Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Peek Inside My Ipsy Glam Bag

I am always impressed with my Ipsy Glam Bag! This month is certainly no exception!  I mean, for only $10 a month, you get way more than your money's worth in beauty products!  Every month Ipsy comes equipped with a new makeup pouch and an average of 5 products.  My favorite product, hands down, was the 24/7 Velvet Urban Decay Eye Liner!  I loved all the products i received AND my bonus this month was this $20 value Kiss Nail Art Kit.  You too can get a bonus product simply by referring your friend to Ipsy.  A big THANK YOU to all of you who've used my referral link to subscribe! Check out all of my goodies!

If you like what you see, you can subscribe here!  Already a subscriber?  Tell me all about your Ipsy Glam bag this month!  

Thank you SO MUCH FOR READING! XO, Carla

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening
Spring is here and the new season has me thinking about how much i love a naturally refreshed flawless complexion!  For this post, i've teamed up with my fellow Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger finalist Arielle of Beauty By Arielle to show you just what products we find essential to create a wonderful 'spring awakening' look!  Take a peek at Arielle's post here.  It's no secret that i'm a HUGE It Cosmetics fan.  While i've tried a plethora of products, nothing gives me a perfectly flawless complexion like the three It Cosmetics products pictured above.  The CC cream, Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and Celebration Foundation are permanent fixtures in my daily makeup repertoire.  I begin by applying CC cream all over my face using a plush foundation brush.  A few dabs of Bye Bye Under Eye concealer instantly give me that 'i've just slept for a million hours look' even when i've barely slept for four!  Celebration Foundation seals the deal by setting the previous products into my skin while giving me a porcelain like finish.  Another amazing product that i've recently tried and LOVED is Pixi's Eye Brightener Liner!  A few swipes of this waterproof liner on your inner rim will instantly brighten your eyes!  Pssst... check out all the other tricks i can do with this little liner!  Such a tiny addition can make a major difference in your overall appearance!  I swear, these four products are among my absolute favorite 'can't live without' situations! Perfection!

Thank you SO MUCH for reading!  Be sure to check out Beauty by Arielle for fun beauty posts!

XOXO, Carla - FMM

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Warm Weather Hair and Body

Warm Weather Hair and Body

We seriously had the most glorious weekend here in Jersey!  This sudden and much needed warm weather surge has me reaching for some current favorite products that are seamlessly helping me transition my hair and body from the recent polar vortex to the upcoming pollen vortex!  

I was recently introduced to Bikini Soft and let me tell you, this stuff is amazing!  Forget shaving creams and soap, this powerful duo will leave your skin baby soft!  It dramatically reduces skin irritation, razor burn, nicks, cuts, scratches and my personal favorite... ingrown hairs!  Yuck! This wonderful mixture of natural oils lubricates the skin and softens the hair shaft with transparent natural oils derived from plants which leave your skin beautifully smooth!

With the warmer weather fast approaching, it's time to start taking your deodorant seriously.  If you're looking for an 'all natural' option, look no further than Sydelle Cosmetics Pampered Pits! This baby is powerful enough to handle the scorchers but yet so gentle on your skin.  Natural deodorants can be tricky, but this one passed the sniff test with flying colors!  Oh and if you guys get a chance, definitely check out this brand for some amazing and all natural beauty options! Stay tuned for more right here on FMM.

One thing (well, one of many) that i love so much about warm weather is that i can finally give my hair a little break from the hair dryer and just let it air dry!  ECRU's Silk Nourishing Spray makes it a cinch!  Seriously, a few spritzes of this beauty on my damp hair and i know that it will dry silky smooth!  Thank goodness for products like these that save me major time!  This mommy definitely appreciates that! 

I'll never forget the day i discovered St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse at my local Sephora! Holy awesomeness!  No seriously... I've tried so SO many self tanners before and between the wacky orange shades and mad streaking, i nearly gave up on the whole thing!  So glad i gave this beauty a try!  This mousse creates a gorgeous natural looking tan without any streaking.  I've used it countless times and I've never EVER turned any yucky shade of anything other than gorgeous! Oh one thing i recommend investing in is the St. Tropez Tan Applicator Mitten... your hands will be SO GLAD you picked this up!  I love being able to cover my body in this self tanning product and never schlepping around any sort of evidence!

Speaking of self tanning, i came across this super awesome Sunless SpotShields and couldn't wait to share them with you! I don't know about you, but i have a few sun spots on my face, shoulders and chest.  I know... bad Carla!  But they're there and i so i must live with them.  Well, one of the drawbacks of self tanning is the darkening of such spots.  Well, guess what?  Sunless SpotShields come in a variety of sizes and you can simply size them to match your sun spots prior to self tanning.  Think of them as tiny little stickers that you place over your sun spots to keep them from getting darker while you create your perfect sunless tan.  The best party... a sunless tan plus Sunless SpotShields actually camouflages these unsightly marks making them practically invisible! Genius!

