Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

To each and everyone of my beautiful readers... Happy Thanksgiving.  I'm eternally grateful for each and everyone of you who take time out of your day to read my blog and support my little beauty ventures.  Thank you!  As i reflect on the meaning of this day... i feel nothing but blessed for all that I've been given.  I have a beautiful, supportive family and am so thankful to spend today surrounded by their love.  I wish the same for all of you.... enjoy this special time with your loved ones.  Xo...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stock Up On Tatcha!

Stock Up On Tatcha!
I'm so excited to let you know that one of my favorite skincare brands Tatcha is having a friends and family sale starting Friday, November 28 thru December 8th!!!  Use coupon Code FF2014 and save 20% off!! Check out some of my favorites below and stay tuned for full reviews of my favorite Tatcha holiday sets!! Happy Shopping!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside

Baby It's Cold Outside
Baby it's cold outside!  Seriously!  I'm currently sitting under a super soft and cozy faux fur blankie in hopes that my tootsies warm up a little.  I have a little bit of a love/hate relationship with the cooler weather.  I love all the cozy things about winter such as flannel sheets, faux fur blankies and pillows, hats and mittens, lattes and of course my hair looks way better in the winter than it does in the summer (i hate you humidity)! What i don't love however, is feeling cold, the aftermath of snow (you feel me right now Buffalo peeps right?), and of course, dry chapped skin!  Thankfully, I've got a few beauty essentials to share with you that may just take care of this little situation.

Chapped lips?  No problem!  Swipe a dab of NUXE Reve De Miel lip balm and your lips will feel like new again.  This even took care of my little girls' horrible chapped lip situation. Mia now visits my room every night after I've already tucked her into bed to make sure i swipe her little lips with some "chackstick". This creamy formula is so hydrating, smells incredible and I'm loving their new packaging in order of their anniversary celebration!

Phenome 24-Hour Moisturizing System is your one stop shop to beautiful skin.  This cream can be worn day or night and works hard to truly sink into skin, plumping fine lines and wrinkles.  Also very noteworthy, this beauty is vegan so you won't have to worry about exposing skin to dyes, fragrances and other harsh ingredients.  The vegan formula utilizes a base of ecological plant waters, nutrient-rich liquid culled from plants that serves as the basis for the entire Phenome line!  You'll want to keep in on your nightstand for sure!

Teadora's line of nourishing creams and balms is seriously designed for dehydrated skin.  I know this because a while back, my legs felt so dry and awful and i knew i needed to bring in the 'big guns' to really take care of my little situation.  I reached for Teadora's Body Butter to help me bring my skin back to its normal state.  In just a couple of days, my skin felt silky smooth and so soft to the touch.  Teadora's Body Butters are available in Rain forest at Dawn and Rain forest at Dusk. Both come housed in an 8oz jar and will last you for quite some time as a little goes a long way!  Give them a go... you will love them!

OK i already adore Tatcha... but bring gold into the equation and suddenly my skin is like yes, YES! This sudden weather transition has been so harsh on my skin.  When Tatcha's Camelia Beauty Oil arrived at my doorstep on one of the coldest days this season, i took it as a sign from above!  I massaged a few drops into my skin and i swear my skin was like 'omg thank you Carla'!  No, it totally spoke to me for real! I saw and felt the difference almost immediately.  But here's the thing, what i really love about this beauty oil is its versatility! Did you know you could wear this beauty on your nails and hair too???  OK, now i need a truckload of this amazing beauty oil because I'm seriously addicted!  You will be too when you see what i can do for you and your skin, hair and nails.  Oh and the little specs of gold floating around inside the bottle will make you feel fancy!  It will!  Wait there's more!  How much do you love me??? I have a special code for you beginning 12/28-12/8 save 20% at  Simply use code FF2014 at check out! Happy Shoppping!

These are just a few of the products I'm loving right now to transition my skin into the cold weather.  I hope you'll give some of them a try.  I know you will love them too!

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

(press samples - all were tried and loved by me)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Easy Everyday Looks With Conair!

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

We all want gorgeous hair right?  Well lucky for us, Conair has many tools to help us achieve the perfect style everyday whether you're on the go or headed somewhere special!  I wanted to illustrate a few easy styles to help you achieve a beautiful everyday lookso i headed to my local Walmart for a little beauty haul.  I purchased the InfinityPRO by Conair 3Q Advanced Brushless Hair Dryer, the Conair InfinityPRO Curl Secret Curling Iron (which i'd been very curious to try for quite some time now), a Conair 90 Pack Bobby Pins (because you always need some on hand), the Conair Velvet Paddle Brush as well as the Conair Professional Round Brush.  As soon as i got home, i quickly put these beauties to the test! These tools helped me #HeartMyHair even more! #CollectiveBias

First, i want to tell you a little about my experience with some of these products.  The InfinityPRO 3Q Blow Dryer reduces drying time by up to 70% with lower temperatures and fast airflow to minimize heat damage. You will feel it the second you turn this dryer on.  It's so powerful!  In fact, i have very thick hair and i dread blow drying it because it takes sooooo long!  This beauty dries equivalent to a 2000-watt professional dryer!  Yep, take that pro driers! Well, the InfinityPRO 3Q dryer is essentially a life saver because it literally cuts my drying time in half! This is a must-have beauty tool!

