Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Day Ombre Lip

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and this year, i thought it'd be fun to create an easy, fun ombre lip to help celebrate this special day!  So lets get to it shall we?


You'll need a few tools to create this look.  Let me preface by saying that you do not need to use the colors i used of course.  Choose a combination of dark and light shades that you feel best suit your skin tone and personality.  I used Make Up For Ever's Aqua Lip in 19C which is a deep berry lip liner. I also used Tarte's Tarteist in Adorbs, a lip brush by Inglot and a Jouer Longwear Creme Mousse eye shadow (yes, eye shadow... stay with me will you?) in Celestial.

First, line the lips with the deeper shade.  In this case MUFE's Aqua Lip in 19C.  

Then shade in the sides of your lips leaving a heart shaped area in the front of your lips untouched.

Using the lighter lip shade (in my case it's Tarte's Tarteist in Adorbs) to fill in the center of your top and bottom lips in the shape of a heart.

Using your lip brush, blend the two shades for a seamless look.

For a little extra drama (optional) dab a little shimmer at the center of your lips.  I used Jouer's creme eye shadow in Celestial because it's so perfect for this look!

And there you have it... a quick and easy ombre Valentine's Day lip!  I wish you all a very happy Valentine's Day with the ones you love most... whether it's your sweetheart, your friends or kiddies... make it a great one beauties!

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

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complex Booster and Lash Masque

Now, more than ever, i am very careful about what i put on my skin. If there's one piece of advice i can give to anyone is that it's never too early to start preventative skin care.  Oh and of course always wear your SPF!  Peter Lamas' Supreme Radiance Complex Booster is a new favorite of mine.  It is unlike any product I've tried.  This sheer complexion booster features a powerful blend of Retinol (at maximum strength without a prescription) and Salicylic Acid to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.  Wait, there's more!  It's also formulated with Coenzyme Q-10 and Vitamin E Oil to hydrate, smooth and protect skin to prevent irritation associated with Retinol use.  You can wear this alone or under make-up.  I find that it leaves my skin glowing and radiant so on my days off, i love to just apply this and nothing more.  However, i also notice that my make up goes on smoother when i wear this product.  I definitely recommend picking this beauty up... trust me, your skin will love it!

Another product i find super innovative is Peter Lamas' Lash Masque.  This tiny powerhouse conditions, darkens and separates lashes without irritating them.  It's uniquely formulated without harsh chemicals that can dry out or damage lashes.  This not a mascara Lash Masque can be worn alone or under your favorite mascara to help boost lash length and volume.  Think of it as a mask for your lashes OR a lash primer if you will.  This beauty ensures healthy lashes so be sure to add it to your shopping card!  Your lashes will thank you for it!

You can shop Peter Lamas products here.  Thank you so much for reading! xo, Carla - FMM

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

Kiko Milano Cosmetics Video HAUL With My Sister!!!

My sister and i have been talking about going to the Kiko store for over a year!  Finally, we got a chance to go and decided to share our haul with you in the form of a video!  Check it out!  We get a little silly but that's just how we roll!  If you like the video and want to see more, I'd love it if you subscribed to my youtube channel! Thank you for taking the time to watch!  Also, be sure to check out my sister's blog (it's about to get a major makeover so stay tuned for that) at Happy Girls' Guide To Life! You'll love her inspirational readings!   Thanks beauties! Xo, Carla - FMM

Thursday, February 4, 2016

PUR Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation

I fall deeper in love with PUR Cosmetics with every product i try.  They're so innovative and the quality of their products is superb. My most recent love stems from their newly launched HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation.  You see, this encapsulated water complex delivers Swiss Alps-sourced water to hydrate while providing you with a medium coverage foundation that leaves your skin looking simply radiant. Ceretin Complex helps smooth, firm and lift the skin's appearance for a hydrated complexion.  This is especially important for my aging skin.