Hi... my name is Carla and i'm obsessed with Pixi everything!  This stunning blue nail polish completely stole my heart!  How can you not fall in love with this gorgeous hue!  It's easily one of the hottest colors of the season.  I'm currently wearing it on my toes and have already rocked it on my nails a bunch of times!  I simply adore it!

Well these little beauties are helping me make this much anticipated transition to warmer weather. What products are you reaching for to help with this? Please share! 

Thank you SO MUCH for reading! XO, Carla - FMM

*Some of the products were sent for consideration.  All opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder

I'm all for innovative multi-tasking products!  I mean, anything that can save me time and wow me in the process is sure to make the FMM cut!  Such was the case with Amarte's Daily ExfoliPowder!  This plant based exfoliant is gentle enough on your skin that you can and should use it daily.  In fact, you can use this product to exfoliate and cleanse!  What's so innovative about that you ask?  Well, this beauty comes in powder form!  Simply apply on your wet hands.  Next, rub your hands together to create a foam like wash that will instantly leave your skin cleansed, polished and prepped for your skincare! While many exfoliants feel sandy and harsh on the skin, this one almost feels like tiny pearls massaging the skin.  I'm thoroughly enjoying the effects of this beauty on my skin!  I like to keep my ExfoliPowder in the shower to ensure that i never forget to use it.  Bonus?  It smells amazing!

So lets chat... have you tried Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder?  What are your thoughts?

Thank you SO MUCH for reading! XO, Carla - FMM

*press sample - all opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bath and Body Works Spring Preview

I'm beyond excited to share with you a preview of an upcoming Bath and Body Works Spring Launch!  At the end of the month, you'll be able to feast your eyes and nose on a trio of BBW's New World Garden Fragrances as well as White Barn's Garden Party Candle!

Meet my new favorite BBW fragrance!  Morocco Orchid and Pink Amber Fine Fragrance Mist is easily my most reached for spring scent!  Wow WOW... how i wish there was such a thing as smell-a-vision!  I'm typically very picky with my choice in fragrances as many tend to give me headaches or make me nauseous.  This was seriously love at first sniff!  In fact, i loved it so much that i visited my local BBW yesterday to stock up... sadly, i forgot that it's not launching until the end of the month!  Luckily i have this one to hold me over!  When it launches, i urge you to check it out... it's uhhhh-mazing!

If you're a candle hoarder like me (hey i like my house smelling pretty OK?!), then you'll want to stock up on BBW's White Barn Garden Party Candle.  This feast for your senses is a wonderful mix of the most indulgent spring florals!  I'm obsessed!  This candle is a Spring equivalent to my all time winter favorite candle 'Marshmallows Fireside' and YES, i will be stocking up!

I'm seriously excited about this launch! I've never wanted a month to actually come to an end this badly just so that i could stock up on these beauties!  I get so bummed when i fall in love with a BBW fragrance and then it gets discontinued.  So, having learned my lesson, i make sure to stock up anytime that i find a gem!  These two beauties are perfection!  Hope you adore them as much as i do! XO, Carla - FMM

*press sample - I received these products as a member of BBW's BBWinsider program.  All opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Salma Hayek Nuance

Who knew... an actress i so admire, Salma Hayek, now has an extensive collection of makeup, body, skin and hair care!  Yes, you read correctly!  Her gorgeous line, currently available exclusively at CVS, is filled with wonderfully affordable products that will have you instantly smitten!  I've recently had the pleasure of trying some of these beauties and wanted to share with you some of my faves!

Ever since i got my hair cut, I've gotten my curls back!  While i can still wear my hair straight, it's so refreshing to be able to let it air dry without looking like a brillo pad!  Well, this is partly in thanks to wonderful products like Nuance's Blue Agave Curls and Waves Shampoo/Conditioner! I top my curly look off with Nuance Blue Agave Wave Enhancing Styling Swirl. When i opt to skip my blow drying session, i immediately reach for this awesome trio.  They really help to define my curls and minimize the frizz.  Oh and it smells uhhhhh-mazing.  However, if it's straight that I'm craving,  Nuance has an awesome Straightening Balm that really helps maintain my hair pin straight and smooth!  I also loved the Soy Protein Primer Spray.  I felt that it was a wonderful, lightweight product that truly prepped my hair for styling products and long lasting style. I love that it's formulated with Acai oil and has color-lock technology with UVB absorbers to prevent sun damage!  Lastly, I've been obsessed with hair oils for years!  I love a good product that nourishes my hair and leaves it looking silky and shiny.  Nuance's Healthy Shine Nourishing Oil leaves my hair hydrated and gorgeous.  A little goes a long way!  I love applying this beauty on my ends to seal the final look!

