Friday, July 31, 2015

Drink Water The Waterlogic Way!

I've been a water lover my entire life.  Thankfully I've never gravitated towards sugary juices or sodas because i simply love the taste of water and more importantly, i love the way it makes me feel.  Honestly, i don't typically struggle with breakouts and i attribute my clear skin to my life long commitment to drinking lots of water.  Now I'm not implying that people whom are prone to breakouts don't drink water, I'm simply saying that it's worked for me!  However, with a recent recall of several water bottle brands for E. COLI contamination (my family and i had already consumed half of a case of Wegmans water that fell under this recall BTW) i needed a new game plan!

My friends at Waterlogic sent over the Hybrid Home Water Purifier!  I was so excited to try it because honestly, I'd had it with my current situation and since i love my water, i was happy to have a new option to look into!  Here are all the advantages to having a Hybrid Home Water Purifier:

  • Because it purifies instantly, instead of filtering and then storing the water, the water is protected from contamination and the growth of bacteria – no other water filtration or bottle can say the same.

  • It uses a carbon block filter and UV light to instantly deliver pure water free of 99.99% of bacteria and viruses.

  • The reservoir and nozzle are treated with an antimicrobial coating – to help prevent the growth of mold an odor causing bacteria.

  • The whole system is BPA free, further adding to the quality of water and reduction in risk of contamination.

I have to say, aside from all the wonderful qualities of this water purifier, the water tastes so so good! I will definitely be getting one of these for work too because lets face it, it will save me tons on water bottles plus will minimize the waste of plastic! Besides, i will never have to worry about recalled water bottles again! For more information on how you can #UpgradeToPurity, click here.

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

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

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

So i was away last week and didn't get a chance to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale until this week!  But with just a few days left, i wanted to share with you some of the things I'm loving!  

These earrings are so fun!  I actually have them in silver but just added the gold to my collection as well!  They're fun, dressy and so innovative! 

You all know i love my Valentino Rock Studs that i purchased in Paris.  These are a way more affordable version ($60) and I'm loving the leopard print! 

I've loved LORAC shadows for YEARS! This palette has a gorgeous selection of hues and only costs $15!!!  Whaaaaat?

I love a great pair of wedges and am still a fan of short booties... this shoe is the perfect transition from summer to early fall!  So getting these!

I love love love my RM bucket bag so much!  I never thought I'd get as much use out of it as i did but i promise i wear it almost everyday of my life.  It holds so much and i love that it has a cross body option because when I'm schlepping my girls around, i want to be hands free!  I wish I'd gotten this version instead simply because i love the tassels so much!  So chic! 

So have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  What did you get?  Only FIVE days left to shop so take advantage and happy shopping! 

Thank you so much for stopping by.... xo, Carla - FMM

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dauphines of New York

I'm an accessory lover... and while i don't typically wear much on my hair, every so often, i have the desire to put on something sparkly and just be fabulous like that!  Dauphines of New York has the cutest selections of hair accessories (omg you have to see this one I'm currently drooling over)!  So the other day, i decided it was time to put my sparkly headband on and play play play!  The wonderful thing about this headband is the multitude of looks i was able to create with it.  I even tucked my hair behind it giving myself a sophisticated yet romantic up do that took all of one minute to create!  Seriously, the possibilities are endless!  Check out their amazing selections here or here!

Hope you enjoyed this fun little post!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Ulta Packing List: VACATION!

My Summer Packing List: VACATION!

So i just returned from a week long vacation in the gorgeous Caribbean island of Sint Maarten... sigh!  While packing and unpacking is always the part of traveling i most dread, i thought I'd share some Ulta faves that make fantastic Summer travel companions. So lets dive right in and see why i picked each of these beauties for my ultimate Ulta Summer packing list! 

When it comes to summer travel, i like to take along make up that A: won't budge, B: isn't heavy or cakey and C: isn't overly bulky!  Speaking of not budging, lets chat about IT Cosmetics' Liner Love! This gel liner is a wonderful option for hot summer days because once you apply it, you can rest assured that it will stay put all day long!  I love the intensity of the black but they offer quite a nice range of colors to please just about any preference! A few other 'no budge' items are Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amalfi.  This is easily my favorite summer pop of color!  Yes, it's bold... yes, it's hot... and yes, it's an attention getter!  A few swipes and you can pretty much skip the rest of your face because all eyes will be on your lips!  Bonus, this baby will last for hours! When it comes to lashes, i need length, volume and of course no smudging because ain't nobody got time for that! While i have many favorites, i actually love Revlon's Lash Potion!  This budget friendly water proof option makes my tiny lashes look massive with just a few swipes!

