!

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

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

L'Oreal EverPURE

Sunday, January 29, 2017

There's nothing that excites me more than finding great drugstore haircare (ok... perhaps i'm being a bit dramatic but hear me out...).  Influenster sent me the L'Oreal Ever PURE sulfate free shampoo, conditioner and leave in treatment VoxBox and i was excited to put these beauties to the test.  Now i have to say, my hair is very picky and i can tell immediately if my haircare products are going to work.  Really, immediately upon contact i am able to determine if a shampoo or conditioner will work on my unruly hair.  I have thick, color treated hair.  My ends are typically dry and need a ton of hydration while my scalp gets oily.... i told you i had unruly hair!  Oh and since my hair is so thick, it tangles BIG TIME!  So i look for a good lathering shampoo and an intensely hydrating conditioner that allows me to easily comb my hair in the shower.  The L'Oreal Ever PURE shampoo/conditioner did a wonderful job of doing all the things i look for in my haircare!  The leave-in conditioner was the icing on the cake!  A few spritzes and my hair felt soft and manageable!  Overall, i'm so impressed with this new line that i've already replenished with a new set since my first set ran out!   Best part? It doesn't break the bank so you can use your extra cash for some of your other favorite beauty vices!

You can purchase L'Oreal EverPURE products here!  Thank you so much for reading! xo, Carla
Products sent by influenster via VoxBox... all opinions are my own! #freeyourhair #sponsored

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