On to Nuance's skincare!  Surely you don't need me nagging you about the importance of cleansing your skin daily right?  Well, a good cleanser doesn't have to break the bank!  Nuance's Age Affirm Glycolic Cream Cleanser will leave your skin squeaky clean and prepped for your skincare ritual.  I keep mine in the shower to ensure that i never go a day without using it!  Another product I'm really enjoying is the Ageless clarity White Clay Treatment Mask!  This beauty helps absorb oil and cleanse pores for clear, healthy-looking skin!  I simply apply it a few minutes before getting in the shower to facilitate the 'washing off' process.  Use this baby weekly for amazing results!

I have to say, i was so impressed with Salma Hayek's hair and skin collection!  I will definitely replenish several of these products!  It's so nice to know that i don't have to spend a lot to find quality products!  Besides, any excuse to visit my local CVS is OK with me!!!  I always find some great beauty options there!  Can't wait to check out Nuance's makeup collection.  It looks quite enticing!  If you've tried and loved any particular Nuance makeup product, I'd love your recommendations!

Thank you SO MUCH for reading! XOXO, Carla - FMM

*press sample

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mally Beauty Review and GIVEAWAY!

Surely you've heard of Mally Roncal!   The genius behind the brand Mally Beauty is high energy and fun as is her awesome makeup line! I was stoked to learn that it's now available at Birchbox!  Today I'm excited to show you some standouts from Mally's beauty collection!  I'm also thrilled to have teamed up with Birchbox for an awesome giveaway!

Hate pores?  Well, now you can easily erase them with Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender!  You guys, this stuff is crazy good!  A few swipes and you can bid aux revoir to those unsightly annoyances! This miracle in a compact is essentially a clear thick gel like formula that leaves your skin looking practically flawless.  Your pores will instantly vanish... kind of like magic! The trick is, once you lightly swirl the sponge on the lightweight formula, simply dab the sponge all over your face and watch in amazement as i did!

Are you a lipstick or lip gloss gal?  Both?  Perfect!  Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier is the perfect lipstick meets lip gloss formula that will leave your lips longing for more! Seriously, this stuff feels like silk on my lips while never skimping on impact!  Nectarine is way fun and totally in keeping with the season's orange lip trend!  This baby is currently holding major real estate in my makeup pouch!  Muah!

I don't know about you, but I'm absolutely obsessing over blue this season.  I love it on my nails and i LOVE it on my eyes!  Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Watercolor Eyeliner in Sailor is absolutely spectacular!  This stunner is a very wearable deep midnight blue that glides on your eyes smoothly and intensely creating a ton of impact.  This gel like liner is intense and the best part?  It's waterproof!  With my sensitive eyes, waterproof is key to never falling victim to raccoon eyes... um....  not cute!  Never the case however when i rock this beauty!

I totally obsess over cute packaging!  And while yes, the product itself is important, i personally think it's essential that it's outfitted in ultra chic attire, no?  Mally's feminine and ultra fun personally totally shines through in her makeup packaging!  Mally Beauty Cancellation Concealer System is no exception!  First, this all you can ask for system is housed in the prettiest of pink pouches making it totally portable and travel friendly! In it you'll find a dual sided brush... one side for your concealer application and the other for powder.  The pouch contains a pocket for both the concealer and the powder compact.  The concealer is full coverage and completely erases my dark 'mommy needs sleepy time' circles.  The powder tops off the application smoothly and flawlessly.  I will definitely toss this beauty in my travel bag!

For all your Mally Beauty Essentials and more, be sure to visit  BTW, have you signed up for Birchbox?  For only $10 per month, you'll get an average of 5 beauty samples delivered right to your doorstep!  Oh and once you review the items you receive, you'll get Birchbox points.  Accumulate 100 and you'll automatically get $10 to spend at Birchbox!  I've scored some major products this way and you should too!  Also, be sure to check out Birchbox on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more BB fun!

OK now for the BEST PART...  THE GIVEAWAY!!!

I've teamed up with Birchbox to giveaway two amazing Mally Beauty products!
There are some required entries and some 'extra points' entries.  Be sure to use the Rafflecopter link to enter!  US entries only please.  Thank you so much for entering and GOOD LUCK!

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