I'm a total IT girl at heart, so when they released the CC Bronze, i had to get my hands on it stat!  This has been my Summer go-to complexion saver!  It gives my skin a beautiful sun-kissed look and evens out my skin tone.  Besides, the SPF 50 keeps my skin protected from the sun which is so imperative! There is no better summer skin situation.. trust me! Stila's new Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush is insanely good!  Dip your finger in the sponge applicator to release just the right amount of color.  Dab on your cheeks for a gorgeous, subtle glow!  Shimmering Lotus has become my summer obsession!  To anyone who says bronzer is out I'm rebelling!  I mean seriously, how can bronzer ever be out?  Everyone loves a beautiful summer glow am i right?  Stila's Stay All Day Contouring Bronzer for Face and Body is a wonderful multi-tasking product.  You don't have to contour with it... simply swipe a little across your cheeks and you're good to go!  Plus, it's true to its name and lasts all day! Anastasia Beverly Hills makes some gorgeous palettes!  Her latest Couture World Traveler Palette is such a fun option for summer!  The colors are fun and totally wearable!  Besides, it's budget friendly in comparison to other comparable high end palettes!   

Sun protection is of the utmost importance to me!  I love a great lip balm with sun protection.  Coola products have never let me down and I'm never without Coola's Liplux SPF 15 Peppermint Vanilla lip balm!  It's uhhhhmazing!  There is nothing better than a cooling spritz on my skin when i'm on a long flight!  But you know what's even better than that?  When that same cooling spritz acts as a primer as well as setting spray!  Smashbox's Photofinish Primer Water has been a major obsession of mine for quite a few months! This beauty is packed with electrolytes to nourish thirsty skin and it feels wonderful on my skin!  I purchased the travel size for my vacation and sprayed my face several times on the plane because lets face it, the air quality on an airplane is less than desirable! 

On to nails... I'm all about turquoise blues and coral options for my summer nail looks!  This Ulta polish in Mint Condition is such a fantastic summer mani/pedi option!  I've said it before and I'll say it again, I've never met an Alterna product i didn't fall madly in love with.  Alterna's Bamboo Beach Summer Sunshine Spray is my hair's BFF during the Summer months because it offers UV ray protection while leaving my hair shiny and never weighed down!  Honestly i love the entire Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Collection... oh and major bonus, it smells incredible!!!  Lastly, i love a good fragrance.  However, during the summer months, i like to keep it simply and light.  Philosphy's Pure Grace leaves me feeling as though i just stepped out of the shower. It truly smells heavenly! Amazing Grace is also a Summer perfect option.  Need a travel make up bag that's witty and super stylish? Check out this one!

So there you have it, my Ulta Summer Vacation Packing List!  Now that I've shared mine, I'd love to hear from you?  What are your Ulta Summer Vacation Packing List must-haves? 

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

Monday, July 27, 2015

Colour Pop Haul

Colour Pop Cosmetics seems to be all the rave these days!  I've seen countless hauls of these generously priced beauties and while makeup is always enticing to me, i just never got around to really give these a go... until now.  I finally caved and placed my first order!  I'll be honest, it was quite difficult to keep my order small being that i wanted to try the products first before committing to a huge haul.  The selection is wonderful and quite overwhelming but after much thought, i ordered the following:

Lippie in Frida
Lippie Pencil in Frida
Eyeshadow in Nillionaire
Eyeshadow in Bill
Blush in Get Leid
Highlighter in Stole the Show

Before i get into my thoughts on each specific product, i want to chat about my swatching experience! These eyeshadows, blushes and highlighters feel so different from anything i've ever experienced!  When you swatch these products, you expect a powdery feel... instead, they feel like a mixture of powder and cream.  If you've ever tried the Maybelline Bouncy Blush, the texture is very similar!  Honestly, they feel amazing and the color payoff is insane for products that cost so little!