The Conair InfinityPRO Curl Secret Curling Iron is so innovative.  I'd been wanting to try it for quite some time now and was so pleased with the results. This device uses tourmaline-ceramic technology to help reduce the amount of frizz, leaving you with smooth hair that is soft to the touch. It conveniently has an automatic shut-off function, as well as a sleep mode function to help preserve energy.  The Curl Secret has two heat levels and 3 timer settings with an automatic beep indicator and is ready to use in just 30 seconds.  It works by gently drawing the hair into the ceramic barrel, then times it and heats it from all directions to effortlessly form one perfect, shiny curl after another! This Curling Iron is very user friendly and gave me some gorgeous locks to play with! Speaking of locks... lets chat about some fun 'everyday' hair style options!

First, using your Conair InfinityPRO 3Q Blow Dryer and Professional Round Brush, blow dry your hair straight. Use the round brush to curl your ends in. Once your hair is completely dry, simply grab a small section from either side of the front and pin it back using one or two Conair Bobby Pins.  This is a great 'on the go' style for when you want to add just a little something special without all the fuss!

Now to turn things up a notch, it's time to curl this baby! Begin by combing your hair thoroughly using your Conair Paddle brush to ensure that your hair is tangle-free. Section the crown portion of your hair into two parts pinning both sections back using your Conair bobby pins.  Begin by curling your hair using the Conair InfinityPRO Curl Secret Curling Iron. Take a small portion of hair and begin to curl.

Once you've finished curling your hair, you may opt to wear it this way.  I personally love it. In fact, i notice that i can go a couple of extra days without washing it when i wear my hair curly versus needing to wash it almost everyday when i wear it straight.  That's a major score for me on busy weeks!  However, if you're looking to dress the look up a bit, I'm a huge fan of a great 'boho chic' do! Here's my version of this look.  Take a small section of hair from the front and begin to twist.  Pin it towards the back with a Conair bobby pin.  (If your braiding skills are on point, you can swap the twisting for a braid)!

Repeat the process on the other side.

Now for the finished look.... 

I hope this post inspires you to get creative with your Conair tools!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

Friday, November 21, 2014

Milani Cosmetics

I've heard so much hype about Milani Cosmetics that i simply had to check them out for myself. While i already owned and loved one of their pretty flower shaped blushes, i was mainly curious about their Bella Eyes eye shadows. I headed to my local drugstore and picked up three shadows, a lipstick and gloss. As soon as i got home, i tore open the packages and began to play.  My initial reaction was wow, WOW! I honestly could not understand how these shadows (which cost under $4 mind you) were so intense and pigmented and buttery and and and.... i was left speechless!  I'm officially declaring these shadows the best drugstore bang for your buck! Trust me, they're phenomenal!  I've already gone back for more! I couldn't resist the lip gloss and lipstick either.  The color of the gloss applies almost like a very glossy lipstick.  It's not sheer at all and looks beautiful on.  It felt nice on my lips, not sticky in any way at all.  The lipstick was also very hydrating and the color payoff was incredible!  Seriously, I'm so impressed with these products that i want to try more! So i turn to you for suggestions.  If you have a favorite Milani product that you think i absolutely need to have, please let me know in the comments!

  Lip gloss in Violet Addict - Lipstick in Violet Bolt

Shadows from left to right: Bella White, Bella Emerald and Bella Navy

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Best Nude Palette on a Budget!

It's no secret that I'm a huge Urban Decay Naked fan.  I own all of the Naked palettes and i especially love the Naked Basics.  Last month, while flipping through the pages of a magazine, i found a $2 off coupon for Maybelline's Nudes Palette.  I simply couldn't resist!  I quickly picked up this beauty and began to play.  I was actually quite impressed with this palette both with the color selection as well as with the quality you get for the price you pay.  I decided to reach for my Naked Basics palettes and do a little comparison.  What i found was astonishing!  The Maybelline Nudes palette has quite a few shades that are comparable to both of the Naked Basics Palette.  However, with the Maybelline, you actually get more shades than with the NB combined!  Would i give up my Naked Basics Palettes solely for the Maybelline?  No, i seriously do love my NB palettes.  However, if the NB palettes are not in your price range, you will not be disappointed with the Maybelline Palette.  It's a seriously amazing option and i find myself using it quite often!  Definitely check it out!

 Hope these comparisons help you make the best decision for you! You can get the Maybelline palette here for free shipping!!! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
You guys... stop everything you're doing!  Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is finally in stock at Sephora!!!  I've been trying to purchase this for months... MONTHS!!!!  A few days ago i got an email from Sephora letting me know it was back in stock and i darted to my phone to purchase this. Well, i just went on Sephora's website again and it's still there!!!! In stock!!!! Soooo i thought I'd be a good friend and pass the info along in case any of you experienced the same issues as i did!  Fingers crossed for you!  BTW as soon as i arrives, i will work on a review.  Hope you're all having a wonderful week!  Love you guys! Xo, Carla - FMM