This foundation is like nothing i currently own.  It certainly stands out in the crowd of matte finishes i currently own because this one, unlike my others, leaves my skin glowing... literally. Don't get me wrong, i love a matte finish, but the HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation leaves my skin looking so healthy that i can get away with minimal makeup. I'm surprised at how much I'm loving the dewy finish.  You'll get a medium coverage with this product although it is buildable.  I love that it provides enough coverage that i don't even need a concealer if i choose to keep it simple, yet it doesn't make me look caked up with makeup.  It simply looks like a better, healthier version of my skin which personally, i love! You can choose from five different shades to suit your complexion.  I currently wear light but can mix a little medium for a bit of a glow.  I'm certain that come the summer time, i will most likely be reaching for the medium shade.  This beauty blends into the skin seamlessly and will leave your skin looking simply beautiful.  You can purchase PUR Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation at Ulta.  While there, be sure to check out some of their other amazing products.  I promise you too will fall madly in love with this brand!

In the pic below, I'm wearing solely the foundation without concealer.  I do have a tiny bit of blush but no setting powder so that you can really see the beautiful dewy finish.

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

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

I have such a thing for a great neutral palette and i have a thing for gorgeous packaging. Naturally when i spotted Tarte's Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette i knew i it needed to be mine! When it finally arrived at my doorstep, it did not disappoint.  The packaging is so beautiful.  It's too pretty to tuck away so i keep it displayed in my Glambox!  While the packaging is great, that alone does not make a palette.  The shades in this palette are a wonderful collection of warm and cool neutrals suitable for all skintones.  There is also a wonderful combination of mattes and neutrals. The shadows incredibly buttery with the exception of Smokeshow and Activist which for some reason don't apply as well (you can probably tell from the swatches). However, those are shades that i would mostly use to line my lash line with so i'm ok with this.  They're still relatively pigmented just not as buttery.  Overall, i find myself reaching for this beauty quite often because most of the shadows are easy to work with and look wonderful on.  This is a great palette for anyone who loves a beautiful neutral or smoky eye... a must-have in my opinion!

You can purchase it here and here. You will not regret it... promise!  Thank you so much for reading! xo, Carla - FMM

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pixi Glow Mud Mask and Cleanser


It's no secret that I'm a HUGE fan of Pixi!  Their Glow Tonic is easily a holy grail product of mine. Not only am i never without it but always have a spare on hand!  I mean, i don't ever want to find myself reaching for it on my nightstand and find an empty bottle with no spare... ugh nightmare! But as i said, that will never happen because i always have a spare! OK, moving on to some wonderfulness happening over at Pixi.  Did you know they released a new skincare line?  I'd been hoping for this because with the success of the Glow Tonic i felt as though they needed to expand on that. Well lucky for all of us Glow Tonic lovers, they did!

Today I'm chatting about the Pixi Glow Mud Mask and Cleanser!  Let me first say that i love masks so much!  There's nothing better on a Sunday night than to put one on to prep your skin for the week. The Glow Mud Mask is formulated to stimulate, clarify and brighten skin.  The mineral-rich treatment absorbs oil, draws out impurities and fights breakouts while boosting your complexion. With ingredients like kaolin, sea salt, ginseng and aloe vera, your skin is sure to do the happy dance! My skin feels and looks radiant when i use Pixi's Glow Mud Mask.  This is definitely on my skincare rotation!

As for cleansers, it takes a lot to impress me!  I mean, you have to clean my skin obviously while refraining from stripping it completely. The Pixi Glow Cleanser's active yet gentle cleanser with 5% glycolic acid exfoliates while the mud deep cleans and detoxifies pore.  Hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and avocado oil plump and nourish the skin.  The result?  Gorgeous, glowing skin!  My skin feels totally clean and prepped for my skincare!

This power duo is rocking my skin right now!  I seriously cannot wait to try more of Pixi's new skincare line.  I'll be sure to stock up just as soon as head to my local Target!  Wanna get in on Pixi's skincare action?  You can purchase it here and here!

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

Friday, January 29, 2016

Haul! What's New at the Drugstore! Plus CVS Gift card GIVEAWAY!