OK so lets chat about each product!  The first products i swatched were the lippies.  I chose the color Frida for various reasons.  First, it looked like the most gorgeous neutral... a mixture of peach, pink, beige and coral if that makes any sense!  Seriously, i don't think i could pick a more perfect nude if i tried.  When i placed my order i wasn't sure if i should order the lippie and lip pencil but i'm so glad that i did because the color, although very very similar, is slightly different.  This is perhaps to give the lips a bit more definition when paired together. The color is matte and applies so smoothly.  I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is possibly the most comfortable matte lipstick i've ever tried!  I wore it out for a day of shopping the other day and was shocked to notice that this baby did not budge... not even after eating! I think i have a new addiction!  I will most certainly be placing another order very very soon! Wow... WOW!  It's also noteworthy that this lippie was created as a collaboration with YouTuber Coffee Break With Dani.  I was actually living in a bubble and didn't really know of her until i stumbled upon a video.  She's so bubbly and super fun to watch! Definitely check her out if you haven't already!

The other star of my order was most certainly the eyeshadow in Nillionaire!  Oh Em Geeeeee!  I used to think Urban Decay's Diamond Dog was the world's most beautiful shadow but i have to say that DD has some competition with this beauty!  Holy gorgeousness!  This color is best described as a warm bronze with tons of gold and multi colored glitter in a metallic finish.  I promise this shadow will blow you away.  The first swatch had me all oooohing and ahhhhing!  And listen, i realize i'm no longer in my teens but this color is definitely wearable!  I pair with a matte crease color and i'm good! The eyeshadow in Bill is also very pretty but much more subdued.  Definitely the winner here was Nillionaire!

I wanted to try a blush so badly and had a very difficult time deciding on a color!  I opted for one of Colour Pop's Summer collection colors in Get Leid! It's a bright corally orange.  I was a bit concerned that it might be too bright but i thought it might be fun for summer paired with a good bronzer. I think i made the right choice because i loved it paired with my Friday lippies! The two really complimented each other! And the texture is everything though i think i've already mentioned that once or twice!

Lastly, the highlighter in Stole the Show.  Ok so when i swatched it i loved the intensity!  I mean it's really gorgeous!  However, i didn't love it as a highlighter.  It's a bit more glittery than i prefer. However, this beauty makes a gorgeous shadow!  Like really gorgeous!  I love to wear it on my lids. It also does a beautiful job highlighting my brow bone!  Thankfully, i still get plenty of use out of it so no loss here!

I completely understand the hype now!  Seriously, i want more lippies and shadows stat!  I am baffled by the price point - think $5 for lippies and shadows!  Whaaat? Do you know what this means?  I can buy MORE!  Shhhh just don't tell the hubby!  Oh and the personalized note is a super sweet touch! So lets chat... have you tried Colour Pop Cosmetics?  What are your recomendations?  Do tell!

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

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Little Time Off.... To Relax!

Hi beauties... i will be on vacation this week somewhere beautiful!  I will be surrounded by palm trees, turquoise beaches and my loved ones so I'm excited!  I have written a few posts though I'm not sure if I'll post them next week or just take the week off and enjoy my vacation.  I will however be on social media.  You can see all of the vacation fun on instagram, facebook, twitter and i will be on snapchat (add me @ fashionmavenmom) if you want to see a bit more of a vlogging situation. For those of you following, thank you for coming on this journey with me!  I will be back to my blogging ventures when i return in a week!  Cheers! Carla - FMM

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Giambattista Valli for MAC

Every once in a while MAC releases a collection that has me glued to my computer in anticipation! Their latest Gimbattista Valli collection had me all like oh my gosh, i need it (channeling my inner valley or Valli girl of course)!  I mean, they brilliantly re-outfitted their lipstick packaging to match the lipstick color!!!!  Ahhhhh could you just die??!!!  So needless to day, i hit refresh about a thousand times on its release date and finally got my hands on the three lip colors i wanted... Margherita, Tats and Eugenie!  They arrived yesterday and i loved them just as much in person as i did online!  The colors are matte and very very very pigmented!  You know the bold lippie lover in me is in heaven right now!  While Margherita is a (bright coral/orange) is a bit hard to pull off, i think i may be able to layer it with lip liner and gloss.  Tats is impeccably perfect and such a me color!  I love bright berry hues!  Eugenie is the most gorgeous color for Fall and you can rest assured you'll see me wearing it quite a bit!  It's deep, dark but you can definitely see the reddish/wine tones which are so sultry and gorge!  I'm so excited to finally get my hands on these!

Wearing Tats!

Did you shop this collection? What colors did you get???  Do share! 

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