I don't think I've ever been more excited about drugstore launches as i am now.  It seems as though drugstore beauty companies are really stepping up their game and i am here to enjoy the beauty ride! For today's post, i teamed up with CVS to go on a little drugstore haul!  Plus, at the end of the post, CVS is generously giving away one $50 gift card to a lucky FMM reader!  Ahhhhh how exciting is that?  This way, you can go on a little haul too (but you have to promise to show me what you got ok?)!  Ok ready to see what i got???  Check it out!

05 Earthy Elements

02 Bare Necessities

OK so these new Milani palettes almost didn't make it into the haul.  Truth be told, these were my number one search but they weren't out.  But shout out to the amazing CVS team members for finding a box of new shipments where these beauties were quickly found and of course snatched by me!!  Can you believe the pigment on these palettes?  They are perfection.  Milani always does shadows right!

I'm obsessed with Micellar Cleansing Water!  In fact i have it in various forms from wipes to liquid. This Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water peeked my interest so i picked it up!  Hoping to love it as much as i currently love the current brand I'm using!

The Maybelline Master Contour was definitely high on my list of things to buy!  I will tell you that the one i bought (in Medium) was the last one and i was told that they've been selling like hot cakes. Judging from the colors and pigmentation, i can totally see why!

Shade 755

OK so this isn't exactly new but i will say this, you know you love a shadow when you purchase it twice unknowingly!  Whaaat?  Yes!  When i got home and swatched it i quickly realized it looked a lot like one I'd purchased before.  Well, yes it was!   But came you blame me really?

Shade 10

I love matte lippies!  I'm loving all the new drugstore options available!  I already own a few of the L'Oreal ones and love them so i thought I'd pick up the new Maybelline liquid matte lipstick in this gorgeous nude and it's stunning.  Very comfortable to wear and doesn't dry out your lips!

The new Milani Moisture Lock lippies are so good!  They have a wide variety of sheer shades and flavors.  I opted for the clear coconut option and love it!  It gives you lips a gorgeous shine while providing them with major hydration.

I have a major thing for lip balms... and great packaging!  So when i saw this new Cover Girl OXXO balm i knew i had to pick it up!  It's hydrating, has spf15 and tastes delicious!  The packaging is super cute though i think it's a bit bulky for a makeup pouch in my opinion!  However, it does sit beautifully on my nightstand!

With my itty bitty lashes I'm always on the prowl for a great mascara!  So naturally i couldn't resist picking up a few to test out!  If you are curious about a particular one and want a full review, I'm your girl!  Just be sure to let me know in the comments!

So have you heard of LIT NYC!  Oh my gosh the concept is brilliant beyond words!  So these nail polishes basically have a light built into them so that you can pain your nails and see exactly what you're doing!  I am obsessed!  The polish lasted quite a few days too so i was definitely impressed with its longevity.  They also have lip glosses that light up and have a built in mirror.  Super cute!

Shade 003 Queens of the Bronzed Age

This Rimmel London Creme shadow stick definitely caught my eye!  The pigmentation is the real deal and the application is so easy!  These are definitely worth exploring!

So this is my haul!  If there is anything here you'd like to see an in depth review of, just leave me a comment and I'll be happy to do so! I am still playing with all of this and there are a few things i have yet to try out. Overall, I'm super impressed with all the wonderfulness happening at the drugstore!

BTW before you shop you must take advantage of CVS's Beauty Club perks!  Sign up for a card at the register (or online) and you'll save so much money!  There were so many deals happening at CVS that i saved a ton and still got a $5 reward to use on future purchases!  Major score!  Here are the benefits of signing up:

Beauty Club members (currently 18 million and growing!) receive incredible beauty benefits/savings, including
·        $5 ExtraBucks® Rewards for every $50 cumulatively spent on qualifying beauty products
·        10% off beauty shopping pass at enrollment
·        $3 ExtraBucks® Rewards on the member’s birthday

Now on to the fun part... the GIVEAWAY!  CVS wants to give one of you a $50 gift card so that you can stock up on your drugstore beauty faves!  Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter and be sure to carefully follow entry requirements as the will be verified! US entries only.  Thank you and good luck!

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